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Sacred Sands

Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and the Western Desert EG

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A fascinating 12-day tour encompassing both city and desert, you will start in the ancient city of Cairo where you will take in all of the main historical sites, including the world renowned Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramid and the iconic Sphinx. An overnight train journey takes you to Aswan to explore the romantic temples of Philae with an optional trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel before your traditional felucca cruise takes you down the Nile River all the way to Luxor via the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu. In Luxor we will visit the incredible temples at Karnak and the world famous tombs of the Valley of the King before we embark on our desert safari. Visiting numerous oases and the spectacular White Desert, we even spend a night camping under the stars!

Arrival location:

EG Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and the Western Desert

Departure Location:

EG Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and the Western Desert

Included in your experience:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers with a local driver
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide/leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping Kitty (except your tour guide/leader

Not included in your experience:

  • International Flights and visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees, allow approx. £65
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

    None Available for this package
DAY 1 Arrive into Cairo
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 4 star hotel
EXTRAS
Extra night - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement - Egypt

DAY 2 Cairo. Museum & Pyramids tour
Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts many other ancient Egyptian artefacts. Following on from the museum we then make the short trip to Giza to visit the Sphinx and the great pyramids of Egypt. After this spectacular introduction to Egyptian history we transfer to the train station for an overnight sleeper train journey to Aswan.
OVERNIGHT
Sleeper train
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement - Egypt

DAY 3 Aswan. Philae Temple & Aswan Dam
After arriving in Aswan this morning, we start our tours with a trip to the island temple complex of Philae visiting the impressive Aswan High Dam en-route. The Philae temple remains one of Egypt’s most romantic and picturesque sites having been completely relocated following work on the Dam. The rest of the day is free to explore the colourful souks and markets found in the town or watch the sunset over the river Nile.
OVERNIGHT
Aswan – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Cruise Upgrade, Nile Dababiya upgrade

DAY 4 Aswan. Abu Simbel option. Start felucca cruise
This morning we have the option of taking an early start for the drive to the UNESCO world heritage site at Abu Simbel. These amazing temples built by Ramses II are one of Egypt's main highlights and attractions.
Those not visiting Abu Simbel can explore Aswan's markets this morning, or visit the Nubian Museum which has a fascinating collection covering the development of the Nubian people in the region. In the afternoon we then board a traditional felucca boat and start our leisurely cruise along the Nile towards the temple at Kom Ombo. In the evening our facilities boat will join us with its welcome toilet and showers, and our Nubian crew will prepare a delicious evening meal.
OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS
Abu Simbel overland

DAY 5 Nile felucca cruise
You'll wake up today on board your traditional felucca and can let yourself unwind as we make our way downriver. Whether you feel the urge to take a swim or just sunbathe on deck there is no better way to experience life on the River Nile. Our facilities boat will join up with us again several times during the day for toilet stops, and on-board massages for those keen to get even more relaxed!
OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple tours. Arrive in Luxor
After a leisurely breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca this morning and visit the nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. In the evening we take a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple which sits right in the middle of town and is beautifully lit up at night.
OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 4 or 5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 7 Luxor. West Bank tour, Karnak Temple
We cross over the River Nile early this morning to begin our tour of Luxor’s West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient Pharaonic burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. In the afternoon you have some free time to explore Luxor's markets or relax in your hotel by the Nile.
OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 4 or 5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 8 Drive to Kharga and Dakhla Oases
This morning we leave Luxor and head out into the wide expanses of Egypt's western deserts. Our first stop is the large town at Kharga Oasis where we have the chance to visit the Temple of Hibis and the Deir-al-Kashef monastery. We then continue on through the desert to the smaller Dakhla Oasis. Here we explore the main town of Mut and the Islamic village of Al Qasr.
OVERNIGHT
Dakhla Oasis - mid-range hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Drive to Farafra Oasis. White Desert camp
We leave Dakhla this morning and drive on to the small and remote Farafra Oasis where we can enjoy some of the local hot water springs, visit the old part of town, and see the gallery belonging to the famous local artist Badr. We then take to 4x4 jeeps and head out on safari into the White Desert. The rock formations formed by centuries of wind and sand erosion here are spectacular, and we make our camp for the night underneath some of these. Your Bedouin crew will prepare an evening meal and camp fire and you have a memorable night sleeping under the stars.
OVERNIGHT
Dakhla – Standard hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Bahariya Oasis – White Desert
We leave the White Desert after breakfast this morning and continue our 4x4 safari through the desert, passing through the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, and past huge sand dunes en-route to the Bahariya Oasis. Here we check back into a hotel and have an afternoon tour of the Oasis including the Temple of Alexander the Great, Pyramid Mountain and other sites. In the evening we may explore the main Oasis town further and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding hills.
OVERNIGHT
Bahariya Oasis - mid-range hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 Drive to Cairo. Free afternoon
We depart Bahariya this morning and drive back towards Cairo. The busy, sprawling city is a huge contrast to the peace and solitude we've enjoyed in the desert over the last few days. Your afternoon is free to do some final sightseeing or shopping in the city.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo (deluxe)

DAY 12 Cairo. Free time. Departure airport transfer
Your time is free today until we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you may like to extend the tour with some time at the Red Sea or by visiting Alexandria or Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night - post-tour, Alexandria day trip, Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)
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