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I firmly believe that Egypt’s epic history and colorful contemporary culture make it one of the world’s greatest bucket list destinations. Talk to me today about Cairo’s bazaars, astonishing Nile cruises, and magical Red Sea diving.
- from $6,661 PP
- 9 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 11hrs from NYC
This ultra-luxurious 9-night trip explores the best of Egypt in style. You’ll experience the country like a VIP, starting from the capital city of Cairo with its intriguing mix of old and new, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, lively markets, and centuries-old streets navigated by luxury vehicles and donkeys alike. You’ll be immersed in a world of antiquities with a tour of the iconic pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the fascinating Egyptian Museum. Discover less-visited pyramids as well before embarking on a 3-night cruise on the Nile River, with multiple excursions to see many ancient sites along the way. Just a few of the highlights include the Valley of the Kings, the magnificent Karnak temples, the Temple of Edfu, and the Tomb of Nefertari. A boat ride will bring you to the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island as well. Throughout your trip, you’ll enjoy private luxury transfers and numerous expert-guided tours.
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- VIP airport assistance
- Domestic flights and private luxury transfers included
- 4-night cruise on the Nile
- 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation for 6 nights
- Exclusive tours, including a sunrise visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Cairo Arrival
Your VIP Egypt in Style trip begins with arrival at Cairo International Airport where you’ll be met by our airport representative. You’ll be assisted through VIP immigration, customs, and luggage pickup. For a stress-free experience, we’ve taken care of all the visa formalities as well, including the cost of single-entry visas. Upon exiting you’ll meet your private driver who will transfer you to your luxurious riverfront hotel in the city. After checking in, you’ll have the remainder of the day at leisure. There are multiple indoor and outdoor pools to relax around, before dinner at one of the Singaporean, Italian, or steakhouse restaurants on-site.
Day 2 Cairo: Egyptian Museum of Antiquities & Modern Cairo Delights
This morning you’ll begin your discovery of Cairo with the company of a private driver and Egyptologist guide, starting with the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its vast collection that covers 7,000 years of history, including the world-famous golden treasures from King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Head back to your hotel to rest and enjoy lunch before continuing your explorations, this time with a stroll through the Islamic Quarter and a visit to what’s reputed to be the Middle East’s largest bazaar, concluding at Al Azhar Mosque. This evening, you’ll be treated to a welcome dinner at an Arabian-style rooftop restaurant with a panoramic view.
Day 3 Cairo: Sunrise over the Great Pyramids of Giza & the Grand Egyptian Museum
It will be an early day with a 5 am pickup, but it will be worth the wake-up call. Your Egyptologist guide will bring you on an exclusive tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza without the crowds and you’ll even get to take in a magical sunrise over the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You’ll enjoy breakfast with a view of the pyramids afterward, followed by a horseback ride around the sacred site. Return to your hotel to rest and relax, continuing this afternoon at the new Grand Egyptian Museum, if opened, otherwise, you’ll tour the lesser-known Giza pyramids.
Day 4 Cruising: The East Bank, Karnak & Luxor Temples
Your cruise begins today which will include accommodation in an elegant, air-conditioned cabin with a private balcony for sweeping views of the passing scenery. With embarkation at midday, you’ll enjoy lunch onboard this ship before enjoying an excursion to Luxor’s East Bank, including the renowned Karnak Temple, a city of temples dating from 2055 BC to around 100 AD. One of the highlights is the Hypostyle Hall with its giant pillars covering an area larger than the entire Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Visit the Temple of Luxor at sunset. Built around 1400 BC, it’s one of the most well-preserved ancient sites in the world.
Day 5 Cruising: The West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple & More
Today you’ll explore Luxor’s West Bank, including the vast Valley of the Kings with tombs that were carved out of the rock and filled with treasures for the afterlife by countless pharaohs. You’ll also visit the Valley of the Queens and the Tomb of Nefertari, widely regarded as the most beautifully decorated in the area, with remarkably brilliant colors despite never being retouched. Your third visit takes you to the Hatshepsut Temple, a terraced temple rising from the desert in honor of ancient Egypt’s only female pharaoh. After returning to the ship, you’ll continue your cruise by sailing to Esna, enjoying dinner on board.
Day 6 Cruising: Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples
This morning you’ll explore the Temple of Horus in Edfu via a fleet of traditional horse carriages. One of Egypt’s most well-preserved shrines, it was built between 237 and 57 BC and sat buried under sand and silt until being rediscovered by a French Egyptologist in the 19th century. The highlight is the numerous legible inscriptions still visible on its walls. After returning to the ship, continue to Kom Ombo for a visit to the unique Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual temple dedicated to the twin gods of Sobek and Haroeris. Back on board, you’ll sail to Aswan, and enjoy afternoon tea and dinner along the way.
Day 7 Cruising: Aswan with the High Dam, Temple of Philae & the Unfinished Obelisk
Discover the city of Aswan with an Egyptologist tour guide today which includes the High Dam across the Nile, one of the world’s largest embankment dams. Hop on a motorboat to visit the island of Agilika to explore the Philae temple complex constructed during the Greco-Roman period with mesmerizing walls containing scenes from Egyptian mythology. Your last stop is the Unfinished Obelisk, one of Aswan’s crown jewels. Made from red granite, it’s an important archaeological find for the insight that it’s provided into ancient stonemasonry methods. A late lunch will be enjoyed on board followed by a leisurely afternoon and evening in Aswan.
Day 8 Aswan: Cruise Disembarkation & Abu Simbel Tour. Fly to Cairo
After breakfast this morning your cruise ends with disembarkation followed by a private transfer to Aswan’s airport to catch your flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your private driver and Egyptologist guide for a tour. It includes the two huge rock-cut temples in an ancient complex dating to the 13th century BC considered to be the most spectacular built by Ramses II. Both are fronted by massive, up to 65-foot-high statues, and include hieroglyphs inside. After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to the airport to catch your flight to Cairo. From there, a private transfer brings you to your hotel.
Day 9 Cairo: Explore Cairo
Delve into more recent history, experiencing multicultural Cairo and its Islamic, Jewish, and Coptic Christian influences. Discover the old Fortress of Babylon and the Church of St. Sergius nearby, built on a crypt that was a resting place for the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt some 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the “Hanging Church,” stroll the streets around the Synagogue of Ben Ezra and the crossroads of Egyptian history home to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Coptic churches, monasteries, and more. Enjoy a picnic lunch with a view at Azhar Park, concluding with the ancient citadel and mosque in Islamic Cairo.
Day 10 Departure
The most difficult part of your adventure has arrived. After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to Egypt. After checking out of your Cairo hotel, you’ll be met by your private driver for a transfer back to Cairo’s airport to catch your flight home. Enjoy assistance from our airport representative who can help with the check-in formalities to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- Optional tours mentioned
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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