Bask in the grandeur of pharaohs during your customizable tour of Ancient Egypt, combining museum treasures, the splendor of ruins, and the luxuries of the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence where guests are welcomed with legendary Four Seasons hospitality. Cruise down the Nile River on a five-star, Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise as you follow in the footsteps of legendary architects and royalty while traversing the Avenue of the Sphinxes. Experience the thrill of discovery while in...
Cairo – Arriving Like a Pharaoh
Cairo emanates excitement and movement with more than six millennia of history rising out of the sand and along the antique narrow streets. The Nile Delta edges the city to the north with the desert landscape encircling Cairo to the east, west, and south. Yachts moor along the calm, scenic banks of the Nile River and the pearlescent headquarters of the Arab League borders Tahrir Square. Your flight lands at Cairo International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. Rickshaws move down the street, passing donkeys pulling fruit carts. Vendors set up stalls alongside the avenues, offering silver and brass-plated lamps that glint in the desert sunlight.
A young man pushes a tea cart with the aroma of mint and chai blending with the strong scent of coffee, serving mug shaped glasses to eager patrons who sit on chairs along the walkways watching the city pass by. You make your way to the welcoming, gorgeous grounds of the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence. The world-renowned hotel offers breathtaking views of the city’ skyline punctuated by the iconic point of the ancient pyramids. The sunlight shimmers over the Nile River located 350 feet away from the hotel entrance.
You have an enchanting view of the Nile River and the lavish boats gliding along the waters. Vendors offer fresh fruits and vegetables from their cart as locals pass beneath the shading trees. Old men sit in antique cafes and smoke from large water pipes that bubble with every inhalation.The Opera House provides insight into the opulence of the contemporary age of Cairo. The edifice was erected in the 1980s with the main hall holding up to 1,200 audience members for classical music, operatic, or ballet performances. The Cairo Tower adds to the marvels of the skyline, reaching nearly 615 feet above the surrounding streets. In the evening, you have your first view of the famous pyramids with lights dancing over the ancient features to the sounds of dramatic music, recounting the history of Ancient Egypt for a splendid welcome to the past and present Cairo.
Giza – Ancient Immersion
Luxor – At the Heart of Ancient Thebes
Nile River – Enrapturing Seclusion of the Ancient World
Nile River – Dynamic Flavors of Egypt
Aswan – Around the Nile River Islands
Cairo – Flying for Pharaohs
Cairo – Legends of Cairo
Cairo – A Gathering at Memphis at Sakkara
Cairo – The Ancient Way Home
- Bask in the comforts of the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence with the most spacious rooms and elaborate views of the Cairo skyline
- Enjoy the five-star charms of the Sonesta Star Goddess Nile cruise ship escorting you along the famous shores of the Nile to reach secluded ancient cities
- Discover the splendid architecture and captivating size of Egypt’s legendary pyramids while touring exteriors and interior galleries, including the Great Pyramid of Giza
- Wander beneath the massive stone paws of the famous Great Sphinx
- Visit lesser-known temples and museums for better insight into the thousands of years of history, from Dendera to the Nubian Museum in Aswan
- Witness the grandeur of the colossal Ramses II statues framing the façade of secluded Abu Simbel
- Relish an exploration through the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Cairo’s fascinating souks for a glimpse of traditional life spanning centuries
- Marvel at the enchanting reliefs and stunning grandeur of the walls at the Temple of Horus in Edfu
- Learn the secrets of Ancient Egypt with knowledgeable guides eager to share the facts, theories, and myths of the celebrated civilization
- Delight in an introduction to the pyramids with the Sound and Light show, offering a thrilling history of Egypt through music and color
- View the legendary death mask of King Tut during a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
- Indulge in the charismatic flavors of Egypt during a private cooking class with a magnificent chef in the kitchens of your five-star luxury river cruiser
Egypt was built in luxury with architecture meant to captivate onlookers and commemorate the eternal spirit of the pharaohs. Your 10-day luxury tour embodies the splendors of the pharaohs and the excitement of exploration, and it begins with your arrival in Cairo. Your private transfer meets you upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport and escorts you to a gorgeous hotel overlooking the banks of the Nile River. Settle into the comforts of your hotel before enjoying a view of the pyramids lit up in the desert sky during the Light and Sound show. Your guide meets you after breakfast the following morning, and leads you on an encompassing tour of the Giza plateau, taking you into the pyramids of Mycerinus, Chephren, and the Great Pyramid. Ride a camel along the desert landscape before visiting the Solar Boat Museum and Great Sphinx.
Next, you fly to Luxor for a remarkable tour of Ancient Thebes, beginning with the Temple of Karnak. Board the luxurious Nile Riverboat in the afternoon and continue your exploration of the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, where King Tut’s tomb was discovered. The boat travels north to the harbor at Dendera. Your guide leads you along the marvelous walls and reliefs at the Temple of Hathor, taking you through underground passages and galleries. You return to Luxor with an afternoon traversing the fantastic Temple of Luxor. Arrive in Edfu in the morning to wander the grounds of the Temple of Horus. Relish the remarkably well-preserved structure and hieroglyphs before indulging in the flavors of Egypt with a private cooking class on your luxury riverboat. After lunch, you disembark with your guide at Kom Ombo to explore the Greco-Roman temple and the artifacts left behind.
The boat moors in Aswan, where you venture to the sacred Philae Temple by motorboat. Visit the Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries housing an unfinished obelisk before entering into the overlooked galleries of the Nubian Museum. Afterward, wave farewell to your room on the riverboat and fly to Abu Simbel. Enjoy a grand tour of the unforgettable statues and temple complex before returning to Abu Simbel Airport for your flight to Cairo. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you back to the comforts of your hotel overlooking the Nile River.
Enter the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with your guide, touring the spectacular collection of artifacts amassed over centuries and displaying more than four millennia of history. Continue through the streets of historical Cairo, exploring mosques and madrasas, along with the old city walls and the celebrated souk. Venture outside of Cairo to view the ruins and artifacts on display in Memphis and Sakkara, including a statue of Ramses II and a collection of pyramids. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel when you are ready and escorts you to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.
$10,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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