Splendors of Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. The Nile is one of the few rivers in the world which flows North and this unique characteristic is why southern Egypt is...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Visit the great Pyramids of Giza
    • See the great Sphinx of Giza
    • Visit the Aswan High Dam and Philae’s Temple of Isis
    • See the Ptolemaic Temple for Horus and Sobek
    • Visit Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
    • Visit the ancient Temples of Karnak and Luxor
    • Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
    • Enjoy a walking tour of the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar district

What's this trip about?

    Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. The Nile is one of the few rivers in the world which flows North and this unique characteristic is why southern Egypt is called Upper Egypt, while the northern part of Egypt is called “Lower Egypt”.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityEgypt
End CityCairo

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Egypt

Attractions

  • Aswan
  • Cairo
  • Luxor Temple
  • Pyramid of Giza
  • Sphinx
  • Temple of Karnak

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
    • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
    • Accommodations at deluxe hotels and cruise ship.
    • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
    • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
    • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
    • Transportation in an air conditioned bus

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Itinerary

Travel Map
Day 1: Depart USA
Your fascinating journey to Egypt begins today with an overnight flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Arrive Cairo
Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel Welcome to Cairo, both Egypt’s capital and its largest city! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities, then transferred to your hotel. After some time at leisure, enjoy a welcome dinner!

Day 3: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determi...
Day 4: Cairo/Aswan/Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Movenpick Royal Lily Today, fly south from Cairo to Aswan. Upon arrival, transfer to your Nile cruise ship for your three-night cruise from Upper Egypt to Lower Egypt. The Nile is one of the few rivers in the world wh...
Day 5: Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo/Edfu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Today, sail to Kom Ombo to see the Ptolomaic Temple built for Horus the falcon god, and Sobek the crocodile god. The temple complex consists mainly of two temples running parallel with the traditional components of ancient Egyptian re...
Day 6: Nile Cruise: Edfu/Luxor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner This morning, you’ll visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt. Construction began on this extraordinary temple in 237 BC and was completed nearly 200 year...
Day 7: Luxor
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Luxor After breakfast, disembark the cruise and visit the West Bank of the Nile. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second confirmed female Pharaoh of Egypt. Hatshepsut is generally thought of as one of the mo...
Day 8: Luxor
Meals: Breakfast This morning visit the ancient Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II and Alexander the Great, Luxor Temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes. Afterwards pr...
Day 9: Luxor/Cairo
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Fairmont Nile City This morning, fly to Cairo. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of th...
Day 10: Cairo/USA
Meals: Breakfast Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

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Price From $2,299
Price per day$230
Single supplement (single occupancy)$429
Last Updated: 4/17/2019

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Patricia

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amazing to see

Our Egyptologist guide, Dina, was a marvel. She enthused the entire trip with her knowledge and love of country. The trip exceeded my expectations, with the exceptio...

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Mar 2020

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Loved the tour

Loved the tour, the guides, the hotels, the cruise ship & the food!! Great...

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Marsha

Mar 2020

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another great experience with smarTours

"The Splendors of Egypt" was our eleventh SmarTorus trip. As usual, it was an incredible experience. We can't say enough about our tour guide, Soha. Besides being an...

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Mar 2020

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Our trip to Egypt with Smart Tours was great. We traveled with a terrific group of well traveled people ranging in age from the 20s to the 80s! I'd be happy to see a...

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Our trip to Egypt with Smart Tours was great. We traveled with a terrific group of well traveled people ranging in age from the 20s to the 80s! I'd be happy to see a...

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    • Baggage and personal insurance
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Gratuities and optional tours
    • Expenses of personal nature
    • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature
Cancellation policy
Cancellation charges per person are: Up to 90 days before departure: $300 89-60 days before departure: $1000 59-45 days before departure: $1500 44-30 days before departure: $2000 29 days or fewer before departure: No refund. All cancellations must be received in writing. We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.
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Meals Included
8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 5 Dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities
Half-Day Memphis & Sakkara Tour Cairofrom approx. $44 per person Travel to Sakkara (or Saqqara), the necropolis for Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, and the site of Egypt’s first pyramid. The Sakkara Step Pyramid, constructed 4,700 years ago, is said to be the oldest monumental masonry structure in the world. Tour includes round-trip flights to and from Sakkara. Abu-Simbel By Air From approx. $335 per person, including flight Please note: Due to concerns regarding availability, you must sign up for this optional tour in advance of your final payment due date. This excursion must be paid in full at that time. If you do not sign up in advance, you will not be able to participate in this excursion. Be amazed by the magnificent UNESCO-listed Abu-Simbel Temples. Threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, these gigantic landmarks were famously saved, dismantled and relocated in the 1960s. The larger temple is dedicated to Ramses II, while the smaller was built for his favorite wife, Nefertiti. Luxor Museum Visit From approx. $36 per person This wonderful little museum is located on the Corniche about halfway between the Luxor and Karnak Temples, and is home to a small but well-chosen collection of relics from the Theban temples and necropolis. Displays of pottery, jewelry, furniture and statues were created by the Brooklyn Museum of New York.
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