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
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • 2 nights in Luxor
  • 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

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels and on cruise ship
  • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • 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. 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 similar)

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

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

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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.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $429

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Apr 23 Departure: This departure will be on the 5-star Mövenpick Royal Lotus cruise ship

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.

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Half-Day Memphis & Sakkara Tour

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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

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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

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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

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.

Wayne

Terrific ! Egypt--great, helpful, knowledgeable guide. I saw everything I wanted to see. Food and hotels were wonderful !

Rajnikumar

In Egypt even though we did not have anything on the day before departure the Tour director gave very little time at the Cairo museum.

Anonymous

SmartTours provided an outstanding travel experience to Egypt, for my wife and me. Our tour guide was excellent! Already, we have made several recommendations to friends.

Cedric

The tour to Egypt was a truly wonderfully experience, well paced and excellently executed. Henry, the informed tour guide did an exceptional job in balancing the needs of the diverse clientele, from accommodations to addressing accessibility needs. As a rather independent traveler, having the flexibility to do a I pleased in the context of an organized group was truly liberating. The guides suggestions, and attention to detail were truly exemplary. Egypt's treasures were wonderfully accessible, and provided glorious opportunities for full engagement. The Egyptian people were warmly welcoming throughout the adventure, and provided the best possible climate for enjoying the journey. At each point, the adventure felt safe and open. Exploring each city was truly enthralling, with opportunities to mix with local citizens, fellow travelers, and the monumental grandeur that is Egypt! Cedric

Anna

We just got back from Egypt a few days ago. This was our second smarTour trip and we were very happy with pretty much everything. Our guide, Henry Ayoub, was very knowledgeable and personable. He was alot of fun to be with and a very kind person. Our accommodations were excellent and the food was very tasty. The cruise on the Nile River was the highlight of our trip!! The ony negative was that on a couple of days, too many activities were planned and we were exhausted.

Debra

The tour to Egypt was great. I felt very safe and the tour director was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour. I would suggest that Smart Tours add to their literature that Egypt has a prefence for American currency though.

Joon

This was our 5th tour with Smartours. Recent tour was "Splender of Egypt". Our tour director, Randa and several local guides were all excellent guide, in Both informative and educational. Security guard were very nice and very helpful many ways. The coaches and hotel were great 4* -5* Fantastic itinerary, Nice Nile river cruise, The Memphis & Sakkara tour, Abu Simbel, Balloon ride at Luxor were well worth it. Smartours is a great value. We enjoyed very much. Thank you.
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