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True Egypt

Explore an ancient desert monastery, take a local-led food tour around the backstreets of Cairo & sail the Nile on a private felucca

True Egypt

8 Days | From $3170

True Egypt

Explore an ancient desert monastery, take a local-led food tour around the backstreets of Cairo & sail the Nile on a private felucca

True Egypt

About your trip

Bypass the generic tours and wander straight into Egypt’s beating, authentic heart with Flash Pack.

On this adventure, prepare to go so much further than the Egypt you conjure in your mind’s eye. Over the course of eight days you’ll explore Cairo’s atmospheric backstreets and visit exotic medieval bazaars, and you’ll travel to an ancient desert monastery that once housed 1,000 monks. You’ll dine with a Nubian family and disappear into the fabric of Egyptian life on a local-led food tour. And, of course, you’ll even get to marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza: last remaining wonder of the ancient world.

Among the more intrepid moments, there’ll be hours of perfect calm, too. Think sailing down the Nile on your private felucca, passing untouched riverside communities, and stints in luxe hotels with pools to retreat into from the North African sun. All experienced with new friends, united in a mission to be lost in the heady magic of true Egypt.

Please see our FAQs page about travel to Egypt during the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked 4-5 star hotels
  • We offset the carbon emissions per person on this trip
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • All local transport including a private felucca on the Nile
  • 1 domestic flight

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. 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.

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Welcome to Cairo

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    Get a glimpse of the famous pyramids as your plane approaches Cairo Airport, where a private Flash Pack transfer will be waiting to whisk you to your first hotel Meet your group and dive straight into Egyptian culture on a local-led food tour, heading down secret alleys that most visitors would never find

  • Day 02 Giza Pyramids

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    Explore the incredible Giza Pyramids with an expert local guide; you can’t help but feel awed by the sheer size and mystic beauty of this Wonder of the Ancient World Mind-blown by the 4,500-year-old monuments, retreat from the heat at a pyramid-view restaurant, before heading back to Cairo to relax by your hotel pool

  • Day 03 King Tut’s treasures & Saladin's Citadel

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    Uncover a wealth of incredible exhibits at the fascinating Egyptian Museum, home to a staggering collection of ancient treasures found during decades of excavation Visit Cairo’s 12th-century Citadel – built by Saladin to protect Egypt’s rulers from the Crusaders – marveling at the ornate Alabaster Mosque Pick up some delicious local food at Khan El Khalili Bazaar and El Moaz Street before heading to the airport for your flight to Aswan, ancient Egypt’s southern frontier

  • Day 04 Ancient desert monastery

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    Cross the Nile by motorboat and hike to the stone – and mud-brick ruins of St Simeon Monastery, which once housed 1,000 monks: an eerily atmospheric sight in the desert Spend a free afternoon in Aswan, perhaps visiting the excellent Nubian Museum, which showcases the art and culture of this ancient desert region

  • Day 05 Nile sailing & a Nubian feast

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    Visit the island temple of Philae before a relaxed afternoon drifting down the Nile on a private felucca (traditional sailboat), while your hosts keep you fed and watered Experience authentic local cuisine with a home-cooked dinner prepared by a Nubian family; gain a local’s perspective into the history and culture of the region

  • Day 06 In the footsteps of Pharaohs

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    Journey by private minibus to the atmospheric Temple of Edfu, preserved in the desert sand before continuing to Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes Visit Karnak, an extraordinary complex of colossal statues, obelisks and the iconic Hypostyle Hall, large enough to contain around 10 cathedrals After sunset, take an optional tour of Luxor Temple (additional cost); walking through the famed Avenue of Sphinxes by night is a particularly eerie experience

  • Day 07 Valley of the Kings

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    Start your day with an optional hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings (additional cost) for incredible views over the ancient arid hills Explore the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, where 60 royal tombs have been excavated, including Tutunkhamun’s (additional fee), and visit the Temple of Hatshepsut Enjoy a farewell dinner in an elegant riverside restaurant – the perfect place to reflect on your trip and celebrate eight epic days in Egypt

  • Day 08 Until next time, Egypt

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    Say goodbye to your Flash Pack group – now firm friends – and make your own way to the airport; your Pack Leader will be on hand to help you arrange a taxi Arrive home from your Egyptian adventure full of wonder at the ancient world, but equally touched by the people you’ve met and the meaningful local experiences

Our Favorite Hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Conrad Cairo Hotel

A sophisticated five-star stay in the heart of the capital. Enjoy killer views of the Nile from the gorgeous outdoor pool and try your hand at a game of roulette in the 24-hour casino.

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Sonesta St George, Luxor

Four-star grandeur set on the banks of the Nile, Sonesta St George feels like a world of its own. Expect a glistening outdoor pool, a top-notch restaurant and superb river views to watch the world drift by.

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Mövenpick Aswan

Set on an island in the middle of the Nile, river views don’t get much better than this. The five-star hotel is a secluded oasis, with a Nubian-style orangerie and infinity pool surrounded by vast tropical gardens.

Important Notes

What airport do I need to fly in and out of?

Fly into Cairo (CAI) and fly out of Luxor (LXR).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

We recommend arriving by 2pm. 

Your welcome meeting with your Flash Pack Leader and group will begin at 4:30pm, but we suggest getting to Cairo earlier to enjoy some time to relax and explore.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 20 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack Leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

Are tips included?

Please note that tips are not included in the cost of this adventure. Suggested amounts per person are:

  • Pack Leader: 10 USD per day
  • Local tips (drivers, guides, porters, restaurants): 10 USD per day

Your Pack Leader will collect a kitty for all tips (including for the Pack Leader) at the welcome meeting and will take responsibility for distributing tips throughout the trip. Please have this amount ready in cash in USD at the welcome meeting and don’t convert it to Egyptian pounds.

 

How much luggage can I bring?

The luggage allowance for internal flights is 23kg plus a carry-on bag weighing up to 7kg.

Please make sure your luggage is within this weight limit, or you’ll have to buy an extra suitcase and pay an extra US$30 at the airport.

Do I need a visa?

Most visitors will require a visa to enter Egypt, including those from the USA, UK, Australia, New, Zealand, Canada and the EU.

Single entry visas cost USD 25 (whether you buy them on arrival or online) and are valid for 30 days of travel within Egypt. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

Note that Canadian passport holders cannot apply for an E-visa or visa on arrival. Please check with your local embassy to find out what the requirements are for your nationality.

Visa on arrival
For most nationalities, the easiest way to get a visa is on arrival at Cairo International Airport.

  • Purchase the visa at an approved bank kiosk within the arrivals hall before proceeding to the immigration counters. Visas can be purchased in US dollars, British pounds or euros, and only in cash.
  • You will be given a stamp that you then need to put into your passport yourself.
  • Proceed to the immigration counters where you need to present your stamped passport, plus a print-out of your travel itinerary, including accommodation and tour bookings.

E-visa
You can also apply online for a visa through the official Egypt e-visa portal www.visa2egypt.gov.eg (beware of other websites falsely claiming to provide this service, often at twice the price). 30-day tourist visas are valid for three months from the date of issue. You must create an application at least seven days before your arrival.

  • Follow the prompts to sign up, sign in, apply, and pay online. Payments can be made using a credit or debit card in US dollars or euros only.
  • After your visa application has been processed, you will receive an email updating you on the status of your application.
  • If successful, you will be emailed a link to download and print your e-visa.
  • On arrival in Egypt, you must present a printout of your e-visa, along with your passport and a print-out of your travel itinerary, including accommodation and tour bookings.

Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information.

Will this itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try to communicate to you.

How much does the hot air balloon ride cost?

On Day 7, you have the option of a morning hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. This would take place at around 4am before breakfast. The cost for this is USD 150 per person and can be arranged with your Pack Leader while you’re in Egypt.

What about Ramadan? Will it affect my trip?

Your itinerary is not expected to change during Ramadan or Eid Al Fitr (the Festival of Fast-breaking) as tourists sites will remain open. However, many shops and restaurants will be closed and it will be more difficult to buy alcohol – your Pack Leader can advise. Some activities, such as the food tour in Cairo, may not be able to run or will have to run later in the evening.

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THE PEOPLE

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