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Experience the tales of Ramses, Alexander, Cleopatra, and the mighty sultans of the Islamic world as we reflect on the story of the world through Egypt.

Tour Details

Egyptian civilization grew on the banks of the River Nile, the same way the fertility of the soil coming from the depths of Africa grew palm trees, barley, and linen. Holding one of the most strategic locations in the ancient and modern world, Egypt has experienced its fare share of power games and glorious architecture in memory of its kings and queens. Experience the tales of Ramses, Alexander, Cleopatra, and the mighty sultans of the Islamic world as we reflect on the story of the world through Egypt.

Trip Length

8 Days

Destinations

Cairo | Aswan | Luxor

Airports

Cairo – Cairo

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Expert tour guide for all tours
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Transportation for tours and activities
  • All entrance tickets to sites mentioned in program
  • Daily quality lunch throughout trip
  • All entrance tickets to sites mentioned in program
  • 24/7 guest support
  • Bottled water and soft drink
  • All service charges and taxes
  • Dinners

Price Excludes

  • Tipping
  • International airfare
  • Visa expenses
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Itinerary

Day 1Felucca Dinner

While the sun sets on the ancient city of Cairo, you will embark on a lively felucca ride on the Nile, the river believed to carry water from the heavens by both ancient and modern Egyptians. The Egyptian dinner will give you a taste of the finest Cairean food and will be accompanied by the warm, melodic tunes of the oud, an instrument born in ancient Mesopotamia, raised in Iraq and Spain, and matured in Egypt. Akin to the piano in Europe, the oud is dubbed the Sultan of Instruments in the Middle East and has evolved over centuries to express the timeless, triumphant spirit of the region

Accommodation: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa*

Day 2Mighty Pharaohs of Egypt Tour

This day tour will delve into the power of the great pharaohs in the beginning of ancient civilization; how they sought to leave a legacy, and to what ends they were willing to go in order to do so. We start this journey of power in Sakkara, to see King Djoser’s Step Pyramid the inspiration behind organizing society around the pharaoh, and then visit the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom in Giza. Here, we reflect on the zenith of power, where the pharaoh was god and the entire state his to summon. Our journey ends with their burial treasures the greatest works of art and craftsmanship to witness how they sought to carry their power and join the gods in the afterlife.

Accommodation: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa*

Day 3Luxor full day tour

In the ancient holy city of Luxor the gods’ abode we tell the story of two great pharaohs who wielded great power yet were unlikely candidates for the throne. We will visit Queen Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple and ruins of the temple of Horemheb in the West Bank. There, we trace the female pharaoh’s ancestry up until her divine conception and explore Horemheb’s rise from being a noble to being a mighty pharaoh restoring order to Egypt.

In Luxor’s East Bank, we venture into the temples to marvel at the greatest ancient Egyptian monuments built by some of its most notable rulers. As you witness the power of the pharaohs in the Luxor and Karnak Temples, you will also learn about their loyal servants and covert arch enemies: the priests. These holy men crowned Egypt’s pharaohs and gave them the power of the gods. But they also tipped the balance of power, and at times, even challenged the pharaohs to rule Egypt.

Accommodation: Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor*

Day 4Aswan full day tour

Aswan was a place revered by the Ptolemies, who had clearly understood that the Egyptians could only see them as legitimate rulers if they, too, followed the same religion and worshipped the same gods. In this beautiful city, you will visit the Ptolemaic temples and see how the Greek pharaohs, and later the Romans, adopted Egypt’s beliefs to legitimize their power. You will also visit Aswan’s High Dam, built by modern Egypt’s first indigenous ruler, Gamal Abdelnasser, to tame and overpower the Nile.

Edfu and Kom Ombo were religious centers for thousands of years; homes to the most powerful of all kings the gods. The modern-day cities are where the best preserved temples in all of antiquity are located. In these temples, you will hear how Horus restored justice and triumphed over the evil Set. And how the gods created the world, raised the heavens, and maintained them
with benevolence.

As a final relaxation activity, we will take a traditional felucca and sail peacefully on the Nile until we arrive at the serene Nubian Village. There you will be greeted by its locals and be hosted for an authentic Nubian dinner that will be followed by a music and dance performance.

Accommodation: Anakato wadi Kiki Nubian Houses*

Day 5Edfu and Komombo's story of Horus tour

Edfu and Kom Ombo were religious centers for thousands of years; homes to the most powerful of all kings—the gods. The modern-day cities are where the best preserved temples in all of antiquity are located. In these temples, you will hear how Horus restored justice and triumphed over the evil Set. And how the gods created the world, raised the heavens, and maintained them with benevolence.

Accommodation: Anakato wadi Kiki Nubian Houses*

Day 6Abu Simbel's Ramses & Nefertari tour

One of ancient Egypt’s most iconic leaders, Ramses the Great was known for having a long, memorable reign, marked by power, wealth, and expansion. You will walk through Ramses’ reign as you visit his temple at Abu Simbel, an ultimate manifestation of his rule as a god king. Standing near Egypt’s southern borders, you will imagine how the temple must have looked for foreigners invaders sailing to find four massive statues of the king, carved out of a mountain of stone.

Accommodation: Anakato wadi Kiki Nubian Houses*

Day 7Sultans & Queens Cairo tour

Spanning more than a millennium, Egypt’s Islamic era brought about the foundation of Cairo, a city that would be built with the spirit of the Egyptians and even utilize nearly all the ruins of the ancient Memphis. A walk through the heart of Old Cairo will reveal to you the extent of power used by its kings and queens to build and beautify the city. Immigrants flocked from every land to this great city, making it a metropolitan center of Islamic civilization in medieval times.

Accommodation: Stiegneberger Tahrir*

Day 8Final departure from Cairo

Check-out from hotel and transfer to Cairo international for final departure.

*Hotels are subject to availability. Similar hotels will be booked if unavialable.