Menu
Alternate Text

Egypt in 2 weeks

From North to South

Book from € 749.-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 14 DAYS

Egypt in 2 weeks

Welcome

This special journey starts in the far north of Egypt, in Alexandria, the most European city in the country. In Cairo, next to the entrance to the first African metro, a cart is loaded with huge melons and pulled by a donkey. A city full of contradictions! From Aswan, visit the famous Abu Simbel temple and feel like Tintin in Cigars of the Pharaoh. You will also visit the archaeological treasures of Luxor and take a felucca tour through tranquil Nubian villages along the cool Nile. Finish on the Red Sea coast where you can enjoy diving and snorkelling.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Egypt, a visa is required for many nationalities. This can usually be obtained on arrival or in advance of travel through your closest Egyptian embassy or through an agency such as CIBT. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one

Visa/transfer service
We can also offer you a combined visa and arrival transfer service (you cannot book one without the other). If you wish to add this, please select both items in the booking form. Your complete passport details and flight information will be required. If you have not booked your arrival transfer with us then you must arrange your visa yourself.

Accommodation and transport

Transport

During this trip we travel with our own bus and travel from Cairo to Aswan by local air-conditioned train. The train journey will be overnight and will include an adjustable seat in the first class category. Take some warm clothes with you as it can cool down considerably due to the air conditioning. Your trip on the Nile on a traditional Felucca (from Aswan to Kom Ombo) will be a special experience. In Kom Ombo the bus will be waiting to take you to Luxor. Your airport transfers are included.

Travel distances

Alexandria via El Alamain to Cairo: 275 km / 3 hours and 15 minutes
Cairo to Aswan: 860 km / 12 hours
Aswan to Abu Simbel: 287 km / 3 hours and 30 minutes
Aswan to Kom Ombo: 54 km
Come Ombo to Luxor: 168 km / 3 hours and 30 minutes
Luxor to Sharm el Naga: 305 km / 4 hours
NB: The travel times mentioned are of course approximate and will depend upon the weather, traffic and road conditions.

Accommodation

We will stay in two-and three-star hotels in 2-person rooms with private bathroom. You spend a night in the night train where you have a reserved seat in 1st class. You also spend a night aboard a real felucca. On the felucca you sleep on thin mattresses with sheets. You must bring a sleeping bag yourself. Single rooms are not possible on the train nor on the felucca.
Travellers who book alone, share a two and in exceptional cases three person room. We of course keep in mind that you should share the room with a traveller of the same sex. If you prefer a room for yourself, this can be arranged at a surcharge (Please indicate this when booking).

Guidance

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Difficulty

This journey is classified as Category A

The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular journey, we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This 14-day trip of Egypt falls into category A. The trip is for any reasonably healthy individual. During the summer the heat makes the journey considerably heavier than the rest of the year. Although we stay in the cities in simple mid-range hotels please remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable, the electricity can sometimes fail and it could be that you suddenly have a shortage of hot water whilst taking a shower. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.
 

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at [email protected]           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

Country information

More country information about Egypt

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Egypt