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Classic Egypt

Tailor Made Itinerary

9 Days From £1,500

Overview

Steeped in a history that stretches back across countless millennia, Egypt is home to some of the world's most iconic monuments. This classic overland journey takes you along the fertile ribbon of the Nile Valley and into the very heart of ancient Egypt. The journey begins in Cairo, home to the great Pyramids of Giza, the last of the great wonders of antiquity. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the famous pyramids at both Giza and Saqqara, as well as the treasures of the city’s Museum,...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wander round the immense ancient pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
  • Float down the Nile by traditional boat in Aswan
  • Explore the west bank of Luxor’s temples and tombs
  • Admire the architectural masterpieces of the ancient kings in Karnak
  • See the ancient treasures of Tutankhamun
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE CAIRO

DAY 1: ARRIVE CAIRO

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. The evening is then free to relax and explore Cairo.

Conrad Cairo Hotel

DAY 2: CAIRO

DAY 2: CAIRO

Today you will have the opportunity to see the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids of Giza, royal burial ground for Memphis (ancient capital of Egypt). Drive along the Giza Road to the Giza Plateau, home of the mighty pyramids. View the three pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus from a panoramic view point before driving down to the great pyramids, where you may like to go inside one of the tombs. From the Pyramid of Chephren, walk down to the solar boat museum and then onto the Sphinx. In the afternoon, visit the oldest pyramids in the world at Saqqara. The complex of Djoser is one of the oldest known structures to have been constructed completely with natural stone. It was built at the beginning of the third dynasty, around 2625 BC, and was intended as a funerary complex for King Djoser.

Conrad Cairo Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 3: CAIRO

DAY 3: CAIRO

After breakfast travel by road to downtown Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum, home to many of the greatest treasures of antiquity, including Howard Carter's spectacular finds from the tomb of Tutankhamen. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Old Islamic District. Visit the main Citadel (Al-Qalaa), a crusader-style fortress dating from the time of Saladin and home to Egypt's rulers for almost 700 years. From here, head to the medieval bazaar of Khan al-Khalili, the most intriguing part of the Old Quarter, to challenge your bargaining skills.

Conrad Cairo Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 4: CAIRO - ASWAN

DAY 4: CAIRO - ASWAN

Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Aswan. Arrival to Aswan airport and transfer to your hotel. Today you will visit the beautiful Philae Temple, passing the Nile Dam, an engineering miracle built in the 1960s to regulate the flow of the Nile. The Temple of Philae is a well-preserved monument and was the centre of the cult of Isis. Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk, a gigantic obelisk weighing 200 tonnes dating from the new kingdom era that lies in an ancient granite quarry. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the town.

Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort
Breakfast

DAY 5: ASWAN

DAY 5: ASWAN

Today you are at leisure. Maybe spend time exploring the cataracts or take a trip in a traditional felucca sailboat, perhaps stopping off at the Botanical Gardens on Lord Kitchners Island. You may also like to take a short flight to Abu Simbel to visit the great rock cut temples of Ramses II (optional tour). The entrance to the main temple is marked by four colossal 20-metre-high statues of Ramses II, and the interior has been intricately decorated with hieroglyphic. The second temple was dedicated to Nefertiti (Ramses' favourite wife).

Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort
Breakfast

DAY 6: ASWAN - KOM OMBO - EDFU - LUXOR

DAY 6: ASWAN - KOM OMBO - EDFU - LUXOR

Drive to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris - dedicated to a crocodile-headed river god, as there used to be many of these creatures in this part of the Nile. Continue north to Edfu, the scenery is spectacular changing from desert to lush and green. Visit to the well preserved Temple of Horus, dedicated to the falcon headed god Horus and second in size only to Karnak. You will then continue to Luxor.

Pavillon Winter Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 7: LUXOR

DAY 7: LUXOR

An early start and over to the West Bank Necropolis, with your first stop at the Valley of the Kings, an isolated gorge in Western Thebes that lay below a natural pyramid-shaped mountain peak. Then drive to the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an 18th-dynasty pharaoh, one of only a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Return to Luxor via the Valley of the Queens. Spend the whole day here or return to the town and wander the bazaar or visit Luxor Museum.

Pavillon Winter Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 8: LUXOR

DAY 8: LUXOR

This morning you will visit the largest temple complex in Luxor; the magnificent Temple of Karnak dedicated to the Sun God, Amun-Ra. The Hypostyle Hall is found after passing through the Second Pylon; the hall is considered to be one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces. Today you also visit Luxor Temple. The afternoon is left free and there is plenty to see in Luxor town, including the vibrant souk and splendid museum.

Pavillon Winter Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 9: DEPART LUXOR

DAY 9: DEPART LUXOR

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC EGYPT (9 DAYS) £1,500

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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