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Egypt & The Nile

Discover the best of Egypt, meet Pharaohs and marvel at gorgeous Pyramids and temples.

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Group Size: Max 40 people

Trip code: CTEG

Duration: 8 days

Spend 3 nights on the River Nile
Locally guided tours of temples and pyramids
Meet locals in a Nubian village

This 8 day trip is packed full with the wonders of Egypt! Setting off in Cairo, you’ll explore the best of the capital of Egypt before seeing famed Egyptian treasures, including the stunning Pyramids and the Sphinx, in Giza. Spend the night on an overnight train and experience a local tour of Aswan for a stunning immersive experience. Board a wooden felucca sailboat to spend 3 nights on the one of a kind River Nile, an ultimate bucket list experience! After learning the history of Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II, hop onto a Nile cruise (with a pool onboard!) and continue gliding upstream. Discover the Greco-Roman history of Edfu and visit the wondrous Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Of course, a trip to Egypt wouldn’t be complete without a swim in the gorgeous Mediterranean sea! Kick back in Hurghada for golden beaches and perfect sunsets. 

Trip highlights

  • See the only remaining 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, the Sphinx and the Pyramids 
  • Spend 3 nights cruising aboard a boat on the River Nile 
  • Explore the Temple of Ramses II and Kom Ombo 
  • See the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings 
  • Marvel at the towering Colossi of Memnon 
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What's included
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expert tguide and local guides 
  • 7 nights of accommodation in a mix of hotels, cruise, overnight train and resort
  • On-trip transport including coach, boat and train 
  • Pyramids and Sphinx trip 
  • Egyptian museum visit
  • River Nile cruise
  • Valley of the Kings trip 
  • Avenue of the Sphinxes visit
  • Colossi of Memnon visit
  • Nubian village visit
  • 24/7  support
What's not included
  • Flights 
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Some meals, snacks and drinks
  • Insurance 
  • Optional activities 
Further trip information

Day 1 - Cairo. The capital of Egypt is buzzing with beautiful culture, local food and vibrant markets! Set off in this amazing city, meet your group and Trip Manager and spend the night getting excited for the next 8 days.

Day 2 - Cairo to Overnight Train. Spend the morning exploring the bustling city before setting off to Giza. Here, you will see the last remaining of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, a truly unbelievable experience! See the famed Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx up close, monuments that date back an epic 4,600 years. Hop onto an overnight train for stunning views as you journey up to Aswan. 

Day 3 - Nile Cruise (Aswan). Good morning Aswan! Renowned for stunning architectural sites and harmonious vibes along the River Nile, take a locally guided tour of this historic city, learn about the Obelisk as a symbol of Egypt and meet the friendly locals in Aswan Market. Then, it’s time to board a wooden felucca sailboat to kick off the next 3 nights on the iconic River Nile. 

Day 4 - Nile Cruise (Aswan to Edfu). This morning you’ll wake up on the Nile, wow! Arrive in Abu Simbel to discover the iconic Temple of Ramses II, dating back to 1264 BC. Hop aboard a stunning Nile cruise, glide up to Kom Ombo to marvel at its beautifully symmetrical Temple of Two Gods structure. You’ll then continue up to Edfu where the boat will dock up for the night. Take a dip in the boat’s on-deck pool before relaxing with your group for the evening!

Day 5 - Nile Cruise (Edfu to Luxor). Edfu is packed with gorgeous temples and fascinating history. Fill your camera roll up with stunning pics before heading off to Luxor to visit the Avenue of the Sphinxes visit unbelievable temples to dive into the world of ancient Egypt. 

Day 6 - Luxor to Hurghada. Your time in Luxor will be well packed! Take a tour around the Valley of the King’s 63 royal tombs, home to Tutankhamun, explore the world’s largest religious structure, the Temple of Amun and marvel at the momentous Pharaoh statues. Visit an epic open-air museum and get involved in an amazing Make Travel Matter day as you meet the indigenous Nubian people. End your day in the beautiful Hurghada, take a dip in the crystal clear Mediterranean sea and put your feet up on gorgeous beaches. 

Day 7 - Hurghada to Cairo. Enjoy a peaceful morning sunbathing in paradise and opt for a cruise on the world-renowned Red Sea where you can snorkel in the perfect waters, meet magical marine life and get treated to a freshly cooked lunch onboard. Travel back to Cairo for an evening trying local cuisine as you prepare to say goodbye to your group with an evening to remember! 

Day 8 - Cairo. Finish off the trip with a delicious goodbye breakfast! You’ll spend the morning reminiscing on wonderful memories with your new lifelong friends before heading home or continuing your travels elsewhere. 

Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Arrival information

You’ll need to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI) on day 1 or earlier. No activities are planned until this evening when you’ll meet your guide and group. 

Your trip ends on day 8 in Cairo. You can depart any time.  You’ll need to arrange your return airport transfer, but your guide can help.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

7 nights of accommodation are included in this trip, including 3 nights on a Nile Cruise, 2 nights in a Hotel, 1 night on an Overnight Train and 1 night in Resort. 

Below are some examples of accommodation on this trip. Please note all accommodation is subject to change. 

  • Oasis Pyramids Hotel Cairo 
  • Giftun Azur Resort Hurghada 

Meals 

7 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included in this trip. For the rest of the meals, you will have the freedom to provide for yourself. 

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for travellers aged between 18-35.

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.

Covid safety

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.

Healthcare
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.