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    Exploring Egypt

    Cairo + Alexandria + Luxor + Aswan

    13 days

    Our Egypt Nile River cruise and tour plus our expert guide in Alexandria and Cairo promise a truly distinctive journey to take you deeper inside 5,000 years of Egyptian civilization and culture; and visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


    Spend 13 days exploring the attractions of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan.

    • On private guided tours, you will start your trip in Cairo. This is where you will explore the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza,  the Sphinx  and the First Pyramids in Dahshour. You will  Visit the new Museum of Egyptian Civilization and its unique collection of the mummies of the Great Pharaohs, the monumental Refaai Mosque and  the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
    • Then you will head North to explore the old port of Alexandria. You’ll visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. You’ll explore the lovely Montazah Palace and Royal Gardens.
    • Then you will head south of Egypt where you’ll board the luxurious 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, Aswan High Dam and the Nubian Museum.


    Day 1 Welcome to Cairo, Egypt

    Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by our staff and assisted with immigration formalities – from obtaining your visa through baggage claim and customs. Then we’ll chauffeur you to the Hotel. You’ll check in to the Hotel and settle in to your guestroom and enjoy the rest of this day at leisure.

    Day 2 Great Pyramids of Giza

    Today’s foray into antiquity begins with the Great Pyramids of Giza.  These are certainly the most iconic of Egypt’s ancient landmarks, and although you’ve seen them many times before in films and photographs, they never fail to inspire in person. With our expert guide you will explore the ancient Egyptian world, behold these amazing structures! Then behold the watchful gaze of the Sphinx.

    After an excellent lunch, you’ll continue on to Memphis, site of Egypt’s ancient capital, to see the Colossus of Ramses II and the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll gaze in wonder upon the remarkable Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You’ll also be among the first to behold the vibrant drawings and inscriptions in the 4,000-year-old Tomb of Mehu – recently opened to visitors for the first time in 80 years. This evening, you’ll dine along the Nile (optional)  Meals: included: B+L. Optional: D.

    Note: When the new Grand Egyptian Museum opens, our sightseeing itinerary will also include a guided tour of this state-of-the-art facility overlooking the Great Pyramids​.

    Day 3 Old Cairo

    With our expert guide, your tour of Old Cairo  begins at the monumental Refaai Mosque near the Citadel.  Purpose built as 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.

    This afternoon, we’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.  With insight from our expert guide, the museum’s vast collection is the perfect introduction to the ancient sites you’ll explore along the Nile.  Meals: B + L

    Day 4 Travel to Alexandria

    After breakfast and check-out, we’ll leave Cairo behind us for our morning’s two-hour journey to the ancient port of Alexandria. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Mediterranean on arrival and then begin your guided exploration here in the fabled city of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great.

    The Royal Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest institutions of the ancient world, drawing learned people from throughout the Mediterranean and beyond from its construction in the 3rd century BCE until its destruction centuries later. Today, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina stands as a marvel of the modern world. Shaped like a giant discus embedded in the ground, its granite facades are carved with letters, pictograms, characters and hieroglyphs from more than 120 different scripts. Inside, its main reading room can hold 8 million books and accommodate 2,500 people under its distinctive sloping roof. After our guided tour through this striking landmark, check in to the see view hotel.  Meals: B+L

    Day 5 Exploring Alexandria

    Founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great, this legendary port city has much to see that bears witness to its ancient glory. With our engaging guide, your touring begins with the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Just discovered in 1900, this vast complex of rock-cut tombs was used for nearly 200 years starting in the 2nd century AD. With ornamented columns, labyrinthine passages, funeral halls and relief carvings in a variety of styles, the Catacombs are a vivid illustration of Alexandria’s unique blend of Egyptian, Greek and Roman traditions. At Pompey’s Pillar, you’ll discover an impressive monolithic column that was erected in 300 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

    Outside of town, explore the lovely Montazah Palace and Royal Gardens. Set on nearly 150 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the Mediterranean, you’ll discover two striking palaces. Built as a hunting lodge in 1892 by the last ruler of the Mohammad Ali Dynasty, the Salamlek Palace has been restored on several occasions and served as a presidential residence. On the same grounds, the newer Al-Haramlik Palace is distinguished by its fanciful blend of Moorish, Turkish and Florentine architectural elements. Before returning to your luxury hotel, you’ll also visit the ancient Roman Amphitheater.  Meals: B+L

    Day 6 Back to Cairo

    After breakfast, you’ll make the return journey to Cairo, arriving in time for lunch.  Then continue to the Hotel for check-in.  Meals: B+L

    Day 7 Welcome aboard the Nile Cruiser

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Luxor where the luxurious Nile cruiser awaits. Settle in to your stateroom and then gather with your fellow passengers for lunch.

    In mid-afternoon, go ashore to visit two of Egypt’s most 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. Continue to the nearby Luxor Temple, built in the 14th century BC and connected to the Karnak complex by the nearly 2-mile long 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. With keen insight from our guide, today’s sightseeing offers a fascinating look into the culture and beliefs of ancient Egypt. Return to ship for Tea in the Lounge, and time to refresh before this evening’s welcome dinner.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 8 Explore the Valley of Kings

    Focusing on the sites of the West Bank, where 64 ancient Egyptian rulers are buried in the Valley of Kings, this morning’s tour includes Madinat Habuthe 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. Equally as fascinating as these tombs is the ancient village of Deir el-Medina. More than 3,000 years ago, 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.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 9 The Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo

    After a leisurely breakfast, join our engaging 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 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 ship for lunch and a delightful afternoon of scenic cruising. Then 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.  Meals: B+L+D

    Day 10 The Temples of Abu Simbel by Land + Water

    Following breakfast, we’ll join our 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.

    With our expert guide, 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 11 High Dam + Philae Temple + Nubian Museum

    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.

    Later, we fly back to Cairo, where you’ll be escorted to your room at the airport hotel.  Meals: B+L

    Day 12 Pyramids + Mummies

    Join your guide to visit the new, beautifully designed Museum of Egyptian Civilization and its unique presentation of the mummies of the greatest Pharoahs. We’ll also see the two earliest pyramids, predating Giza. Meals: include: B+L Optional: D.

    Day 13 Farewell to Cairo

    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to check-in for your onward flight. 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 6 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    • Accommodation for 4 nights onboard a five stars  Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    • Accommodation for 2 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Alexandria BB.
    • 4 lunch meals in Cairo, 2 lunch meals in Alexandria and 1 lunch meal in Aswan
    • 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 6 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir or similar hotel + Le Méridien Cairo Airp. or similar (final night).
    Accommodation for 4 nights onboard a 5 stars  Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    Le Fayan Nile Cruise or similar.
    Accommodation for 2 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Alexandria BB.
    Steigenberger Cecil or similar hotel.

    Five stars deluxe
    Accommodation for 6 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Cairo BB.
    Kempinski Nile Hotel or similar hotel + Le Méridien Cairo Airp. or similar (final night).
    Accommodation for 4 nights onboard a 5 stars  Nile Cruise on full board basis.
    Movenpick Sunray Nile Cruise or similar.
    Accommodation for 2 nights at 5 stars Hotel in Alexandria BB.
    Four Seasons Hotel or similar hotel.


    Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir

    Le Méridien Cairo Airp

    Le Fayan Nile Cruise.


    Kempinski Nile Hotel

    Movenpick Sunray Nile Cruise

    Four Seasons Hotel



    Steigenberger Cecil