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Temple of Horus, Edfu

Grand tour of Egypt

15 days from CAD15,760pp

Temple of Horus, Edfu
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Tour highlights

  • Privately tour the Pyramids of Giza, the last surviving ancient wonder of the world, Saqqara and Dahshur.

  • Sample a range of local delicacies and sumptuous street food on a tour through downtown Cairo.

  • Take a luxury cruise down the Nile and explore the iconic temples and tombs from Luxor to Aswan.

  • Enjoy afternoon tea at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract hotel, a historic hotel with splendid views across the Nile.

  • Fly to Abu Simbel to marvel at this awe-inspiring, towering temple complex, dedicated to Ramesses II.

Price includes:

  • Domestic flights in destination
  • Private driver throughout your trip
  • All-inclusive board basis during your cruise
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by one of our local Audley representatives, who will assist you through immigration and customs. From here, you travel by private car to your hotel in downtown Cairo. The Ritz-Carlton is located at Tahrir, or Freedom Square, next door to the old Egyptian Museum.

  • This morning, you will be collected from your hotel for a full-day, privately guided tour of the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur. You will visit the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, one of the earliest examples of Pyramid architecture, before working your way back to Cairo, visiting the stepped pyramid of Saqqara and the behemoths at Giza.

  • Today's activities include a private tour of the Egyptian Museum, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and Old Cairo. Your expert guide will bring to life the dizzying array of artifacts at both these museums which tell the story of Egypt across the ages. Old Cairo is the area where Coptic Christians first built their churches for protection. There are still tens of thousands of Copts in Egypt, many of whom live in Old Cairo. Your tour includes spending time visiting the backstreets of Coptic Cairo and the ingenuous Hanging Church.

  • Your final full day in Cairo will allow you to experience a different flavour to the city. You join a specialist local guide for a half-day food tour across downtown Cairo. This will introduce you to various food outlets and restaurants and take you on a culinary journey from the classic foods such as kosheri and ful, to the less well-known Egyptian foods like molokhiya. The rest of the day you will spend at leisure.

  • Spend the morning at leisure at your hotel. In the early afternoon, you are met by your private driver who will transfer you north out of Cairo and on to Alexandria. The drive takes around three hours, depending on Cairo’s notorious traffic. Spend the evening acquainting yourselves with Alexandria and your hotel, The Four Seasons. You might like to take a walk along the corniche or along San Stifanu Beach close to your hotel.

  • Today, you have a full-day, privately guided tour of the major sites in Alexandria, a city once a thriving metropolis and an interesting blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures. Your tour includes Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs, the National Museum and Alexandria Library which gives you an interesting overview of the city’s long and complex past as your guide explains what makes Alexandria so significant to Egypt’s history.

  • You are collected early in the morning by your private driver and driven to Cairo International Airport for your short flight down to Luxor. On arrival, you are met by a local representative and driven for your privately guided tour of Luxor Museum, where many of the exhibits are from the temples and tombs of the Theban area. You spend the rest of the day at your hotel relaxing, or independently exploring Luxor if you would prefer.

  • This morning you board your luxury Nile cruise boat and settle into your room. After lunch, you join your small tour group for a visit to the East Bank, where you visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Karnak Temple is particularly impressive and boasts 134 giant sandstone columns designed in the form of papyrus stalks. You then return to the boat to take afternoon tea in the lounge, before having canapés and welcome drinks before dinner.

  • After breakfast, join your small group again to visit the West Bank and explore the picturesque tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, as well as the modernist-looking temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Enter the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and marvel at the intricate and well-preserved hieroglyphics which date back thousands of years. Lunch will be served on board as the boat sails on to Esna lock, where it docks overnight.

  • In the morning, have breakfast on board before your visit to Edfu Temple. Afterwards, return to the boat for lunch as you cruise on to Kom Ombo. You visit the temple here, which is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. You then sail on to Aswan, your final stop, where you will spend the next few nights of your trip.

  • Start the day with a short motorboat ride to Philae Temple, located on a small island in the Nile. Next, you will continue on to the Unfinished Obelisk, before you take a traditional sailboat ride on a 'felucca'. You ride in this small, wooden sailing boat around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Return to the boat for your final evening. The crew will host a superb gala dinner for your last night on board.

  • Today you disembark your Nile cruise boat and check into your hotel, the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract. One of the most iconic hotels on the Nile, the property has welcomed many famous guests over the years, from Winston Churchill, to Agatha Christie, and King Farouk of Egypt. You will have a reservation for afternoon tea on the outdoor terrace overlooking Elephantine Island, a truly memorable experience.

  • On your last day in Aswan, you visit the temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. After a short flight down Lake Nasser, you will be met and driven to the archaeological site with your guide, who will explain the history of the monuments, before you enter the temples themselves. After touring the temples, you will fly back to Aswan and have the evening at leisure to relax or explore Aswan's souqs.

  • Enjoy a leisurely morning at the iconic Old Cataract Hotel before you are collected and driven to Aswan Airport for your onward flight. After a short flight up to Cairo, you will be met by your private driver and a local representative, who will drive you to your airport hotel for your last night in Egypt.

  • Your private driver will collect you from your hotel and escort you to Cairo International Airport in time for you to check in for your flight home today.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Audley Travel Country Specialist Kerry-Ann
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The specialist who designs your trip to Egypt will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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