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Pharaonic Encounters
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6 Days / 5 Nights Trip to Egypt

Pharaonic Encounters

Get ready for a binge of fun and adventure featuring ancient pyramids, mummies and pharaohs.
Join an adventurous group of travellers on a journey that fires the imagination and draws you back in time, as you explore iconic places such as the Great Pyramid and the Valley Of The Kings, walking in the steps of legendary pharaohs and the subjects they ruled.


You’ll also shop in local bazaars, eat traditional dishes, and mingle with locals, getting a glimpse of modern Egypt along the way, and enjoying the camaraderie of your new friends throughout.
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  • Duration
    7 Days
  • Starting From
    $693
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Encounters Travel
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Highlight #1
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Sure, you’ve seen the photos as a child and dreamt of visiting for years – but you’ll still pinch yourself when you finally see them in real life.
Go hot air ballooning in Luxor!
Highlight #2
Go hot air ballooning in Luxor!
Climb into the basket and floating upwards, take in an unbeatable birds-eye view of temples and the glittering Nile far below.
Temples and treasures
Highlight #3
Temples and treasures
Visit ancient temples, try to decipher hieroglyphics, gaze into the eyes of King Tut's golden mask, and much more.
Shop like Egyptians do
Highlight #4
Shop like Egyptians do
Stroll through bazaars studded with hundreds of shops that sell a myriad of items: colourful lamps, small marble statues, jewellery and a range of little souvenirs.
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Itinerary

Arrive into Cairo, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport, assist you with obtaining your visa and luggage, and then transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements. The rest of the day is free. If you arrive early you may like to take an evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or enjoy a spectacular sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival).

Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the famous Egyptian Museum with its huge number of ancient Pharaonic exhibits. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. One of our local Egyptologist guides will be accompanying you on this and all of your other sightseeing tours, and you'll find them a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. Following on from the museum we then head to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks with a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor (approx. 9 hours). You’ll enjoy dinner on board in your private twin-berth compartments before the steward sets your beds up for the night.

Luxor, West Bank tour, free time

We arrive into Luxor early this morning and cross the Nile to begin our tour of Luxor’s West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir el-Medina (the Valley of the Craftsmen), and the huge Colossi of Memnon. 
 
Your afternoon is then free to relax and enjoy the facilities of your 5-star hotel on the banks of the Nile. You can also explore Luxor further, do some shopping or browsing in the market, visit the mummification museum or enjoy a felucca trip to nearby Banana Island. Additional sightseeing is also available if you'd like an even more in depth exploration of Egyptian history. For example, the Rammesseum, Medinat Habu and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile are all worth a visit. Your tour guide will be happy to arrange any extra visits for you (an extra cost will apply to cover transport, entrances and the guide's services).

Luxor, Karnak temple

Your morning is free today and you can enjoy a welcome lie in after your early start yesterday. After lunch we'll tour the huge temple complex at Karnak , once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to Luxor by an extensive avenue, lined with sphinxes, and the whole complex was in turn linked to the Nile via a canal through which moved the sacred boats of the god Amun. Entering through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, you come to the immense pylon entrance. Inside the huge Courtyard are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls. In the evening we take the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo (approx. 9 hours) 
 
A spectacular hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available this morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises).

Cairo optional tours, Old Cairo & Khan-el-Khalili bazzar walk

We arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our hotel. Most of the day is then free to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour in Cairo which visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Other full day options further afield include a visit to the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan (you’ll miss the bazaar walk if you take these full day options). 
 
In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in Old Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We'll have time for a break to try some mint tea and a shisha pipe and this is a great final opportunity to pick up some souvenirs of your time in Egypt.

Cairo, Free time, departure airport transfer

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an evening flight departure, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis tours are also available today. Alternatively you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo which would allow you to take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

Inclusions

 All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 5-star hotels

 All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles

 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

 Overnight sleeper train in private twin-berth cabins (flight upgrades available)

 Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary

 Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours

 Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Not Included

 International flights

 Visa fees

 Travel insurance (compulsory)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Entrance fees (allow approx. US$65)

 Tipping kitty (allow US$30)

 Drinks, snacks, guide tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Hotel gala dinners (see Tour notes)

 Any other items not mentioned above

 Additional 5% GST

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