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- from $2,957 PP
- 7 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 11hrs from NYC
Explore the best of Egypt on this 7-night trip that begins in the capital of Cairo. You’ll delve into ancient history and culture, starting with a private tour of one of the most incredible wonders on the planet: the Great Pyramids of Giza. It’s an immersion into the world of antiquity with pyramids, temples, and tombs that have managed to stand for thousands of years. You’ll visit a museum that holds the world’s most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts, including the golden sarcophagi of Tutankhamun, discover less-visited temples, the Valley of the Kings with scores of royal tombs frozen in time, and wander through the incredible Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and that’s just a shortlist. Throughout your journey, you can look forward to private tours led by expert guides that provide insight to bring the centuries-old sites to life. Upscale accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotels and domestic flights are included too.
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- Private luxury transfers throughout
- Domestic flights as per itinerary
- 7 nights in hand-selected 4- or 5-star hotels
- See the Great Pyramids of Giza and lesser-known pyramids
- Multiple private guided tours
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Cairo Arrival
Your Highlights of Egypt trip begins with your arrival at Cairo airport. You’ll be welcomed by a representative who will be at your arrival gate to assist you with passport control formalities and your luggage before providing a transfer to your hotel. Due to traffic congestion, this can take a while. Enjoy the time to relax while someone else does the driving. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the day to yourself. As many flights arrive at midday, you probably won’t have time for sightseeing, but you might enjoy the pool before enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants on-site.
Day 2 Cairo: Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum
You have a full day ahead, so you’ll want to enjoy breakfast at your hotel before meeting with your private driver/guide for a tour that visits the incredible Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. You’ll get to witness the iconic Great Pyramid that’s managed to survive for over 4,600 years along with the other two impressive pyramids and the world’s oldest known monumental sculpture, the Great Sphinx that guards them. Afterward, you’ll travel into the city for a visit to the Egyptian Museum which contains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on Earth, including the golden sarcophagi of Tutankhamun.
Day 3 Cairo: Memphis, Sakkara & Dahshur
Another full-day tour with your private driver/guide, after breakfast you’ll get to explore some of the lesser-known fascinating places in the region: Memphis, the former capital of ancient Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Sakkara, and the Red Pyramid at Dahshur. In Memphis City, which dates back to 3100 BC you’ll see the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx, while Sakkara’s pyramid is considered a key part of the progression of pyramid evolution. The Red Pyramid, also known as the North Pyramid, is the largest of the pyramids in Dahshur, a royal necropolis on the West Bank of the Nile.
Day 4 Luxor: East Bank, Luxor & Karnak Temples
After breakfast this morning, you’ll take a private transfer back to Cairo’s airport to catch your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by another driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Take time to settle in and then look forward to a tour of Luxor’s East Bank that includes Luxor Temple which dates from 1392 to 1213 BC, and the Temple of Karnak, dating from 2055 BC to around 100 AD. Discover architecture and art stretching from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic dynasty, including massive obelisks, the avenue of sphinxes, and the towering carved pillars in Karnak’s hypostyle hall.
Day 5 Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon
Another exciting tour awaits with your private guide bringing you on a journey to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings after breakfast. This was a royal burial ground for pharaohs from around the 16th to the 10th century BC, including Tutankhamun and Ramses II. You’ll also see the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, built to commemorate the great queen’s achievements as well as being her funerary temple and a sanctuary for the god Amon Ra. Marvel at the two huge stone statues at the front of the Theban Necropolis’ largest temple known as the Colossi of Memnon as well.
Day 6 Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel taking a private transfer to your hotel in Aswan. After checking in, another tour awaits, this one featuring a visit to the High Dam that lies across the Nile as one of the world’s largest embankment dams. You’ll visit one of the most important finds in the country, the unfinished obelisk which has provided key insight into ancient stonemasonry methods, and conclude at the Philae temple complex which was built during the Greco-Roman period around 280 BC. The walls contain scenes from Egyptian mythology of Isis bringing Osiris back to life, giving birth to Horus, and mummifying Osiris after death.
Day 7 Aswan: Free Day. Optional Abu Simbel Tour
The final day of your trip can be enjoyed on your own, perhaps enjoying the facilities at your hotel, exploring Aswan, or joining an optional tour of Abu Simbel. On the final full day of your trip, you can relax at your hotel, enjoy Aswan at your leisure, or take an optional tour of Abu Simbel. Set along Lake Nasser’s western bank, the ancient temple complex dates to the 13th century BC and includes two massive rock-cut temples, widely considered to be the most magnificent built by Ramses II. You’ll be able to enter both to explore the sanctuaries and hieroglyphs inside.
Day 8 Departure
After a week of exploring Egypt’s ancient heart, it’s time for your adventure to come to an end. Enjoy breakfast and after checking out of your hotel, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to Aswan’s airport. From here, catch your flight to Cairo followed by an international flight to continue your travels or return home. Should you need assistance, at any point, please reach out to our dedicated staff. Otherwise, we wish you a safe journey and hope to host you on another memorable trip in the future.
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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