Pyramids, temples and the Valley of the Kings, combined with four days of blissful Red Sea relaxation in Dahab. Consider extending your stay with a 5 day bolt-on to Jordan and the rose red City of Petra!
Day 1: Cairo
Tuesday. Marhaba, welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel and check in. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight - Cairo
Day 2: Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara
Cairo - Luxor. A big day out at the pyramids and sphinx at Giza. Perhaps opt to hire a camel! Later we travel to Saqqara, to explore the myraid tombs and temples at the site and see Zhoser's step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC! Later there is time for dinner before travelling on the overnight seater trainto Luxor. Opt for a sleeper cabin upgrade, if you desire. Overnight - Train (B)
Day 3: Explore Ancient Thebes
Arrival and check into our hotel. Time to explore Luxor on foot following the waterside corniche or maybe stop for drink at one of the many Nile side cafes and tea houses. Tonight, an optional visit is offered to view Temple of Luxor at night. Book and pay locally. Remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Day 4: Valley of the Kings
Luxor - Cairo. Why not watch the sunrise from the heady heights of a hot air balloon - take the optional hot air balloon ride over Luxor and see it come alive in the morning sun. Early today, we visit Luxor’s famous West Bank. The twin seated statues known as the Colossi of Memnon represent the first view of what is to come. We then visit the legendary Valleys of the Kings and the imposing ramped and limestone - colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was one of only 3 Egyptian ruling queens. Perhaps the most famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings is that of the boy-King Tutankhamen. Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered his intact and treasure -filled tomb in 1922. Taking a break, we later visit the colossal Temple of Karnak.
There's time for R&R by the hotel swimming pool this afternoon, before returning to Cairo by overnight seater train. sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Train (B)
Day 5: Egyptian Museum
Arriving into Cairo, we set off on a guided tour of the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities. The museum is home to an extensive collection of some 120 000 ancient Egyptian antiquities, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms. You can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed. The afternoon and evening offer free time or there is the option to take part in a city tour. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 6: Dahab
Cairo - Dahab. Today we cross the Suez Canal and travel onto Dahab, located on the Red Sea. Dahab has developed from a hippy village to a respected haven with a solid infrastructure for SCUBA divers, snorkellers and travellers seeking sun, sea and relaxation. The waterfront is dotted with laid back cafes, bars and shops, perfect for eating, drinking or relaxing with a little retail therapy. You’ve 4 whole days to do as you please. Overnight - Dahab (B)
Days 7 - 9: Dahab & beyond
Enjoy time at leisure in Dahab. Optional activities (book and pay locally) include a snorkelling excursion to the Blue Hole. 80 metres deep, the Blue Hole boasts an abundance of colourful coral, fish and marine life. Most of the aquatic species live within the first 5 metres beneath the sea level, allowing even the novice a fantastic display of the underwater world.
You can also opt for an energetic climb to the summit of Mt Sinai and visit St Katherine's Monastery or camel and jeep treks into the surrounding Sinai Desert.
If you would like to extend your stay in Dahab, consider our exciting range of 4 day dive bolt-ons or hop over to Jordan for a 5 day middle eastern treat on our Petra & Wadi Rum bolt-on. Overnight - Dahab (B:3)
Day 10: Cairo - free time
Dahab - Cairo. After a leisurely breakfast we return to Cairo. The remainder of the day and evening offer free to enjoy Cairo your way. You can enjoy the remains of the day shopping and exploring Cairo. Perhaps take a cab to Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili bazaar and enjoy a few hours wandering through the many alleyways. It’s a top spot for the purchase of ornate free-standing tobacco pipes, pharaonic tat, belly dancing costumes, spices and carpets. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 11: Cairo
Friday. Cairo - breakfast. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport. (B)
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.
Please note: if departing on 24 Dec or 26 Dec 2012, all Dahab hotels charge for a compulsory New Year's dinner. This amount will need to be paid by you locally - budget approx USD$70.
• Breakfast daily
• 8 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
• Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor
• 4 days Dahab - Red Sea Stay
• 2 overnight seater trains, Cairo - Luxor & Luxor - Cairo. Upgrade available
• Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 11
• All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
• Escorted by an Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology
• International flights and visa
• Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
• Entrance Fees: $60-80 USD
• Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD