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Egypt Pyramids, Temples & Nile Multi-Adventure

Magnificent Monuments, Mighty River

 

On this spellbinding adventure through Egypt, discover this age-old land of mysterious tombs, majestic temples, and iconic pyramids. Investigate Cairo, one of the world's most fascinating capitals with world-class museums and historic monuments that have stood the test of time. Journey through 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

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Arrive:

Cairo, Egypt

Depart:

Cairo, Egypt

Price: from $7,895

Duration:

12 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

5-12 Guests

Min Age:

15 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

You will be touring cities, villages, and exploring archaeological sites on foot and by cruising. While none of the walking is particularly difficult, some days you\'ll be on your feet for much of the day.
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  • Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

    Day 1

    Arrive in Cairo on a late flight and meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport for the transfer to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

    Among Cairo's most exclusive addresses, this five-star property is flanked by lush botanical gardens and the western bank of the Nile. Elegant rooms come with French-style furnishings, river views, and a full spectrum of amenities like Wi-Fi and plush robes. Lounge by the pool, savor delicious Lebanese food at Aura restaurant, and unwind with an aromatic massage.

  • Discover Cairo & the Great Pyramids of Giza

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

    Among Cairo's most exclusive addresses, this five-star property is flanked by lush botanical gardens and the western bank of the Nile. Elegant rooms come with French-style furnishings, river views, and a full spectrum of amenities like Wi-Fi and plush robes. Lounge by the pool, savor delicious Lebanese food at Aura restaurant, and unwind with an aromatic massage.

    Activity: Cultural touring and camel ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tour the Pyramids of Dahshur & Sakkara

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

    Among Cairo's most exclusive addresses, this five-star property is flanked by lush botanical gardens and the western bank of the Nile. Elegant rooms come with French-style furnishings, river views, and a full spectrum of amenities like Wi-Fi and plush robes. Lounge by the pool, savor delicious Lebanese food at Aura restaurant, and unwind with an aromatic massage.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Luxor & Explore the Temples of Karnak & Luxor

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Al Moudira

    With ochre domes, ornate patios and gorgeous gardens, this boutique palace hideaway on the west bank of the Nile is a dreamy base for exploring Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. The high-ceilinged rooms showcase unique décor, with hand-painted murals and engravings. The swimming pool and Turkish bath make for a perfect spot to unwind; the Pavillion restaurant serves fusion fare.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Transportation: 1-hour 10-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Ancient Sites of Dendera & Abydos

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Al Moudira

    With ochre domes, ornate patios and gorgeous gardens, this boutique palace hideaway on the west bank of the Nile is a dreamy base for exploring Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. The high-ceilinged rooms showcase unique décor, with hand-painted murals and engravings. The swimming pool and Turkish bath make for a perfect spot to unwind; the Pavillion restaurant serves fusion fare.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit the Valleys of the Kings & Queens and Sail on the Nile

    Day 6

    Early this morning, check out and take an (optional) balloon ride over the western bank (at additional cost) or relax over a leisurely 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. In a restricted area not open to the public, we have an exclusive audience with Dr. Bahaa Gaber, Head of the West Bank Antiquities. Dr Gaber will share his insight about the Royal Tombs, behind the scenes stories related to the latest digs and finds at The West Bank of Luxor and exclusive updates on the most recent discoveries by the archeological missions. Transfer to your private dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat, for lunch and then set sail on the Nile.

    Accommodation: Albatros Dahabiya Boat

    This river cruise is an excellent way to experience the wonders of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. Watching the sunset from the deck is a rare opportunity to enjoy exclusive access to the Nile River, onboard a fully equipped river cruiser. Amenities include air conditioning, full bath and shower setups, internet connection, and LCD flat screen TV's. All meals are included on board, and the local guides enjoy sharing anecdotes of ancient history on this culturally rich and exciting section of the Nile.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise the Nile to the Ancient Sites of El-Kab & Edfu

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Albatros Dahabiya Boat

    This river cruise is an excellent way to experience the wonders of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. Watching the sunset from the deck is a rare opportunity to enjoy exclusive access to the Nile River, onboard a fully equipped river cruiser. Amenities include air conditioning, full bath and shower setups, internet connection, and LCD flat screen TV's. All meals are included on board, and the local guides enjoy sharing anecdotes of ancient history on this culturally rich and exciting section of the Nile.

    Activity: Cultural Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit El Ramadi & Djebel Silsila

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: Albatros Dahabiya Boat

    This river cruise is an excellent way to experience the wonders of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. Watching the sunset from the deck is a rare opportunity to enjoy exclusive access to the Nile River, onboard a fully equipped river cruiser. Amenities include air conditioning, full bath and shower setups, internet connection, and LCD flat screen TV's. All meals are included on board, and the local guides enjoy sharing anecdotes of ancient history on this culturally rich and exciting section of the Nile.

    Activity: Cultural Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tour the Temple of Kom Ombo

    Day 9

    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.

    Accommodation: Albatros Dahabiya Boat

    This river cruise is an excellent way to experience the wonders of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. Watching the sunset from the deck is a rare opportunity to enjoy exclusive access to the Nile River, onboard a fully equipped river cruiser. Amenities include air conditioning, full bath and shower setups, internet connection, and LCD flat screen TV's. All meals are included on board, and the local guides enjoy sharing anecdotes of ancient history on this culturally rich and exciting section of the Nile.

    Activity: Cultural Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Abu Simbel Temple & Back to Cairo

    Day 10

    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.

    Accommodation: Nile Ritz Carlton

    Situated along the Nile River in a quiet and upscale district, the Nile Ritz-Carlton is right in the heart of Cairo's social and business scenes. From its rooftop, panoramic views encompass Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum. With a lavish spa, pool, 24/7 fitness center, and 9 different restaurants, guests can unwind after a long flight and see the adventure before them from their luxurious scenic rooms.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer and 1.5-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Islamic & Coptic Cairo

    Day 11

    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.

    Accommodation: Nile Ritz Carlton

    Situated along the Nile River in a quiet and upscale district, the Nile Ritz-Carlton is right in the heart of Cairo's social and business scenes. From its rooftop, panoramic views encompass Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum. With a lavish spa, pool, 24/7 fitness center, and 9 different restaurants, guests can unwind after a long flight and see the adventure before them from their luxurious scenic rooms.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bid Farewell to Cairo

    Day 12

    Enjoy your last buffet breakfast in Cairo, check out and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Egypt Pyramids, Temples & Nile Multi-Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek journey skillfully covers Egypt's key sites, iconic pyramids, archaeological ruins, and tombs in 12 days.

Reason #02

This thrilling trip features tours guided by knowledgeable Egyptologists, for deep insights into the ancient culture.

Reason #03

The itinerary includes three days of scenic sailing on the Nile on a private dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat.

Meet your guides

Ola Zaid

Ola Zaid

Born and raised in Cairo , Ola joined Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management where and graduated with a degree in Egyptology. She has guided trips in the region for over twenty five years and has led groups with backgrounds from all over the world. He has led study tours and lectures infrequently on a variety of academic topics. Ola is tremendously personable and knowledgeable, and greatly looks forward to leading an adventurous and educational experience in Egypt.

Ahmed Wasfat

Ahmed Wasfat

Ahmed was born in 1973 and was raised in El Minia, in central Egypt and the ancient capital of the great Pharaoh Akhenaton. He received his Egyptology degree from the Tourism and Hotel Management Tourist Guidance Department in 1996, and for the last 20 years has been professionally guiding visitors throughout Egypt. Ahmed is fluent in English and has been carefully selected based on years of customer reviews. He brings both ancient and modern Egypt to life and becomes a mentor and trusted friend to our guests. Ahmed ensures everyone experiences the unique magic of Egypt to its fullest.

Maged Michel

Maged Michel

Maged graduated from Cairo University with degrees in both Business Administration and Egyptology before becoming a guide in 2003. Over the years, guiding inspired him to pursue his passion in photography, where he specializes in people, culture and events. In his free time, he acts as an Arabic to English translator for foreign delegates and volunteers with organizations that support children and the elderly.

Activities

Tours of ancient archaeological sites and museums, a sailing trip on the Nile, a camel ride, and visits to traditional villages.

Lodging

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.

Climate

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.

FAQ

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Egypt?

You do not need to take any vaccinations to visit Egypt.

Do I need to follow a special dress code for 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.

Do I need a visa to enter Egypt?

Yes, tourist visas are available on arrival for US Citizens.

What type of vehicles does this trip use to get around?

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.

What's the food like in Egypt?

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!

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Oct 21 - Nov 01, 2021
    $7,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 internal airfare+$1,000 single supplement
    AvailableConfirmed
  • Nov 11 - 22, 2021
    $7,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 internal airfare+$1,000 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 16 - 27, 2021
    $7,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 internal airfare+$1,000 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jan 18 - 29, 2022
    $8,095 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement
    Available
  • Feb 22 - Mar 05, 2022
    $8,095 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 11 - 22, 2022
    $8,095 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement
    Going Fast
  • Dec 21 2022 - Jan 01, 2023
    $8,095 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement

    Special Offer

    $600 Holiday Surcharge

    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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800-974-0300

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

8 to 12 guests from $8,295 per person double occupancy

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $9,195 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $8,595 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $8,295 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $8,095 per person double occupancy

	

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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