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Nancy Huntley
Springfield, IL

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Wellesley, MA

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Raleigh, NC

The small group (20) was perfect.

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Foster City, CA

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Grafton, OH

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Denver, CO

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Chagrin Falls, OH

It was a truly first-rate experience in every way.

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Annandale, VA

Each of our four tours with you has been outstanding!

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Raleigh, NC

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The Villages, FL

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Carol & Michael Ferraris
Massapequa Park, NY

The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.

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Vancouver, WA

All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.

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Georgetown, TX

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New York, NY

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Seattle, WA

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Williamstown, MA

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Shepherdstown, WV

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Austin, TX

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Miami, FL

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Newburgh, IN

Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!

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New York, NY

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Dallas, TX

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Kent, OH

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Cairo touring, including renowned Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo
  • Pyramids of the Giza Plateau
  • Memphis and Sakkara excursion
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples and statuary
  • Three-night Nile cruise
  • Luxor’s East and West banks: Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens
  • Alexandria touring: Pompey’s Pillar, Citadel of Qaitbay, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Expert Egyptian Tour Director
Day-by-Day Trip 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 We meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a morning briefing about the journey ahead then set out for the day. We begin at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, which holds more than 120,000 relics and antiquities from throughout Egyptian history. We continue on to the Citadel of Saladin, an impressive medieval hilltop fortress. Tonight: a reception at our hotel followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 4: Cairo This morning we travel to the Giza Plateau and its three famed pyramids, including the Great Pyramid (or Pyramid of Cheops), which survives as the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Great Pyramid was built around 2600 BCE and stands more than 450 feet tall. We also see the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. This afternoon, we encounter Egypt’s Old Cairo, including 5th-century St. Sergius Church; Coptic el-Mauallaqa, the “hanging church” built over the bastions of a Roman gate; and 10th-century St. George’s Church. B,L

Day 5: Cairo Today we visit some of the finest sites in Egyptian antiquity, beginning at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital. We continue to nearby Sakkara, a necropolis used for more than 3,000 years to bury Old Kingdom royalty – and still largely unexcavated today. This afternoon we return to Cairo, where we visit the colorful Khan El-Khalili bazaar (dating to the 14th century). B,L

Day 6: Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel It’s a very early morning as we fly to Aswan and then connect with a flight to Abu Simbel. Here, desert sands replace the Lower Nile’s cultivated fields and the Nubian influence still casts an exotic spell. We see the temples and colossal statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari that were dismantled stone by stone and moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan Dam. The site is awe-inspiring; four statues of Ramses each stand 65 feet high, and the temples’ well-preserved pictographs tell some remarkable ancient stories. At midday we fly back to Aswan, where we have lunch at a local restaurant and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. B,L,D

Day 7: Embark Nile Cruise We embark our Nile cruise ship this morning then visit the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when it opened in 1970. Next, we explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temples of Philae, which were relocated when the Aswan High Dam was completed – after having been submerged by the construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1906. This afternoon, we board small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats, for a relaxing sail. B,L,D

Day 8: Nile Crusing – Aswan/Kom Obu/Edfu This morning, we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture. Later we cruise to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, which sat on the great caravan route from Nubia. Here we see outstanding Nile views from an unusual double temple, dedicated both to the crocodile God Sobek and to the falcon God Haroeris. B,L,D

Day 9: Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank In Edfu this morning, we tour the Temple of Horus, considered the best preserved of all Egypt’s ancient temples. Then we cruise to Luxor, once the ancient city of Thebes, the world’s “greatest open-air museum” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. We explore Luxor’s East Bank, site of the splendid Karnak Temple, which was under construction for some 1,500 years. We also see the temple’s enormous pylons, the Temple of Ramses II, the Great Hypostyle Hall, and the two Obelisks of Hatshepsut. Next: Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. B,L,D

Day 10: Disembark/Luxor We disembark our ship and then tour Luxor’s West Bank, including the haunting Valley of the Kings, where we see the magnificent paintings in several of the 34 royal tombs; the Valley of the Queens, where the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut honors one of the few female pharaohs; and the imposing 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues, each standing 65 feet high. B,D

Day 11: Luxor We have the choice to rise very early today to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride. Together, we visit Luxor Museum, which houses relics discovered at Luxor, including the mummified remains of two pharaohs, items from the renowned tomb of Tutankhamun, and statuary from the New Kingdom era (c. 16th-11th century BCE). B,L

Day 12: Luxor/Cairo/Alexandria Following our morning flight to Cairo, we board our motorcoach bound for Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city and main port. En route, we visit the 4th-century Coptic Orthodox monastery of Deir Anba Bishoi, dedicated to the Egyptian Saint Pishoy. This afternoon we reach Alexandria, the great city of antiquity founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE. B,D

Day 13: Alexandria Today’s touring begins at the Catacombs of Kon El Shoqafa, the tri-level “mound of shards” that cast light on Alexandria’s Greco-Roman heritage. Next: Pompey’s Pillar, a massive freestanding column measuring 67 feet high that was constructed from a single piece of red Aswan granite, then the well-preserved ruin of an ancient Roman theater. Later, we proceed to the Citadel of Qaitbay, built on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. B,L,D

Day 14: Alexandria This morning we visit the site of another wonder of ancient Alexandria, though it too has sadly been lost to time: the Great Library of Alexandria. Founded in the 3rd century BCE, the library was considered one of the greatest accomplishments of antiquity. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina complex we visit today pays tribute to this ancient wonder, with its huge, visually stunning main reading room that has space for nearly nine million books. Later we tour the National Museum of Alexandria, displaying more than 1,800 items from different Egyptian eras. B,L

Day 15: Alexandria/Cairo On tap today: the Royal Jewelry Museum, with jewelry, paintings, and statues of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty from the 19th and 20th centuries. Then, we coach to Cairo and our airport area hotel, where we celebrate our Egyptian adventure over a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 16: Depart for U.S. Very early this morning, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the United States. 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.

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels; 3 nights aboard Deluxe Nile cruise ship
  • 33 meals: 14 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 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)
2024 Tour Dates & Prices

2024 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 5
Oct 12
Nov 16
Nov 23
Oct 19
Oct 26
Nov 2
Nov 9
Nov 30
Dec 7
Boston, New York$5,697$5,797
Chicago, Houston,
Los Ang, Wash, DC
Atlanta, Baltimore,
Char, Cinc, Cleve,
Dallas, Detroit,
Miami, Phil
Den, Minneapolis,
Orlando, Phoenix,
Port (OR), San Fran,
Seattle, Tampa

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 and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $702, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,495. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades (subject to availability; pricing subject to change) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class: $4,995 per person; Premium Economy: $1,695 per person

    Sofitel Cairo Nile el Gezirah, Cairo / Days 2-5 / Deluxe

    The Sofitel Cairo Nile el Gezirah is located at the southern tip of Gezirah Island in the Nile River, close to the sites of historic Cairo.  The 433-room hotel features five restaurants, a bar and lounge, spa with massage treatments, fitness center, swimming pool, laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room overlooks the Nile River and has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

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

    Sitting on Elephantine Island in the middle of the timeless Nile, Mövenpick Resort Aswan offers privacy and tranquility with the convenience of staying just feet from some of Egypt’s greatest treasures.  The sprawling resort offers four restaurants, three bars, tropical gardens and terraces, tennis court, fitness center, shopping, two swimming pools, laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has a view of the Nile, and all include private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

    M/S Royal Lotus, Nile River / Days 7-9 /

    The M/S Royal Lotus gives travelers a unique vantage point from which to absorb the eternal Nile in the comfort of spacious and luxurious accommodations.  With just 62 cabins, the ship offers a level of personal service well suited to small group travel.  Amenities include a restaurant, three bars, fitness center, on-site doctor, gift shop, spa with sauna and massage services (for a fee), laundry service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet service.  Situated on the canopied sun deck are a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, and bar.  Air-conditioned cabins feature panoramic windows with Nile views, private bath with hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, Luxor / Days 10-11 /

    Resting on the edge of the River Nile, the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa occupies a lush property framed by palm trees and located just a few miles from Luxor’s city center.  The hotel features a range of dining options, with two main restaurants, a waterfront café, tea bar, poolside bar, outdoor lounge, and a terrace cocktail bar.  Other amenities include a spa with a Nile-view infinity pool and thermal garden, outdoor pool, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Helnan Royal Alexandria, Alexandria / Days 12-14 /

    Helnan Royal Alexandria occupies a fascinating location along the Mediterranean coast, directly adjacent to the Montaza Palace, which was once used as a vacation retreat for the Egyptian royal family.  The hotel offers four dining options, including Mediterranean, Japanese, and Italian restaurants, along with a lounge/bar, spa with massage and beauty services (for a fee), steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness center, swimming pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Le Méridien Cairo Airport, Cairo / Day 15 /

    Le Méridien Cairo Airport is conveniently located inside of Cairo International Airport, providing a comfortable getaway with prime access to shopping, dining, and entertainment.  The hotel features three restaurants, a sports bar and coffee bar, fitness center, outdoor pool, gift shop, laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee), Wi-Fi internet access (for a fee), and a pedestrian bridge to the airport.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature modern décor with splashes of color, and include private bath with hair dryer, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors
Reda Aziz

“Reda was one of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. His knowledge base, humor, friendliness and organization were amazing.”
Debra Moser
Potomac, MD

Hassan Latif

“It was a privilege to have Hassan as our tour director. His knowledge was bottomless, his caring for the group and sense of humor made it an outstanding trip.”
Elizabeth Rainoff
Southern Pines, NC

Tarek Morsy

“The tour guide really makes the trip, and Tarek made this one unsurpassable. His experience, knowledge, and passion for his country and heritage were engaging and infectious, and he took great care to make our trip exceedingly memorable.”
Chris Creaghan & Nancy Wertsch
Bronx, NY

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

Ayman Riad

“A true gem. He was both knowledgeable and personable. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his talks always included amusing anecdotes.”
Marcy Stecker
Great Neck, NY

Sameh Samir

“Sam is fabulous! Very knowledgeable, well organized, and great with people. Could not have been better. He was the best!”
John and Martha Gerty
Greene, NY

Amr Sharkwy

“Amr was outstanding, he was a wealth of knowledge about everything Egyptian (history, religion, and culture).”
JoAnn & Brian Royce
Davison, MI

Rania Shouman

“Raina’s expertise and knowledge of Egyptian history and current affairs were astounding and wonderful.”
David Hook
San Jose, CA

Sameh Eissa

“I honestly cannot imagine a better tour director than Sam. He was far and away the best I’ve experienced. I thought he did a fantastic job balancing research and information with his own thoughts and experiences, and he was beyond knowledgeable about the sites we visited.”
Alexandra Solomon
Glastonbury, CT

Hatem Hossam

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

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