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Desert Buffet

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days GEBE

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Cairo Cairo
Desert Buffet

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)

Desert Buffet

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Cairo - Pyramids - Sphinx

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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

Day 2

Day 3: White Desert

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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).

Day 4-5: Dakhla

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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

Day 5

Day 6: Al Kharga - Baris

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 7-8: Luxor

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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

Day 8

Day 9: Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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).

Day 10-12: Abu Simbel - Felucca Cruise

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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

Days 11-12

Day 13: Luxor

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

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.

Day 14-15: Cairo

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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

Day 15

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Cairo’s pyramids, Sphinx and Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren); oasis of Farafra including a picnic lunch and a swim in a natural spring; oasis town of Dakhla including medieval mud-brick town of Al Qasr and Ethnographic Museum; oasis town of Al Kharga and Christian burial ground at Al Bagawat; Baris Oasis; Komombo; and Edfu.

• 3 night felucca sail from Aswan to Edfu with the service of an ammenities boat with toilet.

• 4 day Jeep excursion and camel safari with Bedouin guides in the Western/White Desert, camping under the stars.

• Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.

• Visit to Abu Simbel.

• Free time to explore Aswan, Luxor and Cairo.

• overnight train sleeping in an air-conditioned carriage with comfortable seats (similar to business class seats on a plane) that recline back about 45 degrees. Toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Breakfast is delivered to us when we arrive in the morning.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals




Not Included

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

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

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Last Updated

14 June 2013

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