Land of the Nile Photography Adventure
15 days / 14 nights | Cairo, a Nile cruise to Aswan and Luxor, exploring Valley of the Kings and pyramids galore
Ancient temples and religions, restless sands, vibrant cities, the timeless Nile, golden beaches. Egypt offers all of this and more. Words or pictures can’t describe the enormity of the pyramids, a traditional felucca sailing in the soft Nile breeze, the excitement of the bazaars, the fascinating temples of Upper Egypt, the timeless villages of the Nile Valley or the Monasteries dating from the 3rd century. You need to see and photograph these for yourself.
tour dates: 10 January 2020
Egypt has attracted and amazed visitors since the beginning of time. The ancient Greeks and the Romans were here. The treasures and customs of Egypt affected their architecture and their lifestyle. Egypt will leave you with photographs of a hospitable and friendly people, of tangible and intangible treasures beyond description. It is the perfect photographic holiday destination, offering a relaxed atmosphere, many diverse and interesting activities and subjects to photograph, a rich history, vibrant colours and cities and the stillness and beauty of the desert landscapes. It's an exotic, memorable 15 days with one of the premier adventure travel company, World Expeditions.
After arrival into Egypt we will start our journey in Cairo, the capital and heartbeat of the country. Our first stop is the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza where you can watch an optional light show at night for a different perspective. We will have four days to roam the ancient ruins and markets of this bustling city. Visit Alabaster Mosque, the largest mosque to be built in the first half of the 19th Century - an iconic site in Cairo. Next it is off to Coptic Cairo to walk amongst the beautifully crafted churches, this area is considered the Christian stronghold of Egypt. One has not experienced Cairo until you have perused the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the market that has established Cairo as a major centre for trade, a great opportunity to photograph the colours and different walks of life that merge in the market.
We leave the chaos of Cairo for Aswan, home of the Nile. Here we will soak up the Nile culture and ancient ruins, on a relaxing day sail down the river on an authentic felucca. A flight to Abu Simbel gives us the chance to visit Temple of Ramses II, the famous temple carved out of the natural rock formation. From here we will cruise down the Nile to Luxor for three nights. On the journey we will stop in a Nubian village where you will get a glimpse into the lives of a people that have been revered for thousands of years for their wealth and military techniques.
Our Nile cruise will take us to our third city, Luxor, considered the greatest open air museum in the world. Here you can take a donkey ride through the Valley of the Kings - a trip highlight and visit the Colossi of Memnon. You will have a full free day to explore the many ancient ruins and monuments in the area. There is also the option to take an early morning hot air balloon ride to see the sweeping landscape of the area and practice new photo skills.
After an overnight sleeper train we will arrive into Cairo for our Alexandria transfer. Here we will have a full day guided tour through the Catacombs, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. We will visit Pompey's Pillar and learn about the conflicting history behind the monument. Our final stop will be Fort Qaitbay Citadel. The Citadel is the most important defensive fortress in the Mediterranean sea coast. After breakfast we depart for the Western Desert and Al Alamein, site of the WW2 battles between Rommel and the Allies. We visit the war museum and the Allied cemetery, then continue to Cairo via the Desert Highway where our tour finishes.
■ Historic sites and architecture such as Abu Simbel, Coptic Churches and the Sphinx - learn professional techniques to shooting architecture
■ Sail the Nile by felucca - fine art photography of a timeless classic landscape; use of filters
■ Nile cruise: allowing for relaxed photographic workshops on camera handling, post production techniques and other workshops.
■ Experience village lifestyle along the Nile with the Nubians. Photo reportage style. How to shoot unobtrusively and with discretion
■ Capturing as images the different people and cultures that have settled in Egypt over thousands of years
■ Visit the many Mosques and Churches - the techniques and equipment for low light photography
■ The Western Desert landscapes and Al Alamein (where the tide of WW11 turned in favour of the allies) - use of light, shadows and textures
■ Adventure through all these different sites by the array of transport: camel, felucca, donkey, road, trains, planes, on foot
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective. Shots of the Nubians
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture, nature, flowers.
■ English colonial architecture in Alexandria
■ Understanding exposure options and shutter speeds shooting Cairo street scenes
■ Low light and perspective control to dramatize pyramids
■ Reflections and the use of colour in photographing feluccas and Nile River life
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow
■ Creation of a pdf coffee table book of our ' Land of the Nile'
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Increased confidence and creative vision.
■ DAY 1 Cairo Arrival
■ DAY 2 Pyramids and Sphinx
■ DAY 3 Cairo
■ DAY 4 Old Cairo
■ DAY 5 Aswan
■ DAY 6 Temple of Ramses II Abu Simbel
■ DAY 7 Aswan
■ DAY 8 Nile Cruise
■ DAY 9 Nile Cruise
■ DAY 10 Luxor
■ DAY 11 Luxor
■ DAY 12 Al Alamein-Alexandria
■ DAY 13 Alexandria
■ DAY 14 Cairo
■ DAY 15 Departure
■ 14 nights Accommodation including the Nile cruise
■ All airport /hotel /cruise transfers in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria by private modern A/C coach suitable for group size with English speaking guide/s and trained Egyptologist
■ Full day tours in Cairo visiting: Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara, Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, & Khan El
■ Khalili Bazaar, Old Cairo (Islamic & Coptic Cairo)
■ Tour in Alexandria visiting National Museum, Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, Qaitbay, Fortress and Roman Amphitheatre
■ Tours in Aswan visiting Nubian Museum, Nubian village, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple Guided tour to Temple of Ramses2 at Abu Simbel
■ Tours in Luxor visiting Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple & Colossi of Memnon, Luxor & Karnak Temples
■ Tours to Edfu Temple & Kom Ombo Temple
■ Visit to the War Museum at Al Alamein and visit to the Allied Cemetery
■ Entry visa to Egypt for Australian / New Zealand / UK passport holders
■ Tips and portage at the sites and hotels in the itinerary (additional tipping at your discretion)
■ Egypt Air flight Cairo-Aswan
■ Overnight Sleeper Train Luxor-Cairo
■ Return road transfers Cairo- Alexandria-Cairo
■ Personal expenses such as phone calls, beverages, laundry, etc
■ International airfares
■ Any other services have not been mentioned in our offer
■ Travel insurance
■ Airport taxes (approx AUD$150)
dates & prices
Tour Dates: 10 January 2020
Tour Cost: ■ $3,790 (ex. Cairo)
■ Price per person sharing twin/double
■ Land arrangements: minimum 8 persons, maximum 15 persons.
■ Airfares from Sydney/ Melb return are approx. $1800 to $2500 extra.
■ Single supplement: $620 single room supplement (subject to availability)
Tour Style: Visiting regions of the world famed for their culture, antiquities, history, art, architecture and capturing both the ancient and modern way of life. Egypt is a ‘classic photography tour’ in the truest sense of the word . We control the agenda, the pace, the itinerary - so we can take the best photographs, seek out the hidden gems, or wait for the perfect light. These tours are not just for expert photographers. In fact, we attract an eclectic mix of people who blend other interests with photography - the lover of wildflowers, the birder, the naturalist, the antiquities buff, the painter, the wine and food lover - the normal traveller looking to expand their horizons. During the tour, beginners learn technique and camera handling, composition, lighting and much more. Serious amateurs will revel in the fantastic photographic situations throughout Egypt. There is literally something for everyone on this tour....people, landscapes, architecture, cities, deserts.
Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson- the Director of Focus 10 will be your instructor throughout. You will be picking up invaluable tips and technique from a master trainer and a professional travel and commercial photographer. Andrew has led many photographic tours to all corners of the world over the last 25 years for World Expeditions. Andrew is a fun loving trainer who can assess and sniff out great photographic opportunities anywhere, anytime and create the dynamics and control the shoot so you get those brilliant photographs. We will also have a local expert English speaking guide and trained Egyptologist with us throughout.