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Egypt on a Shoestring

This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sights. Walk through the Valley of the Kings or explore Karnak – it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the "Land of the Pharaohs" and open your eyes to adventure.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DPGE/126446
  • Starts: Cairo, Egypt
  • Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
You will Visit
  • Cairo
  • Aswān
  • Kom Ombo
  • Luxor

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Cairo/Aswān

Enjoy a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Take an orientation tour through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, with free time for shopping or people watching from a shisha café. Overnight train to Aswan.
For lunch, why not go local with a couple of falafel sandwiches, or take the chance to find out what kushari tastes like?

In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

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Day 3: Aswān

Free morning to explore Aswan. Opt to wander through the souk at your own pace, take a guided tour of the city, or visit the famous Philae Temple, it's your choice.

In the afternoon, board a felucca and sail down the Nile. Visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals.
Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed.

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Day 4: Aswān

Spend the day exploring Aswan. Take an optional trip to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
Spend another day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit one of the most fascinating sights in the area, the Temple of Abu Simbel. Or continue exploring the city, including the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

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Day 5: Aswān/Kom Ombo

Sail the Nile on a felucca with a support boat. Sleep on board under the stars.
Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). Please note that the Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

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Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor

Visit Kom Ombo Temple on the way to Luxor. Opt to visit Karnak Temple or discover Luxor at your own pace. Check out the local bazaar, or visit the Mummification Museum. The choice is yours!

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Day 7: Luxor/Cairo

Enjoy free time to explore Luxor before an overnight train back to Cairo.
In the evening, board an overnight train back to Cairo. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

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Day 8: Cairo

Tour ends upon arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān
    • Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
    • Orientation walk through Cairo's Khan el-Khalili bazaar
    • Free time in Aswan
    • Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion including support boat
    • Kom Ombo Temple visit
    • Free time in Luxor
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (4 nts), overnight sleeper-train (2 nts), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, train, felucca, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a traditional family meal
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Barter in bazaars
  • Sleep beneath the stars on a felucca
  • Visit a Nubian village
  • Explore the famous Khan el-Khalili souk.


Reviews (1)
Jodi G Posted on: 

It was a great trip I loved pretty much everything about it. Egypt is a beautiful place and the whole trip was overall fantastic and gave me a good overview of all the time periods of Egyptian life including the current day. Had a great mix of history and relaxation on the felucca. Would highly recommend this trip!!!!

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