Days
9
Price from
€1,695EUR

The more you see of Egypt, the more you’ll want to explore! From the mighty pyramids of Giza to the riverside temples at Edfu, this nine-day journey is a great place to start.

Independent Journeys
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Journeys are a range of Peregrine's best-selling group tours, available for 1-3 people. They depart on any day and come accompanied by a Peregrine guide in each location and 24/7 support from the local Peregrine office. 
Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the Essential Trip Information regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.


Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Country
Egypt
Style
Independent Journeys
Code
PGNVJ
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
1 review
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • A day spent among the incredible Pyramids of Giza is only the beginning. This trip packs an impressive number of highlights into just nine days, without compromising on comfort and relaxation.

  • Karnak is one of the most fascinating temple complexes in the world, and by taking a horse-drawn carriage there you'll really feel you're stepping back in time.

  • During free time at the Valley of the Kings, you'll have the opportunity to visit the famed tomb of King Tutankhamun.

  • A four-night river cruise is the ideal way to experience the Nile. Rest and relax on the sundeck and in the pool while local riverside life streams by.

  • Experience not only the warmth and charm of Nubian hospitality, but also some delicious traditional cuisine.

  • Cairo's Khan al-Khalili Bazaar is an essential Egyptian experience, and you'll have plenty of time to lose yourself in the colours and aromas of this fascinating marketplace.

  • Enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner with a local family

Is this trip right for you?

  • Egypt can get hot in the summer months of July and August. However, the heat is usually dry and easier to cope with than humidity. Where possible, you will visit sites in the early morning before it gets too hot.

  • Some of the sites you will visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, and there is often little or no shade. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and a hat are essential.

  • Accommodation aboard the Nile riverboat is full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Drinks are offered in the bar area for an additional cost. An evening program is also available.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 May 2016 - 31 December 2016

Arrive at Cairo International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city, but an important welcome meeting will be held in the evening. Check the hotel reception for details.
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids - EGP100
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of ancient treasures. Your expert guide will take you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. Afterwards you'll have some free time to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (this is optional and at extra cost). Your next stop is Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, these pharaonic tombs are incredible to see up close. There's the option of going inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors. Return to your hotel, freshen up, pack your things and transfer to the station for your overnight train to Luxor (approximately 10 hours).

Notes: Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks; your tour leader can help you arrange this. Facilities are located at the end of each carriage.
Accommodation
  • Sleeper Train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - EGP40
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops - EGP200
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum Mummy Room - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor. It's a vibrant place with an excellent bazaar, situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights. You will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. Later in the day you will a take a horse-drawn carriage to Karnak, one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of the temple reveals its finest sections. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak - EGP100
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum - EGP100
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple - EGP60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise early this morning and head into the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. Explore this sprawling and spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, and you'll have free time to visit it. Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. Enjoy lunch upon your return to the boat. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Generally the journey from Luxor to Edfu is from 1 pm to 11 pm. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the 'Other Information' section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.

Notes: Entry to Tutankhamun's small tomb is quite limited and incurs an additional cost.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens - EGP50
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple - EGP40
  • Luxor - Deir el Madina - EGP40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning finds you moored near Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. You will disembark and explore the temple, and get acquainted the lively town centre. Returning to the cruise boat, continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land. After arriving at Komombo around 4 pm, your short walk around the Temple of Sobek, which sits picturesquely ruined on the river's edge, provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. Board your boat again at around 6 pm and continue to Aswan, arriving at around 9.30 pm.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Edfu - Edfu Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city. Its easygoing charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow). It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. The rest of your day will be free to wander, and Aswan is a great place for it. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. Watch the waterfront come alive at dusk, as families are out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
First thing this morning you will visit the iconic Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. The rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries. The departure time for Abu Simbel is between 5am and 6am. A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned 7th-century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar. In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the warm hospitality (and cuisine) of these locals. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing, and may even have the chance to try some moves yourself. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel Basma or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples
Optional Activities
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk - EGP40
  • Aswan - Nubian Museum - EGP60
  • Aswan - Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. Head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes. It retains a distinctly medieval feel. You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). The gorgeous 9th-century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Egypt, possibly its most beautiful too. Its perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret make it a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas and vaunting a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia.
This evening you will get to share an authentic Egyptian meal with a local family. Visit a family home, chat with the local family members about life in the Middle East, and learn some of your favourite traditional Egyptian dishes while enjoying a delicious dinner
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - Gayer Anderson
  • Cairo - Home Cooked Meal
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Check-out is usually around 12 noon, and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private aircon bus, Riverboat, Sleeper train

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (3 nights), Cruise ship (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Edfu - Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples
  • Cairo - Gayer Anderson
  • Cairo - Home Cooked Meal

Reviews

Our Nile Valley Highlights - Independent Journey trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Nile Valley Highlights - Independent Journey, May 2016

Nicole Dann

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