Exceptional Egypt

Cairo, Luxor, Nile River & Aswan
11 nights private tour from GBP £7,200 per person

Sail down the River Nile alongside some of Egypt's legendary historical sites while observing the traditional way of life. Conclude your journey in Cairo to marvel at the iconic Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx.

Exceptional Egypt
At a glance
  • Discover ancient monuments that reveal the legacy of the world's oldest civilization

  • Feel the power and awe of colossal icons, from the Valley of the Kings to the Pyramids of Giza

  • Cruise along the mighty Nile River in the utmost comfort and style

  • Uncover the contrasting faces of Egypt's capital, where modern meets age-old

Journey highlights
  • Discover ancient monuments that reveal the legacy of the world's oldest civilization

  • Feel the power and awe of colossal icons, from the Valley of the Kings to the Pyramids of Giza

  • Cruise along the mighty Nile River in the utmost comfort and style

  • Uncover the contrasting faces of Egypt's capital, where modern meets age-old

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March

Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major holiday. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic holidays. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.

Itinerary

Fly into Cairo
Day 1-3

Cairo, Egypt

On your first full day in Egypt, discover the many faces of Cairo where millennia-old monuments stand in contrast to a buzzing modern metropolis. Accompanied by an expert guide, wander through the streets of Coptic Cairo, visiting key highlights such as The Hanging Church and Abu Serga. Explore the Egyptian Museum, home to the most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world with over 120,000 exhibits.

Accommodation: The St. Regis Cairo ( 2 nights )
Fly to Luxor
Day 3-4

Luxor, Egypt

Flying from Cairo to Luxor, enjoy an afternoon exploring the highlights of this city set on the banks of the Nile, formerly part of the ancient city of Thebes. Enjoy a guided tour through the East Bank of Luxor, uncovering the world’s largest open-air museum. Explore the vast Karnak Temple complex, stroll along the Avenue of the Sphinxes past imposing statues and towering obelisks, ending at the impressive riverside Luxor Temple which formed the most important religious centre in ancient Egypt.

Accommodation: Al Moudira ( 1 night )
Day 4-8

The Nile, Egypt

Begin your day exploring Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, the important burial site for ancient pharaohs where archaeologist Howard Carter first discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. Continue to the corresponding Valley of the Queens, where the tomb of Nefertari, the first wife of Ramses II, can be found. Explore the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut and be awed by the monumental Colossi of Memnon statues. In the afternoon, step on board your luxury river cruise and enjoy the next four days sailing along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
As you sail, disembark to explore the extraordinary monuments and ancient temples that rise dramatically from the banks of this mighty river. Uncover the underground ruins of the Temple of Khnum in Esna, marvelling at the beautiful carvings and inscriptions that have been excavated. Sail to Edfu to visit the well-preserved sandstone walls of the Temple of Horus. Wander through the towering colonnades of the majestic Temple of Kom Ombo. In Aswan, enjoy a visit to the famed Aswan High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk, giving a fascinating insight into ancient Egyptian construction methods. Stroll through the superb temple complex at the Temple of Philae, an important sacred site dedicated to the goddess Isis. 

Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat III ( 4 nights )
Day 8-10

Aswan, Egypt

Disembark from your cruise in Aswan, which formed the southern frontier of ancient Egypt. After freshening up in your hotel, enjoy an afternoon sailing around the islands of Aswan on a felucca – a traditional wooden boat. The following day you have the option to either relax at your leisure or visit the incredible site of Abu Simbel, home to two temples built by the renowned Egyptian king Ramses II.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan ( 2 nights )
Fly to Cairo
Day 10-12

Cairo, Egypt

This morning fly from Aswan back to Cairo for the final part of your Egyptian escapade. Discover the romance of Islamic Cairo as you navigate from the Citadel of Salah-el-Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque to an astounding city view from Ibn Tulun Mosque's minaret. Wander through the vibrant Khan-el-Khalili bazaar with its labyrinth-like souks bursting with fabrics, spices, antiques and musical instruments. The next day, delve into the rich history of ancient Egypt as you explore the Pyramids of Giza, now the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the World. Continue to the colossal Great Sphinx, carved from a single piece of limestone to form what is still among one of the world’s largest sculptures. Explore the ancient burial grounds at Sakkara, a sprawling necropolis home to the remains of pyramids, temples, and tombs that span the history of ancient Egypt.

Accommodation: Marriott Mena House ( 2 nights )
Fly home
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday.

Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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July 2024 GBP £7,200 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
August 2024 GBP £7,200 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
September 2024 GBP £8,000 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
October 2024 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
November 2024 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
December 2024 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
January 2025 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
February 2025 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
March 2025 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
April 2025 GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
May 2025 GBP £8,000 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
June 2025 GBP £7,200 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
  • July 2024
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,200
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    GBP £1,100
  • August 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,200
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • September 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • October 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • November 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • December 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • January 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • February 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • March 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • April 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • May 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • June 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,200
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March

Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major holiday. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic holidays. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.

Exceptional Egypt
Exceptional Egypt

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

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