13-Nights in Ancient Egypt

The Great Sphinx of Giza. ©Egypt Tourist Authority

Highlights

This 13-night Egyptian itinerary combines classic highlights no traveler should miss with some of our favorite added options.

Begin by exploring Cairo and the iconic monuments of Giza, including Cairo’s newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum housing the artifacts of King Tut. Many of the artifacts, including his chariot, have never been seen by the public. As some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx continue to inspire and fascinate with their immense scale, technical achievement, and wealth of mysterious stories. Then go downtown to visit the magnificent Egyptian and Antiquities Museums to see over 2000 years of treasures including the Royal Mummy Room. Stroll through the lively Khan el Khalili bazaar in medieval Cairo and visit magnificent mosques and monuments throughout.

Continue to Luxor and explore Karnak and Luxor Temple along the Nile River’s west bank. Karnak’s enormous complex of temples, obelisks, pylons, courts, colonnades, halls, reliefs and sanctuaries spans 60 acres – and archaeological wonderland. The most important temple area is dedicated to Amon-Ra and was in use for over 2,000 years, longer than any other religious building in history. Take an evening to admire Luxor Temple, the center of the most important festival of ancient Egypt, the festival of Opet.

Overnight at the Old Winter Palace built in 1869 for visiting royalty on the banks of the Nile. This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. Savor afternoon tea with decadent pastries in the crystal-lit Victorian Lounge.

Spend your next six nights sailing along the Nile on a traditionally-designed dahabiya en-route to Aswan. Explore the Valley of the Kings, also known as Biban el-Moluk, the ‘Gates of the Kings’. Witness the area’s lunar terrain as you learn about this impressive ancient burial site. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Throughout your cruise, you will stop at temples and villages where your Egyptologist will uncover the area’s rich history.

In Aswan, appreciate timelessness at the Old Cataract Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel in a 19th-century palace on the banks of the river Nile. Faluccas silently glide past as they have for over 4000 years. From here, you’ll have the chance to fly to Abu Simbel to visit the temples of Ramses II and his legendary wife Nefertari before returning to Cairo for the last night.

Summary

  • 4 Nights – Mena House – Giza
  • 1 Night – Winter Palace – Valley of the Kings
  • 6 Nights – Nile Cruise – Luxor to Aswan
  • 1 Night – Old Cataract Hotel – Aswan
  • 1 Night – Le Meridien – Cairo

Price

Pricing starts at $5,700 per person sharing.

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