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Cairo, Luxor

For thousands of years, Egypt has attracted travellers from around the world, and its stunning monuments and ancient wonders are as popular today as they have ever been. This short tour takes in Cairo and Luxor and features the enormity of the Pyramids, the splendour of the temples at Luxor and the mysteries of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, all of which combine to make this a fascinating introduction to Egypt and its history. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Cairo.

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into the hotel and relax after your journey.

  • Day 2:
  • Cairo - Pyramids & Museum tour. Overnight sitting train to Luxor.

Enjoy a full day tour of the famous pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa before visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to see the famous Tutankhamun exhibit. In the evening we board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

  • Day 3:
  • Luxor - Free time, Luxor temple.

After arriving in Luxor this morning you have some free time to relax in your 4 or 5-star hotel hotel right on the banks of the Nile. You can explore Luxor's markets, visit the Mummification Museum, take a felucca sailboat trip on the Nile or visit Banana Island. Later in the day we visit the impressive Luxor temple, which sits right in the middle of town and is beautifully lit up at night..

  • Day 4:
  • Luxor - West Bank tour, Karnak temple.

We cross the Nile today to visit the sights on the west bank including the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the imposing Colossi of Memnon. There is also an option to take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the Nile. We then return to Luxor where you have some free time in the afternoon before we explore the huge complex of temples and ruins at Karnak where we learn more about ancient Egyptian history and marvel at their towering coloumns and statues. Later in the evening we board the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo. 

  • Day 5:
  • Cairo - Day trip options

We arrive back in Cairo in the morning and your day is free to explore the city further yourselves, or take one of a range of day trip options. These include a guided tour of the city which visits the Citadel, Mosques, Coptic Cairo and the famous Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Alternatively you could visit the coastal city of Alexandria with its colonial architecture, or head into the desert to visit the freshwater lake at Wadi Rayan and the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales. Your final evening is free te to enjoy a farewell meal, take a dinner cruise on the Nile, or head back to the pyramids for a spectacular sound & light show.

  • Day 6:
  • Cairo. Departure airport transfer

Your last day is free for you to catch up on some last minute shopping before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.


• All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 4 & 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$55)
• Tipping kitty (allow US$20)
• Drinks, snacks, guide tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
• Hotel gala dinners (see below)
• Any other items not mentioned above

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Tour facts

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Group size: (what's this?)
2 - 18 people; minimum age is 12yrs
The Pyramids & Sphinx; Egyptian Museum; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Karnak
Sleeper train, air-conditioned bus/minibus/car
Group departures:
Departs on Tuesdays approximately every two weeks.
Local payment: (What's this?)
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 5 | Lunch: 0 | Dinner: 2


We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.


Customer feedback

"An excellent all round trip which catered to our every need, a fantastic holiday."

Gilly Hare (Nile Explorer)

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