Egyptian Odyssey

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This 15-day tour, our most popular, was designed for those who want to get the most out of their first trip to Egypt. It includes the major sights of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, a Nile River Cruise, plus an excursion to Abu Simbel, as well as visits to a number of lesser known sites.


Day 1, Sunday - Cairo
You will be met upon your arrival in Cairo and assisted through passport control and customs. Our van will then drive you to your hotel, located near the pyramids.
O/N (Overnight) - Giza

the pyramids on the Giza Plateau in Egypt

Day 2, Monday - Cairo
You will spend the day on the Giza Plateau. Begin with a visit to the Pyramid of Khufu, the recently opened Tomb of Meresankh, the timeless Sphinx, and the Valley Temple of Khafra. After lunch, you can either return to the hotel to relax or enjoy a walking tour. Visit the Pyramids of Khafra and Menkaura, explore their Mortuary Temples and an ancient limestone quarry.
O/N - Giza

Step pyramid at Saqqara Egypt

Day 3, Tuesday -Cairo / Luxor
Today you begin your tour of the necropolis at Saqqara, site of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, by visiting the Imhotep Museum. You will then see the Step Pyramid complex and explore the Pyramids of Unis and Teti (with their ancient pyramid texts). While there you will see the Tomb of the Brothers and the Tomb of the Nobleman, Kagemni, and the New Kingdom tombs of Horemheb and Maya. After a late lunch you will drive to the ancient capital of Memphis to visit the outdoor museum and the beautiful Colossus of Rameses II. Finally, you will head to the airport for your flight to Luxor, where you will check into your hotel, located on the Nile.
O/N - Luxor

The beautiful White chapel at Karnak

Day 4, Wednesday - Luxor
A drive through town will bring you to Karnak, the world's largest temple complex (built over a period of more than a thousand years), where plenty of time is scheduled for wandering around. Not to be missed is the outdoor museum and the Temple of Khonsu. After lunch you will visit the beautiful Luxor Museum. This will be followed by free time to relax, swim or shop. In the evening you will visit Luxor Temple, for a breath-taking after-dark tour.
O/N - Luxor

inside a colorful tomb in the West Bank in Luxor Egypt

Day 5, Thursday - Luxor
Today, you will cross the Nile by boat to arrive at the West Bank, then a short drive will bring you to Deir el Medina, the ancient village of the workers who built the Pharaohs' tombs, with its small Ptolemaic Temple and the beautifully preserved Tomb of Sennedjem. Then drive to the Valley of the Kings where you will visit as many of the open tombs as you desire, including the Tombs of Seti I, Tutankhamun, and Rameses VI. After leaving the Valley, stop for a short visit to Howard Carter's house, which has been converted into a museum, before returning to your hotel.
O/N - Luxor

Looking out through the grand columns of the Rammesseum in Luxor

Day 6, Friday - Luxor
Today you will return to the West Bank to visit the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Rameses II, and Medinet Habu, temple of Rameses III and the best preserved of the New Kingdom temples. Then on to the Valley of the Queens, and the Tomb of Nefertari, as well as the Tomb of Khaemwaset, a young son of Rameses III. Finally, you will stop for a photo opportunity at the Colossi of Memnon, statues of Amenhotep III that once stood before his temple.
O/N - Luxor

Queen Hatshepsut's Temple close up

Day 7, Saturday - Luxor
Cross the Nile once more to visit Deir el Bahri and the Temple of Hatshepsut, the female king. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit several nobles’ tombs located in the area. Upon your return you will check into your 5-star Nile Cruise boat.
O/N - Nile Cruise

Egyptian marketplace clutter brass hanging lamps and other things for sale

Day 8, Sunday - Luxor / Edfu
The morning is free for sightseeing or shopping until your cruise boat sets sail for Aswan around noon.
O/N - Nile Cruise

A view of the carvings and colors of the lintel at the Temple of Horus at Edfu

Day 9, Monday - Edfu / KomOmbo / Aswan
This morning, horse-drawn carriages will take you to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the best-preserved temple on the Nile. You will cruise until late afternoon, when a short walk will take you to the twin Temples of Sobek and Horus at Kom Ombo. Your boat should reach Aswan after dark. It's a great way to end the day, watching from the deck as you approach the lights of the city.
O/N - Nile Cruise

The archaeological site and ruins at Elephantine Island

Day 10, Tuesday - Aswan
Enjoy a relaxing felucca ride on the Nile to visit the archeological site at Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island and the 6th and 12th Dynasty Nobles' Tombs on the West Bank.
O/N - Nile Cruise

The grand temple of Abu Simbel in Southern Egypt.

Day 11, Wednesday - Aswan
Today, visit the fantastic rock cut temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel (built to honor himself and his Queen, Nefertari). A wonder of ancient and modern engineering, these temples were raised to higher ground when the Aswan High Dam was built. Upon your return to Aswan the remainder of the day is free.
O/N - Aswan

Beautiful columns at Philae Temple near Aswan

Day 12, Thursday -Aswan
Begin your day with a visit to the New Nubia Museum. Your van will then take you to the ancient granite quarry with the Unfinished Obelisk of King Hatshepsut (or perhaps Thutmose III). Your visit will end with the beautiful Temple of Isis at Philae. This evening you'll fly to Cairo and check into your hotel near the Egyptian Museum
O/N - Cairo

Statue at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Day 13, Friday -Cairo
This morning will be spent at the major museums of Cairo; the Grand Egyptian Museum (if open), and the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square, where you will see the Treasures of Tutankhamun and the Museum of Egyptian Civilization to see the Royal Mummy room. Then wander through Old Cairo with its Christian and Jewish past, the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque. This evening enjoy your farewell dinner at the historic Khan el Khalili bazaar.
O/N - Cairo

colorful back panel of King Tutankhamun's golden chair in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Day 14, Saturday - Cairo
Your last day in Egypt is free. Revisit a favorite site. Continue your exploration of the Egyptian Museum, arrange with your guide to see other new sights, or just relax.
O/N - Cairo

Pile of Luggage at an Airport.

Day 15, Sunday - Cairo
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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