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Premium Egypt in Depth

Discover the contrasts of modern and ancient Egypt on a 15-day Premium adventure. Beginning and ending in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, gaze up at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, take a four-day cruise down the legendary Nile and explore the grand temples of Abu Simbel. Uncover the secrets of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and the city of Alexandria. Visit the tombs of ancient pharaohs, share meals with local families and stand in awe of gigantic, rock-cut statues. Accompanied by a local Egyptologist leader, learn about the mystery and beauty of these ancient lands.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 8kg for carry on.
You can store excess luggage at the start point hotel.
4. Departures between January and August 2022 will visit the exterior of Fort Qaitbey rather than Al Montazah Palace & Gardens on Day 4, due to renovations.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$7,981
Number of Days
15
Start Location
Cairo, Egypt
End Location
Cairo, Egypt
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Cairo
Mrhbaan! Welcome to Egypt. Your adventure begins in Cairo – a city just as captivating as it is chaotic. You’ll be met at Cairo International Airport and transferred to your hotel where you can explore the extensive hotel bar and pool area. You’re free until your welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. After, get your first taste of Egyptian cuisine with a welcome dinner at a fantastic local restaurant where you can try out some classic dishes like fatta (a dish made with rice, bread and meat in a garlic and vinegar sauce), and kushari (a delicious mix of pasta, rice, lentils and fried onions).
Day 2: Cairo
This morning after breakfast, travel to arguably the most recognisable structures in the world – the Great Pyramids of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and the Sphinx. Your leader is a trained Egyptologist and will share the fascinating history of these incredible feats of engineering. For an additional charge, you may be able to step inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops). After spending some time here, your adventure continues to the Egyptian Museum – home to one of the world's greatest collections of ancient artefacts. Wander the treasure-filled halls for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight – from jewellery to the famous golden death mask and his gilded sarcophagi, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife. Gain a special insight by touring with a guide and enjoy time to explore independently. Tonight you might like to take a taxi into town to explore Cairo further or book in for a dinner cruise on the Nile.
Day 3: Alexandria
Take to the road this morning for a journey to Alexandria, stopping in Wadi El Natron along the way. Your leader will explain how this area became a sanctuary for Christians after Saint Macarius the Great retreated here in AD360. There were once some 60-odd monasteries in the Wadi, though now only four remain. One of these is Anba Bishoy Monastery, named for Saint Bishoi who came to the site to live in solitude. Wander around the gardens and observe the resident monks as they go about their daily lives, then visit the church for expansive views over the desert. Continue to the city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great and often referred to as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.
Day 4: Alexandria
Enjoy a full day uncovering Alexandria's secrets with your knowledgeable leader's guidance. Visit Pompey’s Pillar and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa – a Roman burial site dating back to the second century that wasn’t discovered until 1900. The fascinating tombs were created during a transitional period in Alexandria’s history and interestingly feature Greek, Egyptian and Roman elements. Continue to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (once the Great Library of Alexandra), where the Library of Ptolemies once stood some 1700 years ago. Finish up with a stop at Fort Qaitbay – a 14th-century complex designed to defend Alexandria from the Ottoman empire, built on the site of the former Alexandria Lighthouse. Spend the evening wandering along the corniche by the water or maybe relax at your hotel.
Day 5: Cairo
Today, travel south of Alexandria for a more sombre experience at the historic battle site of El Alamein. Here, British and Commonwealth soldiers fought a decisive Allied victory against the German Afrika Korps that defined the North African campaign. Both sides suffered heavy losses, and the memorial commemorates nearly 12,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Western Desert campaigns during the Second World War. Stop to enjoy your late lunch, brought with you from Alexandria – a delicious feteer meshaltet. This layered pastry is an iconic Egyptian dish and can be filled with a range of sweet or savoury ingredients. Return to Cairo in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 6: Nile Cruise - Luxor
Transfer to Cairo Airport after breakfast this morning and board a short flight to Luxor. Luxor was the pharaohs' capital during the height of their power and is now known as the world’s greatest open-air museum. When you arrive, transfer to your Feature Stay Nile riverboat where you’ll unpack and settle in for the next four nights. There’s no better way to soak in the ancient history of the Nile and the incredible sights along its banks! Enjoy all the comforts of a world-class hotel, including a swimming pool, sundeck, restaurant and cabins with panoramic windows to watch riverside life stream by. This afternoon, visit Karnak – one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes built over approximately 200 years. Some parts date back to 2055 BC and your guided tour will take you to its finest sections. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to relax, take a shopping trip through the bazaar or kick back in a local teahouse.
Day 7: Nile Cruise - Edfu
Rise early this morning to journey into the Valley of the Kings. There are over 60 pharaoh tombs buried under the hills here, many of which are richly decorated, and your guide will take you through this spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Learn about the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and the significance of the paintings and hieroglyphics and visit the final resting place of Tutankhamun. The discovery of the young Pharaoh’s tomb is undoubtedly one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time, and here you will have the opportunity to enter it yourself, exploring the painted chamber and admiring his famous sarcophagus. Visit another three royal tombs and continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that once formed part of an impressive colonnade – before returning to the boat for a leisurely lunch. Enjoy some time relaxing either on deck or in your cabin before setting sail upstream to Edfu, where you’ll arrive in the evening.
Day 8: Nile Cruise - Aswan
This morning, you’ll be moored near Edfu and may have the option to venture independently into town to see the nearby temple. Continue along the river, relaxing in the sun on deck and taking in the desert hills that form a backdrop over the lush riverbanks. Arrive at Kom Ombo Temple, which sits spectacularly on the river’s edge. Learn from your leader how this temple was built in approximately 181 BC and is dedicated to two gods – Horus (god of protection) and Sobek (god of fertility, linked to the Nile’s water). Each god has a dedicated section – north or south – and there have been recent discoveries of mummified crocodiles in Sobek. After, board your boat and continue to Aswan, arriving in the late evening.
Day 9: Nile Cruise - Aswan
Spend the morning visiting the temple complex of Philae, including the stunning Temple of Isis, located on Agilkia Island. The temple was reassembled in this location after being saved from rising waters and is a true architectural gem featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings. Some Egyptologists believe that Philae was the last active site of the ancient Egyptian religion and where the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written. After, get to know the city of Aswan on foot during a walking tour with your leader. Explore the Sharia el Souk – a sprawling and bustling marketplace. Your leader will guide you through a colourful array of stalls selling everything from baked goods to Nubian crafts. Return to the boat for another evening, being rocked to sleep by the calm Nile waters.
Day 10: Abu Simbel
Travel by road this morning to Abu Simbel. Your accommodation is located right by Lake Nasser and features lush grounds, two swimming pools and fantastic views over the lake. Spending the night here allows the group a chance to visit the Abu Simbel temples at a more leisurely pace as opposed to a jam-packed half-day trip. Built during the reign of Ramesses II, these mammoth temples took 20 years to complete and feature rock-cut statues of the pharaoh and the queen, some of which are 20 metres tall. Tour the complex with your leader, who will provide historical context on these grand structures. Head back to the temples this evening for an impressive sound and light show.
Day 11: Aswan
Return to Aswan, arriving in time for lunch. Enjoy some downtime to relax at your hotel or explore more of the city, then regroup with your fellow travellers later in the afternoon. Take a step back in time during a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel for afternoon tea. Built in 1899 by Thomas Cook, the hotel has played host to an illustrious roster of guests, including Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie, who lived here while writing her novel Death on the Nile. Soak up old-world glamour while enjoying tiered trays of finger food and a delightful selection of tea. The setting is up there with the best of them, with gorgeous grounds overlooking the Nile. Make the most of a free evening to find a local gem for dinner – your leader can help with recommendations.
Day 12: Aswan
This morning, visit the Aswan High Dam, a modern example of Egyptian engineering. Located 13 km south, its controversial history required the relocation of many ancient temples and statues, which has, in the end, had a mostly positive impact on the region. After, head to the Unfinished Obelisk – an abandoned structure that would’ve been the largest obelisk ever erected in ancient Egypt had it been finished. Return to Aswan for some time to relax, then meet your leader in the late afternoon to board a traditional felucca and sail to the settlement of Elephantine Island. This island was once thought to be the home of Khnum – the god who guarded and controlled the Nile’s waters. This evening, enjoy stunning sunset drinks on the river on board your Felucca sailing boat. Disembark at a village and join a local family for a traditional Nubian feast. Here you will have the chance to see a different side of Egyptian life, try out some excellent Nubian dishes and swap stories with your welcoming hosts.
Day 13: Cairo
This morning, fly back to Cairo. Settle into your downtown hotel, then spend the day discovering yet another layer of Egyptian history – Islamic Cairo. Explore the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar – a labyrinthine area with sprawling alleyways packed with shops and cafes. This is a quintessential Cairo experience, home to the gold market, perfume street and spice market. Stop off for an Arabic coffee or mint tea at El Fishawy, Cairo’s oldest café. Run by the same family for seven generations and a favourite with Cairo’s residents, there’s no better snapshot of local life in the city. Stop for lunch at Koshary and then continue to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and the Gayer-Anderson Museum, home to all curious objects, from antique furniture to Islamic artefacts. Share an authentic Egyptian meal with a local family. Be welcomed into their home and chat with the family about life in Egypt and Egyptian cuisine while enjoying a delicious feast of traditional dishes.
Day 14: Cairo
Early this morning, you’ll drive to Fayoum and visit Wadi El Rayan – a natural park home to two lakes that connect Egypt’s only waterfall. Now this is a great photo op! After, hop in a 4WD to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Al-Hitan (or Whales Valley) – a desert home to invaluable fossil remains of the earliest (now extinct) ancestors of whales. Spend a few hours here, learning about one of the most extraordinary evolutionary journeys. Visit the onsite Fossil and Climate Change Museum to see a collection of fossils found nowhere else in the world, including the largest intact Basilosaurus isis whale fossil. Jump in a jeep for a tour of the desert and then enjoy a desert lunch with your group. After, you’ll head back to Cairo for your final night.
Day 15: Cairo
Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. If you would like to spend more time in Cairo, just speak to your booking agent.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Plane, Riverboat, Felucca.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable hotel (10 nights), Feature Stay (4 nights).
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
  • Cairo - Welcome Dinner.
  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum.
  • Alexandria - Wadi El Natron monasteries.
  • Alexandria - Anba Bishoy Monastery.
  • Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.
  • Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
  • Alexandria - Fort Qaitbay.
  • El Alamein - War cemeteries and museum.
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple.
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs).
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun.
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple.
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon.
  • Izbat Al Bayyarah - Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Aswan - Philae Temple.
  • Aswan - Sharia el Souk.
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples.
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show (entrance fee).
  • Aswan - Afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Aswan - Sunset drinks on a felucca.
  • Aswan - Elephantine Island.
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam.
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner.
  • Cairo - Home-Cooked Dinner.
  • Cairo - Coffee/tea in a local cafe.
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar.
  • Cairo - Ibn Tulun Mosque.
  • Cairo - Gayer-Anderson Museum (entrance fee).
  • Cairo - Fayoum Day Trip with Valley of the Whales and the Climate Change Museum.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
03 Aug 2024 17 Aug 2024 8 $7,982
31 Aug 2024 14 Sep 2024 10 $7,982
04 Sep 2024 18 Sep 2024 11 $8,304
07 Sep 2024 21 Sep 2024 9 $8,304
14 Sep 2024 28 Sep 2024 9 $8,304
21 Sep 2024 05 Oct 2024 10 $9,133
28 Sep 2024 12 Oct 2024 11 $8,619
02 Oct 2024 16 Oct 2024 5 $8,704
07 Oct 2024 21 Oct 2024 2 $10,077
09 Oct 2024 23 Oct 2024 8 $9,133
12 Oct 2024 26 Oct 2024 1 $9,048
16 Oct 2024 30 Oct 2024 6 $8,619
23 Oct 2024 06 Nov 2024 9 $8,619
02 Nov 2024 16 Nov 2024 9 $8,304
06 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 10 $8,304
13 Nov 2024 27 Nov 2024 8 $8,304
16 Nov 2024 30 Nov 2024 9 $8,304
23 Nov 2024 07 Dec 2024 8 $7,982
27 Nov 2024 11 Dec 2024 9 $7,982
07 Dec 2024 21 Dec 2024 10 $7,982
14 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 8 $8,143
21 Dec 2024 04 Jan 2025 11 $10,740
04 Jan 2025 18 Jan 2025 12 $9,860
11 Jan 2025 25 Jan 2025 12 $9,860
18 Jan 2025 01 Feb 2025 12 $8,381
25 Jan 2025 08 Feb 2025 10 $8,381
01 Feb 2025 15 Feb 2025 12 $8,381
05 Feb 2025 19 Feb 2025 10 $8,381
08 Feb 2025 22 Feb 2025 10 $8,381
15 Feb 2025 01 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
19 Feb 2025 05 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
22 Feb 2025 08 Mar 2025 11 $8,381
26 Feb 2025 12 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
01 Mar 2025 15 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
05 Mar 2025 19 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
08 Mar 2025 22 Mar 2025 12 $8,381
12 Mar 2025 26 Mar 2025 12 $8,717
15 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 12 $8,717
19 Mar 2025 02 Apr 2025 12 $8,717
22 Mar 2025 05 Apr 2025 12 $8,717
29 Mar 2025 12 Apr 2025 8 $8,717
02 Apr 2025 16 Apr 2025 10 $10,255
05 Apr 2025 19 Apr 2025 8 $10,255
09 Apr 2025 23 Apr 2025 6 $10,350
12 Apr 2025 26 Apr 2025 12 $10,255
16 Apr 2025 30 Apr 2025 11 $10,255
19 Apr 2025 03 May 2025 12 $10,255
23 Apr 2025 07 May 2025 12 $10,255
26 Apr 2025 10 May 2025 12 $10,255
30 Apr 2025 14 May 2025 12 $10,255
03 May 2025 17 May 2025 12 $9,860
10 May 2025 24 May 2025 12 $9,860
14 May 2025 28 May 2025 12 $9,860
17 May 2025 31 May 2025 12 $9,860
24 May 2025 07 Jun 2025 12 $9,860
28 May 2025 11 Jun 2025 12 $9,860
31 May 2025 14 Jun 2025 12 $9,860
07 Jun 2025 21 Jun 2025 12 $9,860
14 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 12 $9,860
28 Jun 2025 12 Jul 2025 12 $9,860
12 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 12 $9,860
16 Aug 2025 30 Aug 2025 12 $9,860
23 Aug 2025 06 Sep 2025 12 $9,860
27 Aug 2025 10 Sep 2025 12 $9,860
30 Aug 2025 13 Sep 2025 12 $9,860
03 Sep 2025 17 Sep 2025 12 $10,255
06 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 12 $10,255
08 Sep 2025 22 Sep 2025 12 $10,255
10 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 12 $10,255
13 Sep 2025 27 Sep 2025 12 $10,255
17 Sep 2025 01 Oct 2025 12 $10,255
20 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
22 Sep 2025 06 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
24 Sep 2025 08 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
27 Sep 2025 11 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
01 Oct 2025 15 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
04 Oct 2025 18 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
06 Oct 2025 20 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
08 Oct 2025 22 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
11 Oct 2025 25 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
13 Oct 2025 27 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
15 Oct 2025 29 Oct 2025 12 $10,645
18 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
20 Oct 2025 03 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
22 Oct 2025 05 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
25 Oct 2025 08 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
27 Oct 2025 10 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
29 Oct 2025 12 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
01 Nov 2025 15 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
05 Nov 2025 19 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
08 Nov 2025 22 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
10 Nov 2025 24 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
12 Nov 2025 26 Nov 2025 10 $10,645
15 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 12 $10,645
17 Nov 2025 01 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
19 Nov 2025 03 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
22 Nov 2025 06 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
24 Nov 2025 08 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
26 Nov 2025 10 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
29 Nov 2025 13 Dec 2025 12 $10,645
06 Dec 2025 20 Dec 2025 12 $10,255
10 Dec 2025 24 Dec 2025 12 $10,255
13 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 12 $10,255
17 Dec 2025 31 Dec 2025 12 $10,255
20 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 12 $10,255
24 Dec 2025 07 Jan 2026 12 $10,255
27 Dec 2025 10 Jan 2026 12 $10,255
31 Dec 2025 14 Jan 2026 12 $10,255