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Best of Egypt

Awaken your inner explorer on this expedition through the lush river valleys and golden desert landscapes of Egypt. Cruise the Nile past the pharaonic temples of Luxor to the Nubian treasures of Aswan. Your voyage will also take you to the mystical Pyramids of Giza, Tomb of the Nobles and the Sphinx.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Luxor and Cairo with an Egyptologist
  • Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Temple of Kom-Ombo and the temple of Isis on the island of Philae
  • View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo and the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza
  • See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis and the Step Pyramid in Saqqara
  • Sail in a felucca across the Nile
Iconic Experience
  • Luxor: Spend the day discovering the wonders of the Luxor Museum.
  • Luxor: Visit the Temple of Amun and the formidable Avenue of the Sphinx where you can discover the remnants of ancient Thebes.
  • Valley of the Kings: Discover the ancient history behind the final resting place of Egypt's Pharaohs and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple at the Valley of the Kings.
  • Kom Ombo: Discover the temple of Kom-Ombo and discover the wonders of the duo gods Horus the Elder and Sobek.
  • Temple of Philae: Enjoy a day filled of wonder at the Temple of Isis.
  • Cairo: Spend your day enjoying the sights of the Hanging Church of St. Mary or embark on a journey to see the ancient Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque.
  • Giza: Enjoy a day gazing at the Great Pyramids of Giza and its treasures - the Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the Colossus of Rames II.
Dive Into Culture
  • Cairo: Enjoy a visit to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Egyptian antiquities including the world-famous ‘Mask of Tutankhamun’.
Tour details
Tour Provider Trafalgar
Price From
$4,845
Number of Days
9
Start Location
Cairo, Egypt
End Location
Cairo, Egypt
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Welcome to Cairo
Embark on an expedition to the land of the Pharaohs, starting your journey in Egypt’s effervescent capital, Cairo. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and have time to relax after your journey. Refreshed and ready to embrace the intoxicating energy of this ancient and modern city, you’ll be thrilled with the many treasures that will give you a preview of what’s about to come – an incredible encounter with antiquities you’ll be sharing with friends for years to come.
Fly to Luxor and Embark on Your Nile Cruise
Fly to Luxor this morning and connect with the remnants of ancient Thebes during a visit to the Temple of Amun and the imposing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your cruise ship in time for lunch, then visit the Luxor Museum before returning to your cruise ship. This evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a welcome drink followed by dinner.
A Day to Explore the Valley of the Kings Connect with Locals
Journey to the final resting place of Egypt’s Pharaohs, immersing yourself in the ancient history of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Visit the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Grand Temple of Luxor. Connect With Locals as you enjoy a traditional Be My Guest bite to eat of freshly baked bread with honey and mint tea in the archaeological paradise that is Luxor's West Bank.
Journey to Ancient Kom-Ombo
Sail upstream to Kom-Ombo, where life remains much as it was a thousand years ago. Standing at the threshold of the imposing Temple of Kom-Ombo on the banks of the Nile, you’ll imagine visitors over the centuries arriving to pay homage to the gods Horus the Elder and Sobek. Tour the Temple, learning all about its ‘double’ and perfectly symmetrical design for the duo of gods – one side dedicated to the crocodile god, the other to the falcon god. After a captivating encounter with the ancients, we enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner on our cruise boat. Watching the sun set over the shimmering Nile, we’ll don our galabeas and toast to legends of the past and new friends.
Onwards to Aswan
Set sail on a traditional felucca across the mighty Nile to voyage around the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. On arrival explore the Aswan Dam, built to curb the periodic flooding of the Nile. Our next stop is the Temple of Isis, followed by a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk, lying semi-carved from the solid bedrock.
Disembark and Fly to Cairo
Enjoy a morning at leisure or perhaps join a once in a lifetime Optional Experience to Abu Simbel, carved into a solid rock cliff in Egypt’s Nubian Valley. As you approach the Great Temple, you’ll marvel at the four-seated colossi on either side of the entrance and the elaborate engravings depicting great victories and paying homage to the gods. Later this afternoon fly back to Cairo.
Discover Colourful Cairo
Embark on a sightseeing tour through the cacophony of Cairo’s busy streets. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Old Cairo, see the ancient Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. Later, you'll Dive Into Culture and discover Tutankhamun's priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum.
Admire the Wonders of Giza
The Great Pyramids of Giza beckon today and we have an opportunity to embark on a soul-stirring encounter with its treasures – the Colossus of Ramses II, the Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the enigmatic Great Sphinx.  Be mesmerized by the intricate art of Egyptian carpet weaving as you meet the skilled artisans of a local weaving school during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Enjoy some free time this evening or consider joining a Nile dinner cruise.
Farewell Cairo
Our epic journey at its end, we say farewell to newfound friends.
Inclusions
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Lunch (L)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Four-night luxury Nile Cruise
  • Flight from Aswan to Cairo
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
10 Jul 2024 18 Jul 2024 onRequest $4,845
24 Jul 2024 01 Aug 2024 onRequest $4,845
07 Aug 2024 15 Aug 2024 onRequest $4,845
21 Aug 2024 29 Aug 2024 Available $4,845
28 Aug 2024 05 Sep 2024 Available $4,845
04 Sep 2024 12 Sep 2024 Available $4,845
11 Sep 2024 19 Sep 2024 Available $4,845
18 Sep 2024 26 Sep 2024 Available $4,845
25 Sep 2024 03 Oct 2024 Available $4,845
02 Oct 2024 10 Oct 2024 Available $5,043
09 Oct 2024 17 Oct 2024 Available $5,043
16 Oct 2024 24 Oct 2024 Available $5,043
23 Oct 2024 31 Oct 2024 Available $5,043
30 Oct 2024 07 Nov 2024 Available $5,043
06 Nov 2024 14 Nov 2024 Available $5,043
13 Nov 2024 21 Nov 2024 Available $5,043
20 Nov 2024 28 Nov 2024 Available $5,043
27 Nov 2024 05 Dec 2024 Available $5,043
04 Dec 2024 12 Dec 2024 Available $5,043
11 Dec 2024 19 Dec 2024 Available $5,043
18 Dec 2024 26 Dec 2024 Available $5,319
25 Dec 2024 02 Jan 2025 Available $5,978
01 Jan 2025 09 Jan 2025 Available $5,102
08 Jan 2025 16 Jan 2025 Available $5,064
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02 Apr 2025 10 Apr 2025 Available $5,297
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24 Sep 2025 02 Oct 2025 Available $5,297
01 Oct 2025 09 Oct 2025 Available $6,375
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05 Nov 2025 13 Nov 2025 Available $6,125
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17 Dec 2025 25 Dec 2025 Available $6,475
24 Dec 2025 01 Jan 2026 Available $7,350
31 Dec 2025 08 Jan 2026 Available $6,195
07 Jan 2026 15 Jan 2026 Available $6,150
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28 Jan 2026 05 Feb 2026 Available $6,150
04 Feb 2026 12 Feb 2026 Available $6,150
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18 Feb 2026 26 Feb 2026 Available $6,150
25 Feb 2026 05 Mar 2026 Available $6,150
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25 Mar 2026 02 Apr 2026 Available $6,150