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My Pharaoh Lady

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days GEMP

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

Egypt

Start City

End City

Cairo Cairo
My Pharaoh Lady

Cairo is one capital that makes no excuses for itself. Once you’re feeling at home, we make for Aswan. Catch a Nile felucca to Luxor. Walk like an Egyptian in Alexandria (groan…). Camp out in the White Desert. Abu Simbel and Luxor Temple if you wanna.

 

Bawiti locals claim their spectacular cache of Golden Mummies was uncovered by a donkey's hoof. We hope the donkey got an extra lump of sugar that day.

 

Please note the departure on 3 January 2015 is operating on an alternative itinerary. Please see important notes for further details.

 

 

My Pharaoh Lady


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Cairo

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Welcome to Cairo: traffic jams, heat, pollution, 20 million people, hubbub, cacophony, noise. You'll love it.

Visit the pyramids & the Sphinx (optional)

Visit the Egyptian Museum (optional)

In the evening, board a sleeper train for an overnight journey to Aswan 

Day 3-4: Aswan

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

It's not hard to slip straight into holiday mode in Aswan, a laidback town nestled on the Nile (big river, you might've heard of it?). Join a local Nubian family for dinner at their place.

Hit the bazaar, check out the Nubian Museum or take your pick of optional activities. Ride a camel. Go see what an unfinished obelisk looks like.

Day 4

Optional visit to Abu Simbel temple complex 

Day 5: Nile felucca

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Chill out aboard a felucca, with the wind in your sail pushing you steadily downstream. Sleep out on deck under a squillion stars. It sounds like a cliche, but we don't care. It's as good as you're imagining.

A felucca is a traditional wooden boat with canvas sails. A canopy offers shade and protection from the elements, however there is no cabin or enclosed section.

Even though conditions are basic, if you're prepared to rough it a bit you'll be fine.

Sleep on mattresses on the deck. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) it can get very cold at night (as low as 5C) so a sleeping bag is highly recommended. Sleeping bag hire is not available.

There are no toilets on board our Nile felucca, but while sailing we'll stop at your request on the riverbank for toilet stops with nature.

At the end of a day's sailing we'll assemble a western-style toilet and tent on the riverbank. Any assistance from the group in building the toilet tent is always much appreciated.

We might need to make slight alterations to our Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind - we won't travel very far.

Day 6-7: Luxor

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Remember when history class at school was like eating brussel sprouts? Not this time. Feel Egypt's ancient history come to life at Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. (optional)

Visit the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut on the West Bank (optional)

Optional visit to Luxor Temple

Free time to check out the market in Luxor town.

 

Day 8-9: Alexandria

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

It all feels a bit more European than Egyptian here. Explore Alexandria's Corniche along its Mediterranean waterfront then enjoy an espresso at a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by.

Check out the Roman catacombs or drop by the Biblioteca Alexandrina

Day 10-11: Siwa Oasis

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

After driving through desert dunes 'til you feel like you might actually reach the end of the world, Siwa's oasis suddenly appears. It's like the Garden of Eden. Alexandra the Great came here to consult the oracle, Cleopatra came to take a bath; you've come just for the hell of it.

Stop by the Mountain of the Dead

Walk in Alexander's footsteps at the Temple of the Oracle

Take a dip in Cleopatra's Pool

Day 12: Bawiti

Meals included: 1 breakfast

A bit like China's Terracotta Warriors, Bawiti locals claim their spectacular cache of Golden Mummies was uncovered by a donkey. Clever ass.

Travel by 4WD, crossing the Great Sand Sea

Day 13: White Desert Camp

Meals included: 1 dinner

This is a camp. In the desert. We bet $20 you haven't done that before. If you have, don't ruin it for the others.

It's as dry as an old Arab's fart and has weird rock formations

Spend the day exploring both the Black Desert and White Desert on a jeep safari

Spend the night under the stars, no tents and the toilet is simply a hole dug in the sand. Conditions will be basic. We highly recommend that you bring a sleeping bag as it can get particularly cold in the winter months.

Day 14: Cairo

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Back in Cairo, put your bargaining skills to the test in Khan el-Khalilli Bazaar, where you'll find that must-have papyrus painting or that scarab pendant you've always wanted.

It's about a 5-hour drive back to Cairo and no activities are planned, so the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further

Head for the atmospheric old streets of Islamic Cairo.

Day 15: Cairo

Meals included: 1 breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast this morning, which means you've got from the time you wake up and the time you finish breakfast to spend the rest of your money. 

 

 

**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**


Your Trip

What to know

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

Nuts and Bolts

An experienced English-speaking local tour leader, accommodation and meals as indicated.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, airport transfers, entrance fees, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, 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 in the tour cost and are paid as you go along.


Important Information

 

Please note this trip is operated by our partners at Intrepid Travel.

 

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

 

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's Cairo Office can be reached on: +2 01096811067.

 

PLEASE NOTE: GEMP150103 departure only

The Tourist Police Department has sent us a notification that they will not allow groups to camp in the White Desert due to safety concerns. They will allow day visits and so we have organised a day trip to the White Dessert, they will then spend the night in Bahariya and return to Cairo the next day. 
The alternative itinerary will be:
Day 12 Transfer Siwa to Cairo
Spend the night in Cairo

Day 13 Transfer Cairo Bahariya 
Day trip White desert 
Spend the night in Bahariya

Day 14 Free day 
Drive back to Cairo spend the night in Cairo

Day 15 departure day

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

18 December 2014


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