25 day Egyptian tour
(25 days – 24 nights)
Cairo – Aswan – Abu Simbel – Luxor – Hurghada – Sharm el Sheikh – Dahab – Alexandria – Western Desert – Cairo
- 16 nights accommodation in 3* hotels
- 2 nights accommodation with full board, on a felucca or Nile Cruiser
- All breakfasts
- First class overnight train from Cairo to Aswan
- First class overnight bus from Dahab to Alexandria
- 4 nights accommodation in desert camps, incl. all meals
- English speaking guide at all sights (except at Saqqara where guides are not allowed)
- All transportation from the start (airport) till the end (airport again), including A/C buses and minibuses
- Meet and greet by English speaking tour leader at Cairo airport
Day 1 - Cairo: Arrival in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Possibilities to visit Islamic Cairo, Khan el Khalili market, The Citadel or some Nile cruises.
Day 2 - Cairo: Today we visit the Egyptian Museum, with its more than 100,000 relics. Your guide will be with you for two or three hours, after which you are free to roam the museum yourself. The evening is free. Possibilities to visist the Sufi dancers at the Citadel.
Day 3 - Cairo: Today we visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. You can travel by horse to the Plateau and feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Your guide can assist in arranging this on arrival at the Pyramids. Later on we will visit Saqqara and the the funerary comples of Zoser. We will also see the Pyramid of Teti.
Day 4 - Cairo: A free day in Cairo. In the evening we will board our first class train to Aswan.
Day 5 - Aswan: Arrival in Aswan in the early morning. Later in the day we will visit the Obelisk, Philae Temple, the temple complex of Isis and the High Dam of Aswan. The evening is free.
Day 6 - Abu Simbel: After an early morning bus or flight (optional) we will visit the majestic Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor. We then return to Aswan in the early afternoon. We can spend the afternoon wandering the souqs or visiting the Nubian Museum.
Day 7 - Aswan: This morning, we will board our local felucca to visit Kitchener and Elephantine Islands. In the afternoon we will begin our two night cruise down the Nile on board the felucca (or Nile cruiser – optional). We spend the afternoon lying in the sun before the chef prepares dinner.
Day 8 - Felucca: The day is free to lie in the sun. We will spend the night near the sight of Kom Ombo, on board the felucca.
Day 9 - Felucca: Early morning visit to Kom Ombo, the dual temple of Sobek and Haroeris. We then visit Edfu to see the Temple of Horus. After that, we travel to Luxor. In the afternoon we will visit the East Bank and see Luxor Temple built by Amenhotep III and Karnak Temple.
Day 10 - Luxor: Today we visit the West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. We will have the opportunity to visit 5 tombs with our guide or you are free to choose yourself. We may also visit the tombs of Tutankhamum or Nefertari (optional). We can also visit the Colossie of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Day 11 - Luxor: The morning is free to lie by the pool or discover Luxor. In the afternoon we take the public overnight bus to Sharm el Sheikh.
Day 13 - Sharm el Sheikh: Today we will visit beautiful Ras Mohamed National Park. The park is about 20km from Sharm and is teeming with coral walls and fish. We spend the day snorkeling and relaxing in the sun.
Day 14 - Dahab: Early morning transfer to Dahab. We relax and enjoy our day before an afternoon nap to prepare for our trip to Mount Sinai. We will leave the hotel at 11 in the evening, climb 2285 meters to the summit and wait for a magnificent sunrise.
Day 15 - Dahab: After we’ve seen the sunrise, we climb down the mountain and visit the Monastery of St. Catherine, dedicated to the legendary martyr of Alexandria. We return to Dahab for a well earned rest. The rest of the day is free.
Day 16 - Dahab: Today we go to for a snorkeling and sunbathing trip to the famous Blue Hole.
Day 18 - Alexandria: Arrival in Alexandria in the early morning. We will have time to rest before we see the sight of Cleopatra’s Palace and the Montazah Palace Gardens, built as a summer resort for Khedive Abbas Hilmy.
Day 19 - Cairo: The morning is free to explore Alexandria. Maybe we visit the Catacombs of Kom-ash Shuqqafa (a series of subterranean tombs) or the Royal Jewellery Museum. Transfer back to Cairo in the afternoon.
Day 21 - Oasis: After breakfast we will visit the hot and cold springs, Black Mountain, Gebel el Ingleez, Pyramid Mountain, Oasis Museum and more.
Day 22 - Oasis: Early start for our desert safari to the White Desert, visiting dunes, Swiss tombs, Black Mountains, a Bedouin village and more. Overnight in the desert camp in the White Desert.
Day 23 - Oasis: Onwards from the White Desert to Farafra Oasis where we mix with the Bedouin people who live in amazaing mudbrick houses. This lush oasis produces dates, figs, apricots and other fruits. In the evening we will stay at a desert camp.
Day 25 - Cairo: Transfer to the airport for our onward journey.
Package Price: (based on private tour for two people)
2700 Euro per person
Flight to Abu Simbel: 150 euro per person
Flight from Luxor to Sharm el Sheikh: 150 Euro per person
Upgrade to Nile Cruiser: 150 euro per person