Not just Nile

Cairo Museum
The Valley of the Kings
Luxor's open air museum
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo
The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
Sunrise on Mt Sinai
Downtime and diving in Dahab
Camels. They spit.
Karnak Temple is like history on steroids.
The White Desert's limestone formations
  • Apparently, there’s a traditional Bedouin recipe where a camel is stuffed with a whole lamb, the lamb is stuffed with 20 chickens and the chickens are stuffed with eggs and rice. It’s kinda like the Bedouin version of a babushka doll. Don’t try it at home.

    (Was Egypt Encompassed)


    Day 1-2 - Cairo

    After all those years of learning about Egypt’s history in school and all those overly-dramatic BBC documentaries, you’ll finally get to see the pyramids and sphinx for real.

    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

    Take a jeep into the desert with your trusty Bedouin crew behind the wheel. It can get cold in the winter months so don't forget your thermals - we doubt your tent mates would want to share.

    • Jump into a jeep and set off into the Western Desert
    • Stop for a picnic lunch at the oasis of Farafra
    •  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

    The camp at Dakhla is pretty basic but it's only for one night. Then it's back in the saddle for a camel ride to our next camp. 

    Day 4

    • 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

    One thing you'll notice about the Bedouin men - they're not afraid to grab an instrument and dance their hearts out around the campfire. Settle in and enjoy the show.

    • 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 - Valley of the Kings

    It's a long drive to Luxor, but you'll get free time to shop at the bazaar and visit Karnak Temple. Add donkeys to your 'weird modes of transport' list, because you'll be riding them into the Valley of the Kings.

    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

    If your name is Captain Cook, Ricky Ponting, Princess Kate or Hey You Pretty Lady, then you've come to the right place. Every stallholder in the bazaar will be shouting names at you in an attempt to reel you in.

    • 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 Simel - Felucca Cruise

    On a felucca you'll sit, eat, sleep, play cards, gossip, read and listen to music all in the same place. There's no motor, no toilet (it lives on the little 'amenities boat' behind us) and no hurry. We'll get there in our own sweet time.

    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 13-15 - Luxor - Cairo - Sinai

    Off the boat and into the car. Out of the car and onto the train. Off the train and back in the car. Out of the car and into bed. They don't call it travelling for nothing.

    Day 13

    • 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

    • Enjoy a completely free day to enjoy Cairo as you please

    Day 15

    • Drive from Cairo and spend the night in a bungalow-style hotel near Mt. Sinai
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 16-18 - Mt Sinai - Dahab

    Its an early start if you want to climb Mt Sinai. Apparently this is where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Try not to take the lord's name in vain when you see the beach at Dahab.

    Day 16

    • Option of setting off between 2-3am to hike Mt Sinai and watch the sun rise over the peninsula
    • Continue to Dahab, a laid-back travellers haunt on the Gulf of Aqaba

    Days 17-18

    • Spend free time in Dahab snorkelling, windsurfing or perhaps set off on a day dive (if you have a PADI certificate)
    • Opportunities for another desert jeep safari or a camel ride along the beach

    UPDATE: Please note that due to security reasons we are presently unable to visit Mt Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery. Instead we will spend an additional night in Dahab.


    Day 19-20 - Sinai - Cairo

    One of our favourite things to do in Cairo is find a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop and enjoy a 40c feast. Falafel, fuul and all sorts of yummy goodies are thrown into some flatbread and wrapped up in butcher's paper. Lunch sorted.

    Day 19

    • Arrive back in Cairo and perhaps enjoy a final group dinner

    Day 20

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

    Safety Information

    UPDATE: Please note that due to security reasons we are presently unable to visit Mt Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery. Instead we will spend an additional night in Dahab.

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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.

    Not just Nile

    Claire - New Zealand, 8 Jun, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Excellent trip, covered all the basics that you would expect to see in Egypt plus a lot more!!! Joined by fantastic crews along the way. I would not hesitate to recomment this trip to anyone in the future!!! A+++

    Not just Nile

    Cindy Rod and Shae - Australia, 11 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Would be happy to pay a bit more in the tipping pool at the start of the trip than be asked for more during it. This has been an issue we are experiencing also on our trip now in Morocco. Some people did not seem to think that there was to be a tipping pool (although it was clear in the final documentation U sent us). This could be spelt out clearer in the info sent to all. Ok with us however. Cleanliness of toilets when it is a major tourist attraction need to improve. Happy to pay the money but not when they don't make an effort to clean them!

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4WD vehicle, Camel, Private bus
3 nights Camping, 3 nights Felucca, 1 night Overnight train, 1 night Reed hut, 11 nights Hotel

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