Middle East

Egyptian Adventure Itinerary

Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $2,795 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Cairo

Welcome to Cairo. This fascinating city with a bewildering mixture of old and new will intrigue and entice you; from the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, to the bustling life the locals lead.

After we arrive in Cairo we enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travelers.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Cairo: an ancient civilization

Get ready for many ‘wow’ moments today as we explore the city of Cairo and its ancient landmarks on a half-day tour of the city. After breakfast we set off on our tour, taking in the sights of some of world’s best-known icons, make sure your cameras are charged! We begin at the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, before visiting one of the world’s oldest and largest monuments, the Sphinx. We explore the ancient capital of Memphis before making our way to the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. This pyramid is believed to have been created by one man and dates back to 2700 BCE.

The remainder of our day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city at our own pace.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Cairo: Citadel and bazaars

After breakfast, we continue to explore Cairo. Marvel at the impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities at the Cairo Museum and explore the Saladin Citadel of Cairo, a medieval fortification that overlooks the city. We visit the impressive Mohammed Ali Mosque and the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where we can shop for souvenirs and meander our way through the laneways bursting with clothing, jewelry, spice shops and more.

Special Experience

This evening we dine with a local family in Cairo, getting to know more about life in a city home to approximately 19 million people. We discover the modern-day culture of Cairo and enjoy a home cooked meal, connecting with each other’s lives and making new friends. 

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 4
4

Cairo to Luxor: Upper Egypt

Home to the final resting places of ancient Egyptian royalty, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Tombs of the Nobles, Luxor holds a lot of historic significance in Egypt. The tombs are works of art, with impressive and intricate interior details having barely faded since inception.

We take a short flight this morning from Cairo to Luxor and commence a half-day tour of Luxor, taking in the incredible sights. We discover the Valley of the Kings, its unrivaled history and impressive tombs in a tour of the valley. Once filled with gold and treasure, the tombs that line the valley are incredible. Step inside the tombs of ancient Egyptian royalty and uncover the fascinating history of these final resting places. Discrete from the outside, the interior of the tombs is a site to behold with the colors still vibrant despite the centuries that have passed since their creation.

We continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a beautifully colonnaded and terraced temple built into the mountainside. Hatshepsut was one of Egypt’s few recognized female Pharaohs and we learn more of her reign and subsequent erasure from history. We next visit the Colossi of Memnon, two large stone statues that rise 18 meters from the plains.

Our evening is at leisure in Luxor.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 5
5

Luxor and Nile River Cruise

Special Experience

After breakfast this morning we tour a local village, learning about their culture and way of life. We enjoy a traditional falaha tent lunch as we sit indulge in local Egyptian food.

This afternoon we visit the expansive Karnak Temple. Developed more than 1,000 years ago, the Karnak Temple complex is made up of ruins of temples, chapels and pylons. Make sure your cameras are charged, this impressive complex is a photographer’s delight. We continue to the Luxor Temple and marvel at the remarkable ruins of this complex. An avenue of sphinxes of one and a half miles once connected Karnak Temple to this secondary but no less impressive temple. The age of these ruins and intricate details of the carvings will astound you. The obelisk at the temple’s entrance is one of two originally positioned here. Its missing twin can now be found on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France gifted to King Louis-Philippe in the 19th century.

We board our Nile River cruise ship this evening and enjoy dinner on the ship.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 6
6

Nile River Cruise: a day on the river

We spend our day today cruising along the Nile River as we travel from Luxor to the town of Edfu. We enjoy our time relaxing on the ship and make the most of the luxurious amenities. Sitting on the roof deck and taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Nile River and its banks is highly recommended!

Note

We travel through the Esna Lock today. Due to the high volume of river traffic, we may pass through the lock during the night or have an extended wait prior to entering the lock.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Edfu to Aswan

This morning we visit the Temple of Horus. The second largest temple in Egypt, and one of the best preserved, the Temple of Horus is believed to have been built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth.

Our cruise departs Edfu en-route to Aswan, one of Egypt’s most picturesque cities. Located on the banks of the Nile River against a backdrop of sand dunes, time slows down in Aswan as feluccas tack back and forth across the river and locals go about their daily business at a more relaxed pace. On the way to Aswan we stop and see the Temples of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the two gods; Sobek and Heroeris. We arrive in Aswan and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure before dinner on the ship.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Aswan: city tour and felucca sailing

We embark on a half day tour of Aswan this morning. In contrast to the country’s many ancient landmarks, today we visit Egypt’s modern feat of construction, the Aswan High Dam, an impressive dam built across the Nile. We also visit the Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk, and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. This peaceful temple is set to charm us and is often feted as a favored Egyptian site.

This afternoon we board a felucca for a relaxing cruise along the lifeblood of Egypt, the Nile River. Feluccas, traditional Egyptian sailing boats, were originally used as the primary transportation on the Nile. Today they offer a serene way to experience the Nile and its surrounds.

We enjoy our last night on the ship this evening.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 9
9

The Twin Temples of Abu Simbel

Special Experience

The amazing Abu Simbel temples are a true highlight of our Egyptian journey. We round the bend to gain our first glimpse of these impressive temples, originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BCE. Pharaoh Ramses II commissioned these as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. The Aswan High Dam project of the 1960s put the temples under threat of flooding and as a result they were relocated block by block to their current position, 60 meters up the sandstone cliff. Reassembled in the exact same relationship to each other and the sun, and covered with an artificial mountain these rock temples stand testament to Egypt’s engineering feats both ancient and new.

A short flight from Aswan takes us to Abu Simbel where we enjoy a two-hour tour of the temples before returning to Cairo. We enjoy the remainder of our day at leisure in Cairo before a farewell dinner together.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Cairo

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to incredible Egypt.

[Breakfast]

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