Day 1: Welcome to Egypt - Arrive Cairo; Transfer to Hotel
Welcome to Cairo Egypt!! Travelers will arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI). A Royal Egypt Travel tour manager will meet each traveler upon arrival and assist through the immigration process, proceeding forward to collect luggage at baggage claim. Your transfer from the airport to the hotel in private, air-conditioned coach is provided. The remainder of the afternoon/evening will be at your leisure.
Overnight Sheraton Cairo Hotel: 2 nights
Optional Excursion: Sound & Light Show at Giza Pyramids - VIP Ticket
Day 2: Memphis, Saqqara, Great Pyramids and Sphinx (B, L)
After breakfast, the tour manager will greet the group and provide an overview of the planned itinerary. After the meet & greet, we will depart for a morning excursion to Memphis and Saqqara, followed by Egyptian jewelry & essence oil shopping. Lunch is included at a local restaurant in Giza. Then, we will make an afternoon visit to The Great Pyramids and Sphinx, with Khufu solar ship museum and camel ride included. The afternoon concludes with a stop at a local Egyptian cotton store, then we will return to hotel with the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Optional Excursion:Entry to Great Pyramid
Day 3: Fly Cairo to Luxor; Embark on Nile Cruise - Karnak and Luxor Temples (B, L, D)
After breakfast, the group will depart for a morning flight from Cairo to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, we will settle into the accommodations on the Nile cruise ship, then enjoy lunch on-board. Following lunch, we will depart for an afternoon excursion to Karnak Temple, a Papyrus Institute and Luxor Temple. The day ends with an early evening carriage ride through Luxor and then return to the cruise ship for dinner. Remainder of the evening at your leisure, with evening lounge entertainment provided by the cruise ship.
Overnight MS Sonesta Star Goddess Nile Cruise: 4 nights
Day 4: Hot Air Balloon Ride (optional); Valley of the Kings & Queens, Begin Nile Sail (B, L, D)
The day begins with an early morning hot air balloon ride over the West Bank of Luxor (optional excursion). Following this amazing excursion, the group will return to the cruise ship for breakfast, then depart for a visit to the Valley of the Kings/Queens and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. We will then transfer back to the cruise ship to begin sail to Esna via the Esna Lock. Lunch will be provided on-board, followed by a variety of activities including an afternoon tea, Captain’s welcome cocktail party and evening entertainment. Dinner is on-board.
Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride
Day 5: Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo; Temple of Edfu and Temple of Kom Ombo (B, L, D)
We begin our day with breakfast on-board then take a morning excursion to the Temple of Edfu. After personal time for shopping and exploring Edfu, the group will transfer back to the cruise ship to continue sailing to Kom Ombo. Lunch will be on-board, followed by an afternoon excursion to the Temple of Kom Ombo. Dinner is on-board followed by an Egyptian Galabeya party, where we will party the night away in authentic Egyptian attire!
Day 6: Sail Aswan; Aswan High Dam, Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae - Felucca Sail (B, L, D)
After enjoying breakfast on-board, we depart for a morning excursion to the Aswan High Dam, Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. Following this visit, we will return to the cruise ship to enjoy lunch, followed by an afternoon Felucca sail around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan. The afternoon cruise ship activities include a Captain’s tea and a Nubian folkloric show, followed by dinner on-board.
Day 7: Disembark in Aswan; Fly Aswan to Abu Simbel, Abu Simbel Temples (optional); Fly Aswan/Abu Simbel to Cairo (B)
Our day begins with breakfast on-board. The travelers that have chosen the optional excursion to Abu Simbel will transfer to the Aswan Airport for a morning excursion to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, the group will visit the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor and Nefertari. We will also have time to visit a few of the Nubian bazaars as we make our way back to the coach. After visiting Abu Simbel, the group will then transfer back to Abu Simbel airport for a short flight to Cairo, through Aswan. The remaining travelers that have not chosen the optional excursion to Abu Simbel will reconnect with the group in Aswan, for the return flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, the group transfers to the hotel, where remainder of afternoon/evening will be at your leisure.
Overnight Sheraton Cairo Hotel:2 nights
Optional Excursion: Abu Simbel/Great Temple of Ramses II
Day 8: Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosques and Khan El-Khalili Bazaar (B, D)
After breakfast, the group departs for a morning excursion to the Egyptian Museum, The Citadel of Salah Al-Din, Mosque of Muhammad Ali and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. We will then return to the hotel for lunch at your own leisure, an afternoon refresher and/or to begin preparing for return trip to the US. The evening will conclude with a farewell dinner for the group at a local restaurant in Cairo.
Day 9: Farewell to Egypt - Depart Cairo; Transfer to Airport
Sadly, this amazing tour has come to an end! Each traveler will transfer from hotel to Cairo International Airport for return flights to the US. The tour manager will arrange airport transportation for each person based upon scheduled flight departure times.
** ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE **
additions / Optional excursions
Arrive a Day Early – Travelers that wish may arrange to arrive a day earlier than the tour start date. This will allow additional time to adjust to the time change and overcoming jet-lag. This option will include an additional night and private transfer from airport. Single or double occupancy is the same rate. $175 per person
Sound & Light Show at Giza Pyramids (Day 1) – Watch as the Great Pyramids and Sphinx are illuminated in multi-colored lasers and visual projections, while listening to the booming music and commentary emanating from the Sphinx that tells the stories of Ancient Egypt and the Pyramids. $40 per person
Entry to the Great Pyramids (Day 2) – Be one of the limited daily tourists to enter the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. $25 per person
Hot Air Balloon Ride - Luxor (Day 4) – Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise as you journey in a Hot Air Balloon ride over Luxor. Spend 45 minutes floating over some of the world's most important archaeological sites, including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, as well as other iconic, historical monuments. During the flight over Luxor you will see breathtaking views of the sprawling temples of Karnak and Luxor, along with the green lush Nile delta and farmlands. $170 per person
Abu Simbel / Great Temple of Ramses II & Nefertari (Day 7) – Located on the banks of Lake Nasser in Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia of southern Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples were built and dedicated to the Pharaoh Ramses II and his queen, Nefertari. In 1257, Ramses II had these two temples carved out of a massive solid rock. The most remarkable feature of the site is that the Great Temple is precisely oriented so that twice each year, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the innermost shrine. $375 per person
Dedicated Staff – A Royal Egypt Travel tour manager will accompany group through entire tour
Accommodations–Deluxe, 5-star hotel accommodations
Nile River Cruise – Deluxe, 5-star cruise collection