Explore the wonders of the ancient world
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Group Size: Avg. 12, max. 16
Trip code: DPGE
Duration: 8 days
Welcome to Egypt - land of soaring pyramids, colourful souks, ancient temples and the mighty Nile. This awesome eight day group trip takes you to all the historic highlights, from the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. You’ll also explore the streets of Cairo, the tranquil riverside city of Aswan, and spend a night under the stars on a traditional wooden boat. Bucket-list, ticked!
- Explore the unforgettable Giza Pyramids and Sphinx with a qualified Egyptologist
- Spend a night aboard a traditional wooden felucca on the Nile
- Get your haggle on in Cairo’s bustling bazaars
- Explore the wonders of Luxor - the world’s ‘largest open-air museum’
- Take a full day excursion to the Valley of the Kings
Day 1: Cairo. Arrive into Cairo and make your way to your starting accommodation. Chill at the hotel, or plunge straight into the bustling city. You’ll meet your group this evening and get to know the gang over a local meal.
Day 2: Cairo / Aswan. This morning’s destinations are the iconic Giza Pyramids and Sphinx – a real bucket-list moment. After, head back to Cairo for a tour of Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Enjoy a hookah, pick up some handicrafts and tuck into some falafel. This evening, board the sleeper train to Aswan.
Day 3: Aswan. Wake up as the train rolls into Aswan. You’ve got a free morning to explore the city. Visit the souks, discover Philae Temple, or join an optional tour of the city. In the afternoon, cruise down the Nile to a Nubian village where you’ll enjoy a home-cooked meal with the locals.
Day 4: Aswan. Discover more of the tranquil riverside city at your own pace today. Trawl the souks, visit the botanical gardens or just sit back with a mint tea and watch the world go by. We’ve also got an optional trip to the unforgettable twin temples of Abu Simbel.
Day 5: Aswan / Kom Ombo. We’re taking to the river today on board a traditional wooden boat known as a felucca. Take in spectacular views, enjoy your meals on board and sleep on the deck under the stars– it’s an unforgettable experience.
Day 6: Kom Ombo / Luxor. Travel to Luxor with a stop en route at Kom Ombo Temple. Arrive into Luxor in the afternoon and explore the city. Visit the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, the Mummification Museum, or take a tour of the East Bank
Day 7: Luxor / Cairo. Make the most of your last day in Luxor, by joining our epic optional excursion to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatsheput and the Colossi of Memnon. You’ll also have the option to visit the Tomb of Tutankhamun. This evening, board the overnight train to Cairo.
Day 8: Cairo. Wake up as the train arrives into Giza Station in Cairo. Your amazing tour ends on arrival. See you again soon!
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You’ll need to arrive into Cairo International Airport (CAI) on day 1 or earlier. There are no activities planned until this evening when you’ll meet your guide and group. If this is your first trip to Egypt we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer through us (speak to your travel adviser), as navigating your way through the arrivals hall and negotiating a fair price for a taxi service can be a challenge. If you do get your own taxi, expect the drive to take between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic. Taxis do not have meters so you’ll want to agree a price before leaving the airport.
You’ll have a short meeting with your guide and group shortly after arrival. A welcome note will be left at the hotel detailing when and where to meet. If you arrive late, the local team will leave a note telling you where to meet the group the next morning.
Your trip ends on day 8 on arrival in Cairo (night 7 is spent on a sleeper train). We recommend that you don’t book any onward flights before mid-afternoon on day 8 as trains can be subject to delays. You’ll need to arrange your own return airport transfer, but your guide can help with this.
This trip includes 7 nights of accommodation. 4 nights will be spent in twin-share hotels. Rooms are clean and comfortable but very simple, with en suite bathroom facilities and air conditioning. You’ll also have 2 nights on sleeper trains and 1 on a traditional wooden sailing boat. The sleeper trains are modern air-conditioned sleepers with twin-berth beds.
If you require any extra nights of accommodation pre or post trip, please speak to your travel adviser.
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners are included. You’ll need to buy all other meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This gives you plenty of flexibility to experience the delicious local cuisine.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for travellers aged between 18-39.
British citizens need a visa to travel to Egypt. You can get a visa before you travel from the official visa website or your nearest Egyptian consulate. E-visas are valid for a maximum of three months. You can get a visa on arrival, but we recommend you obtain one in advance. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of entry into Egypt.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.