DAYS 1 – 18: EGYPT
Your epic overland journey to Cape Town starts in Cairo, Egypt.
You will have two nights in Cairo and while there you will have an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum and will be shown around the vast and breathtaking collection of historical relics and treasures, including the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, the mummy of Ramses II and of course the incredible golden mask of Tutankhamun!.
From Cairo you will start your overland journey by travelling up to he Mediterranean coast to the bustling city of Alexandria, where you will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. You will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore various historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.
You will then follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach Port Said, the town at the northern outflow of the Suez Canal. Your journey will travel south, following the Suez Canal, then branch out into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St Anthony en route.
Travelling down the stunning coast of the Red Sea you will explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quesir and then have two full days in Marsa Alam to relax on the beaches, enjoy many activities on the Red Sea, or to take an overnight camel safari out into the nearby deserts of Wadi-el-Gamal.
From the coast you will head to Luxor, a beautiful modern town built on the site of the Ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, where you will spend 3 nights exploring the incredible historical sites here.
You will have an included guided tour around the world-famous Karnak Temple, which is walking distance from your hotel. This temple contains some remarkably preserved painted walls and many awe-inspiring pillars and obelisks, and was the centre of religious life in Thebes. Your tour will last about 2 hours, and then you will have free time for the rest of the day to explore the temple independently, and to visit the other sites in Luxor such as the smaller Luxor Temple in the town centre, and the small but beautiful Luxor Museum, which is filled with priceless treasures from the area. You will also have a guided tour to the West Bank, which will encompass the Hatshepsut Temple and the phenomenal Valley of the Kings, the location of the tombs of the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.
You will then have two full days to enjoy to wealth of history and culture that Aswan has to offer, and to make optional visits to Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the Aswan Dam.
From Aswan you will drive with the military convoy to the small village of Abu Simbel where you will have an included visit to the phenomenal Temples of Ramses and Nefertari, with a possibility to visit the sound and light show after sunset (if it is running).