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Wonders of Ancient Egypt

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $3,350 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Karnak Temple complex, Luxor, Egypt

Countries Visited

Egypt ...more Egypt

Locations Visited

Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Dendera, Kitchners Island, Alexandria, Temple of Kom Ombo ...more Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Dendera, Kitchners Island, Alexandria, Temple of Kom Ombo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Cairo

    Delve into the antiquities of Egypt on this epic journey which begins in Cairo. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure.

    hotel Ramses Hilton
  2. Day 2 Admire the Wonders of Giza

    Immerse yourself in a history that spans millennia during a full-day excursion to the old kingdom of Egypt. See the Colossus of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Visit the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, then marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza and the mighty Sphinx. This evening, watch as the walls of these feats of man are lit up in a dazzling sound and light show.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Fly to Luxor and Embark on Your Nile Cruise

    We fly to Luxor this morning and embark on a guided tour of the Karnak Temple Complex, before boarding our cruise in time for lunch. Later this afternoon, marvel at Luxor's Temple and visit Luxor Museum to see an astounding collection of archaeological treasures.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Nile Cruise: MS Miriam, MS Medea or MS Sapphire (or similar cruise ship)
  4. Day 4 Explore Ancient Dendera

    Pay tribute to the Goddess Hathor at the well-preserved Dendera Temple by bus, then travel back to Luxor.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Journey to Aswan

    Today, we sail to tranquil Aswan, arriving in time for dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 The High Dam and More in Aswan

    Continue today, to the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae, then view the Unfinished Obelisk, lying semi-carved from the solid bedrock, and visit the High Dam in Aswan.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Onwards to Philae and Kitchener’s Island

    This morning, consider joining a once in a lifetime Optional Experience to Abu Simbel. Later, sail in a felucca around the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Off to Ancient Kom-Ombo

    Today, we'll visit the roofless Temple of Kom-Ombo, worshipping two gods.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Sail to Stunning Luxor

    Watch how the river gives life to an arid landscape and the people who live within it as you sail down the Nile to Luxor.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Disembark and Fly to Cairo

    We disembark at Luxor, Connect With Locals as you enjoy a traditional Be My Guest experience with freshly baked bread, honey and mint tea. Explore the fascinating complex of mortuary temples and tombs, including Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings. We take a return flight to Cairo where we'll enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the buzzing atmosphere for which the city is famous. This evening consider an evening meal on board a floating restaurant with some lively Egyptian entertainment.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Ramses Hilton
  11. Day 11 Discover Colourful Cairo

    Your sightseeing tour through Cairo will include a visit to the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Old Cairo, see the ancient Citadel, the Alabaster Mosque. This afternoon, Dive Into Culture when you visit the Egyptian Museum.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Farewell Cairo

    Our expedition at its end, say a fond farewell to your newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Wonders of Ancient Egypt
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 7 cruise lunches
  • 7 cruise dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Seven-night luxury Nile Cruise
  • Return flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Escorted by one of Trafalgar's English-speaking Egyptologists / Travel Directors
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Luxor and Cairo with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the temples of Karnak, Luxor Museum, the temple dedicated to Goddess Hathor at Dendera, Luxor Temple, the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, the Temple at Kom-Ombo, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • View the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo
  • See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, the Sound and Light show in Giza
  • Sail in a felucca across the Nile
  • Connect With Locals On the banks of the Nile, join the El Boerey family for a Be My Guest experience in their village home. You will enjoy mint tea and freshly baked local bread with honey while they share stories revealing what life is like in a typical Luxor village near the ancient temples and tombs. (Day 10)
  • Dive Into Culture Enjoy a visit to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Egyptian antiquities including the world-famous ‘Mask of Tutankhamun’. (Day 11)

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Traditional Nubian Village Visit

We'll take a motorboat along the Nile, passing by rocky formations and islands which are nature reserves. Arriving at a riverside Nubian Village, you'll see the traditional way of life and visit one of the typical houses.
Adult Price: $30

Philae Temple Sound And Light Performance

Join us for a short boat ride to Philae Island, located between the old and new Aswan Dams, where you’ll have a short tour. We’ll then seat you in a Roman-style theater for a retelling of the perennial Nile flood and of the goddesses Isis and Hathor, to whose worship the temple was originally dedicated. Approx 50 mins.
Adult Price: $47

Abu Simbel Adventure

This four-hour excursion includes a flight to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with his four great statues. You’ll also see statues of Queen Nefertari on the facade of the Temple of Hathor. 75 minutes will be spent at Abu Simbel - the remainder will be travel time. This price is subject to Airline fluctuations, hence the recent increase.
Adult Price: $341


Sound And Light Show At Karnak Temple

Listen to voices of ancient kings, queens and gods as they share stories about the places you’ll see in the Temple during a walking tour, followed by a show around the Divine Lake. This show is operated in Karnak Temple in Luxor during the evening, lasting for just under an hour.
Adult Price: $47


Dinner, Belly Dancing And Nile Cruise

Join us for a two-hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing show. During Ramadan, there will be no alcohol or belly dancers.
Adult Price: $75

Full-Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa and Pompey's Pillar. You'll also enjoy great views from Fort Qaitbey, and stop at the Roman Theatre with its marble seating before returning to Cairo. This Optional experience is priced at $132 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $264 per person.
Adult Price: $132

Independent Reviews
Robert Anderson
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Missed my transfer from Cairo airport to hotel. No one there though I advised GET of the flight arriving 40 minutes earlier. 'He says,she says' from the Trafalgar rep. No reimbursment for a 35 dollar taxi. I only found out it was Trafalgar after the purchase for which I wasted money as I am a repeat customer of theirs and booking through I you lost that credit. GET failed to take any action or ownership of the problem, from what i can tell.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the rocky start to your trip. Our records show that we did advise the ground team of your early arrival. Please accept our apologies for the driver not being able to arrive at the airport on time. We have processed a refund for your taxi. All of the trips on our website, brochure and invoices indicate who the operating company is. We are sorry if this was not made clear to you when you booked your trip.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Nothing additional to say.
Jeane Zorn
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but he told us numerous times that we were suppose to tip him, the guides and drivers. Next time I think we will take a trip where the tipping is included. Another problem was we had to have money every time we used a public bathroom. It was hard to keep the right change. The merchants wouldn't give it to us. They wouldn't let you use the bathroom it you didn't have it. I would prefer to pay extra and have the guide pay for everyone up front to use the bathroom. The definitely need new linens on the beds and towels on the ship.
We took a five star river cruise on the Rhine last year. Comparing the two, food and service was much better on the boat. Off the boat, what we expected in a third world county. But where else in the world can you see the pyramids at Giza, the Spinx, the valley of the kings, Tut's tomb?
Cathy Spiller
Sunday, November 17, 2019
They gave me tips and inside information about the country before I left for my trip.
Great tour director. Everyday I felt like I received a history lesson. It was just wonderful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Egypt is so magical and it's so wonderful to se that you had a chance to enjoy it and experience all the beauty and history.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Our guide, Hani, was great!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear that your enjoyed the magic of Egypt. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Our guide, Hani, was great! A little surprising to have armed guards on the buses and cruise ship.
Marie Buckley
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Easy booking, questions answered, and everything arrived on time.
Egypt is a great deal right now! The dollar goes a long ways.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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