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Pyramids & Beaches 2017/18

<p>As value-for-money tours of Egypt go, Topdeck's Pyramids & Beaches is up there with the best. Starting and ending in Cairo, this top-notch tour visits Aswan, Abu Simbel, Luxor and Kom Ombo, and then spends five relaxing days by the Red Sea in Dahab. With more epic excursions and Instagram-worthy sights than you can poke an ancient Egyptian relic at, this is an adventure not to be missed.</p>

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Day 1 : Cairo, Egypt

Get smacked with a high-voltage dose of mosques, churches, palaces and papyrus sellers as you make your way through Cairo, the City of a Thousand Minarets. Get briefed with the gang tonight.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Airport transfer

Day 2 : Cairo to Aswan via Overnight Coach

Remember the time of ancient Egypt filled with jewels, King Tutankhamun&rsquo;s tomb haul and of course, mummies, at the Egyptian Museum. Then, witness the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Great Pyramid of Giza - and snap a Sphinx selfie. <br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Egyptian Museum<br /> - Giza pyramids &amp; Sphinx<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast

Day 3 : Aswan

Recover your strength in laid-back Aswan. Opt to visit the Philae High Temple, Aswan High Dam and check out the Nubian&rsquo;s roofless houses in one of the driest inhabited places in the world.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities: <br /> - Philae Temple &amp; Nile High Dam<br /> - Nubian village<br /> - Camel ride<br /> - Nubian dinner

Day 4 : Aswan to Felucca Sailing

Pharaoh Ramesses II four statues, standing at 20-metres tall, flank the entrance to Abu Simbel. Hint: get your camera ready. After doing the rounds, fling your gear onto a felucca for the next life-changing chapter.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Abu Simbel<br /> - Felucca sailing (sleeping bag required)<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast<br /> - Lunch<br /> - Dinner

Day 5 : Felucca Sailing

Sail down Egypt&rsquo;s ancient trading highway, where chilling out and eating traditional Nubian dishes is the order of the day. Ah, bliss!<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Felucca sailing (sleeping bag required)<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast<br /> - Lunch<br /> - Dinner

Day 6 : Felucca Sailing to Luxor

A chance to lose yourself in Luxor&rsquo;s 200-acre sprawl of ridiculously opulent temples, tombs and... mummified crocodiles? Yep, for real. <br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Kom Ombo<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Karnak &amp; Luxor temples

Day 7 : Luxor to Cairo via Overnight Coach

Watch your step on a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings. With 50 new mummies discovered in 2014, who knows what else lies beneath. Tick &lsquo;em off: Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> - Valley of the Kings<br /> - Temple of Hatshepsut<br /> - Colossi of Memnon<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> - Breakfast

Day 8 : Cairo

Back in the Big Mango, opt to see Christianity&rsquo;s ancient influence in Coptic Cairo, haggle your way through Khan el Khalili market, tour Saqqara Pyramid or just join in a game of backgammon at Fishawi&rsquo;s cafe and keep the mint tea flowing.<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Saqqara Step Pyramid<br /> - Coptic Cairo<br /> - Khan el-Khalili market<br /> - Nile dinner cruise

Day 9 : Cairo to Dahab

Dahab (meaning gold) has the midas touch for divers, windsurfers and real-world defectors. Y&rsquo;all ready for this?<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast

Day 10 : Dahab

Wake up to the blinding beauty of Dahab and see why some people call this place the Koh Samui of the Middle East. Coral reefs, turquoise water and Bedouin-style cafes lining the sand = absolutely #nofilter necessary. Cue heaps of activities for you to curate your ideal coastal getaway.<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Diving<br /> - Snorkelling<br /> - Quad bikes<br /> - Hike Mount Sinai for sunrise<br /> - Camel ride

Day 11 : Dahab

Another day in paradise awaits you. Gear up for an eye-opening dive exploration, snare yourself a bargain at the village shops, or grab your goggles and snorkel and hit the world famous Blue Hole. Alternatively, do nothing at all. It&rsquo;s your vaycay.<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Diving<br /> - Snorkelling<br /> - Quad bikes<br /> - Hike Mount Sinai for sunrise<br /> - Camel ride

Day 12 : Dahab

Fancy a seafood feast, fit for a sheikh? Satiate your appetite with a drool-inducing seafood feast at one of the many beachside restaurants in this superb seaside town. When your tummy is well and truly full, head back to the beach, where your toughest decision will be whether to doze or dip. <br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Diving<br /> - Snorkelling<br /> - Quad bikes<br /> - Hike Mount Sinai for sunrise<br /> - Camel ride

Day 13 : Dahab

When you get bored of sun, swimming and snorkelling, slap on some sunscreen and make your way to the top of Mount Sinai for a holy sunrise and mingle with the monks at St Catherine's Monastery, where history can be traced back 17 centuries. Then, saddle up for a camel ride or explore the desert by a more mechanical steed (aka quad bike). After four days here, the only thing you'll wish for is at least four more. <br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> - Diving<br /> - Snorkelling<br /> - Quad bikes<br /> - Hike Mount Sinai for sunrise<br /> - Camel ride

Day 14 : Dahab to Cairo

Commit the scene of Dahab to your memory bank as we carry your salt-soaked bones back to Cairo.<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> - Breakfast

Day 15 : Cairo

All good things must come to an end. Even that bowl of kushari. Don&rsquo;t cry, it&rsquo;s only hot sauce! And you&rsquo;re in the best position to keep on exploring. Peace out after breakfast.<br /> <br /> Meals: <br /> Breakfast

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