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Pharaoh's Escape 2018 (30 Days, Cairo to London)

Uncover Europe in all its glory as you soak up all the culture, cuisine, history and nightlife that you can handle. Experience the grand old capitals of Europe, the artistic allure and passion of the Mediterranean, the beauty of the re-emerging Balkans and the wonder of the ancient pyramids in Egypt. This is the Europe experience of a lifetime, and you'll never want it to end. Seriously.

Inclusions

Local guide in Dubrovnik
Visit historic Valley of the Kings in Egypt (entrance fees not included)
Visit Srebrenica Memorial
Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau in Egypt (entrance fees not included)
29 Breakfasts
29 Lunches
29 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
30
Price From
AUD $4,913
Start Location
Cairo, Egypt
End Location
Cairo, Egypt
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Sep 201822 Oct 20181AUD $5,559
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Cairo, Egypt
Enter Cairo - a city like nowhere else. Meet with the group this evening then rest up and prepare for the next few weeks of adventure. Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Cairo to Aswan via Overnight Coach
Jump on an overnight coach - we're en route to Aswan tonight. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Aswan
Today, it's all happening. We've got the traditional felucca ride, visit to the Nubian village and an optional camel ride. You bring the wonder. Included today: -Felucca ride -Nubian village visit Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Camel ride -Traditional Nubian dinner
Day 4: Aswan
We've got four statues at Abu Simbel. Not just any ol' statues, we're talking colossal statues, and these ones are like no other (seriously). It's a long day with an early start but it's definitely worth it! Explore Aswan this afternoon - the city is all yours. Later, take the option to visit the Philae temple and the Nile High Dam. Included today: -Egyptologist guided tour of Temple of Abu Simbel (entrance fees not included) Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Philae Temple & Nile High Dam
Day 5: Aswan to Luxor
Once the capital of ancient Egypt, Luxor's now a history-strewn landscape of souks and temples. Today we'll visit two of the region's finest - Karnak and Luxor temples. Included today: -Egyptologist guided tour of Karnak and Luxor temples Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Luxor to Cairo via Overnight Coach
Walk into the Valley of the Kings - aka the place everyone in ancient Egypt was dying to get into. Then, fly the flag for girl power at the temple of Queen Hatshepsut before gawking at the Colossi of Memnon. Then: an overnighter to Cairo. Included today: -Egyptologist guided tour of Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut & the Colossi of Memnon Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Cairo
This is what you came for. And today, we visit the epic Pyramids of Giza. See Tutankhamun's treasure chest at the Egyptian Museum, then gain some perspective at the base of the 138-metre Great Pyramid of Giza. This hunk of ancient architecture could be remodelled into 30 Empire State Buildings. The Sphinx is its big-ass guard dog (or should that be lionman?). Included today: -Egyptologist guided tour of Egyptian Museum, and Pyramids & Sphinx complex at Giza Meals: -Breakfast
Day 8: Cairo to Athens, Greece
Say goodbye to the crew in The City of a Thousand Minarets - today we're pushing on to Athens. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Athens to Meteora
Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Visit one of six remaining 14th century monasteries (out of 24) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some Facetiming. Included today: -Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included) Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Meteora to Tirana, Albania
What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned mayor-turned TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story. Included today: -Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 24: Berlin
Berlin is yours. Shake off last night with a wander around. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional alternative and nightlife tour. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Alternative Tour & Nightlife Tour of Berlin
Day 25: Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark
Home of more Nordic 'cool' than you can poke a hipster's beard at, Copenhagen is sure to impress. If you think you've eaten it all, nuh-uh! Not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across the city and satisfy your inner gastronome. Try: the food markets on Paper Island for a luxe 'warehouse vibe' experience. Included today: -Driving tour of Copenhagen Meals: -Breakfast
Day 26: Copenhagen
Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpieces. Spoiler: his version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections (even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal). Meals: -Breakfast
Day 27: Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany
On to Hamburg, aka the 'Gateway to the World'. Boasting more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, plus the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. And if that weren't enough, Hamburg also boasts 3km of funfair AND Europe's biggest Japanese garden. If you hear "Hummel, Hummel" be sure to reply with "Mors, Mors". Don't ask. Later, check out the nightlife at the Port. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
Pit stop in Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning scenery gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe. Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife. Included today: -Visit Budva -Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 14: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Out of Dubrovnik and onwards to Sarajevo for a walking tour and a chance to get to know the A to Z of this town. Included today: -Walking tour of Sarajevo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 13: Dubrovnik
Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Jump on the optional kayaking day trip, or check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls -Game of Thrones tour
Day 12: Dubrovnik
A free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Later, steal a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 23: Prague to Berlin, Germany
Rock and roll over to 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal. Included today: -Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden -Driving tour of Berlin Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 28: Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Fun times ahead. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Included today: -Walking tour of Amsterdam -Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration Meals: -Breakfast
Day 22: Prague
Channel your inner bohemian at the John Lennon memorial wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Still have time to kill? Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit The Museum of Miniatures or eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia
More of Eastern Europe's unique mix of glasnost and capitalism as we dig into Belgrade, capital of modern-day Serbia as well as the former Yugoslavia. Serbia's religious and political past has cultivated a diverse cultural landscape throughout the city. Today we visit the Srebrenica Memorial to pay our respects and for a sobering reminder of events past. Included today: -Driving tour of Belgrade -Visit to Srebrenica Memorial Meals: -Breakfast
Day 20: Krakow
Miraculously untouched by the effects of war, this city boasts some serious Middle Ages swag and a quaint Old Town neighbourhood. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 19: Vienna to Krakow, Poland
On to gothic Kraków to devour all the pierogi. Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait). Included today: -Walking tour of Kraków Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Kraków pub crawl
Day 18: Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia
Today we move on to Vienna - but first, a pit stop at Bratislava, Slovakia. Later, pick your Baroque from Rococo as we slide into The City of Dreams (kudos, Freud!). The Vienna Orchestra provides the soundtrack while we check out Europe's classiest capital. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace - and because one palace isn't enough, we also take a peek at the Schonbrunn. Top off your day with a search for schnitzels and apple strudel. Included today: -Walking tour of Bratislava -Driving tour of Vienna Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense)
Day 17: Budapest
Free day = Put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of 'Hungary'. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube
Day 16: Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
Hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. After gorging on cabbage rolls and dumplings, roll into bed. Included today: -Driving tour of Budapest Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 29: Amsterdam
Did you sneak a peek at the Red Light District last night? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high at our farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers. Included today: -Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional Activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 21: Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
Learn more about the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, an important introduction to the region's history. Next: crack on to Prague. Welcome to a land of cheap beer and fairytale-like architecture. Included today: -Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 30: Amsterdam to London, England
Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we head back to London, where this trip of a lifetime ends. Meals: -Breakfast