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Egypt & The Nile

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The one that brings you face to face with Pharaohs and world wonders in enigmatic Egypt

Duration
8 Days
Places
6 places

Visiting Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Hurghada, Giza

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Sailing Boat + Train

Highlights

  • From pharaohs to mummies - locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza
  • Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat
  • Local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery - see them all on your relaxing three-night cruise down the Nile
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

3 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train, 3 nights in Cruise ship

Here in Egypt, we match the accommodation to the country itself - diverse and incredible in equal measure. 3-nights will be spent in swanky hotels, 1-night on a couchette train riding twin-birth from Cairo to Aswan, & 3-nights will be spent cruising down the Nile, no less.

15 Meals

7 Breakfast, 5 Dinner, 3 Lunch

Not familiar with Egyptian cuisine? You will be, and you'll be uber impressed might we add. We'll sort you out with 7 continental breakfasts to kick start each day of adventure, 3 lunches, & 5 dinners. The rest of the time you can stretch the waist of your pants overstuffed shortbread biscuits, tahini salads & eggplant moussaka.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Throughout your trip you'll be safe in the hands of an expert local guide, who knows the streets of Egypt and the history of the Pharaohs better than you know the depths of your bucket list.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Never a dull moment in Egypt! You'll be floating down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailboat one moment and taking a scenic couchette train the next, with a private, air-conditioned coach for all the bits in between.

Experiences

7 included, 5 optional that you can add

The jaw-dropping visit to the Sphinx & the monumental Pyramids of Giza set the tone of the inclusions on this incredible trip. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Colossos of Memnon just keep adding some cream to the crop.
Step into the ancient world of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids. Experience the captivating chaos of Cairo, spend 3-nights gently floating down the river Nile in a traditional Felucca and relax on the beach in Hurghada. A trip to Egypt with Contiki will ensure you have a tour to remember.

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Did you know this trip runs all year round? Check out our departure dates from October to April for off-peak deals, and discover Egypt with fewer crowds and winter sun.

Egypt & The Nile

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • From pharaohs to mummies - locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza
  • Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat
  • Local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery - see them all on your relaxing three-night cruise down the Nile
  • Visit the Avenue of the Sphinxes
  • Guided tour through the Valley of Kings
  • See the Colossos of Memnon
  • Visit an Egyptian village

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Visit the Unfinished Obelisk High Dam USD 24.00
  • Abu Simbel Temple USD 273.00
  • View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods USD 12.00
  • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Luxor USD 40.00
  • Red Sea Cruise US 46.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Cairo
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Giza
2
2 nights
Aswan
1
1 night
Edfu
1
1 night
Luxor
1
1 night
Hurghada
1
1 night
Cairo
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Africa trips the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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