Egypt Extension

The Great Pyramids and 4-Day Nile Cruise

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3795  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
Lodging: 3 nights first-class hotels, 4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with Nile-view cabins
Meals: all meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Archaeology
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours

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Explore Egypt’s open-air museum of astounding monuments, including the Great Pyramids, then set out for a 5-day cruise aboard the Nile Adventurer—with its yacht-style atmosphere—visiting ethereal riverside temples from Luxor to Aswan, with a grand finale at Abu Simbel, the celebrated World Heritage Site set on cliffs above the Nile. Our Egyptologist and Trip Leader Ahmed Ali or Mohamed Ossama will be your guide.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (Day 9 of Sudan trip)
Cairo, Egypt / Great Pyramids / Sphinx

Early morning flight from Khartoum to Cairo International Airport, where you are met and transferred to the 5-star Mena House Oberoi, the legendary colonial-era hotel set next to the Great Pyramids. After lunch at the Mena House, visit the Great Pyramids. Nothing quite prepares one for the first sight of these wonders of the world, constructed in 2600 BC. They continue to radiate the magnificence that has awed visitors for centuries. Time permitting, you can climb inside the Great Pyramid, built by Cheops (also known as Khufu).Nearby, visit the inscrutable Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the face of a man. You will also have a chance to visit the Solar Boat Museum on the south side of Khufu’s Pyramid. Overnight at the Mena House in the Garden Section, with views of the Pyramids...BLD

Day 2
Egyptian Museum / Islamic cairo

This morning, discover the treasures of Cairo’s incomparable Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in the heart of the city. It houses the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD, including the amazing treasures of the young king Tutankhamen, including his famous mask of solid gold in a perfect state of preservation. After lunch, explore Islamic Cairo, visiting the graceful Mohammed Ali Mosque within the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Then explore the world-famous Khan El Khalili bazaar, wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets to discover the artisan shops of one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East, built in 1382 Overnight at the Mena House...BL

Day 3
Luxor / Karnak Temple / Luxor Temple

Fly to Luxor, check into your cabin on the Nile Adventurer, then explore Luxor’s sprawling, 100-acre Karnak temple complex, with its great Hypostyle Hall, built on a massive scale to house the gods. After lunch on board, visit the Luxor Museum, an elegant, modern museum with a fabulous collection of artifacts from the Theban temples and necropolis. This evening visit to the Luxor Temple, a strikingly graceful piece of architecture on the banks of the Nile. Overnight aboard the Nile Adventurer, with its 28 air-conditioned riverview staterooms with en suite bathrooms. ..BLD

Day 4
West Bank, Thebes, Valley of Kings and Queens, King Tut’s Tomb

Head to the West Bank of the Nile to explore the Valley of the Kings and Queens, also known as the necropolis of Thebes, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent temples are raised to honor the Pharaohs entombed in the nearby cliffs. Here also are the tombs of queens, royal children, nobles, priests, artisans, and even workers. Your explorations include Tutankhamen’s Tomb,  the Valley of the Queens. and the impressive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut who, along with Cleopatra, was one of ancient Egypt’s two female Pharaohs. Overnight aboard the Nile Adventurer...BLD

Day 5
Esna / Edfu

Visit  the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum in the small town of Esna, with its well-preserved Great Hypostyle Hall, then cruise the Nile to Edfu, enjoying lunch on board. At Edfu, visit the remarkable Temple of Horus, the most completely preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. In the afternoon, cruise toward Kom Ombo, once a strategic trading town on the caravan route from Nubia. En route, enjoy a cooking lesson and afternoon tea. Overnight aboard the Nile Adventurer...BLD

Day 7
Aswan / Abu Simbel / Cairo

Early this morning disembark and fly to fantastic Abu Simbel, a magnificent example of both ancient grandeur and modern ingenuity and preservation. Ramses II, in a gesture of piety and self-aggrandizement, ordered two sun temples carved from the limestone mountains at Abu Simbel, and between 1290 and 1194 BC, stonemasons hewed giant figures of the king on the face of cliffs above the Nile. The figures radiated power, dominating the landscape with their ceaseless stares and subjugating all who dared to enter Egypt. In modern times, the temples of Abu Simbel were threatened by the waters that would rise with the completion of the High Dam at Aswan. A campaign to save them was organized by UNESCO. The job was massive and took two years to complete (1966-1968), but was a great success. At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 60 feet in height, gazing across the desert.  After your visit, fly back to Cairo and check in at the Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, well located near the Cairo international airport. Overnight at hotel...BL

Day 8

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights...B

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 1, Easiest. It is an overland touring trip with day walks exploring the fascinating ruins in this ancient and modern civilization. Please note that we have several early morning starts, especially on days with air travel.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016
$3795 (3-4 members)
$3995 (2 members)
Single supplement: $1190
Forced single supplement: $990
Internal airfare: $650 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Private expert Egyptologist in Cairo
  • 4 nights aboard the Nile Adventurer, 3 nights accommodations in hotels
  • all meals included except 2 dinners
  • Soft drinks, tea, coffee, mineral water with meals, daily afternoon tea aboard the Nile Adventurer
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers as noted, and baggage handling

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, visas, meals not specified at the end of each itinerary day, travel insurance, airfare or airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic and other beverages, laundry, etc.), modest camera fees at certain sites.

Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Cairo, Egypt

Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was bought and converted into a hotel ...
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<em>Nile Adventurer</em>

Nile Adventurer

Days 3 to 6 (4 nights), Nile River, Egypt

The luxurious 5-star Nile Adventurer, with only 28 double staterooms and four suites, enjoys a relaxed and intimate yacht-like atmosphere. Recently ...
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Fairmont Towers Heliopolis

Fairmont Towers Heliopolis

Day 7 (1 night), Cairo, Egypt

Conveniently located just five minutes from the Cairo airport, this large 247-room hotel is set around a huge glass-enclosed atrium decorated with ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.