Nefertiti to the Nile Expedition
See the best that Egypt has to offer from Cairo to Aswan to Luxor and ending at the Red Sea. You’ll begin in Cairo, exploring this vast metropolis including the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids of Giza. Next, you’ll head to Aswan to embark on your cruise on the Nile, seeing the historical sites of Kom Ombo and Edfu along the way.
Once in Luxor, we’ll soar above the sites on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You will explore the tombs on the West Bank, and marvel at the temples on the East Bank. Then it’s on to El Gouna for scuba diving and sunshine at the Red Sea. This tour covers the best of Egypt in style!
MARCH 13 - 23, 2023
SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 5, 2023
10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS
Max Group Size:
Sample Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Cairo
It’s time for our big adventure! We’ll meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport before being escorted to our accommodation.
We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner where you’ll meet your fellow travel companions before cozying up for a good night’s sleep.
- Welcome Dinner
Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
After breakfast, we will head to Saqqara to visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest pyramid in Egypt!
You’ll proceed to the Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus.
After a scenic lunch, we’ll end our sightseeing at the famous Sphinx and the Valley Temple facing the great statue.
Overnight in Cairo.
- Saqqara and the Step Pyramid of Djoser
- Pyramids of Giza
Cairo and Ancient Egyptian History
Have a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, and then you will be escorted by your private guide to visit the Egyptian Museum.
Lunch will be in a local restaurant before moving to visit the Citadel of Salah El-Din, including Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside the Citadel complex. This is one of the best spots in the city for a panoramic view of Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo.
- Egyptian Museum
- Citadel of Salah El Din
- Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque
Abu Simbel and Aswan
Check out of your hotel very early in Cairo (with breakfast provided on the go), where you will fly to Aswan with your guide.
As an optional add-on, you can visit Abu Simbel, one of the most picturesque complexes in all of Egypt. You will tour this magnificent complex and learn about how the temple was moved to higher ground.
In the afternoon, check into your hotel in Aswan and enjoy the beautiful views of feluccas sailing the Nile.
Overnight in Aswan.
- Abu Simbel (Optional)
- Free Time in Aswan
- Accommodation in Aswan
Nile Cruise & Philae
After a delicious breakfast, we will enjoy a felucca ride before boarding our Nile Cruise.
Enjoy lunch on board, before taking a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika.
This will be followed by a visit to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk.
Overnight on Nile Cruise.
- Philae Temple
- Unfinished Obelisk
Kom Ombo and Edfu
A breakfast buffet will be served on board. This morning, explore the Kom Ombo temple. This unique historical site features a crocodile museum where crocodiles were mummified!
Enjoy lunch and a dip in the pool on board our cruise as we sail to Edfu.
This afternoon, your Egyptologist will guide you around the extraordinary Temple of Edfu.
Back on board, enjoy refreshments as we sail to Luxor.
Overnight on Nile Cruise.
- Temple of Kom Ombo
- Temple of Horus
- Onboard Activities
Luxor's East and West Bank
This morning, visit the Valley of the Kings. You will have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.
After lunch, your Egyptologist will guide you around the Temple of Karnak.
In the evening, we will visit the Luxor Temple after dark.
- Luxor's West Bank
- Valley of the Kings
- Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
- Colossi of Memnon
- Karnak and Luxor Temples
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
As an optional add-on, start your morning early with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Luxor. Then, enjoy your breakfast on board. Check out from your Nile cruise after breakfast.
Then, drive to El Gouna by bus to your Red Sea resort. From Luxor to El Gouna is about a 3.5-hour drive. Choose to spend the rest of the day by the pool or hang by the beach for some rest and relaxation.
- Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride (Optional)
- Travel to El Gouna
Snorkeling and Diving in Gouna
With some of the best underwater sites in the world, you’ll get the chance to snorkel or scuba dive in the Red Sea! We’ve chartered a private boat to enjoy some much-needed Vitamin Sea after 8 days under the hot Egyptian sun!
Choose to hang on the beach, snorkel, or scuba dive as you explore the beauty of the Red Sea and its wonderful marine life.
We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring El Gouna by foot (and Tuk Tuk)!
Included in the tour
- Snorkeling (Optional)
- Scuba Diving (Optional)
El Gouna to Cairo
After breakfast at your hotel in El Gouna, we will depart for our flight back to Cairo.
We’ll wander around the captivating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East.
Check into our luxury accommodation for some downtime before our farewell dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip!
Included in the tour
- Domestic Flight from Hurghada to Cairo
- Visiting the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
- Farewell Dinner
- Luxury Accommodation
Departure from Cairo
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo. Check-out and transfer to Cairo International Airport for final departure. We will transfer all guests to arrive three hours prior to their flight departure.
Included in the tour
- Airport Transfer
The above is a sample tour itinerary and accommodation and activities may be modified based on availability. This tour covers the whole of the country of Egypt and, naturally, involves a LOT of travel time. We will have some days with 3 domestic flights. Many tours leave out at least one highlight in the country because of the distance to travel, but this tour offers the full experience. Note that our itinerary focuses on local experiences, including food, so some meals might not have many Western options. The itinerary is subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors outside of our control. Egypt can reach temperatures over 100F. While we strive to keep you as comfortable as possible, it can be hot and uncomfortable at times. Keep in mind that every activity is optional and you can opt-out of activities you aren’t comfortable with. For more information on our COVID health and safety procedures, visit our FAQ.
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- Arrival (Day 1) & Departure (Day 11) Airport Transfers
- 10 Nights Luxury Accommodation (Double Occupancy)
- 3 Amazing Meals per Day
- Ground Transportation
- Local Guides
- Entry Fees & Tickets to Activities
- All Listed Activities + More!
- Airport Transfers Outside of the Tour Dates
- International Airfare
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
- Entry Visa
- Tips for Drivers and Guides ($400 - Required)
- Optional Visit to Abu Simbel ($460) Includes return flights + private guide
- Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride ($240)
- COVID Testing (If Required)
- Additional Snacks & Meals
$839510 Nights + 11 Days
Includes 20% Non-Refundable Deposit
Only 12 Spots Available
Payment Plans Available