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Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan tour
Alexandria Aswan Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan Trip
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Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

    Short Description

    Few countries can rival Egypt’s wealth of magnificent archaeological sites, with the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza ranking as two of the most recognisable in the world. It is a place like no other and on this two-week itinerary we explore its treasures across the length of the country. In the north there is the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and El Alamein, the site of the famous Second World War battle. Cairo’s attractions are world famous but on this itinerary we also experience the bazaars and culinary delights on a food tour. Journeying south by sleeper train we reach the Nubian city of Aswan where we board our Nile cruise boat and discover the monuments and temples all the way to Luxor.Travel the length of Egypt and explore its history, food and landscapes.

    Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
    Trip Type Small Group Tour
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value - 3 star
    Flights & Transport Only ground transport
    Start City Cairo
    End City Luxor

    Travel Theme

    Cultural

    Destinations

    Egypt

    Cities & Attractions

    Alexandria Aswan Cairo

    Activities

    Culture History

    Age Requirement

    16

    No Single Supplement
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    Trip Includes

    • All breakfasts, 6 lunches,  5 dinners
    • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
    • All transport and listed activities
    • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    Itinerary

    Flight Inclusive

    Day 1 Fly to Cairo.

    The group flight usually arrives in Cairo this evening. The welcome briefing will either take place this evening or tomorrow morning. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 2 Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza.

    We begin our day with a visit to the Pyramids at Giza. Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the enduring and mysterious Great Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century. The afternoon is free to relax at our hotel, explore Cairo or join an optional excursion to Saqqara, Memphis, and Dahshur. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 3 Cairo tour.

    After breakfast we enjoy a full day tour of Cairo. We begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts including the incredible golden riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Following this piece of history, we experience modern Cairo with a tour of the El Darb El Ahmar School for Arts and a walk along the bustling El Moaz Street. We also explore Al Azhar mosque which dates back to AD970 and is Cairo’s oldest. The mosque is still frequently visited by locals to this day and we will need to cover up (long sleeves and trousers) to enter - as when entering all mosques. Women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 4 Transfer to Alexandria, city tour.

    Today we have a journey of 3-4hrs to Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it’s Great Library was the largest of its time. Unfortunately, these parts of Egypt’s glorious history did not survive up to modern times but there is still much to see in this Mediterranean port city. Our tour begins with a visit of the city’s catacombs followed by the impressive Qaidbay Fortress and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria’s revival of the Great Library. *Mediterranean Azur Hotel or similar*

    Day 5 Visit El Alamein and El Anba Bishoy Monastery; return to Cairo.

    We have an early morning drive to El Alamein, the site of the famed allied victory during World War Two, where we will visit the War Cemetery and Military Museum. More than 80,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the two battles. It was a decisive win for the Allies with Winston Churchill saying, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat". After lunch we stop by El Anba Bishoy Monastery on our return to Cairo. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 6 Food tour of Cairo; transfer to sleeper train.

    Today we embark on a tour of Cairo’s best food spots and discover some of the fantastic local cuisine available across the city – highlights are Mulukhiyah (soup), Ful Medames (beans) and Kushari (rice and macaroni). The tour also includes the bazaars of Khan el-Khalili located in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo. This evening we transfer to the railway station and board our sleeper train to Aswan (which takes approximately 12 hours). *Sleeper train.*

    Day 7 Arrive Aswan; Nubian tour and Felucca ride.

    Arriving in Aswan during the morning, we spend the rest of the day exploring the Nubian way of life. We begin with a visit to the Nubian Museum, which chronologically charts the history and culture of the people, before enjoying Nubian lunch onboard a felucca while we explore the Nile. In the afternoon we have a tour of the Monastery of St. Simeon by camel and visit the nearby village of Gharb Sohil (please see Responsible Travel section). We finish our day with a barbeque on the shores of an island in the Nile. *Basma Hotel or similar*

    Day 8 Optional visit to Abu Simbel; board cruise boat.

    This morning we transfer to our cruise boat and have some time to relax before enjoying lunch on board. For the rest of the day there is the option to explore the Aswan market or attend the Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple. For those who want to do the optional visit to Abu Simbel, the tour starts at approximately 3.30am when we get picked up from the hotel. A breakfast box is provided. Around 8am we will arrive at the destination, where we are given around three hours to visit the temples. Built by Ramses II, the temples of Abu Simbel rank amongst the most impressive in the country and well worth the journey south across the Nubian Desert. We will be back in Aswan around 3pm. For our Sun Festival departures, the visit to Abu Simbel is included. The festival is a bi-annual event that has been taking place for over 3200 years. During the celebrations the sun perfectly aligns with the usually dark interior and lights up the seated statues of Ramses II, the sun god, Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Only the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. There are traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 9 Visit Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam; sail to Edfu.

    We begin today with a visit to the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. In the 1970s the temple was relocated by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the dam. This morning represents a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. After lunch we sail to Kom Ombo and visit the temple there before continuing our journey to Edfu which is where we will spend the night. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 10 Tour Edfu; sail to Luxor.

    Waking in Edfu, we start our day exploring the city and its temples before sailing further north along the Nile. After crossing the Esna lock we reach our destination, Luxor, where we will have our final dinner on board and hopefully witness a stunning sunset over the river. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 11 Disembark in Luxor; explore the Valley of the Kings.

    After breakfast on board we disembark in Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings. For nearly 500 years this was the site of royal burials and it contains the tombs of over 62 pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. One ticket allows us to see three tombs. The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings - each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks. Afterwards we visit the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon before transferring to our hotel.  The rest of the day is free to relax or wander around the streets of Luxor. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

    Day 12 Luxor tour including Karnak and Luxor temples.

    For our penultimate day we have a half day tour of Luxor’s east bank. Luxor is commonly called the world's greatest open-air museum and this morning we visit the extraordinary Karnak and Luxor temples which both stand within the modern city. There should also be an opportunity to visit the A.C.E animal hospital to learn about the efforts taken to improve animal welfare in Egypt. After a leisurely afternoon we enjoy our final dinner together at one of this historic city’s restaurants. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

    Day 13 Fly to London via Cairo.

    Our trip ends today. Those on the group flights will be taken to airport for the flight to London.



    Land Only

    Day 1 Start Cairo.

    The group flight usually arrives in Cairo this evening. The welcome briefing will either take place this evening or tomorrow morning. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 2 Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza.

    We begin our day with a visit to the Pyramids at Giza. Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the enduring and mysterious Great Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century. The afternoon is free to relax at our hotel, explore Cairo or join an optional excursion to Saqqara, Memphis, and Dahshur. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 3 Cairo tour.

    After breakfast we enjoy a full day tour of Cairo. We begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts including the incredible golden riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Following this piece of history, we experience modern Cairo with a tour of the El Darb El Ahmar School for Arts and a walk along the bustling El Moaz Street. We also explore Al Azhar mosque which dates back to AD970 and is Cairo’s oldest. The mosque is still frequently visited by locals to this day and we will need to cover up (long sleeves and trousers) to enter - as when entering all mosques. Women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 4 Transfer to Alexandria, city tour.

    Today we have a journey of 3-4hrs to Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it’s Great Library was the largest of its time. Unfortunately, these parts of Egypt’s glorious history did not survive up to modern times but there is still much to see in this Mediterranean port city. Our tour begins with a visit of the city’s catacombs followed by the impressive Qaidbay Fortress and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria’s revival of the Great Library. *Mediterranean Azur Hotel or similar*

    Day 5 Visit El Alamein and El Anba Bishoy Monastery; return to Cairo.

    We have an early morning drive to El Alamein, the site of the famed allied victory during World War Two, where we will visit the War Cemetery and Military Museum. More than 80,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the two battles. It was a decisive win for the Allies with Winston Churchill saying, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat". After lunch we stop by El Anba Bishoy Monastery on our return to Cairo. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

    Day 6 Food tour of Cairo; transfer to sleeper train.

    Today we embark on a tour of Cairo’s best food spots and discover some of the fantastic local cuisine available across the city – highlights are Mulukhiyah (soup), Ful Medames (beans) and Kushari (rice and macaroni). The tour also includes the bazaars of Khan el-Khalili located in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo. This evening we transfer to the railway station and board our sleeper train to Aswan (which takes approximately 12 hours). *Sleeper train.*

    Day 7 Arrive Aswan; Nubian tour and Felucca ride.

    Arriving in Aswan during the morning, we spend the rest of the day exploring the Nubian way of life. We begin with a visit to the Nubian Museum, which chronologically charts the history and culture of the people, before enjoying Nubian lunch onboard a felucca while we explore the Nile. In the afternoon we have a tour of the Monastery of St. Simeon by camel and visit the nearby village of Gharb Sohil (please see Responsible Travel section). We finish our day with a barbeque on the shores of an island in the Nile. *Basma Hotel or similar*

    Day 8 Optional visit to Abu Simbel; board cruise boat.

    This morning we transfer to our cruise boat and have some time to relax before enjoying lunch on board. For the rest of the day there is the option to explore the Aswan market or attend the Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple. For those who want to do the optional visit to Abu Simbel, the tour starts at approximately 3.30am when we get picked up from the hotel. A breakfast box is provided. Around 8am we will arrive at the destination, where we are given around three hours to visit the temples. Built by Ramses II, the temples of Abu Simbel rank amongst the most impressive in the country and well worth the journey south across the Nubian Desert. We will be back in Aswan around 3pm. For our Sun Festival departures, the visit to Abu Simbel is included. The festival is a bi-annual event that has been taking place for over 3200 years. During the celebrations the sun perfectly aligns with the usually dark interior and lights up the seated statues of Ramses II, the sun god, Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Only the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. There are traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 9 Visit Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam; sail to Edfu.

    We begin today with a visit to the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. In the 1970s the temple was relocated by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the dam. This morning represents a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. After lunch we sail to Kom Ombo and visit the temple there before continuing our journey to Edfu which is where we will spend the night. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 10 Tour Edfu; sail to Luxor.

    Waking in Edfu, we start our day exploring the city and its temples before sailing further north along the Nile. After crossing the Esna lock we reach our destination, Luxor, where we will have our final dinner on board and hopefully witness a stunning sunset over the river. *M/S Mirage or similar*

    Day 11 Disembark in Luxor; explore the Valley of the Kings.

    After breakfast on board we disembark in Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings. For nearly 500 years this was the site of royal burials and it contains the tombs of over 62 pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. One ticket allows us to see three tombs. The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings - each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks. Afterwards we visit the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon before transferring to our hotel.  The rest of the day is free to relax or wander around the streets of Luxor. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

    Day 12 Luxor tour including Karnak and Luxor temples.

    For our penultimate day we have a half day tour of Luxor’s east bank. Luxor is commonly called the world's greatest open-air museum and this morning we visit the extraordinary Karnak and Luxor temples which both stand within the modern city. There should also be an opportunity to visit the A.C.E animal hospital to learn about the efforts taken to improve animal welfare in Egypt. After a leisurely afternoon we enjoy our final dinner together at one of this historic city’s restaurants. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

    Day 13 End Luxor.

    Our trip ends today. Those on the group flights will be taken to airport for the flight to London.

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    See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see
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    Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless
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    Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and
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    Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive,
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    A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant
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    Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!


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    An absolutely amazing trip!  It had been a long time coming as I booked
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    Kirsten was professional, and made the best of the weather conditions.


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    A fantastic trip encompassing magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing.
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    mountain reflections in the sea and you still won't be close to
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    Kirsten was professional throughout and made sure we experienced the best
    that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer. 


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    reach the Peninsula and 2 days on the way back. There are plenty of
    presentations on the ship to help pass the time and prepare you for the trip
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    to leave the ship and do some landings.  Having said that, the sea days
    are forgotten in an instant as soon as you reach the peninsula and the trip
    starts properly.We were incredibly lucky with the weather; there was only 1
    landing which we were unable to make as the conditions would not allow it.
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    favourable you won't be able to do all of the landings or zodiac cruises
    which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the
    trip. Aerolinas Argentinas can be quite strict with their luggage
    allowances; there is a 5kg limit for hand luggage on the internal flight. If
    you are carrying a lot of photographic equipment then your hand luggage will
    be way over this.  However, if you have your backpack on your back when
    you check in then they do not seem to weigh it; if it is on a luggage trolley
    then they will weigh it and potentially ask you to pack some of your hand
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    This review describes the revised, Lombok-less itinerary. So, no Rinjani,
    sadly, but Sumeru is a decent (and difficult) substitute if one is willing to
    ascend it (the summit is optional).

    For me, this trip was a fine mix of culture (food, people, history, temples)
    and hiking, with photographic opportunities wherever one looked. We had three
    fantastic sunrises, some dynamite sunsets (especially Merbabu), and we got
    very lucky with weather, being barely affected by rain. Our only real
    disappointment came at Ijen where the gases from the crater would not clear
    enough for a good view - but we got a good workout in while testing our
    strength against that of the miners whose loads sulphur are very heavy.

    There are some long drives, but most of our group found it easy to sleep on
    the bus.
    Ascending Sumeru. It's a difficult and frustrating climb (like summit day on
    Kilimanjaro) but the view from the top is special.


    Our guide (Wira) was attentive, helpful, fluent in four bazillion Indonesian
    languages, and a damned good multitasker.


    Most of the hiking is gentle but very dusty (we were there in the dry season)
    so a buff is recommended to avoid "volcano nose" and care is needed to
    protect camera mechanisms. The extension at Candidasa was a perfect and
    relaxing way to end (I recommend staying as long as you can :)). Indonesians
    are very friendly and you will be asked to pose for THEIR travel photographs,
    so be prepared to feel like a rock-star.


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    Flights & Transport

    Only ground transport

    Group Size:

    Small Group - 24 max

    Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

    Accomodations

    Visit major Egyptian historical sites

    Age Notes

    Min. Age: 16

    Additional Information:

    • 8 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels, 3 nights on a cruise boat and 1 night sleeper train
    • Travel by private minibus, cruise boat and sleeper train
    • Abu Simbel Sun Festival departure

    Trip ID#:

    exodus-AED

    Trip Excludes

    • Travel insurance
    • Single accommodation - GBP190 (GBP300 for December departures)

    Meals Included:

    Dinner: All breakfasts , 6 lunches and 5 dinners included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day.  We suggest you allow GBP60-90 (approx. USD100-140) for meals not included. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, felafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited. Meals on the cruise are open buffets that include Western and Egyptian dishes. The Cairo food tour gives us the chance to try a number of Egyptian dishes such Ful Medames (which is a mixture of beans and tehini) and Kushari (a dish made of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed with garlic, tomato, chickpeas and crispy fried onions).

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