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. 5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 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)
- 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
- Jewelry Museum
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- 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
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.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Cairo on Day 2.
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
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
Enjoy this free day at leisure in Luxor to explore further or relax by the pool.
Sonesta St. George Luxor or similar | Breakfast
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
Take a last look at Egypt before your airport transfer and flight back to the U.S.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 11 in Cairo.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|Depart||Return||Depart - Return||Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Oct. 1, 2021 Flight included unless otherwise indicated.||
Oct. 1, 2021 Price Increase
|2021||2021||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|November 29||December 9||Nov 29 - Dec 9||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|December 6||December 16||Dec 6 - Dec 16||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|2022||2022||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|January 10||January 20||Jan 10 - Jan 20||$2,999||$3,099||$3,499||
|January 24||February 3||Jan 24 - Feb 3||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|February 10||February 20||Feb 10 - Feb 20||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|February 21||March 3||Feb 21 - Mar 3||$2,999||$3,099||$3,499||
|February 24||March 6||Feb 24 - Mar 6||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|March 10||March 20||Mar 10 - Mar 20||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|March 17||March 27||Mar 17 - Mar 27||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|March 31||April 10||Mar 31 - Apr 10||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|April 18||April 28||Apr 18 - Apr 28||$2,999||$3,099||$3,499||
|April 25||May 5||Apr 25 - May 5||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|May 5||May 15||May 5 - May 15||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|May 9||May 19||May 9 - May 19||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|May 16||May 26||May 16 - May 26||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|June 9||June 19||Jun 9 - Jun 19||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|August 18||August 28||Aug 18 - Aug 28||$2,599||$2,699||$3,099||
|September 5||September 15||Sep 5 - Sep 15||$2,599||$2,699||$3,099||
|September 12||September 22||Sep 12 - Sep 22||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|September 19||September 29||Sep 19 - Sep 29||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|October 6||October 16||Oct 6 - Oct 16||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|October 13||October 23||Oct 13 - Oct 23||$2,899||$2,999||$3,399||
|October 24||November 3||Oct 24 - Nov 3||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|November 3||November 13||Nov 3 - Nov 13||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|November 10||November 20||Nov 10 - Nov 20||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|December 5||December 15||Dec 5 - Dec 15||$2,699||$2,799||$3,199||
|2023||2023||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|January 16||January 26||Jan 16 - Jan 26||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|March 6||March 16||Mar 6 - Mar 16||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|May 4||May 14||May 4 - May 14||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|September 11||September 21||Sep 11 - Sep 21||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
|October 5||October 15||Oct 5 - Oct 15||$2,799||$2,899||$3,299||
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, 9:00am – 5:30pm 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 your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Overview: Alexandria Extension
- From approx. $649 Per Person
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
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
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
Get picked up this morning from your hotel and transfer to Cairo airport to depart back to the USA.*
The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 14, in Cairo.
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
- 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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids
- From approx. $50 Per Person
Enjoy a colorful sound and light show at the pyramids. The outdoor desert seating area is your theater and the great Sphinx and Pyramids your stage. Recorded voices seemingly coming from the Sphinx tell their ancient history and lights display many unusual aspects of the Pyramid, vividly revealing their form and majesty.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Abu-Simbel by Air
- From approx. $335 Per Person, including flight
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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride
- 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.
- From approx. $24 Per Person
On this optional tour, enjoy sailing on the Nile River past beautiful scenery and the communities that reside along the banks.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Egypt Room UpgradesFrom $399 per person
Cairo Marriott HotelCairo
Your home base in Cairo is a historic palatial property with lush gardens and 5-star accommodations. Pool, casino, spa, on-site dining.
16 Saray El Gezira Street • Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt 11211
Aswan Governorate 81111, Egypt
Movenpick Royal LilyNile Cruise
Travel in style on this flagship cruiser, which features 56 spacious cabins. The MS Royal Lily also features a spa, restaurant on the Main Deck and the Salon Deck, where you can enjoy expansive views with afternoon tea.
Sonesta St. George LuxorLuxor
Set on the banks of the Nile, this luxurious contemporary hotel welcomes you with a spa, array of fine dining choices and superb level of amenities. Don’t miss the outdoor terrace with majestic Nile views.
Corniche El Nile Street • Luxor, Egypt
16, Saad Zagloul Square
Raml Station Alexandria
El-Orouba, Qism El-Nozha
Cairo Governorate 2466, Cairo, Egypt
Hilton Alexandria CornicheAlexandria
For 2021 Departures
544 El Geish Road, Sidi Bishr
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here.
- Egypt Tour: The cost of the test is approximately $130 USD. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Egypt)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Egypt)
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart JFK||Return JFK (Main Tour)||Return JFK (Alexandria Extension)|
|2021: Sep. 16, Oct. 4, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6
2022: Jan 10, Feb. 21, Mar. 10, Mar. 17
|2022: Apr. 25, May 9, Jun. 9, Aug. 18, Sep. 12, Oct. 13, Nov. 3
2023: All dates
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
EgyptAir does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible. EgyptAir does not offer frequent flyer miles.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Cairo hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Cairo hotel on Day 11.
Main Tour + Extension: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Cairo hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Cairo hotel on Day 14.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Your passport must contain at least one blank page. For U.S. passport holders, a tourist visa is required and may be obtained upon arrival in Cairo for $25 USD. Clients who book air with smarTours will be charged $28, which includes the visa and facilitation service upon arrival. The visa facilitation service is not available for land-only clients and forfeited. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
Night and day temperatures can vary greatly. Here’s what you can expect:
- December–February: Highs in the mid to low 60s with nighttime as low as 48˚F.
- March & November: Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s with nighttime lows in the mid-50s.
- April & October: High 70s and low 80s with nighttime lows in the mid-50s to mid-60s.
- May–September: Average highs in the low 90s with nighttime lows in the high 50s to high 60s.
CULTURE AND DRESS
Given Egypt’s wide range of temperatures, we recommend you bring a sweater and/or layer to accommodate cooler morning/evening temperatures. Egyptians typically dress more conservatively. If you are exploring independently, please note that religious centers such as mosques will often require ankle-length pants, skirts or dresses, and, for women, a scarf to cover their hair.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
U.S. dollars, Euros and Canadian Dollars are accepted at Egyptian banks and money-changers, which can be found at most of the places that you’ll visit throughout the country. It is typically recommended that you ask for small bills when exchanging money. The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound.
You may dine at the hotels or restaurants recommended by your Tour Director. The average cost for a hotel dinner (excluding drinks) in a casual restaurant is about $20-25 per person. Restaurants outside the hotel may be less expensive.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.