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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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 (2 nights in Alexandria, 1 night in Cairo)

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
  • 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

Tour Itinerary

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. Later we will all join together to sail on the Nile by a motorboat to the Nubian Village that is located on the West Bank of the River Nile. This fantastic tour to the Nubian Village lets you meet a Nubian family, have a drink in their home, while learning about their lifestyle, culture,…

Aswan/Nile Cruise

In the morning, visit a modern-day architectural wonder, the 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 Nile cruise ship to depart on a three-night journey from Upper to Lower Egypt. There more about the Nile River here.

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

Nile Cruise/Kom Ombo/Edfu/Luxor

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. Our day continues 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….

Nile Cruise/Luxor

Often considered the most extraordinary open-air museum in the world, Luxor boasts an imposing array of ruins and monuments. 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…

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

Enjoy this free day at leisure in Luxor to explore further or relax by the pool.

Sonesta St. George Luxor or similar | Breakfast

Luxor/Cairo

A morning flight takes us back to Cairo and our last hotel. Today, 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.

Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $579

Alexandria Extension: Add $649 per person double occupancy / $948 single occupancy

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

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 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 at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Extended Tours

Alexandria Extension

  • From approx. $649 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.

| Breakfast

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.

Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride

  • Luxor
  • From approx. $160 Per Person

Just before sunrise you cross the Nile to the West Bank where you lift off from in front of Hatshepsut temple. As you rise up over the mountains of the Necropolis you will have a spectacular view over the many tombs, temples, fields and villages. Your flight will last approximately 45 minutes and will have you back to your hotel in time for breakfast.

Reviews

Matthew

As this was our first organized/group tour I didn’t know what to expect. We booked our airfare independently as wanted to visit Dubai prior to the start of the tour. Upon arrival in Cairo at the Marriott Cairo a day before the tour started, our room was assigned already and the check in process was seamless. We had a welcome dinner the next day and met up with our group of 16 people and our exceptional Egyptologist & tour guide, Mrs. Enas Hassan. I cannot say enough about the knowledge, courtesy, patience and professionalism of Enas. This tour would have not been the same without her. I believe this in-depth tour was a fantastic way to visit Egypt. We were a bit apprehensive about travel to Egypt but now freshly back in the states, I have absolutely no qualms that we made this trip of a lifetime. After researching several aspects of travel to this region, I discovered that crime in a Egypt is less than half of a percent compared to crime in the USA which is 12%. Everyone we encountered was genuinely friendly and accommodating. Vendors at the markets & bazaars will approach you for a sale but not at all intimidating or threatening. Be ready to bargain with them as you would expect. Such a great feeling to get a good deal on souvenirs and priceless goods. The itinerary was comprehensive and learned so much further than that from lessons learned earlier in life. There was an equal amount of discovery and education compared to some needed downtime. As a gay married couple, we were a bit apprehensive about this tour as uncertain about visiting the a Middle East but the apprehension quickly subsided once we met our fellow travelers within our group and our trustworthy guide, Enas. We are ages 47 and 53 and we were the youngest within our group with the exception of a 24 year old daughter of other group attendees that happen to also be from Central Florida. I think our only negative feedback would be that we would have liked additional “free time” at each location but as the ages of our fellow travelers were greater than our own, they did not have the stamina to do more which is understandable, I suppose. We also had a couple that did not seem to be satisfied with accommodations, food, activity, etc. This was somewhat discerning as everyone else in the group was having a fantastic time and their energy was unnerving. When visiting a foreign country, you cannot expect things to be the same as in the USA. You need to have an open mind and experience a culture that is different than your own. I have gained so much valuable insight into the culture, history, incredible & unbelievable sights we were afforded to see on this amazing adventure. This trip, again, would not have been the same without the exceptional guidance of Enas Hassan, please request her for a truly Egyptian experience that you will never forget.

Lee

It was excellent. Our Tour Director & Egyptologist Mohamed Atef was one of the best that I have seen in my 40 years of worldwide travels. He was very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. What set him apart was that he and his team took personal interest in the needs and welfare of every tour member. The hotels accommodations, Nile river boat Movenpick MS Royal Lily, local tour Buses and the meals were all wonderful. Their logistics management, baggage handling, room check-ins, meals and transfers to and from the airport were impeccable. Each and every historical site and the museums that we visited was beyond fabulous. The sites, statues are magnificent and the colors inside the Tombs are still vibrant after 4700 plus years. The Egyptian people are are quite friendly and very welcoming. One does run into vendors trying to sell you the local papyrus, books and clothing artifacts at these sites. But we recognized that this is their livelihood and were not bothered by it. We were very fortunate to have such a nice and fun group. Everyone had become friendly during the tour. The farewell dinner ended on a festive note with birthday celebrations for a couple of people in the group. I highly recommend this tour.

steven m

tour was outstanding. our egyptian tourguide /egytologist achmet meligie was the highlight of the tour- outstanding in every- made the tour for me, really. keep him on staff!!! pace and tours were excellent and the extra side excursions were necessary and excellent. food ,hotels, bus, and selected shops were top notch-- will book with smart tours very soon best steven moberg

Tatyana N

We've just returned from the Splendors of Egypt 10 days tour. We love it! Arrangements and logistics were set up and managed to the highest quality standards. Hotels, transportation, cruise, meals, luggage handling - everything was excellent. However, the top highlight of the tour was our Tour Director - Noha Ouf. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion made our experience unique. Her pride of Egyptian history and culture and the way she was delivering information excited us a lot. SmarTours is lucky to have Noha! We recommend this tour, in general, to those who is interested in exploring Egypt and to learn about its long history and rich heritage and, specifically, choosing smarTours for its organization and care. And, if you decide to go, request Noha - it will add value for the money paid!

WILLIAM S

Trip was excellent with the exception of having to be on a flight to Aswan after arriving in Cairo requiring we all get up at 2:30 a.m. creating a major sleep deficit right off the bat. Following that we had to fly to Abu Simbel making for a very long day. We had several people become ill with diarrhea and being dehydrated and I wonder if lack of sleep might have contributed to this condition. I did not but my partner did being up all night and suffering the following day. To repeat Tour Guide Dina Talaat was terrific! Don't know how you provide such a quality trip for so little money. Great value!

Phil

We saw Egypt through the enthusiasm and the eagerness of sharing the cultural wealth of Egypt by our tour guides Dina and Mohammad. They were courteous, always smiling and knew their subject matter well. Dina was prompt, knew her motherland, and well organized. Mohammad was always with a smile on his face, remembered our names the first day we met, made sure we checked in and out of the hotel and at the airport OK. The security guards were quiet and secluded but I always saw them out of the corner of my eyes at every excursion we took. It had been a wonderful journey for us. We felt very fortunate to be exposed to this exotic land! Shokran!

Danielle

Went to Egypt with my mom and two family friends this summer and we had the most amazing time. Our tour guide, Soha, was a very nice and sweet woman (and very smart as well). This only made our trip very worthwhile and I would definitely travel with SmarTours again in the future.

Gore T

Outstanding in every respect. Our guide, Randola provided us with so much knowledge and depth, it was overwhelming. At no time did we feel at risk (being somewhere we should not be), nor did we feel out of place. There was an excellent balance of activity with relaxation. Our only wish is that the river cruise be longer, it was very relaxing being on the deck watching river life. An outstanding value for a part of the world where logistics can be problematic. smarTours made it look easy, which is why this was our seventh trip with them.

Beth

I enjoyed the splendors of Egypt tour very much. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs and preferences. I suggest that a tour of a Coptic Church be added to the sites to be visited. For example, the “hanging” church is historic and beautiful and would be a welcome addition for the travelers. Thanks

Kathleen

Smart Tours fantastic 5 star hotels best tour guide I still keep in touch with the best

Alan

Wonderful tour from beginning to end. Thinking of doing it again!

Kathy

Our trip to Egypt was exceptional! I learned a lot about the history of ancient Egyptian and saw how Egyptians live today. The accommodations were spectacular, and Soha was an amazing teacher and guide. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Peter

The tour was very well organized. Tour guide was very knowledgeable although at times gave too much information.

Sarabeth R

Fabulous tour! All of the destinations were as advertised and nothing disappointed. Our tour guide Sherie was the best. She is a degreed expert in Egyptology and helped make the trip so enjoyable. Egypt has been on my bucket list for years and this tour was all I could have hoped for. I travelled with a group of single women friends and we always felt safe and well taken care of. From the moment our flight touched down in Egypt, Smartours was there to attend to whatever we needed. This tour was a great value and I would highly recommend. I will definitely tour with Smartours again.

Robert A

Our SmarTour of Egypt was wonderful and made extra special by our expert guide, Soha.
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