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Treasures of Egypt

With Alexandria

From $5,697
total price from Boston, New York
$4,995 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $702 airline taxes and fees
New for 2024
Tour Days
16 days
Tour Membership
12-24 Guests

Overview

From the riches of Cairo and the Pyramids to the fertile Nile valley, and from the rescued temples of Abu Simbel to ancient Alexandria on the Mediterranean, Egypt overflows with treasures that our small group encounters on this unique and well-paced journey through antiquity.

Tour Details

Treasures of Egypt

With Alexandria

From $5,697

total price from Boston, New York
$4,995 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $702 airline taxes and fees
New for 2024

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 Guests
New for 2024

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 Guests

Overview

From the riches of Cairo and the Pyramids to the fertile Nile valley, and from the rescued temples of Abu Simbel to ancient Alexandria on the Mediterranean, Egypt overflows with treasures that our small group encounters on this unique and well-paced journey through antiquity.

Small Group Highlights

  • Cairo touring, including renowned Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo
  • Pyramids of the Giza Plateau
  • Memphis and Sakkara excursion
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples and statuary
  • Three-night Nile cruise
  • Luxor’s East andWest banks: Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens
  • Alexandria touring: Pompey’s Pillar, Citadel of Qaitbay, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Expert Egyptian Tour Director

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain and at sites of ancient ruins. You should bein good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

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= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
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= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt
Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt
2
Arrive Cairo
Arrive Cairo

We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

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Cairo
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Cairo

We meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a morning briefing about the journey ahead then set out for the day.  We begin at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, which holds more than 120,000 relics and antiquities from throughout Egyptian history.  We continue on to the Citadel of Saladin, an impressive medieval hilltop fortress.  Tonight: a reception a tour hotel followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

We meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a morning briefing about the journey ahead then set out for the day.  We begin at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, which holds more than 120,000 relics and antiquities from throughout Egyptian history.  We continue on to the Citadel of Saladin, an impressive medieval hilltop fortress.  Tonight: a reception a tour hotel followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

4
Cairo
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L
B
L
Cairo

This morning we travel to the Giza Plateau and its three famed pyramids, including the Great Pyramid (or Pyramid of Cheops), which survives as the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Great Pyramid was built around 2600 BCE, and stands more than 450 feet tall.  We also see the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone.  This afternoon we encounter Egypt’s Old Cairo, including 5th-century St. Sergius Church; Coptic el-Mauallaqa, the “hanging church” built over the bastions of a Roman gate; and 10th-century St. George’s Church.

This morning we travel to the Giza Plateau and its three famed pyramids, including the Great Pyramid (or Pyramid of Cheops), which survives as the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Great Pyramid was built around 2600 BCE, and stands more than 450 feet tall.  We also see the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone.  This afternoon we encounter Egypt’s Old Cairo, including 5th-century St. Sergius Church; Coptic el-Mauallaqa, the “hanging church” built over the bastions of a Roman gate; and 10th-century St. George’s Church.

5
Cairo
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L
B
L
Cairo

Today we visit some of the finest sites in Egyptian antiquity, beginning at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital.  We continue to near-by Sakkara, a necropolis used for more than 3,000 years to bury Old Kingdom royalty – and still largely unexcavated today.  This afternoon, we return to Cairo where we visit the colorful Khan El-Khalili bazaar, dating to the 14th century.

Today we visit some of the finest sites in Egyptian antiquity, beginning at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital.  We continue to near-by Sakkara, a necropolis used for more than 3,000 years to bury Old Kingdom royalty – and still largely unexcavated today.  This afternoon, we return to Cairo where we visit the colorful Khan El-Khalili bazaar, dating to the 14th century.

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Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel
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L
D
Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel

It’s a very early morning as we fly to Aswan, then connect with a flight to Abu Simbel.  Here desert sands replace the Lower Nile’s cultivated fields, and the Nubian influence still casts an exotic spell.  We see the temples and colossal statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari that were dismantled stone by stone and moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan Dam.  The site is awe-inspiring; four statues of Ramses each stand 65 feet high, and the temples’ well-preserved pictographs tell some remarkable ancient stories.  At midday, we fly back to Aswan, where we have lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

It’s a very early morning as we fly to Aswan, then connect with a flight to Abu Simbel.  Here desert sands replace the Lower Nile’s cultivated fields, and the Nubian influence still casts an exotic spell.  We see the temples and colossal statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari that were dismantled stone by stone and moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan Dam.  The site is awe-inspiring; four statues of Ramses each stand 65 feet high, and the temples’ well-preserved pictographs tell some remarkable ancient stories.  At midday, we fly back to Aswan, where we have lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

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Embark Nile Cruise
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L
D
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Embark Nile Cruise

We embark our Nile cruise ship this morning then visit the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when it opened in 1970.  Next, we explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temples of Philae, which were relocated when the Aswan High was completed – after having been sub-merged by the construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1906.  This afternoon, we board small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats, for a relaxing sail.

We embark our Nile cruise ship this morning then visit the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when it opened in 1970.  Next, we explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temples of Philae, which were relocated when the Aswan High was completed – after having been sub-merged by the construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1906.  This afternoon, we board small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats, for a relaxing sail.

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Nile Crusing – Aswan/Kom Obu/Edfu
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L
D
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Nile Crusing – Aswan/Kom Obu/Edfu

This morning, we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture.  Later we cruise to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, which sat on the great caravan route from Nubia.  Here we see outstanding Nile views from an unusual double temple, dedicated both to the crocodile God Sobek and to the falcon God Haroeris.

This morning, we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture.  Later we cruise to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, which sat on the great caravan route from Nubia.  Here we see outstanding Nile views from an unusual double temple, dedicated both to the crocodile God Sobek and to the falcon God Haroeris.

9
Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank
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L
D
B
L
D
Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank

In Edfu this morning, we tour the Temple of Horus, considered the best preserved of all Egypt’s ancient temples.  Then we cruise to Luxor, once ancient Thebes, the world’s “greatest open-air museum” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture.  We explore Luxor’s East Bank, site of splendid Karnak Temple, which was under construction for some 1,500 years.  We see the temple’s enormous pylons, the Temple of Ramses II, the Great Hypostyle Hall, and the two Obelisks of Hatshepsut.  Next: Luxor Temple whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great.

In Edfu this morning, we tour the Temple of Horus, considered the best preserved of all Egypt’s ancient temples.  Then we cruise to Luxor, once ancient Thebes, the world’s “greatest open-air museum” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture.  We explore Luxor’s East Bank, site of splendid Karnak Temple, which was under construction for some 1,500 years.  We see the temple’s enormous pylons, the Temple of Ramses II, the Great Hypostyle Hall, and the two Obelisks of Hatshepsut.  Next: Luxor Temple whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great.

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Disembark/Luxor
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D
B
D
Disembark/Luxor

We disembark our ship then tour Luxor’s West Bank, including the haunting Valley of the Kings, where we see the magnificent paintings in several of the 34 royal tombs; the Valley of the Queens, where the dramatic Temple of Hatshep-sut honors one of the few female pharaohs; and the imposing 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues, each standing 65 feet high.

We disembark our ship then tour Luxor’s West Bank, including the haunting Valley of the Kings, where we see the magnificent paintings in several of the 34 royal tombs; the Valley of the Queens, where the dramatic Temple of Hatshep-sut honors one of the few female pharaohs; and the imposing 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues, each standing 65 feet high.

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Luxor
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L
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Luxor

We have the choice to rise very early today to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride.  Together we visit Luxor Museum, housing relics discovered at Luxor, including the mummified remains of two pharaohs, items from the renowned tomb of Tutankhamun, and statuary from the New Kingdom era (c. 16th-11th century BCE).

We have the choice to rise very early today to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride.  Together we visit Luxor Museum, housing relics discovered at Luxor, including the mummified remains of two pharaohs, items from the renowned tomb of Tutankhamun, and statuary from the New Kingdom era (c. 16th-11th century BCE).

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Luxor/Cairo/Alexandria
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D
B
D
Luxor/Cairo/Alexandria

Following our morning flight to Cairo, we board our motor coach bound for Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city and main port.  En route, we visit the 4th-century Coptic Orthodox monastery of Deir Anba Bishoi, dedicated to the Egyptian Saint Pishoy.  This afternoon we reach Alexandria, the great city of antiquity founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE.

Following our morning flight to Cairo, we board our motor coach bound for Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city and main port.  En route, we visit the 4th-century Coptic Orthodox monastery of Deir Anba Bishoi, dedicated to the Egyptian Saint Pishoy.  This afternoon we reach Alexandria, the great city of antiquity founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE.

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Alexandria
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Alexandria

Today’s touring begins at the Catacombs of Kon El Shoqafa, the tri-level “mound of shards” that casts light on Alexandria’s Greco-Roman heritage.  Next: Pompey’s Pillar, a massive freestanding column measuring 67 feet high that was constructed from a single piece of red Aswan granite, then the well-preserved ruin of the ancient Roman theater.  Later we proceed to the Citadel of Qaitbay, built on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Today’s touring begins at the Catacombs of Kon El Shoqafa, the tri-level “mound of shards” that casts light on Alexandria’s Greco-Roman heritage.  Next: Pompey’s Pillar, a massive freestanding column measuring 67 feet high that was constructed from a single piece of red Aswan granite, then the well-preserved ruin of the ancient Roman theater.  Later we proceed to the Citadel of Qaitbay, built on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Alexandria
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Alexandria

This morning we visit the site of another wonder of ancient Alexandria, though it too has sadly been lost to time: the Great Library of Alexandria.  Founded in the 3rd century BCE, the library was considered one of the greatest accomplishments of antiquity.  The Bibliotheca Alexandrina complex we visit today pays tribute to this ancient wonder, with its huge, visually stunning main reading room, with space for nearly nine million books.  Later we tour the National Museum of Alexandria, displaying more than 1,800 items from different Egyptian eras.

This morning we visit the site of another wonder of ancient Alexandria, though it too has sadly been lost to time: the Great Library of Alexandria.  Founded in the 3rd century BCE, the library was considered one of the greatest accomplishments of antiquity.  The Bibliotheca Alexandrina complex we visit today pays tribute to this ancient wonder, with its huge, visually stunning main reading room, with space for nearly nine million books.  Later we tour the National Museum of Alexandria, displaying more than 1,800 items from different Egyptian eras.

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Alexandria/Cairo
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D
B
D
Alexandria/Cairo

On tap today: the Royal Jewelry Museum, with jewelry, paintings, and statues of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Then we coach to Cairo and our airport area hotel, where we celebrate our Egyptian adventure over a farewell dinner.

On tap today: the Royal Jewelry Museum, with jewelry, paintings, and statues of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Then we coach to Cairo and our airport area hotel, where we celebrate our Egyptian adventure over a farewell dinner.

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Depart for U.S.
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B
Depart for U.S.

Very early this morning, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the United States.

Very early this morning, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the United States.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels; 3 nights aboard Deluxe Nile cruise ship
  • 33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Apr Oct Nov Dec
Cairo 65 67 72 81 82 73 68
Aswan 74 78 86 94 94 83 75
Alexandria 64 66 70 75 81 75 67

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Apr Oct Nov Dec
Cairo 65 67 72 81 82 73 68
Aswan 74 78 86 94 94 83 75
Alexandria 64 66 70 75 81 75 67

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Tour Directors

Hassan Latif

"It was a privilege to have Hassan as our tour director. His knowledge was bottomless, his caring for the group and sense of humor made it an outstanding trip."

Elizabeth Rainoff
Southern Pines, NC

Sameh Eissa

“I honestly cannot imagine a better tour director than Sam. He was far and away the best I’ve experienced … he was beyond knowledgeable about the sites we visited.”

Alexandra Solomon
Glastonbury, CT

Rania Shouman

“Raina’s expertise and knowledge of Egyptian history and current affairs were astounding and wonderful.”

David Hook
San Jose, CA

Amr Sharkwy

“Amr was outstanding, he was a wealth of knowledge about everything Egyptian (history, religion, and culture).”

JoAnn & Brian Royce
Davison, MI

Reda Aziz

“Reda was one of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. His knowledge base, humor, friendliness and organization were amazing.”

Debra Moser
Potomac, MD

Tarek Morsy

“Mr. Morsy was simply amazing!  He not only was an expert on Egypt but his added touches helped make the trip a once in a lifetime experience.  Tarek loves Egypt and his enthusiasm was contagious!”

Theresa Leutze
West Bloomfield, MI

Sameh Samir

“Sam is fabulous! Very knowledgeable, well organized, and great with people. Could not have been better. He was the best!”

John & Martha Gerty
Greene, NY

Ayman Riad

“A true gem. He was both knowledgeable and personable. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his talks always included amusing anecdotes.”

Marcy Stecker
Great Neck, NY

Mahmoud Nawar

"Mahmoud is first and foremost among the best tour leaders we have encountered during our travels abroad. [He is] exceptionally passionate about his country and its tourism…"

Ellery & Lesley Kuhn
Roseville, CA

Hatem Hossam

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tour Directors

Ayman Riad

“A true gem. He was both knowledgeable and personable. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his talks always included amusing anecdotes.”

Marcy Stecker
Great Neck, NY

Tarek Morsy

“Mr. Morsy was simply amazing!  He not only was an expert on Egypt but his added touches helped make the trip a once in a lifetime experience.  Tarek loves Egypt and his enthusiasm was contagious!”

Theresa Leutze
West Bloomfield, MI

Amr Sharkwy

“Amr was outstanding, he was a wealth of knowledge about everything Egyptian (history, religion, and culture).”

JoAnn & Brian Royce
Davison, MI

Mahmoud Nawar

"Mahmoud is first and foremost among the best tour leaders we have encountered during our travels abroad. [He is] exceptionally passionate about his country and its tourism…"

Ellery & Lesley Kuhn
Roseville, CA

Rania Shouman

“Raina’s expertise and knowledge of Egyptian history and current affairs were astounding and wonderful.”

David Hook
San Jose, CA

Hassan Latif

"It was a privilege to have Hassan as our tour director. His knowledge was bottomless, his caring for the group and sense of humor made it an outstanding trip."

Elizabeth Rainoff
Southern Pines, NC

Hatem Hossam

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Sameh Eissa

“I honestly cannot imagine a better tour director than Sam. He was far and away the best I’ve experienced … he was beyond knowledgeable about the sites we visited.”

Alexandra Solomon
Glastonbury, CT

Sameh Samir

“Sam is fabulous! Very knowledgeable, well organized, and great with people. Could not have been better. He was the best!”

John & Martha Gerty
Greene, NY

Reda Aziz

“Reda was one of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. His knowledge base, humor, friendliness and organization were amazing.”

Debra Moser
Potomac, MD

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