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Absolute Egypt

  • 16Day(s)
  • Trip Code: GADPAE

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples, and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca or take a dip in Cleopatra's pool. Our CEOs and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times travelling by donkey to the Valley of the Kings. Encounter another side of Egypt at Siwa Oasis and spend an unforgettable night camping under the stars of the White Desert.

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Day 1 Cairo

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer (please refer to the joining instructions section of tour dossier for more information). Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Cairo/Aswan (1B, 1D)

Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures

Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. Included Activities: Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour Egyptian Museum Visit Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Aswan (1B, 1D)

Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile

Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile. Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home. Included Activities: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village

Day 4 Aswan (1B)

One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel

One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. There are two options for visiting it— overland or flight. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

Day 5 Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars. Included Activities: Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion

Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B)

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Edfu. Included Activities: Kom Ombo Temple Visit Edfu Temple Visit Transport: Stop en route to visit the Edfu Temple. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Luxor (1B, 1L)

Cross to the West Bank and travel by donkey

Cross to the West Bank and travel by donkey. Visit the massive 18m (59 ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops. Enjoy free time to explore Luxor; the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple are both well worth a visit. Learn about the ancient art of embalming at world's only Mummification Museum and the small, but beautifully presented, Luxor Museum. Enjoy an included visit to a G Adventures-supported library and community education centre. This project provides early childhood education at a very low cost for locals, as well as adult literacy classes. If you would like to bring a donation, this project always accepts books in both English and Arabic to expand their library. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today. Included Activities: Colossi of Memnon Visit Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings Visit Planeterra Library and Community Education Centre Visit Transport: Donkey

Day 8 Luxor/Cairo (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day in Luxor to explore more sites of this historical town

Enjoy a free day in Luxor to explore more sites of this historical town. Later, catch an overnight train to Cairo. Transport: Overnight train (beds)

Day 9 Cairo/Alexandria (1B)

Enjoy a piece of Europe with its trams, cafés, and an amazing sense of history

Enjoy a piece of Europe with its trams, cafés, and an amazing sense of history. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Alexandria (1B)

Explore the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt, the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, and Fort Qaitbey

Explore the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt, the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, and Fort Qaitbey. In the afternoon, use some free time to visit the sights of Kom el Dikka, the only Roman theatre of its kind in Egypt, and the Montazah Summer Palace, known for its peaceful gardens. Opt to wander the seaside corniche or stop to enjoy a coffee at one of the many European style cafés. Included Activities: Alexandria Guided Tour

Day 11 Alexandria/Siwa Oasis (1B)

Journey to the hidden Oasis of Siwa

Journey to the hidden Oasis of Siwa. Upon arrival, visit the Al Alamein World War cemeteries. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Siwa Oasis (1B)

Explore the vast, maze-like ruins of the mud brick fort that overlooks Siwa old town

Explore the vast, maze-like ruins of the mud brick fort that overlooks Siwa old town. Take a short bike tour to the fascinating Mountain of the Dead and the mysterious 6th century BC Temple of the Oracle. Opt to take a dip in Cleopatra's bath. In the afternoon, choose to enjoy the hot springs and dunes or take a trip by donkey cart out to a small village for the perfect desert sunset. Additional Notes: Bike tour includes a guided bicycle ride between sights. Entrance fees to the sights are not included. Included Activities: Siwa Oasis Bicycle Tour

Day 13 Siwa Oasis (1B, 1L)

Get deeper into the desert, taking time to explore sand dunes and lakes

Get deeper into the desert, taking time to explore sand dunes and lakes. The possibility of having to push our jeeps out of sand bogs just adds to the adventure. Transport: 4x4

Day 14 Siwa Oasis/Cairo (1B)

Journey back to Cairo

Journey back to Cairo. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 15 Cairo (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Islamic Cairo, then visit Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Enjoy a guided tour of Islamic Cairo, then visit Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Included Activities: Islamic Cairo Guided Tour Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Visit

Day 16 Cairo (1B)

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

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  • Egypt

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Private van, train, donkey, felucca, 4x4
  • Max 15, avg 10
  • Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (2 nts), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt).
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Allow USD330-430 for meals not included.

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