Duration
13 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
18 Feb 2020
Destination
Egypt
Visiting some of the world’s oldest tourist attractions is not a holiday you’re likely to forget. This 13 Day Egypt Solo Tour takes it up another notch again, with the once in a lifetime experience of the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel. King Ramses II had his grand temples and huge statues built in such a way that the sun’s rays aligned twice a year – his birthday and the date he took the throne. Conquer your bucket list with a 2-night Nile felucca cruise, guided tour of Egyptian Museum and sightseeing in the Luxor and Giza.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cruise the Nile for two nights on traditional felucca, with optional upgrade to 5-star cruise
  • Cover the must-sees of ancient Egypt, such as the Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience of Abu Simbel Sun Festival included

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo – Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Luxor and Hurghada
Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
8 nights 4 – 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 7 nights 4 – 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
1/2 night 4-5 star Aswan hotel prior to overnight bus journey (3.5hrs) to Abu Simbel
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
3 days Hurghada, Red Sea stay – swim, sun and sand
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

TRAVEL DATES
  • Departs 18 Feb 2020

ITINERARY – EGYPT SOLO TOUR
  • Day 1: Cairo
  • Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 3: The Treasure of King Tutankhamen / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Philae Temple & Abu Simbel / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Abu Simbel Sun Festival / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Luxor / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Valley of the Kings / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Hurghada by the Red Sea / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Hurghada by the Red Sea / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Hurghada by the Red Sea / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12: Return to Cairo, free time / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 13: Farewell… / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Cairo: Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi or similar
  • Felucca Cruise: Felucca Cruise
  • Luxor: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar
  • Hurghada: Marriott Beach Resort

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
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FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: 18 Feb 2020
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: Flights, visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned, Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp, paid in local currency, Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 – 7 per day, per traveller. Tip for your Felucca Crew, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping your guide and crew is an entirely personal gesture, Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency, Items of a personal nature.

VISA INFORMATION Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
TO BOOK YOUR EGYPT SOLO TOUR, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Cairo

Tuesday 18 February 2020. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today.
2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Visit to the famous pyramids and monolithic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu), the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid – constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC!
MEALS: Breakfast
3

The Treasure of King Tutankhamen

Cairo – Aswan. The morning is at leisure so why not go out and visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar – This is a great place to pick up a few bargains or just sip some tea and people watch! Following hotel check out, this afternoon we embark on a guided tour of the enlightening Egyptian Museum, where you can opt to see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamen, or the Royal Mummy room. There is time for dinner before our overnight sleeper train to Aswan. MEALS: Breakfast
4

Philae Temple & Abu Simbel

Aswan – Abu Simbel. Arrive Aswan, today we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. There is time to rest before departing in the early hours of the morning on our coach journey toward the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel. In readiness we await for the first rays of golden sunlight to touch the temple gate signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II.
MEALS: Breakfast
5

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

22 February. Abu Simbel – Aswan – Nile Felucca Cruise. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut façade, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) shewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself, which sit majestically staring out across the desert. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and only a small part of the rest of the colossal temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon Abu Simbel and starting excavating, that the full glory of the temple of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on his date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds pack in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the king) and through to the Sanctuary. As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows. Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning. After the event, there will also be plenty of time to explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II and also the Temple of Hathor and take plenty of pictures. After watching the incredible event unfold, we return to Aswan, to board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise, please see the tab above for prices. Our Nile cruise upgrade is offered from day 5 (prior to travelling to Abu Simbel) and ends on day 8.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile Felucca Sailing – Kom Ombo. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. In the afternoon we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek, before returning to the felucca for the night. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Luxor

Kom Ombo – Luxor. This morning we disembark and drive to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional excursion to visit the Temple of Luxor – wonderfully illuminated at night is available for those interested.
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Valley of the Kings

Luxor. This morning we cross to the west side of the Nile and commencing our tour of the Valley of the Kings. One of the first sights you’ll see is the Colossi of Memnon, this huge pair of enthroned statues is all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Explore the highly decorated tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After a little R&R, we visit Karnak Temple, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
MEALS: Breakfast
9-11

Hurghada by the Red Sea

Luxor – Hurghada. Mid morning we depart Luxor heading east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 3 days on the beach. The reminder of today, day 10 and day 11 can be spent exploring Hurghada or simply relaxing. There is the option to go snorkelling on day 10 but the rest of the time it’s up to you! Hurghada is one of the Red Sea’s most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has a healthy after dark scene. For retail therapy, the town has plenty of shops selling knock-off bags and tees, snorkeling gear and suchlike. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga – a famously windy place and King Kong of windsurfer paradises. MEALS: Breakfast x 3
12

Return to Cairo, free time

Hurghada – Cairo. Morning at leisure before hotel check out and then our transfer back to Cairo departing approx 12 noon. Upon arrival and after check in, this evening remains yours to further explore this amazing city, perhaps head to Khan el-Khalili bazaar and pick up a few souvenirs. MEALS: Breakfast
13

Farewell...

Sunday 01 March 2020. Hotel check out and included transfer to airport. MEALS: Breakfast
Why is this tour good for MyDiscoveries Customers?
Group tours allow you to enjoy your holiday and meet like-minded travellers while your Tour Guide handles all the complicated organisational components. This tour is designed with solo travellers in mind with the comfort of a single room at no additional cost. With world famous pyramids, tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt has attracted travellers since classical times. But there’s more to Egypt than pharaohs, mummies and hieroglyphics. Take a luxury cruise or sail aboard a felucca on the longest river in the world – the Nile, or experience world class diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea.
FLIGHT 
Interested in this holiday and want to know how to get from Australia to Cairo. At MyDiscoveries we can arrange flights to any destination. Connecting flights are available on Emirates from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  Etihad Airways offers connecting flights from Melbourne and Darwin. 
TRANSFER
  • Transfers to and from the airport are available on arrival and departure from Cairo

WEATHER Egypt has three season throughout out the year. Jun to Aug is low season and the hardest time to travel in egypt due to scorching temperatures. Upper Egypt is and the western desert are the hottest areas during this time. Mar to May & Sep to Oct are the shoulder season in Egypt, crowds are lighter but heat can still be expected. High season is from Oct to Feb when the weather is sunny and warm with occasional rain, this is considered to be Egypt winter season.
VISA Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
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