Splendors of Egypt

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CAIRO, THE PYRAMIDS, NILE CRUISE, KARNAK AND LUXOR

Are you intrigued by the mystery of mummies? Have you imagined yourself in a scene from an Indiana Jones film? Here’s your chance to be an amateur Egyptologist, digging into this country’s enigmatic architecture and antiquities. The highlight of our escorted Egypt tour package is the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the world. You’ll also cruise along the legendary Nile in a level of comfort even Cleopatra would approve of. Along with captivating commentary, your smarTours guide will offer tips, tailored to your interests and activity level, on how to make the very most of your free time in the land of the pharaohs.

New in 2020: We’re adding an additional day in Aswan so you can enjoy this fascinating area at a more leisurely pace. We’ll also be offering an exciting Alexandria extension option! Plus, for international flights, you’ll travel more comfortably on a Dreamliner airplane.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2019 Departures:

  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Cairo
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • 2 nights in Luxor
  • 1 night in Cairo

2020 Departures:

  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Cairo
  • 1 night in Aswan
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • 2 nights in Luxor
  • 1 night in Cairo
  • Optional 3-night extension to Alexandria

Tour
Highlights

  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Sphinx of Giza
  • Philae’s Temple of Isis
  • Ptolemaic Temple for Horus and Sobek
  • Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Temples of Karnak & Luxor
  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar District

Your extension includes:

  • Alexandria Library
  • National Museum
  • Montazah Gardens
  • Catacombs
  • Jewelry Museum

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels and on cruise ship
  • 2019 Departures – 17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    2020 Departures – 18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus

2019 Egypt Itinerary - 10 Days

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Overnight flight to Cairo. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Egypt’s capital and largest city. Upon arriving at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities before transferring to your hotel. Take some time to relax and get settled before joining fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. D Cairo Marriott Hotel (or similar)

Pyramids of Giza

Our destination today: the wondrous Pyramids of Giza. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monuments stand as testimony to the skill and strength of their builders. We’ll get up close to study the Great Pyramid, as well see as the Pyramids of Khefren and Mycerinus in the distance. Nearby, we’ll gaze at the mythical Sphinx of Giza, which famously combines a reclining lion with the head of an Egyptian king. After these amazing sights, we’ll lunch like the Egyptians do at a local Cairo restaurant. B/L Cairo Marriott Hotel (or…

Cairo/Aswan/Nile Cruise

Today, we’ll fly from Cairo to Aswan, where we’ll transfer to our Nile cruise ship for a three-night journey from Upper to Lower Egypt. Did you know that the Nile is one of the few rivers that flows north? That’s why southern Egypt is called Upper Egypt, and vice versa. In the afternoon, we’ll visit a modern-day architectural wonder, Aswan High Dam, as well as Philae’s Temple of Isis, which was nearly lost to rising water in the 1960s until the dam was built. B/L/D Movenpick Royal Lily

Note: On the Sep. 3 and Oct….

Nile Cruise/Kom Ombo/Edfu

We’ll cruise to Kom Ombo to visit an unusual double temple, built in the Ptolemaic period and dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-head god Horus. After exploring Kom Ombo, we’ll sail on to Edfu, an Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile River. B/L/D Movenpick Royal Lily

Nile Cruise/Edfu/Luxor

Our day starts with a tour of the immense, well preserved Temple of Edfu, built between 237 and 57 B.C. and also dedicated to Horus. Legend says that this was the site where Horus avenged his father’s murder by his uncle, the god Seth. Back on board the Royal Lily, we’ll sail past Esna to Luxor. Often considered the most extraordinary open-air museum in the world, Luxor boasts an imposing array of ruins and monuments. During your afternoon free time, continue sightseeing via one of Luxor’s traditional caleches, aka horse carriages. And for your evening’s entertainment, take in a…

Luxor

After breakfast, we’ll say farewell to the Royal Lily and continue our exploration of Luxor and the Nile’s west bank. We’ll visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s second confirmed female Pharaoh and regarded as one of its most successful rulers, as well as royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The afternoon is free to relax or investigate exhibits at the Luxor Museum. B Sonesta St. George Luxor (or similar)

Luxor

The modern name for Thebes (the “city of palaces”), Luxor is also the inspiration for the word luxury, and we’ll see quite a bit of architectural extravagance today. The graceful Temple of Luxor was built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II and Alexander the Great and features an avenue of sphinxes. We’ll also tour the ancient temple complex of Karnak. The immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in honor of Amun-Ra, the most important and powerful of ancient Egyptian gods. The balance of the day is at your leisure. B…

Luxor/Cairo

A morning flight takes us back to Cairo and our last hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut. Afterwards, we’ll wander through the bustling, colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar. We’ll end the day by sharing memories of our amazing travels through Egypt at a farewell dinner. B/D Cairo Marriott (or similar)

Cairo/U.S.

Take a last look at Egypt before your airport transfer and flight back to the U.S. B

2020 Egypt Itinerary - 11 Days

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Overnight flight to Cairo. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Egypt’s capital and largest city. Upon arriving at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities before transferring to your hotel. Take some time to relax and get settled before joining fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Cairo Marriott Hotel or similar | Dinner

Pyramids of Giza

Our destination today: the wondrous Pyramids of Giza. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monuments stand as testimony to the skill and strength of their builders. We’ll get up close to study the Great Pyramid, as well see as the Pyramids of Khefren and Mycerinus in the distance. Nearby, we’ll gaze at the mythical Sphinx of Giza, which famously combines a reclining lion with the head of an Egyptian king. After these amazing sights, we’ll lunch like the Egyptians do at a local Cairo restaurant.

Cairo Marriott Hotel or similar | Breakfast,…

Cairo/Aswan

Today you’ll be picked up at your hotel and we’ll fly from Cairo to Aswan. Upon arrival you can either hop on another short flight for an optional tour to the Abu Simbel Temples or head to the hotel and start exploring Aswan at your leisure.

Movenpick Aswan or similar | Breakfast

Aswan/Nile Cruise

In the morning, visit a modern-day architectural wonder, Aswan High Dam, as well as Philae’s Temple of Isis, which was nearly lost to rising water in the 1960s until the dam was built. Afterwards, you’ll board your cruise ship to depart on a three-night journey from Upper to Lower Egypt. Did you know that the Nile is one of the few rivers that flows north? That’s why southern Egypt is called Upper Egypt, and vice versa.

Movenpick Royal Lily or Steigenberger Minerva | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nile Cruise/Kom Ombo/Edfu

We’ll cruise to Kom Ombo to visit an unusual double temple, built in the Ptolemaic period and dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-head god Horus. After exploring Kom Ombo, we’ll sail on to Edfu, an Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile River.

Movenpick Royal Lily or Steigenberger Minerva | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nile Cruise/Edfu/Luxor

Our day starts with a tour of the immense, well preserved Temple of Edfu, built between 237 and 57 B.C. and also dedicated to Horus. Legend says that this was the site where Horus avenged his father’s murder by his uncle, the god Seth. Back on board the Royal Lily, we’ll sail past Esna to Luxor. Often considered the most extraordinary open-air museum in the world, Luxor boasts an imposing array of ruins and monuments. During your afternoon free time, continue sightseeing via one of Luxor’s traditional caleches, aka horse carriages. And for your evening’s entertainment, take in a…

Luxor

After breakfast, we’ll say farewell to the Royal Lily and continue our exploration of Luxor and the Nile’s west bank. We’ll visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s second confirmed female Pharaoh and regarded as one of its most successful rulers, as well as royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The afternoon is free to relax or investigate exhibits at the Luxor Museum.

Sonesta St. George Luxor or similar | Breakfast

Luxor

The modern name for Thebes (the “city of palaces”), Luxor is also the inspiration for the word luxury, and we’ll see quite a bit of architectural extravagance today. The graceful Temple of Luxor was built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II and Alexander the Great and features an avenue of sphinxes. We’ll also tour the ancient temple complex of Karnak. The immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in honor of Amun-Ra, the most important and powerful of ancient Egyptian gods. The balance of the day is at your leisure….

Luxor/Cairo

A morning flight takes us back to Cairo and our last hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut. Afterwards, we’ll wander through the bustling, colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar. We’ll end the day by sharing memories of our amazing travels through Egypt at a farewell dinner.

Hilton Heliopolis or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Cairo/U.S.

Take a last look at Egypt before your airport transfer and flight back to the U.S. B

| Breakfast

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $429

Business Class Upgrade:
JFK-CAI-JFK add $3300 (on request)

Sep. 3, Oct. 11 Departures: On these departures, travelers will fly to Aswan after their sightseeing on Day 3 and overnight at a hotel in Aswan. Travelers will embark on their 3-night Nile cruise on Day 4, and the optional Abu Simbel excursion will take place in the morning on Day 4. Included sightseeing visits are not affected by this change.

For more information on this tour to Egypt, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Please note that the Abu Simbel excursion needs to be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Extended Tours

Discover Alexandria on our new 3-night extension available in 2020!

Alexandria Extension

  • From approx. $549 Per Person

Cairo/Alexandria

This morning, you’ll transfer from Cairo to Alexandria. Begin exploring this historic port city with a visit to the famous Alexandria Library, fascinating National Museum, and magnificent Montazah Palace Gardens. Spend the evening at your leisure. Your guide can help you find great restaurants nearby.

Cecil Alexandria Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Alexandria

Today, discover the city’s Roman influences with a tour of the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, a stop at Pompey’s Pillar, and a visit to the Amphitheatre. We’ll also browse the Royal Jewelry Museum and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Cecil Alexandria Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Lunch

Alexandria/Cairo

After a wonderful two days in this Alexandria, we’ll depart this storied city to drive back to Cairo. Along the way, we’ll visit the El Alamein War Cemetery. Then, rest and relax during your last night in Egypt.

Hilton Heliopolis or similar | Breakfast

Cairo/USA

Get picked up this morning from your hotel and transfer to Cairo airport to depart back to the USA.

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).

Half-Day Memphis & Sakkara Tour

  • Cairo
  • From approx. $44 Per Person

Travel to Sakkara (or Saqqara), the necropolis for Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, and the site of Egypt’s first pyramid. The Sakkara Step Pyramid, constructed 4,700 years ago, is said to be the oldest monumental masonry structure in the world. Tour includes round-trip flights to and from Sakkara.

Abu-Simbel by Air

  • From approx. $335 Per Person, including flight

Please note: Due to concerns regarding availability, you must sign up for this optional tour in advance of your final payment due date. This excursion must be paid in full at that time. If you do not sign up in advance, you will not be able to participate in this excursion.

Be amazed by the magnificent UNESCO-listed Abu-Simbel Temples. Threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, these gigantic landmarks were famously saved, dismantled and relocated in the 1960s. The larger temple is dedicated to Ramses II, while the smaller was built for his favorite wife, Nefertiti.

Luxor Museum Visit

  • From approx. $36 Per Person

This wonderful little museum is located on the Corniche about halfway between the Luxor and Karnak Temples, and is home to a small but well-chosen collection of relics from the Theban temples and necropolis. Displays of pottery, jewelry, furniture and statues were created by the Brooklyn Museum of New York.

Reviews

Teresa

Egypt trip was great. Very busy. Smartours did a great job

Badaruddin

Highly recommend Egypt tour with SmarTours. Our tour guide Tarek was very knowledgeable, provided excellent commentary with good command of English and very helpful. Security on bus as well as site tours was provided which was reassuring safety. Hotels were of high quality and cuisine was appetizing.Shaikh’s

Laura

Our recent Splendors of Egypt far exceeded our expectations. The hotels provided excellent amenities and everything we needed was available on site. The river boat's food offerings were varied and delicious. But what really made our trip was our tour director, Khaled. He went above and beyond to set proper expectations were set each day and ensured we were prepared for the full day ahead. As an Egyptologist, he delivered information in an engaging way and was always willing to answer questions. He made suggestions about extra excursions or places to eat. We eagerly look forward to our next trip.

Anthony

The tour director was outstaning in her knowledge of ancient Egyptian history. I felt like I took a crash course in Egyptian mythology and history.

Anonymous

Good trip. Good group of people. Excellent your guide--Soha. Had good security.

Sergey

This is a very interesting tour. It turned out to be much more interesting than I expected at advance. To a large extent, this was facilitated by the Program Director Mrs. Soha Sabbour. I will recommend this tour to my friends.

Donna

Loved the tour, the guides, the hotels, the cruise ship & the food!! Great trip!! Can't wait to choose my next Smartours destination! Thanks again Luke!!

Anonymous

Excellent. Our Egyptologist guide, Randa, was fabulous! All travel connections were perfect, and the hotels were excellent. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Sallie Winters

Marsha

"The Splendors of Egypt" was our eleventh SmarTorus trip. As usual, it was an incredible experience. We can't say enough about our tour guide, Soha. Besides being an outstanding organizer and trouble-shooter, her local background and education as an Egyptologist gave us a welcome extra understanding of the culture(s) and history of Egypt. Her experienced local assistants helped make everything run as smoothly as possible. The riverboat for our Nile cruise was far more comfortable that we had expected, with a spacious cabin and attentive crew. Granted, there are a couple of early wake-ups during this trip, but they were actually welcomed by our experienced group of travelers (just a few good-natured groans) as they allowed us to get a jump on our filled days, and a jump on other tour groups. All in all, another great experience with smarTours. Can't wait for another "smart" adventure.Marsha & Joel

Patricia

Our Egyptologist guide, Dina, was a marvel. She enthused the entire trip with her knowledge and love of country. The trip exceeded my expectations, with the exception of the airline controlled timing of the excursion to Abu Simbel. Our time there was frenetic and unfortunately brief. That information was not included in pre-trip sales details. The Movenpick boat was fabulous, and the treasures of antiquity amazing to see.

Jo

Our trip to Egypt with Smart Tours was great. We traveled with a terrific group of well traveled people ranging in age from the 20s to the 80s! I'd be happy to see any one of them at any future trip. The accommodations were all very good and we were well taken care of by attentive but not overbearing staff. Our guide Tarek was really great. He was passionate about the beauty of the incredible ancient sites of Egypt. There is a concern about safety in Egypt and between the tour company and the tourism department in Egypt we felt safe at all times, with a security agent with us in addition to the guide and also the government provides police escort for the bus. In addition, my husband developed a respiratory bug about 2 weeks before our trip and was sure he was on the mend before our trip, but about a week into it took a turn for the worse. We were so grateful to Smart Tours for the attention they gave him. He was taken to a clinic and was accompanied throughout the appointment with a doctor who took an X-ray, blood test and administered antibiotics and then monitored for the next 2 days with a nurse coming to check on him even. We really appreciated the attentive health care. My only criticism of the way the tour is set up is the tipping situation. I like tipping those people like the guide who was with us the entire trip and driver who was our main driver. I felt that it got a little confusing when we had a different driver for just a day or had the security agent on the bus. I would like those incidental tips to be added to the cost of the trip up front so there wasn't the constant small tipping we did on those days. Overall, I would be confident to reccomend Smart Tours and to travel again with them myself and I want to thank you for this great experience!

Henry

The trip to Egypt was one of the best tours I have traveled with Smartours. This was my sixth tour and everything was great. I was not concerned with safety what so ever. Our guides were terrific especially Eric.The people of Egypt are very warm and very polite. Exception the vendors, but nothing is perfect. Prepare to tip a lot, but it is not much compared to other places.The weather was cold in Egypt so wear a coat .Just an amazing trip. Go for it.

Julia

Again, my smarTours trip was wonderful! Every aspect of the trip, the Tour Director, the hotels, the food, and of course the sites were truly outstanding! I will continue to participate in these tours as they are great value and provide excellent service.

Dong

The guide Sherri was wonderful. In Nile cruise ship and Hotel in Luxor, there was no heat (there was thermostat but heat was working) and many people including me and my wife had a bad cold. Cairo Marriott Hotel was nice. The coach was tight. Arrangement for the sightseeing was very good. Overall trip was good. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Carryl

This was my first time travelling with SmarTours and I was delighted. The trip to Egypt was simply amazing. It was a non-stop whirlwind adventure. We had a wonderful guide, Mrs. Sahar Hammad who was with us during the entire 10 days taking us from the Pyramids in Gaza, to the cruise on the Nile river, to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens in Luxor. Mrs. Hammad is a most experienced guide who not only knows the tour routes but brought the history of Egypt's' great civilization to life through personal anecdotes. I would recommend this trip with Mrs. Hammad as your guide if you can get her. I would love to visit again.
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