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Egypt’s archaeological treasures have delighted and mystified visitors for thousands of years. Join us as we follow in the footsteps of explorers and royalty and experience the thrill of discovery while exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza, traversing the Avenue of the Sphinxes, and climbing into the Tomb of Tutankhamun. History may stand still in the ruins of temples and tombs, but our expert Egyptologist guide will bring it to life in the stories of gods, pharaohs, and legends from the great ancient civilizations that once walked these lands. On this tour, we will gain an insider’s perspective on the bustling city of Cairo and the world-renowned sites at Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, all while enjoying traditional Egyptian hospitality and a four-night luxury cruise along the Nile.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. Please note that many hotels in Egypt only offer European-style twin-bedded rooms where the single/full mattresses have separate bedding but are pushed very close together (sometimes even touching). Twin rooms will not have two double/queen beds that we are accustomed to in the U.S.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $930. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Our trip begins with an arrival transfer to the hotel in Cairo on Day 1. You’ll meet up with your guide and group in the hotel lobby after breakfast on Day 2, then head out to see the pyramids at Giza. Our trip concludes with a Farewell Dinner on the evening of Day 9 upon our return to Cairo. Most international flights depart late in the evening or after midnight.
While this trip is rated at moderate difficulty, climate and ground conditions can make some tour days feel quite exhausting. Travelers should feel comfortable walking up to three hours each day, with lots of time spent moving around and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs, sand, and rocky terrain. The archaeological sites, while not difficult to access, do require a significant amount of walking out under the hot sun, navigating sandy and rocky terrain, with stairs and narrow and/or low-ceilinged tunnel entrances. The Nile River cruise ship has 4 decks plus a sun deck with stair access only from the dining room on the bottom deck to the pool and lounge on the top deck (no elevator).
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
A visa is required for Egypt. U.S. passport holders can apply in advance with an eVisa or on arrival. Please check requirements for travel to Egypt and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. Egypt requires that your passport be valid for at least eight months after your entry into Egypt.
Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on important archaeological sites will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.