The Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, sailing through Aswan, the Nile River, mummies, Pharaohs, crocodiles, the list goes on. All these world-famous sights and experiences could be yours on this 10-day epic adventure through Egypt and the Nile River. Picture yourself in a world of ancient wonders where you’ll discover the lands behind the legends. Walk past towering stone icons, through avenues of sphinxes, and into royal valleys amid the desert sands. And if walking’s not your style, cruise down the Nile, anchoring at remote islands and beside the Theban Hills. End your adventure in Cairo, where historic mosques mingle with today’s modern bustle.
What are the top highlights?
- Cross some of Planet Earth’s greatest historical treasures off your bucket list: The Pyramids of Giza & the Great Sphinx
- Cruise for 3 nights and 4 days on the world’s most famous river, the Nile
- Explore sights like Kom Ombo, Luxor, and Karnak as you venture north on the Nile
- Become besties with the vibrant and friendly people of Egypt
- Set sail on a traditional Egyptian felucca sailboat in Aswan
- Visit the tomb of King Tut and dozens of other pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings
- Enter some of the world’s most spectacular mosques and oldest churches in Cairo
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 5 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- 3 nights on a luxurious Egyptian cruise ship
- Daily breakfast, daily dinner, 4 lunches
- Metro pass in Cairo
- Entrance to Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, and more
You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at upgraded hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.
Looking for our standard accommodations? Choose a departure date without the starburst icon, and you’ll stay at a combination of boutique hostels and hotels.
Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
- Day 1: Overnight Flight to Cairo
Read up on your pharaohs, board your overnight flight to Cairo, and channel your inner mummy for some shut eye. You’re about to uncover a trip you’ll never forget.
This tour requires a visa for U.S. citizens. Check entry requirements or call us with questions at 800-766-2645.
- Day 2: Arrive in Cairo & Travel to Giza
Welcome to Cairo! The capital city of Egypt is the starting point for your odyssey through ancient wonders and modern marvels. Cairo is an extraordinary city, home to nearly 20 million people, and the gateway to the Great Pyramids.
- Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
- Transfer to your hotel in Giza, check out your room, and start to meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Unwind and refuel with an included buffet dinner or room service at your hotel in Giza.
Please note: Getting to Egypt takes some time. Arrivals tend to be late on this day.
- Day 3: Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and Saqqarah
What would a trip to ancient Egypt be without spending your first full day at the oldest, and only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx will blow your mind. Two fun facts we love about the Great Pyramid: it was the tallest structure in the world for nearly 4,000 years; and Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than the construction of the Great Pyramid. This not a drill, people, this is one of humankind’s greatest accomplishments in the flesh.
- Tour the grounds at the Giza Necropolis, where you’ll learn about the construction, excavation, and the pharaohs buried here.
- Experience the unrivaled majesty of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Shake paws with the Great Sphinx: part lion, part human, fully awesome.
- Head south to the archaeological site at Saqqara, an ancient burial ground.
- Feast on an included dinner after a long day of Egyptian history.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy an authentic meal and drinks with fellow travelers. Then rest up for an early morning flight the next day to Aswan!
- Day 4: Fly to Aswan & Felucca Sailboat Ride
This morning, travel to Cairo where you’ll board a flight with your group to Aswan, a city on the Nile River known for its scenic river views, year-round warm weather, and countless archaeological sites. Aswan has it all! After checking into your hotel, climb aboard a felucca, a traditional sailboat, and ride past sights like Elephantine Island, and Agha Khan Mausoleum.
- Travel to Cairo and board your short morning flight from Cairo to Aswan.
- Check in to your next hotel in Aswan.
- Climb aboard a traditional felucca and sail along the Nile with your group, taking in panoramic views of the water from the Mausoleum of Aga Khan.
- Peep the famous granite rocks that resemble a herd of elephants bathing in the river.
- Enjoy an included dinner with your group.
- Day 5: Nile River Cruise: Aswan & Temple of Philae
Kiss the mainland goodbye this morning as you board your cruise ship for a 3-night, 4-day epic adventure on the Nile River, the longest river in Africa and disputed longest river in the world (Amazon who?!). After you’ve sailed through the Aswan High Dam and taken time to explore the Temple of Philae, work up an appetite shopping at the local markets so you can enjoy an included lunch back on the cruise ship.
- Begin your once-in-a-lifetime journey on the Nile River as you board your cruise ship in Aswan.
- Journey to Aswan High Dam and learn about the world’s largest embankment dam.
- Explore the Temple of Philae, located on an island in the Nile River.
- Shop ‘till you drop at the local markets and learn about perfume oils, Frankincense, and traditional local remedies.
- Kick back and take in the river views accompanied by an included lunch and dinner on the boat.
- Day 6: Nile River Cruise: Kom Ombo & Luxor
The fun continues! Head north to Kom Ombo, an agricultural town previously known as the “City of Gold.” Cue the Ooohs and Aaahs. And if gold doesn’t get your attention, maybe mummified crocodiles at the Temple of Kom Ombo will!
- Sail along the Nile and learn more about the region from a local Egyptologist on the ship.
- Dock in Kom Ombo and visit the ancient Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Greco-Roman period.
- Learn about the Temple’s twin deities, Sobek and Horus, the crocodile god and the falcon-headed god, respectively.
- Feast on an included lunch after you’ve had your fill of crocs.
- Continue the journey north towards Luxor, and enjoy an included dinner along the way.
- Day 7: Nile River Cruise: Karnak & Luxor East Bank
On your last full cruise day, enjoy guided tours of both Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Enter Karnak Temple for a walking tour through the complex of pillars, statues and hieroglyphics. View the great hypostyle hall Precinct of Amun Re, walls of hieroglyphics, the sacred lake, Temple of Khonsu and statue of Ramses II. Finally, head to the Luxor Temple complex, located on the bank of Nile, for an early evening walking tour viewing Obelisks, the Avenue of Sphinxes, temple halls, statues and the Mosque of Abu Al Haggag.
- Pick your jaw up off the ground as you stroll through the sprawling temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, which includes the Great Temple of Amun-Re and the Avenue of the Sphinxes.
- Admire the still-intact hieroglyphics decorating the walls and pillars. That one over there looks like it says “buy a round of beers for your group.” Weird!
- Visit a Papyrus shop to learn about traditional Egyptian paper followed by free time for shopping.
- Toast the Nile River farewell with a final included dinner on your Egyptian cruise ship.
- Day 8: Luxor West Bank & Optional Desert Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
Here be mummies. This morning, behold the sacred sights of the West Bank of Luxor. For 500 years, this is where ancient Egyptians built tons of tombs and shrines to royalty including Queen Hatshepsut and King Tut. Explore the thusly named Valley of the Kings today, and do your best not to disturb any sleeping pharaohs.
- Listen closely as your guide teaches you about the Valley of the King’s many limestone tombs and their ancient inhabitants.
- Look straight up at the Colossi of Memnon—two 60-foot statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep.
- Climb the stairs of the reconstructed Temple of Queen Hatshepsut built into the cliffs.
- Visit the tomb of King Tut, the valley’s most famous resident, where for an extra cost, you may enter the burial chamber to see his mummy where it still lays at rest.
- Board your short afternoon flight from Luxor to Cairo.
- Rest and recover with an included dinner at your hotel in Cairo.
Desert Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride (extra cost)
Hop in a hot air balloon before dawn and get a new perspective on Egypt as you witness a glorious sunrise from all the way up. See firsthand from the fertile Nile to the endless desert as far as the eye can see.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 9: Sightseeing Tour of Cairo + Farewell Dinner
It’s your last day in Egypt. You’ve almost climbed the metaphorical pyramid that is this trip. If you didn’t get enough ancient Egyptian education and experiences over the last 8 days, prepare to have your mind blown all over again at the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and on a tour of Old Cairo. It’s all the Egyptian stuff you’ve ever learned about, but IRL.
- Get lost with a professional guide among the Egyptian Museum—encompassing over 5,000 years of history—including King Tut’s famous golden mask.
- Explore Coptic Cairo, a historically Christian neighborhood, that’s home to some of the world’s oldest churches.
- Float like a butterfly to the Muhammed Ali Mosque (named for the founder of modern Egypt, not the boxer) within the Salah El-Din Citadel overlooking the city.
Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.
- Day 10: Fly Home
Wadaeaan ya aisdiqa'!
Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
Simple, flexible booking
Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.