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Egypt Tours Nile Explorer Tour 9 days
Egypt - Cairo - Aswan (felucca or luxury cruise) Luxor - Red Sea 
This family adventure gives you a taste of everything that Egypt has to offer. The Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo and temples and tombs in Luxor provide the main sightseeing, and a short camel ride, overnight felucca trip on the Nile and some time by the Red Sea balance these out to make a fun and educational holiday for the whole family, staying in 4 & 5 star hotels.

 

Highlights:
The Pyramids & Sphinx; Felucca sailboat trip down the Nile; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Karnak

Transport:
Sleeper train, air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, felucca sailboat

Meals:
Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 1 | Dinner: 4

Itinerary

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The Nile has often been described as the lifeblood of Egypt. Along it lie some of the most spectacular monuments in the world. From temples and tombs to pyramids and monasteries, each has a story to tell and together they stand as a testament to the greatness of an ancient civilisation. Come with us on a journey to Cairo and down the Nile, and explore this fascinating country.

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into the hotel and relax after your journey.

Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids & Museum Tour

Enjoy a full day tour of the famous pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa before visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to see the famous Tutankhamun exhibit. In the evening we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Day 3: Aswan - Tour to Philae Temple & High Dam.

We arrive in Aswan in the morning and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we take a tour to Philae Temple and the High Dam at Lake Nasser.

Day 4: Aswan - Abu Simbel option. Start felucca sailboat cruise.

Early this morning there is an option to drive out into the desert early morning to visit the spectacular temples at Abu Simbel. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat trip to some of the islands that dot the Nile around Aswan before boarding our felucca sailboat to begin our Nile cruise (luxury Dahabiya or Nile cruise upgrade available).

Day 5: Nile Felucca Cruise

You spend the day relaxing today as you float down the Nile on our traditional felucca sailboat. In the evening we are entertained by our boat crew who perform traditional Nubian musical entertainment.

Day 6: Komombo and Edfu temples. Luxor East bank tour

We end our felucca cruise after breakfast before exploring the riverside temple at Komombo and then Edfu temple en-route to Luxor. In the afternoon we visit the huge temple complex at Karnak and in the evening visit the impressive Luxor temple in the middle of town.

Day 7: West Bank Tour. Travel to Cairo

We cross the Nile today to visit the sights on the west bank including the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu Temples and the imposing Colossi of Memnon. There is also an option to take a spectacular early morning hot air balloon flight over the Nile. In the evening we board the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.

Day 8: Cairo - Free time. City tour option

We arrive back in Cairo during the morning and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city some more. We can also arrange an optional day trip to the nearby city of Alexandria, Wadi Rayan or a city tour of Cairo today.

Day 9: Cairo - Tour ends.

The tour ends today and your time is free until we transfer you to the airport for departure.

Tour description

Egypt Tours Note - From August 2011 this tour is being upgraded to use the overnight sleeper train for the journeys between Cairo-Aswan and Luxor-Cairo.
We begin the tour in Cairo where we tour the Pyramids and Sphinx at both Gisa and Saqqara. We also offer an optional full day city tour to explore the city’s many interesting sites which includes beautiful mosques, the famous Egyptian museum, sprawling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, and Citadel where you get great views over the whole city.

Egypt ToursFrom here we travel to Aswan to begin our journey down the Nile. Dotted with beautiful green islands, cascading rapids and large sailed feluccas, the Nile here is perhaps at its most beautiful. We spend time visiting the picturesque island temple of Philae and the huge High Dam before taking a traditional felucca sailboat trip over 2 nights, sailing down the river to Luxor with stops to tour the temples at Komombo and Edfu.

In Luxor we tour the vast array of monumental architecture from Egypt's ancient past On the east bank we have a chance to see the huge temples of Karnak and Luxor.

Egypt ToursOn the west bank of the Nile we visit, amongst other sites, the Valleys of the Kings to see the multitude of Pharoanic tombs which have been unearthed during years of excavations.

From here we return to Cairo where you can to do some last minute shopping, re-visit the museum or bazaars, or do a day trip to Alexandria or Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales before leaving Egypt with what we hope are some treasured memories.

Otional extras

Listed below is a selection of optional extras that can be added to your tour. Just select which options you want to add to your booking when you reserve your tour, or alternatively just let us know and we'll add them to your booking. Further options are also available when you get to Egypt (such as Sound & Light shows, dinner cruises, scuba-diving courses).

Single Room Supplement

This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller, then you may share a twin or triple room with other single travellers in the group. If we do not have any other single travellers available for you to share with at the time of your booking, then we will need to add this supplement to your tour price (this can be refunded to you later if other people book who you can share with).

Abu Simbel Tour (overland)

The awesome temples at Abu Simbel are a must see for anyone travelling to Egypt. Lying 280 km south of Aswan these remarkable temples were dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone to escape the rising waters of lake Nasser, and stand as a testament to the greatness of the Pharaoh Ramses II, and to modern engineering. We travel in a private minibus/coach and join the early morning escorted convoy which departs Aswan at 04.30, returning by around midday (approx. 3 hours drive each way, with 2 hours at the temples, timed to be shortly after sunrise). 

Hot Air Balloon Flight - Luxor

This spectacular flight runs early in the morning over the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, so that you catch the sunrise over the Valleys of the Kings & Queens, temples and desert. Start times vary through the year, but the option is priced to use one of the very first flights in the morning that are timed to fit with the rising sun. You get around 1 hour in the air. We normally book the flight for the morning before your West Bank tour). There is a minimum number of people required for the trips to run, and weather conditions are also an issue, so we can't guarantee that the trip will run everyday (they are rarely cancelled however). You can either book and pay for this option in advance to secure a sunrise flight, or arrange it when you get to Egypt when we can't guarantee this. Once booked and paid for, refunds are not available if you choose not to do the option while you are in Egypt, though of course if it is cancelled we will refund you in full.

Nile Dahabiya cruise upgrade

This Nile Dahabiya cruise upgrade option is a very special experience, as Dahabiyas are normally only available on very exclusive and expensive holidays. Dahabiyas are beautifully crafted sailing-boats which became popular during the British colonisation of Egypt, and we have sourced an excellent boat to use for this option. They provide the best features of a felucca and cruise boat, with the comfort of en-suite AC cabins, and the peace and quiet of a sailing boat, and also give you the most actual sailing time on the river. You join the boat in Aswan and spend 4 nights on board; one in Aswan and one in Luxor, and two en-route as you sail down-river. Sightseeing tours in Aswan and Luxor are done with the main group, but you visit the temples at Edfu and Komombo with the on-board Egyptologist. All meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners) are included. Drinks are not included but may be purchased on board. Single cabin supplements apply, and triple cabins are not available. Note: There are only 8 cabins on board so the boat can take a maximum of 16 people. As a result it can fill up a long time before departure, so book early to avoid disappointment. A Nile cruise boat upgrade may be offered when the Dahabiya is full or when the minimum required number of travellers (6) are not reached.

Luxury Nile Cruise

If you wish to take a luxury cruise instead of the basic felucca sailboat cruise, then we offer this option. You check on board a Luxury 5-Star cruise boat for 3 days and 3 nights on the Nile. During the day we make our way slowly downriver from Aswan to Luxor, relaxing in the sun and watching Egyptian life on the banks of the Nile drift by. In the evenings we dine on classical Egyptian food and listen to the distinctive sounds of traditional music in the sumptuous surroundings of the cruise boat. On our way we stop at Edfu Temple, a well-preserved complex dedicated to the God Horus; and also at Komombo, where there are the remains of a temple dedicated to the Gods Sobek and Haroeris. The final night of the cruise is spent moored in the centre of Luxor. All your meals are included. This cruise will sometimes run in reverse depending on your date of departure. Twin cabins are available on the boat, which can take 2 adults and one child. A single supplement will be added if you need a single cabin.

Alexandria Day Trip

This day trip to Alexandria leaves Cairo early in the morning, and includes a private A/C car or minibus to and from Alexandria (approx. 2½ hours each way), and a guided tour of the city. The tour is flexible, but will include the Roman amphitheatre, which has twelve semi-circular marble tiers and is in remarkably good condition, and the Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa, which is the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria. Dating from the beginning of the Second Century AD this cemetery displays a unique blend of Pharaonic and Roman art. Later in the afternoon we have the chance to stroll around Alexandria, see the famous library and other sites before returning to Cairo. The tour includes all transportation, lunch, entrance fees, a local English-speaking Egyptologist and lasts for the full day, returning to Cairo by around 19.00.Note: If travelling on your own, a single supplement will be added. If other people in your group also take the option, this supplement will be removed.

Wadi Rayan & Valley of the Whales day trip

This tour features a day trip from Cairo to the Fayoum region where we head for the Wadi Rayan Protected Area, which surrounds a fresh-water lake in the middle of the desert, filled by the remaining irrigation water from the Fayoum area. There are several waterfalls here, and a bird hide which gives good views of the lakes birdlife, particularly in the winter months when the lake is an important stop for migrating water-birds. We also visit the Springs Oasis area, a rare example of an uninhabited Saharan oasis, and host to many different plants and animals, including Dorcas Gazelle, Ruppell’s Sand Fox and Fennec Fox. After a stop for a packed lunch, we then drive into the stunning desert & mountain scenery of Wadi Hitan (Valley of the Whales). This World Heritage Site is accepted as the most significant site in the world to demonstrate the evolution of whales, and we take a 2-3km walk here to see several specimens of fossilised whales of different types sitting on the surface of the sand, as well as fossilised mangroves and the remains of crab holes. This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run.

Cairo Belly Dancing Class

Egyptian Cookery Class (1 day)

If you're visiting Egypt and have an interest in cooking, why not join our one day Cookery School? Our cookery teacher will have you preparing delicious, well-known Egyptian dishes in no time, which you'll then be able to impress your friends with back home! In addition to the cooking you will also learn about Egyptian ingredients and their Arabic names. The tour price includes transportation, cooking materials and full instruction.
This option requires a minimum of 2 passengers to go ahead.

Cairo to Aswan Flight Upgrade

Should you wish, you have the option of spending another night at your hotel in Cairo and taking the early morning flight to Aswan, instead of the sleeper train. All transfers are included. 

Luxor to Cairo Flight Upgrade

Should you wish, you have the option of taking the evening flight from Luxor, instead of the sleeper train, and spending an extra night in Cairo . All transfers are included.

Extra Night in Cairo pre-tour - 4-star

This option adds an extra night to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport arrival transfer is still included.

Extra Night in Cairo post-tour - 4-star

This option adds an extra night in Cairo to the end of your tour, staying in a 4-star hotel. Your departure airport transfer is included. If you would like to add more than one extra night, please make a note when you make your reservation and we will add them to your booking.

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