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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Cairo’s intriguing ancient sites, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
  • Old Cairo touring
  • Renowned Egyptian Museum
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples
  • Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel
  • Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubian homeland
  • Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
  • Nile felucca sail
  • Nile River cruise
  • Aswan Dam visit
  • Ancient temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Egypt’s inestimable historic atmosphere
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt

Day 2: Arrive Cairo We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 3: Cairo After a morning briefing, our full-day tour begins at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we tour the Citadel of Saladin housing the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 4: Cairo Today’s tour starts at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital (3100 BCE). We continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara then to the astounding Pyramids of Giza, the wonders of antiquity that have drawn visitors for millennia. Here, too, we encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. B,L

Day 5: Cairo/Aswan/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise Early this morning we fly to Aswan. Upon arrival we visit the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when completed in 1965. Then we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture with more than 3,000 ancient relics and 90 monumental pieces. From here we board our Lake Nasser ship in time for lunch then disembark to explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temple of Philae. Tonight we dine on board as we overnight in Aswan. B,L,D

Day 6: Lake Nasser Cruising – Kalabsha Temples/Wadi el-Seboua Today we see some sights of ancient Nubia, Egypt’s neighbor in antiquity but with a distinct culture and traditions. We stop first at “new” Kalabsha, the largest freestanding temple of them all that was moved and reconstructed on higher ground after the construction of the Aswan High Dam (and the subsequent flooding that created Lake Nasser). Then we sail on to Wadi el-Seboua, where we dock for the night. B,L,D

Day 7: Lake Nasser Cruising – Wadi el-Seboua This morning we see two important New Kingdom temples that, like Kalabsha, were dismantled and relocated to make way for Lake Nasser. We explore Wadi el-Seboua, the next largest of all the pharaonic temples after Abu Simbel, and see the Temple of Dakka, with its huge, well-preserved pylon. Returning to M/S Prince Abbas, we sail on to Amada, where we encounter the oldest of Nubia’s Egyptian temples, the 18th-dynasty Temple of Amada. B,L,D

Day 8: Lake Nasser Cruising – Amada/Kasr Ibrim/Abu Simbel We sail this morning to Kasr Ibrim, the last remaining Nubian settlement in its original location. As it is forbidden to go ashore here, we learn about this ancient site while overlooking it from the ship’s sun deck. Then we continue on to Abu Simbel’s massive complex of temples guarded by statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, with well-preserved murals inside. B,L,D

Day 9: Disembark/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise Ship We disembark then travel by coach to Aswan, where we board our Nile ship. This afternoon we take an afternoon sail aboard small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats. B,L,D

Day 10: Nile Cruising – Aswan/Kom Ombo/Edfu We cruise today to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, with its unusual double temple and outstanding Nile views. Then we sail on to Edfu, where tonight we attend a shipboard party. B,L,D

Day 11: Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank This morning we visit Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved ancient temple. Then we cruise to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Today we explore the East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile. We also visit Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Back on board, tonight we enjoy a show of Middle Eastern belly dancing. B,L,D

Day 12: Disembark/Luxor/West Bank We have the choice to rise very early to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride. After we disembark our ship later this morning, we tour the haunting Valley of the Kings, where 34 royal tombs feature magnificent paintings; the Valley of the Queens; and the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut honoring one of the few female pharaohs. We also see the massive Colossi of Memnon, two 64-foot-high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his own tomb. B,L

Day 13: Luxor/Cairo We fly to Cairo today, where this afternoon we visit Khan el-Khalili bazaar. B

Day 14: Cairo This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where early capital cities once stood. We visit 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Mauallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Mid-day we return to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S. Very early this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain and at sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within Egypt
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 6 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; 7 nights aboard Deluxe and Superior First Class ships
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018/2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 4, 8
Oct 11
Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22

Mar 28
Apr 4
Oct 18, 25
Oct 29
Nov 1
Nov 29
Dec 6

Jan 3
Mar 14
Mar 21

Jan 10
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31
Feb 14
Feb 21
Feb 28
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
$3,997$4,197 $4,297
Chicago, Houston,
Los Angeles
$4,297$4,497 $4,597
Atlanta, Baltimore,
Char, Cinc, Cleve,
Dal, Detroit, Miami,
Orlando, Phil,
San Fran, Tampa
Den, Minn, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle
$4,497$4,697 $4,797

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin on both cruises and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $502, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018/2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $2,495 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

    Fairmont Nile City, Cairo / Days 2-4, 13-14 / Deluxe 

    Set near the Nile River, this hotel is 2 miles from both Cairo Ramses train station and the Egyptian Museum. The hotel’s amenities includes eight restaurants and snack bars, a bar, fitness center, spa, and rooftop pool.  The 548 air-conditioned guest rooms include a private bath with hair dryer, TV, phone, coffee and tea maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. 

    M/S Prince Abbas, Aswan/Lake Nasser cruise / Days 5-8 / Superior First Class 

    Launched in 1998, the M/S Prince Abbas offers travelers a unique vantage point from which to experience treasures of antiquity in the comfort of contemporary amenities. With just 69 cabins, this 120-passenger ship offers a level of personal service well suited to small group travel. The ship features an observation room/library with panoramic windows, dining room, lounge, and bar, billiard room, and gym. There is no elevator on board. On the canopied sun deck, a plunge pool beckons, as does a relaxing Jacuzzi and informal bar. Your air-conditioned outside cabin has a private bath with hair dryer, TV, music channel, service telephone, and window. Please note that the ship docks at regular docking facilities in Abu Simbel and Aswan; at other stops you will take small launches or motorboats from the ship to shore.

    Length:280 feet
    Width:50 feet
    Draft:7 feet

    Please also note that M/S Prince Abbas will not have phone reception on weekends from approximately 11:00 a.m. on Saturday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    M/S Royal Lily, Nile cruise / Days 9-11 / Deluxe 

    Launched in 2007, this 56-cabin river ship offers such amenities as a dining room, bar, lounge, Sun Deck with outdoor pool, heated whirlpool, sauna, massage treatments, fitness center, Wi-Fi internet access (for a fee), and gift shop.  Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Length:244 feet
    Width:46 feet


    Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor / Day 12 / Superior First Class 

    The Steigenberger Nile Palace sits on the banks of the Nile, in the heart of the city’s historic center and a short drive from the Temple of Luxor. The 285-room hotel features four restaurants and three bars; fitness center; spa with sauna, steam bath, and massage treatments; heated outdoor pool; rooftop tennis court; on-site doctor; internet access; bookstore; gift shops; hairdresser; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms each have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. 

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Jordan: Petra & Amman

5 days/4 nights for $1,595 total price
Single Supplement: $395

Discover the fabled “rose-red city, half as old as time” on this exciting exploration. Plus: ancient Jerash and the capital of Amman.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Cairo/Amman
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at Movenpick Resort Petra (Superior First Class); 2 nights in Amman at Kempinski Hotel Amman (Superior First Class)
  • 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Extensive included sightseeing: Madaba (City of Mosaics); Mt. Nebo pilgrimage site; full day at Petra; Amman’s Roman theatre and Citadel; Roman ruins of Jerash
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

A visa is required for this extension. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.


Tour Directors for this Journey
Ahmad Al Khaldi

Tour Director – Jordan Extension
“Ahmad was in the Top 5 tour directors that we have ever had on a tour – we have been to 75 countries so we have a lot of experience with tour guides.”
Debbie & Jim Zug
Bryn Mawr, PA

Doaa Fouad

“Doaa Fouad was excellent in all ways. Knows history and how to convey this information, thoughtful, very well organized, and a pleasure to travel with.”
Jill Theis
McHenry, IL

Ali Harb

Tour Director – Jordan Extension
“Ali is a treasure (like Petra).”
James Stoughton
San Francisco, CA

Hassan Latif

“I simply cannot imagine anyone who could have done a better job of creating the atmosphere of welcome, knowledge, fun, security, and richness of experience than Hassan.”
Kathryn Hare
Newton, MA

Tarek Moursy

“Tarek Moursy was an exceptional tour director. He was knowledgeable and able to communicate information in an interesting and memorable way. The logistics were outstanding; we never wondered what was next. … Tarek always saw that we got to the sites at the best, least crowded times. … Completely outstanding performance.”
Ruth Erkkila
St. Paul, MN

Mahmoud Nawar

“Mahmoud is first and foremost among the best tour leaders we have encountered during our travels abroad. In addition to being exceptionally passionate about his country and its tourism, he really excels when it comes to Nubia, for which he has a real and genuine passion.”
Ellery & Lesley Kuhn
Roseville, CA

Sufian Nawash

Tour Director – Jordan Extension
“One of the best in my experience over the past 12 years. A great asset to your company.”
Dana Fitzgerald
Amelia Island, FL

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