Egypt Private Expedition

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Venture to the land of the pharaohs and discover some of the greatest treasures of the ancient world with a private guide, from the Pyramids at Gîza to King Tutankhamun’s legendary tomb. Trace the dramatic feats of Egyptian rulers—and the powerful deities they worshipped—as you wander the soaring temple of Karnak, or gaze upon the colossal statues of Ramses I...
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Overview

Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Explore the legendary Pyramids at Gîza and ponder the riddle of the Sphinx, carved out of the limestone bedrock of the Gîza plateau.
    • Discover stunning temples and elaborate burial chambers in Luxor, the capital of the ancient Egyptian empire at its peak; and embark on a four-day cruise down the fabled Nile.
    • Venture to the magnificent rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel, built by the pharaoh Ramses II, and hear from your private guide about the dramatic relocation of this sacred site.
    • Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of bustling Cairo, and encounter world-renowned treasures at the Egyptian Museum.

What's this trip about?

    Venture to the land of the pharaohs and discover some of the greatest treasures of the ancient world with a private guide, from the Pyramids at Gîza to King Tutankhamun’s legendary tomb. Trace the dramatic feats of Egyptian rulers—and the powerful deities they worshipped—as you wander the soaring temple of Karnak, or gaze upon the colossal statues of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Couple your archaeological odyssey with a cruise down the Nile, the age-old lifeline of this fabled desert realm.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityCairo
End CityCairo

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Africa
  • Egypt

Attractions

  • Abu Simbel
  • Aswan
  • Cairo
  • Luxor Temple
  • Memphis
  • Pyramid of Giza
  • Temple of Karnak

Activities

  • Cooking
  • History
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Transfers upon arrival and departure
    • Transportation provided on-trip
    • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo, Egypt

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Nile Ritz Carlton

Arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and settle into your elegant hotel, located on the bank of the Nile River.

Day 2: Dahshûr/Memphis and Saqqâra/Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Nile Ritz Carlton

Veer off the beaten path to the 5,000-year old ruins of Memphis with your Egyptologist guide, who will accompany you throughout your trip. Then stroll through the cemetery of Saqqâra,...

Day 3: Gîza/Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Nile Ritz Carlton

Discover the fabled Pyramids at Gîza, constructed some 4,500 years ago and guarded by the mysterious Sphinx, these perfectly symmetrical structures were designed as gateways to the af...

Day 4: Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Nile Ritz Carlton

This morning, venture to the 12th-century Citadel of Saladin, a hilltop fortress commissioned by sultan Saladin, and step inside the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, a multi-domed sanctuary bu...

Day 5: Luxor

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Steigenberger Resort Achti

Catch a flight to Luxor, known in antiquity as Thebes. This extraordinary city served as Egypt’s capital during part of the Middle Kingdom and at the height of the New Kingdo...

Day 6: Luxor/Nile River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: M.S. Farah or M.S. Minerva

Today, venture to the famed Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs of Egypt’s New Kingdom chose to build elaborate underground tombs instead of the pyramids typical of the O...

Day 7: West Bank Of Luxor/Isnâ Lock

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: M.S. Farah or M.S. Minerva

Sail to the West Bank of Luxor this morning and step ashore to explore the Ramesseum—Ramses II’s mortuary temple. This temple—and the scattered granite remains of the king’s ...

Day 8: Idfu/Aswân

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: M.S. Farah or M.S. Minerva

Cruise amid lush sugarcane fields, sleepy rural villages, and oases of date palms as your boat glides up the Nile to the Temple of Kawm Umbū. Dating to Egypt’s Graeco-Roman p...

Day 9: Aswân

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: M.S. Farah or M.S. Minerva

Discover the Temple of Isis, an elegant Ptolemaic monument honoring the goddess Isis that was originally perched on the island of Philae. The site was threatened with floodin...

Day 10: Abu Simbel/Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Intercontinental Citystars Cairo

Disembark our riverboat and fly to Abu Simbel in southern Egypt this morning, where you’ll be joined by your local guide. Head out for a tour of this awe-inspiring anci...

Day 11: Cairo

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the Cairo International Airport (CAI) and catch your flight home.

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Last Updated: 2/23/2024

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