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Egypt: Beach and Culture

Mummies and Pyramids - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 8 DAYS

Egypt: Beach and Culture

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Cairo

Cairo

Visit the Egyptian Museum, the pyramids of Giseh, the soek Khan-e-Khalili and the Coptic quarter in vibrant Cairo.

Luxor

Luxor

Luxor has a lot to offer for everyone: the Luxor temple, Karnak, the royal tombs, the temple of the Hatsepsut and a feluka tour of the Nile.

Sharm el Naga

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Cairo Cairo
2 Cairo Cairo
3 Train Cairo - Luxor Night train to Luxor
4 Luxor Luxor
5 Luxor Luxor
6 Bus Luxor - Sharm el-Naga Sharm el-Naga
7 Sharm el-Naga Sharm el-Naga
8 Bus Sharm el-Naga - Cairo End of tour - Cairo

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Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt!

Your tour starts in Cairo, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Most of your travel companions will arrive later this first day or in the early morning of day 2, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 8.00 hrs A.M. on day 2 in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 2: Cairo

Today you are free to experience Cairo. Highly recommended is the immense Egyptian Museum, full of ancient sarcophagi, mummies and of course the treasures of that most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun is also well worth a visit, as is the medieval market of Khan Al-Khalili with its herb bazaars and cosy teahouses. And in the evening enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the many restaurants along the Nile and have a go at smoking from a delicious shisha pipe.

Day 3: Cairo - Luxor

You cannot visit Cairo without visiting the pyramids! Today you can take an optional day trip to Saqqara, the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The royal graves at Saqqara consisted of a number of mastabas built on top of each other, resulting in a step pyramid. The Pyramid of Djoser, from the 27th century BC, is a good example of a step pyramid. The Pyramids near Giza are considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. These enormous pyramids were built about 4500 years ago and to this day, have lost none of their grandeur. At the foot of these mighty structures lies The Great Sphinx.

This evening you will travel on the air-conditioned night train with reserved first class seating. The seats have adjustable backrests and plenty of legroom - very comfortable! The journey takes around 9 hours.

SAFA Senior House

Besides beautiful buildings and cultural heirlooms you'll find a lot of poverty in Egypt. SAFA Senior house was founded in Cairo in the 50’s and offers a place where old people can enjoy their old age and where they will be cared for. The complex is quite large and could do with a nice makeover including decorating and heater installation. Read More

Day 4: Luxor

Since the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1923, this town on the banks of the Nile has become world-famous. The old name of Luxor is Thebes. The city has many relics from antiquity, such as the great temples of Luxor and Karnak, on the eastern side of the Nile. Every pharaoh has left his mark on Karnak by placing obelisks and statues and adding new elements to the existing temples. The temple of Luxor is in the heart of the city and is much smaller than the Karnak temple, which is located just outside Luxor. In the evening you can enjoy a beautiful light show at Karnak. The Museum of Egyptian Art in Luxor is also worth a visit.

Day 5: Luxor

On the other side of the Nile lies the Valley of the Kings and Queens. This is the ‘’city of the dead’’ where dozens of royal tombs are hidden. The graves are carved into the rocks and beautifully decorated with paintings (bring a torch). The workers and architects who made these works of art lived in their own village; Deir el-Medina.

Sustainable travel

As a responsible company our mission is to increase and improve sustainability in our business. Find out more about the measures that we currently take as well as our further plans to ensure we achieve our green ambitions. Read More

Day 6: Luxor - Sharm el-Naga

Today we travel to Sharm el-Naga on the Red Sea. Here you will spend the next 2 nights at a hotel on the beach. Enjoy the clear waters, visit the reef and indulge in some snorkelling or diving or simply relax on the soft sandy beaches and let time drift by.

Day 7: Sharm el-Naga

The coast along the Red Sea owes its fame to the coral reefs just below the water surface. It is a great place for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts! Discovering the beautiful coloured corals and tropical fish is very relaxing. You can participate in a diving or snorkelling trip today. An introductory dive for the novice diver is also possible. After being trained on the theory of diving, you jump into the water, ready to make your first accompanied dive. You can also go snorkelling by yourself, laze on the beach or enjoy a delicious fruit cocktail. Walk easily from your hotel down to the water and 'glide' above the wonderful coral.

What can I do?

Sustainable travel means taking into account the people, nature and culture so that travel remains possible in the future. The negative effects of tourism are increasingly palpable. 'So what can I do?', you may ask. Shoestring gives you 10 tips. Read More

Day 8: Sharm el-Naga - Cairo

Today is the last day of your tour. We will return to Cairo by coach arriving late afternoon. You have the use of a day-room at your hotel in Cairo until departure to the airport (providing you will be departing before the end of the day, or else you will need to book an extra night).

We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Egypt.

Your personal ‘my.shoestring’ page on our website is the perfect way to make contact with other travellers before and after your trip. You can read and create journals from trips and upload your photos onto the photo gallery. Visit my shoestring today.

When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 8) is not included.
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