Egypt in 9 Days

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Great Pyramids & Full-Board Nile Cruise

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Our essential tour of Egypt, this active-paced trip includes the Great Pyramids, 3 or 4 nights on board a Full-Board Nile Cruise, the ancient temples of Luxor and stays in Cairo.

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Aswan
Cairo
Giza
Luxor
Nile River
Included
All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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Departures Available
until December 2023
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From + $380
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superior 3n cruise
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superior 4n cruise
From + $100
luxury 3n cruise
From + $800
luxury 4n cruise
From + $1,000
5* lux. 3n cruise
From + $2,100
5* lux. 4n cruise
From + $2,200

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Walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a fascinating city and cruise experience in Egypt. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids in Cairo and unearth the history behind the iconic Valley of the Kings. Spend 3 or 4 nights under the stars on a Full-Board Nile River Cruise and delight in the sights of Aswan, atmospheric Kom Ombo, eternal Edfu and the magical Temples of Luxor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

NYC - CAI

2

NYC - CAI

Cairo

3

Cairo

4

Nile

5

Nile

6

Nile

7

Luxor

8

Cairo

9

CAI - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

It's time to unearth the secrets of Ancient Egypt and get to know the vibrant culture of Egypt's most emblematic cities. Arrive at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Cairo. Night on board.

Important: If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Cairo

Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional
Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 4 Excursions
Optional
Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 3 Excursions
3rd Day: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo's most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx and the Temple of the Valley to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt before visiting the Egyptian Museum. This world-renowned museum is home to the largest collection of jewels, relics and statues from the golden age of the pharaohs. End the day with a walk through the lively Khan el Khalili neighbourhood, home to the largest bazaar in the city. We recommend an optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show: Experience the iconic Great Pyramids at night, as they are lit with dancing lasers and visuals, accompanied by atmospheric music. The perfect way to kick-start your Egyptian adventure!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day.

Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Included
Pyramids of Giza & Cairo Tour
Optional
Pyramids Sound and Light Show
4th Day: Cairo - Aswan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Aswan, situated on the Nile River and known for its great importance to the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Upon arrival, head to the river to enjoy a cruise on a traditional felucca boat to see the Nile Falls. Watch life along the Nile as you travel along the river. Afterwards, continue to the Granite Quarry, home to an unfinished ancient obelisk and the High Dam of Aswan. Transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next three nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy the views of the river. Dinner and overnight on board.

Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

Included
Aswan Tour & Felucca Boat Cruise
Optional
Island of Philae
5th Day: Aswan - Kom Ombo

Full-board on board. If you're an early riser, you have the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to Abu Simbel, home to many rock-carved temples.* Today, navigate northwards towards Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Afterwards, visit a unique Crocodile Mummy museum, home to a number of mummified crocodiles. Return to the ship and enjoy relaxing on board. Overnight on board.

Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. 

Optional Island of Philae Excursion: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt. 

Please note: If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel, you will depart from the ship at approximately 3 a.m. to make the most of the coolest and quietest part of the day. This way, you can fully experience Abu Simbel without the crowds and avoid sightseeing in high temperatures.

Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

Included
Highlights of Kom Ombo Tour
Optional
Abu Simbel Excursion
6th Day: Edfu - Luxor

Full-board on board. Dock in Edfu today to enjoy a ride in a traditional Egyptian carriage to arrive at the Temple of Edfu in style! Spend some time exploring the temple, dedicated to the Egyptian god of Horus. It's one of the best-preserved monuments in the country as its imposing structure has been protected by the desert sands. Back on the ship, continue to Luxor where the ancient heart of Thebes awaits you. Here, discover the Temple of Luxor, constructed by the two great pharaohs, Amenhotep II and Ramses II. Return to the ship. Overnight on board.

Included
Temple of Edfu & Luxor Highlights Tour
7th Day: Luxor

Breakfast on board. Continue your discovery of the ancient city of Thebes today as you head to the world-famous Valley of the Kings, where the tomb of Tutankhamon was discovered, revealing the riches of the ancient pharaohs. It is here that the most powerful and influential kings of Ancient Egypt were buried. After exploring the site, continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, an imposing terraced structure, located below towering cliffs. Bid farewell to this world of ancient kings and queens as you cross the river into modern-day Luxor. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Luxor.

Please note: The excursion to the Valley of the Kings includes visits to three tombs. Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun is not included but, if you are interested in visiting, you can buy a ticket to see this tomb at the site during your visit.

Included
Valley of the Kings & Temple of Hatshepsut Excursion
8th Day: Luxor - Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off early in the morning to visit the Karnak Temple Complex, home to a vast array of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other ancient buildings. Explore the ruins as you soak up the unique atmosphere and let your imagination run wild as you learn about life in Ancient Egypt. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Cairo. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. We recommend an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Excursion to Saladin Citadel: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage before walking through the Coptic Neighborhood, home to various churches. 

Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

Included
Visit to the Karnak Temple Complex
Optional
Saladin Citadel Excursion
9th Day: Cairo - US

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Pyramids of Giza & Cairo Tour

Visit the Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history. See the Great Sphinx and the Temple of the Valley, visit the Egyptian Museum and explore the Khan el Khalili neighborhood.

Not included: Entrance fees to Pyramids

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Included

Included activity for day 4

Duration 13:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Aswan Tour & Felucca Boat Cruise

Get to know Aswan! Head to the river for a cruise on a traditional felucca boat to see the Nile Falls. Watch life along the Nile as you travel on the river. Afterwards, continue to the Granite Quarry, home to the unfinished obelisk and see the High Dam.

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Included

Included activity for day 5

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Highlights of Kom Ombo Tour

Explore the Twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Afterwards, visit a unique Crocodile Mummy Museum!

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Included

Included activity for day 6

Duration 13:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Temple of Edfu & Luxor Highlights Tour

Ride in a traditional Egyptian carriage to the Temple of Edfu. Spend some time exploring the temple, dedicated to the Egyptian god of Horus before continuing to Luxor to tour the ancient city of Thebes and visit the legendary Temple of Luxor.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 2

Physical rating:

Active

Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 4 Excursions

Add 4 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Great Pyramids Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel, visit the ancient Island of Philae in Aswan and take an excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 2

Physical rating:

Active

Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 3 Excursions

Add 3 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Great Pyramids like never before with the Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel and visit the Island of Philae.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3 in Giza

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Experience the iconic Great Pyramids at night, as they are lit with dancing lasers and visuals, accompanied by atmospheric music. The perfect way to kick-start your Egyptian adventure!

What's included: Transport, assistance in english, entrance fee.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Nile River

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Island of Philae

Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

What's included: Transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from US Airports.
  • International flights: US - Cairo - US.
  • Internal flights: Cairo - Luxor; Aswan - Cairo. *
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  • 4 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels and 3 nights on the Nile Cruise. **
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  • 4 breakfasts and Full-Board on the Nile Cruise.
  • Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities. ****
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  • 3-night Nile Cruise.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required)* drinks, tips** and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

** Please note: Mandatory tips of $55 per person for the Nile Cruise are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Egyptian culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not. 

Please note: Mandatory tips of $55 per person for the Nile Cruise are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Egyptian culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not. 

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination.

For travellers arriving in Egypt on a Thursday, please note that the flight the following day from Cairo to Aswan usually departs early in the morning, so you will be required to leave for the airport before dawn.

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** The order of the itinerary varies according to the day of arrival:

Wednesday: 2 nights in Cairo, 3 nights Nile cruise, 1 night in Luxor and 1 night in Cairo.

Thursday: 1 night in Cairo, 3 nights Nile cruise, 1 night in Luxor and 2 nights in Cairo.

Saturday: 2 nights in Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruise, 1 night in Cairo.

Sunday: 1 night Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruise, 2 nights Cairo.

*** Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

**** This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Egypt! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.  

Please note: A free basic Wi-Fi connection of 4GB per stay is provided onboard the Nile Cruise. Uploading or downloading videos is not permitted due to limited bandwidth availability. Please be aware that the ship's Wi-Fi connection is dependent on satellite coverage and that there are sections of the cruise in which Wi-Fi will not be available. High-speed Wi-Fi is available to use in port only, for an extra fee of $8 USD per day.

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with at least six months validity. One passport page required.
  • Visa
    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country or you can obtain an e-visa.
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound.
  • Language
    Arabic.
  • Electricity
    220 V. European plug.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers coming from the U.S.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Other useful information
    Egypt has a desert climate with mild winters and very hot summers.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://egypt.travel/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

Triple room: In general, triple rooms will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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