Ultimate Egypt

Cairo. Aswan, Nile Cruise, Luxor & Hurghada
15 nights private tour from GBP £8,100

Discover the wonders of Egypt on this classic tour, taking in all the highlights including bustling Cairo, ancient Luxor, the Red Sea coast, and a magical cruise along the mighty River Nile.

Ultimate Egypt
At a glance
  • Uncover the secrets of the mystifying Pyramids of Giza with an expert guide

  • Cruise gently along the Nile past ancient cities bursting with ancient temples and monuments

  • Soak up centuries of history as you explore iconic sites, including the Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple

  • Unwind on the golden sands of the Red Sea coast or plunge into a vibrant underwater world

Journey highlights
  • Uncover the secrets of the mystifying Pyramids of Giza with an expert guide

  • Cruise gently along the Nile past ancient cities bursting with ancient temples and monuments

  • Soak up centuries of history as you explore iconic sites, including the Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple

  • Unwind on the golden sands of the Red Sea coast or plunge into a vibrant underwater world

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 has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.

Itinerary

Fly to Cairo
Day 1-3

Cairo, Egypt

Begin your journey in Cairo, Egypt’s vibrant capital where ancient architectural monuments contrast against modern skyscrapers overlooking the banks of the River Nile. Settle in for two nights at the palatial Mena House, situated in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.

The next day, uncover the secrets of this ancient city with a full day guided tour. Delve into the rich and fascinating history of 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. You will also have the opportunity to explore the ancient burial grounds at Sakkara, where archaeologists continue to make fascinating discoveries. This sprawling necropolis is home to the remains of pyramids, temples, and tombs that span the history of ancient Egypt.

Accommodation: Marriott Mena House ( 2 nights )
Fly to Aswan
Day 3-5

Aswan, Egypt

Flying from Cairo to Aswan, you will be whisked from the airport to check-in at your hotel for the next two nights – an opulent 19th century former palace on the banks of the Nile. The southern frontier of ancient Egypt, discover the delights of Aswan where the rolling dunes of the Sahara meet the powerful River Nile, dotted with countless feluccas (traditional boats) sailing up and down. Visit the famed Aswan High Dam, which was constructed for the dual purpose of economic development and the preservation of cultural heritage. Opened in 1970, the dam generates huge amounts of hydroelectric power and controls the annual Nile flood, thus providing protection to some of Egypt’s most important Pharaonic monuments. Discover the site of one such monument, the Temple of Philae, which was painstakingly transferred piece by piece from Philae Island to Agilkia Island in the 1960s while the dam was being constructed. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, wander through this superb temple complex which was an important sacred site to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan ( 2 nights )
Day 5-9

Nile, Egypt

This morning, you have the option to visit the incredible site of Abu Simbel on the shores of Lake Nasser, home to two temples built by the renowned Egyptian king Ramses II. Marvel at the four immense statues that guard the main temple entrance, which are some of the largest surviving Pharaonic sculptures and an incredible example of ancient Egyptian art.

Later today, step on board a luxurious ship which will be your home on the Nile for the next four nights. Embark on a magical cruise along the world’s longest river – a truly incredible way to experience the ancient wonders of Egypt. Enjoy an afternoon sailing around the islands of Aswan on a smaller and more traditional felucca boat, before returning for an evening of culinary indulgence on board the ship.

Over the next few days, discover some of Egypt’s most magnificent sites as you cruise down the Nile. Wander through the towering colonnades of the temple of Kom Ombo, rising dramatically from the banks of the river. Gaze in awe at the incredibly well-preserved sandstone walls of the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Sail to Esna, an important town for the ancient Egyptians, before ending your cruise in Luxor, formerly the ancient city of Thebes. For your final day on board, disembark to explore Luxor’s Valley of the Kings – a 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. These two giant statues were built in honour of Amenhotep III but somewhat confusingly are named after the Greek hero Memnon.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Philae ( 4 nights )
Day 9-10

Luxor, Egypt

Disembark from your river cruise in Luxor, with one night at the Winter Palace which has played host to notable figures throughout the years including Agatha Christie. 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: Sofitel Winter Palace ( 1 night )
Day 10-15

Hurghada, Egypt

This morning you will be driven to Hurghada, once a tiny fishing village which has since grown into a popular resort on the Red Sea’s west coast. Enjoy the next five days at your leisure, unwinding on golden sands or plunging into a colourful underwater world. The warm, breezy weather here lends itself perfectly to sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh ( 5 nights )
Fly to Cairo
Day 15-16

Cairo, Egypt

As the grand finale to your Egyptian journey, fly back to Cairo for one last day of discovery. Glimpse into the very best of Cairo, including the Egyptian Museum which hosts a staggering collection of 120,000 exhibits and explore the less visited but charming Islamic Cairo. Enjoy some last-minute shopping as you wander through the vibrant Khan-el-Khalili bazaar bursting with fabrics, spices, antiques and musical instruments before flying home.

Accommodation: The St. Regis Cairo ( 1 night )
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: ( based on double occupancy and includes 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 £8,100 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
August 2024 GBP £8,100 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
September 2024 GBP £8,900 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
October 2024 GBP £9,600 GBP £1,400 plan your trip
November 2024 GBP £9,600 GBP £1,400 plan your trip
December 2024 GBP £9,600 GBP £1,400 plan your trip
January 2025 GBP £9,600 GBP £1,400 plan your trip
February 2025 GBP £9,600 GBP £1,400 plan your trip
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May 2025 GBP £8,900 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
June 2025 GBP £8,100 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
  • July 2024
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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.
    GBP £8,100
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    GBP £1,200
  • August 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 £8,100
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • 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 £8,900
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £9,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,400
  • 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 £8,900
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • 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 £8,100
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
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Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.

Ultimate Egypt
Ultimate 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.

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