Cairo for Pyramids and Sphinx, Aswan and Abu Simbel for temples and chill time, a felucca sailing trip, more temples in Edfu. Luxor for bazaars, museums and horse carriages… then back to Cairo. BOOM.
Imagine a sea of cars, buses, tractors, motorbikes, horses, pushbikes and people all heading in different directions on roads with no discernible lanes and no traffic lights. Welcome to Cairo.
Arrive in Cairo to a massive wall of heat. You might think you've sweated before, but trust us... this takes things to a whole new level. Have a look around and providing you paid attention in school you should recognise some of the local sights.
No activities are planned so you arrive at any time.
There are heaps of things to do in Cairo, from visiting the Egyptian Museum to the bazaars of Khan el-Khalili
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
No trip to Egypt is complete without a trip to the pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley Temple, so we'll tick those off today. A night train to Aswan provides a rare opportunity to sleep while covering a veritable distance. How efficient.
Guided visit to pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza
Opportunity to climb inside the Great Pyramid (optional) and see the burial chamber inside (not for the claustrophobic)
Optional visit to Egyptian Museum with an Egyptologist
Overnight train and travel south to Aswan. The journey takes about 13 hours and you'll be in sleeper compartments. A simple dinner and breakfast are served on board. There is a toilet at the end of the carriage.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Temples at Abu Simbel are far from simple, in fact they're rather complex. You could say they're a temple complex. Ahem. Moving swiftly on: shop at the Nubian bazaar and hang out with sailors in the evening over dinner, music and dancing.
Aswan is one of our favourite places. Despite the fact that it is Egypt's third largest city, it has an easy-going, laid-back atmosphere that belies its size
We recommend a visit to the Temple of Isis at Philae or take a sailboat across to the Botanical Gardens on Lord Kitchener's Island and take a camel ride up to the Monastery of St. Simeon. Your tour guide will give you all the info
Up early to get to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples ever built and one of the highlights of your visit to Egypt.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Climb aboard a felucca and sail off to visit the Temple of Horus - he was the god with the falcon's head, remember? You'll find the felucca extremely relaxing, but try not to take a personal visit to the Temple of Snore-us or you'll miss all the sights.
Stop at Komombo where there is an optional visit of the classic Greco-Roman Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god)
Nights are spent sleeping on board and your crew provides simple, healthy meals
Feluccas are simple sailing boats with no engines and no toilets. Stretch out on the shady deck during the day. The pace is slow, so bring books, magazines, card games etc
Simple meals include chicken, rice, local breads and vegetables
Each evening your crew pulls into the shore and finds a flat, sandy area for the night. Toilet facilities are very basic
During the winter months (Oct-Mar), it be very cold at night so you should bring thermals and a fleece. A sleeping bag is required.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Arrive in Edfu and journey triumphantly into the bazaar. We're not sure what's triumphant about it, it just seemed like a good time to use that word. Just go with it.
Explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu - one of Egypt's finest temples (optional)
Bus into Luxor, and rest of day is free to explore. Check out the bazaar, Luxor Museum, Luxor Temple, take a horse-carriage ride to Karnak Temple (your tour guide can help organise the carriages)
Overnight sleeper train back to Cairo, with dinner served on board.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Scenery and shopping abound in Cairo. The Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, or 'Aladdin's Cave', is like something out of a Disney movie, which is why people call it 'Aladdin's Cave', obviously. Go there.
You're transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is free. Shop at Khan el-Khalili bazaar and enjoy a final evening together.
Your trip ends today, after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12.00 noon and you are free to leave at any time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you want to spend more time exploring Cairo
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 – the pyramids and Sphinx. Komombo; and Edfu optional (entrance fees not included)
• Tour of Abu Simbel.
• 2 night felucca sail from Aswan towards Edfu, sleeping onboard and enjoying meals prepared by Gecko’s Nubian crew.
• Traditional dinner with the felucca crew's family in a Nubian village near Aswan.
• Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.
• Free time to explore Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.
• 2 nights on an overnight train sleeping in an air-conditioned carriage with sleeper compartments. 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.
EMERGENCY CONTACT: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!
12 March 2014