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A Week in Egypt: Giza, Nile River Cruise & Cairo

9 days |  11 days with Cairo extension
9 days |  11 days with Cairo extension
Group size1535 travelers

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Egyptian boats along the river Nile in Luxor
Detailed pillars of the Temple of Kom Ombo in Egypt
An old lantern in Khan Khalili bazaar in Cairo Egypt
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Demystify sites that define 5,000 years of history as you sail along the Nile River.

The perfect day in Egypt involves a little falafel, a little stroll through the souks, and a whole lot of ancient history. We’re talking deciphering hieroglyphics at towering temples and snapping photos of the Pyramids of Giza that look just like the ones you see in history books. Then, take to the Nile—because no trip to Egypt is complete until you discover the sites spanning the east and west banks of Africa’s longest, and most famous, river.

Your tour package includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 3 nights 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
  • Temples at Philae
  • Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Edfu
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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.

Please note: Based on sailings schedules, the Edfu & the Temple of Horus excursion may take place on day 7.

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.

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

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 continue exploring Cairo. 

Extension to Cairo
Haven’t gotten your fill of Egypt’s history and charm? Cairo has plenty more to offer. Explore the largest collection of pharaonic antiquities, mingle with locals as you try authentic dishes, and get to know Old Cairo—your Tour Director will make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Cairo2 nights
Day 9: Guided tour of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Included meal: Breakfast

Enter the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which houses the famous masks of Tutankhamun, and explore the exhibits alongside your Egyptologist.

Please note: Travelers will not be able to enter the mummy room as it’s moved to a different museum. Additionally, the visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities will be replaced with free time or a new afternoon excursion to Saqqara and the Bent Pyramid.

Enjoy free time in Cairo or add an excursion.

Cairo Home-Hosted Dinner

From $165 per person

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Old Cairo
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off on a guided tour of Old Cairo. You’ll explore the labyrinthine alleys, ancient churches, and ornate mosques as you learn more about Egypt’s history from your Egyptologist.

  • Visit the citadel, which was built in the 12th century by mighty Salah el-Din, and was originally used as a fortress before it became the residence of the Sultans until 1850
  • Enter the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster Mosque
  • Step inside the Ben Ezra Synagogue and view its ornate Turkish-style interior, which is a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews
  • Enter the Hanging Church, one of the oldest churches dating back to the 3rd century

Sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    The best traveling experience ever
    6/17/24 by 1st-time traveler Quanda

    I am from Philadelphia. I traveled to New York to fly to Egypt. This was an ok experience. We got to airport and it was a little challenging but I guess the excitement allowed me to outweigh the hiccups in the airport. Once on airplane and off to Egypt the GREAT experience began. Once arrived our pi...

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    Egypt/Nile River Cruise
    6/24/24 by 1st-time traveler Gina

    This tour was great and exceeded all my expectations! It was a packed itinerary but worth it. I can't believe all i got to see . Our tour guide Amr was wonderful , very knowledgeable and helpful. All the people with EF were helpful & nice. I was the last person in my group to arrive in Cairo and ha...

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    Wonderful Egypt Trip
    6/17/24 by 1st-time traveler Antoinette

    This was a wonderful trip. Brady was a great trip leader. He answered all questions and concerns promptly. Hala, our Tour Director, was so informative. She was extra attentive. All my questions and concerns were addressed. She always went above and beyond. I loved the sweets she provided. She was, ...

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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.
    Ramses Hilton
    Ramses Hilton

    This contemporary hotel is located in the Sharkas neighborhood of Giza. Guests enjoy a gym, outdoor pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find the Egyp...

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    M/S Tulip
    M/S Tulip

    This luxurious cruise ship travels along the Nile River and features spacious cabins, swimming pool, health club, sauna, restaurants and bars.

    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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    Le Méridien Cairo Airport
    Le Méridien Cairo Airport

    This contemporary hotel is connected to the Cairo airport. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Cairo airport a...

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