Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular journey through antiquity reveals a storied land’s many treasures.  Your small group of no more than 24 travelers begins its 15-day immersion in Egypt’s unsurpassed historic atmosphere in Cairo and its environs with the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital.  Next is splendid Sakkara, royalty’s burial site for 3,000 years; and then the astounding Pyramids of Giza guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx.  Traveling to Aswan, tour the massive Aswan High Dam, an engineering marvel, and visit the renowned Nubia Museum.  Embark next on a fascinating four-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia that includes exploration of the Temples of Philae and the outstanding temples at New Kalabsha, Wadi el-Seboua, Amada, and Abu Simbel – host to a dramatic sound-and-light show amid the statuary.  Then depart from Aswan on a classic three-night Nile voyage, enjoying a leisurely sail aboard a traditional felucca along the way, and visiting Kom Ombo’s unusual temple and Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple.  Sail on to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum.”  Here, explore the East and West banks’ wonders:  the awe-inspiring Karnak and Luxor temple complexes, the haunting Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut, and the massive Colossi of Memnon.  Returning to Cairo for three nights, explore the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and historic Old Cairo, and visit the acclaimed Egyptian Museum.  Discover fabled “rose-red” Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.

*Greater Flexibility: Cancel up to 95 days prior to departure with no penalties!


    Cairo, Luxor, Kalabasha Temples, Abu Simbel, Nile River
    Day 1.  Depart U.S. for Cairo
    Day 2.  Arrive Cairo
    Day 3.  Cairo
    Day 4.  Cairo
    Day 5.  Cairo/Aswan/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise
    Day 6.  Lake Nasser Cruising ‒ Kalabasha Temples/Wadi el-Seboua
    Day 7-9.  Lake Nasser Cruising ‒ Wadi el-Seboua
    Day 8.  Lake Nasser Cruising ‒ Amada/Kasr Ibrim/Abu Simbel
    Day 9.  Disembark/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise
    Day 10.  Nile Cruising ‒ Aswan/Kom Ombo/Edfu
    Day 11.  Nile Cruising ‒ Edfu/Luxor/EastBank
    Day 12.  Disembark/Luxor/West Bank
    Day 13.  Luxor/Cairo
    Day 14.  Cairo
    Day 15.  Depart Cairo for U.S.

    Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Walking is required on many excursions


    • Cairo’s intriguing ancient sites, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
    • Recently expanded and renovated Egyptian Museum
    • Sound and Light show against the backdrop of Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples
    • Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubian homeland
    • Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
    • A traditional felucca sailing excursion on the Nile
    • Aswan Dam visit
    • Ancient temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor
    • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens