Pyramids, Temples, and a Desert Oasis on our Best Egypt Safari

There’s a long list of sights that a visitor to Egypt should see and this itinerary includes the highlights – but with a dash of adventure, making it ideal for the active and culturally curious. Join us on our best Egypt safari!

Delve into the mysteries, monuments, and religion of the ancient Egyptians by visiting the pyramids at Giza, the temples at Karnak and Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings. After an overnight stay in Alexandria, you’ll make an expedition to the desert oasis of Siwa, a place inhabited by Egypt’s only Berbers that feels like it has stood still in time.

Best Egypt safari: 11 days / 10 nights

DAYS 1, 2 & 3:

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to Giza, Marriott Mena House

DAY 4:

Drive to Alexandria, Steigenberger Cecil Hotel

DAYS 5, 6 & 7:

Drive to Siwa Oasis, Adrere Amellal Ecolodge

DAY 8:

Drive to Cairo, Le Meridien Cairo Airport

DAYS 9 & 10:

DAY 11:

Fly to Cairo, depart

Highlights of our Egypt safari

  • Our best Egypt safari 10-day itinerary starts with three nights at Marriott Mena House, set less than half a mile from Giza Plateau. Visit the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum, followed by a walking tour of Cairo 
  • Travel by car to Alexandria, the fascinating Mediterranean port city founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. Enjoy a tour of the city which includes the rebuilt (and very modern) library and stay overnight at the landmark Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, which dates from 1929
  • Drive eight hours to Siwa Oasis, accompanied by a police escort some of the way. Here, simple mudbrick houses are set along winding dirt roads, the main mode of transport is by donkey cart, and locals wear traditional dress. Take an adrenalin-fuelled 4x4 ride over the Sea of Great Sand, and soak in the sulphurous springs of Bir Wahed, and stay at the atmospheric Adrere Amellal Ecolodge, set under a towering limestone cliff just outside town
  • Drive back to Cairo and spend the night at the Le Méridien Cairo Airport hotel 
  • Fly to Luxor and head straight to the Karnark Temple Complex. In the evening, you’ll explore Luxor Temple – an especially dramatic sight by night – before an overnight stay at the Sofitel Winter Palace
  • Visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile. Your visit will take you to the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari, and the Valley of the Kings, home of the tomb of King Tutankhamun

Price

$9,474 per person sharing in 2023. Price varies by date and availability.

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Marriott Mena House

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Steigenberger Cecil Hotel

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Adrere Amellal Ecolodge

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Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

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Le Meridien Cairo Airport

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