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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Cairo touring, including Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, Citadel of Saladin
  • Giza Plateau and Pyramids of Egypt
  • Archaeological sites of Memphis and Sakkara
  • Massive temples of Abu Simbel
  • Visit to Aswan High Dam
  • Temple of Philae
  • Nile felucca sail
  • “Double” temple of Kom Ombo
  • Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved ancient temple
  • Valley of the Kings and Colossi of Memnon
  • Ancient and renowned temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor
  • 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 this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, we set out on a full day of touring. We begin at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we visit the medieval Citadel of Saladin fortification overlooking Old Cairo; inside we enter the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali, modeled after Istanbul’s iconic Blue Mosque. Tonight, we enjoy a reception at our hotel before heading out for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 4: Cairo/Giza Plateau We begin today’s exploration at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital believed to be some 5,000 years old. After viewing the statuary here, we continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara, the vast burial ground for Memphis, with various pyramids (including the famous Step Pyramid) and decorated chambers. This all sets the stage for our next stop: the Giza Plateau and the Pyramids of Egypt, including the Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Cheops), 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: Old Cairo This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where Egypt’s early capital cities once rose. We visit the 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Muallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Then we visit Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Old Cairo’s bustling souk, where we have lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before dinner tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 6: Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan Very early this morning we fly to Aswan, where we connect with our flight to Abu Simbel. Here, on the west bank of Lake Nasser, we visit the two massive rock temples guarded by statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, featuring incredibly well-preserved murals within. Carved into a mountainside between 1264-1244 BCE, in 1968 the temples were moved stone by stone to their current location; otherwise, they would have been flooded and submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser. After touring this UNESCO site, we return to the airport for the flight back to Aswan, where we have lunch at a local restaurant then check in at our hotel. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 7: Aswan Today we see the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when completed in 1965 to control Nile flooding. Then we tour the Temples of Philae, in antiquity a pilgrimage site for the cult of Isis and one of ancient Nubia’s – and now Egypt’s – most important temple complexes. Built between 380 and 362 BCE on a small island in the Nile, Philae, like Abu Simbel, was relocated to save it from flooding; its current island site closely resembles the original. We move on to lunch at a local restaurant then this afternoon encounter the Nile from a different perspective, as we board small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats. Sailing along the Nile, we pass by the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island and see Elephantine Island, with its huge granite rocks. Mid-afternoon we return to our hotel; dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 8: Aswan/Luxor En route by motorcoach to Luxor today, we stop first to visit Kom Ombo, an ancient Nile town with an unusual double temple dedicated to two sets of gods: Sobek and Horus the Elder. Continuing on while enjoying our boxed lunch, we travel to Edfu to tour the Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved ancient temple, thanks to its having been buried by desert sands for millennia. Late this afternoon we reach Luxor and our hotel, where we dine together tonight. B,L,D

Day 9: Luxor We begin our discovery of Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of early Egyptian architecture and design. Known in antiquity as Thebes, capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom, the archaeological site sits close to the Nile within the modern city of Luxor. Our touring begins on the West Bank, where we see the Collossi of Memnon, the two massive 64-foot-high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his own tomb. Then we visit the Valley of the Kings, with its 34 royal tombs; we enter several to see the magnificent, still vivid murals that adorn the tombs’ walls. We also tour the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to one of the few female pharaohs, dramatically nestled into the surrounding rock. After we return to our hotel late this afternoon, dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 10: Luxor This morning we tour the East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile. Built over a period of 1,500 years, Karnak boasts a breadth and diversity of structures not seen elsewhere. We explore Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Here, at the Great Court of Ramses II, we see the ancient obelisk whose twin presides over Place de la Concorde in Paris. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Luxor Museum, displaying artifacts from the archeological site, two royal mummies, and items from the tomb of Tutankhamun, among other treasures. We dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 11: Luxor/Heliopolis We fly today to Cairo, where we transfer to our airport hotel. Tonight, we celebrate our Egyptian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 12: Depart for U.S. 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
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • 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

2019/2020 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

2019Oct 10
Oct 17
2019Oct 31
Nov 7
Dec 5


2020Mar 5
Mar 12
2020Jan 9
Jan 16
Jan 23
Feb 6
Feb 27
Boston, New York$3,597$3,797$3,897
Chicago, Houston,
Los Ang, Wash, DC
$3,897$4,097$4,197
Atlanta, Baltimore,
Char, Cinc, Cleve,
Dallas, Detroit,
Miami, Phil
$3,997$4,197$4,297
Den, Minneapolis,
Orlando, Phoenix,
Port (OR), San Fran,
Seattle, Tampa
$4,097$4,297$4,397

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $602, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $695. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2019/2020 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,195 per person

Accommodations
    Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo / Days 2-5 / Deluxe

    The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo sits on the banks of the Nile River, close to many historic sites including the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and the Egyptian Museum.  This contemporary hotel offers two restaurants, two bars, a lounge, spa with massage treatments, fitness center, rooftop outdoor pool, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Movenpick Resort Aswan, Aswan / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class

    Additional information to come.

    Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor / Days 8-10 / 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.

    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis, Cairo / Day 11 / Superior First Class

    Additional information to come.

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

Alexandria, Egypt

5 days/4 nights for $995 total price
Single Supplement: $225

Encounter the Greco-Roman past, and modern renaissance, of this legendary metropolis founded by Alexander the Great, today Egypt’s second largest city.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights in Alexandria at Helnan Palestine Hotel (Superior First Class); 1 night in Cairo at Hilton Cairo Heliopolis (Superior First Class)
  • 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive included sightseeing, including Kom el-Shokafa catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, Qaitbay Citadel, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), Royal Jewelry Museum, National Museum of Alexandria
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Rail transportation Alexandria/Cairo
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Our Tour Directors

Additional information coming soon.

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Bill Manley
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

Michael Haag
Luxor Illustrated, With Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Nile
The ideal companion to a Nile cruise, Haag introduces all the famous monuments and temples of Upper Egypt from Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamun to the marvels of Aswan and Abu Simbel in full color.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Egypt
This visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt includes 1,000 color photographs, maps and 3-D site diagrams.

Nelles
Egypt Map
This easy-fold map, featuring insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites, also covers Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel.

Cartographia
Cairo Map
A colorful, folded map of Cairo on thick paper. Insets of Luxor, Alexandria and Heliopolis. Scale 1:13,000.

Jailan Zayan
Culture Smart! Egypt
A handy pocket guide to understanding local customs and etiquette.

Bill Manley
Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners
Museum-goers and armchair travelers alike can gain a basic knowledge of the language and culture of ancient Egypt with this excellent step-by-step guide to decoding tomb scenes and inscriptions. With illustrations, photographs, a handy list of kings and gods and vocabulary.

Farouk El-Baz
Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)
A guide to common words and phrases in the widely spoken Cairo dialect.

William J. Murnane
The Ancient Egypt Guide
With sections on history, individual sites and practical details, this new edition of the classic Penguin Guide to Ancient Egypt has been thoroughly updated by Aidan Dodson.

Bruce Feiler
Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World
As engaged and thoughtful as ever, Feiler brings texture and insight to these thrilling tales of youthful revolt across the Arab world, weaving on-the-spot reports from Tahir Square and elsewhere with history and commentary.

Max Rodenbeck
Cairo, The City Victorious
Rodenbeck presents his hometown in all its chaotic, marvelous glory, combining a lively history of the 5,000-year-old metropolis with description, anecdote and political commentary

Tim Jeal
Explorers of the Nile
Tim Jeal widens his scope in this spirited new history of the great 19th-century quest for the origins of the Nile, covering the many expeditions and complex rivalries of Burton and Speke, Livingstone and Stanley and other Victorian adventurers with panache.

Geraldine Brooks
Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women
A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author’s many interviews with women throughout the Arab World.

Robert Twigger
Red Nile, A Biography of the World’s Greatest River
This biography of the Nile River overflows with stories of the human history that has played out on the great river’s banks. Twigger meanders along the Nile, bringing to the surface fascinating tales of crocodiles and caliphs, 19th-century adventurers and 20th-century novelists, biblical prophets and classical lovers.

Toby Wilkinson
The Nile
Renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson guides readers through Egyptian history on a Nile River journey. Readers are swept from the river’s mythical sources to famous historical and cultural sites all the way to Cairo.

Alan Moorehead
The Blue Nile
In this grand history of exploration and events on the great river from 1798 to 1869, Moorehead follows the course of the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean.

Robert L. Tignor
Egypt, A Short History
Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present.

John Romer
The Great Pyramid
Sweeping away centuries of myth and legend, archaeologist John Romer documents in meticulous detail how the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza was designed and built, revealing along the way much about life in ancient Egypt.

Jenny Jobbins
The Nile Cruise
Weaving classic travelers’ accounts with essays and 150 color photographs, this compact book beautifully illuminates the history and allure of the towns, temples and tombs of the Nile from Abydos to Abu Simbel.

Rosemary Mahoney
Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff
Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle.

Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile
How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt’s most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan.

Naguib Mahfouz
Palace Walk
The first volume in the monumental Cairo Trilogy, a family saga set in post-WWI Egypt. Nobel Prize-winning Mahfouz provides insight into life in Egypt and the revolution against the British.

Alaa Al Aswany
The Yacoubian Building
The politics, repressed desires, hopes and dreams of Cairo are reflected through the lives of the inhabitants of a once grand apartment house in this deft novel of contemporary Egypt.

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