Uncover the mystery of ancient Egypt on this magnificent independent vacation. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, Alexandria, and immerse yourself in the culture and culinary wonders of Cairo.
DAY 1 – DEPART FOR EGYPT
Depart for Egypt
DAY 2 – ARRIVE IN CAIRO
Arrive in Egypt, one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations; transfer to the hotel in Cairo late this evening
DAY 3 – EXPLORE THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
Awaken in this city of ancient wonders. Spend the morning at leisure to adjust to your new surroundings. In the afternoon, begin your discovery of the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, the oldest surviving structure, named one of the “seven ancient wonders of the world.” After seeing the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, head to the magnificent Sphinx that guards the Giza plateau, amazingly carved out of one massive piece of limestone. Next, visit a Papyrus shop where you can observe a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Afterward, return to the hotel.
DAY 4 – FULL DAY IN CAIRO
Spend the day at leisure to explore this fascinating city, or join the optional half-day tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, built by architect Imhotep, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a perfume shop before heading back to your hotel. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Nile Dinner Cruise. Spend an evening in Cairo with a delightful dinner cruise along the iconic Nile.
Optional: Half-day Memphis and Sakkara with Lunch (PM)
Optional: Nile dinner cruise
DAY 5 – FULL DAY IN CAIRO
Today is at leisure, to further explore Cairo, or join the optional Half Day Egyptian Museum with Lunch. Begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which houses the world’s most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities. Marvel at the vast collection of artifacts from Predynastic Period to the Greco-Roman Era. The original collection was established in the late 19th century. After lunch, tour a jewelry shop before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, participate in the optional Half Day Citadel & Khan El Khalili Bazaar with Dinner. Begin with a visit to a jewelry shop. Then make your way to the impressive Citadel, dating from the 12th century. Built by Saladin as a defense against Crusader attacks. It served as the seat of government in Egypt for 700 years. Admire the stunning alabaster-tiled Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, situated at the summit of the Citadel. Afterward, head to the heart of Islamic Cairo and wander the narrow winding alleys of El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s most famous souk. Here, you will find everything from gold and spices to scarabs and antiques. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Optional: Half-day Egyptian Museum with Lunch (AM)
Optional: Half-day Citadel & Khan El Khalili Bazaar with Dinner (PM)
Optional: Egyptian Museum with lunch & Khan El Khalili with Dinner Combo Package
DAY 6 – FULL DAY IN CAIRO
Another day at leisure in Cairo, or join the optional Full Day Alexandria Tour. Discover the legendary city of Alexandria, a culturally rich seaside metropolis and Egypt’s second largest city. Begin the exploration of the city founded by Alexander the Great with a visit to the Roman amphitheater, a marble theater that once seated 800 spectators. Continue to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa; the necropolis hewn into a cliff that consists of 3 levels, dating from the 2nd century AD. View the Roman triclinium – a banquet hall to honor the dead. Later, visit the Royal Jewelry Museum, displaying precious artifacts, jewels and jewelry of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty that ruled Egypt from 19th to the mid-20th century. After lunch, at a local restaurant with views of the Mediterranean Sea return to Cairo and spend your last night discovering the city’s vibrant nightlife.
Optional: Full-day Alexandria (AM)
DAY 7 – FULL DAY IN CAIRO
On you last day at leisure, perhaps join the optional Full Day Civilization Museum & Coptic Cairo with Lunch. The tour begins with a visit to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Be amazed by its extensive collection of more than 50,000 artifacts, depicting the several stages of the development of Egyptian civilization from the Predynastic period to the modern age. Head to a local restaurant for lunch and sample delectable traditional cuisine. After, make your way to Old Cairo, this area is the original home of the Coptic Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian denominations. Visit the Hanging Church, that was built in the 7th century, probably on the site of a previous 3rd century church. Admire the courtyard and interior with its elaborate wooden screen, marble pulpit and icons. Proceed to Abu Serga, known formally as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This place has great significance as it is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family took refuge during their journey in Egypt. Then, continue to The Church of St. George, a Greek Orthodox church built atop the north tower of the old Roman fortress of Babylon. Later, return to the hotel. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing around midnight
*The hotel checkout is at 8 PM, departure transfers for this package are at approximately 9 PM.
Optional: Full-day Civilization Museum & Coptic Cairo with Lunch
Day Use: Cairo
DAY 8 – DEPART EGYPT
- Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
- Other departure cities are available. Call us for a quote.
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 5 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- Breakfast daily
Not included optional tours:
- Nile dinner cruise $89 per person
- Half-day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch $79 per person
- Egyptian Museum with lunch & Citadel & Khan El Khalili Bazaar with dinner Combo Package $139 per person
- Half-Day Citadel & Khan El Khalili Bazaar with dinner $75 per person
- Half-Day Egyptian Museum with lunch $75 per person
- Full-Day Alexandria $105 per person
- Full-Day Civilization Museum & Coptic Cairo with lunch
|Mar 10 (Sold Out)||$1189|
|Mar 17 (Sold Out)||$1199|
|Mar 24 (Sold Out)||$1199|
|Mar 31 (Sold Out)||$1209|
|Apr 07 (Sold Out)||$1279|