Enjoy the best of Egypt on this weeklong adventure. Spend a few days in Cairo, visiting museums, learning about Islamic history, and side-tripping to the pyramids of Giza, before boarding a boat for a cruise along the Nile River. Highlights along the journey include Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Karnak Temple. The itinerary ends up back in Cairo — a perfect way to spend seven days!


  • Get up close to the majestic pyramids of Giza
  • See precious artifacts at Cairo's Egyptian Museum
  • Cruise along the Nile on a river trip
  • Tour Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Pyramids of Giza & Memphis Cairo
Day 3 Tour the Egyptian Museum & Learn About Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Aswan & Start Nile Cruise  Aswan
Day 5 Travel by Boat to the Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo  Luxor
Day 6 Explore the Temple of Luxor Luxor
Day 7 Fly to Cairo & Depart   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

A view of Cairo's city and the Nile River
A view of Cairo's city and the Nile River

Welcome to Egypt! After arriving at the Cairo airport, you'll transfer to your hotel in the capital city. You'll be free to relax and rest today. You could also start exploring the city, venturing out to try some local cuisine in one of many excellent restaurants.

Day 2: Visit the Pyramids of Giza & Memphis

Giza Pyramids
Giza Pyramids

Today you will meet your guide and travel to Giza, located just outside of Cairo, where you will see the three major pyramids at its necropolis complex. Your guide will explain the history of the construction of the Pyramids of Giza: the Great Pyramid of Giza, Cheops, and the smaller Chephren and Mykerinos. Next, you'll head to Memphis, an ancient Egyptian capital, to see the Pyramid of Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser.

Day 3: Tour the Egyptian Museum & Learn About Islamic Cairo

Shopping in Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Meet your guide, who will accompany you on your day exploring the city and its sites. Today's activities include the Egyptian Museum, which has a substantial collection of ancient treasures, including the tomb of King Tut. Then learn about Islamic Cairo at the Citadel of Saladin See, an important example of military architecture from the Middle Ages, and the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, a monumental mosque that was built during the Mamluk period of the 1300s. Finally, hunt for treasures in Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a souk in the historical center of Islamic Cairo, where you can shop for lamps, rugs, jewelry, and more.

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Day 4: Fly to Aswan & Start Nile Cruise 

Philae Temple
The wondrous scale of Philae Temple

Today you'll catch a flight to Aswan, where you'll board a boat for a cruise down the Nile River. Stops include the Aswan High Dam, built in the 1960s and completed in 1970. It was an engineering marvel at the time, as it increased Egypt's cultivable land by 30 percent and doubled its electricity supply. Next, visit Philae Temple. There were once temples at Philae — construction began in 690 BCE — dedicated to the goddess Isis. The complex was moved from its original location on Philae Island to Agilkia Island due to the construction of Aswan High Dam. 

Day 5: Travel by Boat to the Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo 

Horus Temple in Edfu
Relief sculptures on Horus Temple in Edfu

Savor a leisurely breakfast on the boat. Today's cruise continues down the river, featuring several interesting stops along the way. First, you'll go to Edfu and Kom Ombo. The Temple of Horus at Edfu was constructed between 237 BCE and 57 BCE. It is one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, and inside you can still make out many of its inscriptions. The Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo was dedicated to the crocodile god (Sobek) and falcon god (Haroeris). Many of the walls of its courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms are still intact, along with wall carvings and statues. Continue on to Luxor, where you'll spend the night.

Day 6: Explore the Temple of Luxor

A hot air balloon over Luxor

Today, you'll continue your Nile cruise, which includes sightseeing on the river's west bank. You'll visit the Valley of the Kings to see rock-cut tombs for kings and powerful nobles (including Tutankhamun) for nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE. Stop at the Colossi of Memnon to see the ruins of Amenhotep’s memorial temple. What remains are two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III that were erected to guard the temple's entrance. Then head to Hatshepsut Temple. The memorial of Queen Hatshepsut is the focal point of Deir el-Bahri, a complex of mortuary temples and tombs.

Later, you'll tour the Karnak Temple, one of Egypt’s largest surviving temples. Founded in the Middle Kingdom, it was once a key religious center. You'll also visit Luxor Temple, a massive temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile. It was founded during the New Kingdom around 1400 BCE. 

Day 7: Fly to Cairo & Depart 

A bird's-eye view of Cairo

The Egyptian adventure ends today as you travel back to Cairo to catch a flight home. Safe travels!

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