Discover Ancient Egypt

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    Discover Ancient Egypt

    Cairo + Luxor + Aswan

    10 days

    Featuring our handpicked luxury hotels and boutique Nile cruiser, this comprehensive land and river journey showcases Ancient Egypt. Expertly guided by our engaging on-the-ground guide, you’ll discover extraordinary sites of antiquity including 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Spend 10 days exploring the attractions of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.

    • On private guided tours, you will start your trip in Cairo. This is where you will explore The First Pyramids in Dahshour, the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You will  Visit the new Museum of Egyptian Civilization and its unique collection of the mummies of the Great Pharoahs, the monumental Refaai Mosque and  the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
    • Then you will head south of Egypt where you’ll board the Nile cruise ship and tour the city of Luxor, where you’ll discover the wonders of the ancient Egyptian civilization and get to see the West Bank, the Valley of the KingsKarnak and Luxor Temples.
    • You will cruise to Aswan, enjoying the passing scenery of the Nile from your room or on deck. You’ll explore the Temple of Horus, the Temple of Kom Ombo and Aswan High Dam.



    Day 1 Welcome to Cairo

    Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our staff inside Passport Control who will assist you with all the immigration formalities – from obtaining your visa through baggage claim and customs. You’ll be chauffeured from the airport into the city in about 45 minutes. You’ll check in to the Hotel and settle in to your guestroom and enjoy the rest of this day at leisure

    Day 2 Early Pyramids + Mummies

    After an extensive buffet breakfast at the Hotel, meet the expert guide in the lobby at 9 am to visit Cairo’s newest city-center showplace, the beautifully designed Museum of Egyptian Civilization that opened early in 2021.  Not to be confused with the still un-opened Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, this museum is dedicated to the mummies and sarcophagi of the twenty greatest pharaohs during the golden age of Egyptian antiquity, including Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut.  Underground like the tombs you’ll soon see in the Valley of the Kings, each mummy is dramatically lit and displayed in its own room with a description of major events during their reigns.  It’s very impressive.

    We then head to Dahshur, south of Cairo, to explore the two pyramids, the ’bent’ pyramid and the ‘red’ pyramid, that served as architectural and engineering models for the Grand Pyramids of Giza that you’ll see tomorrow.  We’ll also delight in a lunch at a local restaurant.  Meals: B+L

    Day 3 Extraordinary Sites of Antiquity

    After breakfast, the ancient world comes to life today as you explore, with our expert guide, the Great Pyramids… Behold these amazing structures! Then behold the watchful gaze of the Sphinx.

    Around midday, we’ll enjoy an oriental lunch and then continue to Memphis, the site of Egypt’s ancient capital. Marvel at the formidable Colossus of Ramses II, on display in a small museum dedicated to this ancient wonder, and then see the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx, discovered just a century ago. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll see the world’s oldest standing stone structure, the impressive Step Pyramid of King Zoser.   Meals: B+L

    Day 4 Old Cairo + The Egyptian Museum

    After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, you’ll depart the hotel to begin your exploration of Cairo. We begin the day at the monumental Refaai Mosque near the Citadel.  Purpose built as a magnificent mosque and a mausoleum for Egyptian royalty, we’ll visit the tomb chambers of the last Egyptian monarch, King Farouk, and the last Shah of Iran who could not be returned to Iran following his expulsion during the Revolution.  We’ll continue to explore Old Cairo before enjoying lunch.

    To avoid crowds of visitors, we’ll enter the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with our expert guide in mid-afternoon for a guided tour through the largest repository of ancient artifacts in the world, including those from the tomb of King Tut.  (When the Grand Egyptian Museum opens, we’ll see an even greater collection of artifacts.)  We’ll return to the hotel about 6:00 pm to get ready for an exquisite dinner in a night boat. (optional)   Meals: included B+L / optional: D

    Day 5 Welcome aboard the Nile Cruiser

    After an early breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your included flight to Luxor where you’ll board the luxurious Nile cruiser.  Settle in to your stylish stateroom and then join your fellow passengers for lunch in the ship’s inviting restaurant.

    In mid-afternoon, you’ll go ashore to visit two of Egypt’s celebrated sites of antiquity, beginning with the great Karnak Temple. With our skilled guide leading the way, you’ll stand before its massive pillars and admire the grand Hypostyle Hall; encompassing more than 50,000 square feet, this is the largest hall of any temple in the world. Your sightseeing continues at the nearby Luxor Temple, built in the 14th century BC and connected to the Karnak complex by the awe-inspiring, newly restored Avenue of Sphinxes. The temple walls of Luxor are embellished with skillful carvings of the Gods of Karnak accompanied by a festival procession of priests, musicians, dancers and sacred cows. Return to the ship for Tea in the Lounge, with time to refresh before dinner.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 6 The West Bank of the Nile + Valley of Kings

    Focusing on the amazing sites of the West Bank, you’ll begin your exploration early this morning in the fabled Valley of Kings. Here, the pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty abandoned the pyramid tradition of Dahshur and Giza in favor of tombs built deep in the mountainside. Each pharaoh also constructed a mortuary temple at the edge of the valley, some distance away from the actual tombs. Sixty four ancient Egyptian rulers are buried here, but only a handful of the temples remain, including Madinat Habu – the tomb of Ramses III with its impressive exterior walls. The fabled final resting place of King Tutankhamen and the fabulously decorated tomb of Ramses VI are also among the highlights awaiting our exploration here in the Valley.

    Also fascinating, we’ll visit the ancient Egyptian village of Deir el-Medina. More than 3,000 years ago during the New Kingdom period, this community was home to the thousands of artisans and laborers who constructed the tombs and temples in the Valley of Kings. In addition to this unusual archaeological site, your morning sightseeing also includes the Colossi of Memnon, two towering statues of Amenhotep III that stand like guards along the road to the Valley of Kings.

    Return to the ship at midday and enjoy lunch onboard as our luxury vessel continues its journey toward Esna. This afternoon, you might wish to be on deck as the cruiser traverses through the Esna Lock. Afternoon tea and passing vistas of the Nile Valley landscapes with their small village hamlets and timeless scenes of life highlight the afternoon. Dinner will be served this evening as we continue navigating up the Nile toward Edfu.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 7 Edfu + Kom Ombo

    After breakfast and a leisurely morning onboard, you’ll join the expert guide ashore in Edfu to explore the Temple of Horus, considered by many scholars to be the best-preserved cult temple in all of Egypt. Built in the Ptolemaic era between 237 and 57 BCE, later than many of the other sites along the Nile, it is still a stunning example of traditional Pharaonic architecture and ranks as the second largest temple in Egypt – after the great Karnak Temple. Rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its massive construction, the extraordinary quality of every element here attests to the paramount importance of the falcon-headed Horus.

    Return to the ship and enjoy lunch onboard as we chart a course for Kom Ombo. Throughout this pleasant afternoon of cruising the Nile, you can retreat to your stateroom or delight in the passing scenery as you enjoy the convivial company of your fellow passengers, either in the air-conditioned lounge or on deck.  Following Afternoon Tea, you’ll step off to explore the Temple of Kom Ombo. Built on a picturesque bend in the Nile, where crocodiles used to sun themselves, this unusual dual-deity temple of the Ptolemaic Period is dedicated to both Haroeris (one of the oldest forms of the falcon-headed God Horus) and, appropriately enough, the fearsome Crocodile God Sobek. Return to ship with time to refresh before dinner.   Meals: B+L+D

    Day 8 The Temples of Abu Simbel by Land + Water

    Following breakfast, we’ll join the expert guide for a comfortable drive across the Egyptian Desert on a new highway heading to one of the most impressive sights of antiquity, the temples of Ramses II.  We’ll enjoy a fine lunch at a family-run restaurant on the shore of Lake Nasser and then walk a short distance to a small boat that will take us along the shoreline to see these majestic temples from the water.  We’ll then explore them by land.

    You’ll behold 67-foot-high figures of the King and his wife, Nefertari, and hear the dramatic story of how they were moved 200 feet above their original site to protect them from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. This engineering feat by UNESCO to relocate and protect this architectural wonder was so successful and precise that twice a year, on February 22 and October 22, the rays of the rising sun pierce the temple entrance and reach deep into the heart of the temple – just 24 hours later than the original plan! In addition to its famous statues, the interior hall is decorated with amazing relief carvings that depict a great battle won by Ramses.

    Following our exploration, we’ll return to our Nile cruiser for a delightful dinner.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 9 Aswan High Dam

    We’ll disembark this morning after breakfast.  In contrast to the ancient wonders of Cairo and the Nile, the remarkable High Dam at Aswan is an achievement that belongs to modern Egypt. With enriching insight and narration, you’ll explore this engineering marvel; completed in 1970 at a cost of about $1 billion, it spans more than 2 miles and towers 300 feet. This morning’s excursion also includes a visit by boat to the Temple of Philae, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the High Dam. Now situated on a lovely island, the earliest elements of this impressive complex include a small temple built around 370 BCE and dedicated to the Goddess Isis.

    We’ll board another comfortable motor boat for a brief but scenic journey to visit the Nubian Museum. Designed by the award-winning Egyptian architect Mahmoud al-Hakim, the building reflects traditional elements of Nubian architecture; inside, its carefully curated exhibits include temple, tomb and dwelling artifacts from the ancient Nubian civilization that thrived here along Nile River as far back as 2000 BCE. Then we will have lunch at a local restaurant.

    Later, we fly back to Cairo for a last overnight at the airport’s stylish Hotel. Meals: B+L

    Day 10 A Fond Farewell to Cairo

    You’ll be chauffeured to check-in for individual onward flights.  Meals: B


    • Meet and greet service at Cairo International Airport
    • The Assistance of General Tours Guest Relations Manager during your whole stay.
    • All airport transfers and excursion transportation by air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Accommodation for 5 nights in 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    • Accommodation for 4 nights onboard 5 stars Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    • 3 lunch meals in Cairo.
    • Domestic flight Cairo/Luxor – Luxor/Cairo.
    • All sightseeing tours (including entrance fees) with a private licensed English speaking guide.
    • All service charges and taxes.
    • International Airfare
    • Egypt visa
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips


    Five stars standard :
    Accommodation for 5 nights in 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir or similar hotel + Le Méridien Cairo Airp. (final night)
    Accommodation for 4 nights onboard 5 stars Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    Le Fayan Nile Cruise or similar.

    Five stars deluxe :
    Accommodation for 5 nights in 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    Kempinski Nile Hotel or similar hotel + Le Méridien Cairo Airp. (final night)
    Accommodation for 4 nights onboard 5 stars Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    Movenpick Sunray Nile Cruise or similar.


    Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir

    Le Méridien Cairo Airp

    Le Fayan Nile Cruise

    Kempinski Nile Hotel

    Movenpick Sunray Nile Cruise