Desert Buffet

Abu Simbel
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo
Camels. They spit.
Karnak Temple is like history on steroids.
The White Desert's limestone formations
The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
Cairo Museum
Luxor's open air museum
Nubean Aswan
  • At the time it’s super funny to sing Walk Like an Egyptian and pose with your arms out. But when you get home you'll realise those photos are lamer than the fact that Cleopatra had to marry both her brothers. 

    (Was Backroads of Egypt)


    Day 1-2 - Cairo - Pyramids - Sphinx

    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)

    Day 3 - White Desert

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Dakhla

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Al Kharga - Baris

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Luxor

    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

    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

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Luxor

    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
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 14-15 - Cairo

    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
  • What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local tour guide, all transportation, 3 night felucca sail with an amenities boat, accommodation, meals and sightseeing as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival & departure transfers, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Desert Buffet

    Alexa - Austria, 25 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Hi! That was such a great Trip! A terrific tour guide, all the pre travel information was spot on and well prepared. All the sites were well chosen and I left Egypt with the feeling of having seen the most important and fun parts! I particularly enjoyed the desert days! The Beduin tour guides Salem and Sahid were terrific too! It was great to get to know them and getting a glimpse of Beduin life. I am also glad I got the chance of getting a whiff of what it means to life in a desert! What a great, wonderful, surprising and challenging environment! I simply loved the camel trip and wished it would have been a little longer! The Nile cruise was magnificent as well, the swimming in the Nile, so authentic and refreshing- amazing environment- so beautiful! I just can’t imagine the other big boat Nile cruisers having such a great time. I am glad I got the chance of experiencing the Nile close up!

    Desert Buffet

    Andrew - Australia, 11 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    The tour is a really awesome all encompassing trip of Egypt. You get to tour the monuments as well as experience desert and felucc life. Fantastic.

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4WD vehicle, Camel, Private bus
3 nights Camping, 3 nights Felucca, 1 night Overnight train, 1 night Reed hut, 6 nights Hotel

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