13 Day Egypt in Depth Tour

4 nights Four Seasons Nile Plaza & 7 nights Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise
BUSINESS CLASS Round trip airfare from JFK, 11 nights first class hotel accommodation, all transfers, most meals, service of English Speaking tour manager throughout the trip

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Complimentary
Naguib Mahfouz Tour
Camel Ride at the Pyramids
Luxor West Bank Panorama Tour
Price Includes
  • Roundtrip airfare JFK/Cairo/JFK (with Air & Land Option)
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for ion and prices
  • Airline fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations in the following order:
  • 4 nights at the [Mena House Hotel], Cairo
  • All transfers with air-conditioned minivans or bus and English Speaking Host
  • Domestic Air Cairo/Luxor/Cairo
  • 27 Meals: 11 breakfast, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All sightseeing will be provided with license English Speaking Egyptologist throughout the itinerary
  • All hotel taxes and entrance fees as per itinerary
Special Features
  • Lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass
  • Sound & Light Show in Cairo
  • Egyptian Museum & Citadel of Mohamed Ali
  • El Muallaqa Church & Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Memphis & Sakkara
  • Karnak to Luxor Temple
  • Sound & Light Show in Luxor
  • Hot Air Balloon in Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Queen Hatshipsut & Colossi of Memnon
  • Nubian Village, Papyrus Institute
  • Abu Simbel Temple
  • Dendarah & Abydos Tour
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Wed - Depart USA
Board your international flight from JFK to Cairo and begin your Egypt tour to this charming, ancient land.
DAY 2: Thu - Arrival to Cairo, Sound & Light Show
Arrival to Egypt, The Land of the Pharaohs, at Cairo International airport, then transfer to your hotel. Evening, Start your Egypt tour with a visit to the Pyramids area to attend the Sound and Light Show displayed at the Giza Pyramids. With the narrative voice of the late Richard Burton, magnificent sound and lighting effects, the show begins with the narrative of the Sphinx, who has been the guardian of the city of the dead for five thousand years. Then a show of Egypts amazing history. Get back to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 3: Fri - Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Old Cairo, Khan El Khalili
Start your Cairo tour with a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum you`ll stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land, Marvel at the glittering treasures of King Tutankhamen, unparalleled in their variety, exquisite beauty, and sheer weight in gold. Seeing this treasure of more than 1,700 fabulous items buried with a young and relatively unimportant king, who can even imagine what the tombs of great and long-lived pharaohs must have contained? You may want to enter the Royal Mummies room for an additional fee and view the "sleeping" Kings of ancient Egypt.

After lunch, drive to the Citadel of Mohamed Ali, also known as the Fortress of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi), built in 1183 and overlooking the city from the Muqattam Hills. The structure, with its domes and minarets, looks over a number of important buildings, including the Alabaster Mosque. Its domed interior, used by Moslems for daily prayers, is a spectacular sight of twinkling lights and beautiful mosaics.

Proceed to Old Cairo explore some of the early religious monuments of the city. You`ll visit the El Muallaqa, dating to the late fourth and early fifth century. This basilica was named for its location on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Muallaqa means "suspended or hanging." Destroyed in a ninth-century earthquake, the church became the center of the Coptic (or Christian) Church of Egypt from the time it was rebuilt in the eleventh century until the 14th century. Make a stop at the Ben Ezra Synagogue, built sometime between the sixth and ninth centuries AD. The temple contains a Jewish Heritage Library, containing documents found here in 1896 that describe the economic and social conditions of Jews under Arab rule as well as descriptions of relations between various Jewish sects.

End the day with a walking tour of the largest 13th century covered oriental market, the largest traditional shopping bazaar in the world, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. In the tiny alleyways, there are hundreds of shops where you can watch gold and coppersmiths, brass makers, and fortunetellers at work. Look also for leather goods and woodwork inlaid with camel bone and mother-of-pearl. Bargaining, Arab-style, is the norm here, and practiced as a national pastime, back to our hotel for overnight. ( B, L )

DAY 4: Sat - Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara & (Lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass)
Start the day with Giza Pyramids tour at the Giza Plateau , home of Egypt’s signature attractions, the Great Pyramids, proclaimed by the Greeks to be among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, probably built more than 2,600 years before the time of Christ. Standing 480 feet tall this is the last of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world that still standing. Little is known of Cheops, you`ll also see the inscrutable and mysterious Sphinx, known in Arabic as Abu al-Hol ("the Father of Terror") and carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone. A complimentary Camel Ride will be provided at the Pyramids area.

After lunch, Drive to Memphis & Sakkara tour. Memphis, founded around 3,100 BC, is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper Egypt and the Delta. Having probably originated in Upper Egypt, from Memphis he could control the conquered people of Lower Egypt. However, by the Third Dynasty, the building at Saqqara suggests that Memphis had become a sizable city. Proceed to Sakkara site, Sakkara is one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital and the kings of the 1st Dynasty as well as that of the 2nd Dynasty. are mostly buried in this section of the Memphis necropolis. It has been of constant interest to Egyptologists. Three major discoveries have recently been made at Sakkara, including a prime minister’s tomb, a queen’s pyramid, and the tomb of the son of a dynasty-founding king. Each discovery has a fascinating story, with many adventures for the archaeologists as they revealed the secrets of the past.

Today we will have one hour remarkable lecture with the World-renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. Dr. Hawass received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written numerous scholarly articles and books, and is highly respected as an Egyptologist. Over the course of his long career, he has been presented with numerous awards and honors. In addition, Dr. Hawass is known for his charisma and his ability to reach out to the public, raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s precious heritage. ( B, L )

DAY 5: Sun - Cairo, Optional Alexandria Tour, National Museum, Catacomb, Roman Theater & Alexandria Library
Free day at your leisure, or choose our optional tour (Full Day Alexandria Tour with Alexandria Library - C43 - $130 P.P). Start your Alexandria excursion by private car & accompanied by an English speaking Egyptologist: Visit National Museum, Catacomb. Stop for lunch, and then explore the well-preserved ruins of the Roman amphitheater, which in Ptolemaic times was part of a vast pleasure garden known as the Park of Pan. Built between the second and fourth centuries A.D., it is the only known Roman theater remaining in Egypt. Continue on to the Alexandria Library Tour. Alexandria’s ancient library was the most famous in all antiquity, attracting scholars from all over the ancient world it was here that Euclid discovered geometry, and Eratosthenes measured the earth’s circumference. After lunch at a local restaurant, see Fort of Qaitbey from the outside. In 1480, the sultan Qaitbey built the fort on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, transfer back to Cairo. ( B )
DAY 6: Mon - Cairo, Luxor East Bank
Early morning flight from Cairo to Luxor, arrival and transfer to your luxury Nile Cruise where you will spend the next 7 nights / 8 days, Start your Luxor tour with a visit to the Temple of Luxor, built by the two pharaohs, Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Ancient Thebes was a center of festivals, and the Temple of Luxor was the setting for the most important-the festival of Opet, designed to merge the ruler`s human and divine aspects. The temple was dedicated to Amun-Ra, whose marriage to Mut was celebrated annually, when the sacred procession moved by boat from Karnak to Luxor Temple.

Proceed to visit Luxor Temple or the Karnak Temple, in ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution led by Akhenaten, it rose to its apex. In the reign of Ramesses III, more than two thirds of the property owned by the temples belonged to Amun, evidenced by the stupendous buildings at Karnak. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak.

It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 ha (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning "The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places". This vast complex was built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls.

Back to the Cruise for lunch, afternoon free to relax and get ready for our evening show the Sound & Light Show, inaugurated in 1972 the Sound and Light Show in the Temple of Karnak begins with a historical introduction covering the birth of the great city of Thebes and the construction of the Temple. Depicting the glorious achievement of the Pharaohs, spectators listen to the lyrical and poetic descriptions of artistic treasures, grand festivals, heroic deeds and literature of the times, overnight in Luxor. ( B, L, D )

DAY 7: Tue - Luxor, Hot Air Balloon, West Bank, Esna
As the sun rises over Luxor, so can you have a Luxor tour with a hot-air balloon ride . The sights, sounds, and sheer spectacle of seeing these antiquities from the sky will surely make for a morning you’ll remember forever.

Visit The West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, with its many tombs chiseled deep into the cliffsides. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, the Memphis area and pyramid-style tombs were abandoned in favor of the West Bank of the Nile in Thebes. Several great leaders as well as many less important rulers are buried here, and more tombs are being discovered even today. This is where Howard Carter discovered the treasures of Tutankhamen and was struck "dumb with amazement" when he beheld its "wonderful things" in 1922. Proceed to the Valley of the Queens, the funerary temple of Queen Hatshipsut at Deir El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon, back to the cruise for lunch, sail to Esna and overnight. ( B, L, D )

DAY 8: Wed - Edfu, Kom Ombo
Sail to Edfu and Visit Edfu Temple, also known as the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, (237 B.C.) considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after Karnak Temple. Sail to Kom Ombo and Overnight in Kom Ombo. ( B, L, D )
DAY 9: Thu - Kom Ombo, Aswan, Nubian Village, Papyrus Institute
Sail to Aswan, Start Aswan tour with a visit to the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple, dedicated to Isis and perched majestically on an island. The temple complex dates from the 26th Dynasty, with additions through the Roman period when the Emperor Hadrian built a pavilion at the water`s edge. Pilgrims would come from all over the Mediterranean to worship Isis here.

Back to the ship for lunch, and afternoon, we will sail by Felucca to the Nubian Village. The three Nubian Villages that are set in a beautiful landscape of the palm trees are located in the bottom of the Elephantine Islands. Have a great time as you undergo the experience of how they earn tie livelihood that they happily show to you. In the Pharaonic times these villages of great significance as they were source of gold, Nubians are the ancient tribes who inhabited this part of Aswan. These people who are of a simple taste and innocent nature stand in stark contrast to the Arab countrymen. It is almost like ancient and traditional wonders in the modern world. Also (if available) you can have a taste of the tasty bread that they bake in their households. See the local handicraft that they make.

Also what is interesting is their houses that are made of ceramics. The bright colors houses are more African in their style rather than being Egyptian. See the baby crocodiles that the Nubians let free in Lake Nasser when they grow. Finally, visit the Papyrus Institute and learn about the centuries-old technique of creating paper from papyrus-the material we can thank for recording so much of Egypt`s ancient history, overnight in Aswan. ( B, L, D )

DAY 10: Fri - Aswan, Abu Simbel, Aswan
Breakfast box will be ready for our very early morning departure by our private air-conditioned minibus to Abu Simbel, situated 280km south of Aswan, exploring the magnificent monuments carved into solid rock 3,000 years ago.

In a monumental feat of modern engineering, these massive temples were moved to their present location when construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1960 created Lake Nasser and flooded their original location. This extraordinary operation to save one of the world`s greatest treasures took years and the efforts of an international team of engineers and archaeologists. The two temples at Abu Simbel were built by Egypt`s great Pharaoh Ramses II (Egypt`s longest-ruling king) as a tribute to the deities and his favorite wife Nefertari. Four colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun, are of the pharaoh himself, with his queen and daughters at his feet. More tremendous statues surround you as you enter the temple. And in the very depths of the temple, Ramses sits in state flanked by the gods to whom the construction is dedicated. Lunch box will be provided from the Nile Cruise. ( B, L, D )

DAY 11: Sat - Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor
Early sail to Kom Ombo and Visit Kom Ombo Temple (the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries), set dramatically on a hill overlooking a bend in the river. This Greco-Roman style temple (actually two temples) is unique, as it is Egypt`s only double temple-dedicated to both Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the great, winged solar disk. Everything here is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along a central axis-twin entrances, twin courts, and twin colonnades. Sail to Luxor via Edfu & overnight. ( B, L, D )
DAY 12: Sun - Luxor, Dendarah & Abydos Tour
After breakfast, we will board our private air-conditioned minibus to visit the Temple of Dendarah. (Lunch box will be provided from the cruise) built by Romans and Greeks and dedicated to Hathor-goddess of maternal and family love. The temple complex contains birth houses, a Coptic church, the Hathor Temple, and a Hypostyle Hall. One of the celebrated features of the temple is an astronomical ceiling beautifully decorated with vultures, winged disks, and the union between Hathor and Horus. Paintings on the ceiling also represent the two halves of the sky with its northern and southern constellations, the hours of day and night, the sun and moon, and the symbols of the zodiac.

Proceed driving to Abydos, was the burial place for the first kings of a unified Egypt. But it contains remains from earlier, in the Predynastic period. In 1900 the Predynastic cemetery of el-Amra was excavated with hundreds of graves from all Predynastic phases. Other important cemeteries were found at Naga ed-Deir, el-Mahasna, Mesheikh, Beit Allam and the various cemeteries at Abydos itself. In addition, settlements have been found, most representing small farming villages. El-Mahasna had beer-brewing facilities. The Predynasty/Early Dynastic cemetery is located in the low desert. It consists of three parts: predynastic Cemetery U in the north, Cemetery B in the middle with royal tombs from Dynasty 0 and the early 1st Dynasty, and in the south the tomb complexes of six kings and one queen from the 1st dynasty and two kings from the 2nd dynasty. Most of the 1st dynasty tombs show traces of immense fires. Many had also been plundered many times. You`ll return to the ship late afternoon, rest of the day is free, dinner, entertainment and overnight in Luxor. ( B, L, D )

DAY 13: Mon - Luxor, Cairo, USA
Breakfast box will be ready for our early pick up for transfer to Luxor airport for your one hour flight to Cairo, to connect with our international flight to New York. ( B )
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  • Air & Land Rate is based on the airfare price on the day we publish the prices, updated rate will be provided at the time of booking.
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