Pyramids & Pharaohs in Egypt

9 days
from
£1,299
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
EZE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16

Spend nine days on an Egyptian odyssey. You’ll check off all the can’t-miss landmarks (Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel - you get the idea), but there’s much more to this trip besides. You’ll kayak on the Nile. Sandboard across the dunes. Take a sleeper train cross-country. Spend a day exploring the islands around Aswan by felucca. Sleep in Nubian-style accommodation and feast on their home-cooked dishes. It’s an adrenaline-charged adventure for history-hunters who don’t want to scrimp on the thrills.

Highlights

  • Go quad biking with the pyramids as your backdrop
  • Take a felucca ride on the Nile
  • Experience the thrill of sandboarding across the desert

Key information

  • Four nights in premium hotels, three nights in a Nubian guesthouse, and one-night onboard a sleeper train
  • Countries visited: Egypt

What's included

  • All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • Flights
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Cairo
to
Luxor
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Egypt

    Welcome to Cairo, the magnificent capital of Egypt. It’s a loud and proud place where raucous modern life meets an entrenched ancient history. You’ll check into the beautiful Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, just outside of the city with views over to the pyramids. 

  • Day 2

    Check off the headline spectacles

    You’ve got nine days in Egypt, and there’s a lot to cram in. Your first full day has blockbuster attractions in store. After breakfast, you’ll head straight out to the Pyramids of Giza, spending an hour on a quad bike with the pyramids as your movie-like backdrop. Then there’s a tour to understand the secrets of these intriguing structures better.

    Later, in downtown Cairo, you’ll visit the Egyptian Museum to see the riches of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and other Egyptian treasures. The day continues at the architecturally beautiful Al Azhar Mosque, one of the oldest examples in the city. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Kayak the Nile then get lost in the souks

    You’ll board a kayak this morning and paddle the Nile for around two hours. Then it’s back to downtown Cairo for a food tour and the chance to sample koshary, molokhia, ful and falafel traditional Egyptian dishes. There’s an afternoon tour of Old Cairo to wander the narrow lanes of the Khan El-Khalili bazaar.

    Tonight, you’ll be rocked to sleep aboard a sleeper train bound for Aswan, the southern frontier of ancient Egypt.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Wake up in Aswan

    There’s a full day on the Nile today. You’ll board a traditional felucca and get to know this famous waterway a little better. As the boat’s lateen sails unfurl, there’s time to relax and enjoy the scenery as you pass rocky islets and glimpse the golden dunes beyond the west bank.  Later, you’ll check into Anakato Hotel, traditional Nubian-style accommodation.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Marvel at the enigmatic Temples of Abu Simbel

    You’ll rise before the sun this morning to travel through the desert to Abu Simbel.  It’s renowned for its colossal temples -- spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art and engineering overlooking Lake Nasser.  After, there’s some downtime back at the Anakato Hotel before your adventure continues in the late afternoon when you’ll take a desert walk with a Nubian guide. You’ll feast on a home-cooked Nubian meal and learn about the culture and history of this region. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Board the dunes

    This morning, you’ll be sandboarding across the dunes. It’s an extreme sport that’s sure to get your heart pumping. Buzzing with adrenaline, the rest of the day is yours to swim and kayak in the Nile, explore Aswan’s bazaar or take an optional tour of Philae Temple, the High Dam or a nearby Nubian village.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Explore Luxor

    It’s on to Luxor today, taking the four-hour transfer to this one-of-a-kind destination. You’ll tour the ancient Karnak Temple and marvel at the sheer grandeur of the monuments that have survived here.  After sunset, you’ll visit the Luxor Temple, built between 1390 and 1352 BC. Tonight, you’ll stay at the excellent Mercure Luxor Karnak on the Nile’s east bank.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Visit the Valley of the Kings

    An early transfer this morning takes you to the Valley of the Kings, the site of 63 royal tombs.  It was part of the ancient city of Thebes and the burial site of almost all the pharaohs of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties.  Then it’s onto the Colossi of Memnon, two giant and faceless stone statues guarding the entrance to the temple of Amenophis III.

    There’s lunch at the El Marsam restaurant and then a visit to ACE Luxor animal hospital, a charity dedicated to treating animals in the most impoverished communities of Luxor.

    Tonight, there’s a farewell dinner at El Sofra restaurant, dining on traditional Egyptian dishes.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Adventure complete

    And, just like that, a whirlwind exploration is complete. Today you’ll head to Luxor’s airport for your return flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Egypt

Visas are required by all non-Arab nationalities and currently cost approximately GBP20. It is recommended that you obtain your visa before you travel (although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival). You can get a visa online at Visa2Egypt or alternatively, the address of the Egyptian Embassy in London is 2 Lowndes Street, SW1. Tel: 020 7235 9777. Visas are now generally available for same day collection, although this should NOT be relied upon. Opening hours are 09.30 to 12.30 for applications, 14.15 to 16.00 for collection of passports after the visa has been issued. Postal applications direct to the embassy for visas are not recommended as the service takes 15 to 20 days.

You will need to provide your host’s information on the application – please use the following details:

South Sinai Travel
79 Merghany Street
Cairo
Egypt
Tel: +20 22418 7310
www.southsinai.com

Please note that recently Egyptian officials have requested tourists carry a copy of their passport with them whilst in the country.

Vaccinations

Egypt

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Although not usually advised, other vaccinations to consider include rabies and Hepatitis B.

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners are included
  • Vegetarians and gluten-free diets can be catered for, although options may be limited

Is this trip for you?

  • Early starts allow us to maximise the adventure (and avoid the hottest parts of the day)
  • Care should be taken to keep hydrated. From June to September, temperatures can go into the 40's in the south
  • A sense of adventure is needed for quad biking, kayaking and sandboarding, although no previous experience necessary

Sun Festival Departures

The festival is a bi-annual event at Abu Simbel that has been taking place for over 3200 years. During the celebrations the sun perfectly aligns with the usually dark interior and lights up the seated statues of Ramses II, the sun god, Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Only the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. There are traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
A large, modern resort hotel overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. There are two swimming pools with feature waterfalls and a choice of dining options.

Anakato Hotel
Authentic Nubian-style accommodation with views of the Nile. Rooms are brightly coloured and furnished in the local style.

Mercure Luxor Karnak
A large and contemporary hotel with an abundance of facilities on the Nile’s east bank.

Please note that if the listed accommodation is not available then an alternative of a similar standard will be used.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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