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The Best Luxury Tour of Egypt with Nile Cruise & Alexandria

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Day 1: Arrival at Cairo. You will have communicated your arrival details to your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you reserve your tour. Welcome to Egypt.

Cairo and The Nile

Cairo and The Nile

This cradle of civilization was given birth to, and is still nurtured by, the longest and most storied river on our planet, the legendary Nile River.

Most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Cairo airport. You are greeted as soon as you exit your plane and you will now be escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs, and then you will be met by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Egyptologist Tour Director. You are then driven to your luxury riverfront hotel where you will check-in if it is after 3 PM. If your arrival is before 3 PM and an early check-in is not available, you can drop your bags off and use the facilities to freshen up.
(Overnight - Four Seasons Nile Plaza)

Day 2: Cairo. Experience an exploration of The UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Giza, Memphis, Dahshur and Saqqara. All three are located on the Memphite Necropolis, and your Egyptologist Tour Director will give you a fascinating introduction by showing you how the building of pyramids progressed over the centuries. The legendary city of Memphis, established in 3200 BC, is now a sleepy little rural/urban mix, and you will start by visiting the small Archaeological Park here. Among the statues and other objects in the open-air park is a massive statue of Ramses the Great, located in a building at the entrance of the park. This is one of the two colossal statues of Ramses the Great from ancient Memphis. The other statue has been fully restored and is now the centerpiece of the very impressive entrance hall of the still to open Grand Egyptian Museum. Unlike its museum counterpart, this massive statue is displayed prone on the ground and missing the lower part of its legs, but it is still awe-inspiring in its scale and detail. Among the other attractions in the small outdoor Archeological Park area is the Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis. This sphinx is actually made of Calcite, and at 26 feet by 13 feet the monument is much smaller than the Great Sphinx.

Step Pyramid & Oldest Stone Buildings

Step Pyramid & World's Oldest Stone Buildings

From here you will proceed nearby to Saqqara where you will see the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the 4700+ years old Djoser Step Pyramid.

The massive ancient burial site of Saqqara also contains the oldest stone building complex in the world, as well as multiple ancient Mastaba tombs belonging to high-ranking citizens. Among these the Tomb of Udut, Unas-Ark and Inefert is well worth a walk through. Saqqara was used as a burial ground for 3000 years, lasting into the Roman period.

Another short drive will bring you to Dahshur, where you will experience how the Egyptians progressed on building pyramids after the Step Pyramid. Amazing attractions here include the 4600-year-old Bent Pyramid as well as the Red Pyramid, both built by the Pharoah Sneferu.

A 20-minute drive will take you to the Giza Necropolis, where you will break for an included lunch at a restaurant specializing in Egyptian delicacies. After lunch you will drive up the small plateau to the 3 amazing pyramids here, all of which are individually awe-inspiring. The Great Pyramid was built by Khufu, the son of Sneferu, the Pharoah who had the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid constructed at Dahshur. The Great Pyramid has always been the oldest member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is now the only one of them still remaining.

Khafre's Pyramid

Khafre's Pyramid and The Great Pyramid

We will not attempt to describe the incredible size and splendor of these ancient structures – they have to be experienced to be believed.

After the Dahshur Pyramids the pharaohs got busy building these amazing structures and the two tallest pyramids, Khufu’s Great Pyramid and Khafre’s Pyramid, were finished within a few decades after the completion of the Red Pyramid at Dahshur. As Khafre was Khufu’s son, he built his pyramid to a height of 471 feet, as opposed to the Great Pyramid’s 481.4 feet height, but he built it on a slightly higher elevation close by, thereby making his pyramid seem taller. Although significantly smaller than these two pyramids, the third pyramid at Giza, built by Menkaure, son of Khafre, is well worth a visit.

Next up is the Great Sphinx, which is commonly believed to have been designed and constructed during the above-mentioned Khafre’s reign, with his face mounted on the mythical creature, although scholars are not certain and a debate on its exact origins is ongoing. It is 66 feet high and 62 feet wide and 240 feet long.

The Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx

The awe-inspiring structure offers great photo opportunities, including views with Khafre’s Pyramid as a magnificent backdrop.

Although there are remains of scores of other pyramids in Egypt, it is an interesting fact that the above mentioned largest still intact pyramids, with the exception of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, were all built over about just 80 years by four generations of Pharaohs, starting with Menkaure’s great grandfather, Pharoah Sneferu. You will avoid Cairo’s miserable rush hour traffic and return to your hotel after this exploration of Giza.
(Overnight - Four Seasons Nile Plaza)

Day 3: Cairo. Today you will start your exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Islamic Cairo, also known as Historic Cairo. Although areas that now comprise the metropolis of Cairo are much older than this, Islamic Cairo was founded in the 10th century and has flourished since then in one form or another.

There are impressive mosques and other historic structures, as well as a unique culture and atmosphere that has not changed much over the centuries. Start with an exploration of the Citadel of Salah El-Din, a fortress that houses museums and beautiful gardens, with the most impressive structure being the Alabaster Mosque, or the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. This Citadel was home to Egypt’s rulers from the 12th to the 19th century.

After this you will enter the walls of Islamic Cairo from the Gate of El Nasr (Gate of Victory) and start a fascinating walk through the neighborhoods. Much of your walk will be on Al-Muizz street, which has been Islamic Cairo’s main thoroughfare since the 10th Century. Many of Cairo’s ancient historic attractions are located on this street, and there is unique architecture and culture to be found everywhere you look. There are beautiful mosques, Islamic schools that have existed for many centuries, and ancient souks.

Al Muizz Street Aerial View

Al Muizz Street Aerial View

Al-Muizz street is often called the largest Islamic open-air museum in the world.

Next is a walk in Cairo’s Old Bazaar, Khan el-Khalili. This souk is always full of tourists and Egyptians and the colors, smells and sounds have to be experienced to be believed. Depending on how much time you spend at each attraction and experience on this day, you will have the option today to break for lunch (authentic local cuisine is recommended and your Egyptologist Tour Director can make suggestions) at a time of your choice, or return to your hotel for a late lunch.

Next up is an exploration of Coptic Cairo. The Coptic Christians built their churches inside the Roman fortress interestingly named Babylon. Egypt was a Christian nation for three centuries between the 3rd and 7th century and the beautiful churches in Old Cairo were built mainly during that period.

Coptic Christians make up between 8 to 15% of Egypt's population today, depending on the source of information, and their unique culture and architecture is fascinating to observe. Much of the delight in this short exploration is just walking through the ancient neighborhoods, taking in this unique culture and architecture.

The Hanging Church Entrance

The Hanging Church Entrance

Impressive churches you will visit include the famous Hanging Church, parts of which are purported to belong to the 3rd century.

Another church will be the 5th century Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, which was built over the crypt where Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus are said to have rested during their journey in Egypt. You will have the opportunity to enter the crypt and view the details, including the tiny alcove where the infant Jesus slept.

Your last stop can be at the Synagogue of Ben Ezra. There has been a house of worship in this location since the 4th century, first a church and then the synagogue. As less than a dozen Jewish people now make Cairo their home, the synagogue and its beautiful interior now serve as a museum.
(Overnight - Four Seasons Nile Plaza)

Day 4: Cairo - Alexandria. In the morning you will be assisted with your check-out and you will now proceed to one of two museums. We do not expect the oft-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum to open until 2023. It will be the one you visit if it is open by the time you travel.

Grand Egyptian Museum Option: You are driven to the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum, which, at 5.2 million sq. feet, is the largest archaeological museum on our planet. This incredible collection of 50,000 antiquities includes the vast and amazing Tutankhamun Collection, a 3200-year-old 83 ton and 32.8-foot-tall red granite statue of Ramses II, as well as a plethora of artifacts that have never been displayed before. Viewing all the treasures in the museum would take many days and so your Egyptologist Tour Director will tell you about the possible highlights and, based on your preferences, design your visit accordingly. Just as during the rest of your tour, your Tour Director will regale you with fascinating tales about the major exhibits that you are experiencing. Lunch at one of the restaurants at the museum is recommended at a time of your choice.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Option: This new museum was inaugurated in April of 2021 with a widely promoted made for TV event which included a spectacle filled procession as many of the best treasures in the iconic Egyptian Museum were transported to their new home in this new museum. Although the biggest draw will be the 22 mummies of the greatest Pharaohs and their collections of treasures, this museum is unique because it displays a holistic view of the awe-inspiring history of Egyptian Civilization, ranging from Predynastic times to the 2000 year long Pharaonic period to Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and contemporary times. What you experience during your visit to the museum will be based on your preferences as relayed to your Egyptologist Tour Director. You will break for a late lunch after exploring the museum.

Alexandria

Alexandria

You are driven to Alexandria after lunch.

This three-hour drive will bring you to the legendary city that was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and is the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea. Not much of its Greek history remains and most of the ancient monuments you will visit belong to the Roman period, which began with the deaths of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony in 27 BC. In its heyday Alexandria was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the Great Library (the largest in the world during its time), and the Necropolis (one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages). Unfortunately, none of these exist today and Cleopatra’s magnificent palace can only be visited by divers as it is submerged in the sea. You are driven to the most luxurious hotel in Alexandria and assisted with check-in to your sea view suite.
(Overnight - Four Seasons Alexandria)

Day 5: Alexandria. Please note that all the sights detailed below are within a fairly small historical area and walking between attractions, for those who like to walk, is recommended. You also do not need to visit all the attractions, and your Egyptologist Guide will help you design your day as per your preferences. Among other things, you can ask to visit ancient souks and popular restaurants – Alexandria’s cuisine is famous for its diversity as it is influenced by multiple Mediterranean regions.

Start your exploration of Alexandria in the mid-morning (after the heavy rush-hour traffic) with a drive along the Corniche as you head to the Citadel of Sultan Qaitbay. This fort was built in 1474 AD and was one of the Mediterranean’s best fortifications in its time. Constructed at the same spot where the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria once stood, many of its massive stones were originally part of the lighthouse, which had completely collapsed by the 14th century. The current structure has seen major renovations, especially after the British bombarded it in the 19th century, and after a brief tour, you will enjoy a 15-minute walk (driving is an option for those who do not want to walk) on the corniche with the sea on one side and some of Alexandria’s older sights on the other.

Abu al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosqu

Abu al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque

The walk will end at the Abu al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque.

Dedicated to a 13th Century Sufi Saint, this beautiful mosque was originally constructed in 1307 AD, but was subsequently destroyed and rebuilt. Your stop here will be a brief photo opportunity. After the mosque a short drive will bring you to what many visitors consider Alexandria’s most impressive remaining ancient site, the Catacombs of Kom el Shokafa, part of the aforementioned Wonder of the Middle Ages, the Necropolis.

The tombs in the three-tiered solid stone (the bottom tier is now submerged) catacomb are said to have been used for about two hundred years starting from the 2nd Century. The catacombs are extremely impressive in scale and the details, including the carvings and pillars, and the timeless feeling that the site evokes. Kom el Shokafa means Mound of Chards. The name originates from what was discovered in these catacombs in 1900 AD by a working donkey who fell down a hidden shaft. When the experts subsequently entered, they found that the common areas of the catacombs had a number of piles of smashed ancient pottery. Archaeologists believe that when visitors came to their relatives’ graves, they would stay for a meal that they had brought along. Not wanting to take the pottery used for this meal to their homes, they shattered them and left them in the piles.

A 3-minute drive will bring you to the Serapeum and Pompey’s Pillar. This site is almost completely in ruins and was extensively plundered long ago. The Serapeum at Alexandria was a magnificent Greek Temple constructed in the 3rd Century BC. At one time this was the largest and most impressive temple in Alexandria, but now the remaining attraction here is Pompey’s Pillar. Erected in the 3rd Century AD to honor the Roman emperor, this gray granite monolith is 88 feet high and still one of the largest of its kind on our planet. Although the Serapeum has some areas to explore, including its own catacombs, it is Pompey’s Pillar that is the main attraction here, and it is well worth the stop.

You can choose to break for lunch at any time you want during this day’s sightseeing – your guide will give you your nearby dining options. Another short drive from the Serapeum (you can choose to get off well before you arrive and walk on the corniche with your guide) will bring you to the location next to the Great Library of Alexandria. The original library that was built here between the 4th and 3rd Century BC was arguably the world’s greatest library during its first couple of centuries of existence, but after that it gradually lost prominence and what remained was eventually destroyed by the ruling Christians. The greatest geniuses in the world, including Aristotle, are said to have had volumes of their writings on papyrus stored at the library.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

What currently stands very near the ancient library is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

This spectacular structure was inaugurated in 2002 after 6 years of construction and an expense of $220 million at that time. Please note that this massive complex is closed on Fridays and public holidays. Its incredible architecture and design, both inside and out, are alone well worth a visit – the sea view is quite amazing from the gorgeous main reading room with its 105-foot-high glass roof. This is actually a massive Cultural Centre, there are multiple museums, art galleries, permanent and rotating exhibition halls, a planetarium, manuscript restoration project, specialized libraries for maps, the visually impaired, children, and a lot more. Your guide will offer you a brief tour of some of the highlights and any section you want to visit.

From here you will drive nearby to Stanley Bridge for a short walk across the small bay while you enjoy the wonderful views. This pretty bridge is 100 feet wide and a quarter mile long and is considered a part of the corniche by the locals. From the bridge you will be driven back to your hotel.
(Overnight - Four Seasons Alexandria)

Day 6: Alexandria – Cairo Airport – Aswan. You are assisted with your checkout in the morning and driven to Cairo airport where you are assisted with your check-in to your early afternoon flight to Aswan.

The Aswan

Aswan

Arrive at Aswan and you are driven to your spectacular historic hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.

The Old Cataract has hosted royalty, such as Princess Diana and Tsar Nicholas II, and many top leaders of the world as well as celebrities for over a century. After staying here, Agatha Christie set part of ‘Death on the Nile’ in the hotel, and the motion picture was partially filmed here. Guests who want to really enjoy this legendary hotel and its extensive facilities can ask us to add an additional day at Aswan. Other activities such as a felucca cruise to a popular touristy Nubian Village can be added.

The famous guests who stayed here a long time ago obviously did not expect central heating and were fine with the cold hallways, common areas and dining venues at the historic hotel. Today’s luxury travelers are not, so we caution you about the fact that the hotel, along with the historic Winter Palace in Luxor, can be very cold during winter, especially December through February. Egyptian guidelines for historic buildings make the possibility of the hotel operators adding heating a prohibitively expensive proposition with limited benefits. We caution our guests to have ample warm clothing for their stays at these hotels during winter.
(Overnight - Sofitel Legend Old Cataract)

Day 7: Aswan - Abu Simbel Excursion. In the morning your Egyptologist Tour Director will accompany you to the Aswan airport and assist you in boarding the short flight to Abu Simbel. Arrive at Abu Simbel and you are ushered to your private vehicle and driven to Ramses II’s most awe-inspiring creation.

Located on the western banks of Lake Naseer, these colossal temples are still accessible to humanity because of one of the most amazing archaeological engineering feats of all time. Between 1964 and 1968 everything in and outside these temples were cut into massive blocks weighing up to 30 tons each and transported to a location 213 feet higher than where they were originally constructed. UNESCO and the Egyptian Government orchestrated a massive campaign with a large and diverse international team of specialists and accomplished this incomprehensibly difficult project so as to save the temples from the rising waters of the Nile to be caused by the impending opening of the Aswan High Dam.

The Abu Simbel Temples are part of the ‘Nubian Monuments’ UNESCO World Heritage Site, which also includes Philae, near Aswan. Built in the 13th Century BC over 20 years, these two temples were created to establish, in the minds of the Nubian people, Ramses II’s power and near-divinity, as well as the might of Egypt.

The Great Temple Entrance

The Great Temple Entrance

The first temple, known as The Great Temple, has four massive 66-foot-tall statues of Ramses II seated on thrones at its entrance.

It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt. Much smaller statues of the royal family, including his wife Nefertari, are situated around the seated monarchs’ legs. Amazing historic treasures await visitors inside the temple, which has a triangular layout reducing in scale as you go deeper to the main sanctum. There are beautiful statues, gorgeous bas-reliefs, impressive pillars, and objects devoted to the three ancient Egyptian Gods to whom Ramses II dedicated this temple.

A short distance away is The Small Temple, dedicated to Goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari. This temple is only the second temple in Ancient Egypt’s many millennia long history that is dedicated to the consort of a king, and is one of the very few times such a major monument presented statues of the king and his queen that were equal in size. Surrounding the entrance are three 33-foot statues on each side, with statutes of Ramses II bookending the two statues of Queen Nefertari on both sides. The interior of the temple offers amazing treasures and is similarly beautiful as The Great Temple, although smaller in scale.

After exploring these wonders, you will return to the airport and fly back to Aswan, returning to your hotel for some relaxation.

In the late afternoon you are driven to Aswan’s Nubian Museum, an award-winning building with a midsize collection of amazing antiquities ranging from local geological wonders to a unique and impressive collection of Nubian, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic antiquities. This fairly short visit will significantly enhance your understanding and appreciation of what you are experiencing in the Aswan region.
(Overnight - Sofitel Legend Old Cataract)

Sunset on the Nile at Aswan

Sunset on the Nile at Aswan

In the early evening you will board a traditional felucca and enjoy a cruise on the Nile and watch the spectacular sunset over this fabled region.

Day 8: Aswan - Oberoi Zahra 3 Night Nile Cruise. Late this morning you are assisted with your checkout and driven to the pier where the Oberoi Zahra is docked. Given further on is the Oberoi itinerary sketch for the next 3 days, but your shore excursions will be a little different. Your Egyptologist Tour Director will orchestrate your excursions privately from the cruiser, including when you stop at Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna. We are unimpressed with the quality of the onboard guides that all cruises (including those on the Zahra) on the Nile provide, along with their interpretation of ‘luxury groups’ (or luxury small groups as in Zahra’s version) on these excursions.

Just as one example, the Philae Temple Complex deserves more time than the rushed visit allotted to it. The Oberoi Zahra facilitates a visit to the High Dam and Philae starting at 3 pm, and then you are back well in time for Tea at the Club Lounge at 5:30 pm. We think that Philae deserves more time than the cruise group tour allows, and our version of the Philae Temple visit is as follows:

Philae Island was the original island home of these massive structures and they were moved as part of the incredible project that moved Abu Simbel’s Temples. This awe-inspiring complex was moved to Agilika Island by the Egyptian Government and UNESCO as Philae Island had existing flooding issues even before the Aswan High Dam was constructed – it is now mostly submerged.

The Philae Temple

The Philae Temple

The Temple of Isis on the island is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site and was dedicated to the Gods Isis, Osiris, and Horus.

Among other subjects, the amazing bas-reliefs on the temple’s walls portray how Isis brought Osiris back to life, gave birth to Horus, and mummified Osiris after his death. It is purported to be Osiris’ final resting place. Originally built around 700 BC, the temple complex had subsequent additions made by both Egyptians and, later on, Roman rulers. The Temples of Philae were a major pilgrimage site for Nubians, Egyptians, and people from far away lands. The amazing details on the walls, statues and columns are among the most impressive you will find anywhere, and the worship of Isis continued here until the 6th Century.

Christians had established a foothold on Philae during the fourth century, and they initially co-existed with the ongoing religious practices at the Philae Temple. In the 6th century they took over and converted parts of the complex to a church, defacing a number of significant monuments and structures in the process. Just as many of Ancient Egypt’s most important sites, some of the most valuable artifacts of the Temple were removed by European archaeologists during later colonial times. Your visit will include the Pylon Panorama Ticket, which allows you to use the steps to reach the roof of a Pylon and take in the incredible views of the complex and the Nile. Your Tour Director will escort you back to the Zahra in time for Tea.
(Overnight - The Oberoi Zahra)

Oberoi Zahra Cruise Description

12:00 p.m Embarkation
12:30 p.m. Lunch
03:00 p.m. Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple
05:30 p.m. Tea at the Club Lounge
07:00 p.m. Cocktails with entertainment at the Club Lounge
07:30 p.m. Dinner
08:30 p.m. Sail in Aswan
Overnight in Aswan
 
05:00 a.m. Sail to Kom Ombo
07:00 a.m. Breakfast
08:00 a.m. Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
09:30 a.m. Sail to Edfu
12:30 p.m. Lunch
02:30 p.m. Visit the Temple of Edfu
04:30 p.m. Sail to Esna
07:30 p.m. Dinner
Overnight at Esna
 
04:00 a.m. Sail to Luxor
07:00 a.m. Breakfast
09:00 a.m. Visit the West Bank - Valley of Kings, Temple of Habu and Colossi of Memnon
01:00 p.m. Lunch
04:30 p.m. Visit the Temple of Luxor
06:00 p.m. Tea at the Club Lounge
07:30 p.m. Dinner
Overnight in Luxor
 
06:45 a.m. Breakfast
08:00 a.m. Disembarkation and visit to Karnak Temples

Day 9: Oberoi Zahra Cruise. Today you will cruise towards Luxor, stopping at Kom Ombo and Edfu for explorations of the amazing Temple Complexes. At each port your Egyptologist Tour Director and personal chauffeur driven vehicle will be waiting for you when you disembark. Just like the rest of your Egypt exploration, you will have high quality private tours of the complexes, and be escorted back to the Zahra at the appropriate time.
(Overnight - The Oberoi Zahra)

Day 10: Oberoi Zahra Cruise. Your excursion will again be orchestrated very differently from the cruise’s itinerary. After breakfast a short drive will bring you to the Valley of the Kings.

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

You will explore the most impressive tombs in the barren and scenic valley, and not have long waits under the desert sun like other visitors.

Capacity is controlled at all Tombs and the popular standard Tombs are nice but not as impressive and have long lines. The handpicked tombs we take you to require individual entrance tickets and have, at most, very short lines.

Camera Photography can often be restricted at one or more Tombs without any prior notice. Some of the Tombs, such as the magnificent Tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, currently do not permit any photography except with cell phones, but the option to even use your phone’s camera is subject to change at any time. Please note that photography rules are strictly enforced.

Your exploration will include the following premium attractions:

1: The Tomb of Ramses V & VI (KV9) - This 340-foot-long Tomb was started by Ramses V but later taken over by his successor, Ramses VI.

Tomb of Ramses V & VI

Tomb of Ramses V & VI

The paintings, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphs covering the walls and ceilings are among the best preserved in the Valley, making for an incredibly colorful Tomb.

2: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (King Tut) (KV62) - This is one of the smaller Tombs in the valley. The Tomb was discovered in 1922 with all its treasures intact, and the majority of these artifacts are now the most impressive section of displays in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. You will be able to see young King Tut’s mummified remains in the Tomb, and the glittering shrines in his burial chamber.

3: The Tomb of Seti I (KV17) - This is the longest Tomb in the valley at over 450 feet, and also one of the deepest. There are incredible decorations on the walls and ceilings, and its vivid colors are a delight to behold. A steep entry fee eliminates the long lines found for most tombs, and those who do not visit Nefertari’s Tomb in the Valley of the Queens usually feel that this was the most impressive Tomb that they have seen.

4: The Tomb of Nefertari (QV66) Valley of the Queens - On the way to the Valley of the Queens you will stop along the way at the Temple of Hatshepsut, as detailed below. Located a short distance away in the Valley of the Queens, Nefertari’s Tomb is, in our opinion, the most striking Tomb in the Luxor region, and among the least visited due to its entry fee. The 5600 square foot Tomb has amazing multicolored artwork on its polished stone walls, and the incredible beauty of the legendary queen is depicted in scores of paintings.

Nefertari's Tomb

Nefertari's Tomb

Ramses II immortalized his beloved queen repeatedly, as in the awe-inspiring Temples at Abu Simbel, and the Tomb certainly achieves what it was intended to do.

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Before reaching the Valley of the Queens and Nefertari’s Tomb, you will stop along the way at this wonderfully restored temple complex. This impressive 3500-year-old structure is built on 3 levels reaching almost 100 feet at the top. During your travels your Egyptologist Tour Director will share some fascinating tales about Queen Hatshepsut, one of the smartest rulers of this ancient world.

Colossi of Memnon. The last stop on this exploration will be at these two massive 14 Century BC statues of King Amenhotep III. These ancient structures reach about 60 feet high and are estimated to each weigh about 720 tons. Unlike most visitors, you will visit these at the end of your exploration on this day so that you can be among the first to arrive at the Valley of the Kings in the morning.

We recommend that you spend this late afternoon on board the Zahra and enjoy its lavish facilities as your visit to the Luxor Temple will be much better on the next day - it is located a very short walk from your Luxor hotel.
(Overnight - The Oberoi Zahra)

Day 11: Luxor. You are escorted with your disembarkation after breakfast.

Karnak Entrance

Karnak Entrance

Your destination this morning is the incredible Karnak Temple Complex.

Occupying about 200 acres, the Karnak Temple and its structures are purported to be the largest religious complex ever to be built. Construction of the first parts started about 5000 years ago, and continued over the reign of about 30 Pharaohs. The site is made up of four parts, out of which only the largest part, the Precinct of Amun-Re, is open to the public. This is the second most visited site in Egypt after the Giza Pyramids. Experience the hundreds of ancient structures, including the awe-inspiring Great Hypostyle Hall, a 50,000 square foot Hall with 134 massive beautifully carved pillars. 122 of these pillars are 33 feet tall, while the other 12 are 69 feet high and almost 10 feet in diameter.

After your exploration of the Karnak Complex, you are driven to your historical boutique hotel and you are assisted with your check-in after lunch – check-in is at 3 pm. This luxury hotel has played host to various members of royalty and other dignitaries. Agatha Christie also stayed here and wrote part of her book while she was in residence. As at Aswan, the hotel’s common areas, hallways, and dining venues can be very cold during winter, especially December through February.

Luxor Temple and Sunset Illumination: You can enjoy a very short walk on the scenic Nile Corniche (with pushy souvenir sellers) to the Luxor Temple, or you can choose to be driven.

Luxor Sunset Lights

Luxor Sunset Lights

The best time to visit this magnificent 3400-year-old Temple Complex is in the late afternoon as this allows you to first explore its incredible attractions in daylight and then be mesmerized at sunset as the artfully placed spotlights illuminate the façade and the scores of ancient attractions the complex contains.

Avenue of Sphinxes Moonlight Walk: From the Temple you will experience a walk on the similarly lit Avenue of Sphinxes. This ancient royal pathway finished a massive reclamation and restoration project and opened to the public with much fanfare in November 2021. It is a unique experience to walk along the broad avenue in the dark, flanked by gently illuminated ancient sphinxes. The Avenue of Sphinxes was ‘The King’s Festivities Road’, and runs the full 1.7 miles between the awe-inspiring temples of Luxor and Karnak - you can choose to walk as far as you want before returning to your hotel.
(Overnight - Sofitel Winter Palace)

Day 12: To Cairo for International Departure OR the Red Sea. You have the option of a very early start in the morning for a balloon ride over Ancient Thebes – you will need to inform us about your preference while finalizing your reservation. You are assisted with your checkout in the morning at any time before 11 am. Please note that most outbound international flights from Cairo depart in the early morning. This itinerary assumes that you will fly back to Cairo in the late afternoon or early evening. Listed below are two really nice museums that you can explore, or your Egyptologist Guide will suggest experiences based on your preferences.

The Mummification Museum offers great information on this ancient Egyptian process, along with many more fascinating exhibits. The process of mummification, and the materials used in the process, are displayed in detail. The mummies on display include the 3000 plus year old mummy of Masaharta, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes. There are also mummies of cats, fish and crocodiles.

The Luxor Museum has a lot fewer treasures than the abundance of exhibits found in Cairo’s museums, but the quality of the artifacts that they display is unsurpassed, including amazing pieces from the Karnak Temple Complex.

Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum

The displays are widely spaced and identified very well with clear signage.

You will be driven to Luxor airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Cairo. Arrive at Cairo and collect your baggage, after which your Tour Director will accompany you to your in-terminal hotel and assist you with your check-in. Bid farewell to your Tour Director at this time.
(Overnight - Le Meridien Cairo Airport)

Day 13: Cairo - International Flight. An Easy Tours Facilitator will assist you with your checkout in the morning (any time before 11 am) and then walk you to the international terminal where they will introduce you to your VIP Airport Representative and bid you farewell. You will then be escorted through the complete departure process, including check-in, security and immigration.
Additional services can be added upon request.
Our services end at Cairo Airport.

Red Sea - End of Tour Options

 

Lodging

Cairo
OR
Cairo
Four Seasons Nile Plaza - Four Seasons Executive Suite | Terrace | Nile View


 
Marriott Mina House (not recommended until 2023) - Pyramid Suite
Alexandria
Four Seasons Alexandria – Sea View One Bedroom Suite
Aswan
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract - Palace Prestige Suite | Terrace | Nile View
Nile River
The Oberoi Zahra – Luxury Suite with Private Terrace
Luxor
Sofitel Winter Palace - Prestige Suite Nile View
Cairo Airport
Le Meridien Cairo Airport – Panoramic Deluxe Suite with club lounge access

Inclusions

VIP Airport Arrival & Departure Services for International Travel
Accompany Tour Director for assistance for On-Tour Flights
Daily breakfast at all the hotels
All Meals on the Oberoi Zahra
2 Lunches during your Touring
All Entry Fees for listed sights and experiences
Services of a top Egyptologist Tour Director throughout your exploration
Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
Hotel check-in is at 3 pm and checkout is at 11 am for almost all the hotels
All transfers and sightseeing by personal upscale vehicles
Availability of a local Travel Facilitator at all destinations
Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives.
All currently applicable taxes.

Not Included

International Travel
Photography/Videography Fees
Balloon Ride at Luxor unless you ask us to add it - nominal additional cost applies
Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
Meals other than those specified above
Travel insurance, visa etc.

Dates & Prices

Annual 4th of July Sale. From 6.20.22 to 7.10.22

Annual 4th of July Sale. From 6.20.22 to 7.10.22 - Exp. Jul 10th
Dates Price For
Per Person, based on Double Occupancy
On Tour
Flight Cost
Total For
2 Guests
Availability
11th Jan, 2022
to
19th Dec, 2022
$16600 $14940 $736 $31352
Reserve Now
Prices include all Current Taxes & Surcharges
This Exclusive Journey has very limited availability and online reservations are not possible. Some of the included luxury boutique resorts are very small and the few enhanced room/suite types we use can be sold out months in advance. Yes, even in 2022! Please fill out the Inquiry Form to see if your choice of dates is available.