Discover the ancient treasures of Egypt
Sail down the Nile at sunset by private felucca, marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza and feast on home-cooked cuisine with a Cairo family
Discover the ancient treasures of Egypt
Ancient river sailing
Glide down the Nile on a traditional felucca
Nile kayaking adventures
Kayak along the river, passing Cairo’s landmarks
Temples by candlelight
Explore the ancient Luxor Temple illuminated by candlelight
The iconic pyramids
Explore the Great Pyramid and encounter the Sphinx of Giza
About your trip
Ancient temples, mystical pyramids and cities rising out of the sand? Let Egypt cast its spell on you.
Over the course of nine days, we’ll take you and your fellow travellers deep into Egypt’s ancient heart. You’ll uncover the legendary Sphinx, the Great Pyramid, the temples of Abu Simbel and the tombs of pharaohs past. You’ll bear witness to a formidable heritage, unearthing a series of hieroglyphics and lost burial rites. But all this comes with that crucial local touch: you’ll sail down the Nile on a traditional felucca (and kayak it too), dine with a Cairo family and test your haggling skills in an Aswan bazaar.
Bring history to life on this journey into Egypt’s great mysteries, alongside a group of like-minded adventurers.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Embrace Cairo’s frenetic energy
Book a window seat on your flight to Cairo because you have a high chance of bagging your first view of pyramids as you fly over Giza coming into land. You can arrive anytime today and we’ll collect you from the airport and whisk you off to your hotel, where you’ll be based for the first three nights of your adventure through this energetic country. Your welcome meeting with your Flash Pack guide and group will be at 6pm, although we suggest getting to the capital earlier and enjoying some free time to explore this sprawling, frenetic city. Not sure where to start? You’ll get a good measure of the city just by pottering through the streets, where you’re as likely to see a donkey as a supercar. Tired? You could while away hours in the hotel’s spa and shimmering outdoor pool.
Day 02 From the Sphinx to the Great Pyramid
Fill your boots at breakfast because you’re going to need a bag full of energy for today. First up, we’ll take a short drive to Giza to visit its famous pyramids and sphinx. We’ll tour the grounds of these vast pharaonic tombs and if it’s open, there’s an option to peak inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for an additional charge. Next stop is your chance to dive into the warren-like Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, where hundreds of stalls wedge into a maze of narrow streets, selling everything from gold and perfume to spices and fabric. We’ll then settle down for dinner at a restaurant in a nearby market, feasting on variations of traditional Egyptian cuisine.
Day 03 River kayaking & old Cairo streets
After an early breakfast, we’ll drive 30 minutes to Zamalek Island, the departure point for your guided kayaking trip. Expect a serene two hours paddling the banks of the Nile and gazing up at the city’s skyline, as you see the world’s most famous river from an entirely different perspective. Back on land, we’ll enjoy a quick lunch and make for our next stop, the Egyptian Museum. Home to a bursting collection of statues, sculptures, carvings and mummies, you’ll take a guided wander around the collections, with plenty of time at the end to explore at your own pace. The end to your third day in Egypt will be a memorable one, as drift down the Nile on a felucca, a traditional wooden Egyptian sailboat. You and your Flashpackers will enjoy an evening of classic Egyptian cuisine, while watching the riverbanks come alive in the glow of the setting sun.
Day 04 Bazaar delights & ancient temples
Today we’ll hit the road en route to Aswan. We’ll check into our hotel, before taking a boat over to the Temple of Isis. This spectacular testament to Ancient Egyptian architecture pulls together important and impressive hieroglyphics, pylons and carvings. It was built to honour the goddess Isis, and was moved – brick by brick – from the partially submerged Philae Island to its current home of Agilika Island in the 1970s. In the afternoon, we’ll pay a visit to the local bazaar – home to a maze of sellers, thanks to Aswan’s status as a market town and the gateway to southern Egypt. After the bazaar, the rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you like. We recommend paying a visit to the excellent Nubian Museum, which showcases the art and culture of Nubia, an ancient region along the Nile, much of which was flooded when Lake Nasser was created.
Day 05 Sacred passages carved in the cliffs
Today we’ll be up early again, but we doubt you’ll mind the alarm call because we’re off on a day trip to the rock temples of Abu Simbel. For many, a visit here is the highlight of their time in Egypt. There are few sites as magnificent and breathtaking as its 13th-century Great Temple, fronted by colossal reliefs, which were carved directly into the mountainside (and then moved, in its near-entirety, to its new and current site in the 1960s). It’s a sight to behold, as is the interior of the temple, where the huge, detailed carved stone statues continue, plus fascinating hieroglyphics and murals. Later in the evening, you’ll experience an authentic taste of local cuisine with a home-cooked meal prepared by a Nubian family. This is a perfect opportunity for you to gain a local perspective into the history and culture of the region, as told through its people.
Day 06 SAIL DOWN THE NILE ON A FELUCCA
After your busy day at Abu Simbel yesterday, today we’ll slow the pace, having an easy breakfast at the hotel before spending the day on Egypt’s grand river, the Nile. This is your last full day in Aswan so we plan to make it a memorable one. Arriving at the banks of the river, we’ll board our private felucca and set off for a six-hour sailing trip along the river, crewed by a local Nubian team. Soak in this long leisurely pootle down the Nile, taking in the scenery as you go. Your on-board hosts will keep your fed and watered – just remember to bring some sunscreen.
Day 07 Uncover ancient mysteries by candlelight
After an early breakfast in Aswan we’ll jump into our air conditioned van and head to the ancient sites and treasures of Luxor. After, we’ll drive onto Karnak, a mammoth plot of temples, chapels and pylons. An English speaking guide will take you round, explaining the area’s ancient history and pointing out the finest corners of this sprawling wonder. After a full-on day, you’ll appreciate some chill time back at your new hotel, before the evening’s excitement: Luxor temple. Most people visit this ancient complex during the blistering heat of the day but at Flash Pack we like to do things differently so we’ll be arriving at night, when the ruins are illuminated by warm lights, creating one of the most magical experiences of the holiday.
Day 08 Into the Valley of the Kings
It’s your final full day with us in Egypt and we’ll be making the very most of it by heading off into the Valley of the Kings, across the water from the ancient city of Thebes. Here, the arid hills conceal over 60 richly-decorated tombs of pharaohs, including Tutankhamun’s final resting place, which you will have the chance to visit. Your guide will then take you to a further three of the most fascinating tombs, and explain the funeral rites of the ancient Egyptians, and the significance of Valley of King’s paintings and hieroglyphics. Next up, we’ll take a look at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Our final stop will be the giant monoliths of Colossi of Memnon. Afterwards, we’ll take you back to your hotel, where us Flashpackers will head out for a farewell dinner at an elegant hotel restaurant.
Day 09 Until next time, Egypt
Today spells the end of your Egyptian escape; it’s time to say goodbye. Banish the blues by riding high on the incredible journey you’ve just had – from exploring Egypt’s ancient pyramids and temples, to mastering your haggling skills at local bazaars and navigating your way down the mighty River Nile via felucca and kayak. After all that, we think you deserve a lazy breakfast at your hotel, and the next stop of your voyage is up to you.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Sonesta St George, Luxor
A RESPLENDENT FIVE-STAR HOTEL ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE.
Elegant and luxurious, the Sonesta St George boasts expansive views of the Nile and is located in the ancient heart of Egypt.
Why we stay here
With stylish and comfortable rooms, an outdoor swimming pool enjoying sweeping views of the landscape, and equipped with a sauna and jacuzzi, this hotel is a deeply luxurious experience.
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo
MAJESTIC CAIRO HOTEL OVERLOOKING THE GIZA PYRAMIDS
Savour front-row views to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, along with a luxurious maze of outdoor pools.
Why we stay here
Le Méridien’s spa is a wonderful place, with whirlpools and a fleet of signature treatments. We also recommend a stroll around the landscaped gardens. But our favourite spot has to be the waterfall pool at sunset, with mighty Giza looming on the skyline.
Mövenpick Resort Aswan
LUXURY HOTEL ON ELEPHANTINE ISLAND, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NILE
See the Nile spread out before you at this beautifully curated hotel in a unique spot near Aswan’s starring sights.
Why we stay here
Quiet tropical gardens and the scenic pool are a definite plus. Grab a pew at the showcase Orangerie restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Nile and order a few scoops of Mövenpick’s legendary homemade ice-cream.
What Flashpackers say
"The Egypt trip was amazing! My group got along from day one. I was able to see and experience so much in such a short amount of time, but still felt like there were plenty of opportunities to relax, especially the afternoon spent on the felucca (sailboat) in the Nile. Our guide Helmy was awesome and made this trip unforgettable! He was so knowledgeable and engaging when teaching us about the history, but was also there to make sure we were enjoying ourselves through every aspect of the trip. I felt completely safe the whole trip, and have already recommended other people to try and visit when they can."
"I went on the Egypt trip in February 2020 and had the best time! This was my second trip with Flash Pack, after having a great first trip in Morocco. I thought the itinerary was well thought out and a great balance between activities and time to relax. We saw the most amazing sites and the history there blew my away. The trip would not have been as amazing without our excellent guide Ahmed. I honestly cannot speak more highly of him as a tour guide and a person. We all felt very safe with him and he handled everything so we never had to think. I would recommend Flash Pack as a company and Egypt as a top destination. I already have my next adventure booked :)"
"Flash Pack's service was excellent, from my very first inquiry email to actually booking the adventure to Egypt. The trip was well planned, and our guide Helmy was the best guide we could have asked for! All of the Flashpackers got along well. It was the trip of a lifetime. I'll be booking with Flash Pack again very soon!"
"Helmy (our tour guide) was GREAT. The hotels were good/very good, and the pace was good. We covered a lot of highlights in Egypt. I would use Flash Pack again. "
Fly into Cairo (CAI) and fly out of Luxor (LXR).
Egypt, and in particular Cairo, can be quite polluted with heavy traffic and chaotic street scenes. But it’s all part of the experience in this pulsating country.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures- read more here.
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