Egypt

Beyond the Nile

Our Beyond the Nile itinerary is ideal for families who want to see Egypt’s highlights but also want to head off the beaten track. You’ll visit Egypt’s most famous sites – including the Pyramids, Aswan, Valley of the Kings, and Luxor – but will also head into the desert. Here you’ll visit the Fayoum Oasis, surrounded by dunes. Stroll around the pottery village of Tunis, explore the incredible Valley of the Whales and try sandboarding down the dunes. If you want to stay longer, extend your adventure with a stay at the Red Sea, snorkelling amongst the vibrant tropical fish and ending the day sipping cool drinks as the sun sets.

Highlights

  Sunset camel ride at the Pyramids
  See ancient Mummies
  Discover the Valley of the Whales
  4WD jeeps around the Fayoum Oasis
  Explore the Valley of the Kings
  Overnight felucca sailing
  Sundowner drinks at the Nile
  Optional Red Sea extension

12 days from £1,950 pp

Plus international flights from £450 per person

 

A 12-day holiday in Egypt for a family of four usually costs from £7,800 for a family of four, plus flights, depending on type of accommodation.

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Beyond the Nile  day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Cairo
Arrive in Cairo where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 Cairo
This morning head to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the ancient wonders of the world, and a true highlight of the tour. You will have plenty of time to explore the site, see the Sphinx and enter deep into the largest of the Pyramids to the burial chamber. Also, enjoy a camel ride through the desert enjoying the stunning views.

In the afternoon, head to the magnificent Egyptian Museum. Children will love exploring the museum as it houses many of the treasures of ancient Egypt that they may have learned about in school. Particularly popular with the kids are the treasures of Tutankhamun and his famous turquoise and gold death mask.


Day 3 Cairo
After a relaxing morning, visit the Civilisation Museum to see the rather ghoulish but completely fascinating mummified remains of some of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. From here head for the Citadel for a wonderful view over the city before venturing into the Khan El Khalili bazaar. This is one of the largest in the Middle East. Hone your haggling skills as you bargain for souvenirs!


Day 4 Cairo – Fayoum
Head away from the city and out to the desert village of Tunis and the Fayoum Oasis. This afternoon, afternoon, take a walk around Tunis Village, the hub of pottery making in Egypt. Maybe even try your hand at making something in one of the famous workshops!


Day 5 Valley of the Whales
Head out into the desert to explore Fayoum oasis, its lush palm-fringed fields a striking contrast to the barren desert. You will visit the Valley of the Whales (Wadi Hiten), an extraordinary site where there are giant fossils from an ancient species of whale ranged across the desert floor. You will also take an exciting 4WD jeep ride over the sand dunes to Magic Lake. Sand-board down the dunes and enjoy a late picnic lunch – delicious!

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Day 6 Fayoum – Aswan
Spend more time exploring Tunis, perhaps taking part in some of the activities available such as horse riding, cycling and kayaking. For budding birders, there are sometimes huge flocks of flamingos in this area. Depending on where you are staying, you may also be able to experience farm bread baking or local cheese and butter making for a taste of regional specialties. Later on, return to Cairo and board your overnight train south to Aswan.


Day 7 Aswan
Arrive in Aswan, a beautiful laid back town spread along the banks of the Nile. You will be met at the train station and transferred to the dock for your boat trip to visit the impressive ruins of Philae Temple, situated on a picturesque island. You will also see the Aswan High Dam.

Afterwards, the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy your hotel, or continue exploring.


Day 8 Aswan
This morning there is the option to visit the temples of Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples of Ancient Egypt. This was moved, slab by slab, after the Aswan High Dam was built and the original site was flooded.

In the afternoon you will board your felucca and start cruising up the Nile towards Luxor, accompanied by local Nubian sailors. You can try your hand at the tiller, take kayaks out on the river, or just lie back, relax and watch the world go by! You will spend the night on board the felucca, on mattresses laid out under the stars. (If this does not appeal you can return to your hotel tonight instead).


Day 9 Felucca cruise
Rise with the sun and watch the mist as it lifts over the banks of the river Nile. You will bid your crew farewell after breakfast and will then continue by road to Luxor. Along the way, you can stop at the  picturesque temple of Kom Ombo, perched on the banks of the Nile.


Day 10 Luxor – Valley of the Kings
It’s an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day….before dawn you will cross the Nile, driving through small villages and past fields of sugar cane to the Colossi of Memnon, from where you will be transported to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were buried in intricately painted tombs.

Once at the Valley of the Kings, you will have a tour around the site, taking in three different tombs. There is also the option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun; having studied this in school, many children are keen to see the tomb but are a little surprised to see that it is tiny compared to the others that you visit….the mind boggles at how impressive the treasures of the other tombs must have been!

You will also visit the impressive Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and Deir El Madina, the village where ancient workers lived and built their own tombs when working on those of the Pharaohs. There is quite a lot of sightseeing on this day but you can do things at your own pace, stopping for refreshment and relaxation as needed.

The afternoon is free for you to relax.


Day 11 Luxor – Karnak
In the morning visit Karnak Temple, just outside Luxor. The temple itself is magnificent and very extensive; you can spend hours exploring the various sections of the temple, gazing up at the vast columns and intricate carvings.

The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool.


Day 12 Luxor – Cairo
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Cairo. Alternatively, ask us about extending your adventure by adding on a few beach days at the Red Sea.

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