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history • 11 days, 10 nights

Ancient Wonders: Egypt & The Nile

history • 11 days, 10 nights

Ancient Wonders: Egypt & The Nile

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $5,130 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Egypt’s archaeological treasures have delighted and mystified visitors for thousands of years. Follow in the footsteps of explorers and royalty to experience the thrill of discovery while exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza, traversing the Avenue of the Sphinxes, and climbing into the Tomb of Tutankhamun. You'll spend a day in the Sahara Desert and Wadi al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) with its treasure trove of whale fossils. Atlas Obscura has arranged exclusive special access for our group to stay after public opening hours in the Valley of the Kings to explore the tombs of the former Egyptian kings without the crowds. History may stand still in the ruins of temples and tombs, but your expert Egyptologist guide will bring it to life in the stories of gods, pharaohs, and legends from the great ancient civilizations that once walked these lands. On this tour, you will gain an insider’s perspective on the bustling city of Cairo and the world-renowned sites at Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, all while enjoying traditional Egyptian hospitality and a four-night luxury cruise along the Nile

  • Exclusive private access to the tombs in the Valley of The Kings after public hours
  • Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza with an expert Egyptologist guide
  • Discover desert salt lakes, surprising waterfalls, sand dunes, and whale skeletons in the Sahara
  • Enter the ancient necropolis of Saqqara
  • Meet the gaze of Ramses the Great at Abu Simbel
  • Cruise the Nile in comfort on a luxury river boat
  • Walk the back streets of Old Islamic Cairo and stop in at the local bazaar


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

The listed price does not include the internal domestic flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Abu Simbel to Cairo. This flight is priced separately and will automatically be added to your booking and final balance. The economy class fare is $695 per person.

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Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. Please note that many hotels in Egypt only offer European-style twin-bedded rooms where the single/full mattresses have separate bedding but are pushed very close together (sometimes even touching). Twin rooms will not have two double/queen beds that we are accustomed to in the U.S.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $995 ($1095 for Dec 20, 2023, and Dec 27, 2023 departures). After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with an arrival transfer to the hotel in Cairo on Day 1. You’ll meet up with your guide and group in the hotel lobby after breakfast on Day 2, then head out to see Cairo. Our trip concludes with a Farewell Dinner on the evening of Day 10 upon our return to Cairo. Many international flights depart late in the evening or after midnight. 

Activity Level

While this trip is rated at moderate difficulty, climate and ground conditions can make some tour days feel quite exhausting. Travelers should feel comfortable walking up to three hours each day, with lots of time spent moving around and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs, sand, and rocky terrain. The archaeological sites, while not difficult to access, do require a significant amount of walking out under the hot sun, navigating sandy and rocky terrain, with stairs and narrow and/or low-ceilinged tunnel entrances. The Nile River cruise ship has 4 decks plus a sun deck with stair access only from the dining room on the bottom deck to the pool and lounge on the top deck (no elevator).

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels and luxury riverboat
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival airport transfer
  • An experienced Egyptologist guide to accompany you for the duration of the trip
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All tips and gratuities for local representatives, drivers, porters, and wait staff
  • Transportation and flights to and from Cairo
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages (only available at hotels)
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Egyptologist guide and hotel bellhops
  • Domestic economy flights Cairo - Luxor // Aswan - Abu Simbel - Cairo (priced separately)
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Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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