Best of Egypt Tour including Nile Cruise and Abu Simbel
EGYPT TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Travel to ancient Egypt with other Solo Travellers on this 9-day adventure to the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’. Begin your journey in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, full to the brim of chaos and contrasts and of course, home to the world’s last remaining ancient wonder; the Great Pyramids of Giza. Take the overnight train to Aswan to sail on an Egyptian Feluccia around Elephantine Island, where the rivers flow gently from Lake Nassar. Continue your journey to Abu Simbel to visit the huge temples that were carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century. Then, you will embark upon a 3-day cruise down the world’s most iconic river; the Nile, an undoubtful highlight of this trip. Finish up your Best of Egypt tour in Luxor, home to the great Luxor Temple and the Valley of Kings, where the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI lie. Despite the recent political turmoil Egypt has faced, its people remain as warm and welcoming as ever, so what are you waiting for?
Discover the colossal temples carved into the mountainside at Abu Simbel
Wander around the world’s last remaining ancient wonder at the Pyramids of Giza
Relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you cruise down the River Nile
Enter the tombs of the Pharaoh’s in the Valley of the Kings
Day 1 – Arrive Cairo
Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. Check-in at your hotel in Cairo will be available from 2pm. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2 - Cairo / Pyramids of Giza / Cairo
After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin the journey to Giza to visit the only remaining ancient wonder of the world; the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whilst here, you will also see a Royal Burial Chamber and the Sphinx. Built during a time when Egypt was one of the most powerful civilisations in the world, the pyramids are some of the most magnificent man-made structures in history. More than 4000 years after they were built, the pyramids still retain majesty, providing a glimpse into the country’s rich and glorious past. After lunch, you will visit the Egyptian Museum, which is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, including many treasures of King Tutankhamun. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 3 – Cairo / Aswan
After breakfast, you will have the day at leisure. In the early evening, you will be transferred to the train station for an overnight train to Aswan. Dinner will be on board the train.
Day 4 – Aswan / High Dam / Philae / Nubia / Nile Cruise
Upon arrival in Aswan, your driver will pick you up from the train station and take you to visit the High Dam which is situated across the River Nile and was constructed between 1960 to 1970. Next, you will visit the Philae Temple, located on an island in Lake Nassar. After this, you’ll head to your Nile Cruise for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon, you will sail on an Egyptian Felucca around Elephantine Island and the Agra Khan Mausoleum before visiting a Nubian Village. Overnight on board the boat in Aswan.
Day 5 – Aswan / Abu Simbel / Kom Ombo / Nile Cruise
This morning requires a very early start. Breakfast will be provided to take with you on the bus to Abu Simbel. These two huge temples, carved out of the rock, are situated on the western bank of Lake Nassar, about 230km southwest of Aswan. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, and are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After returning to Aswan, you will board your River Nile Cruise for lunch and sail to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival in the early evening, you will visit the Sobek Temple, which is just a short walk from where the cruise docks. Kom Ombo is an agricultural town in Egypt that became a Greek settlement during the Greco-Roman period. The town’s location on the Nile gave it some control over trade routes from Nubia to the Nile Valley, but its main rise to prominence came in the 2nd century after the temple was erected. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 6 – Edfu Temple / Nile Cruise
After breakfast, you will travel by horse and cart to visit the Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC, and is an important landmark of this city. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the boat. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure on board as we sail on to our final destination, Luxor.
Day 7 – Luxor
After breakfast, this morning we will be disembarking the boat. We will then visit the great Luxor Temple and the magnificent Karnak Temple of Amun with its famous Hypostyle Hall, 134 huge columns, the Statue of Ramses II, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Sacred Lake. In the afternoon you’ll have some free time to relax. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 8 – Luxor
After breakfast, you will begin your sightseeing tour around Luxor. You will visit the Valley of the Kings, where some of the richest treasures in the world exist. For a period of nearly 500 years, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles in this valley, which stands on the west bank of the Nile. You will also be able to visit some of these royal tombs including the Tomb of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI. Afterwards you’ll visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second female pharaoh in history, who is considered to be one of the most successful pharaohs of all time. Finally, you’ll visit the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Amenhotep III. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 9 – Depart Luxor
Today is the last day of your tour. Check-out at the hotel will be at 11am. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have the day to relax before heading to Luxor International Airport for flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE EGYPT TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast (single supplement £250)
- 3x nights’ accommodation on Nile Cruise
- 1x nights’ accommodation on overnight train to Aswan
- Tour of Cairo
- All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
- All sightseeing and entry fees as mentioned in itinerary
- English-speaking local guides throughout
- 4x Lunches 6x Dinners
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE EGYPT TOUR
- Entry visa to Egypt (around $25)
- International flights
- Optional tours and excursions
- Meals not mentioned
- Tips & personal expenses
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Best of Egypt tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Between 12-16
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Egyptian Pound / Spending £25 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing Egypt is a year round destination, but be warned, the summer months can be incredibly hot! The best time to go is between September and April, before the heat of summer kicks in. Temperatures during this time will still be hot in the day, but cooler at night so it’s advisable to take layers, as well as summer clothes. As a predominantly Muslim country, you will also need to dress modestly; women must cover their upper arms and legs, and men must cover their chests. And as always on our trips, you must take comfortable walking shoes!
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially when travelling to Africa. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. It is quite likely the food will not agree with you in Egypt, so make sure you drink plenty of water and always wash your hands before eating.
Single Supplement £250
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Egypt before your departure date.
Tipping We recommend always carrying small change with you, as tipping is expected everywhere; cafes, tourist sites, taxis, mosques, and restaurants. If in doubt, tip.
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