12 days

Icons of Egypt

Icons of Egypt

Cairo Museum

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo

Nile cruise

The Valley of the Kings

Edfu and Komombo temples

Mediterranean port town of Alexandria

Nubean Aswan

The Great Pyramids and Sphinx

Trip rating
  • Egypt has more ancient history packed into every square inch than any other country in the world. On this journey through the 'Land of the Pharaohs' from Cairo through the fascinating cities of Alexandria, Aswan and Luxor you will see and experience the many mysterious layers of Egyptian history laid bare. For an adventure that doesn't stray too far out of the comfort zone, this is the perfect introduction to Egypt's many treasures.

    Why we love it

    • Egypt has more ancient history packed into every square inch than any other country in the world.
    • On this journey through the 'Land of the Pharaohs' from Cairo through the fascinating cities of Alexandria, Aswan and Luxor you will see and experience the many mysterious layers of Egyptian history laid bare.
    • For an adventure that doesn't stray too far out of the comfort zone, this is the perfect introduction to Egypt's many treasures.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Cairo

    • Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
    • There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions. Check with the hotel reception for details about this meeting, and remember to bring your insurance details with you.
    • Until the meeting, you will be free to explore Cairo, the chaotic and colourful capital of Egypt. This city is one of contrasts, in some ways the height of modernity and in others, steeped in ancient history.
    • Spend your free time negotiating the bustling markets, travelling along the river on a felucca, or spending some quiet time in the Coptic Christian sector, the oldest part of the city and a maze or narrow cobbled streets and ancient churches.
    • You will visit the Pyramids on Day 2, including the Pyramid of Khufu (The Great Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). Initially the Pyramids were covered with luminous white limestone. Today the casing stones have largely been removed, but these structures are no less impressive. Keep in mind that you will be walking around the pyramids, which can be hot work with little respite. Ensure that you have plenty of water and are prepared for the heat.
    • You will have the opportunity to enter the Pyramids if you wish to (optional), please ask your tour leader for assistance. The thoroughfares inside the Pyramids are tiny and quite hot – this is not an activity for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
    • The Great Sphinx is another wondrous monument, and one that has perplexed scholars, scientists and tourists for thousands of years. This great structure has been buried, excavated and repaired a number of times, and the original builder remains a mystery.
    • You will be taken back to Cairo from here, where you will visit the Egyptian Museum. While there are a myriad of fascinating antiquities to see here, the Tutankhamun rooms are not to be missed.
    Barcelo Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Alexandria

    • You will travel on to Alexandria by van today (approximately 4 hours) – the second largest city in Egypt and the main port.
    • The city is named for Alexander the Great, who ordered its construction is 331BC. It was built by Dinocrates, a Greek architect, and became a flourishing cultural, economic, intellectual and political centre.
    • Spend some time at the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, it is the most prominent Roman burial site in Egypt and home to the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina. You will also have the opportunity to wander along the Corniche and around Fort Qaitbey.
    • You will visit the Al Montazah Palace and Gardens next. There are two royal palaces here from two different eras (the 19th and 20th century), as well as beautiful sprawling gardens. After this return to Cairo in your private van.
    • Board a sleeper train to Aswan in the evening (approximately 13 hours). The cabins on board have two berths and are comfortable, with fold out beds. Bedding will be provided for you, as well as breakfast and dinner. There aren’t many options as far as food is concerned, so you may wish to bring some extra food on board (this is especially recommended if you are vegetarian). The configuration of berth sharing will depend on the numbers in your group. There is a chance that you will end up sharing with someone of the opposite sex or from another group.
    Mediterranean Azur Hotel or simialr
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Aswan

    • You will arrive in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s southern gateway to Africa. Aswan has an abundance of excellent bazaars, some of the best in the country; it is also home to Elephantine Island, the Nile and white-sailed feluccas.
    • While you’re here you’ll visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, as well as the Nubian Museum (optional) – the perfect place to gain further insight into Nubian art, culture and history.
    • You will travel to a nearby village in the afternoon, where you will enjoy dinner with a local family. This is a rare and memorable experience, allowing you become fully immersed in the local culture.
    Philae Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6-8 - Nile Cruise

    • You will fly to Abu Simbel today (approximately 45 minutes.
    • You’ll spend time exploring the incredible temples of Abu Simbel – once the defining gateway between Southern Africa and the Pharaoh’s land of Egypt.
    • Returning to Abu Simbel from the temples, you’ll be taken to a cruise boat on the Nile for the next leg of your trip. The relaxing cruise will take you down the Nile to Luxor via some wonderful sightseeing. The cruise boat will be large, sleeping around 150 people. You will have a private room, and all meals on board will be included. Keep in mind that while the boats are five star, the standard isn’t quite as high as you may usually expect from five star. None the less, they are very comfortable, and relaxing on the top deck by the pool and watching the incredible scenery slip by is the perfect way to wile away your time on board.
    • You will have the opportunity to spend some time on a felucca today, a traditional sailboat.
    • You’ll see the Kom Ombo Temple, which is just north of Aswan. It dates back to the 2nd century BC. Also visit Edfu and the temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon-headed god which has been excellently preserved
    Riverboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Luxor

    • Upon arrival in Luxor, you will explore the Karnak Temple – arguably the most remarkable of the Ancient Pharaohs’ works.
    • A private minivan will take you on an exploration of the ancient wonders of Thebes.
    • You will also visit the Colossi of Memnon and the royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings. Your tour leader will take you to the three most interesting tombs and regale you with the history and legends that surround the people that lie within.
    • An optional visit to King Tutankhamen's tomb is not included and can be arranged if you give your tour leader plenty of notice. Visit the Hatshepsut temple after the Valley of the Kings.
    • You will have the afternoon free to explore further. The markets are an excellent option, as is the Mummification Museum.
    El Luxor Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11-12 - Cairo

    • Fly to Cairo (approximately 1.5 hours) and head out to visit Khan al-Khalili, a famous and colourful bazaar.
    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 12.
    Barcelo Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Transport
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure transfer
    • Departure taxes
    • Insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals not listed (lunches and dinners)
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PGIC
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo

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