The Time Traveller's Harlot Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GETN
Trip valid from : 01/01/2014
Trip valid until : 30/06/2015
Trip length : 10
Trip starts in : Cairo
Trip ends in : Cairo
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Cairo Museum
  • Abu Simbel
  • Nubean Aswan
  • Edfu and Komombo temples
  • Karnak Temple is like history on steroids.
  • Luxor's open air museum
  • Nile cruise
  • The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo
  • Camels. They spit.

Check out the Egyptian Museum, pyramids and the Sphinx in Cairo, head on to Aswan and explore the Nubian Bazaar, jump on a boat and cruise the Nile stopping at some rad ruins and attending impromptu fancy-dress parties (ie best cruise ever) then explore ye old Luxor.Apparently beer was introduced to the Egyptians by the god Osiris. And murals depicting their ancient brewing practices have been found in vaults, pyramids, and sacrificial chambers. Beer was even used as currency to pay slaves, tradesmen and priests. So grab yourself a Sakara and toast the history of beer in Egypt. It’d be rude not to.

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Day
1-3

Cairo

Tick off the tombs at Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, the Sphinx and the pyramids. Catch the overnight train to Aswan on Day 3. Books, ear plugs and hand sanitiser are essential. Day 1Arrive in Cairo, or as the locals call it: "the Mother of the World", and get acquainted with the cityDay 2Stop in Memphis, the first capital of Ancient Egypt, and Saqqara, its necropolisExplore the step-pyramid with a guidePerhaps visit some of the nearby old kingdom tombsHead back to Cairo and enjoy free time to relax or further wander around the cityDay 3Take a trip to the celebrated Egyptian MuseumSee the golden mask of King Tutankhamun and numerous other treasuresDrive out to the edge of the desert to explore the pyramids and the nearby SphinxVisit the beautiful Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren)Embark on a night train bound for Aswan

Day
4

Aswan

Have a quick shower to wash off that "overnight train smell" before you head to the Temple of Isis. Hanafi Bazaar is the place to grab your souvenirs - beaded jewellery, silk kaftans, Nubian swords and sequined belly dancing costumes.Arrive in Aswan, one of our favourite placesDrive out of town to visit the Temple of Isis at PhilaeReturn to Aswan and explore the Nubian BazaarHead out on a felucca sailboatSet off on an optional camel ride towards the Monastery of St. Simeon

Day
5-7

Nile Cruise

Even Justin Bieber's ego would look small compared to the enormous carved statues of Abu Simbel. Cruise the Nile in style on your riverboat, complete with a bar and a rooftop deck. Stop at the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu on the way to Luxor.Day 5Travel to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples ever builtTake a tour of the site, one of the highlights of Egypt, and later return to AswanBoard a Nile Cruise boat and spend time sleeping, relaxing, reading or enjoying the sundeckDay 6-7Visit the Temple of Sobek, a classically-ruined Greco-Roman templeContinue cruising towards Edfu, and take in some timeless scenes of life on the NileStop at Edfu to explore the well-preserved Temple of HorusGet involved in an impromptu fancy-dress partyFree time to explore LuxorTake horse-drawn carriages to the massive complex at Karnak

Day
8

Luxor

Best bits: Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Get lost in the bazaar before your sleeper train back to Cairo. It's nearly the end of the trip, so let loose and snore your heart out.Journey to the Valley of the Kings on donkeysVisit the Temple of HatshepsutFree time this afternoon, maybe visit Luxor Temple and the bazaar?Overnight recliner train back to Cairo

Day
9-10

Cairo

The locals in Cairo say the best way to cross the street is to just close your eyes and go. When in Rome (well, Cairo)! Felfela Takeaway on Sharia Talaat Harb is our pick for the tastiest fuul - Egypt's national dish of spicy fava beans mashed on pita bread.Day 9Arrive back in Cairo for free timeSeize the chance to visit the fantastic Khan al-Khalili bazaarPerhaps enjoy a final Egyptian dinner with the groupDay 10The trip ends today after breakfast

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • Expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Cairo's pyramids, Sphinx, Valley Temple of King Chephren, Egyptian Museum, Memphis and Saqqara; Temple of Isis at Philae; Abu Simbel; Temple of Sobek at Komombo; and Temple of Horus at Edfu.
  • 3 night Nile River cruise aboard Gecko's comfortable riverboat.
  • Traditional felucca sailboat cruise in Aswan.
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak.
  • Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.
  • 2 nights on an overnight train sleeping in an air-conditioned sleeper compartment. Toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Breakfast is delivered to us when we arrive in the morning.

not-included

International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

single-room-sup

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

local-payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

other-important-information

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

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