Cairo, Pyramids of Giza & Luxor
If you have less time but want to experience all the iconic monuments and sights that make Egypt an incredible country, this is the trip for you. From Cairo to Luxor, via the mighty Nile River, this is one intense week of discovery.
- Certified Egyptologist Guide
- Inbound airport transfer and all on-tour transport
- 6 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 local dinners
- Entrance fees - Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Kom Ombo, Aswan High Dam and Luxor Temple
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
Day 1: Cairo
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 welcome and the option of having dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.Overnight: Cairo (Hotel)
Day 2: Cairo to 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 artifacts, 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 sleeper train to Aswan.Overnight: Aswan (Train).The train offers twin sleeper bed cabins and the journey takes approximately 12 hours
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. 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 to 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. We'll visit Luxor temple and hear stories of ancient Thebes wandering amongst its impressive obelisks, corridors and sphinxes!Overnight: Luxor (Hotel)
Day 7: Luxor
Tour finishes after breakfast. If departing Luxor later this afternoon, you'll have time to add on a visit to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples this morning (optional).
Joining info in Cairo - Airport Transfers
The 7 Day One Way Egypt Adventure departs from the Victoria Hotel in Cairo at 6pm.Victoria Hotel
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.
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
Departing Egypt from Luxor - Airport/Night train to Cairo
This itinerary was set up so you have lots of ongoing options as Easyjet now operate London flights to and from both Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor. For those returning to Cairo there is the option to take the public train back to Cairo so please allow until the day after the tour finishes for any ongoing flight arrangements from Cairo.
Reclining seat in sleeping train - US$ 40
Twin cabin in sleeper train – US$ 65 per person
Single cabin in sleeper train – US$ 130 per person
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$30 for the 7 Day tour.
Please note this amount does not include a tip for your Tour Leader which is at our own discretion.
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.