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My Camel Humps

Trip Length

Trip Code

9 days GENE

Countries Visited

Egypt

Start City

End City

Cairo Cairo
My Camel Humps

Cairo is your kickoff point, check out the Pyramids and Sphinx while you’re in the area. Head on to Aswan for temples, bazaars and a felucca sailboat or camel ride, next is Abu Simbel for a Nile Cruise then Luxor and the Valley of the Kings before you head back to Cairo. Holiday success.

A guy called Khufu was responsible for building the Great Pyramid. It’s 4500 years old, 146m tall and made from 2.3 million blocks weighing around 2.5 tons each. And how did they honour him? With a 9cm tall statue. Bummer.

My Camel Humps


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Immerse yourself in the madness: grab a pair of authentic Roy Bands sunnies from the bazaar, embrace the kitsch world of Dr. Ragab's Pharaonic Village then share a sahlab (sweet, hot custard drink with nuts) and a sheesha pipe with your new travel buddies.

Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids - Sphinx

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Nobody’s quite sure how the Sphinx lost its nose. Some say Napoleon’s soldiers blew it off with a cannonball. Others say it simply wore away over time. Either way, as far as features go it's a pretty big one to lose.

Day 3: Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Put on your haggling hat (or just a regular hat, we don't mind) for a trip to the bazaar. Grab useful stuff like books, cotton tops and sunhats for your upcoming Nile cruise. Splurge on fun stuff like perfume oil, leather bags and jewellery just for the heck of it.

Day 4-6: Abu Simbel - Nile Cruise

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Your boat may be small, but she has a dance floor. And the crew is not afraid to dress you up in a galabeya, whack on some Arabic pop music and make you use it.

Day 4

Day 5-6

Day 7: Luxor - Valley of the Kings

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Be nice to your donkey and he’ll take you on a peaceful sunrise stroll past fields of alfalfa into the Valley of the Kings. Upset him and you’ll be sore for days. Another overnight train back to Cairo.

Day 8-9: Cairo

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Time for one last walk around Cairo. Head south from Bab al-Futuh (one of the medieval north gates), past the old Islamic monuments that stand watch over the bazaars. Time to leave the madness of Cairo behind.

Day 8

Day 9


Your Trip

What to know

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.

• Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Cairo's pyramids, Sphinx, Valley Temple of King Chephren and Egyptian Museum; Abu Simbel; Temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo; and Temple of Horus at Edfu.

• Three night Nile River cruise aboard Gecko's comfortable riverboat.

• Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak.

• Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.

• Overnight train from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo in an air-conditioned carriage with sleeper compartments. Simple dinner and breakfast served on board and toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

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.


Entrance

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.


Important Information

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

 

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's Cairo Office can be reached on: +201 (9681) 1067

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

12 August 2014


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