This luxurious 12-day honeymoon in Egypt combines time exploring ancient Egypt in Cairo and Luxor with a romantic stay on the Red Sea. Visit the Pyramids and Karnak, enjoy a boat ride on the Nile and dive and relax at a luxury Red Sea resort.
Your 12-day honeymoon in Egypt begins as you make your way to the airport for the flight from London to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, this afternoon. You will be able to enjoy Original Travel's exclusive additional services, including fast-track check-in and security at the airport, and lounge access even if you're flying economy.
The flight then takes four-and-three-quarter-hours, arriving in the evening. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious city centre hotel, overlooking the Nile. You'll arrive in time to freshen up and enjoy your first supper overlooking the river.
After breakfast this morning you will be met by your private guide for a day exploring the Pyramids of Giza and the buzzing city of Cairo itself.
First stop: the incomparable Pyramids and Sphinx, which your expert guide will being vividly to life as you learn about the various stages of Ancient Egyptian history. Then it's time to experience contemporary Egyptian culture as well as you enjoy lunch in a lively local restaurant.
Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool at your luxurious hotel, and this evening you will enjoy a genuine 'like a local' experience in Cairo as you are shown around a fun neighbourhood in the city by a young professional Cairene who can take you to their favourite ice cream parlour and fun shisha bar.
After a toe dipped in the waters of the capital yesterday, today your guide will show you more of Islamic Cairo, explaining the soul of this most energetic city through its architecture, religion and long history. It's somewhere that really benefits from the presence of an expert guide.
You'll have the afternoon at leisure again, before you enjoy what will be one of the highlights of your luxury honeymoon in Egypt - a romantic evening sail along the Nile in a private felucca (traditional sailing boat).
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to the airport for the one-hour domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor.
On arrival in Luxor you will be met and whisked to your next
home on this 12-day honeymoon in Egypt, a Moorish riad-style
property on the outskirts of the city. It's a romantic bolthole
away from the bustle of the city and a nice contrast to the old
grande dame hotel in Luxor that you'll be visiting
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool before dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast this morning you will be met by your guide for a fascinating day spent exploring the many interesting sites in what was once the legendary city of Thebes.
Your guide will take you to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley
of the Queens and the enormous Hatshepsut temple complex on the far
side of the Nile. As before, having an expert guide really helps
you scratch between the surface, literally and
This afternoon, heads filled with new understanding of the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, you will return to your hotel to relax and have a well-earned swim before you are transferred to the Winter Palace - the grande dame hotel in Luxor - for cocktails in the lovely gardens and a romantic dinner for two on the terrace.
It's been a relatively busy start to your 12-day honeymoon in Egypt, so this morning you have the added luxury of not having to do anything at all. Enjoy a lie-in, lounge by the pool or in the lovely gardens at the hotel, and generally take it easy.
Then, after a leisurely lunch, you will be met at the hotel and taken for another tour to learn about the history of this ancient city with first a visit to some of the lesser known temples in Luxor and - at sunset - a visit to the glorious colonnaded temples at Karnak, which looks even more impressive as the shadows lengthen.
Have another dinner in Luxor before returning to your hotel for one last night before you head to the beach.
Egypt's cultural heritage is second to none, but a luxury Egypt honeymoon wouldn't be complete without spending time on Egypt's Red Sea coast.
After breakfast today you will be met at the hotel for the
three-and-a-half-hour transfer to the Red Sea coast and your
luxurious beachfront hotel near Hurghada. This is your extremely
comfortable home for the next five nights.
You will arrive in time for lunch at the beachfront restaurant and then, this afternoon, enjoy a wander along the sand as you get your beach bearings.
You now have a blissful four days to do as little or as much as you like during the last leg of your 12-day honeymoon in Egypt.
The Red Sea waters and reefs off Hurghada are perfect for divers
and snorkellers, or just swimming in lovely warm water at pretty
much all times of year.
In addition, we can arrange private boat trips to cruise the coastline, complete with picnic lunch, or trips into the nearby desert to drive quad bikes or ride camels. Closer to home, the hotel has an excellent spa where you can enjoy pampering spa treatments.
Sadly it's back to reality today, as your honeymoon in Egypt comes to an end.
The good news is that you have time this morning to have one last lie-in and a leisurely breakfast before a transfer to the airport in Hurghada. The flight to Cairo takes an hour, and there you have plenty of time for lunch before the onward flight from Cairo to London, which takes a further five-and-a-half-hours, arriving back in the UK in the evening.