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Women-Only: Splendors of Egypt

From
  • $2499
    Air+Tax Included
  • 11
    Days

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 on our special women-only departure. You’ll enjoy highlights like the Great Pyramids of Giza, as well as a fascinating lecture about modern Egyptian women! Enjoy homemade food at a Nubian restaurant with a chance to learn more about their traditions before you embark on a cruise down the legendary Nile River in a level of comfort even Cleopatra would approve of. Explore the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and visit a local Egyptian home and farm at the West Bank for tea. 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.

Looking for a roommate or to connect with other women before your trip? Join our smarTours Women-Only Facebook group! Visit the group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145762302478350/) and click the + Join Group button!

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

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 highlights:

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

Special Women-Only Departure Highlights:

  • Modern Egyptian Women Lecture Led by a Female University Professor
  • Lunch at Nubian Restaurant
  • Visit to Local Egyptian House & Farm

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

Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.

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 as the Egyptians do at a local Cairo restaurant. This afternoon will include a fascinating lecture led by a female…

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. For lunch, we will dine at a Nubian Restaurant (homemade) in Aswan and meet the local Nubian Women who are eager and empowered to share their traditions.  Nubians are believed to be one of the earliest cradles of civilization descended primarily from southern Egypt. 

Movenpick Aswan or similar | Breakfast

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

Today we will visit a local Egyptian House and farm at the West Bank to have tea.  Tea (shai) is the national drink in Egypt and you have the opportunity to connect with the local Egyptians over this pastime. The balance of the day is at your leisure to further explore Luxor 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

There are currently no future departures for this tour.

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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.

| 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.