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Pyramids, Beaches & Desert

17 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
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Day 1-2 Cairo
Welcome to a city like no other. Be immersed in Cairo's chaos, colour and culture with a trip to Khan al-Khalili, Egypt's most famous bazaar. For a change of pace, climb aboard a camel and visit the impressive Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza for those iconic vistas. Take time to visit the fascinating Egyptian Museum, home to more than 120,000 antiquities and relics including the famous burial treasures recovered from King Tutankhamun's tomb. In the evening, take an overnight sleeper train bound south.
 
Day 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca
Join a local Nubian family for dinner to experience a slice of Nile culture firsthand. There is also time for an optional day trip to the fascinating temples of Abu Simbel. Later, set sail down the Nile on a magical overnight felucca journey, sleeping on deck under the starry sky.
 
Day 6-7 Luxor
Known as Thebes to the ancient Egyptians, Luxor conceals amazing treasures. Pay a visit to an Intrepid-supported animal care project and wander the amazing Temples of Karnak. Enjoy a donkey ride before heading to the Valley of the Kings to visit three of the best-preserved pharaonic tombs. Afterwards, join a local family for a traditional home-cooked lunch and enjoy free time before boarding an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
 
Day 8 Cairo
A fantastic fusion of ancient wonders and modern delights, Cairo is as charming as it is chaotic. Boasting a vast array of sights and sounds, there is too much to do and so little time. Why not come a couple of days early to visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx, explore the markets or take a ride down the Nile.
 
Day 9-10 Dahab
Once a small fishing village, Dahab is now celebrated as one of Egypt’s best beach spots and diving destinations. Relax on the sandy shore or don a mask, grab some flippers and explore the region’s wondrous underwater world.
 
Day 11 Red Sea Beach Camp
Drive through windswept plains to our secluded beach camp. A true hidden gem, Sawa Camp is situated on dazzling golden sands. Those keen to hit the water can go for a snorkel or dive on the nearby reefs. At the day’s end, sleep in beach huts and listen to the waves lap against the shore.
 
Day 12 Aqaba
Venture across the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry to the kingdom of Jordan. Spend the night in the seaside city of Aqaba, renowned for its abundant marine life and excellent diving.
 
Day 13 Wadi Rum
Be entranced by the aura of the desert on the drive through Wadi Rum. Stare out in wonder at lunar-like rock formations, constantly changing sand dunes and towering rocky peaks. Discover first hand why this majestic place is also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’. Eat dinner cooked on an earthen oven, share stories with our Bedouin hosts and sleep under sparkling stars.
 
Day 14-15 Petra
Head north to Petra, a World Heritage site also known as the Rose City. See rock-cut tombs dating back eons, pink-stone temples and an impressive amphitheatre. Those feeling energetic can walk up the steps to the magnificent monastery for incredible views of the area.
 
Day 16-17 Madaba
Cover yourself in rejuvenating mud and try your best to duck dive in the Dead Sea before driving on to the historic town of Madaba. Discover beautiful Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman-style houses as you stroll the city streets.
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All This Included
Myth, religion and wonder come together on this expedition across the timeless terrain of Egypt and Jordan. From the mysteries of the Sphinx to the sublime stone structures of Petra, discover ancient sites galore. Travel on a felucca down the mighty Nile, stay on an undiscovered stretch of Red Sea coast and spend a night with Bedouin locals amid the sand dunes of Wadi Rum – these are just some of the highlights that make this adventure across the sands of time truly memorable.
  • 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Camel, Felucca, Ferry, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Van
  • Beach hut (1 night), Desert camp (1 night), Felucca (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
  • 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Dead Sea
  • Donkey ride (seasonal - not in summer)
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Guided tour of Petra
  • Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt)
  • Karnak Temple
  • Kerak Castle
  • Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • Overnight felucca sailing trip
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Wadi Rum Safari entrance and permit
Highlights
  • Travel across the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry
  • Marvel at the wondrous pyramids in Giza
  • Cruise down the Nile River on a traditional felucca
  • Ponder the riddles of the Sphinx
  • Walk in the Valley of the Kings
  • Bask in the glow of Petra's rose-coloured walls
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Laze by the Red Sea
Accommodations
Beach hut (1 night)
Desert camp (1 night)
Felucca (1 night)
Hotel (11 nights)
Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15.
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12.
  • This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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