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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

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    6 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Sailing Boat + Train

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Local Guides

Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Hurghada, Giza

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 31.00
  • Abu Simbel Temple USD 341.00
  • View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods USD 19.00
  • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Luxor USD 56.00
  • Red Sea Cruise US 62.50-74.50

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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.

Buy With Confidence

  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

    Can't pay in full? We've got you covered with our Part Pay Program

  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

  • Financing available with UpLift

    Book now, pay later when you're eligible for Uplift

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.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Cairo

  2. via via

    Giza

  3. 2 2 nights

    Aswan

  4. 1 1 night

    Edfu

  5. 1 1 night

    Luxor

  6. 1 1 night

    Hurghada

  7. 1 1 night

    Cairo

DAY 1 - Arrive Cairo

Cairo

Join forces with your group tonight and soak up the excitement of these exotic lands. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your luxe hotel sleep.

Stay

Oasis Pyramids Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Cairo to Aswan via Giza

Cairo

Get ready for a sensory overload of the best possible variety. Markets & mayhem are on every corner, with stops for hummus and tea proving very essential.

Giza

Of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World only one remains, and today you will be seeing it up close and personal. Get the tissues ready, seeing the iconic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in all their 4,600 year old glory will make for a day that stirs you to the very core.

Aswan

Tonight it's an overnight train to Aswan - nothing gives you a more up-close look at a place than riding local!

Stay

Overnight train

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • From pharaohs to mummies - locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza

DAY 3 - Nile Cruise - Aswan

Aswan

Today is all about jaw drops from start to end. First up, you'll learn about the famous Obelisk, a symbol of Egypt, and interestingly a monument that is carved in the ground. These pointed needles are a great example of the skills of the ancient Egyptian artisans and our Local Guide will get you in the know on A to Z and everything in-between. Take a stroll along the Nile before grabbing that camera, as we hop aboard a wooden felucca sailboat, the first of our two boating experiences for the day, and watch the local life as you float on by. Tonight is a taste of the high life with a luxury cruise on the River Nile, no less. This is the first of 3-nights we'll spend on the water, soaking up Egypt from its iconic waterway.

Stay

Nile Cruise

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam

    USD 31.00

DAY 4 - Nile Cruise - Aswan to Edfu

Aswan

Enjoy waking up to the Nile and sand dunes as your backdrop, while you sip your coffee and ponder just how good life is.

Next up is your chance to explore Abu Simbel's Temple of Ramses II, one of the world's most iconic sites dating back to 1264 BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a must-do for history buffs and those looking to get in the know on this ancient site. Our Local Guide will uncover its history before we gently drift upstream, steering ourselves away from Aswan with our maps open on ancient Edfu.

Edfu

After green fields, the Arabian desert and palm trees aplenty have teased our eyes along the Nile, we'll pull in for a peak at the perfectly symmetrical town of Kom Ombo. This village's famous temple is dedicated to the God of Crocodile, and the God of Falcon and with it's stunning setting right by the Nile is the perfect spot to head on-land for some exploring. Back on the boat you can practice your 'walk like an Egyptian' pose, then take a dip in the pool (yes, as in the boat has a pool) before we dock for the night in Edfu.

Stay

Nile Cruise

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Abu Simbel Temple

    USD 341.00

  • View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods

    USD 19.00

DAY 5 - Nile Cruise - Edfu to Luxor

Edfu

A spot of temple time is up for grabs this morning, complete with a Greco-Roman history lesson & plenty of photo ops. Shortly after, we'll cast off in the direction of Luxor.

Luxor

As soon as we step foot on Luxor terrain, we'll start spinning our way into the historical mysteries of this magnificent town including the Avenue of the Sphinxes, an epic lineup of human headed sphinxes spanning 3km, and let's not forget a photographers dream. Tomorrow the Luxor discoveries continue, so there's no need to cram it all in on day one.

Stay

Nile Cruise

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Avenue of the Sphinxes

DAY 6 - Luxor to Hurghada

Luxor

Only on a trip to Egypt would ancient royal tombs make a casual appearance on our daily agenda. Venturing to the Valley of the Kings known as 'City of the Dead,' our local guide will take us to some of the 63 royal tombs found here. Later, choose to visit the Temple of Karnak where we can find the world’s largest religious structure, the Temple of Amun.

Hurghada

Hurghada is all about beachside summer holiday vibes to rival the Mediterranean. With crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see, umbrella-lined beaches, and golden sunsets, this town will be sure to seal the deal on your love for Egypt.

Stay

Giftun Azur Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided tour through the Valley of Kings

  • See the Colossos of Memnon

  • Visit an Egyptian village

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Luxor

    USD 56.00

DAY 7 - Hurghada to Cairo

Hurghada

Lovers of exploring by sea could take a cruise of the Red Sea for all new views, or those who prefer life a little more on land could snorkel, sun bake or just relax in paradise this morning. Later, we'll attempt an Arabic goodbye to the beautiful beaches of Hurghada as we make our way back to where our Egyptian escapade kicked off just a week ago.

Cairo

It's our last complete day together on tour, which means we need to make the most of every second and avoid winding down at all costs. Dive back into Cairo and find a mezze haunt to loiter in, or roam the ancient Khan El Khalili bazaar to pick up some final treasures.

Stay

Novotel Airport Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Red Sea Cruise

    US 62.50-74.50

DAY 8 - Depart Cairo

Cairo

Down your last breakfast on us before collapsing into a mess of farewells. Stay strong, there are plenty more exotic lands with Contiki trips written all over them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

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.