Vast desert landscapes, soaring pyramids, and striking architecture of a bygone era characterize the mesmerizing country of Egypt. Allow yourself to be transfixed by the works of ancient civilizations dating back to 3000 BC whose preservation mirrors the tight grasp of ancient traditions that it’s people still embrace today. Be sure to include the thriving capital, Cairo, a city that, despite its recent political strife, genuinely welcomes visitors. The city is the perfect launching point for exploration of ancient mosques, monuments and the pyramids of Giza.
In addition to the pyramids of Giza and Dahshu, consider adding Mount Sinai to witness one of the oldest functioning mosques, where it is believed Moses received the ten commandments, and Siwa Oasis, a mud fortress of Greco-Roman architecture that was culturally isolated from the world until the 19th century. Cruising down the Nile River is one of the best ways to explore the ancient temples, tombs, and monuments between Luxor and Aswan. Glide down the river aboard a luxurious riverboat for a multi-day cruise guided by an Egyptologist. For those seeking full luxury consider ending your trip in a premiere resort along the Red Sea with fabulous beaches and some of the best diving in the world.
What’s To Love in Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza
Spanning over three generations in construction, the pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx that guards them have attracted tourists for thousands of years. Come visit the largest pyramid in Egypt and all the wonders these ancient structures have concealed!
City Tour- Cairo
There is much to explore in the city, from pyramids to monuments to museums, citadels, churches, synagogues, souks, tasting local cuisine – your choices are endless!
Memphis and Sakkara (Cairo)
Spend the day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Memphis Necropolis, the former capital of ancient Egypt, a city of white walls guarded by the alabaster sphinx and housing the colossus of Ramesses II. Then head Sakkara home to the stepped pyramid of King Djoser that preserves the tombs of Egypt’s ancestors.
Sound and Light Show
Visit the Philae Temple for an evening show that illuminates the temple against the picturesque night sky and guides visitors through the tales that are written in hieroglyphs along the walls, and told from the perspective of the deities to whom the temple is devoted.
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Situated in the heart of Cairo is a collection of souks and quarters that are home to workshops and vendors centered around a caravanserai that has been home to trading markets since the 13th century.
Cruise the Nile
Spend 3 to 4 nights traveling along the Nile in the luxury riverboat with premiere Egyptologists, award-winning chefs, and all the modern luxuries as you explore temples, ancient monuments, and stunning scenery along your way from Luxor to Aswan.
Egypt is home to fabulous dive sites, scattered throughout the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, One of the favorites is Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern edge of the Sinai Peninsula that boasts over 30 local dive sites encompassing reef, wall, and wreck dives.
Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city has maintained a shimmer of its status as the greatest metropolis in ancient Egypt, now a major port city that has preserved crucial historical sites such as Pompey’s Pilar, the Catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa, palaces and cathedrals.
Head to the Sinai Peninsula to trek the mountain where it is believed Moses received the ten commandments and home to the one of the oldest functioning Greek Orthodox monasteries in the world.
To avoid the heat it is best to travel between early October and mid May. June through September can be sweltering with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, although it is a dry heat and if you can bear it, the reward will be fewer people and reduced price tags.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Egypt can run from $500 - $800
+ USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon inclusion of a Nile River Cruise, destinations, lodging, activities, time of year, and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include all accommodations, private guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, ground transfers, breakfast, some lunches, dinners and beverages including local alcoholic beverages.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.