Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity begins in storied Cairo.  Visit the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  Travel to Abu Simbel to embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia.  Stop to admire the outstanding temples of Abu Simbel – host to a dramatic sound-and-light show, Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, New Kalabsha, and Philae, and tour the massive Aswan High Dam.  Depart Aswan on a classic four-night Nile cruise, sailing aboard a traditional felucca; visiting Kom Ombo’s unusual temple and Edfu’s remarkably preserved Temple of Horus; and exploring Luxor’s splendid temples and statuary on both banks.  Fly back to Cairo where touring includes the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and Old Cairo.  Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and the capital of Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night Jordan post-tour extension.


Day 1. Depart U.S. for Cairo
Day 2. Cairo
Day 3. Cairo
Day 4. Cairo
Day 5. Lake Nasser Cruise
Day 6. Lake Nasser Cruise
Day 7. Lake Nasser Cruise
Day 8. Nile Cruise
Day 9. Nile Cruise
Day 10. Nile Cruise
Day 11. Nile Cruise
Day 12. Luxor
Day 13. Cairo
Day 14. Cairo
Day 15. Depart Cairo for U.S.

Trip Highlights

  • Cairo’s intruiguing ancient sites, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
  • Old Cairo touring
  • Renowned Egyptian Museum
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples
  • Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel
  • Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubian homeland
  • Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
  • Nile felucca sail
  • Nile River cruise
  • Aswan Dam visit
  • Ancient temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Egypt’s inestimable historic atmosphere