On this spellbinding adventure through Egypt, discover this age-old land of mysterious tombs, majestic temples, and iconic pyramids. Catch the buzz of Cairo, one of the world's most fascinating capitals with world-class museums and historic monuments that have stood the test of time. Journey across mind-blowing deserts, ride a camel across the sands, cruise the mighty Nile in a traditional sailboat for three days, witness ancient necropolis sites, and marvel at dazzling archaeological wonders expertly guided by an Egyptologist.
Behold the breathtaking beauty of the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the world's most impressive sights
Take in the legendary highlights of bustling Cairo, guided by a professional Egyptologist
Relax aboard a deluxe riverboat for a 3-day exploration of the enchanting River Nile
Arrive in Cairo on a late flight and meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport for the transfer to your hotel.
After a brief orientation, head out for a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, to see golden treasures from King Tutenkhamun's tomb and the famed mummies. Have lunch at a local restaurant and set out to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Solar Boat Museum. Enjoy a camel ride across the sands and visit the temple of the mysterious Sphinx. Enjoy a welcome dinner back at the hotel.
Today head out to visit the spectacular Dahshur Pyramids, an ancient royal necropolis approximately 25 miles south of Cairo. Take in the famed Bent Pyramid, unusual for its angled sides, and the Red Pyramid, the fourth highest pyramid ever built in Egypt, with almost 160 layers of stone. Have lunch at a local restaurant and drive on to the vast Sakkara complex, to see the step pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world, and tour the ancient tombs with incredible wall art.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, head out for a guided tour of the Karnak Temple, built over more than a thousand years by generations of pharaohs. Marvel at its great Hypostyle Hall, an incredible forest of giant pillars. Transfer to your hotel and set out for a guided sunset visit of the temple of Luxor, a strikingly graceful spot dedicated to the god of Amun-Ra. This evening enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in town.
After breakfast, drive north of Luxor along the banks of the Nile to Dendera. Visit the ancient site of Abydos, the burial place for pre-dynastic kings and pharaohs. This center of a holy city dedicated to Osiris, King of the Underworld, has striking relief-covered walls. Enjoy a boxed lunch and move on to the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor, goddess of pleasure and love, a wonderfully preserved complex complete with a massive stone roof, underground passages, and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Return to Luxor in the evening.
Early this morning, check out and take an (optional) balloon ride over the western bank (at additional cost) or relax over a leisurly breakfast. Together, head out to visit the Valley of the Kings, a remarkable necropolis with over 60 magnificent royal tombs carved into the desert rocks. Move on to the Valley of the Queens to marvel at the dazzling masterpiece of Egyptian ancient art, the Tomb of Nefertari, a shrine to the beauty of Ramses II pharaoh's favorite queen. Transfer to your private dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat, for lunch and then set sail on the Nile.
After breakfast on the boat, cruise to El-Kab, one of the oldest settlements of Upper Egypt, and visit the tombs of the governors and the ruins of the temple where Hathor and Horus used to meet. Enjoy lunch on board during the cruise down the Nile. Disembark to visit the majestic Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god of Horus. This evening, enjoy a BBQ dinner on Fawaza Island.
Savor breakfast on the boat, then cruise to El Ramadi, an old fishing village on the Nile. Enjoy lunch while cruising to the ancient site of Djebel Silsila, where you'll visit a temple from the Horemheb era and a quarry where sandstone for the temples was extracted. Have dinner on board in front of the temple.
Have breakfast on the boat and cruise the Nile. Visit the temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic period, from 108 to 47 BC. This stunning place of worship is dedicated to two triads of deities. One set consists of Sobek (crocodile god of the Nile), Hathor and their child Khonsu; the other consists of Haroeris, Tasenetnofret and their child Panebtawy. Return to the boat and enjoy lunch onboard along the way toward Aswan.
Disembark after the last breakfast on the boat and transfer to the Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival, drive on to the Great Temple of Ramses II on the banks of Lake Nasser. This complex of two temples is carved out of sandstone cliff and fronted by colossal statues. After witnessing this monumental site, board a flight from Abu Simbel to Cairo and meet your MT Sobek representative to transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast take a tour of Islamic Cairo, including the majestic Mohamed Ali Mosque and the medieval Citadel perched on a hill above the city. Also visit the mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al-Refai, the mausoleum for the royal family of Egypt. Enjoy lunch at the famous Azhar Park restaurant with splendid views of old Cairo, then head out for a tour of Coptic Cairo, featuring the Babylon Fortress, the Hanging Church (supported by only one column), and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Enjoy your farewell dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy your last buffet breakfast in Cairo, check out and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
This MT Sobek journey skillfully covers Egypt's key sites, iconic pyramids, archaeological ruins, and tombs in 12 days.
This thrilling trip features tours guided by knowledgeable Egyptologists, for deep insights into the ancient culture.
The itinerary includes three days of scenic sailing on the Nile on a private dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Tours of ancient archaeological sites and museums, a sailing trip on the Nile, a camel ride, and visits to traditional villages.
A boutique palace hotel in Luxor, a private sailing boat on the Nile, and luxury city hotels in Cairo to bookend the trip in style.
Egypt's weather is moderate throughout the year with the heat peaking during the summer months only (June-August). Winters in Egypt are generally very mild with little rainfall. However, desert winters can be much colder than the rest of the country.
You do not need to take any vaccinations to visit Egypt.
Around town, at historic sites, and on the cruise you can dress as you do on a normal hot summer's day back home. When entering mosques keep legs covered with long trousers or long skirts, and women should also cover as much bare skin as much as possible, especially shoulders, and wear a scarf over the head.
Yes, tourist visas are available on arrival for US Citizens.
We use a wide range of vehicles including jeeps, buses, and luxury coaches. They are all operated by experienced, multi lingual, qualified drivers to ensure that your trips are comfortable and safe.
Egyptian food is generally similar to many other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, including stuffed vine leaves, grilled meats, and numerous "dips" traditionally eaten with pitta-style bread. Rice with vegetables in tomato sauce, and pasta dishes baked in a similar way to lasagna, are both common. Specialties include stuffed or spit broiled pigeons, shish kebabs made of marinated chunks of lamb and spices, then grilled over hot charcoal and small ground lamb kebabs called kofta. Seafood is a good choice with prawns from the Red Sea, sea bass from the Mediterranean and a wonderful fish dish, tilapia, from the Nile. We've ensured you'll dine on some of Egypt's best food during your adventure!
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