When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 02:00 p.m. on Day 8

Itinerary

Day 1Cairo

 

Arrive at any time.

 

If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer through your sales agent.

We do not visit the Egyptian Museum on this tour, so if you arrive early, you may want to consider checking it out. With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, it is worth a visit if you're interested in archaeology.

Your tipping kitty will be collected at the welcome meeting (please refer to the "tipping" section of the trip notes for more information).

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

 

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 

 
Pharaohs Hotel (or similar)

 

Hotel

Day 2Cairo/Aswan

 

Enjoy a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Take an orientation tour through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, with free time for shopping or people watching from a shisha café. Overnight train to Aswan.

For lunch, why not go local with a couple of falafel sandwiches, or take the chance to find out what kushari tastes like?

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and store our luggage in our vehicle, ready to head to the station to catch tonight's overnight train later in the evening. Looking to up the comfort level on your ride? Pre-book a sleeper bed upgrade.

 
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour

 

Cairo

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your CEO has all the facts about of these massive structures. 

 
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Orientation Walk

 

Cairo3h-4h

Head to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar in downtown Cairo for an orientation walk with the CEO. Learn the best places to buy various things, and opt to enjoy a hookah and a cup of tea in a cafe. Enjoy free time to stroll and shop the narrow pathways.

 
Overnight train (airplane seats)

 

Cairo – Aswan12h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 2

Solar Boat Museum Visit
Cairo
80EGP per person

Enjoy a visit to the Solar Boat Museum. It displays one of the pharaoh’s funerary barges - it may just be the oldest boat in existence!

 
Entrance into the Pyramids
Cairo
200-240EGP per person

Ever wonder what's inside the pyramids? Here's your chance to find out.

 
Sleeper Cabin Upgrade
Cairo – Aswan
100USD per person

Upgrade to a sleeper cabin for the duration of your overnight train rides between Cairo and Aswan, and Luxor and Cairo. (Price includes upgrade for both journeys).

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Aswan

Free morning to explore Aswan. Opt to wander through the souk at your own pace, take a guided tour of the city, or visit the famous Philae Temple, it's your choice. 

In the afternoon, board a felucca and sail down the Nile. Visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals. 

 

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, as ever, we should be prepared for "Egypt time"!

 
Free Time
AswanMorning

Head out and explore this sleepy town.

 
Local Living: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
 

Board a local boat, known as a felucca, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on the largest of the Nile islands in this area, Elephantine Island. Walk through the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Souk Visit
Aswan1h-3h
Free

Wander through the souk, soaking in the scent and colour of spices and perfumes, and rummaging through beautiful scarves and baskets.

 
Tour of Aswan 
Aswan4h-5h
580-670EGP per person

Enjoy a guided tour of this wonderful city that was the source of marble for many of ancient Egypt's grand buildings. Close to town, in one of these ancient quarries, lies a gigantic unfinished obelisk cut out of local stone. Also visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple. Round-trip transfer included.

 
Philae Temple Visit
Aswan
400-490EGP per person

The word "philae" means "the end", in reference to this island's placement on what was once the southernmost border of Egypt. Sail across the Nile to the beautiful island, and step into Greco Roman history. See the Temple of Philae. Round-trip transfer included.

Accommodation

 
Nuba Nile (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Aswan

Spend the day exploring Aswan. Take an optional trip to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.

Spend another day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit one of the most fascinating sights in the area, the Temple of Abu Simbel. Or continue exploring the city, including the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people. 

If you have purchased the Temple of Abu Simbel Overland Theme Pack, you will visit the temple today. Leaving Aswan at around 4am, you travel deep into the desert to the site of these enormous temples, on the shores of Lake Nasser. You can spend around 2 hours at the temples and then return to Aswan by about 12pm. The round trip drive is around 5-6 hrs.

 
Carte Blanche
AswanFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Aswan, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like bartering with a merchant at a local souk, riding a camel at the West Bank, or sitting back to enjoy a sound and light Show at the Philae Temple. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 4

Nubian Museum Visit
Aswan1h-3h
80EGP per person

Enjoy a the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about the culture and customs of Aswan's local people.

 
Abu Simbel Visit (Bus)
Abû Simbel8h-10h600km
1800EGP per person

Visit the fantastic twin temples of Abu Simbel by caravan there and back. Visit includes about 2 hrs at the site to wander through the different temples and learn more about the construction, history, and relocation of these magnificently preserved structures. The temples, built by Ramses II between 1274-1244BC, would now be under Lake Nasser if not for the wonders of modern engineering.

Accommodation

 
Nuba Nile (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 5Aswan/Kom Ombo

Sail the Nile on a felucca with a support boat. Sleep on board under the stars.

 

 
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
Nile River

Enjoy a relaxing ride on a felucca (traditional Nile sailboat) and travel down the river, watching the scenery glide by. At night, sleep on the deck under the stars (mattresses and blankets are provided). Enjoy delicious meals on board. The felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, but a private support boat travelling in close proximity has both (please bring a towel).

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Kom Ombo/Luxor

Visit Kom Ombo Temple on the way to Luxor. Opt to visit Karnak Temple or discover Luxor at your own pace. Choose from taking a horse and carriage ride, to checking out the local bazaar, or visiting the Mummification Museum. The choice is yours!

 

 
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Kom Ombo1h-2h

Enjoy a visit to this temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago.

 
Private Vehicle
Kom Ombo – Luxor4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Free Time
LuxorAfternoon

Start exploring Luxor.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Karnak Temple Visit
Luxor3h-4h
400-490EGP per person

Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs. Round-trip transfer included.

 
Luxor Temple Visit
Luxor1h-3h
60EGP per person

Take in the beauty of the Luxor temple, an architectural splendour located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor. It's spectacularly lit in the evenings and well worth a visit.

 
Mummification Museum
Luxor1h-3h
80EGP per person

Learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world's only Mummification Museum.

 
Bazaar Visit
Luxor1h-2h
Free

Wander through the bustling local bazaar and check out the wares for sale. Pick up a few if you like!

 
Horse and Carriage Ride
Luxor30m-2h
50-150EGP per person

Enjoy a horse and carriage (calèche) ride and get oriented in the city.

 
Camel Ride
Luxor
135EGP per person

Mount your trusty, humped steed and set off for a ride through the desert.

 
Tour of the East Bank
Luxor5h-6h
580-670EGP per person

Step into the second largest religious building in the world - the Temple of Karnak - and enjoy a guided tour through its many hieroglyph inscribed chapels and pylons. Next, explore the towering walls and pillars of the Luxor Temple, and take in the beautiful view of the Nile River. Round-trip transfer included.

Accommodation

 
Emilio Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 7Luxor/Cairo

Enjoy a free time to explore Luxor before an overnight train back to Cairo.

 

If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today. Looking to up the comfort level on your ride? Pre-book a sleeper bed upgrade.

 
Free Time
LuxorHalf Day

Enjoy a free day to explore Luxor and beyond.

 
Overnight train (airplane seats)
Luxor – Cairo9h30m

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Accommodation on the sleeper train is in comfortable twin-share bunk-bed compartments with lockable doors. The beds convert into seats when not in use and luggage is stored under the bottom bunk. Bedding is provided and there is a small wash basin with soap and a towel provided. Shared toilet facilities are at the end of each carriage. A simple “airline style” dinner is provided, but most guests prefer to eat before boarding the train. Non-alcoholic drinks are available to purchase and there is a bar car for socialising.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Colossi of Memnon Visit
Luxor15m-30m

Enjoy a visit to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon; they used to stand at the front of a temple that no longer exists. Check out ancient graffiti discussing the statues!

 
Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings Visit
Luxor4h-5h
156EGP per person

Enjoy an excursion to the famous Valley of the Kings. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the most incredible paintings of the life of their encumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead. Descend down the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. Also visit to the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops -- it's a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom. 

 
Karnak Temple Visit
Luxor3h-4h
400-490EGP per person

Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs. Round-trip transfer included.

 
Luxor Temple Visit
Luxor1h-3h
60EGP per person

Take in the beauty of the Luxor temple, an architectural splendour located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor. It's spectacularly lit in the evenings and well worth a visit.

 
Mummification Museum
Luxor1h-3h
80EGP per person

Learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world's only Mummification Museum.

 
Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride
Luxor
1530EGP per person

What an incredible way to enjoy unparalleled views of the tombs and monuments of ancient Egypt. Fly over the West Bank aboard a hot air balloon on a 1-hour flight. The wind dictates where you go and what you see, so there isn't a flight that is ever the same. Round-trip transfer included.

 
Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit
Luxor
120EGP per person

Opt to descend down into the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Valley of the Kings' most famous pharaoh. While the treasure has been moved to the Cairo Museum, it is fascinating to enter the tomb that held one of the most intact collection of treasures found in all of Egypt.

 
Sleeper Cabin Upgrade
Cairo – Aswan
100USD per person

Upgrade to a sleeper cabin for the duration of your overnight train rides between Cairo and Aswan, and Luxor and Cairo. (Price includes upgrade for both journeys).

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8Cairo

Tour ends upon arrival.

 

Our tour finishes on arrival at Cairo train station. Please be aware that delays on overnight trains do quite often occur, so please do not book any onward flights before mid-afternoon today.

We are able to organise extra post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days. Please ask at the time of booking.

 
Departure Day (Activities)
 

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

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