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Egypt Explorer

Encompassing Egypts greatest highlights and a 3-day luxury Nile cruise, this adventure enhances a wide variety of included activities with the expertise of our CEOs, through whom youll gain a greater appreciation of the regions history and archaeological finds. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids and explore the Valley of the Kings, then meet local people and share a traditional meal. A combination of sleeper train, air-conditioned transport and domestic flights will get you to the sightsand your comfortable accommodationsquickly and conveniently. From ancient history to bustling modern Cairo, embark on an incredible journey to the very heart of Egypt.


Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126467
Starts: Cairo, Egypt Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
You will visit
  • Cairo
  • Cairo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

If you arrive early there are plenty of things to see and do in this amazing city. Visit the Saladin Citadel of Cairo one of the most popular attractions in the city, or to really get a feel for the place, get lost in the bazaars and join the locals for a coffee in a local cafe.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 2: Cairo/Alexandria (1B)

We begin with one of the key highlights of any visit to Egypt, the Great Pyramids of Giza. While once located in remote desert, they now touch the suburbs of modern Cairo. Also visit the mysterious Sphinx, with its lion's body and man's face. In the afternoon we drive to Alexandria, where we will spend the next two evenings.

Included Activities:
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Alexandria (1B)

We have plenty of time to explore all the incredible sites this ancient city has to offer. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331BC, Egypt's only Mediterranean city is characterized by a distinctly European atmosphere and a refreshing sea breeze. Don't miss the chance to enjoy an optional seafood dinner at one of the city's many outdoor seaside restaurants this evening.

Included Activities:
Fort Qaitbay Visit
Pompey's Pillar Visit
Catacomb of Kom ash-Shuqqafa Visit
Alexandria Library Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 4: Alexandria/Cairo (1B)

Head back to Cairo with a tour inside the monasteries of Wadi Natrun en route. Visit the Egyptian Museum with the option to see the mummy room before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Additional Notes:
Please note that you should be modestly dressed this morning with shoulders and knees covered for our visit to the monastery.

Included Activities:
Monasteries of Wadi Natrun Visit
Egyptian Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Our accommodation will be in comfortable twin-share bunk-bed compartments with lockable doors. The beds convert into seats when not in use and luggage is stored under the bottom bunk. Bedding is provided and there is a small wash basin with soap and towel provided. Shared toilet facilities are at the end of each carriage. A simple “airline style” dinner is provided, but most guests prefer to eat before boarding the train. Non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase and there is a bar car for socializing.
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Cairo/Aswan (1B, 1D)

Aswan has a distinctively African feel to it. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing.

Late in the afternoon, board a local boat, known as a felucca, to take a trip along the Nile. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the river in this busy port city. Our final stop is on the largest of the Nile islands in this area to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

Included Activities:
Felucca Sail to Nubian Village

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Day 6: Aswan (1B, 1L, 1D)

Early in the morning, fly to the famed temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. Later, board our river cruise ship for the night. Opt to visit the Aswan high dam.

Included Activities:
Abu Simbel Visit (Flight)
3-night Nile Cruise

Transport:
Plane (0.50 hour(s))
Plane (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 7: Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Following breakfast, we set sail. Before too long it is time for our first shore excursion, with a visit to Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god. It still contains an ancient mummified crocodile.

Included Activities:
3-night Nile Cruise
Kom Ombo Temple Visit

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Day 8: Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy an excursion in Edfu, travelling by horse-drawn buggy to visit the very well preserved Temple of Horus.



Additional Notes:
Our boat will moor overnight just outside of Luxor this evening.

Included Activities:
3-night Nile Cruise
Edfu Temple Visit

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Day 9: Luxor (1B)

After checking in to our hotel, our day starts with a visit to the exciting ancient sites located on Luxor's West Bank and the famed Valley of the Kings. View key sites and opt to visit the the Tomb of Tutankhamun, whose treasures you saw at the Egyptian Museum.

Additional Notes:
*If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying on Day 9.

Included Activities:
Colossi of Memnon Visit
Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 10: Luxor (1B, 1D)

Enjoy an excursion to the magnificent temple of Karnak, then use free time to explore the Luxor Temple or museums. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a local family's home.

Included Activities:
Karnak Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 11: Luxor/Cairo (1B)

Upon arrival in Cairo, the choice is yours. Opt to visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques, and more; or head out to Cairo's most ancient area, Coptic Cairo or perhaps relax by the hotel pool. An optional farewell dinner and show on one of Cairo's famous floating restaurants is also available.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 12: Cairo (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available.

We are able to organise extra post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • All entrance fees to included monuments
    • Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
    • Visit the Alexandria Library, Catacombs and Pompey’s Pillar
    • Guided visit of the Egyptian Museum
    • Flights and tour of Abu Simbel
    • Felucca sail to a Nubian village with community walk and local dinner
    • 3-night Nile Cruise
    • Tour of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
    • Visit the Colossi of Memnon
    • Excursion to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples
    • Dinner in a local family's home
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Comfort hotels (7 nts), Nile cruise boat (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, Nile cruise boat, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit some of the most revered wonders of the ancient world with a certified Egyptologist
  • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Abu Simbel
  • Savour a traditional Nubian dinner in a local village
  • Visit a G Adventures-supported library and community project
  • Bargain with the locals in bazaars and markets


Reviews (23)
Brian C Posted on: 

What a wonderful trip! For our first time out of Canada, this was the way to go, the culture, history, & food blew our minds, we saw so much, we wish it could have been longer. Overall, the best experience we had

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Nancy M Posted on: 

Wonderful experience! When I read the other travellers reviews and didn't come across a single negative one I assumed it had been edited! It is simply the case that this is a perfect trip! Maged, our guide was fantastic! We saw so many sites you would never get to see on your own. He always made sure we were happy and suggested sites/activities for our free time, wonderful local sites we never would have found! I always felt safe and never felt alone travelling as a single. Our group got along very well together and so we were able to use our free time to explore. I highly recommend this trip. Egypt is a fascinating country!

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Erin L Posted on: 

We were very pleased with the tour overall and the quality of the trip that we received for the price that we paid. On the whole, everything was nicer (accommodations, transportation, etc.) than we had anticipated. We feel like we got a great deal! We always felt very safe and secure. Also, our tour guide was fantastic and really made the trip for us. We rank our trip as a 10 out of 10 and are currently recommending G Adventures to all of our friends. We will not hesitate to book another tour with G Adventures in the future.

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Rozmin P Posted on: 

great tour guide, an awesome experience, had a blast

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Sofia W Posted on: 

Everything went out as expected and better. Egypt is such an amazing country and the people are very friendly and always wanting to help. I enjoyed very much trying new flavors and visiting it's incredible temples that shows thousands of years of history. Our tour leader made an outstanding job, he was very professional and made the experience even better!

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Maureen P Posted on: 

"Egypt Explorer" was the perfect introduction to Egypt, and all the beautiful people. I was concerned about our safely as I was traveling with my daughter and trying to listen to everyones warnings about two females traveling to Egypt alone. With our G Adventures tour guide I always felt very safe and was never concerned. We learned about some amazing history, saw some incredible sites and enjoyed some very hospitable people.

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Tracy I Posted on: 

My trip was incredible! There were only 4 people on the tour, but I think that this was positive, as we received a much more personal approach, vs. having 12-15 people in the group.

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Karen D Posted on: 

Excellent tour leader. Well organized. Flexibility within the program to account for unexpected changes/delays and desires of the group. Great travelmates. Excellent sites. Awesome trip.

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Louise K Posted on: 

A great way to experience Egypt, both the ancient heritage and the current society. The small group was excellent.

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Andrew W Posted on: 

A positive experience. The inclusion of previously optional activities was a nice surprise.

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Anne R Posted on: 

This was a very complete tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide, Mayer Magdy. We had a fabulous time and got to see a lot of Egypt we probably wouldn't have seen without G Adventures.

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Patricia N Posted on: 

This trip was more than i could ever have expected or hoped for. It was so much fun and a very unique experience.

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Joan C Posted on: 

I've always avoided foreign travel. Afraid i wouldn't be comfortable if I didn't have any control of the language and able to read my way around. But the tour leader made that seem to go away with his great personality and skill to make everyone feel at ease.

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Barbara L Posted on: 

"GOOD++" actually. The tour itself was quite good. An excellent tour for the inexperienced travelers and ones who seek a more comfortable environment throughout the trip. Also a great start off point for a first time visit to Egypt. Just blown away with the overwhelming information and the many temples visited.

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Marilyn N Posted on: 

We really enjoyed this tour. There was a lot to see and it was pretty fast-paced but well worth it.

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Carolyn E Posted on: 

I had an amazing adventure and a great time. I did things that I never would have thought of on my own so definitely having someone who was more familiar with the area advising you was worth it.

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Richard T Posted on: 

From the moment we landed in Cairo the organization of the tour went like clockwork. The itinerary provided a well thought out and balanced overview of Egypt including almost all of the major attractions with adequate personal time for exploration and experience.

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Louise K Posted on: 

A great way to experience Egypt, both the ancient heritage and the current society. The small group was excellent.

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Margaret B Posted on: 

Very good. Covered all the main highlights, good accommodations, guide, drivers. -

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John K Posted on: 

Everything was scheduled perfectly, G Adventures did an exceptional job coordinating the logistics (airport transfers, museum tickets, etc.) Because I didn't have to "sweat the small stuff," I could focus on enjoying the whole experience!

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Mary S Posted on: 

This was a fantastic introduction to Egypt and its sites. The tour guide Saad was excellent and did everything possible to ensure we had an excellent holiday. There was ample free time to wander around on our own. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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Laura D Posted on: 

As loyal G Adventures travellers we were very pleased with our trip. We certainly would have had great difficulty travelling in Egypt independently. A comfort class trip was definitely the way to go.

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Stefan A Posted on: 

This tour had a great itinerary, great accommodations, and an awesome tour guide.

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