The Time Traveller's Harlot
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.
(Was Treasures of the Nile)
Day 1-3 - Cairo
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.
- Arrive in Cairo, or as the locals call it: "the Mother of the World", and get acquainted with the city
- Stop in Memphis, the first capital of Ancient Egypt, and Saqqara, its necropolis
- Explore the step-pyramid with a guide
- Perhaps visit some of the nearby old kingdom tombs
- Head back to Cairo and enjoy free time to relax or further wander around the city
Breakfast | Dinner
- 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)
- Embark on a night train bound for Aswan
Day 4 - Aswan
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.
- Arrive in Aswan, one of our favourite places
- Drive out of town to visit the Temple of Isis at Philae
- Return to Aswan and explore the Nubian Bazaar
- Head out on a felucca sailboat
- Set off on an optional camel ride towards the Monastery of St. Simeon
Day 5-7 - Nile Cruise
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.
- 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
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Visit the Temple of Sobek, a classically-ruined Greco-Roman temple
- 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
- Get involved in an impromptu fancy-dress party
- Free time to explore Luxor
- Take horse-drawn carriages to the massive complex at Karnak
Day 8 - Luxor
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.
Breakfast | Dinner
- Journey to the Valley of the Kings on donkeys
- Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut
- Free time this afternoon, maybe visit Luxor Temple and the bazaar?
- Overnight recliner train back to Cairo
Day 9-10 - Cairo
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.
- Arrive back in Cairo for free time
- Seize the chance to visit the fantastic Khan al-Khalili bazaar
- Perhaps enjoy a final Egyptian dinner with the group
- The trip ends today after breakfast
What to Know
• 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 and Memphis; 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 17 Mar 2014 - 26 Mar 2014 7+ Request US $660 Book Now 07 Apr 2014 - 16 Apr 2014 7+ Available US $660 On Sale Sale: US $495 Book Now 14 Apr 2014 - 23 Apr 2014 7+ Available US $670 On Sale Sale: US $536 Book Now 28 Apr 2014 - 07 May 2014 7+ Available US $660 On Sale Sale: US $528 Book Now 26 May 2014 - 04 Jun 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 23 Jun 2014 - 02 Jul 2014 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 07 Jul 2014 - 16 Jul 2014 7+ Available US $680 Book Now 21 Jul 2014 - 30 Jul 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 04 Aug 2014 - 13 Aug 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 18 Aug 2014 - 27 Aug 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 01 Sep 2014 - 10 Sep 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 22 Sep 2014 - 01 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 29 Sep 2014 - 08 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 06 Oct 2014 - 15 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 13 Oct 2014 - 22 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 20 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 27 Oct 2014 - 05 Nov 2014 7+ Available US $670 Book Now 10 Nov 2014 - 19 Nov 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 24 Nov 2014 - 03 Dec 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 22 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 29 Dec 2014 - 07 Jan 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 05 Jan 2015 - 14 Jan 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 12 Jan 2015 - 21 Jan 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 26 Jan 2015 - 04 Feb 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 09 Feb 2015 - 18 Feb 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 02 Mar 2015 - 11 Mar 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 16 Mar 2015 - 25 Mar 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 30 Mar 2015 - 08 Apr 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 06 Apr 2015 - 15 Apr 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 13 Apr 2015 - 22 Apr 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 20 Apr 2015 - 29 Apr 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 27 Apr 2015 - 06 May 2015 7+ Available US $660 Book Now 04 May 2015 - 13 May 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 11 May 2015 - 20 May 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 18 May 2015 - 27 May 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 01 Jun 2015 - 10 Jun 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 15 Jun 2015 - 24 Jun 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now 29 Jun 2015 - 08 Jul 2015 7+ Available US $650 Book Now
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.
The Time Traveller's Harlot
Silivenusi - New Zealand, 27 Jan, 2014
In general the tour was well planned. Mohammed (our tour leader) made us feel at ease about Egypt, his pride in his country also came through as he explained the history and modern day ongoings of Egypt. Me being a solo traveler he was very accommodating and always made the effort to not make me fell left out. I would definitely plan another trip with him
The Time Traveller's Harlot
Melanie - South Africa, 28 Jan, 2014
This was really great! A tour to remember and to be recommended to every one. I can't describe it better than to say it was Wow on a Wow and way above my expectation. Definitely value for money. The Tour leader was great and his knowledge, enthusiasm and support the unknown for us, definitely added to the overall success of the tour. All the excursions, transport, like the train trip, felucca sailing, camel ride, donkey ride and the boat cruise was all beyond my wildest dream. Once again... an experience to remember for ever!
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What to know
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.