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Splendors of Egypt

CAIRO, GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, NILE CRUISE, KARNAK & LUXOR

 

    Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple when you book our Splendors of Egypt tour. Reserve by July 12, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited in these tours so please reserve early.


 

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Cairo
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • 2 nights in Luxor
  • 1 night in Cairo
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Sphinx of Giza
  • Philae’s Temple of Isis
  • Ptolemaic Temple for Horus and Sobek
  • Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Temples of Karnak & Luxor
  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar District
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels and cruise ship.
  • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Transportation in an air conditioned bus

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Guided Tour Pricing

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(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2018 Departures: Single room supplement is $399
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $429
Business Class Upgrade:
JFK-CAI-JFK add $3300 (on request)
* Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 6, Apr 20, Apr 27, May 4, Oct 5 & Jan 4 departures will be on the 5-star Steigenberger Minerva cruise ship
^Jul 3, Aug 7 & Aug 28 Departures: These departures will be on the 5-star Mövenpick Royal Lotus cruise ship
For more information on this tour to Egypt, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Please note that the Abu Simbel excursion needs to be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
Depart USA
Your fascinating journey to Egypt begins today with an overnight flight to Cairo.
Day 2
Arrive Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, both Egypt’s capital and its largest city! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities, then transferred to your hotel. After some time at leisure, enjoy a welcome dinner! Cairo Marriott Hotel (D)
Day 3
Cairo
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharoah Cheops, as well as the Pyramids of Khefren and Mycerinus. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary chimeral statue that combines the head of king Khfren with a lion’s body. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local Cairo restaurant. (B,L)
Day 4
Cairo/Aswan/Nile Cruise
Today, fly south from Cairo to Aswan. Upon arrival, transfer to your Nile cruise ship for your three-night cruise from Upper Egypt to Lower Egypt. The Nile is one of the few rivers in the world which flows North and this unique characteristic is why southern Egypt is called Upper Egypt, while the northern part of Egypt is called “Lower Egypt”. This afternoon, visit the Aswan High Dam and Philae’s Temple of Isis. This temple was almost lost to rising water in the 1960’s until the Asawn High Dam was built. Movenpick Royal Lily (B,L,D)
Day 5
Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo/Edfu
Today, sail to Kom Ombo to see the Ptolomaic Temple built for Horus the falcon god, and Sobek the crocodile god. The temple complex consists mainly of two temples running parallel with the traditional components of ancient Egyptian religious structures including a courtyard at the front of the complex, with halls following. After exploring Kom Ombo, sail to Edfu, an Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile River. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Nile Cruise: Edfu/Luxor
This morning, you’ll visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt. Construction began on this extraordinary temple in 237 BC and was completed nearly 200 years later. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris who avenged his father’s murder by slaying his uncle Seth, the temple was built on the site where, according to legend, the two gods met in deadly combat. Today sail onward to Luxor via Esna. The premier destination in Upper Egypt, Luxor features an array of ruins and monuments and is often considered the most extraordinary open-air museum in the world. The city is also known for its horse carriages, called caleches, which offer a charming way to enjoy the areas many sightseeing opportunities. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure. Perhaps consider an optional visit to the Luxor Museum. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and consider a Belly Dance show! (B,L,D)
Day 7
Luxor
After breakfast, disembark the cruise and visit the West Bank of the Nile. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second confirmed female Pharaoh of Egypt. Hatshepsut is generally thought of as one of the most successful rulers of Egypt. You’ll also visit the Valley of the Kings where 62 pharaohs are entombed and the Valley of the Queens where royal wives and princes are buried. Sonesta St. George Luxor (B)
Day 8
Luxor
This morning visit the ancient Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II and Alexander the Great, Luxor Temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes. Afterwards proceed to the Karnak Temples. In the New Kingdom, Amun-Ra was worshipped as the most important state god and the immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in his honor. The balance of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 9
Luxor/Cairo
This morning, fly to Cairo. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar district. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. Fairmont Nile City (B,D)
Day 10
Cairo/USA
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. (B)

 

Optional Tours

 

To enhance your visit to Egypt, your tour director will offer you optional tours. Rates are in US Dollars, payable in cash only (USD or EGP) or by credit card (a service fee may apply), and are based on a minimum number of participants. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. All rates are approximates and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Cairo
Half-Day Memphis & Sakkara Tour (approx. $44 USD/person)
Travel to Sakkara, once the burial ground of Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Begin at the Step Pyramid where Imhotep experimented with the design of his stone tomb, beginning with a standard mastaba like those built in mud brick at Abydos and Saqqara by the 1st and 2nd dynasty kings. Imhotep alerted the design of the superstructure several times, erecting a four-stepped pyramid above the Mastaba, then enlarging it to six steps. You can see these changes in the southern wall, and more so on the east where some of the original casing remained in place. Continue to Memphis, the capital city founded by Pharaoh Menes and the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. Statues and architectural fragments have been collected in the sculpture garden which occupies the southeastern part of the Ptah Temple complex, patron god of Memphis. Here the massive statue of Ramses II lies under a roof, the Sphinx from the same period dominates the courtyard. In addition, the garden contains statues from various periods as well as some Coptic columns identified by the dual patterns.
Aswan
Abu Simbel by Air ( $335 USD/person, including flight)

Please note: Due to concerns regarding availability, for departures in June 2018 and onward, you must sign up for this optional tour in advance of your final payment due date. This excursion must be paid in full at that time. If you do not sign up in advance, you will not be able to participate in this excursion.

Visit millennia-old monuments with a visit to Abu Simbel! After your flight, travel to the temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife, Nefertari. New Kingdom rulers extended Egypt’s borders to the Fourth Cataract, and Ramses II, in a gesture of piety and self-aggrandizement, ordered two sun temples carved from the limestone mountains at Abu Simbel dating between 1290-1124 BC. Here, on the face of the cliffs, stonemasons hewed giant figures of the king that radiated power, dominated the landscape,
and with their ceaseless stares subjugated all who dared to enter Egypt. In modern times, the two temples of Abu Simbel were threatened by the waters that would rise with the completion of the High Dam. The temples were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece, then reassembled in their new position. This massive job took two years to complete (1966-68). At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert. Through the entrance to the temple is an impressive hypostyle hall,
flanked with statues of Ramses II which leads to the vestibule and finally to the innermost Sacred Sanctuary. The temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses’ favorite wife, Queen Nefertari is fronted by six massive standing statues, each 10 meters high.

Luxor
Luxor Museum Visit (approx. $36 USD/person)
This wonderful little museum is located on the Corniche about halfway between the Luxor and Karnak Temples, and is home to a small but well-chosen collection of relics from the Theban temples and necropolis. The displays, which include pottery, jewelry, furniture, and statues were arranged by the Brooklyn Museum of New York.

 

Trip Preparation Information

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Departure Date Airline Depart JFK Return JFK

2018: Jul., Aug. 28, Sep. – Oct. 22, Nov. – Dec.
2019: Jan. – Feb.

EgyptAir 6:30PM 3:30PM

2018: Oct. 23

EgyptAir 6:30PM 4:30PM

2018: Oct. 30

EgyptAir 7:30PM 3:30PM

2019: Jan. 1 – Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Apr. 2 – Apr. 26

EgyptAir 6:30PM 3:30PM

2019: Mar. 12 – Mar. 14, Mar. 16 – Mar. 26

EgyptAir 7:30PM 3:30PM

2019: Mar. 15

EgyptAir 7:30PM 4:30PM

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
EgyptAir does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Your passport must contain at least one blank page. For US passport holders, a tourist visa is required and may be obtained upon arrival in Cairo for $28 USD. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE
The temperature can vary greatly between night and day. December through February you can expect daytime highs in the mid to low 60’s with nighttime lows as low as 48◦F. In March and November, expect daytime highs in the high 60’s to low 70’s with nighttime lows in the mid-50’s. April and October, expect daytime highs in the high 70’s and low 80’s with nighttime lows in the mid 50s to mid-60s. May through September expect warmer temperatures with average highs in the low 90’s with nighttime lows in the high 50s to high 60’s.

CULTURE & DRESS
Given the wide range of temperatures, it is recommended that you bring a sweater and/or layer to accommodate for the cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings and warmer temperatures during the day. In Egypt, people typically dress more conservatively. Please note when exploring independently, visits to religious centers such as mosques will often require more conservative dress including ankle length pants, skirts, or dresses, and for women a scarf to cover their hair.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
US dollars, Euros, and Canadian Dollars are accepted at Egyptian banks and money-changers. Banks and money-changers can be found in most of the places that you’ll visit throughout the country. It is typically recommended that you ask for small bills when exchanging money. The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound.

BAGGAGE
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by Andre on smarTours
Splendid Trip

Our 10 days in Egypt with Smartours was amazing. Our tour guide Hanna treated her “Lovely Pharaoh’s” as if they were family. She made sure we were well informed on the day’s events and historical sites. The tour is fast paced and full of activities’ from the beginning to the end. By the way, this was my first guided tour and it was fantastic.

by James McGinnis on smarTours
Ask for Hanna!

Splendors of Egypt is less a vacation and more of an adventure, and I highly recommend you ask for the tour guide Hanna.
Always full of energy, optimism and passion, Hanna spent hours working with tour guests to make sure we had everything necessary. On our tour, there was one woman who had trouble walking, and I watched as Hanna spent her own money to make sure this guest had a wheelchair for the Cairo Museum.
Before you go, I recommend reading up on historical attractions. Egypt's pyramid's, temples and natural wonders are devoid of any informational signs or guide posts.
Pack plenty of bug spay/suncreen and be prepared to get up early if you want to avoid the hot sun of afternoon.
An optional tour, the hot air balloons over Luxor is definitely worth every penny. The food is great, if your big on meat and desserts. Egypt is a Muslim country, but alcohol was everywhere.

by Reina Rosa on smarTours

Hermoso viaje a Egypt abril 6, expectacular viaje con Smartour este es mi segundo viaje con ellos, excelente hoteles el crucero excelente nuestra guía RANDAL ABDELWAHAD muy profesional sobre todo con un excelente carisma para tratar con persona.
Una vez más recomiendo Smartour.
LOVE Egypt it is safe to travel and enjoy everything ❤️

by Barb Wollak on smarTours
Amazing Egypt

We loved our trip to Egypt! Tarek was an excellent guide. He has a degree in Egyptology and showed and taught us so much! Besides seeing so many amazing sites, we enjoyed the cruise on the Nile. Because of tight security in Egypt, we always felt safe. We would recommend this tour to everyone, especially if your guide is Tarek.We loved our trip to Egypt! Tarek was an excellent guide. He has a degree in Egyptology and showed and taught us so much! Besides seeing so many amazing sites, we enjoyed the cruise on the Nile. Because of tight security in Egypt, we always felt safe. We would recommend this tour to everyone, especially if your guide is Tarek.

by Joan on smarTours
Very exciting

My husband and I really enjoyed this trip to Egypt with our guide Henri! He was knowledgeable in Egyptology. We saw the most significant sites and learned history as we traveled. The cruise on the Nile was relaxing and balanced longer days of walking.

by Shirley Dungao on smarTours
Egypt Review

My husband & I had a fabulous time during our 10 days Egypt tour.
Our tour director Tarek Tewfik is very knowledgeable of the history of Egypt & very accommodating to any requests or questions.
We are blessed to have him as our tour director.
We love the Nile River Cruise, the room, food & the staff.
We highly recommend to this tour.
We love to go back to Egypt.

by Lauren Ragone on smarTours
Splendid Tour!!

Everything about this trip was amazing. The accommodations were superb, service 5 star, food was excellent. It was a well paced trip where all the most important sites were visited. Our tour guide was an Egyptologist, full of knowledge and had great love for his country.

by Bob Goodman on smarTours
Splendors of Egypt not to be missed - FANTASTIC

Splendors of Egypt lives up to it's name. smarTours does it again by providing an amazing travel experience to a country I have always wanted to visit. I did feel very safe. Egyptian police and military security are everywhere. smarTours logistics are great. From being met at the airport, inter-Egyptian flights between Cairo and Aswan, and Luxor and Cairo. The 3 day Nile Cruise on Movenpick Royal Lily was so relaxing and wonderful in the middle of a busy itinerary. The ship was small which made it so nice and personal. Not like big ocean cruise liners. The crew could not have been nicer. Food was great. Hotels in Cairo (Cairo Marriot and Fairmont Nile City Hotel on return) were very nice. Sonesta St. George in Luxor also very nice. The horse and carriage ride around Edfu was fun. Egyptian Tour Guide Fouad was excellent. He ensured that everything ran smoothly. He was so knowledgeable and very helpful. He helped make our understanding of the ancient wonders we saw even more amazing. He explained how additional excursions worked or if you wanted to take a camel ride at the Great Pyramid which was fun. His assistant in Cairo, Hosam was also very helpful and nice. To visit the Great Pyramid at Giza, enter the Tomb of Tutankamon in the Valley of the Kings, see the Temple of Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Queens, the Temples of Luxor and Karnak - bring ancient history to life. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo was great. If you are fascinated by Ancient Egyptian Art, History and Architecture as I have always been, this tour is not to be missed. Thank you smarTours for a trip I will never forget.

by Rocky Lam on smarTours
Amazing land of the pharohs

Hosam was very accommodating and ensured everything go smooth and safe. Our guide Fouad demonstrated his complete knowledge of Egypt's glorious old dynasty with interesting stories to tell. It made the entire journey fun and enjoyable. (12/21/2017). A winning TEAM.

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