Explore the main sites of ancient Egypt on an 8-day tour of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan. Journey back in time to discover the myths of the famous Pyramids of Giza, Temples of the Pharaohs, and magnificent Nile River.
What to Expect
Take a comprehensive journey back in time to the great myths of ancient Egypt. This 8-day tour of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan takes in temples and museums, exploring the world of the pharaohs. You will sail by felucca on sacred Lake Nasser, see the High Dam at Aswan, and explore centuries of antiquities in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Day 1: Cairo
Arrive at Cairo Airport for your pick-up and transfer to your overnight accommodation by air-conditioned car.
Day 2: Cairo - Aswan
Start your first full day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. See the largest and most precious assortment of Egyptian art in the world. Boasting a rare collection of 5,000 years of antiquities, with over 250,000 genuine artifacts, among the exhibits you can visit are the relics of Tutankhamen’s treasures of gold and jewelry, which were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before their excavation in the 1920s.
Continue with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, and explore the pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Get a close-up view of the Great Sphinx, the huge funeral complex that is guarded by the legendary statue of a lion’s body and face of King Chephren.
Transfer to the train station for your overnight train to Aswan. You will be served a 5-star dinner on board, before you settle down for the night in sleeper accommodation.
Day 3: Aswan -
Enjoy breakfast on the train before your arrival in Aswan. A tour representative will meet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Then, start your full-day tour at the High Dam and the Temple of Philae on Lake Nasser. You will sail by traditional Egyptian felucca to the island of Agilkia to visit the temple complex, which was removed from its original site after it lay submerged for most of the year under the waters of Lake Nasser. Tour the main Temple of Isis, built between the 26th-Dynasty and the Roman period.
Return to the mainland and drive to Aswan for a view of the High Dam, and enjoy serene views of sacred Lake Nasser. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Aswan.
Day 4: Aswan - Luxor
Transfer to Luxor by train after breakfast. On arrival, a local representative will take you to your hotel before the start of your full-day tour to the West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, and Hatshepsut Temple.
You will visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the East Bank, and cross the Nile for the drive to the Valley of Kings, where you will visit the tombs of various dynasties, including the mortuary temples of Deir el-Bahari. On the return journey, stop at the Colossi of Memnon and admire the 2 gigantic sitting statues representing Amenophis III. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, before the return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Luxor.
Day 5: Luxor (Free Day) – Cairo
Today you are free to relax or explore on your own. Optional full-day tours are available to the East Bank to see the temples of Karnak and Luxor. After exploring the granite statues of Ramses the Great at Luxor Temple, you can proceed by carriage or bus to Karnak, and explore the series of temples that reflect various reigns of ancient Egypt. Walk up the Avenue of the Sphinxes, and visit the Great Hypostyle Hall to see the 134 gigantic columns.
Alternatively, take a hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Drift peacefully across the Valley of the Queens, and get panoramic views of the Valley of the Nobles.
Transfer to Luxor train station for your overnight train to Cairo. You will be served dinner on board and enjoy sleeper accommodation.
Day 6: Cairo - Alexandria
Following an on board breakfast before your arrival in Cairo, transfer by car to Alexandria, where you will be met by a local representative for the transfer to your hotel. Then, start your full-day tour of Alexandria with a visit to the Roman Theater, where marble seats could seat up to 800 spectators.
Visit the galleries and see mosaic flooring, before touring the pleasure garden surrounded by Roman villas and baths. Continue to Pompay’s Pillar, and the Catacomb of Kom El-Shoqafa. Set over 3 levels, the tombs also contain the Triclinium, where relatives would sit on stone benches for the feast in honor of the dead. Look for the reliefs of bearded serpents, and the 2nd-Century statues of Sobec and Anubis in their Roman armor.
Return to your hotel for your overnight stay in Alexandria.
Day 7: Alexandria - Cairo
After breakfast at your hotel, return to Cairo by air-conditioned car. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
You can then take an optional full-day tour to Sakkara, southwest of Cairo. See the Step Pyramids, the first proper pyramids built for King Zoser, and considered to represent the evolution of the pyramid, from the simple mastaba to the pyramid in its known form.
Visit the pyramids of Unas and Oser-Kaf, and the Mastaba of Mereruka. See the carved and painted tombs of Ti and Pta-Hotep. Then continue to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt with its colossal statue of Ramses II and great alabaster sphinx that guards the Temple of Ptah. Return to Old Cairo and visit Abu Serga Church, the famous Hanging Church, and the old Jewish synagogue of Ben Ezra. You can also enjoy an optional dinner cruise on the Nile, with belly dancing and tanura shows.
Day 8: Cairo - Departure
Following breakfast at your hotel, a tour representative will transfer you to the airport and assist you through final departure formalities.
- 2 nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis
- 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Alexandria on bed and breakfast basis
- 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Aswan on bed and breakfast basis
- 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Luxor on bed and breakfast basis
- 2 nights 4-star sleeper train, dinner and breakfast included
- All transfers in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan
- 1 full-day tour in Cairo, visiting the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Egyptian Museum
- 1 full-day tour in Alexandria, visiting The Roman Theater, Pompay’s Pillar, and Catacomb of Kom El-Shoqafa
- 1 full-day tour in Aswan, visiting High Dam, and Temple of Philae
- 1 full-day tour in Luxor, visiting the West Bank
- Multilingual Egyptologist guide
- All tours and excursions by air-conditioned bus
- Meet and assist at all destinations
- All entrance fees
- Taxes and services
- Train ticket from Aswan to Luxor
What's Not Included
- Entry visa for Egypt
- Any optional tours