Nile and The Western Desert Tour
(25 days - 24 nights)
Cairo - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Luxor - Sharm el Sheikh - Dahab - Alexandria - Western Desert - Cairo
- 17 nights hotel accommodation
- 2 nights accommodation with full board on a felucca (Nile Cruiser at extra cost)
- All breakfasts
- First class overnight train from Cairo to Aswan
- First class overnight bus from Luxor to Sharm el Sheikh
- First class overnight bus from Dahab to Alexandria
- 2 nights accommodation in the desert, incl. all meals
- English speaking guide at all sights (except at Saqqara where guides are not allowed)
- All transportation from the start (airport) till the end (airport again), including A/C buses and minibuses
- All entrance fees
- Meet and greet by English speaking tour leader at Cairo airport
Day 1 - Cairo: Arrival in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Possibility to visit Islamic Cairo, Khan el Khalili market, The Citadel or some Nile cruises.
Day 2 - Cairo: Today we visit the Egyptian Museum, with its more than 100,000 relics. Your guide will be with you for two or three hours, after which you are free to roam the museum yourself. The evening is free.
Day 3 - Cairo: Today we visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. After lunch we will visit Saqqara and the funerary complex of Zoser. We will also see the Pyramid of Teti.
Day 4 - Cairo: A free day in Cairo. In the evening we will board our first class train to Aswan.
Day 5 - Aswan: Arrival in Aswan in the early morning. Later in the day we will visit the Philae Temple and the High Dam of Aswan. The evening is free.
Day 6 - Abu Simbel: After an early morning bus or flight (optional) we will visit the majestic Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor. We then return to Aswan in the early afternoon. We can spend the afternoon wandering the markets or visiting the Nubian Museum.
Day 7 - Aswan: This morning, we will board our local felucca to visit Kitchener and Elephantine Islands. In the afternoon we will begin our two night cruise down the Nile on board the felucca (or Nile cruiser - optional). We spend the afternoon lying in the sun before the chef prepares dinner.
Day 8 - Felucca: The day is free to lie in the sun. We will spend the night near the sight of Kom Ombo, on board the felucca.
Day 9 - Felucca: Early morning visit to Kom Ombo, the dual temple of Sobek and Haroeris. We then visit Edfu to see the Temple of Horus. After that, we travel to Luxor. In the afternoon we will visit the East Bank and see Luxor Temple built by Amenhotep III and Karnak Temple.
Day 10 - Luxor: Today we visit the West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. We may also visit the tomb of Tutankhamum (optional). We can also visit the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Day 11 - Luxor: The morning is free to lie by the pool or discover Luxor. In the afternoon we take the overnight bus to Sharm el Sheikh.
Day 12 -Sharm el Sheikh: We spend the afternoon at one of Sharm's beautiful beaches or check out the malls and do some shopping. In the evening there's time to visit a casino.
Day 13 - Sharm el Sheikh: Today we will visit beautiful Ras Mohamed National Park. The park is about 20km from Sharm and is teeming with coral walls and fish. We spend the day snorkeling and relaxing in the sun.
Day 14 -Dahab: Early morning transfer to Dahab. We relax and enjoy our day before an afternoon nap to prepare for our trip to Mount Sinai. We will leave the hotel at 11 in the evening, climb 2285 meters to the summit and wait for a magnificent sunrise.
Day 15 - Dahab: After we've seen the sunrise, we climb down the mountain and visit the Monastery of St. Catherine, dedicated to the legendary martyr of Alexandria. We return to Dahab for a well earned rest. The rest of the day is free.
Day 16 - Dahab: Today we go to for a snorkeling and sunbathing trip to the famous Blue Hole.
Day 17 - Dahab: The day is free to relax by the pool. In the evening we will transfer to the bus for the overnight journey to the city of Alexandria.
Day 18 - Alexandria: Arrival in Alexandria in the early morning. You will be visiting the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, a Roman burial site and then descend below ground to visit the tomb and Caracalla Hall. Back above ground, continue to Pompey's Pillar and the Roman amphitheater. The site also includes the remains of a Roman street and homes. After lunch you will visit the famous Alexandria Library.
Day 19 - Cairo: The morning is free to explore Alexandria. Transfer back to Cairo in the afternoon.
Day 20 - Oasis: We will take the bus from Cairo to Bahariyya Oasis. The afternoon is free.
Day 21 - Oasis: After breakfast we will visit the hot and cold springs, Black Mountain, Gebel el Ingleez, Pyramid Mountain and Oasis Museum.
Day 22 - Oasis: Early start for our desert safari to the White Desert, visiting dunes, Black Mountains and a Bedouin village. Overnight in the desert camp in the White Desert.
Day 23 - Oasis: Onwards from the White Desert to Farafra Oasis where we mix with the Bedouin people who live in amazing mud brick houses. This lush oasis produces dates, figs, apricots and other fruits. In the evening we will stay at a desert camp.
Day 24 - Cairo: After breakfast we will return to Cairo by bus, via Bahariyya.
Day 25 - Cairo: Transfer to the airport for our onward journey.
Package Price: (based on private tour for two people)
---------------------- Prices in Euros------------------------
Flight to Abu Simbel: 185 Euro per person
Flight from Luxor to Sharm el Sheikh: 185 Euro per person
Upgrade to Nile Cruiser: 185 Euro per person
Overday visit to Petra from Dahab or Sharm el Sheikh: 220 Euro per person
One-day visit to Jerusalem from Dahab or Sharm el Sheikh: 135 Euro per person
Prices per person in Euro
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