Extended Tour

Our extended tour is held in January each year. The 2014 tour dates - subject to airline itineraries - are December 28 (2013) until January 25 (2014).

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Our Extended Tour: See More, Experience More, Understand More

As an extended journey through Egypt our Tour offer you lots of time at each site we visit, and a wide range of sites (less well-known places as well as the famous ones).

If you enjoy a relaxed pace and the chance to develop a deeper understanding of Egypt - past and present - this tour is for you!

Below is a brief overview of the Tour itinerary.

For a detailed description of the activities download a pdf copy of the full itinerary there.

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Tour 2014 Itinerary: Overview

Days 1 & 2 - International air travel, arrival in Cairo, transfer to Aswan. Sunset sail on the Nile and an evening meal by the river's edge.

Day 3 - Sail the Nile, visit the ancient inscriptions at Sehel Island, a quiet walk in the souk (local market) as well as a evening meal.

Day 4 - Visit to Nobles' Tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa. Relax on Plantation Island. Sound and Light show at Philae in the early evening.

Day 5 - Visits to the temples of Philae and Kalabsha on their respective islands.

Day 6 - Visit Elephantine Island (Nubian villages, archaeological site of Abu, Aswan Museum) and get to meet the local people and share a meal with them.

Day 7 - Abu Simbel: the Great Temples of Ramesses II and Hathor-Nefertari.

Day 8 - Visits to the Unfinished Obelisk and the Nubian Museum. Sail to the West Bank for camel rides to St Simeon's Monastery. Sunset BBQ at Shel-al.

Day 9 - Rest Day with an evening meal in a local Nubian home.

Day 10 - Bus to Luxor with stops en route to visit: the dual temple at Kom Ombo; the temple of Horus at Edfu; the temple of Khnum at Esna.

Day 11 - West Bank (I): the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and the temple of Seti I in the late afternoon.

Day 12 - Luxor Museum (morning) and Luxor Temple (afternoon). Introduction to the Luxor souk.

Day 13 - Karnak Temple during the day. Some free time for shopping and a meal before returning for the Karnak Sound and Light in the evening.

Day 14 - West Bank (II) Valley of the Queens, Workers' village at Deir el-Medina, and Medinat Habu.

Day 15 - West Bank (III): The Temple of Merenptah, then Deir el Bahri (Temple of Hatshepsut), and the Ramesseum (Temple of Ramesses II).

Day 16 - Free day.

Day 17 - Abydos - the temples of Seti I & Ramesses II.

Day 18 - Early morning balloon flight. The tomb of Ankhtefi and the Temple of Montu at Tod, then on to the Temple of Hathor at Dendarah.

Day 19 - West Bank (IV): A walk to the royal tomb of Ay in the Western Valley. The Tombs of Roy & Shuroy, as well as the other Nobles' Tombs (Rekhmire, Nakht, Menna, Sennefer & Ramose etc).

Day 20 - Transfer from Luxor to Cairo. A visit to the Egyptian Museum followed by an introduction to Cairo.

Day 21 - The Citadel and Islamic Cairo (including the Khan-al-Khalili Bazaar).

Day 22 - Old & Coptic Cairo - the Souk al Fustat, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Churches of Sts Sergius & Bacchus, the City of the Dead (if time permits).

Day 23 - Free Day. Explore Cairo maybe re-visit the Egyptian Museum! Then watch the al-Tannoura Heritage Dance troupe.

Day 24 - Pyramids (I): Saqqarah. The Imhotep Museum and on to Djozer's step pyramid complex. Visit to the pyramid of Teti and nearby mastabas.

Day 25 - Pyramids (II): Meidum and Dashur pyramids.

Day 26 - Pyramids (III): Memphis – the ancient capital of Egypt, then on to the newly opened tombs at Saqqarah, the Unas pyramid complex (interior closed) and nearby tombs. Giza Sound & Light in the early evening.

Day 27 - Pyramids (IV): Giza! The Great Sphinx, Great Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramids of Khafre & Menkhare, the Solar Boat Museum etc.

Days 28 & 29 - International flights ex-Cairo.

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