Egypt Encompassed (9 days) Cairo to Cairo

Company : Oasis Overland
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 250 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

Explore all the main sights of Egypt as well as places off the beaten track, then chill out on the Nile River on a traditional Felucca sailing boat.

Egypt: ‘where it all begins’.  Discover the rich history and fascinating culture of Egypt in this 9-day tour that includes the country’s most iconic highlights in a relaxed and non-rushed way.  

Travel by train, felucca, private vehicle and internal flight following the Nile south to Aswan, and then back again via Luxor and Hurghada to experience the incredible archaeological sites, take in the stunning scenery and meet the friendly and hospitable locals. 

Accompanied throughout by local, professional tour guides and with knowledgeable Egyptologist guides for the historic sites, in nine days this small group tour is the perfect way to explore this beautiful and compelling country.  Please note this trip is run in conjunction with a local operator.

Itinerary

Day 1
Cairo - Free day. Your Egypt travel adventure begins with you being met at Cairo airport and transferred to your hotel. Your tour leader will meet those of you who have arrived at our hotel for an informal get together. No meals provided

Day 2
Cairo - The tour starts in the bustling metropolis that is Cairo, with our own Egyptologist guide for the day. We spend the morning at the Egyptian History Museum and after lunch we explore the world famous Pyramids - inside and out - and the Sphinx at Giza. In the evening we transfer to the station to catch the overnight sleeper train* to Aswan. Breakfast

Day 3
We arrive in Aswan in the morning and are transferred to our hotel. Tours to Egypt are not complete without a vist to Aswan and its beautiful setting on the Nile - feluccas, desert sand, sparkling water, palm trees, tropical plants, granite rock outcrops, islands and the Nile's first cataracts. The culture of Aswan's darker Nubian inhabitants is palpably African and more laid back than the rest of Egypt. Here you can walk along the Corniche with its riverside restaurants and attractive boulevards, or mix with locals in the narrow market alleys and stop in small cafes. A visit to the island Philae temple as well as the Aswan High Dam are a great way to spend your first day here. Your tour leader will inform you of the various things you can do and places to visit in and around Aswan during your stay. No meals provided

Days 4 to 5
An early morning start is required to reach the UNESCO world heritage listed site - Abu Simbel. The optional visit to the temples, built by Ramses II are a highlight for many visitors to Egypt - to visit Abu Simbel select as an add-on when booking. For those not visiting, you can explore the Aswan markets and perhaps visit the Nubain museum. In the afternoon we transfer to our felucca, the perfect relaxing antidote to a busy Egypt adventure trip. We spend an afternoon, 1 full day and 2 nights aboard watching Egypt glide by and sleeping under the stars. Originally introduced by the Romans, these traditional sailing boats use only wind power and occasionally oars. In the evenings a facilities boat will join us with its welcome toilets and showers. Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6
Luxor - Our felucca trip will end this morning but our Egypt adventure continues. After the felucca trip you will have the opportunity to visit Kom Ombo temple and the Temple of Horus and Edfu. We then transfer by bus to our Luxor hotel from where you have the afternoon to explore Luxor's sights. In the evening there is the chance to embark on a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor temple.  Breakfast

Day 7
Luxor - Today we visit the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile, where the guide will show you around a number of tombs. Intended by the Pharoahs who built them to be the ultimate insurance policy on eternal life, the tombs are well hidden and we have to scramble down long dark underground shafts to discouver their dramatic and quite amazing funerary glory. There is also the chance to visit Hatchepshut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Returning to Luxor around lunch time, you will have some free time before an afternoon visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex. Built on an awesome scale, its Levithian size will astound you. In the evening we will catch the overnight sleeper train (or internal flight) back to Cairo. Breakfast

Day 8
Cairo - Free day to explore the city, perhaps take a day trip up to the beautiful north coast city of Alexandria. This 20km long city which hugs the Mediterranean sea, has a completely different "feel" to it than Cairo, being much more cosmopolitan and resplendent in Greek influenced architecture. Visit the famous library, the citadel and catacombs, stroll along the beach promenade and feast on the freshest seafood you are likely to find in Egypt in one of the many traditional seafood restaurants that dot the sea front. Breakfast

Day 9
Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast and we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

 

Tour Price

From: £729.00

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