17 Day Tour of Egypt - Dunes and Tombs
Day 1: Arrive into Egypt!
Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Cairo
Today, we visit Giza Plateau, where we explore the pyramids and Sphinx. Later, we explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid.
Overnight - Cairo (hotel)
Day 3: Cairo – Bahariyya Oasis - breakfast
Today, enjoy a visit to the famous Egyptian Museum. Be dazzled here by the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen including the king’s solid gold funerary mask, found by Howard Carter, the famed archaeologist in 1922. Opt later for our city tour or just relax, until our drive by minibus to Bahariyya.
Dinner and overnight - Bahariyya (hotel)
Day 4: Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert - All meals
We check out Bahariyya - an ancient oasis dating back to the Middle Kingdom. Continuing by 4 x 4, we visit some temples, tombs and the Black Desert - a region full of black volcano-shaped mountains. Our desert camp tonight is the White Desert. So named, as the sand eerily resembles snow, the striking White Desert is full of unusual wind-eroded limestone formations and our remote overnight base.
Overnight - (Desert Camp)
Day 5: White Desert - Dakhla Oasis - All meals
Continuing by 4 x 4, we drive to Farafra - the smallest oasis in the Western Desert and famed for it’s exotic fruit and olive oil. Here, we can enjoy a dip in one of the natural springs and we’ll visit Badr’s Museum. Continuing from here by minibus our next stop is Dakhla, a picturesque oasis full of mud-brick villages that sit upon lush fields and orchards. We visit the medieval covered city of Al Qasr which was built on Roman foundations and head out to Al-Muzawaka tombs which date back to pharaonic times. At Deir al-Haggar, we’ll visit the sandstone temple built during the reign of Emperor Nero (45-68AD).
Overnight - Dakhla (hotel)
Day 6: Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis - Luxor - breakfast
Departing Dakhla, we journey to Kharga Oasis. In Kharga we visit the Temple of Hibis, the rambling c. 4th century necropolis of al-Bagawat built entirely of mudbrick and the temple ruins of Deir al-Kashef, before continuing to Luxor for the night.
Lunch and overnight - Luxor.
Day 7: Luxor - Aswan - breakfast
Journeying south by train, we arrive at the Nile frontier town of Aswan. Check into our hotel, we later visit the mighty High Dam. Continuing, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Later, free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souks and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile.
Overnight - Aswan
Days 8 & 9: Aswan – Nile felucca cruise – all meals
On day 8, perhaps opt for the early morning air excursion to famous Abu Simbel - the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2-night voyage on the River Nile upstream. On day 9, relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. A stop will be made at the Temple of Kom Ombo.
Overnight (2) - felucca. All meals included
Day 10: Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor – breakfast
Disembarking in Kom Ombo, we enjoy a visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor with a restaurant dinner afterwards. Transport is by traditional horse and carriage. The excursion is payable locally.
Overnight - Luxor
Day 11: Luxor - Cairo - breakfast
Early today, we visit Luxor’s famous West Bank, taking in the Colossi of Memnon, legendary Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the imposing limestone-colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut. Taking a break, we later visit the colossal Temple of Karnak. This evening, we travel by overnight bus to Dahab.
Overnight - Bus
Days 12-16: Dahab
Arrival and hotel check-in. SCUBA diving, snorkelling, sun-worshipping, chilling, shopping - take your pick. You’ve 4 whole days to do as you want. Optional excursions such as snorkelling at Dahab’s Blue Hole or an energetic climb to the summit of Mt Sinai and visit to St Katherine’s Monastery are available (book/pay locally).
Overnight - Dahab (4)
Day 16: Dahab - Cairo
Early this morning, we bid farewell to Dahab and travel back to Cairo, arriving early this afternoon. Checking into our hotel, we later enjoy a guided visit at the Egyptian Museum. Prize exhibit has to be the the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen. Enjoy the remains of the day shopping and exploring Cairo. If you’d like to extend your stay in Dahab, consider our Red Sea Dive Learn to Dive or Jordan bolt-on.
Overnight - Cairo
Day 17: Cairo - breakfast
Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.
What You See
Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian museum * Oases - Bahariyya, Dakhla, Kharga * Black Desert, White Desert, Hot/cold springs * Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile * Nile felucca cruising - islands en route * Kom Ombo, Temple of Kom Ombo * Edfu, Temple of Horus * Luxor - East Bank - Temple of Karnak * Luxor - West Bank - Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut * Dahab - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to snorkel or SCUBA dive in the clear coastal waters
Breakfast daily (exc. Dahab) * All meals at the oases (exc. drinks) * All meals aboard felucca cruise * 12 nights 2-4 , 1 night camping - White Desert , 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck) * 1 night bus - Luxor-Dahab * Airport ‘Meet & Greet’ and departure transfer * 4 x 4 desert jeep trekking & camp equipment * Touring of Cairo, Giza/Saqqara, the Oases, Aswan, Edfu and Luxor * 4 Days Dahab - Red Sea stay * English speaking tour guide conversant in Egyptology * All relevant transfers and transportation * Airport ‘Meet & Greet’ and departure transfer * 4 Days Dahab - Red Sea stay
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