Ancient Sites & Timeless Temples: A Tailor-Made Egypt Adventure
This nine-day tailor-made Egypt adventure takes in the temples, pyramids and monuments of Cairo and Aswan. Accompanied by expert guides, explore Cairo's bustling bazaars, tour the UNESCO-listed pyramids at Giza and Abu Simbel, and enjoy some peace and quiet in the beautiful botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island.
Itinerary At a Glance:
- Take a guided tour of the world-famous Giza Pyramid Complex
- Delve into the famous bazaars and souqs in Cairo's historic centre
- Admire ancient architecture, magnificent monuments and beautiful mosques in Islamic Cairo
- Visit the UNESCO-listed Philae Temple Complex
- Cross the Nile aboard a felucca sailing boat and visit the beautiful Botanical Garden on Kitchener's Island
- Drive into the desert to see the iconic ancient site of Abu Simbel
- Enjoy days at leisure in your luxury hotel in the Nubian desert
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Day 1: International Flight
Pack your bags and head to the airport because your tailor-made Egypt adventure begins today. After being fast-tracked through the airport, enjoy the comforts of the airport lounge (even if you're flying economy) before boarding your direct five-hour evening flight from London to Cairo.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel in the city. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the hotel or head out to a lovely local spot - our clued-up local Concierge can recommend the best places for a bite to eat in your area - before retiring for a good night's sleep ready for a busy day exploring tomorrow.
Day 2: Captivating Cairo
Today, on the first full day of your tailor-made Egypt adventure, set off from your hotel with one of our expert guides who will show you around Cairo (from the Arabic for 'victorious').
You will begin the day with a tour of the Pyramids on the Nile's west bank. After a 30-minute private transfer by car, you will arrive at the ancient Giza Pyramid complex where you will see the Great Pyramid of Khufu, believed to have taken 20 years to build and which has been around for more than forty-five centuries. Another must-see is the Great Sphinx of Giza, the huge limestone statue depicting a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.
After you've worked up an appetite, you will be taken for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant to refuel before returning to Cairo itself.
Come evening, you will be shown around the vibrant Khan el-Khalili, a famous bazaar in the city's historic centre. See local artisans at work and tour the treasure trove of traditional stalls selling all manner of crafts and souvenirs.
After more lovely local food in a nearby restaurant or tasting some of the local street food such as hawawshi (stuffed pitta), return to your hotel for a good night's sleep after the day's excitement.
Day 3: Discover Islamic Cairo
Step back in time today as you wander along ancient winding streets and gaze at crumbling age-old architecture in Islamic Cairo (also known as 'Historic Cairo').
Accompanied by an expert local guide, set off on foot to discover the many magnificent monuments and beautiful mosques while learning about the city's fascinating religious history.
Come evening, swap the wonderfully hectic streets of Cairo for a serene evening cruise along the Nile aboard a private felucca (small Egyptian sailing boat). Tuck into a delicious dinner on board as you watch the city skyline drift past - the ultimate way to end day three of your tailor-made Egypt adventure.
Day 4: Aswan Bound
Wave goodbye to Cairo today as you're transferred back to the airport to catch your direct early morning flight to Aswan in the south of the country.
On arrival into Aswan, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury hotel on the banks of the Nile.
After unpacking and getting settled in, enjoy an afternoon at leisure with cooling dips in the pool, dinner at one of the hotel's four restaurants and a nightcap in the bar before bed.
Day 5: Temple Tour and Felucca Ride
Wake up bright and early for a jam-packed day exploring Aswan. After breakfast, you will be collected by your driver and guide and driven 20 minutes to the Philae Temple complex - a must-see on your tailor-made Egypt adventure.
As you walk around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, your guide will explain about the extraordinary history of the complex, which was moved and reconstructed after rising waters from Lake Nasser threatened to destroy it.
After you've had your fill of ancient architecture at Philae, you will be transferred into Aswan for a late lunch before enjoying an afternoon felucca boat trip to Kitchener's Island, a small oval-shaped island in the Nile home to a beautiful botanical garden. Spend an hour or two wandering among the shady trees, beautiful flowers and unusual plants before taking a felucca back across the river for your transfer back to your hotel.
Day 6: Discover Abu Simbel
Today you will be visiting another magnificent temple complex that was moved and reconstructed in a remarkable feat of engineering - Abu Simbel.
Get up bright and early again ready for a three-and-a-half-hour drive through the desert to this iconic ancient site. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken around the two temples which have been carved into the mountainside and contain huge statues of the pharaoh Ramesses II and queen Nefertari.
Enjoy lunch at the complex before being driven back through the desert to Aswan where you can relax at your hotel and refuel after your busy day with a delicious dinner.
Days 7 & 8: Days at Leisure
After your busy schedule this week, enjoy a more relaxed pace to the next two days of your tailor-made Egypt adventure.
If you're in the mood for more exploring, we can arrange for you to be collected from your hotel by a guide and taken into Aswan to explore its bustling streets and fragrant souqs.
If you'd prefer to take it easy on the last few days of your Egypt adventure, relax at your hotel with visits to the spa, dips in the pool and snoozes on the sun loungers.
Day 9: Home Time
Sadly your tailor-made Egypt adventure has come to an end. After a relaxing morning, you will be collected from your hotel and driven 45 minutes to the international airport in Aswan in time for your afternoon flight back home. The flight takes approximately eight hours with a connection in Cairo, arriving into London in the evening
Matt and Charlotte C are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.