Classic Egypt

Example Itinerary

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 ...

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Example Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive Cairo

Arrive in Cairo, where you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Giza, located close to the Pyramids which can be seen in the far distance.

Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo

Day 2 Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx & Saqqara

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.

Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo Breakfast

Day 3 Cairo: Explore Downtown with Culinary Tour

Today 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. Also visit the Coptic area of Cairo to see the Hanging Church, the most beautiful church in Egypt, with its ornately decorated interior consisting of three barrel-vaulted, wooden roofed aisles, ivory inlaid screens and a finely carved pulpit. Today you'll also embark on a culinary adventure through Cairo visiting a range of restaurants that specialize in different traditional Egyptian foods. This evening why not check out the Cairo Jazz Club – a fantastic live music venue where you can find some of Egypt’s most talented musicians.

Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Cairo – Aswan: Great Egyptian Museum & Fly to Aswan

Start your busy day with an early breakfast, then drive to the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum. Known locally as GEM, this museum has long been in the making, with plans first announced in 2002, after which a number of setbacks and delays followed. The museum claims to be the largest archaeological museum complex in the world, with over 100,000 different artefacts on display. After spending the morning at the museum, you then fly south to Aswan. Settle into your hotel, before enjoying the rest of the day and evening at leisure. Please note: If the Grand Museum is not yet open, you can visit the Egyptian Museum.

Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort Breakfast

Day 5 Aswan: Highlights, Nubian Museum & Market

Today you will visit some of Aswan’s main sites, including 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. This afternoon visit the Nubian Museum, established in association with UNESCO to preserve the ancient Nubian culture. Then end the day with a visit to Aswan’s souq, a treasure trove of all kinds of different goods, from spices and peanuts to henna powder and flowers, as well as carpets, talismans, and much more.

Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort Breakfast

Day 6 Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu – Luxor

Set off by road for Luxor today, first visiting the riverside temple of Kom Ombo, the only temple in the Nile Valley that is dedicated to two gods - Haroeris and Sobek. From here you continue north to Edfu, enjoying spectacular scenery as it changes from desert to lush greenery. This remarkably well-preserved temple is the largest in the Nile Valley after Karnak. Supposedly built on the site of the final battle between the Gods Horus and Seth, the temple was built in the 3rd century BC and lay buried under sand for centuries before being unearthed by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the 1860s. You arrive in Luxor late afternoon and can enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day 7 Luxor: Explore the West Bank

Today you take in the exceptional sites of the West Bank. After crossing the River Nile by boat you first visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. You will then visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, before moving on to the Tomb of the Nobles. In the afternoon you will continue your explorations to the Valley of the Workers, also known as Dier Al Madina, before finishing in the Valley of the Queens, returning to the hotel late afternoon.

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day 8 Luxor: Karnak & Luxor Temples with Felucca Nile Ride

Waking early to enjoy sunrise at Karnak offers the chance to explore this vast and hugely impressive temple before the crowds arrive. Enjoy the rest of the morning free before moving on to the magnificent Luxor temple in the afternoon, an awesome testament to the power and wealth of the ancient pharaohs. End the day with a sunset felucca ride on the River Nile.

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day 9 Depart Luxor

You will be transferred to the airport this morning for your onward flight. 

Breakfast

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

9 days from £2,850

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.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 4366 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
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

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, 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.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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