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Discover Egypt - Encounters Travel

Discover Egypt

10 days
Start and end in Cairo
Tour Operator:
Encounters Travel
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US $1,810
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  • Delve into the history of Egypt with an Egyptologist
  • Snap a picture of the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza
  • Sleep on the deck of a traditional Nile felucca
  • Enjoy a traditional meal in a colorful Nubian village
  • Swim, scuba dive and snorkel in the Red Sea

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Start and end in Cairo! With the In-depth Cultural tour Discover Egypt, you have a 10 days tour package taking you through Cairo, Egypt and 4 other destinations in Egypt. Discover Egypt includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Arrive into Cairo and transfer to hotel
  2. Day 2 Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour
  3. Day 3 Aswan, Nubian Village and Philae Temple
  4. Day 4 Abu Simbel option. Nile Felucca Cruise
  5. Day 5 Edfu temple, Luxor temple at night
  6. Day 6 Luxor, West bank tour, Karnak temple
  7. Day 7 Luxor to the Red Sea at Hurghada
  8. Day 8 Red Sea at Hurghada, free day
  9. Day 9 Drive to Cairo, Old Cairo & Khan-el-Khalili bazzar tour
  10. Day 10 Cairo, free time, departure airport transfer
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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

5 nights
Berth / Cabin
1 night
Sleeper Train
1 night
2 nights

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Encounters Travel is an adventure tour operator, based in the UK but with representatives in Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. We run a wide selection of cultural and adventurous tours around the world, each carefully designed to help you get the most out of the country you're visiting. Our tours range from historical sightseeing and Nile cruises in Egypt, through to long strenuous treks and white water rafting in Nepal or swimming with whales in Tonga. You can join other travellers on a small group departure, or personalise and tailor-make an itinerary for you to enjoy privately. Whatever your preference, we have a team of experienced travel consultants ready to advise you and help arrange your next great adventure!

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  • Discover Egypt reviewer 1
    · May 25th, 2022
    Fantastic trip with incredible sights, made even better by our amazing tour guide, Sherif, both very knowledgable and funny
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    We are so happy you enjoyed your adventure Paul, Sherif is certainly a unique character and we are lucky to have him!
    Trip date: May 2022
  • Discover Egypt reviewer 2
    · February 18th, 2022
    Our guides were very knowledgeable and experienced. They kept us engaged and they really went out of their way to take care of us. They assisted us with anything we needed.
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thanks for taking the time to to write us this great review Becky, it will help future travellers travelling to Egypt.
    Trip date: February 2022
  • JK
    · January 29th, 2021
    We had the most incredible trip on the Discover Egypt Tour. Every detail was tended to and we didn't have to lift a finger on anything. The Tour Guides were so knowledgeable and really went above and beyond with their discussions of the sights. They... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Wow, thanks for the amazing review Justine!
    Trip date: January 2021
  • C
    · November 17th, 2020
    A wonderful tour that I would do again but would like to linger longer around the new excavations, sites and temples. It was nice to have the extension at the end and definitely recommend staying longer in the city for a breather before flying home again.
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and we agree completely, a day or 2 at either end can be a great way to even out the pace of this tour. Also, keep a close eye on our newsletter and social pages as we are looking into how we can include all the new findings at... Show more
    Trip date: January 2020
  • Discover Egypt reviewer 5
    · November 11th, 2020
    This tour takes you to all the really important places in Egypt. It is so well thought out and executed.Our accommodation and meals were excellent. All the transfers were smooth with never any waiting around and the vehicles were very comfortable. I was... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Dear Marta, thanks for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback and for the great ratings you gave us. I'm really pleased to hear that you had a good time with us in Egypt, I hope that you'll join us on another tour in the future.
    Trip date: March 2019
  • S
    · November 7th, 2020
    This was a very well organised tour, conducted by a hugely knowledgeable and informative guide. The itinerary took in all the classic sites and we stayed in good hotels, as well as a typically cultural night on a felucca following a day's sailing on The... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thanks for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback Steve. It's great to hear that you enjoyed our Discover Egypt tour. I hope that you'll join us again in one of our other destinations at some point in the future.
    Trip date: January 2018
  • C
    · November 7th, 2020
    Perfect destination selections. Covers mostly all of the main Egyptian temples, pyramids, ruins and cities. Since there is so much to see and visit it is fast paced and very very busy. We were fortunate to have Sheriff as our main tour guide. He was... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Dear Carlos, Thank you for taking the time to provide your tour feedback, it's great to see that you had such a good trip. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the visit we included to the Egyptian Perfume factory. These types of visits generally are quite... Show more
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    Trip date: November 2018
  • G
    · November 6th, 2020
    This was one of the best tours we've been on. We were well taken care of from being met at the airport on arrival until we were delivered to the airport for departure. Our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was great and the hotels... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Hi Gary, It's great to read that this one of the best tours you've been on. Thank you for taking the time to provide your tour feedback. I hope you'll decide to join us again in the future.
    Trip date: May 2017
  • Discover Egypt reviewer 9
    · November 5th, 2020
    Covers pretty much everything you want to see in Egypt in a single trip; from ancient history to the Red Sea
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thank you for your feedback Jeff. It's good to hear that you had a good time on our Discover Egypt tour. We offer tours in 40+ countries, and I hope that we'll have the chance to welcome you in one of these in the future.
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    Trip date: March 2018
  • L
    · November 4th, 2020
    This tour was fantastic as was the price. We saw so many different things and learned a lot. Our Tour guide ,Sharif, was the best! He was not only well educated ,degree in Archeology and Egyptology. He was fun, caring, entertaining and enthusiastic ! He... Show more
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thank you for your kind feedback Lynn, it sounds as though you had a great trip. Aside from Egypt, we offer trips in more than 40 other destinations around the world, I hope you'll join us in one of those countries in the near future.
    Trip date: April 2019

Dates & Availability

10 days
Discover Egypt
From Cairo to Cairo
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Can we join the tour later or depart early?

      You may join the tour late or leave early, however, you may miss some of the highlights of the tour, and the price would remain the same.

    • Is this tour guaranteed departure?

      Yes, this tour is a guaranteed departure based on minimum 2 travellers.

    • Do you offer the Abu Simbel optional on this tour ?

      Abu Simbel overland tour is an optional experience offered on this tour (offered at an additional pricing). This option takes you from Aswan to see the amazing temples built by Ramses II at Aswan. You'll travel overland and return to Aswan by midday.

    • Are transfers included in the tour price?

      Our Egypt tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Cairo airport, your arrival and departure airport hotel transfers and all other transfers. Our representative will meet you in the immigration hall of Cairo airport before you get to passport control. They will assist with visa formalities before helping you collect your luggage and taking you to your hotel.

      Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

    • Can you tell me more about the Felucca?

      This tour features an overnight felucca cruise. Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and are a fun and relaxing way to travel down the river. You sleep on the deck of the boat (mattresses and some blankets are provided, but we suggest that you bring a sleeping sheet, blanket or light sleeping bag during the winter months of November-February). There are no toilet facilities on board, but you will be joined several times each day and at night by our support boat where a toilet and warm showers will be available. Mosquito nets are provided for use while you are sleeping but you should bring mosquito repellent for the evenings and early mornings. Your Nubian boat crew will cook all your meals while on board and entertain you in the evenings.

    • Is there an alternative to the Felucca?

      If you would prefer some more comfort and luxury than the felucca, then you can upgrade to one of the Nile's famous cruise boats. You join the boat in Aswan and spend 3 nights on board. Sightseeing tours in Aswan and
      Luxor are done with the main group, but you visit the temples at Edfu and Komombo with the on-board Egyptologist.

      On board you enjoy the comfort of an en-suite AC cabin, a restaurant, bar, sun-deck, shop and plunge pool. All meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) are included. Drinks are not included but may be purchased on board.

      Single cabin supplements apply, and triple cabins are not available.

    • Is there an alternative to the overnight sleeper train?

      Yes, you can upgrade from the overnight sleeper train to an internal flight with Egypt Air. An extra night in the hotel in Cairo is included before you fly to Aswan. Flight times vary and are subject to availability.

      Single room supplements apply. Please contact our Travel Experts to arrange this.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      We do not have a set hotel list for this tour as all accommodations are subject to change until your final tour documents are released 3 - 4 weeks prior to departure. This is a list of accommodations that the operator has previously used on this tour:

      Oasis Hotel, Cairo - The Oasis hotel is located just a few minutes drive from the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, and is set within 9 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

      Sleeper train, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan - On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

      Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel, Aswan - Situated on the banks of the River Nile close to the centre of Aswan, the comfortable 4-star hotel offers a wide range of services and friendly staff.

      Felucca Sailboat, Aswan - Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.

      Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel, Luxor - This hotel, formerly Le Meridien Luxor, is a modern hotel built in 2001. It is ideally situated right on the banks of the Nile and is within easy reach of all the major sites of Luxor.

      Sunrise Holidays Resort, Hurghada - This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Adult-only Sunrise Holidays Resort has a private beach with lagoon and island. It offers a dive centre, health club and outdoor pool overlooking the Red Sea. Hurghada Airport is 20 minutes' drive away.

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      Egyptian Pound
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F.

      Type C
      Type E
      Type F
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Egypt. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Egypt. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Egypt. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Rabies - Recommended for Egypt. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Egypt. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before May 30th, 2023 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after May 30th, 2023, a minimum payment of $250 is required to confirm your booking with Encounters Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Encounters Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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