View of the city and mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi, Alexandria, Egypt

Best of Upper and Lower Egypt in Two Weeks Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

River Nile, Luxor, Aswan, Cairo...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Egypt’s evocative attractions are scattered across the desert and range from famous pyramids to forgotten temples, ancient dynasties to 6th-century cities and desert oases. This two-week vacation will explore them all with private Egyptologist guides and incorporate the both the icons and the hidden wonders. Intimate and individualized, this itinerary includes a boutique five-star cruise, excellent hotels, mesmeric history, and a seductive charm that will surprise you in Egypt.  Find more...

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise up the Nile on a five-star vessel that provides an intimacy with the ancient river
  • Explore the famous sights of Luxor, including the Temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, and then uncover some of the city’s hidden wonders
  • Discover the secrets of Cairo with an Egyptologist guide and explore mesmerizing calligraphy, 6th-century churches, atmospheric markets and the sprawling wonder of the Egyptian Museum
  • Stand before the Great Pyramids of Giza and then admire their predecessor, the stepped pyramid of Saqqara
  • Fly across the desert to Abu Simbel, where towering sculptures guard the entrance to an ancient masterpiece
  • Spend an afternoon sailing around the gardens of the Nile in a traditional felucca sailboat and combine sightseeing with serenity
  • Visit Egypt’s forgotten wonders, like the desert oasis of Al Fayoum and the sights of Alexandria
  • Spend relaxed evenings at some of Egypt’s finest five-star hotels, including expressive hotels that stand on the banks of the Nile

Detailed Description

Egypt is full of icons and includes the Great Pyramids of Giza, King Tutankhamen’s Tomb, Valley of the Kings and the endless sights found in and around Luxor. Egypt is also a country of forgotten highlights and experiences that take you far beyond the standard tour as you can wander through the labyrinth of Coptic Cairo, explore the desert oasis of Al Fayoum, cruise by felucca sailboat to a Nubian village and take in temples that are rarely visited. This two-week tour will combine the best of both in celebrating both the famous and the unknown sights of both Upper and Lower Egypt. Five-star hotels and boutique vessels provide relaxing evenings and a journey into the country’s charm. Your tours will be private and with renowned Egyptologist guides who can unravel the subtleties of Egypt’s history.

You will begin in Luxor, enveloped by the world’s greatest open-air museum. There is a compelling scale of history as you visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor, and your guide will skillfully avoid the tour groups so you can really celebrate the atmosphere of ancient history. Mostly forgotten sites around Dendera and Abydos will be your focus one day, before the Valley of the Kings and Luxor’s West Bank fills the next. You will set off on a River Nile cruise on the afternoon of the following day on the boutique Star Goddess, which will enable you to get closer to the banks and the highlights of the Nile.

Travel next upriver to stop at various temples, and then explore the waters of Aswan the next day. This ambient town marries desert heritage with Arabic beauty and often provides the enduring memory of visitors who explore all of Upper and Lower Egypt. You will spend two nights and cruise around on a felucca sailing boat, visit an eclectic array of sights, see a traditional Nubian village, and take a day trip by plane to the temples of Abu Simbel. Fly to Cairo the following day, and the Kempinski Nile will be your base for the next several nights. Hidden away, the property takes you into an enchanting world that contradicts any stereotypes held of this chaotic, modern city.

One of the country’s most celebrated guides will lead your discovery, and Sabry Khaled will be your gateway into the fabulous tales of Egypt’s history. Spend a day with the pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, another day exploring Memphis and Dahshur, and then an unique day amongst the legends of Old Cairo.  Finish as you explore the remote desert oasis of Al Fayoum. As all of your tours are privately guided, a high degree of customization is available, and the tour will unfold at your pace. Complete your itinerary with a night in Alexandria, a beautiful coastal town that showcases so much forgotten history. Traveling back to Cairo the next day with plenty of time to shop in local markets before your departing flight.

Starting Price

$4,363 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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