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Egypt Hidden Gems In 15 Days By Land For Budget Travelers

Unearth the secrets of a forgotten era on this Egypt hidden gems in 15 days by land for budget travelers. Venture beyond the iconic pyramids to where ancient sands whisper forgotten tales. Enjoy one of the best Egypt budget tour packages by land. Explore on this 15-day budget bus tour, the highlights of Cairo, Meidum, Al Minya, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, and Aswan. 

Begin your 15-day budget bus trip to Egypt in Cairo. Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur, and the Egyptian Museum. Lose yourself in the bustling Khan al-Khalili bazaar, a labyrinth of fragrant spices, intricate tapestries, and glinting trinkets. Travel from Cairo to Alexandria, stroll where Cleopatra once basked, and breathe in the salty air as waves lap against the Mediterranean. Explore the Roman Catacombs and the Citadel of Qaitbay.

Venture from Cairo southward to Meidum, and El-Minya. Immerse yourself in vibrant murals depicting daily life in ancient Egypt, a window into a lost civilization. Explore the stunning Tombs of Bani Hassan and Tell El-Amarna. Travel from El-Minya to Abydos‘ sacred Temple of Seti I. Wander through a maze of hieroglyphics and marvel at the intricate architecture, a testament to pharaonic power. From Abydos to Dendera to visit the wonderful Temple of Hathor.

Arrive in Luxor to explore the great highlights of the west and east banks with a breathtaking sunrise balloon ride over Luxor. Discover the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Karnak Temple, Deir El-Madina, Luxor Museum, and Habu Temple. Travel from Luxor to Aswan visiting Edfu and Kom Ombo temples on your way. Visit the phenomenal Temples of Abu Simbel and Philae Temple in Aswan. Take a sleeper train from Aswan back to Cairo for the rest of your 15-day Egypt budget itinerary.

Price Includes

  • Meet & assist service upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3-star hotel in Cairo on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3-star hotel in Minya on a half-board basis
  • 3-star hotel in Abydos on a half-board basis
  • 3-star hotel in Luxor on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3-star hotel in Aswan on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Alexandria day trip from Cairo
  • Sleeper train from Aswan to Cairo
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Licensed Egyptologists tour guides
  • Hotel picks up and drops off
  • Sunrise balloon ride over Luxor
  • All service charges and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Arrival visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks when not included
  • Any optional tour

Children Policy

  • Children from 0 – 2 years get 70% off
  • Children from 3 – 5 years get 60% off
  • Children from 6 – 11 years get 50% off
  • Children from 12 years are considered adults
Highlights of this Egypt Hidden Gems In 15 Days By Land For Budget Travelers
  • Visiting the only ancient wonder still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu, when you visit the Great Giza Pyramids and the giant Sphinx
  • The fabulous contents of the impressive Egyptian Museum
  • The City of Akhenaton, modern Tell El-Amarna where Akhenaton worshipped his sole god, Aton, and where Tutankhamen was born
  • The magnificent tombs of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor
  • Breathtaking sunrise balloon ride over Luxor
  • The phenomenal temples of pharaoh Ramses II, the Temples of Abu Simbel
  • The stunning Tombs of Bani Hassan with their fantastic scenes of the ancient Egyptian wrestling
  • The fantastic Temple of Hathor at Dendera and the stunning temple of Seti I at Abydos
  • The largest temple in the world, Karnak Temple
Itinerary
Egypt Hidden Gems In 15 Days By Land For Budget Travelers

Day 1 Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

Touch down in Cairo, where ancient sands whisper forgotten tales and the pulse of history still beats strong. Upon arrival, Egypt Best Vacations‘ friendly representative will greet you, navigating the arrival process and unlocking the door to your 15-day budget odyssey across the land of pharaohs. Settle into your hotel, your first taste of Egyptian hospitality. Prepare to embark on an adventure that will unravel the secrets of hidden gems, from sun-drenched temples to tombs whispered in wind-swept valleys. This journey, crafted for the intrepid explorer, will stretch beyond the iconic pyramids and delve deep into the heart of Egypt’s cultural tapestry, waiting to be unraveled thread by thread.

Day 2Giza Great Pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara

Unravel the mysteries of the ancient world as your 15-day Egyptian adventure begins! Today, your tour guide whisks you from your Cairo hotel to the legendary Giza Plateau, where the iconic silhouettes of the Great Pyramids rise against the desert sky.

Gaze upon the only surviving wonder of the ancient world, Khufu’s pyramid, and contemplate the secrets it holds. Experience the awe-inspiring stories behind these pharaonic tombs. Your guide will paint a vivid picture of their construction, purpose, and place in Egypt’s rich history. Then, witness the enigmatic Great Sphinx, its stoic gaze guarding the plateau’s secrets.

Travel back in time to Saqqara, one of the most ancient and significant necropolises in Egypt. Here, stand before the first pyramid ever built, the Step Pyramid of King Djoser. Imagine the whispers of history echoing from its ancient stones, each step leading you closer to the dawn of pharaonic civilization.

As the sun dips below the desert horizon, return to your Cairo hotel with a head full of wonder and a heart brimming with anticipation. The day may be over, but your Egyptian adventure has just begun!

Day 3Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel and Khan El-Khalili

Prepare to be dazzled by the treasures of Egyptian history housed within the majestic Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square. Two floors brimming with thousands of artifacts, spanning from the dawn of civilization to the Greco-Roman era, await your exploration. Walk alongside mummies, marvel at gilded masks, and decipher hieroglyphic stories whispered from ancient tombs. Each artifact is a portal to a bygone era, offering a glimpse into the lives, beliefs, and aspirations of those who walked this land millennia ago.

As the sun climbs higher, ascend to the citadel overlooking Cairo. Built in 1172 by the legendary Saladin, this fortified complex stands as a powerful symbol of resilience and strategic prowess. Gaze upon the alabaster-clad beauty of the Muhammad Ali Mosque, a jewel of Ottoman architecture. Its soaring minarets pierce the sky, while intricate tilework and calligraphy adorn its walls. 

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cacophony of Khan El-Khalili, the largest bazaar in the Middle East. This labyrinthine network of alleyways is a sensory feast, where colors explode from every corner and the air hums with the chatter of haggling vendors.

Return to your hotel, your heart brimming with the magic of a day spent in Cairo’s vibrant embrace.

Day 4Alexandria highlights

Trade Cairo’s desert winds for salty breezes as your Egypt in 15 days for budget travelers whisks you away to Alexandria, the crown jewel of the Greco-Roman era. Once the dazzling capital of Egypt, this coastal city whispers tales of Alexander the Great, vibrant scholarship, and the legendary Lighthouse that illuminated the ancient world.

Your tour in Alexandria includes the famous Roman Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. The catacombs are huge Egyptian tombs and royal cemeteries with Ptolemaic and Roman influences. The catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa are one the largest Roman burial sites not just in Alexandria but in Egypt. These catacombs started as a private tomb for a wealthy family, then became a public cemetery. The catacombs house more than 300 tombs.

From the catacombs to the Pompey’s Pillar. Many of the ancient historians did not tell us more details about the “Pompey’s Pillar” but about the buildings that stood nearby and have disappeared now. The hill on which the pillar is erected was covered with temples and houses a long time before the Roman era. It was the place of the Citadel of Rhakotis. A temple was dedicated to Osiris-Serapis was built on the mountain.

Then proceed to the Citadel of Qaitbay. The Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria is one of the most important fortifications in Egypt. It was constructed by Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay to defend Egypt against the Ottomans/Turks.

End your tour in Alexandria with visiting the Library of Alexandria from the outside. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant, then travel back to Cairo.

Day 5Meidum - El-Minya

Your journey today departs Cairo for Meidum, where Senferu’s ambitious pyramid stands sentinel. Witness the evolution of architecture firsthand, as this majestic structure transforms from a step pyramid to its true, smooth-sided glory, marking the dawn of the Old Kingdom.

Delve deeper into ancient beliefs at El-Minya. Explore the vast burial grounds of Tuna El-Gabel, dedicated to Thoth, the god of wisdom and writing. Decipher whispers of the past among the tombs, then walk in the footsteps of pharaohs at Ashmunein, the once-thriving city of Hermopolis. Unwind in your El-Minya hotel, your mind abuzz with ancient mysteries.

Day 6Bani Hassan & Tell El-Amarna

Step into vibrant murals from a forgotten era! Today, the Beni Hasan Tombs await you, their walls adorned with the most breathtaking stories of Middle Kingdom daily life. Witness hunting scenes, lavish banquets, and scenes of family and craft, each brushstroke whispering tales of a prosperous past.

Journey next to Akhetaten, a city born from revolution. Founded by Pharaoh Akhenaten and birthplace of King Tutankhamun, this once-thriving metropolis was dedicated to a single god, the sun disk Aten. Imagine the bustling streets and sun-drenched temples that once thrived here. Uncover ancient secrets unearthed from the sands. 

Return to your hotel, your mind brimming with colorful stories and forgotten grandeur.

Day 7El-Minya - Abydos

Prepare to walk among gods and pharaohs in the sacred sands of Abydos. Today’s journey whisks you from El-Minya to this ancient necropolis, where whispers of Thinis, the pre-dynastic capital, mingle with the grandeur of temples dedicated to Osiris, Isis, and even deified kings.

Stand in awe before the magnificent Temple of Seti I, unlike any other in Egypt. Its unique L-shaped design unfolds on three levels, each step leading you deeper into a labyrinth of seven sacred gates and sanctuaries. Imagine the chants of priests echoing through these halls, honoring the divine Osiris, the sun god Ra, and even Seti I himself, elevated to immortal status.

Let the intricate limestone carvings weave their spell, telling tales of myths and rituals etched in stone. Each wall whispers of ancient mysteries, each chamber a portal to a bygone era. As the day fades, return to your Abydos hotel, your heart brimming with the magic of a place where time itself bends.

Day 8Abydos - Dendera - Luxor

Embrace the celestial allure of Hathor in Dendera! Today’s journey leads you to this ancient temple complex, where the goddess of love and beauty reigns supreme. Gaze upon the intricate carvings and cosmic engravings that adorn the ceilings, whispers of ancient astronomers who sought to map the heavens and decode the divine order.

As the sun dips below the horizon, transfer to your Luxor hotel, your gateway to two days of wonder. Prepare to bathe in the ethereal glow of the majestic Luxor Temple by night. Its colossal columns standing sentinel against the starry sky. Imagine pharaonic processions winding through these moonlit halls, their chants echoing through the ages.

Day 9Balloon ride - Luxor West Bank

Embrace the dawn like a pharaoh with a breathtaking Luxor hot air balloon ride! Witness the sun paint the ancient city in golden hues before returning to your hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. Then, prepare to descend into the Valley of the Kings, the “Place of Truth” where mighty pharaohs slumber in their rock-cut tombs. Imagine whispers of Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut, and Ramses echoing through the valley as you explore intricate chambers adorned with vibrant murals. Step into the footsteps of those who walked among gods and bask in the grandeur of a past etched in stone.

Ascend to the sun-drenched cliffs to marvel at the Temple of Hatshepsut, a testament to the power and ambition of this female pharaoh. Its soaring terraces and exquisite reliefs tell stories of her reign, inviting you to walk in her footsteps. Next, stand awe-struck before the Colossi of Memnon, colossal stone giants guarding the Nile. Let their stoic gaze, weathered by time, transport you to the era of Amenhotep III and imagine the whispers of a forgotten civilization carried on the desert wind.

Return to your hotel, your heart brimming with the magic of these ancient wonders. Tonight, dreams of pharaohs and forgotten empires await.

Day 10Luxor West Bank (2)

Today, the enigmatic West Bank of Luxor calls once more. Immerse yourself in the Valley of the Queens, whispers of forgotten queens and princesses clinging to the sun-baked cliffs. Explore their intricately decorated tombs, each a jewel within this royal necropolis.

From pharaohs to their skilled artisans, delve into the secrets of Deir El-Madina. This ancient village housed the craftsmen who breathed life into the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Next, stand among the tombs of the Nobles, silent testaments to the lives of those who graced Pharaoh’s court. Let their stories unfold in the vibrant murals and inscriptions, offering a glimpse into a world of power and privilege.

Savor a delicious local lunch before embarking on a journey through time at the immense Karnak Temple. This sprawling complex, a tapestry woven from 1700 years of history, whispers tales of Egypt’s greatest gods. Lose yourself in its labyrinthine halls, each corner revealing a new era, a new deity, a new story etched in stone.

Return to your hotel, your mind aglow with the echoes of ancient dynasties and the grandeur of Karnak’s eternal gaze.

Day 11Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Bid farewell to Luxor and journey south, where whispers of pharaohs and gods mingle with the scent of Nile. Edfu awaits, its Temple of Horus rising from the desert sands like a phoenix reborn. Stand in awe before its magnificent pylons, adorned with intricate reliefs and hieroglyphs whispering tales of a bygone era.

Next, sail onward to Kom Ombo, where the twin temple of Horus and Sobek presides over the Nile. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of Greco-Roman and Egyptian influences, each stone echoing the stories of gods, emperors, and timeless devotion. This architectural marvel, crafted over four centuries, will leave you breathless.

As the sun dips below the horizon, settle into your Aswan hotel, your heart alight with the magic of these ancient deities who reign supreme along the Nile.

Day 12Abu Simbel Temples

Prepare to stand before a monument that defies time itself – the majestic temples of Abu Simbel! Journey southward, where colossal statues of Ramses II, carved into the sandstone cliffs, gaze eternally across the Nubian landscape. As you approach, feel the power of history radiate from these ancient giants, whispering tales of a pharaoh’s ambition and love.

Step inside the Great Temple, its walls adorned with vibrant scenes of victory and devotion. Imagine the echoes of chants ringing through its halls, praising the mighty Ramses and his gods. Then, explore the smaller temple dedicated to his beloved Nefertari, a testament to a love that transcended time and carved its mark on eternity.

These breathtaking monuments tell not only the story of ancient Egypt but also of a modern triumph of human ingenuity. Remember the heroic rescue operation that saved these treasures from the rising waters of Aswan High Dam, a testament to our enduring fascination with the mysteries of the past.

Return to your Aswan hotel, your heart brimming with the magic of Abu Simbel and the echoes of a love story etched in stone.

Day 13Aswan Tour - Train back to Cairo

Explore the highlights of the beautiful City of Aswan such as the High Dam, one of the great engineering feats of the 1960s. Then proceed to the beautiful Temple of Isis at Philae Island. This temple was built during the Greco-Roman era and, was dedicated to Isis, goddess of Love and Magic in ancient Egypt. You will end your tour at the granite quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk.

Transfer to Aswan Railway to board your sleeper train back to Cairo for the remaining part of your Egypt hidden gems in 15 days for budget travelers.

Day 14Free day

Transfer from Giza Railway to your hotel for a free day.

Day 15End of your Egypt hidden gems in 15 days by land for budget travelers

Wrap your Egypt in 15 days by land for budget travelers by a transfer to Cairo Airport for final departure. It is really sad to leave, so ask our guides about your next budget adventure in Egypt.

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