Visit Cairo and see the Pyramids & Egypt Museum, visit Aswan Dam and see Philae Temple, sail down the Nile and stay overnight on a traditional Felucca and visit the Valley of the Kings.
9 Day Cairo to Cairo Group Tour, Regular Departures, From £335 per person +US$160 local payment
This fantastic 9 day tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Cairo, and we visit the famous Pyramids and Egyptian museum while we are in the Capital. We then catch an overnight train to Aswan, see the dam and catch a boat to Philae Temple. We visit Abu Simbel (optional) before the highlight of the trip, an overnight stay and cruise down the Nile on a traditional Felucca. We then visit Luxor and the Valley of the Kings before we return to Cairo. We stay in fantastic 5 star hotels and travel in A/C minibus, coach or train, with a local English speaking Pillow tour leader.
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Day One (Saturday) – Arrive Cairo
Our local representatives will meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our central Cairo hotel. The rest of the day is free until you meet in reception of hotel at 6pm for “pre departure meeting” led by your local Pillow tour leader. After the meeting you are free to explore or you can relax at the hotel.
Day Two (Sunday) – CAIRO TO ASWAN (B)
After breakfast in the hotel (included) we will visit the famous pyramids and lion-headed sphinx of Giza. Each of the pyramids took over 20 years to build and was completed around 2,500 BC, making them one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. We then visit the globally renowned Egyptian Museum, famous for the King Tutankhamen treasures which are exhibited here. After a break for dinner we board the overnight train to Aswan (1st class recliner seats).
Day Three (Monday) – ASWAN (No Meals)
Once we arrive in Aswan, check into our centrally located hotel and freshen up. We then visit the Aswan Dam, once the biggest dam in the world which created Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake! We then take a boat trip to Agilika Island to see Philae Temple. Dating from 285 BC, the temple would have been lost to flood water after the Aswan High dam was built, but UNESCO moved the temple stone by stone between 1972 and 1980. This evening is free for you to relax, watch the sunset and maybe do some shopping in the markets or souqs.
Day Four (Tuesday) – FELUCCA CRUISE (B) (L) (D)
Early this morning we have an optional (not included) visit to the temples of Abu Simbel. These temples carved out of the mountain around 1250 BC are located on the banks of Lake Nasser, just 40km north of the Sudanese border. It’s well worth the effort and most people think Abu Simbel is amazing. During the afternoon we board a traditional Felucca for voyage downstream. This romantic and traditional form of Nile transportation is many clients highlight of the whole trip. We watch the sunset and eat a meal prepared by our Felucca crew while floating down the Nile in lovely peace and quiet. Be warned, although the Felucca cruise is lovely, facilities are very limited. You will be sleeping on deck with the other passengers and crew under the stars, so bring a sleeping bag, and toilets and not available so it’s time to find a bush on the riverbank!
Day Five (Wednesday) – LUXOR (B)
Watch the sun rise over the Nile from your bed on the deck of the Felucca, and then have a breakfast prepared by our Felucca crew. After breakfast we pull up on the river bank for the last time a jump in a more modern form of transport for the drive to the Temple of Kom Ombo. This temple was built for the crocodile headed god Sobek, and was later used to trade Gold and then elephants bought from Ethiopia. We then drive to Luxor and check into our centrally located hotel where you are free to enjoy the evening.
Day Six (Thursday) – LUXOR (B)
Breakfast at hotel then start to explore Luxor, visiting Valley of the Kings. This secluded valley is home to 63 royal tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was found by Howard Carter in 1922. We also visit Memnon Colossi (two massive faceless stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III), and during the afternoon visit to the large scale Temples of Karnak which is a complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks. This night is free for you to enjoy on your own, you can enjoy Luxor town or maybe visit the sound and light show at Luxor Temple.
Day Seven (Friday) – LUXOR THEN OVERNIGHT TO CAIRO (B)
After breakfast in our hotel you have a free day to do what you want. Maybe you will take a balloon flight over the West Bank? You can visit Luxor Temple, Luxor Museum, the highly recommended Mummification museum, or you can go shopping in the markets or chill at the hotel, the choice is yours. During the evening we will catch the overnight train back to Cairo (1st class recliner seats).
Day Eight (Saturday) – CAIRO (No meals)
We arrive back in Cairo during the morning and check into our hotel and have free time to freshen up. After lunch we visit the wonder of Islamic architecture which is the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan which Barack Obama also visited when he went to Cairo in 2009. After the Mosque we visit the 14th century warren of alleys which makes up the market of Khan Al-Khalili so you can buy some last minute souvenirs. If we have time, we will also visit the Cairo tower (Not Included). We then return to our hotel for our last meal together and to say goodbye to new friends.
Day Nine (Sunday) – CAIRO (B)
After breakfast the tour terminates.
Services at all times of fully trained, English speaking local Pillow Tour leader.
Transport around Egypt by train or in private Air-conditioned mini-bus or car with local driver.
Five Night’s Accommodation in 5 star hotels (based on twin/triple share), 1 night sleeping on a traditional Felucca and 2 nights sleeping on train (1st class recliner seats). Example of hotels are Cataract Pyramids Resort in Cairo, Sofitel El Karnak in Luxor, Iberotel in Aswan or simular.
6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 1 Dinner (D).
Arrival Airport Transfer is included. (Please advise at the time of booking of you want a free airport transfer).
What’s NOT included
The local payment of US$160 to be paid directly to your Pillow Tour leader during the pre-departure meeting on Saturday evening. You can pay the equivalent in GBP (approx £100 to £110 depending on current FX rate)
Your international flights to and from Cairo and your entrance Visa to Egypt (Approx US$15 for a Single Entry Visa).
Tippy kitty of $40USD per person.
Any meals or drinks not listed above.
Your personal travel Insurance (compulsory) which includes medical repatriation cover.
Entrance Fees to museums, temples and other places included on the itinerary. Example of costs are Giza Pyramids / Sphinx GBP£6pp, Egyptian Museum GBP£6pp, Komombo Temple GBP£3pp, Philae Temple GBP£5pp, Karnak Temple £7pp, Valley of the Kings GBP£9pp, Tutankhamun Tomb GBP£10 per person.
Any added extras not on the itinerary, for example if you wish to visit Abu Simbel the cost is around GBP £55 per person (but it’s well worth it!). A balloon flight over the West Bank in Luxor will cost around GBP £75 and the sound and light show at Karnak Temple will cost around GBP £15. If you want to visit the Giza Pyramids on horseback, that will cost around GBP £8.