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A Comprehensive Journey through the Land of the Pharaohs
13 Days - Starting Cairo 10th February 2020
Egypt has held the imagination of travellers for millennia with its ancient civilization and stunning monuments. The great Nile River is the artery that brings life to the desert and has enabled the Egyptian civilisation to flourish. This special Byroads tour of Egypt brings to life the temples, monuments and crypts of the ancient Egyptian dynasties. It also explores the modern spectacles of the Suez Canal and the Aswan High Dam and pays respect to the lives lost in WWII at the El Alamein War Cemetery.
Your Byroads tour starts in Cairo with a visit to the soon to be opened Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world. This is followed by a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx that has watched over the plateau for millennia. No visit to Cairo is complete without a visit to the winding alleys of the Khan al‐Khalili Bazaar and Islamic Cairo including the Ibn Tulun Mosque.
The overnight sleeper train brings you to Luxor where you explore the Karnak Temple and several amazing tombs in the Valley of the Kings including Tut Ank Amoun's tomb. You then set sail on your luxury cruise boat to Aswan stopping to visit the great temples at Edfu and Komombo before arriving in Aswan. Here you visit the Philae Temple, the Aswan High Dam and enjoy a Felucca sail. You also fly to Abu Simbel to see the great Nubian Temples and back in Aswan to enjoy dinner in a nearby Nubian village.
Flying back to Cairo you travel by road to Ismailia to watch in amazement as ships appear to traverse the desert as they sail the Suez Canal. You then continue to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria with its stunning Library, ancient catacombs and old fort. Before returning to Cairo you visit the WW II cemetery at El Alamein and discover the rich farm lands of the Nile Delta. Your tour ends back in Cairo.
Steve Mortimer heads up Byroads Travel and will be your host on this tour. Steve has more than 30 years in the travel industry and has travelled to well over 120 countries. He has worked with a number of well‐known Australian and UK adventure travel companies including 13 years as a Product Manager and Operations Director for Peregrine Adventures. In addition to researching and developing holidays in many different regions of the world Steve has led a great number of trips to some of the world’s most interesting, exotic and out of the way places.
Steve likes nothing better than getting out and about with like-minded travellers, sharing his knowledge and introducing them to some of the world’s most interesting places.
With Byroads, you can be confident that your itinerary includes visits to all the ‘must see’ attractions – and much more, however there are some days when you’ll have time to wander and to make some of your own discoveries. Throughout the tour local guides are employed to provide a wealth of background information and share their extensive local knowledge.
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