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Staffing: Services of representatives and local guides.
Transport: Private air-conditioned transport, Felucca, 1st class sleeper train, horse-drawn carriage, and donkeys, camel.
Accommodation: 5 nights Budget/tourist class hotels, 2 nights overnight train, 3 nights Felucca.
Activities: Horse carriage to Karnak temple, Donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings
Meals: As per itinerary (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). Breakfast is provided on every day of the tour, Please allow US$10-15 per day for additional meals.
Entrance fees: Included for all sites listed as part of the itinerary. Egypt also has a wealth of other historical sites and museums which you may wish to visit. If you intend visiting a wide range of different sites you should allow up to approx. US$275 for this.
Tipping: To avoid embarrassment and save your money all tours operate a tipping kitty. Please allow US$18 - 27 per week of the tour for this.
Itinerary (9 nights / 10 days)
Day 1: Cairo
Meet & assist at the airport, and check into your hotel. Later we enjoy Sound & Light Show at Pyramids plateau (optional). Overnight hotel. (No Meals)
Day 2: Cairo - Overnight Train
Today we enjoy a guided visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. The Pyramids really do have to be seen to be believed! Later there is the option to visit the Egyptian Museum to reveal the mystery of its heritage through the Egyptian great history. In the evening we catch our overnight seating train and travel south to Aswan. (BD) The journey takes about 13 hours
Day 3: Aswan
Aswan is one of our favourite places. There is certainly a lot to see and do for those keen on visiting as many great sites of antiquities possible; we highly recommended a visit to the temple of Isis at Philae. Alternatively you can take a sail boat across to the Botanical gardens on Lord Kitchener's island and then continue to the others sites of the river where you can take a fun ride camel up to the monastery of St Simeon. Overnight hotel. (B)
Day 4: Abu Simbel - Nubian village - Aswan
Rising early we travel by road to Abu Simbel (Optional), one of the most impressive temples ever built and one of the highlights of our visit to Egypt. We follow the shores of Lake Nasser and generally arrive at the temple just after sunrise. We enjoy a tour of the site and later return to Aswan, arriving around midday. In the late afternoon our Nubian sailors meet us and we travel by boat to their village for dinner. We enjoy a variety of traditional dishes and it's a great chance to meet their family. Overnight hotel. (B)
Day 5-7: Felucca Cruise
Boarding our feluccas we set sail, travelling with the current towards Edfu. Sailing down the Nile is a magical experience, lying on thick mattresses, watching the dark waters glide past. We stop off at Komombo to visit the classic Greco-Roman Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) overlooking the river and the rest of our time is spent relaxing and enjoying timeless scenes of local life, as we travel slowly down the Nile. Nights are spent sleeping on board and our crew provides simple, healthy meals. Feluccas are simple sailing boats, no more and no less. They have no engines and no toilets. There is a single deck on which you can stretch out during the day under a shade awning. It is an extremely relaxing way of travelling down the Nile, however many people find the pace very slow, especially when contrasted with a busy life back home. We strongly recommend you take books, magazines, card games, walkmans and any other items which might help to while away your time on board. Meals are simple. They are prepared by your Nubian crew and include chicken, rice, local breads and vegetables. Each evening your crew pulls into the shore. They generally find a flat, sandy area for the night. Toilet facilities are very basic. (BLD)
Day 8: Edfu - Luxor
Reaching Edfu we say farewell to our Nubian friends and then explore the Temple of Horus - one of Egypt's finest temples, before travelling by bus into Luxor. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town and there’s certainly a lot to see and do. In the evening there is an opportunity to attend Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple. Overnight hotel. (B)
Day 9: Luxor-Cairo
Today we rise early to cross the Nile where our donkeys are waiting to take us into the Valley of the Kings. After matching up donkeys and riders we head off, just as the sun begins to rise in the eastern skies. Later we return to the east bank where we can take a horse carriage ride to Karnak Temple (Optional). In the evening we take the overnight recliner seating train back to Cairo. (BD)
Day 10: Cairo
Arriving Cairo. Tour ends upon arrival to the hotel. (B)
386 $ Per Person (Min 2 Clients)
• Airport arrival transfer
• 5 nights Budget/tourist class hotel
• 2 nights Overnight seating train
• 3 nights Felucca
• Sightseeing excursions as per itinerary, this does not include optional excursions
• Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary (excluding optional excursions)
• Nubian village
Price does not include:
• Airport departure transfer
• International flights and taxes
• Visa costs
• Border taxes
• Drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature
• Meals other than those listed
• Tipping Kitty
The itinerary and supplementary information has been compiled with care and provided in good faith. However, it may be subject to change, and does not of a contract between the client and Royal Dream Tours.