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Egypt Tours

Take a step back in time and explore the cultural treasures, rich history and spectacular desert landscapes of Egypt.

A curious mix of old and new, Egypt offers fascinating historic sites, exotic culture, colourful souks, tantalising cuisine, a sunny climate and gorgeous beaches.

The remnants of a once dominant ancient culture dot the country and are the main reason most travellers visit. Be awed by the immense Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx, visit ancient palaces and majestic temples, sail down the River Nile like explorers of old and browse bustling bazaars. Wander the shady corridors of grand temples, marvel at long-hidden pharaohs’ tombs and spend hours learning about Egypt’s glorious past inspecting the treasures on display in its museums.

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Egypt Tour Highlights

Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Some of Egypt’s most famous archaeological sites and monuments are situated just outside the sprawling city of Cairo.

These include the Great Pyramids at Giza, the only surviving Seven Wonders of the World. Built by tens of thousands of workers as burial chambers for the pharaohs, they are awe-inspiring for their size and symmetry. The oldest and largest is the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) completed in 2570BC and comprised of 2.3 million limestone blocks. The famous Sphinx is also at Giza, below the pyramid of Khafre, and it is believed that its face could have been modelled on the features of this pharaoh.

Islamic Cairo and the Khan el Khalili Bazaar

The fascinating, history-filled district of Islamic Cairo is a maze of twisting streets, magnificent mosques and medieval buildings.

It is also the site of Egypt’s most important mosque, the Al-Azhar, which has been a place of worship and university for over 1,000 years. Wander the fabulous Khan el Khalili Bazaar, filled with spice shops and carpet stores, and drink mint tea at the venerated El Fishawi’s Coffee House. Visit the magnificent Citadel, founded by Saladin in 1176, and the beautiful Mosque of Ibn Tulum (AD 879) renowned for its fine architecture.

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is one of the most impressive sites in Egypt. It comprises of the glorious Temple of Ramses II carved out of a mountain somewhere between 1274 and 1244 BC.

Next to it is the rock-cut Temple of Hathor, built for Ramses’ wife Nefertari. Both temples were removed from their original site in a massive UNESCO sponsored operation between 1960 and 1980 after the Aswan Dam was built and the Nile Valley began flooding. Both monuments were re-located, block by block, to their present location on the shores of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel is a short flight from Aswan. It can also be reached by road or by boat.

Nile River Cruise

A cruise down the River Nile is one of the most romantic ways to see Egypt; a chance to visit riverside ruins and to watch traditional village life unfold on the banks.

Choose from our range of comfortable cruise ships, or re-live the days of 19th century Nile travel on board a traditional dahabiya. These boutique sailing boats are fully air-conditioned and carry just 16 passengers. Most cruises depart upstream from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa, visiting major temples like Karnak and Edfu. The dahabiyas have two major advantages: more intimacy due to small group size and a more leisurely itinerary, with the ability to visit temples at quieter times, as well as opportunities to stop at rural villages or to picnic on picturesque riverine islets.

Luxor & The Valley of Kings

Called “The world’s greatest open air museum”, magnificent Luxor is the site of ancient Thebes, renowned for its two majestic temples, Karnak and Luxor.

Across the Nile on the West Bank is the Theban Necropolis, the burial place for the pharaohs, queens and nobles of the New Kingdom between 1539 and 1075 BC, including that of the young King Tutankhamun. Tour the West Bank and visit such highlights as the tombs of Seti I and Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Queens, the huge Colossi of Memnon, the tombs of the Nobles and the remains of the ancient village of Deir el Medina where the artisans who built the tombs lived.

Aswan & Lake Nasser

With its lush islands and graceful feluccas, picturesque Aswan is situated in southern Egypt just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser.

It is famous for its archaeological treasures, in particular the beautiful Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis. In a feat of engineering, this site was moved piece by piece to save it from being submerged by the waters of the Nile after the building of the Aswan Dam. You can also visit Aswan’s ancient quarries which provided stone for many of Egypt’s monuments and see the giant Unfinished Obelisk still embedded in the rock. Take a cruise on the Nile to Philae Island or Kitchener’s Island. Visit the famous High Dam or even embark on a 4 or 5 day voyage by comfortable cruise ship on Lake Nasser, visiting crumbling citadels and the magnificent Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

Egypt Sample Itineraries

Egypt has welcomed visitors for millennia and is well set up for tourism. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of this great land while enjoying all the comforts of the 21st century.

Legends of the Nile

Legends of the Nile

Unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt on this fascinating tour that combines the historic and cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with a cruise down the River Nile. Discover a wealth of magnificent pyramids, temples and palaces.

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Nile Dahabiya

Relive gracious turn-of-the-century travel by cruising the Nile aboard a traditional ship called a dahabiya. These boutique boats are air-conditioned and carry just 16 passengers in comfort and style.

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Cairo City Stay

Lose yourself to the sights of Egypt’s capital, including the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx at Giza, the treasure-filled Egyptian Museum, the 5,000 year old former capital of Memphis and Sakkara, home to Djoser’s stepped pyramid.

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Luxor City Stay

Called “The world’s greatest open air museum”, Luxor is the site of ancient Thebes, renowned for its two majestic temples: Karnak and Luxor. On the Nile’s West Bank is the Theban Necropolis, the resting place of many pharaohs.

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Aswan City Stay

Scenic Aswan is situated just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser. It is famous for its archaeological treasures, and is commonly used as a base to explore Abu Simbel.

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Egypt Overview

Why Egypt: This spellbinding destination offers some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, as well as a insight into age-old Islamic culture. The scenery is also unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert.

Climate: Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although quite hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C).

Combine With: Neighbouring Jordan or Oman, the United Arab Emirates or Morocco.

Getting There: Daily flights are available from Australia to Egypt. Flight time is approximately 18-19 hours with stopovers depending on which airline you fly with.

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