Egypt

Duration:

9 days / 8 nights

Early Signup: From $1,395

Regular: From $1,595

or $195 Down

THE EXPERIENCE

Egypt, The Land of Pharaohs, is surely a bucket-list destination. With the mighty Nile River and astonishing monuments mixed with thousands of years of culture, travelers will find something that suits their interests.

Explore Cairo, visit the iconic pyramids, sail the Nile River, and be welcomed into the homes of locals to share meals together.

Start

Trip beings at Cairo International Airport (CAI) at 3:00 PM.

Please book arrival flight a few hours before this time.

Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.

Finish

Trip ends in Hurghada.

Plan to depart at any time on Day 9.

Travelers are responsible for their own transportation back to the airport or they can choose to extend their stay.

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Physical Activity:

High

This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Cancellation Policy:

Very Flexible

This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

Cancellation Policy:

Flexible

Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Welcome to Egypt

Salaam Alaikum! Arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and take included transportation to your hotel in Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital set on the Nile River.

Explore Cairo’s culture, art, and beauty as you walk the alleyways of Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Discover magnificent mosques, historic houses, and local artisan stores as you stroll along El Moez street, the world’s largest open-air museum for Islamic monuments.

Get to know your new friends while enjoying Egypt’s national dish, koshary, and begin to settle into your new surroundings. 

Day 2

Giza Pyramids

This morning, you will explore  some of the world’s most iconic sights—the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx! Approach these majestic structures by camel as you take in the panoramic views across the dunes.

Wander the treasure-filled halls of the Egyptian Museum on a guided tour and browse one of the oldest collections in the world.

This evening you’ll board an overnight train to the city of Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city.

Day 3

Experience Nubian Culture

Take in the views of the Nile Valley as you enjoy breakfast on the train. Upon arriving in Aswan, you’ll feel the vibe of this easy-going city straddling the Nile River.

Kayak the Nile’s flat waters observing the diversity of birds that have made homes on nearby islands.

Experience a unique cultural visit to a Nubian village. Sit with a local family to share authentic dishes and hear about their everyday lives.

Day 4

Abu Simbel Temples

Journey by bus to Nubia’s southern border to experience one of Egypt’s most awe-inspiring monuments, the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. Admire the precision of this rock-cut temple built by King Ramesses II.

Walk to the Small Temple, dedicated to the goddess Hathor, and Ramesses II’s Great Royal Wife, Queen Nefertari. 

Return to Aswan for some free time to explore the city. Take the opportunity to see the Philae Temple Light Show or the browse the night market for something to bring home.

Day 5

Sailing Along the Nile

Today, sail along the Nile River in our private Egyptian felucca-–a traditional wooden boat with a canvas sail.

Spend the day relaxing on the sundeck watching rural Egyptian life play out on the banks of the Nile. Stop and explore islands that dot the landscape and feast on hearty vegetarian meals prepared on the boat.

Take in the sunset over the Nile. Tonight, you’ll sleep under a canopy of stars on the boat’s deck as people have done for thousands of years.

Day 6

Karnak Temple

Wake up to the sun on your face and enjoy breakfast on board the felucca. Say goodbye to the Nubian boat crew and make your way to the open-air Luxor Museum.

Visit the largest religious building ever constructed-–the Temple of Karnak. This city of temples took more than 2,000 years to build. Explore the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun, two of the most impressive sections of the complex.

Head into the town of Luxor for a free evening and a chance to see the Luxor Temple at night or enjoy a drink at one of the rooftop terraces overlooking the Nile.

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

After breakfast, cross to the west bank of the Nile by boat for a cycling excursion through ancient temples and tombs. Make your way to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of Egyptian royalty.

Gaze up at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III measuring 60 feet (18 meters) in height! 

Feel welcomed into a local family’s home for another unique cultural experience and share a home-cooked Egyptian lunch. Then it’s off to the beach resort town of Hurghada.

Day 8

Hurghada

Wake up in your resort located on the shores of the Red Sea and enjoy breakfast on site. Today is a free day for you to choose your own adventure.

Opt to discover the nearby islands on a snorkeling trip, go scuba diving for those who are certified, or even take an underwater excursion in a submarine. Feel like relaxing after a long trip? Enjoy Hurghada’s beaches, or walk along the rows of shops and restaurants at the marina.

Gather with your group for a final dinner in Egypt as you share what you’ve learned and reflect on your journey.

Day 9

Relaxation & Departure

Wake up early on your final morning in Egypt for one last swim in the Red Sea.

Say goodbye to your new friends and depart any time of the day. Your Trip Leader will tell you how to take local transportation or help you arrange a taxi to Hurghada International Airport.

Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions if you choose to spend more time in Egypt. Consider extending your trip to the Middle East and joining one of our trips to Jordan.

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Egypt

What's Included:

  • 9 days & 8 nights of shared accommodations in hotel rooms, an overnight train experience, and one night aboard a traditional felucca boat
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 6 dinners
  • Walking tour of the famous Islamic street of El Moez
  • Orientation walk through Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili Bazaar
  • Camel ride to experience the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx
  • Admission to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Overnight train ticket to Aswan
  • Kayaking on the Nile River
  • Experience Nubian culture with dinner at a local family’s home
  • Visit the iconic Abu Simbel Temples
  • Sail along the Nile on a traditional felucca boat
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple in Luxor
  • Cycle the west bank of Luxor
  • Visit the Colossi of Memnon
  • Experience the tombs at the Valley of the Kings
  • Enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch in Luxor
  • Beach day on the Red Sea
  • Insider local knowledge of Egyptian cuisine
  • Transport and entrance fees to all included activities
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Egypt.
Transportation to optional activities is not included.

Duration:

9 days / 8 nights

Early Signup: From $1,395

Regular: From $1,595

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