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16 Days
 Trip Starts
Cairo
 Trip Finishes
Cairo
16 Day Alexandria, Ancient Egypt & Red Sea Itinerary (On The Go Tours)
Countries Explored: Egypt
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Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
24
Guide Level
Fully Guided, Locally Guided
Trip Code
AAER

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on On The Go Tours 16 Day Alexandria, Ancient Egypt & Red Sea. Discover the best of Egypt on this awe-inspiring 16-day guided tour, taking in the highlights of Alexandria, the legendary Pyramids of Giza, Aswan, Luxor and the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein. Relax on a felucca as you cruise the Nile, uncover the ancient wonders of Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Philae Temple. Bask in the sun for few days by the stunning Red Sea in Hurghada.

Itinerary

Welcome to Egypt! On arrival at the airport you'll be transferred to our hotel to spend the rest of today exploring Cairo at leisure.

Today we drive to the Mediterranean coast and discover the beautiful port city of Alexandria. We explore the ancient Roman Catacombs, rediscovered in 1900, they're the largest of catacombs in Egypt. As we make our way to Citadel of Qaitbay, we visit Pompey's Pillar and see the incredible Library of Alexandria (exterior).

The Qaitbay fortress was built on the site of the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven Wonder of the Ancient World. A powerful earthquake struck the lighthouse in 1323AD, and the stones recovered from the ruin were used to build this famous citadel. After our sightseeing there's time to freshen up at the hotel before we head out for dinner this evening. (B/D)

Our morning starts with a visit the El Alamein. Known for its sobering Commonwealth War Graves, El Alamein witnessed two bloody battles during the Second World War. Approximately 13,000 allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded as they defeated the Axis powers. The victory ensured the threats to Egypt and the strategically important Suez Canal was eliminated. As we continue with our tour, we will stop to pay our respect to the fallen soldiers and learn more about the battles once fought on this ground. After our visit to the El Alamein Military museum, we return to Cairo. (B/L)

Today is spent at leisure, you can explore Egypt's capital as you please. Perhaps explore the lesser-known sights of the city by taking our optional Backstreet of Cairo tour. On this tour wander down El Moez street in Islamic Cairo, visit Garbage City and the famous cave church of St Simon. (B)

We start our day with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt's most famous attraction. The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving Ancient Wonder of the World. Marvel at the colossal structure of Cheops, the largest of the pyramids, which was the tallest man-made building on Earth for 3,800 years. We continue to the necropolis of Saqqara to set our sights on the famous stepped Pyramid of Zhoser, the world's earliest stone monument, which dates back to 2700BC. (B)

Today's excursion takes us to the Grand Egyptian Museum. Situated just 2km from the pyramids, it houses an impressive collection of artefacts from across ancient Egypt's diverse history. Many of its wonderful exhibits have never been on public display and many more have been recalled to the museum from across Egypt and the rest of the world. The museum is home to a full exhibition dedicated to the treasure of Tutankhamun and history comes to live with the use of modern technology including virtual reality.

Once our guided tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum ends, we make our way to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation to visit the incredible Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummified ancient Egyptian kings and queens are displayed. We head back to our hotel with time to relax and unwind before we board our night train to Aswan.

Please Note: The Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility, we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead. (B)

We arrive into Aswan this morning and our sightseeing begins with a visit to the breath-takingly beautiful Philae Temple. A boat will transfer us to Agilika Island to explore the site. In 1960 UNESCO started a project to preserve the temple from the ever-increasing waters of the Nile, the intact ancient building was carefully relocated from its original location to Agilika. Our final stop today is a fragrant one, as we stop at a perfume oil emporium.

This evening is free to spend exploring Aswan ā€“ why not head over to experience the hustle and bustle of the vibrant market. (B)

This morning there's an optional excursion to the spectacular temple of Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II and famously guarded by 4 colossal statues of the pharaoh himself.

Later, we continue our journey onboard a traditional felucca for a relaxing 2-night cruise down the Nile. Alternatively consider upgrading to a 5-star luxury Nile cruise. For more information about Nile Cruising please click here. (B/L/D)

Relax onboard the felucca as we make our way to next destination.

This afternoon we disembark near Kom Ombo and visit its perfectly symmetrical temple, which is dedicated to two gods; the falcon god Horus and the Crocodile god Sobek. We then return to our felucca for our final night on board, sleeping on deck under a blanket of stars. (B/L/D)

This morning we disembark the felucca and make our way to Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure, relaxing by the hotel pool.

This evening there's an optional excursion to Luxor Temple, where hundreds of lights bring this spectacular temple to life. (B)

This morning our journey takes us to the West Bank and the incredible Valley of the Kings, where we visit the tombs of famous pharaohs and take in the beauty of the well-preserved vibrant colours. The best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamun. If open, an additional entrance fee applies to visit King Tuts' tomb. We also set our sights on the Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful temple of Egypt's second female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut before returning to our hotel at midday.

Later this afternoon we discover the majestic Karnak Temple, dominated by the great Temple of Amun-ra, one of the largest religious buildings in the world. The construction of this temple took over 1,500 years and showcases contributions from around 30 different pharaohs. All dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt's Middle and New Kingdom rulers. The evening is free to spent at leisure. (B)

Today we depart Luxor and drive east to Hurghada, part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera, for 3 days by the beach! (B)

We are in Hurghada for the next two days, simply relax and take in the beautiful scenery. There will also be the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling.

Hurghada is one of the most popular Red Sea resorts, extending across 36kms with beautiful beaches and azure water, it's the perfect spot for a relaxing stay There's excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkelling, with some of the world's finest offshore reefs. Hurghada also has plenty of restaurants and late-night bars for evening entertainment. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga ā€“ a famously windy place which is ideal for windsurfing. (B)

This morning we make our way back to Cairo. The rest of today is free to relax and explore Cairo at leisure, or there's an optional visit to Khan El Khalili bazaar, where you can shop for any last-minute souvenirs. (B)

Our ancient exploration of Egypt tour comes to an end after breakfast and a hotel check-out, you'll be transferred to Cairo airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Alexandria - Take in the highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean port city, including the Roman Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, the Library of Alexandria and Quaitbay Fort, the site of the great Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian Museum
  • El Alamein - Tour the WWII battlefields, pay your respects at the Commonwealth War Graves and visit the El Alamein Military Museum
  • Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
  • Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
  • Nile felucca sailing - Sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars (or upgrade to a 5 star Nile Cruise)
  • Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Hurghada by the Red Sea stay - Swim, snorkel and relax

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
  • Touring - Alexandria , the El Alamein Battlefields, Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Luxor, and Hurghada
  • Touring - Alexandria and the El Alamein Battlefields and museum
  • Hurghada by the Red Sea stay - Swim, snorkel and relax
  • Overnight trains from Cairo to Aswan
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 16
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

  • 12 nights 4-5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 11 nights 4-5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi (Cairo)
  • Holiday Inn City Stars (Cairo)
  • Paradise Inn Le Metropole (Alexandria)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel (Cairo)
  • Sleeper Train (Cairo)
  • Tolip Hotel (Aswan)
  • Felucca Sailboat (Felucca Cruise)
  • Steigenberger Nile Palace (Luxor)
  • Sonesta St. George Hotel (Luxor)

  • Excludes International flights and visa
  • Excludes Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$8 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Excludes Entrance Fees: USD$110-130pp, paid in local currency
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