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Wonders of Egypt

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days
MAY - OCT 2021
People on horses in front of Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Countries Visited

Egypt ...more Egypt

Locations Visited

Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Giza ...more Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Giza
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Cairo

    Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  2. Day 2 Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile

    In the morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Later, transfer to your cruise ship, your home for the next four nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor Museum, witness ancient artefacts and see two royal mummies. This evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a welcome drink followed by dinner. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure, enjoy dinner on the ship before relaxing in its lounge or in the comfort of your room.

    hotel MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
  3. Day 3 Valley of the Kings to Edfu

    This morning travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family, whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s, before returning to your cruise ship and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu, for your overnight stay.

    hotel MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
  4. Day 4 Kom Ombo to Aswan Relaxed Start

    In the early morning sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party on board your ship.

    hotel MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
  5. Day 5 Aswan’s High Dam and Nile Felucca

    In the morning, visit the Aswan High Dam and granite quarries, to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis. Rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae, it was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and about traditional sailing practices. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. The likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie stayed at this pretty venue, and Christie supposedly wrote “Death on the Nile” from the hotel itself.

    hotel MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar).
  6. Day 6 Aswan and Back to Cairo Relaxed Start

    In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. Why not join an Optional Experience and travel by air to the magnificent Temples of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor. Located in a village in Nubia, they are found in Upper Egypt. Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. Perhaps soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar or visit one of the many points of interest nearby, such as the Botanical Gardens, Elephantine Island and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  7. Day 7 The Egyptian Museum and Citadel

    Begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El-Din started the Citadel in the 12th century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque is the next stop. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, take your seats at the magical Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza—an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  8. Day 8 The Great Pyramids of Giza

    Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx, crouching at the foot of the Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent Pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where you can see the colossal statue of Ramesses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which dates back 2686 B.C., making it the oldest pyramid in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

    hotel Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
  9. Day 9 Depart Cairo

    Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International airport.

Wonders of Egypt Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 4 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
  • Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Choice Highlights


  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 20 or more guests).
  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director and certified Egyptologist will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "Koshari is our national dish, and it never disappoints. Believed to have originated in the 19th century, this vegetarian street food staple is made of rice, pasta, lentils, and chickpeas, topped with delicious fried onions and a spicy tomato-based garlic sauce."
  • : "I love to share our Ancient Egyptian civilization and history with our guests and to explain all the details and stories related to Egyptian mythology so our guests can enjoy a very special guided vacation."
  • : "The Abu Simbel Temples are utterly unique in scale, architecture, art and history. From one of the most prominent eras of Ancient Egyptian history, these magnificent structures emphasise how persistent and clever ancient Egyptian architects were to carve a mountain to make such incredible tributes for Egyptian deities."

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cairo: Take a short scenic flight to Luxor where you will begin your Nile Cruise.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Luxor: Visit the Luxor Museum and discover ancient artefacts.
  • Colossi of Memnon: See the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Valley of the Kings: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut.
  • Valley of the Kings: Explore with an Egyptologist the Valley of the Kings which is home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs.
  • Luxor: Visit Luxor Temple, constructed approximately 1400 BC. Look to the top of the remaining Pylon of Ramses II and step into the ancient monument.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • Aswan: Visit Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.
  • Philae Island: Travel by motorboat to Philae Island and witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft. Visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.
  • Aswan: Enjoy your short flight back to Cairo for your final night.
  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Memphis: Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Saqqara Necropolis: View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.
  • Cairo: Guided by your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun's treasures. Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Giza: Be mesmerised by the Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.

Authentic Dining

  • Luxor: Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Drink followed by dinner.
  • Cairo: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party, dressed in traditional Egyptian attire.
  • Aswan: Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy high tea at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Dining Summary: 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 8 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner (D), 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 4 Lunch (L)

Insight Experiences

  • Luxor: Enjoy listening to stories of village life from local residents, when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread.

Dates & Prices

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Independent Reviews
Nancy Platt
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
I chose this particular tour because it was advertised as a “solo” tour which allowed for the traveler to have single accommodation without the extra charge. I was told that all those slots were taken and I needed to be open to a roommate to avoid the single traveler charge. There were only eleven of us on this tour so the allotment of these solo slots must have been very small. As it turned out I had a wonderful roommate which made the trip even more enjoyable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You are correct that there are only a small number of single rooms allocated for each trip. We couldn't be more pleased to see how it worked out for you with your room share and how much you enjoyed the Wonders of Egypt. Thank you for your business.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
This tour packed so many amazing sites into a short time. The accommodations, transport, food, schedule, and leadership were exceptional. Our Egyptologist, M. Sabaa, educated, organized, and entertained our small group with expertise.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The travel specialist that booked my trip is excellent, she give us a lot of options and recommendations. She is very nice and helpful.
Hotel accommodations is excellent. Food is awesome. Staffing is excellent from driver to travel director is very knowledgeable .overall experience is awesome
Marleen Callinicos
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
This was our 6th GET/Insight trip, so clearly we enjoy booking our guided international travels with them.
We were a small group of 10 people, which was ideal. Our travel director, Assem Omar, was a gem, and our vast Cairo hotel was truly a palace, with fabulous breakfast buffets. Our daily tours and the relaxing Nile cruise on a half-empty boat were perfect. The Egyptian people are very kind and try their utmost to please and protect tourists. We felt much safer in Egypt than in New York or DC. The meals on the spotlessly clean MS MEDEA were very beautifully presented, and the whirling dervish show on board was amazing. You should go, if only to see the pyramids and magnificent huge Abu Simbel templessouth of Aswan! (Just be sure to take a few hundred USD or Euro in small bills for the incessant tipping - you'll tip $1 in every toilet - and don't go when it's very hot between mid-April to mid-October.) It will be the most fascinating trip you will ever take.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share the memories of your trip to Egypt. We are so happy that you enjoyed this remarkable destination.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
It was good and no problems. The guide was wonderful
Everything was fine as far as price goes
Jerome Dobel
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Michelle provided careful and honest assessments of what we would need to do as well as helping pick the best time to go to Egypt.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We will share your comments with Michelle and with the Insight Vacations team
Monday, March 4, 2019
The trip as as promised. In Egypt because of fear factor the Insight Group was only eleven people and it was a superb tour with a qualified archeologist as our guide.
Virginia Gunter Brown
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
This trip had the best hotel, food, and travel director. Each day I thought nothing could be better, but each day brought wonderful surprises.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad you had a wonderful time in Egypt. Such a fascinating country! Thank you for taking the time to write. We appreciate your positive feedback. All the best!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The cost of this trip was so little compared to the value of the accommodations.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Navigating pickup and airport departures was well handled, with very knowledgeable and pleasant personnel. Tour guide, Akram, was wonderful and cannot imagine this tour with anyone else. However, the general harassment level with vendors and constant daily tipping made an overall undesirable experience. I also wanted to experience additional Egyptian cooking. My outgoing flight was ridiculous, traveling west and back east over same airspace--unbelievable. Overall, I do not consider this trip a good value and will not recommend GET to anyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that you felt harassed by the local vendors.  While it can be upsetting, it is a known part of the culture in that area. We do apologize for any frustration you experienced. The flights that were booked for  you were done so with the most direct routing available at the time. We are always open to any preferences you may have regarding flight times and schedules as long as we are notified in advance of your travel.  
We do appreciate the honest feedback and will certainly share with our Quality Control team in Egypt.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Tipping daily was irritating. Should be included. Not good value.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
My family has used Grand European Travel for the past 6 years and are extremely happy with the services provided. Our agent is organized and efficient allowing our travel plans to move forward smoothly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank for taking the time to review your trip, and we appreciate your business over the last six years. We're thrilled you visited Egypt with us, and that you always felt secure with our Travel Director. Egypt it is indeed a must see destination - beautiful and welcoming country!
Friday, September 1, 2017
Truly a once in a life-time experience. Cost effective, safe and well organized. It was like having a private tour set up just for our family. The tour director in Upper Egypt was remarkable in his knowledge and skill in getting us around the ancient sites. I was a bit leery of travelling to Egypt due to safety concerns but at no time did we feel unsafe. It was a delightful experience and found the people of Egypt to be welcoming.
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