EG3 Classic Egypt Tour
In Search of Pharaohs
The Great Pyramids & Sphinx; Museum of Egyptian Antiquities; Massive Karnak Temple; Donkey trek into Valley of the Kings; Deluxe Nile River cruise; Camel trek to San Simeon MonasteryINQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sun 26 Jan 2020||Sat 08 Feb 2020||$3410 USD||Please contact us|
|Sun 02 Feb 2020||Sat 15 Feb 2020||$3410 USD||Last-minute Availability|
|Sun 16 Feb 2020||Sat 29 Feb 2020||$3410 USD||Last-minute Availability|
|Sun 15 Mar 2020||Sat 28 Mar 2020||$3410 USD|
|Sun 11 Oct 2020||Sat 24 Oct 2020||$3410 USD|
|Sun 25 Oct 2020||Sat 07 Nov 2020||$3410 USD|
|Sun 15 Nov 2020||Sat 28 Nov 2020||$3410 USD|
|Sun 20 Dec 2020||Sat 02 Jan 2021||$3410 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $475 USD (number of singles limited).
On our Classic Egypt tour, you'll discover a country of mythological proportion and one whose ancient civilization dates back as far as any that the world has seen, Egypt is a land of mystical beauty and incomparable legacy.
For an adventure-packed two weeks, we tour the world-famous historic highlights, like the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, now symbols of the country's mystery and glory.
We also tour the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, which allows incredible opportunities for close-up exploration inside pyramid tombs, the colossal, 1,500-year-old Karnak Temple, with its tremendous pylon gateway near the Avenue of 1,000 Sphinxes that originally ran all the way to Luxor Temple, and the bounties of the world's longest river; the Nile.
Bewitching desertscapes and lush oases serve as the backdrops to some of the most memorable sceneries on the planet as we spend time marvelling at the architectural and engineering genius of an ancient civilization light-years ahead of its time.
We enjoy a couple of days in the perpetually buzzing capital city of Cairo, from which we head to the museums of the Graeco-Roman colonial city of Alexandria to peruse relics like death masks, mummified crocodiles and statues, as well as to gaze at amazing integrated art in Roman Catacombs.
Donkey-rides on stony pathways, camel treks through the desert and street tours by horse-drawn carriage add an element of authenticity to the experience as we explore the ancient past and contemporary faces of this first-rate destination.
Andrew C. (Windsor, NS, CA)
We enjoyed the "monuments". We got to see all of the most famous and important ones. We also enjoyed the day to day life of Egypt that we experienced in the markets, cafes and camel and donkey rides. It was a perfect mix. Everything was just great-keep up the good work. Our local guide was amazing. He was knowledgable,patient with our questions and funny. He offered his personal life experiences so we felt connected to the people of Egypt. Planes, buses ,boats, camels and donkeys. The variety of transportation was exciting and all went as smooth as silk. Our tour leader was excellent. He was gracious and patient. He gave us great advice and took great care of our needs. The hotel locations, services and staff were very very good. In reading my survey results you can see that we were extremely happy with the products and services of AA. We don't know how anyone could have done a better job. We'll highly recommend you to anyone who is interested and contact you as soon as we are ready to travel again. Thank you a thousand times for your commitment to a superlative travel experience.
Carol J. (Calgary, AB, CA)
I really enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend the Adventures Abroad trip to anyone. The guide was fantastic and at no time did I ever feel unsafe in the country. It was a great time to visit Egypt as there were no crowds at any of the sites and that enabled us to get up close and really get a good look at all the country had to offer. Loved the pyramids and Abu Simbel.
Cathy O. (Calgary, AB, CA)
I really enjoyed the temples and tombs in particular Abul Simbel, Carnak and Valley of the Kings. It was a very good experience. The pyramids were a highlight of course. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and he did an excellent job. This was a good trip.
James O. (Williamsburg, VA, US)
Loved camel ride to St Simeon monastery. Our tour leader and the hotels were excellent. Excellent tour with many outstanding sites.
Joel S. (West Hollywood, CA, US)
Particularly enjoyed the major monuments and the care in combining them with local experiences. Our tour leader was terrific. Knowledgeable resourceful and unfailingly kind and patient.
John H. (Boonton, NJ, US)
All sites selected were done superbly by our tour leader and the Egyptian guide. The local guide was superb. He was highly knowledgeable in Egyptian history and archeology. He also knew all the good local eateries. The meals on this tour were superb. All I can say about our tour leader is that he was superb. Hope to travel with him again in the future. Hotels on this tour were excellent.
John S. (Waterdown, ON, CA)
I cannot say enough about the exemplary quality of our guide, who made all the experiences one to remember. He was outstanding! Extremely knowledgeable, patient and innovative. Personally, he made my trip far more memorable than if I had undertaken it by myself. Extremely pleased with the transportation! Our drivers were excellent. I had a great time. I wished to visit Egypt since a boy and I was not disappointed.
Maria C. (Seattle, WA, US)
I most enjoyed the pyramids/sphinx; all the temples and tombs; Nile cruise; Cairo museum, camel ride, donkey ride, felucca ride, horse and carriage ride. All were fun. All the food was excellent. Ahmed [tour leader] was excellent--intelligent and open. He was self-confident and inspired confidence in others. The Egypt tour was excellent. I loved all the special rides (camel and donkey) and the itinerary in general.
Marilyn S. (Dunrobin, ON, CA)
We enjoyed major sites visited (Dashur, Saqqara, Giza, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Valley of Kings / Queens, Felluca ride, camel ride, Temples (Phirea, Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Karnak, Luxor, Queen Hatshepsut, Madinet Habu and the Workers village were fabulous. Enjoyed the camel ride to St. Simeon + felluca ride
Michel B. (Sechelt, BC, CA)
All sightseeing elements were very well planned and executed. Our local guide was remarkable. Very knowledgeable of the sites, sharing the local culture with us, his own experiences, always available, answering all our questions intelligently, attentive to each of us needs and sensitivities, in additional to being friendly and even tempered, and always smiling. His high-energy level never faultered once. What a great guy! The transportation was excellent. Good variety of restaurants and food. Experiencing the local food traditions was great. Very good selection of hotels, very pleased. Exceeded our expectations, whether in terms of service, hotels, trip planning, and specifically the tireless efforts and professionalism of our great tour leader. He certainly made it happen for the whole group.
Peggy S. (Bisbee, AZ, 1)
Well, I loved the great pyramids as well as all of the temples and tombs. The great bazaar in Cairo was quite wonderful--much better than I'd expected. The desert is really beautiful and the cruise was pleasant! I think I liked most everything about this trip. The evening meals were very good. I feel very good about the trip to Egypt--I feel a pleasant glow, that's for sure~Good country, good guide, pleasant companions, and great sites.
Ray S. (Washington, DC, US)
The tours were very comprehensive and excellently done. I really enjoyed being able to see the various tombs and temples and having them expertly explained as to construction, use and purpose. The small size of the tour group facilitated great interactions with the tour leader and his expertise. I was very impressed with the range of transportation options provided on tour (from camels to felucca). The variety of transports greatly enhanced my overall experience. I was very pleased with the great variety in the types of meals and the dinning options presented. I feel that I experienced a wide range of the Egyptian cuisines--all of them prepared well and quite delicious (I don't have a single complaint on any of the meals provided as to taste or preparation, my expectations were fully met and exceeded.). I rate our tour leader as excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the sites and locations we visited. Additionally, he was personable and approachable-his leadership of the tour greatly enhanced my experience of Egypt. The tour far exceeded my expectations. My congratulations on a well conceive and executed tour. It is one that I will have no problems recommending to my friends.
Robert G. (Hampton Cove, AL, US)
I really enjoyed the Aswan area and all of the wonderful and varied things to see. Camels, boat trips, gardens made for a nice mix. Our tour leader was excellent, he was very hospitable and helpful at all times. Answered all questions and was happy to do it. One of the best tour guides I have had on numerous trips. Great attitude and always upbeat. Very experienced and knowledgeable at all times. Hotels on this tour were excellent. Very nice tour, small groups and nice variety of things to see and do. Camels, donkeys, horses, boats all added to the experience. Good value and experience.
Terry D. (Mukilteo, WA, US)
Every single excursion was excellent. We enjoyed going to the pyramids, every temple and mastaba. We enjoyed immensely our hot air balloon ride, the camel ride, the night tour of Karnak. The dinner at the Nubian village was so very interesting and a unique opportunity--what a great idea for allowing travelers to get a personal insight into a different culture! Every guide knew his history! We enjoyed them all, but our favourites were Ahmed Hashem in Cairo and Alexandria, the Nubian guide in whose home we had dinner, the guide in Aswan, the guide in Luxor who took us all around the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Nobles, etc. They all could answer every question and we think they were all excellent. All transportation was very well planned and was on time, with excellent coordination quite evident. We enjoyed our food, the tour leader planned a series of different types of restaurants for us to try. She was very interested in giving us a wide variety of food. Excellent tour, wonderful people who were guides, fabulous itinerary.
Virginia B. (Redding, CA, US)
Particularly enjoyed sound and light show at Philae temple, the sunset tour of Luxor temple, the Nubian meal, the donkey ride up to the Valley of the Kings, the Alexandria library and the balloon ride.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Le Meridien Pyramids
Offering pyramid views, this high-end hotel is 2 km from The Great Pyramid at Giza, The Grand Egyptian Museum and ... Great Sphinx of Giza.
Featuring views of the pyramids, the sophisticated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks.
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A 14-minute walk from Elephantine Island, this upscale resort hotel overlooking the River Nile is 2 km from Nubia Museum ... 3 km from the ancient Unfinished Obelisk museum.
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Sonesta St George
Welcome to five-star splendor on the banks of the Nile in a city of ancient pharaonic treasures, the Sonesta St. ... Hotel Luxor redefines magnificent contemporary style. The hotel is luxurious, sophisticated and above all, elegant.
Come and enjoy a sweeping terrace with majestic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail, a sumptuous health spa, an array of fine dining choices and every amenity to please the most discerning traveler. With the mystical Nile just a whisper away and the temples of Luxor and Karnak preserved in time, experience a city of fascinating antiquity and indulge in the rich splendor of the Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor.
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MS Sonesta Nile Goddess
This elegant Nile Cruise features deluxe accommodation with broad panoramic views, bathrooms with full-size bathtubs, Elevator on board and all ... conveniences. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool, experience the exciting nightlife in the ship’s discotheque or a relaxing massage treatment at the spa. Elegant amenities on the Nile Goddess cruise ship are delivered with deluxe touch of hospitality.
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Breakfast and dinner are included daily; all meals on the cruise. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance.* Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, and visas.
* Insurance: When considering travel insurance for this tour, please be especially mindful of possible exclusions of coverage for destinations that currently have government travel advisories in place. It is incumbent on you, the traveller, to ensure that you are comfortable with what your chosen policy will and will not cover.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered for most of the year, except the hotter summer months May-September. Outside of this time frame, we are able to achieve our busy program, which involves a lot of time outdoors, with greater comfort and safety. That said, once can still expect heat in some locales, especially in Upper Egypt, and especially during "shoulder" times, ie March/April & early October. At these times, your Tour Leader will do his/her best to structure our activities to take advantage of the more comfortable times of day to head out, which could mean some early starts and possibly a block of leisure time midday. The coolest and most comfortable window is November-February, when Upper Egypt is comfortable and Cairo is cool-chilly.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Over two weeks we travel by bus, felucca sailboat, luxury cruise boat, plane, donkey, and camel. Distances covered are not great and roads are generally good, despite the traffic.
Our rating "Level 2" on this tour refers to its ambitious nature, full days, early starts, and plenty of time spent on your feet. Many sites visited are LARGE; surfaces are uneven and sloped, and stairs will factor into our visits. Heat can also be a factor in some locations which can, over time, cause fatigue. This is not an 'easy' tour; if you are unsteady or slow on your feet, rely heavily on a cane or any other mobility aid, or tire easily, we regret that this tour would not be suitable.
Though baggage handling is available throughout, you must still be able to fully manage yourself and your things, especially at airports.
Though Egypt has enjoyed a prolonged period of stability and our tours are operating on a "business as usual" basis, we encourage all travellers (as we do for any destination) to review online government advisories that provide guidance on, among other things, issues concerning security. We are presently very confident that your journey will be problem-free, and want to ensure that you feel likewise before choosing to join this trip.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Hotel accommodation used on tour is on average, 4-star (some 5-star). Most properties have outdoor swimming pools. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. The cruise vessel is very comfortable with full air-conditioning, twin-berth, outside cabins with en suite bath/toilet.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
Maximum 18 (plus Tour Leader)
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