EGYPT - PYRAMIDS

Number 19 on the list.
Awesome ancient wonders, endless golden sands and atmospheric local souqs make Egypt the ultimate travel destination.

From the enigmatic aura of the Sphinx to the imposing glory of the Pyramids, step into the Land of the Pharaohs and discover the exotic charms of evocative Egypt.

Travel to Egypt and be immersed in the history, grandeur and culture of ancient Egypt. Explore Egypt's world famous icons – the Sphinx, the Pyramids, Tutankhamun's tomb and follow the path of the River Nile as you revel in a taste of Egypt's history, beauty and colour. 
 

Cairo Experience
4 Days / 3 Nights

This short trip takes you to some of the world’s most iconic archaeological relics, from the treasures of Tutankhamun to the famous pyramids of Giza. As well as visiting the burial grounds of Saqqara – one of Egypt’s largest ancient archaeological sites – you’ll have plenty of time to wander the streets of Cairo and explore its bustling and historic souk.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Experience for yourself arguably the most iconic monuments ever created – the pyramids of Ancient Egypt – where a guide will impart their history and significance
• Discover one of the world’s oldest stone constructions, the Pyramid of Djoser, while exploring the ancient burial grounds of Saqqara
• Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili Bazaar is an essential Egyptian experience – interact with locals, take in the 14th-century architecture, and lose yourself in the colours and aromas of this fascinating marketplace
• Draw on the expertise of a local guide while enjoying the flexibility of independent travel

INCLUDES
• 3 nights hotel accommodation
• 3 breakfasts
• Activities:
Pyramids and Sphinx
Pyramid of Saqqara
The Egyptian Museum headset
The Egyptian Museum
• Transport - Private vehicle

ITINERARY
DAY 1 CAIRO
Your trip begins with an arrival transfer – you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. You will be met by your hotel by your guide, who will be able to offer you suggestions for your free time and help you out with whatever you need, including the best places to eat nearby. Cairo is one of the great cities of antiquity and its history can perhaps be symbolised by two imposing landmarks – the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. In free time perhaps get out and explore the traffic-filled streets of this city of contrasts, where you can see donkey carts and expensive cars, medieval slums and modern shopping malls.
Overnight accommodation: Novotel Cairo El Borg or similiar
Meals included: None

DAY 2 CAIRO
This morning you will drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the most iconic structures ever created by man – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. Explore pyramids that have withstood the ravages of 4,500 years, and for an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors. See the ‘Sphinx’, whose name comes from the Ancient Greeks after the legendary creature of Thebes that posed riddles to passers-by and slew those who answered wrongly. These major monuments were built on the Giza plateau that overlooks the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis, which sits across the river from modern day Cairo. The pharaohs and priests built vast temple complexes here and constructed cemeteries on the desert hills to the west and east of Memphis. You will continue out to one of Memphis' necropolises, Saqqara, where your guide will explain the significance of the various temples and colonnades. The site is the location of many royal and high prestige burials, and at the centre of the complex is the step pyramid of King Djoser. It’s believed to be over 5,000 years old and is a predecessor to great pyramids of Giza; a stepping-stone between older flat-roofed rectangular burial sites and the later perfect pyramids. Nearby you will visit the tombs of the nobles, containing exquisite bas-reliefs depicting everyday life in ancient times. At the conclusion of your visit you will return to Cairo.
Overnight accommodation: Novotel Cairo El Borg or similiar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 CAIRO
After breakfast this morning you will visit the Egyptian Museum, simply one of the world's great museums. It is home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures. It was founded by the archaqeologiust Auguste Mariette in the late 19th century; Mariette began his Egyptology career by excavating the temple at Saqqara in the 1850s, which lead to years of unearthed statues, bronze tablets, intact sarcophagi, and the clearing of the sands around the Sphinx. You will visit the museum (a new building constructed to accommodate the 12,000 items and opened in 2015) and take an audio tour that will guide you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost). Just some of the highlights include the Tutankhamum exhibition, the Amarna Room, and the Old Kingdom Rooms. After the museum you can dive into another layer of Egyptian history, Medieval Cairo, by heading to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque, and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes. It retains a distinctly medieval feel. You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). The gorgeous 9th-century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Egypt, possibly its most beautiful too. Its perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret make it a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas and vaunting a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia; a great insight into Cairene life during the Ottoman period.
Overnight accommodation: Novotel Cairo El Borg or similiar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 CAIRO
Your Cairo exploration comes to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned until your included departure transfer to the airport or train station.
Please note: Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast

2018/2019 DEPARTURES Daily
FROM $675* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Price is based on per person, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold until and for departures to December 2019. Seasonal surcharges, black out dates may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and price is subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Prices correct as at May 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.

Egypt Adventure
8 Days / 7 Nights

Cruise the Nile on a felucca, discover the largest and most impressive pharaonic temples, chat and dine with interesting locals and live it up in this country of deserts, bazaars, monuments and good old-fashioned adventures.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Visit some of the world's premier historic sites – the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings – with expert local guides
• There are so many chances to interact with the locals and experience their culture. Lose yourself in Cairo's colourful Khan al-Khalili bazaar and dine with village folk of Aswan and Luxor
• Your felucca sailing trip not only lets you experience some excellent Nubian hospitality, but is perhaps the perfect way to see the Nile and its gorgeous surrounds
• By visiting ACE (Animal Care in Egypt), you'll be supporting an excellent cause dedicated to the welfare of camels, donkeys and other working animals

INCLUDES
• 4 nights in hotel accommodation; 1 night on a Felucca boat and 2 nights in an overnight sleeper train
• 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
• Activities:
Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
Cairo - Camel ride at the Pyramids
Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
Luxor - Karnak Temple
Luxor - Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt)
Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
• Transfers - Private vehicle

ITINERARY
DAY 1 CAIRO
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4:00pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early in Cairo, perhaps travel along the river by felucca (a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails) or head out to explore the markets. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, the Christian Coptic sector is well worth a visit.
Included Activities:
• Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
Optional Activities:
• The Citadel - EGP100
• Coptic Museum - EGP100
• Islamic Art Museum - EGP100
• Sufi dance performance at Khan al-Khalili - EGP50
• Downtown Cairo Tour - USD45
• Half Day Pyramids Adventure - USD67
• Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour - USD64
• Alexandria City Discovery - USD133
• Saqqara and Memphis - USD73
• Treasures and Tut Tour - USD65
Overnight accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: None

DAY 2 CAIRO
This morning a private van will transport you to Giza, the home of some of the world’s most iconic sights. Approach the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx by camel, with panoramic views across the dunes. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is amazing. Explore these structures that have stood tall for 4,500 years, and for an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, (although occasionally it may be closed to visitors). The inside thoroughfares of the Pyramids are very small and very warm, so for those suffering from claustrophobia it is not recommended. Please note that you'll be required to walk around the Pyramids complex. It can be very hot in the summer months, so be prepared for little shade and pack appropriate clothing, sun protection, and carry lots of water. Afterwards, make your way to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum, and make sure to check out the Mummies Hall (optional) for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. Later in the evening, meet your leader and travel to Giza station, where you will board a sleeper train to Aswan (approximately 13 hours). Bedding and air-conditioning are provided.
Please note: Western-style toilets are located in each carriage, but we recommend bringing additional toilet paper. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. An included dinner and breakfast are served on board. You may want to purchase something extra beforehand to supplement your meal, particularly if you're a vegetarian as only a single type of meal is served for dinner, which always includes meat. In rare circumstances you may be paired in your cabin with a group member of the opposite sex, depending on the group configuration. On other occasions, you might be sharing with another traveller of the same sex who may not be part of our group, again determined by the group configuration.
Included Activities:
• Pyramids and Sphinx
• Camel ride at the Pyramids
• The Egyptian Museum
• The Egyptian Museum headset
Optional Activities:
• The Great Pyramid of Cheops - EGP300
• The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - EGP60
• Pyramid of Saqqara - EGP150
• Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entrance fee only) - EGP200
• The Royal Mummy Room - EGP180
• Solar Boat Museum - EGP80
Overnight accommodation: Sleeper Train
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 3 ASWAN
The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas: welcome to Aswan, Egypt's southernmost city. Its easy-going charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Today is a free day so take the opportunity to see such Aswan sites as the unfinished obelisk or the High Dam. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is top of many visitors’ lists. Highly recommended is the beautiful Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom) that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. The evening sound and light show at Philae Temple is a beautiful experience – well worth the 100 Egyptian pounds. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. This evening you’ll experience modern Nubian culture first-hand with a visit to a nearby village. You’ll join a local Nubian family for dinner and get an unforgettable insight into the daily life of the local people. This is a rare and memorable experience, giving you the chance to become fully immersed in the local culture.
Included Activities:
• Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
Optional Activities:
• Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple - EGP200
• Unfinished Obelisk (entrance only) - EGP80
• Philae Temple - EGP140
• High Dam - EGP30
Overnight accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 4 ASWAN
Today perhaps head out of Aswan and visit stunning Abu Simbel this morning. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, carved directly out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. Please note this optional activity has a very early start (but it’s totally worth it). You can get there by a 40-minute flight, or by the cheaper option of renting a minivan with a group and leaving very early (flights do not operate daily). The journey by land is 3 hours each way, with an early departure from Aswan between 5:00am and 6:00am. Otherwise, you could take a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned 7th-century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax and take in the beauty of the Nile, or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
Optional Activities:
• Return flights vary throughout the season, depending on the day of the week you fly and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay between US$250-300. Due to the southerly location, it's recommended to book the early flight and visit Abu Simbel at sunrise to avoid the heat.
• Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus & entrance fee (price from per person - minimum 4 passengers) - USD100
Overnight accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 NILE
Board a felucca and spend a day out on the river, watching rural Egyptian daily life play out on the banks, then spend a night under the stars. Your Nubian sailing crew provides all the meals, which are hearty and delicious. Being a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails, your felucca offers some shade and protection from the elements. However, there is no cabin or enclosed section. Nonetheless, watching the sun setting across the Nile in the evening is a sight you won't forget. This is the absolute highlight of the trip for many.
Please note: Conditions will be basic during your felucca trip. If you are prepared for this, you’re sure to have a memorable adventure. You'll sleep outside on the deck of the felucca on a mattress. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet or sleeping bag is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) temperatures can get as low as 5°C at night. Slight alterations may have to be made to the Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind we won't travel very far. Our Felucca does have a shared bathroom facilitiy onboard.
Optional Activities:
• Aswan - Tomb of the Nobles - EGP80
Overnight accommodation: Felucca
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 6 LUXOR
After farewelling your felucca crew, take a private van to the open air museum of Luxor (approximately 3.5 hours). From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. On the way, there's the option to visit either the unique mirror-image design of the Temple of Kom Ombo, or the beautifully preserved Temple of Edfu, also dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. Today you’ll visit the Intrepid Foundation's local project ACE (Animal Care in Egypt). It’s a great chance to see the holistic approach the project takes towards animal welfare, and to raising awareness among the locals. You’ll also explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, which is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. The rest of the day will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local teahouse.
Included Activities:
• Luxor - Karnak Temple
• Luxor - Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt)
Optional Activities:
• Edfu - Edfu Temple - EGP100
• Luxor - Luxor Temple - EGP100
• Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance only) - EGP120
• Luxor - Mummification Museum - EGP80
• Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak (entrance only) - EGP250
• Luxor - Bicycle Hire - EGP100
• Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple - EGP80
Overnight accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 LUXOR
Today you’ll hop in a private minivan and discover some the many wonders of ancient Thebes. Your first stop is the Colossi of Memnon, two 17 metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank. Carved from granite blocks, they represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and were once part of an impressive colonnade. Hop onto donkeys (in the winter months of October to May only) for a ride of a different kind, through local villages and fields of sugar cane (approximately 30 minutes). Continue on to the spectacular royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 richly decorated tombs of pharaohs. With your leader, explore this sprawling and spectacular place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your group leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, their funerary rites, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. 
Join a local family for lunch to try some tasty traditional home cooking. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore. The Luxor Museum is a great place to visit in your free time. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and venture into the countryside. For a more upscale experience, check out the Winter Palace, a lovely five-star historical building with wonderful views over the Nile – a great place for a refreshing cocktail. Catch an overnight sleeper train from Luxor to Cairo (approximately 10 hours).
Included Activities:
• Colossi of Memnon
• Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Optional Activities:
• Tomb of Tutankhamun - EGP200
• Hatshepsut Temple - EGP82
• Valley of the Queens - EGP80
• Medinat Habu Temple - EGP60
• Deir el Madina - EGP80
Overnight accommodation: Sleeper Train
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 8 CAIRO
Arrive in Cairo. For your comfort and convenience, day rooms are provided on this day until 12noon, for luggage storage and an opportunity to have a shower and freshen up. Once settled, consider joining the rest of the group for a farewell breakfast. Otherwise, there are no activities planned on this day. You're free to depart at any time after the early-morning arrival, but please do not arrange departing flights before 3pm in case of any travel delays or bad traffic.
Meals included: Breakfast

2019/2020 DEPARTURES
FROM $1,275* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Price is based on per person, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold until and for departures to 26 December 2020. Seasonal surcharges, black out dates may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and price is subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Prices correct as at May 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.