Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Hotel

Transportation

Private Van

Air Ticket

Domestic Flight

Entrance Tickets

Included

$2,700

No matter how old we get, Ancient Egypt’s hold on the imagination remains as timeless and enduring as the pyramids themselves. Experiencing Egypt’s wonders as an adult is an experience you never forget; imagine what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs as a child. This compelling family-focused trip is wonderment incarnate for young and old, combining the archaeological sites you’ve read about, a cruise down the Nile, and a welcome beach break on the shores of the Red Sea, too.

The adventure begins in Cairo, capital of the modern Egyptian state and gateway to the distant past. After a full day spent exploring Giza’s pyramids and museums in private, you’ll trek into the sunset in fine style atop a camel in route to a traditional Egyptian dinner. Later, greet the Nile itself aboard a luxuriously appointed felucca boat and set sail for Luxor from the cozy confines of the presidential suite. Stops along the way include Lake Nasser (the world’s largest artificial lake), the curious Roman-inspired Kom Ombo temple (designed to facilitate the worship of two distinct pantheons of gods), the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb, the incredible temple ruins of Luxor and Karnak, and other important archaeological sites.

From Luxor, the scene shifts to the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and Sharm el-Sheikh, a dazzling resort town on the Red Sea beloved by families and scuba divers alike. Here, you’ll swim the impossibly clear waters in search of colorful fish, take a sunset ATV ride through the desert, and take a private tour of Ras Mohammed National Park before returning to Cairo. Back in the capital, you’ll get your fill of mummies and ancient artifacts through private tours of the Egyptian Museum and the kid-centric Pharaonic Village, where Egypt’s 5,000-years of fascinating history come to life, before capping the experience off with a magical dinner cruise on the Nile.

Day 1
Arrival, Cairo

upon your arrival at the airport, an airport representative will greet you in the tunnel and escort you through customs and immigration. The representative will facilitate the included visa process for you. Continue to the baggage claim hall and passenger pick up. Here an airport representative will help you connect with your private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
Cairo

The Great Pyramids of Giza are the most iconic image of Egyptology and an absolute must-see on any trip to Cairo. Meet with your private guide, driver, and Egyptologist, and head to Giza to discover this marvel and the only surviving site of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Start with a visit to the adjacent Solar Boat Museum, home to the reconstructed Khufu solar ship. Step back from the museum and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Pyramids of Giza juxtaposed against the famous Sphinx statue. The sheer beauty and allure of the Sphinx have mystified world travelers the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, an imposing scene against the backdrop of the infinite desert behind it. The mysteries of the Great Pyramids have piqued the curiosity of visitors for thousands of years. Enter the Pyramid of Chephren, also known as the Pyramid of Khafre. The second tallest and second largest of the major pyramids, it sets on bedrock 33 feet higher than Khufu’s pyramid, which makes it appear to be taller.

Relax and enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant, including a choice of a small bottle of water, soft drink, tea or coffee.

One of the most iconic images of Egypt is the sight of a caravan of camels heading out into the desert against the backdrop of the sun setting alongside the stunning Pyramids of Giza. This evening, your private driver will pick you up at your hotel before sunset and transfer you to the desert. Join in a shared desert trek on your choice of camel or horseback and set off into the desert to gaze upon a panoramic view of a dramatic sunset with the Pyramids of Giza as a backdrop. After sunset, stop for your included dinner at Andrea restaurant for an Egyptian meal, then return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 3
Aswan

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.

Board a flight in Cairo with direct service to Aswan. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 30 minutes.

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Welcome aboard!

Take some time to get settled in your stateroom and explore the ship. Tonight you'll overnight at port in Aswan. 

Set sail on a Nile adventure and take in the scenery around Aswan aboard a traditional, non-motorized felucca. Gently sail past the small, oval-shaped El Nabatat Island, also known as Kitchener’s Island, and explore the lush Aswan Botanical Island that features trees from the 5 continents. View the Mausoleum of Aga Khan belonging to Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah before sailing back into Aswan.

The impressive Aswan High Dam was a marvel of engineering when it was constructed. Originally conceived to Egypt’s irrigation of farmland to mitigate against drought and famine in low-water years, and flooding in high-water years. Visit the dam with your private guide and spend a half day learning about Aswan. The dam displaced over 100,000 Nubians in Sudan and Egypt alike and was part of a major relocation project for archaeological sites under the UNESCO Nubia Campaign, including the Abu Simbel temples and Philae. Other sites were eventually flooded by Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake that was created by the Aswan High Dam. then head to Philae and the Temple of Isis on Agilikia Island. Stop at the stone quarries to see the unfinished obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk and a very good practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to create impressive moments. Marks from workers’ tools are still clearly visible on the bedrock.

Relax this evening on board the comfort of your Nile cruise and enjoy the evening of entertainment, including local Egyptian music.

Day 4
Kom Ombo

Meet with your private guide and disembark from your Nile cruise to explore on foot the Kom Ombo Temple, a unique Greco-Roman temple dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the sun god. The Temple in Kom Ombo dates from about 180 BC, during a period known as the Ptolemaic era, and had some additions built on to it during Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The design is almost perfectly symmetrical, with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple. The right side is dedicated to Sobek-Re (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re), along with his wife (a form of Hathor) and their son Khonsu-Hor. Sobek is associated with Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the myth of Horus and Osiris, Seth and his followers changed themselves into crocodiles to escape. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honoring the fearsome crocodile as a god, they would be safe from attacks. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris, the "Good Doctor" (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder) along with his consort Ta-Sent-Nefer, the "Good Sister" (another form of Hathor).

Tonight you'll overnight a port in Edfu.

A horse carriage will be waiting for you and your private guide when you disembark from your Nile cruise to explore the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon god, the temple was built from 230 to 57 BC by Ptolemy III and his successors and is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt because of its later construction date. Despite its late era origins, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture, and the Temple’s inscribed building texts provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked, with details about its construction. It fell into disuse as a religious monument when the Roman Empire banned all non-Christian worship within the Empire in 391. Edfu is an impressive temple, and is the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.

Relax this evening on board the comfort of your Nile cruise and enjoy the evening of entertainment, including local Egyptian music.

Day5
Luxor

Tonight, you'll overnight at port in Luxor.

Some of the most spectacular sites in all of Egypt can be found on the West Bank of the Nile, near Luxor. Meet with your private guide and driver to spend a half day exploring the West Bank of the Nile, home to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Start with a visit to the Valley of the Kings to explore the famous Tomb of Tutankhamun along with two other interesting tombs. King Tut became Pharaoh at the tender age of nine or ten, and the discovery of his nearly intact tomb in 1922 fascinated the world. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). Explore the recently renovated mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second historically confirmed female Pharaoh. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful Pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty, and remembered as the first great woman in history of whom we are informed. Next head to the nearby Valley of the Queens, where the wives of Pharaohs were buried during the 18th through 20th Dynasties. End the visit to the West Bank with a visit to the Colossi of Memnon, the only remaining monuments of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.

Luxor is home to one of the world’s greatest open-air museums, with the ruins of Karnak and the Temples of Luxor in easy reach along the East Bank of the city. With your private Egyptologist guide, visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the monuments of Karnak and Luxor, learning more about ancient Egypt’s fascinating and lengthy history. Begin with a visit to the Temples of Karnak, strolling along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex. The Temples of Karnak make up the history of Thebes and consists of colossal sandstone columns transported 100 miles along the Nile river, panoramic friezes. Discover with your guide how the massive façade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a 1.25-mile-long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. The temple dates to approximately 1400 BC and is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship rather than the Pharaohs, cult gods or deified versions of the king in death. During the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings served as a legionary fortress and acted as the home of the Roman government in the area.

Relax this evening on board the comfort of your Nile cruise and enjoy the evening of entertainment, including local Egyptian music.

Day 6
Luxor-Sharm El Sheikh

This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight in Luxor with service to Sharm El Sheikh via Cairo. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 30 minutes.

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Day 7
Sharm El Sheikh

Relax in the idyllic setting of Sharm el Sheikh, where you can enjoy the stunning underwater scenery in the warm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. Sign up for a wide range of optional activities at your resort (not included in the tour cost and payable directly to the hotel) such as deep sea fishing, thrilling boat excursions, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, or even sea canoeing.

You will be picked up before sunset from your hotel and transferred to the desert to meet your guide. The guide will lead you out into the desert on quad-runners (ATVs) where you watch the beautiful sunset, and stop for tea at Bedouin tents before returning to your hotel.

Day8
Sharm El Sheikh

This half day tour includes entrance into the Ras Mohammed National Park, a round trip transfer, an English speaking driver and guide. Combining beautiful backdrops for sightseeing and lush coral reefs for snorkeling, the park appeals to a variety of adventurous travelers

Day 9
Sharm El Sheikh - Cairo

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight in Sharm El Sheikh with direct service to Cairo. Approximate flight duration is one hour.

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.

Relax and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, including a choice of a small bottle of water, soft drink, tea or coffee.

As the day draws to a close, Cairo’s Khan Khalili Bazaar becomes a vibrant scene: a maze of shops lined with souvenirs and antiques, restaurants and coffee shops, workshops, mosques, and food vendors. The sights and sounds intermingle in an enchanting display over wafting aromas of freshly baked bread and roasting meats. Stroll down Al Moaz Street with your private guide, and marvel at the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. Opt for an exclusive visit to Beit El Seheimy, an Ottoman-era house transformed into a museum. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour provides access. End the evening with a memorable dinner at the Egyptian restaurant Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the bazaar. The restaurant is one of Cairo’s top-rated dining establishments. After dinner, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 10
Cairo

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, also known as the Egyptian Museum, is a veritable treasure trove of Ancient Egypt’s artifacts, with an extensive collection of more than 120,000 items split between its exhibits and storerooms. Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a full day private tour with your Egyptologist guide through the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, admiring the treasures that are stored here for safekeeping. Tie together the grandeur of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel with a collection of archaeological finds including statues, jewelry, amulets, sarcophagi, papyrus, ancient coins and the stories of famous Egyptologists. Marvel at the exquisite grandeur of the Mask of Tutankhamun and his coffin – Egypt’s most famous teenage king – although his mummy is still in its original tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Explore the Royal Mummy Hall with your included entrance fee, where some of the world’s most powerful people are now resting, excavated from their tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens.

Relax and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, including a choice of a small bottle of water, soft drink, tea or coffee.

Enjoy a dinner with an Egyptian Family.

Day 11
Cairo

The Pharaonic Village is an experience like no other. The instant you begin sailing down the canals that circuit through the island you are immersed totally in Egypt’s history and legend. Everywhere you look, you will find more and more of the sights and sounds of ancient Egypt, until finally you believe that you have truly traveled through time to a distant and glorious past. Dedicated to creating an entertaining and educational capital, the Pharaonic Village offers unique exhibits which cover Egypt's 5000 years of history. Each exhibit has been crafted to the most exacting standards. From Cleopatra to the Mummification exhibit to the Art Center where children can learn to write in Hieroglyohs and create their own papyrus, the Pharaonic Village has something for everyone.
Relax and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, including a choice of a small bottle of water, soft drink, tea or coffee.
This evening take part in a Nile River dinner cruise aboard the "Nile Pharaoh", one of the most elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. Enjoy top-class service aboard your Nile cruise, gliding past Cairo's illuminated skyline while you dine. Entertainment is provided by a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. As you drift along the River Nile, the house band performs all-time favorite Western and Oriental tunes – with a twist! Choose from the set menu or go for the a la carte selection offering seafood, Lebanese and Chinese cuisines. Then sit back and relax while you enjoy a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band, featuring the unforgettable tannoura spin, in keeping with Egypt's whirling dervishes tradition. The dinner cruise includes pick up and drop off from your hotel.

Day 12
Cairo,End you trip

Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Checklist

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock

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Included
  • All Meals
  • All ground and plane transportation
  • All accomodation
  • Full trek guide and staffs
  • All trek pack and equipment
 
Not Included
  • Alcohol or Beverage
  • Camera and other non trek accessories
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