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Tour style – Chill out & Beach, Culture & History, Yachts & Cruises

10 days

Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings & Dahab The sheer scope of Egypt’s diversity is breathtaking. From the iconic legacy of its ancient civilisation to the modern urban bustle of Cairo. There are no half measures here: trinkets sit proudly next to ancient tombs and you’ll travel from sandy deserts to glittering coastal resorts. Take in the history of this incredible country with our expert Egyptologist guides and also its contemporary scene with the modern day sun-worshippers on the Red Sea.
  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Cairo – Pre Departure Meeting Upon arrival at Cairo International airport you will be met by a Busabout representative (once you clear customs) who will arrange your airport shuttle. Soon you’ll be in the middle of cars, trucks, buses, mopeds, donkeys and pedestrians as they fight for space on the busy roads. Once you’re checked in to the hotel join up with the group for an evening orientation walk and the option of having dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.
    Overnight: Cairo (Hotel)
    Day 2: Cairo – Aswan Today is all about exploring Cairo, the capital city of Egypt and known as the ‘The City of a Thousand Minarets’ for its stunning array of Islamic architecture. We start with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza where you can view the Pyramid of Cheops, the only remaining Seven Wonder of the Ancient World. We head off to the world-famous Egyptian Museum where you’ll be guided through thousands of artefacts, including the funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen. The Pyramids and the Museum will take up most of the day, but you’ll have the early evening at leisure before boarding the overnight train to Aswan. Make sure you check out the markets of the local bazaar before we make our way to Aswan, haggling for a better price is customary in Egypt!
    Overnight: Aswan (Train).The train offers comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom. The journey takes approximately 12 hours and if you want to sleep we recommend you upgrade to a single or twin sleeper cabin through your MyTrip account.
    Day 3: Aswan This morning the train pulls into Aswan mid morning and we’ll waste no time in getting from the station to the Aswan High Dam. The High Dam was finished in 1970 and has had a huge impact on the Egyptian economy and culture. You’ll get all the info from your Guide before it’s time to visit the Philae temple, sure to be a highlight of your time in Egypt. The afternoon is yours to explore the Souk of Aswan and take in its distinctively African charm.
    If you’re sailing on the felucca on Tuesday and Wednesday, tonight you’ll be staying in a hotel in Aswan. If you fancy a bit more luxury you can upgrade to a 5* Nile cruise boat today and spend your first night on the Nile. If you choose to upgrade you’ll board the boat in time for a buffet lunch and in the afternoon you can jump on a felucca so you can still float down the Nile as the locals do.
    Overnight: Hotel (Aswan) or Nile cruise boat
    Day 4: Abu Simbel – Nile Sailing Whether you wake up on the Nile or in Aswan, you have the option to take the trip to Abu Simbel. This side trip is about six hours and includes a visit to the Behemothic Temple of Ramses II, the most awe-inspiring temple in ancient Egypt. If you’re into seeing some of the local sights in Aswan, check out our optional side-trip to a traditional Nubian Village instead, before meeting up with the rest of the group to board your felucca/cruise boat as we set sail up the Nile towards Kom Ombo.
    Overnight: Felucca or Nile cruise boat
    Day 5: Kom Ombo Enjoy the serenity of sailing along the Nile in your felucca or cruise ship, the longest river in the world and steeped in history. This evening you’ll arrive in Kom Ombo to visit its unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile God and the falcon God Horus the Elder. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second biggest after Karnak. It was uncovered from a huge mound of sand in 1860 and dates back to 237BC.
    Overnight: Felucca or Nile cruise boat
    Day 6: Kom Ombo – Luxor We continue on to the river city of Luxor by bus. After breakfast we head to the temple of Edfu which was built by Amenhotep III around 1370BC and dedicated to Amon-Re, king of the Gods and his consort, Mut. This fascinating temple has been used almost continuously for worship ever since. This evening you have a chance (time permitting) to enjoy an optional sound and light show at Karnak temple where, amongst the avenues of Sphinxes and halls of colossal columns, you’ll hear tales of ancient Thebes.
    Overnight: Luxor (Hotel
    Day 7: Luxor – Hurghada To avoid the blistering midday heat we’re up early and head off into the Theban Mountains to visit the astonishing Pharaoh tombs of the Valley of the Kings. These exquisitely decorated tombs housed the sarcophagi encased mummies of over 60 pharaohs, most famously that of the child king, Tutankhamen. You’ll then head to the temple of Hatshepsut, the extolled female pharaoh and the Colossi of Memnon. These massive quartzite statues that once guarded the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III now make an awe-inspiring sight as they stand virtually alone in a field on the road to the Valley of the Kings. You’ll then visit upper Egypt with a visit to the temple of Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world. This afternoon you will travel through the desert for your first glimpse of the Red Sea at Hurghada, arriving later in the evening.
    Overnight: Hurghada (Hotel)
    Day 8: Hurghada – Dahab We have an early start today to take the ferry from Hurghada to Sharm-el-Sheikh, continuing our journey through the Sinai desert to Dahab. Dahab is Arabic for “Gold” and almost certainly is derived from the golden sandy beaches that surround the town. We drive 1 ½ hours from the ferry port in Sharm-el-Sheikh to your hotel resort through the Sinai desert. In Dahab you’re sure to have an unforgettable stay with time to relax, enjoy the colourful waters of the Red Sea, dive, snorkel, and explore. Spend the afternoon at the beach, relax by the pool, and head into downtown Dahab in the evening to have a look around. Perhaps you’ll end up at the infamous Shipwreck bar for happy hour!
    Overnight: Dahab (Beach Resort)
    Please note: Occasionally the ferry between Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh can be cancelled due to weather conditions. If this should happen the connection will be made by bus.
    Day 9: Dahab Head to Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise over the Sinai peninsula then spend the rest of the rest of the day in Dahab enjoying this awesome coastal resort. There are loads of excursions available like trekking up Mount Sinai or go swimming and snorkelling in the Red Sea or simply kick back on the beach.
    Day 10: Dahab Today your trip comes to an end so it’s time to bid farewell to Egypt. If you need a transfer to Sharm-el -Sheik airport or Cairo, you Busabout representative can assist.

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