10 Day One-Way Egypt

10 Days - Cairo to Dahab

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Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Aswan, Felucca Sailing, Valley of the Kings & Dahab

The sheer scope of Egypt’s diversity is breathtaking. From the iconic legacy of its ancient civilisation to the modern urban bustle of Cairo. There are no half measures here: trinkets sit proudly next to ancient tombs and you’ll travel from sandy deserts to glittering coastal resorts. Take in the history of this incredible country with our expert Egyptologist guides and also its contemporary scene with the modern day sun-worshippers on the Red Sea.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 local dinners
  • $135USD confirmed of entrance fees - Egyptian Museum, Valley of the Kings, Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Luxor and Karnak Temples, Kom Ombo & Aswan High Dam
  • Certified Egyptologist Guide
  • Inbound airport transfer and all on-tour transport

Highlights

  • Great Pyramid of Giza 
  • The Sphinx and Cairo Museum
  • Sail up the Nile on a traditional Felucca or 5H luxury cruise boat
  • Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple
  • Kom Ombo, Edfu and the Temple of Horus Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor and Karnak Temples 
  • Be a beach bum in Dahab on the Red Sea

Free time

Take time out in Egypt to explore solo or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Guide.

  • Explore a Nubian village 
  • Bedouin camel rides
  • Abu Simbel day trip by coach
  • Swimming and snorkelling in the Red Sea
  • Mount Sinai and St Katherine sunrise trek

Joining information in Cairo / Airport Transfer

The 10 Day One Way Egypt Adventure departs from the Victoria Hotel in Cairo at 6pm.

Victoria Hotel
66 Al-Gomhuriyya
Cairo
Egypt
Phone: 02 25892290

You are entitled to a free airport transfer if you arrive into Cairo airport on the first day of the tour. If you arrive before the first day of the tour you can still receive the transfer provided you book your pre tour accommodation through Busabout or booking agent at the Victoria Hotel. To arrange a transfer simply fill out the online form linked from your E Ticket.

Please note: we must receive flight details at least two weeks prior to departure so we can arrange for our representative to be there when you get off the plane. We can only provide transfers from Cairo airport for those of you who are staying at our pre-tour accommodation in Cairo. If you are staying in alternative accommodation, you will need to make your own way to our start point for the first day of the tour.

Visa Information

Everybody (except Egyptians!) needs a visa to visit Egypt. The Egyptian Embassy advises that you obtain your visa before departure. These can be obtained from your local Egyptian Embassy and the forms can be downloaded from their websites.

The cost of this service is US$ 17 payable locally at customs. If passengers plan on doing their own trip to Jordan after they finish the 10 Day trip to Dahab and plan to return to Egypt it is advisable to pre-organise a double entry visa via the Egyptian Embassy in their country. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travelling.

Pre and post tour accommodation

If you need to arrange additional accommodation before your tour departs you can book this online via MyTrip as an add-on.

Cairo (Victoria Hotel): Single or Twin/Triple Private room
Dahab (Sun Sea Resort): Single or Twin/Triple Private room
Luxor (Emilio Hotel): Single or Twin/Triple Private room

Dahab to Cairo Link

If passengers need to get back to Cairo from Dahab after finishing their Egyptian Adventure there are number of stress free options we can arrange to suit every budget. The bus trip from Dahab to Cairo will lasts around 7 hours of which there are 3 or 4 per day. The price per person is US$ 15, however, this can be subject to change. Please note, the timetable should be checked and confirmed locally.

Private transfer with Spring Tours:

Minimum 1 pax US$ 280 per person
Minimum 2 pax US$ 145 per person
Minimum 3 pax US$ 105 per person
Minimum 4 pax US$ 90 per person

This service can be arranged prior to your departure by e-mailing info@busabout.com or by speaking with the Guide upon arrival into Egypt.  Please note if you would like to fly out from Cairo the earliest possible flight you could book would be for the late evening of the last day of the tour.

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo

If you would prefer to fly from Sharm El Sheik (your trip finishes in Dahab at breakfast) you can arrange to take the public bus or an arranged Spring Tours transfer (see below) from Dahab to Sharm El Sheik airport.

Sharm-el-Sheikh Airport Link from Dahab

Private transfer with Spring Tours:

Minimum 2 pax US$ 48 per person
Minimum 4 pax US$ 29 per person

If you wish to arrange this service please advise your Guide on the first day of your tour.

Tipping in Egypt

Tipping in Egypt is called Baksheesh, but it's more than the usual gratuity given to a waiter, bellhop or taxi driver. It is a way of life and a system which enables the economy to function. Salaries in Egypt are much lower than in Western countries therefore tipping is an absolutely essential means of generating income. Don't feel that the Egyptians are solely preying on foreign travelers and tourists. Look closely at the dealings that Egyptians have with one another and you will notice that the exchange of small amounts of money are commonplace. In order 'to insure promptness' (that's where tip comes from!) for nearly every service given a payment above the cost of the service is expected.

For the traveller this is a minefield: how much is expected? Will I have enough small change? Travellers without a Guide will be inundated with offers to help in the expectation of a payment. With tours such as ours it is no different. Therefore in order to maintain the smooth running of our trips we have an all inclusive payment which is as follows:

This should be paid at the start of your trip to your Guide who will then distribute the money to all those who provide services along the way. You can be assured that 100% of this payment goes to the people who will contribute to your trip of a lifetime.

Tipping fund will be US$50 for the 10 Day tour

What's the Felucca all about?

The Felucca (raft boat with sail) for many, is one of the highlights of their Busabout Egypt experience. After a few days of awesome sightseeing in Cairo and Aswan, it's time to get back to nature and kick back on a traditional sailing boat and watch the world go by for a few days before you hit the sites of Luxor. At night you'll be docked up to the banks of the Nile and as you zig-zag your way down the river during the day, you're never far from land. There is a large shade canopy on the Felucca so no need to worry about being out in direct sunlight all day, however please note that toilet and washing facilities will be minimal for the 2 days. Mosquitoes aren't a big problem but we do recommend bringing repellant with you. Accommodation will be in own sleeping bags under canopy on the raft (no private upgrades) but for those wanting a few more creature comforts then the Nile Cruise add-on is a fantastic luxurious option. All meals on both are included.

General Useful Info – Pre Departure

The money in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. Generally 70 Egyptian Pounds will pay for a good meal for two. There are ATMs at most of our destinations (aside from days on the Felucca when all meals are included anyway). Don't forget your sleeping bag for the Felucca (a torch is handy too) and bear in mind the weather can get very hot all year round especially from June to September so light garments (that cover shoulders for public areas), sunglasses, hat, good sunscreen and swimming costume are essential too. Comfortable shoes for the Valley of the Kings and Pyramids is a good idea as is a small backpack for day to day usage, a photocopy of your passport and some mosquito repellent for those nights on the Felucca, even though this is generally not a big issue. We advise you see your GP about vaccination recommendations before you go as well.

Day 1: Cairo - Pre Departure Meeting

Upon arrival at Cairo International airport you will be met by a Busabout representative (once you clear customs) who will arrange your airport shuttle. Soon you'll be in the middle of cars, trucks, buses, mopeds, donkeys and pedestrians as they fight for space on the busy roads. Once you're checked in to the hotel join up with the group for an evening orientation walk and the option of having dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.

Overnight: Cairo (Hotel)

Day 2: Cairo - Aswan

Today is all about exploring Cairo, the capital city of Egypt and known as the 'The City of a Thousand Minarets' for its stunning array of Islamic architecture. We start with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza where you can view the Pyramid of Cheops, the only remaining Seven Wonder of the Ancient World. We head off to the world-famous Egyptian Museum where you'll be guided through thousands of artefacts, including the funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen. The Pyramids and the Museum will take up most of the day, but you'll have the early evening at leisure before boarding the overnight train to Aswan. Make sure you check out the markets of the local bazaar before we make our way to Aswan, haggling for a better price is customary in Egypt!

Overnight: Aswan (Train).The train offers comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom. The journey takes approximately 12 hours and if you want to sleep we recommend you upgrade to a single or twin sleeper cabin through your MyTrip account.

Day 3: Aswan

This morning the train pulls into Aswan mid morning and we'll waste no time in getting from the station to the Aswan High Dam. The High Dam was finished in 1970 and has had a huge impact on the Egyptian economy and culture. You'll get all the info from your Guide before it's time to visit the Philae temple, sure to be a highlight of your time in Egypt. The afternoon is yours to explore the Souk of Aswan and take in its distinctively African charm.

If you're sailing on the felucca on Tuesday and Wednesday, tonight you'll be staying in a hotel in Aswan. If you fancy a bit more luxury you can upgrade to a 5* Nile cruise boat today and spend your first night on the Nile. If you choose to upgrade you'll board the boat in time for a buffet lunch and in the afternoon you can jump on a felucca so you can still float down the Nile as the locals do.

Overnight: Hotel (Aswan) or Nile cruise boat

Day 4: Abu Simbel - Nile Sailing

Whether you wake up on the Nile or in Aswan, you have the option to take the trip to Abu Simbel. This side trip is about six hours and includes a visit to the Behemothic Temple of Ramses II, the most awe-inspiring temple in ancient Egypt. If you're into seeing some of the local sights in Aswan, check out our optional side-trip to a traditional Nubian Village instead, before meeting up with the rest of the group to board your felucca/cruise boat as we set sail up the Nile towards Kom Ombo.

Overnight: Felucca or Nile cruise boat

Day 5: Kom Ombo

Enjoy the serenity of sailing along the Nile in your felucca or cruise ship, the longest river in the world and steeped in history. This evening you'll arrive in Kom Ombo to visit its unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile God and the falcon God Horus the Elder. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second biggest after Karnak. It was uncovered from a huge mound of sand in 1860 and dates back to 237BC.

Overnight: Felucca or Nile cruise boat

Day 6: Kom Ombo - Luxor

We continue on to the river city of Luxor by bus. After breakfast we head to the temple of Edfu which was built by Amenhotep III around 1370BC and dedicated to Amon-Re, king of the Gods and his consort, Mut. This fascinating temple has been used almost continuously for worship ever since. This evening you have a chance (time permitting) to enjoy an optional sound and light show at Karnak temple where, amongst the avenues of Sphinxes and halls of colossal columns, you'll hear tales of ancient Thebes.

Overnight: Luxor (Hotel

Day 7: Luxor - Hurghada

To avoid the blistering midday heat we're up early and head off into the Theban Mountains to visit the astonishing Pharaoh tombs of the Valley of the Kings. These exquisitely decorated tombs housed the sarcophagi encased mummies of over 60 pharaohs, most famously that of the child king, Tutankhamen. You'll then head to the temple of Hatshepsut, the extolled female pharaoh and the Colossi of Memnon. These massive quartzite statues that once guarded the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III now make an awe-inspiring sight as they stand virtually alone in a field on the road to the Valley of the Kings. You'll then visit upper Egypt with a visit to the temple of Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world. This afternoon you will travel through the desert for your first glimpse of the Red Sea at Hurghada, arriving later in the evening.

Overnight: Hurghada (Hotel)

Day 8: Hurghada - Dahab

We have an early start today to take the ferry from Hurghada to Sharm-el-Sheikh, continuing our journey through the Sinai desert to Dahab. Dahab is Arabic for "Gold" and almost certainly is derived from the golden sandy beaches that surround the town. We drive 1 ½ hours from the ferry port in Sharm-el-Sheikh to your hotel resort through the Sinai desert. In Dahab you're sure to have an unforgettable stay with time to relax, enjoy the colourful waters of the Red Sea, dive, snorkel, and explore. Spend the afternoon at the beach, relax by the pool, and head into downtown Dahab in the evening to have a look around. Perhaps you'll end up at the infamous Shipwreck bar for happy hour!

Overnight: Dahab (Beach Resort)

Please note: Occasionally the ferry between Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh can be cancelled due to weather conditions. If this should happen the connection will be made by bus.

Day 9: Dahab

Head to Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise over the Sinai peninsula then spend the rest of the rest of the day in Dahab enjoying this awesome coastal resort. There are loads of excursions available like trekking up Mount Sinai or go swimming and snorkelling in the Red Sea or simply kick back on the beach.

Day 10: Dahab

Today your trip comes to an end so it's time to bid farewell to Egypt. If you need a transfer to Sharm-el -Sheik airport or Cairo, you Busabout representative can assist.