Egyptian Sojourn

Unravel the riddle of the enigmatic Sphinx, marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza, see the treasures of Tutankhamun and wander the extraordinary open-air museum that is Luxor

Journey Overview

Unravel the riddle of the enigmatic Sphinx, marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza, see the treasures of Tutankhamun and wander the extraordinary open-air museum that is Luxor. Travel in silent style like explorers of old, aboard a luxurious felucca along the legendary Nile, powered only by the breeze. See the iconic temples of Abu Simbel, then leave the swirling desert sands behind for the idyllic Red Sea coast.

Journey Highlights

  • Be awed by the age-old Pyramids of Giza and the mythical Sphinx
  • Gain special access to the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • Explore both the extraordinary Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Take in a dazzling light show at the Temple of Karnak
  • Sail a traditional felucca along the fabled Nile, boarding at a private dock
  • See the colossal temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel
  • Enjoy two full days at a luxurious resort by the Red Sea
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

A warm A&K welcome awaits you on arrival into the Egyptian capital, with a private transfer to your luxury hotel on the banks of the Nile.

The St. Regis Cairo

Day 2: Cairo

Follow the evolution of pyramid-building, starting with a tour of Sakkara, the former burial place for the royals of Memphis. Sakkara’s pyramids feature six steps – unlike the smooth-sided ones at Giza – representing a stepladder to heaven. View the famed tomb of King Zoser, the first pyramid ever built and the world’s oldest freestanding stone structure.

At Giza, marvel at the Great Pyramid - built over 4,500 years ago and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Nearby crouches the mysterious Sphinx, with a lion’s body and a man’s head adorned with royal headwear.

The St. Regis Cairo | Meals: BL

Day 3: Cairo

Browse the fantastic National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) today, located on the archaeological site of El-Fustat in Old Cairo, overlooking the Ain El-Seera Lake. Trace the progress of the Egyptian people from the Dawn of Civilisation through to more contemporary times.

This afternoon, visit the richly decorated Mosque of Sultan Hassan, one of the finest in Egypt, before entering the intoxicating Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century and now a vast labyrinth of stores selling all manner of things.

The St. Regis Cairo | Meals: BL

Day 4: Cairo

Be guided by your very own private Egyptologist through the outstanding Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses over 120,000 priceless artefacts including the elaborate funerary mask of Tutankhamun made from 11kg of solid gold.

St Regis Cairo | Meals: BL

Day 5: Cairo – Luxor

An early flight takes you south to Luxor, to your lovely riverside five-star hotel. Explore the spectacular Valley of the Kings and Queens, where royalty buried their dead along with untold riches in secret tombs to elude grave robbers who frequently ransacked pyramids.

Admire the magnificent, perfectly uniform terraces of the Hatshepsut Temple, which rises out of the shimmering desert against a backdrop of golden limestone cliffs. Dedicated to the cults of Hathor by Ancient Egypt’s only female pharaoh, this important site was subsequently vandalised by her jealous stepson and successor Tuthmosis III.

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor | Meals: BL

Day 6: Luxor

Today, visit the impressive Temple of Luxor, once linked to the Karnak by the grand Avenue of Sphinxes which ran in a straight line for almost 3 kilometres. Also on the grounds is the handsome Mosque of Abu Haggag, continuously used as a place of worship for over 3,400 years.

Later, gain a fascinating insight into the process of post-mortem preservation at the unique Mummification Museum, where you are shown drawings and the accessories used in the embalming process.

After dark, witness an atmospheric sound-and-light show at the Temple of Karnak, narrated by pharaohs of an earlier age.

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor | Meals: BL

Day 7: Luxor – Aswan

An air-conditioned vehicle whisks you from Luxor to Aswan, where your iconic hotel overlooking the Nile awaits. This evening visit the vibrant Aswan Spice Market, featuring an eclectic mix of merchandise from colourful and fragrant spices piled high, to souvenirs produced by local artisans including perfumes, scarves and baskets.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan | Meals: BL

Day 8: Aswan

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how monuments were built in Ancient Egypt at Aswan’s Northern Quarry, which contains a 2.3 million-pound unfinished red granite obelisk.

Next stop: the stunning Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis and meticulously rebuilt by UNESCO on Agilkia Island in the 1960s when major floods precipitated by the construction of the Aswan High Dam threatened to destroy it.

Cap off the day with a relaxing scenic cruise aboard a felucca, a traditional sailboat that uses nothing more than southerly breezes to take its occupants upstream. Skirt Elephantine Island, dotted with traditional Nubian homes and crumbling ruins, and admire the lush botanical gardens of Kitchener’s Island, planted by a former British Consul General with a passion for flowers.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan | Meals: B

Day 9: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan

Transfer to Aswan Airport this morning and take a short flight to one of Egypt’s most awe-inspiring sights – the colossal temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. Built by Ramses the Great on the edge of his empire to impress his might and power upon all those entering Egypt through the south, these massive temples were moved stone by stone in 1964 to higher ground to escape the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Following your visit return to Aswan and your hotel

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan | Meals: BL

Day 10: Aswan – Sharm El Sheikh

Fly to Sharm El Sheikh for some rest and relaxation at a premium resort located on Egypt’s idyllic Red Sea coast.

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh | Meals: B

Days 11-12: Sharm El Sheikh

Spend two whole days getting acquainted with the fine facilities of this fabulous coastal resort. Should you be tempted to leave, there are plentiful things to see (at additional cost) and do within easy reach including ‘SS Thistlegorm’, one of the finest shipwrecks to dive, and the revered Saint Catherine Monastery, built where God is said to have appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush. Other recommended activities include a Bedouin-style feast with belly dancing and fire displays and exploring the desert by quad bike or camel.

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh | Meals: B

Day 13: Sharm El Sheikh – Cairo

Fly back to Cairo airport where your Egyptian sojourn concludes.

Meals: B

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Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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