Highlights of Egypt holiday

Take a two week tour of Egypt as part of a small group and uncover the pyramids, temples and ancient citadels via overnight sleeper trains and sailing trips on the River Nile.
Cairo Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Egyptian Museum Alexandria WWII sites, El Alamein Cairo culinary tour Sleeper train to Aswan Optional visit to Abu Simbel Philae Temple Aswan High Dam Kom Ombo Luxor Valley of the Kings Overnight sailing on the Nile Karnak and Luxor temples
£2699To£3149£3049including UK flights
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13 Days
Small group
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From £1999 - £2299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £450 - £600.
Minimum age 16.
Up to £200 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 17 Nov, 15 Dec, 05 Jan
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Description of Highlights of Egypt holiday

Egypt has long been a draw for explorers, architects and tourists alike with the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, just outside Cairo, a couple of the most iconic landmarks on the planet.

This two week small group tour not only unveils the holiday highlights but it also encourages travellers to delve a little deeper with everywhere from Alexandria on the Med and Aswan and the Valley of the Kings on the Nile covered as part of an exciting cultural itinerary.

Travel by overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan and by boat along the River Nile is almost as much of a highlight as Egypt’s ancient tombs to the pharaohs, although don't be surprised if a culinary tour of Cairo might sometimes steal the show.


Price information

£2699To£3149£3049including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £1999 - £2299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £450 - £600.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

Small group tour, ideal for solos & couples:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. For those with limited time, a small group tour will save valuable time in planning, and on holiday.
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.


1 Reviews of Highlights of Egypt holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting the Giza Pyramids

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Travel before April to avoid high temperatures and Ramadan

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very well organised but one severe negative was the wreck of a train sleeping
carriage. Should have been scrapped years before.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Kenneth, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent trip to
Egypt. We are pleased to know that overall, you had a great holiday, although, we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your carriage in the overnight train you took. I would
like to assure you that we have passed your comments to the product manager for this trip.
We hope that this does not deter you from travelling with us, and hope to welcome you back
for another adventure.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.


Local craft and Culture:
There is so much about the Egyptian culture to be discovered on this trip. In Cairo, we have a full day tour where we visit the Egyptian Museum and the Al Ahmar mosque which is the oldest mosque in Cairo dating back to AD970. We will also transfer to Alexandria and have a tour of the city home to the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In El Alamein, we visit the war cemetery and military museum, the site of famed allied victory during World War Two. There is also an optional trip to Abu Simbel where clients can visit the temples that are rank amongst the most impressive in the country as well as to take in the views of the Nubian Desert.

In Aswan, we get to explore the Nubian way of life and learn about the history and culture of the people. Clients will visit a Nubian village, a worthwhile experience that benefits the community financially and helps preserve their culture. However, we do not support their tradition of keeping crocodiles in poor living conditions and holding them for photos so we make sure to address it to clients and educate them the aspects of animal interaction that we do not encourage.

On this trip, there are plenty of opportunities to support local craft especially during our visit to local markets in Aswan. Of course, our local guides will advise clients on what can be bought and what should be avoided as products made from parts of endangered species should not be purchased.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend most nights in locally owned hotels and several nights in a cruise boat and sleeper train. All of the accommodations try to employ locals and uses local produce for meals wherever possible. This ensures that our money spent will directly contribute to the local community. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local delicacies. Food in Egypt mainly consists of kebabs, falafel, aubergine and pitta-bread.

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