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10 Day Egyptian Golden Age & Nile Cruise

Trip Length

10 Days

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Trip Type


Trip Overview & Highlight

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Egyptian Golden Age and witness the remarkable relics and sites of ancient Egypt and the Old Testament.

Tour the Nile and visit pyramids, towns, tombs, and temples.

This unforgettable journey from Cairo to Giza and back will leave you awestruck and inspired.


  • Visit the upper-Nile Valley town of Luxor, known as Thebes in pharaonic times.
  • Walk the Karnak Temple complex, built by generations of pharaohs and covering 60 acres
  • Journey to the valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, home of King Tutankhaman. You visit the tomb, not normally seen by tourists.
  • Embark on the H.S. Radamis II, a deluxe river cruiser, for a four-night cruise up the Nile.
  • Dock at Kom Ombo to visit the twin temples dedicated to Horus and to Sobek, the Crocodile God.
  • Experience one of the oldest forms of transportation – a camelback ride – to the base of the Giza Pyramids

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What’s Included

  • International Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations throughout
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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DAY 1: Depart

Today we board our overnight flight from a New York area gateway to Cairo. Meals and entertainment will be available on flight.

DAY 2: Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, we will be met by our representative who will transfer us to our hotel in Cairo and enjoy some leisure time before dinner and overnight in Cairo. (D)

DAY 3: Karnak Temple/H.S. Radamis II Cruise

We transfer to the airport for our flight to the upper Nile Valley to Luxor, known as Thebes in pharaonic times. Visit the Karnak Temple complex, built by generations of pharaohs and covering 60 acres, then follow the partially buried two-mile Avenue of the Ram-headed Sphinxes to Luxor Temple, which was well-preserved by its cover of desert sand until its discovery in 9th century. Embark on the H.S. Radamis II, a deluxe river cruiser, for your four-night cruise up the Nile. Attend the Sound and Light Show this evening back at the Karnak Temple. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Valleys Of The Kings And Queens

We start our day by crossing to the west shore of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, the famed necropolis where tombs of 64 pharaohs have been found, including that of Tutankhamun, whose treasures were miraculously intact after 3,000 years. You visit the tomb, not normally seen by tourists. See the unique colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon before returning to our ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Nile Cruise/Edfu/Kom Ombo

This morning, our ship sails to Edfu for a visit to the nearly intact Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built by Ptolemy III in 0 BC. After lunch, continue cruising up the Nile past small villages, palm trees and farmers working in fields much the same as they did 2,000 years ago – with donkeys and camels. Dock at Kom Ombo to visit the twin temples dedicated to Horus and to Sobek, the Crocodile God. The temples are a classic example of Egyptian symmetry and design in construction. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Aswan/Philae Temple

Today we are docked in Aswan, location of the largest landfill dam in the world – the High Dam – which was built to control the annual flooding of the Nile and to provide electricity. Visit Philae Temple, relocated from another island to save it from the rising river waters when the dam was built, and see the granite quarry where an ancient obelisk lies cracked and unfinished. Late in the afternoon, visit the International Museum of Nubia which houses statues and monuments from the time of the Pharaohs, plus Coptic and Islamic treasures. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Abu Simbel/Cairo

This morning an optional tour to fly to Abu Simbel, the colossal temple that was carved from solid rock in 1235 BC by the great Rameses II. Beside it stands the Temple of Hathor, built to honor the Pharaoh’s wife, Nefertari. In the 1960’s, the temples were moved piece-by-piece up the hill to preserve them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. This evening we fly back to Cairo for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 8: Cairo/Egyptian Museum

After breakfast we start our tour for the visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the largest artifact collection from pharaonic times, including the unparalleled treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun – the “Boy King.” Your Egyptologist shows you the gold mask, toys, jewelry and throne, all found in the pharaoh’s tomb across the Nile from Luxor. Lunch is out on the town. Then visit the Old City of Cairo, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel. Enjoy a walk through the bazaar of Khan el Khalili, where stalls and shops overflow with jewelry, copper, brass, carpets and spices. Finish your day with a special reception and a presentation by an Egyptian archaeologist. (B,D)

DAY 9: Giza Pyramids/Sphinx/Saqqara

Experience one of the oldest forms of transportation – a camelback ride – to the base of the Giza Pyramids. Examine Cheop’s Great Pyramid, which is 4,500 years old and covers acres at its base. The famous Giza plateau also includes Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids and the Sphinx, protector of the pharaohs. A visit is included to the fascinating Solar Boat Museum, meant to transport the pharaoh to the afterlife. Next you tour Memphis, once the capital of ancient Egypt, and the necropolis at Saqqara to see Djoser’s Step Pyramid, the oldest freestanding stone structure in the world. (B,D)

DAY 10: Conclude Cairo

It’s time to return home with your life-long memories and treasures from the land of the pharaohs. We arrive home the same day.

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Essential Information & Weather 


Egypt has an arid desert climate and is generally both hot and sunny. As part of the northern hemisphere, seasons in Egypt follow much the same pattern as in Europe and North America, with winter falling between November and January, and the peak summer months falling between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert, record lows have dipped below freezing during the winter months. Most regions have very little precipitation regardless of the season, although Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country’s interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Aswan, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the River Nile, is 124 degrees Fahrenheit (51 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures remain high at the coast but are made more tolerable by regular cool breezes. For real-time weather updates: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/egypt

Packing List

Though Egypt is a more conservative country than most Western tourists are used to, it is very tourist friendly. A good rule of thumb for the dress code in Egypt for tourists is to cover your arms and legs, especially in mosques or more conservative areas. To beat the heat, stick to loose and light fabrics such as cotton, silk or rayon — especially if traveling during the summer. For the purpose of simplification, Egypt has two main seasonal variations, with the first lasting from November to March, and the second from April to October. While of course four seasons are present, when speaking of weather in Egypt it’s often divided into two to describe the hot and ‘cold’ season. Suggested packing list for women:

• 3-5 Pairs of underwear

• 1 Pair of solid walking shoes (I wore my Keens hiking sandals)

• 2 Loose fitting, wide legged ankle length pants

• 1 Ankle length light weight skirt

• 3 Tunic style wrist length tops that have modest necklines

• 2-3 Light weight scarves

• 1 Scarf pin

• 1 Swimsuit

• 1 Bathing suit cover up

• At least 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes, 1 pair of sandals or beach shoes, and one pair of more formal shoes for cultural events.

Suggested packing list for men:

• Shorts or short skirts as you see fit (covering the knee, if possible)

• 7-10 short-sleeve t-shirts, as long as they cover shoulders and arms.

• At least one or two more formal shirts

• 3-4 long pants, preferably light for warmer weather

• 7-10 pairs of socks

• Swimsuit or bathing suit

• At least 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes, 1 pair of sandals or beach shoes, and one pair of more formal shoes for cultural events.

Toiletries & medicine:

• High SPF sunscreen

• After sun lotion

• Anti-diarrheal medicine

• Sanitizing gel & hand wipes

• Over-the-counter Pain medicine

• Blister plasters

Daypack packing list:

• A water bottle: This is a non-optional item, don’t toss plastic, and staying hydrated is imperative

• Camera: In Egypt there are pictures that beg to be taken, this is one place you might even consider carrying that heavy DSLR

• Sunscreen: Not joking, you need this, even if you “don’t burn”

• Sunglasses: Invest in a good, polarized pair for this trip

• Copies of your documents: You might not want to carry your passport and documents everywhere, but do carry copies

• Small umbrella

• Hat

• Sunglasses


Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.


U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt. Renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD.

Currency & Exchange

Egypt’s official currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP). One Egyptian pound is made up of 100 piastres. The smallest denominations are 25 piastres and 50 piastres, both of which are available in coin or note form. Notes also come in the following denominations: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. Smaller notes are especially useful for tipping but are in increasingly short supply. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stockpile them when you can by drawing irregular amounts from ATMs or ensuring change by paying with larger bills in high-end establishments. You will often see prices preceded by the abbreviation LE. This stands for livre égyptienne, the French translation of Egyptian pound. The currency is sometimes abbreviated as E£ or £E in online forums. The Egyptian Tourism Authority advises that travelers are not allowed to bring more than 5,000 EGP (approximately 320 USD) into the country in local currency. You can bring up to 10,000 USD or the equivalent in foreign currency and then swap it for Egyptian pounds at a currency exchange. Currency exchanges are found in all airports and many big hotels. Banks will also exchange foreign notes. Sometimes the easiest and cheapest way to get cash is to withdraw it from a local ATM. ATMs are readily available in big cities like Cairo or Alexandria. If you’re headed to a more remote area, make sure to draw enough cash before you leave as you may struggle to find an ATM once you reach your destination. Only use ATMs in reputable areas and be wary of anyone trying to assist you. Most ATMs will charge a small fee for using a foreign card so it makes sense to minimize costs by drawing larger amounts. Some ATMs have a EGP 2,000 limit, however; look for a Banque du Caire machine if you wish to draw more than that.Debit and credit cards from major foreign banks should be accepted throughout Egypt (Visa and Mastercard cards are typically a safe bet).

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Internet access in most of Egypt is cheap and easy, with even the smallest and most out-of-the-way villages sporting at least rudimentary Internet capacity. Internet cafes can be found throughout, and all four- and five-star facilities should provide Internet access, though they. May be at cost. In Cairo, almost every cafe and quite a few fast-food outlets feature free wireless Internet, and those that don’t are usually within range of one that does. Additionally, in Luxor and Sharm el Sheikh, two major mobile service providers, Vodafone and Mobinil, are competing to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout town. If your laptop is not Wi-Fi equipped, there is cheap and good dial-up access throughout the country that you can access from your hotel room. Most hotels and Internet cafes will also let you plug into their network through the Ethernet port on your laptop. Egypt’s country code is 020. All Egyptian phone numbers are pre-fixed by a city code. International calls are quite expensive, so use VOIP or app-based communications if you can. If you have a 3G mobile phone with global roaming capability, your phone will work in Egypt, provided you are in an area covered by 3G service. You will be charged international roaming rates for calls and SMS messages, but the device’s data capabilities and internet connection will work at no additional charge. If you do decide to bring your 3G phone with you to Egypt, verify that you have global roaming capabilities with your provider (and that they extend to Egypt).

Electricity and Adapters

Egypt uses two pronged, rounded plugs with 220 volts. It’s a good idea to bring a couple of them should you need to recharge both your camera and phone simultaneously.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Public modesty in dress and deportment is highly valued in Egypt. There is a form of dress code that affects women more than men, and that requires clothing that covers all the body but the hands and face. For women, this most visibly means wearing a head scarf that covers the hair and ears and is pinned under the chin, though there are many other styles ranging from simply covering the hair to covering the entire face. This is the sense in which veiling exists in Egypt, but the situation is volatile, with a good deal of variety. Many women do not veil at all. What is proper, or required, or necessary, is hotly debated in contemporary Egypt. The motivations for veiling are numerous, and range from those who accept that this is a requirement of Islam to those who cover themselves essentially to satisfy their relatives, male and female. Men are also enjoined to dress modestly, but the changes are not as striking, involving for instance loose trousers and long sleeves. For both men and women, the principle is that clothes should disguise the shape of the body

Food & Water

Water: In Egypt, drinking water from the tap is not recommended. Water treatment plants in and around Cairo heavily chlorinate the supply, so the water in the capital is relatively safe to drink. However, it is advisable everywhere else in Egypt to purchase bottled water or drink treated or purified water. Bottled water is readily available in Egypt and is usually very cheap, but for environmental reasons, consider other options to save on plastic waste. Bring a reusable bottle or canteen (we recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity) that can be refilled as needed, or buy some water purifying tablets or a sterilising kit to treat your on water on the go. Some hotels you stay in may have drinking water available in large drums. Your local leader can tell you the best and most sustainable source of filtered water, and where to find it. Food: Egyptian cuisine is very part of the middle-eastern tradition, with some dishes unique to the destination. You’ll notice, for example, use of fava beans as a replacement to chickpeas in delights such as Hummus and Ta’ameya, the Egyptian falafel. Meat plays a significant role on the Egyptian plate, but there are plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians, given the expansive use of pulses, grains and vegetables.


Egypt is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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