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Duration

14 days 13 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

Overview

The incomparable Nile. Magnificent ancient monuments. Endless golden sands. This and more is Egypt—a cradle of civilization essential to our human story and the developments in government, religion, and agriculture. With its long past and welcoming people, Egypt beckons travelers to explore ruins of the past and wonders of today.

"Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley

The incomparable Nile. Magnificent ancient monuments. Endless golden sands. This and more is Egypt—a cradle of civilization essential to our human story and the developments in government, religion, and agriculture. With its long past and welcoming people, Egypt beckons travelers to explore ruins of the past and wonders of today. 

Day 1: En Route from the U.S.
Day 2: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt
Welcome to Cairo—Egypt's buzzing capital city of over 22 million residents. Settle into your first-class accommodations to refresh and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. Awake tomorrow to the extraordinary views of the pyramids outside your room.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House

Day 3: Cairo / Memphis / Giza
After breakfast, set out for a short drive to the ancient city of Memphis, dating from around 3,100 BC. It's the legendary city of King Menes—who united upper and lower Egypt and controlled the land and water routes between the two. This area features approximately 19 miles of necropolises, including Sakkara—host to the kings of the 1st and 2nd Dynasty—with the oldest known of Egypt's 107 pyramids.

In the afternoon, visit the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza—the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—and the Great Sphinx, impressively carved from a single mass of limestone.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cairo
Today, take a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, featuring 107 halls filled with nearly 160,000 pieces of ancient artifacts covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past. View displays of treasures from royal tombs, royal portraits, and rare artifacts.

Ascend to the medieval Citadel of Cairo for lunch overlooking the city, then continue to the imposing Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Next, visit some of Cairo's ancient Coptic churches and learn more about this minority ethnoreligious group. Then stroll through one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East—Khan El-Khalili. Founded in the 14th century, this lively market (or souk) is a labyrinth of vendors selling colorful fresh spices, traditional foods and fabrics, and baubles and trinkets. Beyond the bustling crowds, glimpse the unique archways and vaulted ceilings designed in original Mamluk-style architecture—Islamic art that became prevalent during the Mamluk Dynasty.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House (B, L)

Day 5: Cairo / Flight to Luxor
After breakfast and checking out of the Mena House, transfer to Cairo International Airport to board the flight to Luxor.

En route to the hotel, stop to explore the Karnak Temple Complex—the largest man-made religious building on the east bank of Luxor and one of the most important places of worship during the New Kingdom. This site is a fusion of stone structures, including an avenue of human-headed sphinxes, grand pylons, and towering obelisks. It experienced various phases of construction and restoration over a nearly 2,000-year period.

Enjoy lunch at the hotel followed by free time to have a beverage on the terrace or stroll the tranquil gardens.

This evening, explore the majestic Luxor Temple by night and enjoy its illuminated beauty. The impressive temple is located in the center of the city and was buried for centuries before its full excavation was completed in 1960. Enjoy the special opportunity to admire this structure by night, when dramatic lighting enhances its intricacies.
Overnight: Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor (B, L, D)

Day 6: Luxor / Abydos / Luxor
This morning, take in a panoramic view of life on the banks of the Nile as you follow the river north during a three-hour drive to visit Dandarah. The whole complex covers some 40,000 square meters and is surrounded by a hefty mudbrick-enclosed wall. Dendera was inhabited in prehistory, a useful oasis on the banks of the Nile. It seems that pharaoh Pepi I (ca. 2250 BC) built on this site and evidence exists of a temple in the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca 1500 BC). The earliest extant building in the compound today is the mammisi raised by Nectanebo II – the last of the native pharaohs (360–343 BC). The features of the complex include:

Hathor temple (the main temple)
Temple of the birth of Isis
Sacred Lake
Sanatorium
Mammisi of Nectanebo II
Christian Basilica
Roman Mammisi
a Barque shrine
Gateways of Domitian and Trajan
the Roman Kiosk
Nearby is the Dendera necropolis, a series of mastaba tombs. The necropolis dates from the Early Dynastic Period of the Old Kingdom to the First Intermediate Period of Egypt.[2] The necropolis runs the eastern edge of the western hill and over the northern plain."
Overnight: Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor (B, L)

Day 7: Luxor / Esna – Embarkation
After breakfast and check out, travel across the Nile to the west bank of Luxor. At the famous Valley of the Kings—designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978—descend into the elaborately decorated tombs of Egypt's most influential rulers, including Tutankhamun.

Next, admire the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the few female pharaohs. This grand temple, framed by massive limestone cliffs, is notable for its precise architectural features.

A short drive to Esna brings you to your sailing vessel and home-away-from-home for the following four days. After a relaxing lunch, settle into your stateroom and spend time lounging on the sun deck as you watch the peaceful scenery go by. Join fellow travelers for dinner this evening.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 8: Nile River / Edfu
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before joining your Egyptologist on a guided tour to El Kab, one of the oldest settlements of Upper Egypt and now a famous necropolis with remarkable tombs of nobles and army generals.

Continue to the city of Edfu for a tour of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus—the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt. Horus, the principal god of resurrection, is depicted in his role as the avenger of his father, Osiris, who was murdered by his brother, Seth. Although the construction of this temple was finished only a few decades before the rise of Antony and Cleopatra, its design reflects traditional pharaonic architecture.

For the remainder of the day, enjoy the plentiful amenities of the dahabiya. This evening, prepare to dine on a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties presented with a performance of local music and dancing.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 9: Edfu / Nile / Kom Ombo
After a leisurely morning sailing up the river, visit Gebel el-Silsila, an ancient quarry where the pharaohs excavated sandstone and limestone to build their temples. The site also houses numerous tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

Gather for a special barbecue dinner this evening on a nearby island.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 10: Kom Ombo / Nile / Aswan
Explore the unique Temple of Kom Ombo. Designed for and dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek (the ancient god of crocodiles), it's two temples in one. Captive crocodiles were once kept within the temple, and mummified crocodiles can be seen in the sanctuary today.

Today, there are no crocodiles north of the Aswan High Dam, but in ancient times a robust population lived in the Nile's waters. The ancient Egyptians believed that by worshipping Sobek they were protecting themselves from these predators.

Return to the dahabiya to cruise to Aswan, and partake in a final gala dinner on board.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 11: Aswan – Disembarkation
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the Aswan High Dam for a look at contemporary Egyptian construction on a monumental scale. The dam sits 364 feet high with a volume of 57,940,000 cubic yards. The annual flooding of the Nile can now be controlled as the dam collects floodwaters, which can be released manually to maximize benefits for farmland, river flowage, and electric power.

Later, take a motorboat ride to the island of Agilkia, the site of the temples of Philae. The most famous temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was constructed in the 6th century BCE. The site also features the last known inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, dated to 394 CE.

Enjoy free time at the hotel to refresh and re-energize before setting out to stroll Aswan's famous market, Sharia as-Souq. Discover endless displays of aromatic flowers and spices, hand-crafted perfumes, colorful carpets, and other Egyptian and African goods.
Overnight: Sofitel Legend Cataract (B, L)

Day 12: Aswan
After breakfast at the hotel, head directly across the Nile to Elephantine Island, an important trading center. Today, it is the only ongoing excavation site that is open to tourists. Afterward, take a peaceful ride through one of the Nile's cataracts, a rocky passageway that prevented boats from sailing the river from Equatorial Africa to Egypt.

The remainder of the day is yours to partake in the amenities at the hotel or to explore Aswan on your own.
Overnight: Sofitel Legend Cataract (B, D)

Day 13: Aswan / Optional Abu Simbel Excursion / Flight to Cairo
After breakfast, guests joining the optional excursion will check out and transfer to Aswan International Airport for the brief flight to Abu Simbel. There, tour the impressive temples before flying to Aswan for a connecting flight to Cairo. (You may purchase this optional excursion in advance from our Guest Services team. We recommend you reserve early for the best availability as space is limited.)

The remaining guests will enjoy leisure time at the property. Take advantage of the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Nile River, re-energize in the modern fitness center, or enjoy tea al fresco at The Terrace with inspiring views of the Temple of Khnum and Elephantine Island.

Later, transfer to the airport for a brief flight to Cairo for your final evening in Egypt, featuring a special farewell dinner with fellow travelers.
Overnight: Le Méridien Cairo Airport (B, L, D)

Day 14: Cairo / Depart for U.S.
Use the sky bridge conveniently connecting the hotel to Terminal 3 of Cairo International Airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Activities are generally not very strenuous, but guests should be able to climb stairs, as well as stand and walk for long periods, sometimes on gravel, sand, or stone. Guests should be able to walk 1.5 miles over uneven surfaces to be able to fully enjoy this program. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities are limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.

Rates*

Classic: $5,999

Suite: $7,499

Single (Classic): $10,499

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Abu Simbel Excursion: $595/person

 

Rates are per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Internal airfare between Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan is included. Otherwise, airfare is not included.

We have more than thirty years of experience.

We specialise in small groups that start from six to ten guests. 

We are guiding the Alumni of the universities of Berkeley, Connell, TCU.

Our team of Egyptologists and lecturers have more than 20 years of experience.

We have a Certificate of  insurance covering life and Covid amounting to 50,000 $ 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy two full days exploring Cairo: visit the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, admire the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and stroll the Khan El-Khalili bazaar.
  • In Luxor, view the Karnak Temple Complex—one of the largest religious buildings in the world, which includes contributions from approximately 30 pharaohs over thousands of years.
  • Travel beside the Nile to Abydos to marvel at the colourful carvings in the Temple of Seti I and view the Abydos King List, which was instrumental to understanding Ancient Egyptian history.
  • On the west bank of Luxor, visit the Valley of the Kings and Nobles, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon.
  • Embark in Esna aboard a private dahabiya—a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel—for four nights on the Nile River.
  • Sail to Elephantine Island, the only on going excavation site open to tourists, to view its sacred temples and traditional Nubian villages.
  • During an optional excursion (additional fee), view the temples of Abu Simbel carved into a massive rock cliff, which were relocated and perfectly reconstructed after building the High Dam in the early 1960s.
  • What's included: 8 nights luxury hotel accommodations plus 4 nights aboard a stately dahabiya; 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 8 dinners; all excursions listed on the 14-day itinerary including admission to sites and venues; excursion transportation; internal airfare from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo; gratuities to hotels, drivers, Dahabiya staff, porters, and guides; and group airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

Included/Excluded

  • 8 nights luxury hotel accommodations plus 4 nights aboard a stately dahabiya
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • All excursions listed on the 14-day itinerary including admission to sites and venues
  • Excursion transportation
  • Internal airfare from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
  • Gratuities to hotels, drivers, dahabiya staff, porters, and guides
  • Group airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

Tour Length

14 Days

Group Size

2-12

Tour Type

Luxury Tours

Tour's Location

from $5,999.00

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