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. After its grand opening in November 2022, visit the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which will be the largest archaeological museum in the world. 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!

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 14-day Splendors of Egypt with Alexandria tour which includes 2 nights in Alexandria with visits to the Alexandria Library, National Museum, Montazah Gardens, and more plus an extra night in Cairo!

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.  

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

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

5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

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 or Grand Egyptian Museum*
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar District

*Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum instead of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities starting in November 2022 when the Grand Egyptian Museum opens.

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Depart from the U.S.

Day 2: Arrive in Cairo

Day 3: Pyramids of Giza

Day 4: Cairo/Aswan

Day 5: Aswan/Nile Cruise

Day 6: Nile Cruise/Kom Ombo/Edfu/Luxor

Day 7: Nile Cruise/Luxor

Day 8: Luxor

Day 9: Luxor

Day 10: Luxor/Cairo

Day 11: Cairo/U.S.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jul. 29, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) for 2022 departures. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

Because we can’t secure airline pricing more than a year in advance, 2023 dates and prices listed below are for the tour only. Once flights are available, we’ll notify you of your options.

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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

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 1.800.337.7773.

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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Half-Day & Sakkara Tour

Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids

Abu-Simbel by Air

Luxor Museum Visit

Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride

Felucca Ride

Reviews

Gail N

This was a once in a lifetime experience, very well organized and our guide Dina and Faheed were amazing. The knowledge that Dina shared with us was beyond amazing. They were both very personable and always there. Would recommend this tour to anyone looking for an amazing adventure.

Cindy B

Wow! What a fantastic experience! Everything was as stated! Couldn’t be happier with our trip to Egypt. I think the highlight had to be our wonderful tour guide Shreen! She was so knowledgeable about Egypt and all the sights we visited. She is undoubtedly an expert on Egyptian history, but even more skilled in how she presented the information. Her presentations were well planned and thought out, but natural. She is indeed an asset to Smartours as she represents the best of these tours! She went out of her way to make sure we had what we needed, and was attentive to all! I have been on many tours throughout Asia and Europe, and she is by far the best tour guide I’ve ever had the pleasure to be led by! Please let the administration as well as her supervisor; Haytham Arafat, know how well she was received by all on this tour! This tour did not disappoint, we visited many historical sites, were well guarded by our own personal body guard, and the accommodations, including buses, hotels, and cruise ship were all excellently maintained. I highly recommend Smartours and especially the Splendors of Egypt tour! Cynthia Brown (toured February, 2022)

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.
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