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 length : 10
  • Trip starts in : Cairo
  • Trip ends in : Cairo
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation : Private aircon bus, Riverboat, Sleeper train
  • Transport : Private Bus, Private Van, Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Sleeper Train

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

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

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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 1

  • Arrive in Cairo, or as the locals call it: "the Mother of the World", and get acquainted with the city

Day 2

  • Stop in Memphis, the first capital of Ancient Egypt, and Saqqara, its necropolis
  • Explore the step-pyramid with a guide
  • Perhaps visit some of the nearby old kingdom tombs
  • Head back to Cairo and enjoy free time to relax or further wander around the city

Day 3

  • Take a trip to the celebrated Egyptian Museum
  • See the golden mask of King Tutankhamun and numerous other treasures
  • Drive out to the edge of the desert to explore the pyramids and the nearby Sphinx
  • Visit the beautiful Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren)
  • Embark on a night train bound for Aswan
Day
4

Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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 places
  • Drive out of town to visit the Temple of Isis at Philae
  • Return to Aswan and explore the Nubian Bazaar
  • Head out on a felucca sailboat
  • Set off on an optional camel ride towards the Monastery of St. Simeon
Day
5-7

Nile Cruise

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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 5

  • Travel to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples ever built
  • Take a tour of the site, one of the highlights of Egypt, and later return to Aswan
  • Board a Nile Cruise boat and spend time sleeping, relaxing, reading or enjoying the sundeck

Day 6-7

  • Visit the Temple of Sobek, a classically-ruined Greco-Roman temple
  • Continue cruising towards Edfu, and take in some timeless scenes of life on the Nile
  • Stop at Edfu to explore the well-preserved Temple of Horus
  • Get involved in an impromptu fancy-dress party
  • Free time to explore Luxor
  • Take horse-drawn carriages to the massive complex at Karnak
Day
8

Luxor

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

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 donkeys
  • Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Free time this afternoon, maybe visit Luxor Temple and the bazaar?
  • Overnight sleeper train back to Cairo
Day
9-10

Cairo

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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 9

  • Arrive back in Cairo for free time
  • Seize the chance to visit the fantastic Khan al-Khalili bazaar
  • Perhaps enjoy a final Egyptian dinner with the group

Day 10

  • The trip ends today after breakfast

included1

  • Gecko's 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-included1

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


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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.

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.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

visa1

A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information. 

medical-preparation1

We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

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.

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

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

Single room supplement

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.

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