Egypt In Depth
Cities, sites, rivers and seas
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Group Size: Max 16
Trip code: DPBA
Duration: 14 days
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.
- 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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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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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.
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, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.
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.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.