My Egypt Experience, 6th – 20th January 2016

Aswan - felucca and 2 monuments

We have spoken before about our upcoming trip to Egypt and thought we would stop to again let you know we are gathering numbers for this voyage and would encourage anyone who is thinking of Egypt to join us on this departure. This trip has been prepared by an expert in the local region who has been developing and running tour groups to Egypt for over a decade and who has seen to it that the tour will cover the best of this country!

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As you can see we will cover the highlights of Cairo from the Pyramids of Giza to the complex at Saqquara, the monuments at Memphis, Saladins Mosque, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the Egyptian Museum and More. We take in Alexandria including the Roman frescoes, the new library and the Commonwealth War Graves at El Alemain. We cruise the Nile, visiting Luxor and visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, as well as Aswan where we take in the High Dam, Philae and Abu Simbel, and all the major sights in between including Kom Ombo and Edfu.

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This tour has been made to ensure you have the best opportunities for sightseeing, travel and experiences on this trip. As examples here are three things tailored into  this tour to bring you the best experiences in Egypt!

1. Cairo Hotels. Our first stay in Cairo is in Giza, so when we head out to sightsee we can spend more time sightseeing and less in traffic, while our second stay is downtown and closer to the attractions we will be visiting on our second stay, and more centralized for your own wanderings in this incredible city

2. Abu Simbel. Many tours have this as an optional, having been there and seen it, we can tell you that after the Pyramids the Temple Complex at Abu Simbel is one of the most incredible sights in Egypt. So we have included it, and rather than wasting over 16 hours by doing it as an overland journey we do it by air, giving more time to enjoy other sights in Egypt then barren rocky roadsides.

3. High Tea. Ok this is one that is hit ans miss with some travellers, but taking High Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile is a great way to get a taste of the old colonial charm that the British Empire brought to Egypt, and watching the sunset over the cataracts while you enjoy a good tea or coffee and light snacks is a fantastic way to end a busy day.

So if Egypt sounds like your “cup of tea”please give us a call on (02) 4421 5577 or email nowra@mytavelexpert.com.au to reserve your space on this departure today!

Full details availabel from our groups menu or just click below to see more…

Cost: AU$6031.00 per person share twin
Single Supplement Available upon request

Giza Two pyramids with camels

Includes:

  • Return Economy Class Airfares including all taxes and surcharges
  • Accommodation in 4 star centrally located hotels and Nile Cruise
  • Return airport transfers throughout in Egypt
  • Sightseeing and touring as detailed in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted ex-Nowra based on a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as detailed

Excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks, phone calls or items of a personal nature
  • Sightseeing or fees not part of the tour.
  • Egyptian Visa Fee
  • Optional Entry Extras – such as King Tut’s Tomb and the Mummy’s Room in the Egyptian Museum
  • Transfers to/from Sydney Airport

Itinerary:

Day 1: 6th January 2016: Depart Australia
Today we leave Australia for Cairo.

Day 2: 7th January 2016: Arrival Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet your tour leader and fellow travelcompanions. Check with the hotel reception for details about this meeting, and remember to bring your insurance details with you. Until the meeting, you will be free to explore Cairo, the chaotic and colourful capital of Egypt. This city is one of contrasts, in some ways the height of modernity and in others, steeped in ancient history. This afternoon (depending on your arrival time) you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Pharaonic Museum with your guide. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo

Day 3: 8th January 2016: Cairo Sightseeing (Giza Plateau)
A full day of sightseeing awaits you today! We start with a visit to the Pyramids, including the Pyramid of Khufu (The Great Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). Initially the Pyramids were covered with luminous white limestone. Today the casing stones have largely been removed, but these structures are no less impressive. Keep in mind that you will be walking around the pyramids, which can be hot work with little respite. Ensure that you have plenty of water and are prepared for the heat. You will have the opportunity to enter the Pyramids if you wish to (optional), please ask your tour leader for assistance. The thoroughfares inside the Pyramids are tiny and quite hot – this is not an activity for those who suffer from claustrophobia. The Great Sphinx is another wondrous monument, and one that has perplexed scholars, scientists and tourists for thousands of years. This great structure has been buried, excavated and repaired a number of times, and the original builder remains a mystery. In the afternoon we head to Saqqara and Memphis. Here, with less tourists and less traffic we’ll view the legendary pyramids including the famous step Pyramid. We continue on to a visit to Memphis, the ancient capital of Lower Egypt and the Old Kingdom of Egypt before returning to our hotel in Cairo. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: 9th January 2016: Cairo to Alexandria:
You will travel on to Alexandria by van today (approximately 4 hours) – the second largest city in Egypt and the main port. The city is named for Alexander the Great, who ordered its construction is 331BC. It was built by Dinocrates, a Greek architect, and became a flourishing cultural, economic, intellectual and political centre. Upon arrival into Alexandria, we make a visit to the new Alexandria Museum, which houses many artefacts relevant to the region , before continuing to the Roman Catacombs – a fascinating underground warren Spend some time at the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, it is the most prominent Roman burial site in Egypt and home to the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina. You will also have the opportunity to wander along the Corniche and around Fort Qaitbey. You will visit the Al Montazah Palace and Gardens next. There are two royal palaces here from two different eras (the 19th and 20th century), as well as beautiful sprawling gardens. We’ll also visit Pompeii’s Pillar and the Roman Ruins before arriving to our hotel. Accommodation: Azure Hotel Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: 10th January 2016: Alexandria – El Alemein – Cairo
Nothing quite conjures up the hostile desert conditions endured by both Allied and German forces than the landscape around El Alamein. From Alexandria we drive west along the coastal road before turning south towards El Alamein. It is a journey of around 2-3 hours and on arrival we visit the small military museum housing a variety of tanks, armoured vehicles and other war relics. We also visit the nearby Allied Cemetery. Eating facilities are limited, so at a suitable point we open the lunch boxes supplied by our hotel before making our way back to Cairo in the afternoon. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: 11th January 2016: Cairo to Luxor
We leave the hustle of Cairo behind today as we take a morning flight to Luxor. Upon arrival we take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak, which is one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. We enjoy a guided tour of the temple. This evening we board our Nile Cruise. Accommodation: Tower or Solaris II Riverboat Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: 12th January 2016: Luxor
We rise early this morning (very much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. It’s a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun’s final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it. Our guide explains the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. We visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Our final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. We return to our boat and enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before we set sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the ‘Other Information’ section. We pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue our journey upstream. Accommodation: Tower or Solaris II Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: 13th January 2016: Edfu
Morning finds us moored near Edfu, an excellently-preserved temple dedicated to Horus – the falcon-headed god. We disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre. Returning to our cruise boat we continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land. Accommodation: Tower or Solaris II Riverboat Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: 14th January 2016: Kom Ombo
Arriving at Komombo, our short walk around the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies picturesquely ruined on the river’s edge provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. Accommodation: Tower or Solaris II Riverboat Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: 15th January 2016: Aswan
We disembark our cruise boat and check into our hotel. Depending on our arrival time, we may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively we will visit it tomorrow). It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings – definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. This afternoon we take a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. This evening we enjoy a beautiful high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Accommodation: Aswan Philae Hotel Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: 16th January 2016: Aswan–Abu Simbel-Cairo
This morning we board a local flight to Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, Abu Simbel is one of Egypt’s most memorable sights. We spend a full morning exploring the sights before return to the airport and head to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, we have the afternoon at leisure. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: 17th January 2016: Cairo
We start the day by visiting Cairo’s Islamic heart. From backstreet bazaars to minaret-topped mosques, and neighbourhood coffee houses, these are the places that make Egypt’s sprawling capital what it is. We’ll explore the Citadel of Salah Ed Din with the impressive views over the bustling city of Cairo. We head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The ‘Khan’, sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel. It’s Cairo’s finest area for you to practise your bartering skills! We explore the gold market, ‘perfume street’ and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market!). Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas (dating to the 16th and 17th centuries AD). Once owned by an English army officer, the two houses contain a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia, giving us a great insight into Cairene life during the Ottoman period. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: 18th January 2016: Cairo
This morning is dedicated to The Egyptian Museum. Simply one of the world’s great museums, the museum home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to our tour, exhibiting many of the region’s treasures. We head there after breakfast and our expert guide takes us through Egypt’s rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost). We then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors. We have the whole day to explore the museum before we return to the hotel for a farwell dinner. Accommodation: Cairo Barcelo Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: 19th January 2016: Cairo
Your Egyptian adventure ends today as we are transferred as a group to the airport for your flight back to Australia. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: 20th January 2016: Arrive Sydney
Arrive in Sydney where your trip ends.

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About Leonie Clay

Travel Expert and Travel Industry Veteran, Co-Owner of Centre Court Travel Pty Ltd

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