Egypt in depth tour
Description of Egypt in depth tour
See Egypt’s most exciting sights and do so without feeling rushed. Over two weeks you can discover the pleasure of seeing Egypt by river boat and felucca, on walking tours, and by speaking to the local people who know its history best.
Highlights on this trip are the thousands of years of history: whether that’s artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun, visiting the historic battle site of El Alamein, the massive temple complexes at Abu Simbel, or the pyramids.
Throughout this tour you’ll be treated to four-star accommodation, including nights on a Nile riverboat. Your cruise will be on a beautiful small ship equipped with swimming pool, sundeck and elegant dining room – perfect for cruising the Nile in style. You’ll relax onboard for four nights, cruising from Luxor to Edfu and the Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo Temple and on to Aswan.
You’ll be accompanied by a local Egyptologist at all times. If you want to know how the Ancient Egyptians treated their mummies, or how the Sphinx lost its nose, they’ll be the one to ask. All the on the ground operators of this trip are Egyptian, and trips usually start with some useful local language lessons, as well as tips on local laws and customs. These trips are led by our partners’ most experienced local leaders.
There’s far more to Egypt than ancient temples – as you’ll discover once you start uncovering the country’s cuisine. You’ll be treated to a home-cooked Nubian feast with an Egyptian family, go on a tasting tour of Cairo’s best street food and its oldest café, and, in Aswan, enjoy an afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel - many illustrious persons have entered its guestbook over the years.
Perhaps the experience that best sums up this tour of Egypt is trying one of the country’s iconic dishes: feteer meshaltet. This delicious, many-layered pastry dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt and was considered so good it was offered to the Gods. Just one of the many authentic, historic experiences on this holiday.
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PlanetWhere possible we choose to travel by land rather than air. By minimizing the use of flights on our trips, we are making journeys more stimulating and more sustainable for travellers. This trip through Egypt primarily travels by boat and private vehicle. We ensure our vehicles are well maintained and fuel-efficient. We use vehicles that are an appropriate size to suit the group size. For example, we wouldn’t use a 16-seater van if we only had five people travelling with us. We plan our routes of travel so that we spend as little time as possible travelling and turn the engine off when travellers are visiting a site and not in the vehicle.
Our trips often include the highlights of a country or region, but we understand that over tourism has a great impact on these popular locations and their local communities. To minimise our effect on the world’s most admired sites we design our itineraries to visit at quieter times of the day and ensure part of the entry costs are allocated to conservation and preservation of the site. This trip includes guided visits of many Ancient Egyptian sites and entry to the Grand Egyptian Museum. A portion of the admission prices for these inclusions goes towards preserving these sites and exhibits for future generations, further research into the region’s history, and continuing explorations of archaeological sites in Egypt.
PeopleAll aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by Egyptians. This includes our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation staff. Our local Egyptian office employs 11 full time employees and 29 trip leaders. Of these trip leaders eight are women. In addition to local training and development opportunities, four members of our Egyptian office team have joined global management and business training courses in Melbourne, London and Colombo.
Our tour leaders provide travellers with a quick local language lesson when they join this trip. This helps travellers become more confident with commonly used words and phrases. Travellers can then be polite and friendly in their interactions with locals, using greetings, please and thank you to show their respect. In Egypt it is customary for sellers to approach tourists, offering small souvenirs, drinks or snacks for sale. Our Egyptian leaders explain this practice and the best way travellers can politely decline their offers. They also provide guidance on how best to engage with sellers in the souks, in a way that is respectful of Egypt’s bargaining culture but won’t lead to either party being taken advantage of.