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Egypt & Nile River Cruise for Solo Travelers

9 days |  12 days with Alexandria & Cairo extension
9 days |  12 days with Alexandria & Cairo extension
Group size1520 travelers

4.8 out of 5 stars

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View of Abu Simple in Egypt
View of Nile River in Egypt
View of Cairo street in Egypt
View of Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt
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Soak in iconic ancient sites—and sail along the Nile—with fellow solo travelers.

The perfect day in Egypt involves forkfuls of falafel, a sensorial stroll through a busy souk, and a whole lot of ancient history. With fellow solo travelers by your side, you’ll decipher hieroglyphics at towering temples, stand in the shadows of the Pyramids of Giza, and take to the Nile by boat—because no trip to Egypt is complete until you discover the wonders of Africa’s longest, and most storied, river.

Your tour package includes

  • 4 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 3 nights in a private room aboard a Nile River cruise ship
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Great Sphinx
  • Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Temple of Philae
  • Temple of Kom Ombo
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Cairo today.

Cairo2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Cairo
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Egypt! This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel on your own.

Day 3: Pyramids of Giza & the Grand Egyptian Museum
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

Meet up with a professional Egyptologist, who’s also your Tour Director, and set off on a guided tour of Giza.

  • Uncover the Pyramids of Giza, the only Wonder of the Ancient World to have survived the modern era
  • Visit the enigmatic Great Sphinx, the largest monolith statue in the world
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Enter the Grand Egyptian Museum, the world’s largest museum, and explore the vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts alongside your Egyptologist

Please note: If the Grand Egyptian Museum is not yet open to the public, a visit to Saqqara & the Imhotep Museum will take its place.

Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Aswan1 night
Day 4: Flight to Aswan
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Aswan this morning and enjoy free time for the rest of the day, or add an evening excursion.

Please note: On some departures, the sightseeing tour of Aswan may take place on day 4.

Aswan Sunset Felucca Ride & Dinner

From $125 per person

Nile River Cruise3 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Aswan & cruise embarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Aswan or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board your cruise ship and enjoy an included lunch while enjoying views of the Nile River. Afterwards, set off on a sightseeing tour of Aswan led by your Egyptologist.

  • Board a boat and visit the temples at Philae, located on an island in the Nile River
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the island and visit sites like the Temple of Isis, which features scenes of Isis’s life carved along the walls
  • Walk through the local market and enjoy free time to peruse the various shop stalls

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Please note: On some departures, the sightseeing tour of Aswan may take place on day 4.

Abu Simbel

From $529 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo & Edfu
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Later, set sail for Kom Ombo and Edfu this morning and disembark your ship for guided tours with your Egyptologist leading the way.

  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Greco-Roman period and noted for its twin deities, Sobek and Horus
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship as you cruise to Edfu

Spend a free afternoon in Edfu or add an excursion.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Edfu & the Temple of Horus

From $105 per person

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Karnak & Luxor
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the wonders of Egypt today by seeing the painstakingly excavated Temple of Karnak and Luxor, once connected by an avenue of sphinxes, with your Egyptologist.

  • Enter Karnak Temple for a walking tour through the complex to see the Precinct of Amun Re, walls of hieroglyphics, and the Temple of Khonsu
  • Walk through Luxor Temple, located on the banks of the Nile River
  • View obelisks, statues, and the Abu Haggag Mosque

Enjoy lunch aboard the ship. Then, spend a free afternoon in Luxor.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship.

Cairo1 night
Day 8: West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Disembarkation & flight to Cairo
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free early morning aboard the ship or add an excursion.

Later, spend time touring the Nile’s West Bank with your Egyptologist as your guide.

  • Explore the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs hidden in the Theban hills
  • Enter King Tut’s tomb, famous for the ancient Egyptian treasures found inside the complex tomb

Disembark from your cruise this afternoon and fly to Cairo.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner.

Nile River Hot Air Balloon Ride

From $235 per person

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Alexandria and see more of Cairo.

Extension to Alexandria & Cairo
Extend your trip and travel to Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria. There, you’ll explore the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—the modern successor to the famous Library of Alexandria that was destroyed centuries ago. Then, return to Cairo to explore the Medieval Islamic area of the city with your Tour Director.
Alexandria2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Alexandria & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Make your way to the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and set out on a sightseeing tour.

  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local, seaside restaurant situated along the Mediterranean promenade
  • Enter the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center on Alexandria’s Mediterranean coast
  • Drive along the Corniche waterfront to the 15th-century Citadel of Qaitbay, a fortress built on the former site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Climb to the ramparts of the Citadel and take in amazing views of the city and harbor
Day 10: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa & Royal Jewelry Museum
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the morning discovering what secrets lie beneath Alexandria before learning more about the Egyptian royal family.

  • Visit the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Egypt’s largest known Roman funerary complex
  • View the recently excavated Roman amphitheatre and Pompey’s Pillar
  • Head to the Royal Jewelry Museum, a grand, former palace where collectibles of the Egyptian royal family are on display
  • Explore the family’s immense collection of jewelry, as well as chess boards, binoculars, drinking vessels, and other items that are adorned with precious stones
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
Cairo1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Cairo & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel back to Cairo this morning, then visit the Gayer-Anderson Museum. Set in a 17th-century former home that’s considered one of the most remarkable examples of Muslim domestic architecture in Cairo. You’ll see Egyptian art, carpets, other unique/rare collectibles as you explore the museum with your Tour Director.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 stars

    3/11/24 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    The tour route needs to be followed by the EF itinerary as much as possible. It is not fair for us to be changed the plan often.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Egypt tour 2024! Dream come true.
    3/11/24 by 2nd-time traveler Yorvoll

    Oh my goodness, this was an absolutely amazing tour. It was a dream come true and a big check off on my bucket list. The tour exceeded my expectations. I signed up for all of he excursions offered and was so pleased at how much the tour included without the additional excursions. Don’t get me wrong,...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 3/28/24

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Great Group, Great Guide & Great Experience
    3/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Robert

    Ours was a tour for solo travelers and it was my first one with EF. The group was diverse and had very intetresting members. Our guide, Atep, was extremely knowledgeable and very pleaseant. For our three days on the Nile we stayed on a very nice riverboat with a pleasant crew. One thing I had some c...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars
    Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars

    This modern hotel is located in the heart of Cairo. Guests enjoy the rooftop garden, on-site restaurants, and outdoor pool. Nearby you'll find Baron's...

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    Movenpick Resort Aswan
    Movenpick Resort Aswan

    This resort-style hotel is located on Elephantine Island in Aswan. Guests enjoy a pool, tennis courts, and laundry services. Nearby, you’ll find Kitch...

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    Jaz Crown Jubilee
    Jaz Crown Jubilee

    This modern cruise ship travels along the Nile River and features a sundeck, pool, gym, restaurants, bars, and a spa.

    Steigenberger Cecil Hotel Alexandria
    Steigenberger Cecil Hotel Alexandria

    This elegantly styled hotel is located right on the harbor of Alexandria. Guests enjoy the on-site restaurant, terrace, and coffee house. Nearby you'l...

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