15 days Tour

Backroads of Egypt

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Cairo - Pyramids - Sphinx

Meals included: 1

You want history? You got it. Pyramids of Giza. Valley Temple of King Khafre. Half-man half-lion (aka the Sphinx). King Tut’s mask. You’ll sleep well tonight.

Day 1

  • Arrive in Cairo, or as the locals call it: "the Mother of the World", and get acquainted with the city

Day 2

  • Take a trip to the celebrated Egyptian Museum
  • See the golden mask of King Tutankhamun and numerous other treasures
  • Drive out to the edge of the desert to explore the pyramids and the nearby Sphinx
  • Visit the beautiful Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren)
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Day 3: White Desert

Meals included: 3

Feta, fried chicken and baba ghanoush are just the beginning of your desert feast. Take a walk at sunset followed by some star gazing (if you spot the Southern Cross, you're doing it wrong).

  • Jump into a jeep and set off into the Western Desert
  • If it's hot enough, perhaps take a swim in a natural spring
  • Enjoy a sunset walk in this surreal landscape
  • Spend the night camping under the desert stars

Day 4-5: Dakhla

Meals included: 3

Ever wanted to ride a camel into the desert and dance around a campfire to Arabic pop music with a belly full of fried chicken? Now's your chance.

Day 4

Stop for a picnic lunch at the oasis of Farafra

  • Visit the medieval mud-brick town of Al Qasr
  • Explore Al Qasr's timeless streets and view the old school, an ancient olive press and the granary
  • Stop by the little Ethnographic Museum
  • Camp overnight at a rustic camp in reed huts
  • Indulge in a traditional meal and enjoy a night of music and dancing around the campfire

Day 5

  • Head out in jeeps to explore the nearby dunes
  • Take a rest stop at some hot springs
  • Spend an afternoon relaxing while you wait for the heat of the day to pass
  • Set off through the desolate, windswept landscape on camels in the late afternoon
  • Spend the night under the stars at the great escarpment
  • Sleep in a communal tent with Bedouin friends, or outside on mats

Day 6: Al Kharga - Baris

Meals included: 3

Not the most fascinating place you’ll see on this trip, but it is the place where we say goodbye to our Bedouin pals. Sob.

  • Perhaps visit the Christian burial ground at Al Bagawat
  • Drive on to Baris Oasis for a final night of fun and friendship with our Bedouin companions

Day 7-8: Luxor

Meals included: 1

Ride a donkey into the Valley of the Kings at sunset; chances are his great-great-great-great-grand-donkey helped carry the stone blocks to the pyramids.

Day 7

  • Arrive in Luxor and perhaps browse the extensive bazaar (great for shopaholics)
  • Optional visit to Karnak Temple – one of Egypt’s greatest temple complexes.

Day 8

  • Set off on a sunrise donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings and enjoy view from the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Return to the east bank and spend free time exploring the town further
  • Why not head to the bazaar or relax in a coffee shop

Day 9: Aswan

Meals included: 1

Everyone here runs on Africa time, so you might as well throw out your watch. The Nubian bazaar is the place for all your beaded jewellery (and if you took the watch thing seriously, you can get a shiny new Rollecks for about six bucks).

  • Explore Aswan's Nubian bazaar that snakes through the back streets of time
  • Set off on an optional sailboat ride around the islands
  • Spend free time relaxing on the riverfront watching felucca sailboats

Day 10-12: Abu Simbel - Felucca Cruise

Meals included: 3

Everything after Abu Simbel will be an anti-climax. It's that good. We spend a couple of days cruising down the Nile to help you wrap your head around it.

Day 10

  • Travel to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples ever built
  • Take a tour of the site, one of the highlights of Egypt, and later return to Aswan
  • Board a Nile Cruise boat and spend time sleeping, relaxing, reading or enjoying the sundeck

Days 11-12

  • Visit the Temple of Sobek, a classically-ruined Greco-Roman temple
  • Enjoy a slower pace of life whilst floating down the Nile

Day 13: Luxor

Meals included: 2

Karnak Temple is like history on steroids. Everything is dramatic, exaggerated and completely OTT. It's the biggest religious site ever built and stretches over 2km, so you might want something a little sturdier than thongs.

  • Continue cruising towards Edfu, and take in some timeless scenes of life on the Nile
  • Stop at Edfu to explore the well-preserved Temple of Horus
  • Set off on a bus ride to Luxor
  • Take a final tour of Luxor's bazaar
  • Board a night train bound for Cairo

Day 14-15: Cairo

Meals included: 1

Hit Khan al-Khalili bazaar and show those stallholders who's boss. Perfume, jewellery, clothes and the obligatory belly dancing costume are all waiting to be haggled over.

Day 14

  • Enjoy free time after arriving back in Cairo and perhaps indulge in a final group dinner

Day 15

  • The trip ends today after breakfast

At A Glance

Desert Buffet

Trip Length

15 days

Trip Code

GEBE

Activities

Culture

Countries Visited

Egypt

Start City

Cairo

End City

Cairo