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Sailors and Cowboys

Cairo, Egypt
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Duration

6 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Hurghada & Luxor

The Sea and Sand tour of Sailors and Cowboys provides a wonderful opportunity to combine some of Egypt’s most fascinating sights with the bliss of white-powder beaches, sailing, and experiencing some of the most pristine coral reef on the planet.

We begin in the vibrant Red Sea city resort of Hurghada, a place that’s all things to all people. From fine dining to pubs and clubs, authentic Egyptian markets and buzzing malls, the metropolis can be as crazy or calm as you wish. For the first half of the trip our home is that of a luxury yacht, allowing us the freedom to discover all the wonders in the vicinity without having to compromise on comfort and facilities.

We visit the paradise resort of El Gouna, feast on the freshest of sea food (vegetarian and vegan options are of course available for those who require), spy dolphins frolicking in the sparkling blue waters, snorkel with technicolored fish of all shapes and sizes, and enjoy an heavenly day at the marine reserve of Giftun Island.

Suitably refreshed, the second half of our week concentrates on discovery and adventure. The ancient city of Luxor awaits us and we waste no time in starting our exploration. The hallowed sites of Karnak and Luxor Temples astound with their towering columns, elaborate hieroglyphics, endless sphinxes, and enormous statues. Get up close and personal with mummies at the Luxor Museum, and tread the final paths of Pharaohs and their Queens to the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

This tour packs a whole lot of adventure into six days, yet perfectly balances the fine line between discovery and relaxation for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The services of your expert Egypt Deluxe guide is key to ensuring you get the ultimate experience from your vacation. We’re proud that our hand-selected team are integral to your trip, with only local Egyptologists who live and breathe the history of this fabled land making the grade. The combination of this knowledge, the talent with which to impart it, and their incredible people skills are the reason that our guests may enter the country as tourists, but they leave as friends…
  • Live and sail the waters of the Red Sea on your own luxury yacht, visiting sites such as Giftun Island and El Gouna, some of the most idyllic paradise locations on the planet.
  • Snorkel or dive some of the best coral reefs known to man. Revel in the colorful displays from fish and marine life of all sizes, and delight in spotting some of the region’s most sought after mammals—the playful and gregarious dolphins.
  • Marvel at history dating back thousands of years, come face-to-face with royal mummies at the Luxor Museum, and learn the secrets of the Pharaohs of old thanks to your experienced Egyptology guide.
  • Prepare to be blown away by the colossal ancient temples of Karnak, Luxor, and Hatshepsut, with architecture so complex it’s barely possible to believe they were constructed thousands of years in the past.
  • Enjoy delectable local cuisine, take part in the oh-so-traditional Egyptian tradition of taking tea, and immerse yourself into a fascinating culture with locals who genuinely do welcome you with open arms.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Arrival Hurghada | Explore your private Yacht
DAY 1 - Arrival Hurghada | Explore your private Yacht

Arrive at Hurghada Airport where you’ll be met by your Egypt Deluxe resident tour leader. Enjoy a private, air-conditioned transfer with your group to the luxurious yacht that will be your home for the next three nights.

Enjoy the opportunity to meet and bond with your fellow travelers, with free time in the evening to explore the wonderful and varied delights of this vibrant resort city.

Private Yacht
Meals: Dinner.

DAY 2 - Gouna | Gouna excursions

We wake this morning to sail the calm waters to the blissful resort of El Gouna. We breakfast in idyllic surroundings before continuing to one of the best snorkeling and swimming sites in the region. All snorkeling gear is supplied, including life jackets, and because we have our own luxury vessel we take you to the ultimate spots where you can swim amongst an incredible array of Red Sea marine life—one of the very best coral reefs in the world.

Our yacht is perfectly equipped for such a day on the water, with plenty of shade for when you need a break from the glorious sunshine. Our facilities are second to none, ensuring that all your needs are met. And if you fancy a little “me-time”, rest assured that there’s plenty of room to find a little privacy.

In the evening we return to Hurghada where we moor for the night. For those who wish, there’s ample opportunity to head into town for further exploration.

Private Yacht
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 3 - Giftun Island | Giftun Island visit

Paradise awaits us today, as we sail to the incredible marine reserve of Giftun Island. Beach life is the order of the day, with azure blue waters and powder-soft white beaches. If you’re lucky you might even see dolphins! Snorkel the incredible coral reef and avail yourself of the plethora of beach and water activities on offer. Or, grab a book, stake claim to your patch of sand, and while away a few hours with some well-deserved R&R.

Exhausted and happy, we sail back to Hurghada where we dock for the evening. For those who crave further amusement, the bright lights of the resort once again beckon…

Private Yacht
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 4 - Hurghada - Luxor ( Luxor East Bank) | Karnak Temple - Luxor Temple - Luxor Museum

It’s an early start today as we board our transport and hit the road towards the fabled city of Luxor. We arrive in time for a filling breakfast, just the fortification needed for the adventures that lie ahead.

Not only is the ancient city home to the world’s largest open-air museum, but it’s one of the most archeologically rich places in the world. And today we get to explore a plethora of its highlights. The must-see locations of both Karnak and Luxor Temples reveal their wonders, with the tales of old brought to life by the skills of your Egypt Deluxe Egyptologist.

These awe-inspiring constructions are linked by the famous Avenue of Sphinxes. At 3km long you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the cartouche of Cleopatra, bestowed when she visited the temples with Marc Antony—or, more easily, ask your guide to point it out for you.

Luxor Museum is next on the agenda, and this is true highlight of the trip, with the chance to gaze upon two royal mummies—one of which is believed by some to be none other than Rameses I himself!

Our luxury hotel, the Steigenberger Nile Palace, is our home for two nights. Here you can relax and enjoy stunning views over the Nile and the surrounding mountains. The evening is free for you to enjoy the wonderful hotel facilities, swim in the pool, relax in the spa and wellness area, or take advantage of the beauty treatments or fitness room.

Sofitel Old Winter Palace
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 5 - Luxor West Bank | Valley of the Kings and Queens - Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

We take an early breakfast as there’s much to explore today. We head across to the West Bank where our first stop is the fabled Valley of the Kings. Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in all of Egypt, many superlatives have been used to describe these archaic tombs but nothing can prepare you for experiencing it for yourself.

Discover more about the journey of the rich and powerful as they passed from this life to the next, and, of course, you get the chance to visit the tomb of who is probably the most famous king of all, Tutankhamun.

The Valley of the Queens is next up, and is no less impressive. The final resting place of the wives of the Pharaohs, back then the site was named Ta-Set-Neferu, which translates to “place of beauty”. Tombs such as that of Queen Nefertari delight and astound, with the vibrancy of the painted colors within looking like it was only carried out yesterday, instead of thousands of years in the past.

Of course, no trip to Luxor would be complete without treading the hallowed walkway that leads to the incredible Temple of Hatshepsut, stopping at the Colossi of Memnon along the way. These two enormous, 3,400-year-old statues will prime you for the truly outstanding sights that lie ahead, the first of which is the temple of one of the first female Pharaohs—Hatshepsut. This striking architectural masterpiece with its dramatic sheer cliff backdrop is a fitting tribute for the ‘queen who ruled as a king’.

This temple is part of the wider complex of Deir el Bahari, and we also get the chance to experience the temples of King Mentuhotep and that of Thutmose III. After today’s exploration you’ll be glad of another evening to relax and enjoy the comforts of your 5 star hotel.

Sofitel Old Winter Palace
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 6 - Luxor - Hurghada | Final departure

After a hearty breakfast we board our transport for the trip back to Hurghada Airport. Here you can relax in the lounge before boarding your onward flight.

Sofitel Old Winter Palace
Meals: Breakfast.

Included/Excluded

  • 3 nights on board Private Yacht on full board basis.
  • 2 nights at Sofitel Old Winter Palace hotel / Luxor on half board basis.
  • Visit of Gouna.
  • Visit Giftun Island.
  • Visit Karnak, Luxor Temple & Luxor Museum plus lunch
  • Visit Valley of the Kings, Queens, Deir El Bahari & Colossi of Memnon plus lunch.
  • English speaking guide through your sightseeing tours.
  • Assistance by Egypt Deluxe representative.

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Cairo, Egypt
from $6,605.00

Accommodations

  • Private Yacht

    Boat is clearly the perfect one you need to spend a great time, enjoying the sea, the sun, and your holidays.
    The boat is available for daily or weekly trips, with possible overnight stays on board. The boat has very comfortable rooms as you can see on the pictures, you will feel at home.
    Commander and crew are very friendly and discreet. We are able to organize a day trip or for several days in the red sea, for you to discover the beauty of it, and explore the the area !

  • Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel

    Discover Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, a 5-star luxury hotel built in 1886 by British explorers perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. In this 19th-century palace, once a winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family, Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel: Death on the Nile.

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