Exquisite and enchanting, this handcrafted Egypt tour showcases its major highlights in just a week of travel, from sunrise at the Great Pyramids of Giza to sunset cruising on the Nile, with fabulous historical wonders in between. Ancient Egypt’s extravagance comes alive as you hop between the icons with private Egyptologist guides, avoiding the tour bus crowds while also uncovering many secret sights lost...
Giza – Arrival and Relaxing in Cairo
For all of Egypt’s sights and highlights, there’s one image that stands above them all: the Great Pyramids of Giza. They shimmer in the sunset light, glowing a subtle red before dusk takes hold. You’re sitting on the rooftop, beneath a shaded garden canopy, admiring this wonder of the ancient world. The hotel rooftop is the perfect introduction to Egypt’s highlights, a place where you can adjust after the flight and still be amongst the history of the old dynasties. After touching down at Cairo International Airport, you’ll be greeted by your private transfer and transferred to your five-star hotel, where the rooftop brings these dreamy views. A lavish dinner banquet at the resort is included.
Giza – Famous Pyramids and the Scale of Ancient Dynasties
Luxor – Egyptian Museum and Felucca Sailing on the Nile River
Luxor – Marvels of the West Bank
Luxor – The Epic Temples Complexes of the East Bank
Aswan – Exploring Exquisite Temples Away From the Crowds
Cairo – Forgotten Wonders Hidden in the Desert
Cairo – Departure
- Wake up to the Great Pyramids of Giza and explore the monumental scale of these ancient wonders
- Sail along the Nile River at sunset in a traditional felucca, a small Nile River vessel, passing islands, gardens, and crumbling temples that glimmer golden in the fading light
- Explore the exquisite details of Luxor with a private Egyptologist guide, dedicating a day each to the East Bank and the West Bank
- Cruise through the desert and explore famous temples without any of the crowds, including Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Philae
- Fly across the sands to the astonishing lost temples of Abu Simbel, hidden wonders that continue your immersion in the Egyptian dynasties
- Hop from highlight to highlight and tie it all together through local guides, who expertly reveal the details that are missed on traditional tours
- Settle into sublime five-star accommodations that elevate the history further, giving you immediate access to the monuments, plus a relaxed base for leisurely evenings
Egypt’s historical highlights have defined the world. They rise on a mesmerizing scale, pyramids climbing skywards, temples carved into the sandstone of the desert. They enhance the photogenic snapshots with their unforgettable atmosphere, every footstep through history revealing not only visuals but also the feeling of a persevering dynasty. These highlights continue to inspire through their detail, such intricacy and innovation sculpted into every lost corner of a tomb or avenue. And all these highlights come to life on this handcrafted tour.
Incorporating all the major sights in Egypt, this 1-week tour is all about unraveling the best of history for those with limited time. Sublime five-star hotels serve as relaxing bases for the days of exploration. Private Egyptologist guides keep you away from the tour bus crowds, their intimate knowledge ensuring you are almost alone in these marvels of history. Famous sights are covered, like the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the Great Sphinx of Giza. But this tour of Egyptian highlights is all about the details and will also take you to majestic lesser-known sights, such as Abu Simbel and the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut.
The Egyptian experience is not just about ticking off historical sights. It’s the atmosphere that holds you captive, that irrepressible sense of a place and a time that can’t be conveyed by traditional media. Dust flicks up as you descend into a pyramid, tombs glowing golden as you sail along the Nile River at dusk, and echoes drifting through the solitude of temple halls. It’s in this ambiance that the true highlight of Egypt is revealed. By carefully planning each day’s program, this tour celebrates the atmosphere of ancient dynasties, giving a real sense of how Egypt used to be. Consider learning more about the Egypt travel specialists who will help you craft your dream Egypt itinerary.
Start in Giza and a hotel rooftop overlooking the pyramids. Get acquainted with this ancient wonder of the world the following day, then step further back in time to the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara. After exploring these crumbling sights, you are guided through the colorful chaos of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Later in that afternoon, you fly to Luxor, where the tranquility of a felucca sailing boat provides an enchanting interlude to the historical exploration.
The next couple of days are dedicated to the wonders of Luxor, from the Tomb of Ramesses VI to the Temples of Karnak, the famous Valley of the Kings to the Middle Kingdom White Chapel. There’s a lot to take in at the world’s greatest open-air museum, and this is where the ambiance of history really excels, especially as you sidestep the groups and explore the monuments laced with details.
Next, you’re driven to Aswan, stopping at the majestic Edfu and Kom Ombo temples then settling into a desert oasis on the Nile. Completing the discovery are Aswan’s highlights and then a flight over the dunes to the temples of Abu Simbel. You’ll then spend the last night back in Cairo, close to the airport for a quick getaway on the final day.
$2,491 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.
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