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Customize Your Luxury Vacation

• Experience the best of Egypt on a fully tailored journey

• Choose your companions and enjoy special access to some of Egypt’s most important sights, guided by an Egyptologist dedicated solely to your group

• There are no set dates—the best times of the year to travel are October to April

• This itinerary can be customized to your interests, specifications and group

• Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy

6 Destinations Untitled-3 Destinations
2+ 2+ Guests
Pace - Active pace Active Pace
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What's Included

The price of this all-inclusive custom journey covers all transportation throughout the trip, hotels, all daily activities, top-of-the-line guides and gratuities. The price excludes international flights to and from your home.

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Itinerary

  1. Days 1 - 2
    Cairo and Giza
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    Overview

    Begin your adventure in colorful Cairo.

    There’s no better place to start your exploration of Egypt than in Cairo, a modern city that sprawls next to some of the oldest structures in the world. With so much history, archaeology and culture to discover, it is hard to know where to start in Cairo. That’s why you’ll be accompanied in Cairo and throughout your trip by an Egyptologist, a private guide who is a specialist in the scientific study of ancient Egypt and its antiquities.

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    Pyramids at Giza

    The pyramids at Giza have stood upon a rocky plateau near the Nile River for more than 4,500 years, an enduring tribute to Egypt’s ancient gods and to the pharaohs buried within the pyramids. One of the original Seven Wonders of the World, they now join surrounding ruins as an awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site. Begin your exploration of Egypt with a guided tour of these astounding structures.

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    Solar Boat Museum

    The reason ancient Egyptians buried a 143-foot wooden ship in a pit carved at the foot of the Great Pyramid isn’t known, but some Egyptologists suggest it was meant as transportation for the pharaoh as he sailed the heavens with the sun god in the afterlife. After years of reconstruction, the ship now rests in a specially built museum where you can visit it with your guide.

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    Temple of the Great Sphinx

    The Great Sphinx of Giza is an iconic symbol of Egypt. The giant statue of a mythical beast with the head of a human and the body of a lion was originally cut from bedrock and has been restored over the years using stone blocks. The Sphinx is believed to be more than 4,000 years old, but much about it remains open to debate. Enter the temple with your guide and receive exclusive access to the area under the Sphinx’s paws.

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    Camel Ride

    No trip to Egypt is complete without a ride on a camel, the “ship of the desert.” You’ll have the opportunity to mount your own camel for a short ride across the sands of Giza.

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    Accommodations
    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence
    You will be met on arrival and assisted through VIP immigration before taking private transportation to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence, centrally located on the west bank of the Nile in Giza. Catch a glimpse of the botanical gardens, the Nile or perhaps even the pyramids as you unwind in your premier room. Then take time to refresh with an aromatic massage, a swim in the open-air pool, a drink in one of three inviting lounges, or a meal featuring the flavors of Cairo.
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    Begin your day in ancient Egypt, end it in Victorian-era splendor.

    Today’s adventure starts with a quick flight from Cairo to Abu Simbel, site of the temples of Ramesses II. The two temples, carved from a sandstone cliff along the River Nile, are fronted by four mammoth statues of Ramesses, as tall as 65 feet in height. The temples are a highlight of any trip to Egypt.

    Then fly on to Aswan, where you'll spend one night at the legendary Old Cataract Aswan before taking a private transfer the next morning to board the luxurious Oberoi Philae. 

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    Temples of Ramesses II

    Board your flight to Abu Simbel, site of the temples built by the King Ramesses II, who reigned 1279-1213 B.C.E. The four colossal statues of Ramesses that stand in front of the temples, themselves fronted by smaller statues depicting the king’s family, are stunning examples of ancient Egyptian art and a must-see. In the afternoon, take the short flight to historic Aswan. Your private guide accompanies you on all flights.

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    Lunch on the Nile

    After a relaxing evening at your hotel in historic Aswan, transfer to a luxury suite aboard your Nile cruise ship in time for a gourmet lunch, complete with an unsurpassed River Nile view.

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    Boat Ride to Nubia Museum

    Take a motorboat on the Nile to the Nubia Museum, dedicated to the “land of gold,” as Nubia was called by the pharaohs. The museum houses artifacts from excavations made during the 1960s, as archaeologists hurried to save pieces threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The museum’s collection includes unique statues, mummies and exhibits showcasing Nubian history and culture.

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    Shipboard Cocktail Reception

    Celebrate your home for the next four nights at a cocktail reception aboard the luxury cruise ship Oberoi Philae. Watch the majestic River Nile flow by and prepare to be pampered as you explore the timeless landscape along its banks.

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    Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
    Rising from a shelf of pink granite along the Nile, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan occupies a historic Victorian-era palace. The hotel has long been the stylish place to stay in Aswan. Its many famous guests include Lady Diana, Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter and Agatha Christie, who is said to have set “Death on the Nile” here. Your spacious suite in the Nile Wing features lovely views and a large balcony, while the hotel boasts gorgeous pools, a full-service spa and gourmet restaurant.
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    Gain a different perspective on some of the world’s most famous sights.

    The banks of the River Nile contain some of the best-known sights in the world, the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo and the ancient city of Luxor among them. Seen from the decks of the luxury Nile cruiser Oberoi Philae, these ancient temples seem to soar above the river’s banks, beckoning you to explore. As on all scheduled shore excursions, your Egyptologist guide accompanies you as you discover these imposing, impressive monuments and hear their stories.

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    Temples at Philae

    The center of the cult of Isis, the ancient monuments on Philae were venerated by pharaohs and Romans alike. When completion of the Aswan High Dam threatened them with inundation, the remaining monuments were moved piece by piece to a higher island, where you see them today. The site is dominated by the spectacular Temple of Isis, one of the last temples built in classical Egyptian style.

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    Aswan High Dam

    When it opened in 1970, the Aswan High Dam ended centuries of devastating Nile floods, provided hydroelectric power that boosted the economy and brought light to many villages, and reclaimed hundreds of thousands of acres for agriculture. It also has had negative effects, many of them environmental. Join your guide to see the dam up close and learn about its importance to Egypt and the region.

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    Temple of Kom Ombo

    As you approach Kom Ombo aboard the Oberoi Philae, the columns of its temple soar skyward from the Nile’s banks. It’s an iconic image of Egypt, and one of the most beautiful settings for a temple in the Nile Valley. See it up close with your Egyptologist guide and learn the stories of the two gods the temple honors: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god.

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    Temple of Horus

    Built in the second century B.C.E., the Temple of Horus is one of the best-preserved sites in Egypt. The massive monument to Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, is a spectacular example of the skill and ambition of Egyptian builders and artists in the time of the pharoahs. Join your guide to marvel at the huge hieroglyphics and detailed friezes adorning the temple walls.

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    Luxor Temple

    On the Nile’s east bank, the Luxor Temple stands amid the modern city, still one of the most beautiful sights in Egypt. Succeeding rulers added to the monuments here, building out from the temple’s ancient center. You’ll walk back in time as your private guide leads you farther and farther into this intricate complex.

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    Valley of the Kings

    The more than 60 excavated tombs in the Valley of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are royal burial places of pharaohs including Tutankhamun, Ramesses I and Seti I. Pharaohs were buried with all the goods they might need in the afterlife. Explore their secrets with your Egyptologist guide.

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    Valley of the Queens

    Surrounded by impressive cliffs, the Valley of the Queens is the royal burial site of queens, concubines and some royal children. Among the more than 90 known burial chambers is the Tomb of Nefertari, the favorite queen of Ramesses II. Her colorful burial chamber, partially restored in the 1990s, is one of the most beautifully decorated on the west bank.

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    Temple of Karnak

    Built over a thousand-year period by generations of pharaohs, the Temple of Karnak at its peak was the largest and most important religious complex in Egypt. The Temple of Amun-Ra here is especially famous for the Hypostyle Hall, an impressive forest of giant pillars that covers an area larger than Notre Dame Cathedral.

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    Oberoi Philae
    Sailing aboard the Oberoi Philae is a most luxurious way to see Egypt. Every square foot of your spacious suite is designed with your comfort in mind, and 24-hour butler service ensures attendance to your needs. Let yourself be tempted by the sun deck, pool or spa. Enjoy fine dining in two shipboard restaurants or relax in the bar and cigar lounge. At the end of another fascinating day, meet your companions for tea in the lounge or at a shipboard cocktail reception.
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    Fall in love with Cairo, where a glorious past is matched by a vibrant present.

    Lively Cairo calls to travelers from the banks of the River Nile. One visit, you’ll learn, is never enough to take in all this ancient city has to offer.

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    Bab al-Futah

    Join your Egyptologist guide at the rounded towers of Bab al-Futah, one of only three city gates still standing in old Cairo. The gate has stood sentry over Islamic Cairo since the 11th century. Adorned with carvings and a refined arch, it is a fine example of Egyptian art of the period.

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    Walking Tour of Islamic Quarter

    The narrow, bustling streets of Cairo’s old Islamic quarter are filled with shops that trade in nearly every imaginable product. Your expert guide will show you the heart of this fascinating part of the city, including the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, thought to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East.

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    Dinner in a Historic Bazaar

    Set amidst the winding streets of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, the Naguib Mahfouz Café is an oasis of five-star dining brought to you by the Oberoi Hotel Group. The restaurant, which features fresh takes on Egyptian cuisine, is named after Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz and is a fitting spot to celebrate your last night in Egypt before catching your flight home the next day.

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    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
    Stay on the banks of the Nile at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. The hotel’s quiet, upscale Garden City neighborhood is the perfect place to come home to after an afternoon exploring the city. Unwind in the adults-only pool, the steam room and sauna, or any of eight on-site restaurants and lounges.