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Base yourself on land to explore three of Egypt's most interesting areas. See the sights of Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza, allow an Egyptologist to unveil the historic sights around Luxor, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak, and finish in the historic Nubian desert city of Aswan.
Day 1 London/Cairo
Fly to Cairo, where your home for three nights is Villa Belle Epoque.
Day 2 Cairo's bazaar
Today visit Cairo's historic bazaar, Khan El Khalili, which has been a major centre for trade since the fourteenth century. Today it's a pedestrian only bazaar where you can wander the alleys exploring small shops filled with Egyptian handicrafts and bargaining for your purchases. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 Pyramids & Sphinx
Visit the 4,500- year old Pyramids built for Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. Just to the east of the second pyramid lies the legendary Sphinx. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum, home to the reassembled funerary boat of King Cheops, hailed as the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, home to the amazing riches of Tutankhamun and the Mummies Room.
Day 4 Cairo/Luxor
Today travel south to Luxor and check-in to Sofitel Winter Palace for a three night stay. The hotel's Nile Terrace is the perfect place to watch the sunset overlooking the Nile and the West Bank.
Day 5 Luxor East Bank
Your Egyptologist guide will escort you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the Temple of Luxor. Later enjoy a visit to the Temple of Karnak, built over a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 Luxor West Bank
Enjoy a morning visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. On the way back to the Nile, you'll pass by the Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for haunting voices at dawn. The afternoon is free.
Day 7 Luxor to Aswan
This morning travel by road to the Nubian city of Aswan, where your hotel, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, awaits you. The hotel has stunning views of Aswan and Elephantine island.
Day 8 Aswan
Visit the Aswan High Dam,the Old Dam, the enormous Unfinished Obelisk in the ancient Granite Quarries, and take a short motorboat ride to the wondrous Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis, on the island of Agilka. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 Aswan
This morning explore the Nubian Museum, which gives an insight into the Nubians' unique cultural heritage,so vital in the history of Egypt. In the afternoon, explore the spice market with a private guide.
Day 10 Aswan/Cairo/London
Take a short flight to Cairo to catch your flight back to the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this 10 day Historical Footsteps itinerary will cost from £2,295 per person based on two adults sharing with flights from the UK and subject to availability. Prices includes 35% cruise saving.
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Our office in Cairo is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Egypt, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations