Egypt

A diverse land of ancient history and some truly stunning landscapes, Egypt offers a completely unique travel experience. From the amazing Pyramids of Giza to an unforgettable cruise on the Nile, you can venture into the country’s rugged desert interior, or enjoy a beach break on the gorgeous Sinai Peninsula.

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Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourHighlights of Egypt12From $5,795.00
Escorted TourEgypt in Depth17From $6,695.00

Highlights of Egypt

Experience the historical and architectural wonders of Ancient Egypt. See the magnificent pyramids, the Sphinx, and the treasures of Tutankhamun. Visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel, Karnak and Luxor, explore the Valley of the Kings and cruise the famous Nile River.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Depart Australia

Depart Australia on flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 3: Cairo

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza, where construction began approximately 4,500 years ago. We’ll visit the nearby Great Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the head of a king, often referred to as the national symbol of Egypt. We’ll also discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the famous vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep.

Day 4: Cairo - Aswan

Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. Here we’ll visit the High Dam, the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we’ll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca sailboat.
Hotel: Movenpick Resort Aswan

Day 5: Aswan - Abu Simbel - Nile Cruise

An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. Later this morning we’ll return to Aswan and board our Nile River cruise ship. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to discover Aswan further or relax on board.
Cruise: Movenpick MS Royal Lotus, 3 nights

Day 6: Nile Cruise

After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris. We’ll then cruise onward to Edfu where we’ll visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. This beautiful ancient temple is one of the best-preserved in Egypt and the second-largest after Karnak Temple. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail on towards Luxor. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board.

Day 7: Nile Cruise

We’ll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the temple’s structure over time, which explains its monumental size! We’ll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes. Luxor Temple is also home to a 25-metre pink granite obelisk, which was part of a matching pair until the 1830s when one was given to France. It now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

Day 8: Nile Cruise - Luxor

We disembark the cruise after breakfast and set off to explore the West Bank - the world’s largest open-air museum! Our first stop is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We’ll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut is one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We’ll then visit the Colossi of Memnon.
Hotel: Steigenberger Nile Palace

Day 9: Luxor - Cairo

The morning is at leisure for you to explore Luxor or simply relax before our afternoon flight back to Cairo.
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 10: Cairo

Today begins with a visit to the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Built in classic Turkish style, it resembles the great mosques of Istanbul. We’ll then discover the 14th century Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a major souk in Cairo’s Islamic District. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. There are no fixed prices here, so make sure you practice your haggling skills! This afternoon we’ll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. There will also be time for an optional visit to the “Mummy Room”. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Day 11: Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home.

Day 12: Arrive Australia

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Flights: Flight Ticket: Australia / Cairo / Aswan - Luxor / Cairo / Australia
Accommodation:6 nights
Cruise:3 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Egypt in Depth

Immerse yourself in a time of great wealth and power, of magnificent temples, elaborate ceremonies and incredible pyramids. Cruise the Nile and descend into ancient tombs. Discover the contrasts and history of the country’s north and explore bustling Cairo.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Depart Australia

Depart Australia on flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 3: Cairo

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza. We’ll visit the nearby Great Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the head of a king, often referred to as the national symbol of Egypt. We’ll also discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep.

Day 4: Cairo - Luxor

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we’ll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the temple’s structure over time, which explains its monumental size! We’ll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes. Luxor Temple is also home to a 25-metre pink granite obelisk, which was part of a matching pair until the 1830s when one was given to France. It now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
Hotel: Steigenberger Nile Palace, 2 nights

Day 5: Luxor

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We’ll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Queen Hatshepsut is in fact one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We’ll then visit the Colossi of Memnon.

Day 6: Luxor - Nile Cruise

This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise ship. Sit back, relax and watch day-to-day Egyptian life on the banks of the Nile as we cruise by.
Cruise: Movenpick MS Royal Lily, 4 nights

Day 7: Nile Cruise

We set sail for Edfu this morning, crossing the lock at Esna and continuing south.

Day 8: Nile Cruise

This morning we visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. This beautiful ancient temple is one of the best-preserved in Egypt and the second-largest after Karnak Temple. We’ll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. Tonight we enjoy traditional galabeya party on board.

Day 9: Nile Cruise

n early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. Later this morning we’ll return to Aswan. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Nile Cruise - Aswan

e disembark the cruise and explore Aswan. Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island, and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we’ll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca sailboat.
Hotel: Movenpick Resort Aswan

Day 11: Aswan - Cairo

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight back to Cairo.
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Day 12: Cairo - Alexandria

After breakfast we travel to Wadi el Natroun, home to some of the world’s earliest Christian monasteries. Originally there were 50 monasteries here but only four have survived to modern times. In the Nitrian Desert visit the self-sufficient Coptic Monastery of St Bishoy, the ‘Star of the Desert’. Born in 320 AD, St Bishoy’s body is said to be preserved to this day inside the monastery. Later we’ll continue to the city of Alexandria on Egypt’s north coast.
Hotel: Hilton Alexandria Corniche, 2 nights

Day 13: Alexandria

Today we explore Alexandria. Highlights include the National Museum, Pompey’s Pillar, the Catacombs, the New Bibliotheca and the Montazah Palace. Our last stop today is the Citadel of Qaitbay, a spectacular 15th century defensive fortress overlooking the Mediterranean.

Day 14: Alexandria - El Alamein - Cairo

Our journey takes us westward through the dunes along the Mediterranean coast, following the route of Field Marshal Montgomery to El Alamein. We visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery associated with the Battle of El Alamein.
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 15: Cairo

Today begins with a visit to the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We’ll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we’ll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Day 16: Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home.

Day 17: Arrive in Australia

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Flights: Flight Ticket: Australia / Cairo / Luxor - Aswan / Cairo / Australia
Accommodation:10 nights
Cruise:4 nights
Guide:English Speaking Egyptologist guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary