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Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt

Group Size: Max 16

Trip code: DPBA

Duration: 14 days

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Internal flight included
Small open-aged group

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture, and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples, and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca, explore the white sands of Hurghada on the Red Sea, or enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family. Our guides and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times when travelling to the Valley of the Kings.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Egypt with your guide who is a qualified Egyptologist
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx
  • Spend the night on a felucca on the Nile
  • Explore the coral gardens of the Red Sea
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What's included
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Tour guide
  • Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān
  • Lunch with a Local Family in Luxor
  • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
  • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
  • Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat
  • Karnak and Kom Ombo temples entrance and guided tour
  • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit
  • Colossi of Memnon visit
  • Alexandria guided tour
  • Boat and snorkelling trip in Hurghada
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights 
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Some meals, snacks and drinks
  • Insurance 
  • Optional activities 
  • Camera fees at tourist sites
Further trip information

Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. 

Day 2: Pyramids and Travel to Aswan

Enjoy a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan. Visit the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures before a visit to the Egyptian Museum. In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan.

Day 3: Aswan and Nubian Village

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time to browse the souk, walk along the Nile or opt to book the 'Philae Temple Excursion'. Opt to explore the busy Aswan market, before visiting a Nubian village and enjoying a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Board a local boat, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on one of the inhabited Nile islands in this area, to tour a local Nubian village. Walk through the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.

Day 4: Aswan

There's plenty to see and do in Aswan, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like bartering with a merchant at a local souk, riding a camel at the West Bank, or sitting back to enjoy a sound and light show at the Philae Temple. 

Day 5: Sail the Nile

Board the felucca and sail down the Nile. Enjoy a guided visit to Kom Obo temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago. 

Spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided.

Day 6: Valley of the Kings

After breakfast the group will sail by ferry to the West Bank to meet our student-guide. Together we will bike through the village and visit the Funtasia Project Center where the group will learn about the charitable project at this location over tea with our guide. Afterwards, set off on a guided visit to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Have lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile. The remainder of the afternoon will be at your leisure.

Day 7: Karnak Temple and Luxor

Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt this morning. In the afternoon take advantage of free time in Luxor.

Day 8: Luxor Free Day

Take a final free day in Luxor to explore any last minute sights in this storied city. There's plenty to see and do in Luxor, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like marvelling at colourful hieroglyphs at the Temple of Medinat Habu, getting lost in the bazaar, and learn about ancient Egyptian rituals at the Mummification Museum. 

Day 9: Head to the Red Sea

Drive from Luxor to Hurghada on the stunning Red Sea. The rest of the day is free at leisure, opt to relax and enjoy the beach.

After arriving in Hurghada, prepare to spend the next few days soaking in the tranquility of it's white sand beaches, and the rich marine environment of the Red Sea.

Day 10: Hurghada

Enjoy a day on a boat trip to the local islands and snorkel amid the crystal clear waters and stunning coral gardens of the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is a global hotspot for snorkelling, thanks to it's crystal clear waters and incredible aquatic ecosystems. Explore the rich coral reefs and be overwhelmed with the amount of colourful coral and fish you encounter.

Day 11: Hurghada to Alexandria

Catch an early flight from Hurghada to Cairo. Continue by private vehicle to Alexandria. Stop en route to visit the monasteries of Wadi Al Natrun

Travel by plane and private car to Alexandria, one of the ancient world's most important trade and cultural hubs. Explore it's many Greek, Roman and Egyptian ruins as you walk in the footsteps of some of histories greatest heroes.

Day 12: Alexandria

Take a guided tour of Pompeys Pillar, Catacombs, the Alexandria Library, and Qaitbay Fort. Later, opt to explore the cities's cafés, or dine on fantastic seafood

Prepare for a full day of exploring the many historical wonders of Alexandria. Delve into the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, marvel at the resolute Citadel of Qaitbay, and explore the grounds of Pompey's Pillar, one of Egypt's most impressive Roman architectural works.

Day 13: El Alamein to Cairo

As we travel from Alexandria to Cairo, take a stop at the El Alamein World War memorials, and learn more about the pivotal battles that changed the course of the war in Africa. Afterwards, continue on to the bustling metropolis of Cairo.

Day 14: Tour end

The tour comes to an end today in Cairo. You can depart at any time.

All activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Arrival information

You can arrive in to Cairo at any time on day 1. There is a welcome meeting in the evening so we would recommend arriving before 4pm. Airport pick-ups are not included but we can arrange this for extra cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for details.

The tour ends in Cairo on day 14. You can depart at any time. 

Accommodation & meals

13 nights of accommodation are included. 11 nights in hotels, 1 night on a sleeper train and 1 night sailing down the nile on a felucca with a support boat. 

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This is an open-aged trip, so your group will be made up of a variety of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities. 

British citizens need a visa to travel to Egypt. You can get a visa before you travel from the official visa website or your nearest Egyptian consulate. E-visas are valid for a maximum of three months. You can get a visa on arrival, but we recommend you obtain one in advance. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of entry into Egypt.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up-to-date visa information.

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