Discover Egypt's stark desert beauty, home for centuries to the monumental legacies left behind by the great pharaohs. Explore its bewitching history and captivating culture by journeying down the Nile, across the remote contours of the Sinai Desert and along the sun-swept beaches lining the Red Sea. Shop in an Egyptian bazaar, climb Mt Sinai and see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
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Days 1-2 Cairo
Start the adventure in Egypt's chaotic capital. Ride a camel out to the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza and peruse artefacts at the Egyptian Museum. With ornate jewellery, a chariot and that famous golden funerary mask, the dazzling treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb are a real highlight.
Days 5-6 Nubian Homestay/Nile Felucca
Sail to a Nubian village aboard a felucca to experience village culture firsthand at a homestay. Drift along the iconic Nile and take in the sights of rural riverside life. Enjoy meals prepared on board before falling asleep under a blanket of stars.
Days 7-9 Luxor
Journey by donkey ride to the ancient hieroglyphs and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Meet the members of an animal care project, who are dedicated to improving the lives of Egypt's working creatures. Be touched by their kind efforts to care for abandoned, injured or overworked animals. Explore the temple complex of Karnak - one of the most impressive of all the ancient pharaohs' monumental works. In the evening, board a sleeper train bound for the bustle of Cairo.
Day 10 Cairo
Back in the capital, enjoy a walk through Coptic and Islamic Cairo and bargain up a storm in the labyrinthine Khan al-Khalili market.
Day 11 Mt Sinai
Climb - or perhaps ride a camel - to the top of iconic Mt Sinai for panoramic desert views.
Days 12-13 Red Sea Beach Camp
Before heading to the Red Sea, visit the legendary St Katherine's Monastery, an important pilgrimage site that is thought to be the oldest working Christian monastery in the world. Snorkel among coral reefs, stay in beach huts looking across to Saudi Arabia and, in the evening, experience the hospitality of the Bedouin over an optional fresh seafood meal.
Days 14-15 Cairo
Cross under the Suez Canal on return to Cairo. A farewell dinner offers one last chance to taste local Egyptian favourites such as falafel and to relive memories of this Egyptian adventure.
Days 3-4 Aswan/Abu Simbel
Hone bargaining skills in one of the country's best bazaars. Enjoy a boat ride to a nearby beach to climb sand dunes - there are amazing views from the top. A walk around Elephantine Island reveals insight into the culture of the local Nubian people. The following day, journey to Abu Simbel to view colossal stone statues.