The Land Before Time - Family Adventure
The earliest camel remains were found in North America, and are estimated to be around 38 million years old. As you ride through the Aswan sands at sunset on your trusty steed, you might notice a smile on his face. According to Islamic legend there are 100 names for God, and Mohammed knew them all. He shared 99 names with the world, but shared the last one only with his camel, hence the smile.
Why we love it:
- Take the family on an adventure holiday with this combination of history and some fun at the beach.
- Learn together the fascinating stories of Egypt's ancient past, then cap it off with a couple of days relaxing by the Red Sea.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1-2: Cairo - overnight train
- On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and 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 balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
- In the morning of Day 2, you will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions and venture to the Egyptian Museum. This is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
- You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost). From here you will drive out to 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, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
- Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
- Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
Day 3: Aswan
- You will arrive in Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population.
- The Nubian Bazaar is a must, it is bright and bustling, with an abundance of spices, carpets and leather goods. This is especially fun for kids, the donkey carts and men in flowing robes and turbans make it quite a spectacle! Many also recommend the excellent Nubian Museum.
- In the afternoon, if time permits, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island.
- It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day will be free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it.
- The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
- Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Your guide can arrange any number of excursions for you.
- You will travel across the river to a Nubian village in the evening, to enjoy dinner at a local house.
Day 4: Nile Felucca
- For those interested, there will be an optional early morning excursion to Abu Simbel today. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
- 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.
- You will board a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca this afternoon, and spend the night under the stars on the water. While conditions are basic, the Nubian crew will prepare hearty meals and the fun of the adventure makes it well worth the trip.
- You’ll sleep on the deck of the felucca on a mattress. Blankets will be provided, but we recommend taking a sheet. Between October and March, we also recommend that you bring a sleeping bag, as it can get very cold over night.
- There are no toilets on board but the boat can stop upon request for toilet breaks.
- Before the sun sets, a western style toilet will be set up on the bank nearby in a tent.
- This component of the trip is dependent upon weather and wind, so slight alterations to the itinerary will need to be made accordingly.
- Watching the sun set across the Nile is a highlight of the trip.
Day 5: Luxor
- Visit the temple at Kom Ombo in the morning. A temple dedicated to the gods Haroeris and the crocodile-headed Sobek that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge providing an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. There are a number of mummified crocodiles on display here. On the east bank near Kom Ombo, there is some reclaimed land that is irrigated by the canals to keep the desert from encroaching. It helps to support a Nubian community displaced from their homes as a result of rising water. Crops of sugar cane are also grown here.
- You will take a bus north to Luxor next (approximately 4 hours) - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
- You will have some free time here to explore the museum and monuments. You may have the opportunity to visit Karnak (optional) to see the sound and light show, which is especially spectacular.
- You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings.
- It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity 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 at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
- As you wind your way back t the river, you will have the chance to see the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, it is an imposing funerary temple commemorating Egypt’s first female ruler.
- The afternoon will be free - you can choose to continue exploring or simply relax by the pool.
Day 7-8: Hurghada
- You will take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak early in the morning - one of the worlds most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections.
- You will depart the Nile and drive on to Hurghada in the afternoon (approximately 5 hours). You will notice the landscape changing from the lush greenery of the Nile Valley to the sparse expanse of the Eastern Desert. Soon you will spy the glittering water of the Dead Sea.
- Hurghada is a beautiful resort by the sea, and the snorkelling is exceptional.
- You will spend the following day out on one of the offshore reefs, the marine life is abundant and the water is warm.
Day 9-10: Cairo
- You will be taken to the airport early in the morning today to fly back to Cairo.
- There will be free time to explore Cairo one last time in the afternoon. Your tour leader may arrange a farewell dinner in the evening.
- Your tour will come to an end after breakfast on Day 10.
What to know
This trip ends in Hurghada, allowing you to spend a few more leisurely days by the Red Sea. From Hurghada there are regular flights back to Cairo to connect withyour onward flight.
- Peregrine tour leader
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- 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
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Aswan - Camel Ride (1 hour)
Approx EGP80 pp (based on 4 people)
- Aswan - Nubian Museum
Approx EGP50 pp
- Aswan -Philae Temple sound and light show.
EGP175 (based on 4 people)
- Cairo - Camel ride at the Pyramids (15 mins)
Approx EGP60 pp but prices may vary locally
- Cairo - Chephren or Mycerinus Entrance Fees
Approx EGP40 pp
- Cairo - Egyptian Museum (Mummy Room)
Approx EGP100 pp entrance only
- Cairo - Pyramids Sound and light show entrance fees
- Hurghada - Snorkelling
Approx EGP150 pp
- Luxor - entrance to Karnak Sound & Light Show
Approx EGP155 pp (minimum 4 people)
- Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun (entrance fee)
Approx EGP100 pp
What to know
A basic level of fitness is required to enjoy this trip to the fullest.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Egypt. All other nationalities should check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information. If you require a double entry visa for Egypt you will need to obtain this from an overseas embassy prior to arrival. Single entry visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport. The current cost for most nationalities is US$15. You must pay in cash in US dollars, UK pounds, euros, Japanese yen or any other convertible currency to a bank located next to immigration.
If you are arriving in Egypt by land from Israel you must obtain your visa beforehand.
If you are arriving in Egypt by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan, a single entry visa can be obtained upon arrival and costs approximately US$15.
All travellers departing Egypt at the Port of Nuweiba must pay a 50 Egyptian pound departure tax (subject to change). Your tour leader will collect this amount from you to pay at immigration control.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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Please note this trip is operated by our partners at Intrepid travel.
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar, particularly in Upper Egypt (Luxor and Aswan). From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (eg at 0500). Please be prepared for this: we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed. Note also, that in the winter months (Oct-Mar) it can become quite cold on the river at night, so please bring warm (thermal) clothing at this time.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
12 November 2013
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