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• Delight in the colour and chaos of Cairo • Delve into ancient history at the Egyptian Museum • Experience sublime wonder at the Pyramids of Giza • Head underground in Alexandria to visit a Roman burial site

trip code

XEKI

12 days, ex Cairo Departs every Sunday

35 Egypt

34 Egypt

Egypt Experience Comfort DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Colourful Cairo overflows with character and there is plenty of time to soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Early arrivals may wish to join the locals for an evening stroll along the corniche. Visit the majestic Sphinx and a surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. Wander the halls of the Egyptian Museum, taking in the thousands of ancient treasures on display. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight to behold. From gold jewellery to gloves, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife! Days 3-4 Alexandria The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria has

• Explore the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina

grown up around its port. Built under the orders of Alexander

• Marvel at the monumental temples of Abu Simbel

and delve into the mysteries of the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs.

the Great, the city quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis. Head underground This Roman burial site is the largest of its kind in Egypt and was

and moved, piece by piece, to the new location, 200 m back and

the valley was used as the final resting place for pharoahs and

discovered, quite accidentally, by a hapless donkey. The modern

65 m higher than the original river course, saving the temples

powerful nobles. Although the tombs have been robbed of their

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to hold eight million books, is a library

• Cruise along the Nile River in comfort

from being lost forever. On return from Abu Simbel, embark on

antiquity, the colouful hieroglyphics decorating the walls are very

like no other and an inspirational place to visit. Spend free time

a cruise down the mighty Nile River, stopping along the way to

well preserved. Use free time in the afternoon to explore more of

wandering the waterfront promenade to Fort Qaitbey. Considered

explore the ancient temple site of Kom Ombo, built on a high dune

Luxor independently - the Mummification Museum reveals much

• Admire a golden sunset over the Nile

one of history’s most important defensive strongholds along the

overlooking the Nile in the early 2nd century BC. Further north,

about the customs of ancient Egyptians and their beliefs about

Mediterranean coast, this citadel sits on the former site of the

visit the temple of Edfu. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god,

the afterlife. Days 11-12 Cairo Return to Egypt’s capital and

Pharos lighthouse, another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient

Horus, this temple is the best-preserved ancient temple in

plunge into the bustle of the Khan al-Khalili bazaar and haggle for

World. After two days exploring Alexandria, take an overnight train

Egypt and the second largest after the Temples of Karnak in

a bargain amid the rows of exotic jewellery, spices and perfumes. If

journey south. Day 5 Aswan/Abu Simbel Use free time to learn

Luxor. In between visiting the sites, relax on board the boat, take in

the crowds are too much, head out to the peaceful Coptic Christian

about Nubian culture at the museum or wander the market to pick

the scenery and reflect on this special journey. Days 9-10 Luxor

sector of the city before a farewell dinner at a cafe or restaurant.

up souvenirs. In the early evening, watch an amber sunset over the

Arrive in Luxor, the ancient capital of Egypt. Wander through the

Nile from a gliding felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Days 6-8

fascinating Temples of Karnak, the biggest and most important

Nile Cruise Take an early-morning flight to the impressive Abu

complex of its time, then at night, take a moonlight stroll around

Simbel temples, the ancient entrance to Egypt. The temples were

the Luxor Temple. The following day, discover the wondrous jewels

carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC during the

of ancient Thebes. See the Colossi of Memnon, two 17 m-high

reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. However, the entire complex was

statues carved from granite blocks that represent the Pharaoh

relocated to an artificial hill in the 1960s when the rising waters

Amenhotep III. Next up is the Temple of Hatshepsut, built for the

of Lake Nassar, the massive water reservoir created during the

great Queen Hatshepsut to commemorate her achievements and

construction of the Aswan High Dam, threatened to submerge

to serve as her funerary temple. Visit the incredible royal burial

the historic site. Over four years, the site was carved into blocks

sites in the Valley of the Kings. Over a period of about 500 years,

• Wander through the impressive Temples of Karnak in Luxor

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), Nile cruise boat (3 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight sleeper train, air-conditioned bus, Nile cruise boat, felucca GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sun & selected Fri GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 445 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5 Above: Temple pillars, Luxor, Egypt - Sally Johnson Below: Photo Competition, Feluccas, Nile River, Egypt - Jonathon Lee Right above: Camel rider near the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt Right below: Shopping at a local market, Aswan, Egypt - Sally Johnson

An incredible, one-of-a-kind adventure that I would highly recommend to friends and family. Everyone needs to experience Egypt this way! Sarah Gobuty, United States Travelled on the XEKI

Special inclusions on your trip… • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4* hotels, 3 nights aboard a Nile cruise boat and 1 night on an overnight sleeper train • Arrival airport to hotel transfer, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, felucca cruise and three internal flights • Visit to the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel and the Egyptian Museum • Experienced trip leader from start to finish • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

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4 days, Aswan to Luxor - Departs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday ITINERARY... Day 1 Aswan Arrive early to haggle for a bargain in the bustling marketplace. Board the air-conditioned cruise boat in the early afternoon to embark on this incredible Nile adventure. Days 2-3 Nile Cruise Glide down the Nile and enjoy great onboard facilities and amazing sights. Stop at the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo and the shrine to falcon-headed Horus at Edfu. As evening falls, lounge on the deck and watch the stars blink to life. Dock in Luxor where a wealth of antiquities awaits. Perhaps visit the Temples of Karnak or take a moonlight stroll around Luxor Temple. Day 4 Luxor Visit the marvels of Luxor, once the capital of the Pharaonic kingdom known as Thebes. Discover the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, uncover the tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and treasure-hunt for souvenirs in the atmospheric bazaar.

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Physical culturAL

• View Egypt’s wonders from the water • Visit the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo • See a well-preserved shrine dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus • Discover ancient pharoah burial sites in the Valley of the Kings

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