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history • 10 days, 9 nights

In the Footsteps of Pharaohs: Exploring Ancient Egypt

history • 10 days, 9 nights

In the Footsteps of Pharaohs: Exploring Ancient Egypt

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $4,360 USD per person
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Trip Overview

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.

  • Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza with an expert Egyptologist guide
  • Cruise up the Nile and visit the Valley of The Kings and King Tut’s Tomb
  • Walk the back streets of Old Islamic Cairo and stop in at the local bazaar
  • Enter the ancient necropolis of Saqqara
  • Meet the gaze of Ramses the Great at Abu Simbel


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

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The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

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.

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.

Arrival & Departure

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. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be happy to provide suggestions for other destinations.

Activity Level

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.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels and luxury riverboat.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including airport transfers.
  • Domestic economy flights as noted in the itinerary.
  • Experienced Egyptologist guide to accompany you for the duration of the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for local representatives, drivers, porters, and wait staff.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Egypt to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Cairo.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages (only available at hotels).
  • Applying for an Egypt visa.
  • Tips for Egyptologist guide.
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