Check out the Egyptian Museum, pyramids and the Sphinx in Cairo, head on to Aswan and explore the Nubian Bazaar, jump on a boat and cruise the Nile stopping at some rad ruins and attending impromptu fancy-dress parties (ie best cruise ever) then explore ye old Luxor.
Apparently beer was introduced to the Egyptians by the god Osiris. And murals depicting their ancient brewing practices have been found in vaults, pyramids, and sacrificial chambers. Beer was even used as currency to pay slaves, tradesmen and priests. So grab yourself a Sakara and toast the history of beer in Egypt. It’d be rude not to.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Tick off the tombs at Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, the Sphinx and the pyramids. Catch the overnight train to Aswan on Day 3. Books, ear plugs and hand sanitiser are essential.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Have a quick shower to wash off that "overnight train smell" before you head to the Temple of Isis. Hanafi Bazaar is the place to grab your souvenirs - beaded jewellery, silk kaftans, Nubian swords and sequined belly dancing costumes.
Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Even Justin Bieber's ego would look small compared to the enormous carved statues of Abu Simbel. Cruise the Nile in style on your riverboat, complete with a bar and a rooftop deck. Stop at the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu on the way to Luxor.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Best bits: Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Get lost in the bazaar before your sleeper train back to Cairo. It's nearly the end of the trip, so let loose and snore your heart out.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
The locals in Cairo say the best way to cross the street is to just close your eyes and go. When in Rome (well, Cairo)! Felfela Takeaway on Sharia Talaat Harb is our pick for the tastiest fuul - Egypt's national dish of spicy fava beans mashed on pita bread.
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.
• Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
• Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Cairo's pyramids, Sphinx, Valley Temple of King Chephren, Egyptian Museum, Memphis and Saqqara; Temple of Isis at Philae; Abu Simbel; Temple of Sobek at Komombo; and Temple of Horus at Edfu.
• 3 night Nile River cruise aboard Gecko's comfortable riverboat.
• Traditional felucca sailboat cruise in Aswan.
• Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak.
• Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.
• 2 nights on an overnight train sleeping in an air-conditioned sleeper compartment. Toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Breakfast is delivered to us when we arrive in the morning.
International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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.
In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's Cairo Office can be reached on: +201 (9681) 1067
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!
30 July 2014