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Nile Route between Cairo and Addis Ababa

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  • Cairo
  • Abu Simbel
  • Meroe
  • Addis Ababa
  • Marsa Alam
  • Eastern Deserts
  • Port Said
  • Khartoum
  • Gedaref
  • El Quseir
  • Naqa
  • Lalibela
  • Mekele
  • Debre Markos
  • Gondar
  • Axum
  • Aswan
  • Wadi Halfa
  • Alexandria
  • Luxor
  • Bahir Dar
  • Nile Felucca
  • Karima
  • Debark
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Wawa
  • Musawwarat
  • Edfu
  • Dejen
  • Woldiya

This classic overland route between Cairo and Addis Ababa will take you from the splendours of ancient Egypt through the vast desert of Sudan and to the historical and cultural highlights of Ethiopia. After exploring Cairo with its world famous Pyramids of Giza and phenomenal Museum of Antiquities, we'll visit the fascinating city of Alexandria, and follow the Red Sea down to Luxor - here we will visit the Valley of the Kings and the colossal Karnak Temple before taking a sailing trip on a traditional felucca. Most Egypt trips end here, but with Dragoman you'll be much more adventurous and continue via the iconic Temples of Abu Simbel into the vast desert wilderness of Sudan. Travel in this part of the world is tough and frequently challenging, but as a reward we get unparalleled access to places such as the Pyramids of Meroe and the ruined temples of the Kushite kingdom, as well as enjoying some of the most remote and atmospheric wild camps in the world. From there we head into the wonderful country of Ethiopia, an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery. In Ethiopia you'll visit all the historical sites such as the ruins of Axum and the phenomenal rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains. Finishing in the cultural hub of Addis Ababa, this unforgettable trip will leave you with many lasting memories - overlanding is truly the best way to explore the Nile Route and beyond, join us on this incredible adventure!

  • Day 1 Cairo

    Border Information: if joining in Cairo, you will most likely enter Egypt at Cairo International Airport (IATA code: CAI). There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to check your Sudanese visa or make sure the necessary preparations have been done to pick your visa up in Cairo or Aswan. They will also need to check the Ethiopian visas of anyone going beyond Khartoum. In the afternoon we will have an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. We will go to the museum by metro or by taxi, and 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! Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cairo before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cairo. In Cairo we wil stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Activities(Included)
    Take a guided tour of the incredible Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and see it's overwhelming collection of antiquities including the contents of Tutankhamun's tomb

    Activities(Optional)
    Entrance to the Mummy Room in the Egyptian Museum, which displays the mummies of some very important Pharoahs such as Akenaten, Ramses II and Hatshepsut - Cost: EGP 100
    Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt - Cost: EGP 150
    Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel, built by the warrior Saladin, and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha - Cost: EGP 50
    Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church - Cost: EGP 50
    See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island, which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood - Cost: EGP 15
    Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open) - Cost: EGP 70
    Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style - Cost: EGP 7

  • Day 2 Cairo

    Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. We will aim to be back in Cairo for around 4:00pm today and stay overnight in the same hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit the site of Dashur, with the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids built by the 4th Dynasty Pharoah Sneferu - includes entrance to the interior of the Red Pyramid
    See the world-famous statue of the mythical Sphinx in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza
    Explore the world-famous site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of three Pharoahs of the 4th Dynasty, and the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
    Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world
    Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt

    Activities(Optional)
    Entrance to the interior of the Khufu Pyramid at Giza - Cost: EGP 120
    Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza - Cost: EGP 40
    See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza - Cost: EGP 40
    See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx - Cost: EGP 120

  • Day 3 to 4 Alexandria

    Today we will start our journey by travelling up to the Mediterranean coast to the bustling city of Alexandria, where will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. We will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore various historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean. In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Activities(Optional)
    Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria - Cost: EGP 70
    Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea - Cost: EGP 800
    See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace - Cost: EGP 65
    Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka - Cost: EGP 15
    Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour - Cost: EGP 25
    Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa - Cost: EGP 35
    Take a trip out to the incredibly moving war cemeteries of El Alamein, the site of one of the most influential battles of World War II - Cost: EGP 50

  • Day 5 Port Said

    Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach Port Said, the town at the northern outflow of the Suez Canal. In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said

  • Day 6 Eastern Deserts

    Today we will travel south following the Suez Canal, then branch out into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony en route. We will aim to stay in a simple local guesthouse in Zafarana en route. Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Deserts

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