Pyramids Express

plus Lost City of Petra optional extension

This itinerary is for a past tour program.
Check out our current tour & cruise packages in Egypt.

The Sphinx at Giza, Egypt The birthplace of one of the greatest civilizations ever known, Egypt retains the glory of the past in its extraordinary pyramids and temples. Over the centuries, through the Pharaohs, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, and Europeans, Egypt's eternal river of life, the Nile, has flowed on. Your deluxe hotel in Cairo is located on its bank, with a view that will enthrall even the most well-traveled visitor.

Pyramids Express 7 Day Tour Itinerary Our Pyramids Express package features flights, deluxe hotel accommodations, lavish buffet breakfast daily, transfers, and a guided tour to the great Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. Explore further on your own or take advantage of fascinating and affordable optional tours. This is a spectacular journey for a truly spectacular price! If you have a little more time, why not upgrade your 7-day tour to our 8-day Pyramids & Nile Cruise. For only $350 more, your trip will include 3 nights aboard the deluxe Nile River cruiser, the M/S Tulip, all meals and all the sightseeing of the splendors of Upper Egypt in their original setting.

Detailed Itinerary

Egyptian vendor
Egyptian vendor
Day 1:Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to Egypt begins this evening as you depart JFK International Airport in New York for your overnight non-stop flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Cairo, Egypt. Late morning arrival in Cairo, where East and West come together in a wonderful and chaotic mix of old and new. You'll be met by our representatives in Cairo and assisted with visa and customs formalities. Your guide will escort you to your touring coach to begin your fascinating tour of Egypt at the most famous of all sites, the Pyramids of Cheops  and Chephren. These monuments have stood for 46 centuries and are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, possibly the most visited monuments of Egypt.

Sphinx and Pyramids at Giza The Sphinx, a feline character with the body of a lion and the face of Khufu (Cheops in Greek) is 50 meters long and 22 meters high. Carved from a single stone, it lies just before the Pyramids, and even today its meaning and origin remain shrouded in mystery. Continue to Cairo and a panoramic tour of the major sites of Egypt’s frenetic capital city, then check in at your centrally located 5-star hotel overlooking the Nile River. Ramses Hilton or Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers & Casino. Breakfast provided.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Towers on the Nile Day 3 - 6: Cairo. Enjoy four days in Cairo to explore this exotic city. Your hotel is ideally located along the River Nile, commanding panoramic views of the Nile and City, adjacent to the world-famous Egyptian Museum and within walking distance of the main business and shopping center. Our Cairo representatives will be on hand to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently.

Old City and Mosque
To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, take advantage of our specially priced optional tours that you can reserve and prepay here in the USA. Once in Cairo, our representatives will offer you a chance to join additional excursions including exciting evening activities. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: Cairo/USA. You'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Cairo and board your return flight to the USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. You can also upgrade your Egypt tour to our 8-day Pyramids & Nile Cruise program that includes 3 nights in Cairo plus a fabulous 3-night deluxe Nile River cruise. And, if you have the time, add a fantastic 3-night extension to the Lost City of petra in Jordan.

Optional Tours Package

In order to help you maximize your time (and stretch your budget) we offer a discounted package of 3 popular optionals that includes a half day of guided touring of the Old City and Egyptian Museum, the spectacular Sound and Light Show at Giza, and a farewell dinner cruise on the Nile, with entertainment.

Lost City of Petra Extension

Filming Location of Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

The Treasury, Petra The ancient city of Petra is hidden among the ancient canyons of southern Jordan, where it was half-carved, half-built more than 2000 years ago by an industrious Arab people, the Nabateans. You'll marvel at the spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge, which suddenly and dramatically opens into a wide plaza with Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, soaring before you. During your visit you'll stay at the deluxe Taybet Zaman village, a lovely and enchanting recreation of an ancient Nabatean village, complete with winding paths, narrow passages, and rooms decorated like the Bedouin tents still found deep in the deserts of the region.

The Siq, Petra, Jordan Day 7: Cairo. Enjoy the day at leisure in Cairo. Take advantage of this day to stroll on your own, shop or enjoy more touring by taking advantage of other optional tours. Breakfast provided.

Day 8: Cairo/Amman. Enjoy the morning at leisure in Cairo. Later this afternoon transfer to the airport for the short flight to Amman. After customs formalities, transfer to your hotel. Landmark Hotel Amman Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 9: Amman/Petra. Early morning departure via the Kings Highway to the lost city of Petra. Your guided tour begins with a ride on horseback and then a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by huge cliffs.

Lost City of Petra, Jordan As you reach the end of the Siq, you'll behold the breathtaking sight of the Treasury, its elaborately carved façade looming high above you. Spend the rest of the day touring the various tombs and structures in this site and marveling at the artistry and creativity that must have inspired the Nabateans to construct so marvelous and dramatic a city. Late this afternoon, drive to your deluxe hotel, located only 9 km from the archeological site of Petra, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the ancient site and surrounding mountains. Taybet Zaman Breakfast & dinner provided.

Mosaic at Madaba, Jordan Day 10: Petra/Amman/Cairo. This morning enjoy some leisure time at your hotel. Among the amenities are a Turkish Bath, an outdoor swimming pool, museum and Souk (market) where pottery, weaving and other crafts are produced on site. Later this afternoon, drive north to Madaba, where you'll view the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the Holy Lands. Enjoy an opportunity to see the ancient art of Madaba rug weaving on traditional hand looms before heading to the city of Amman for a panoramic tour of Jordan's modern capital. Later, drive to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Le Passage (ex Moevenpick Heliopolis) Breakfast provided.

Day 11: Cairo/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Cairo and board your return flight to the USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today.

The Lost City of Petra Extension requires a minimum of 10 passengers in order to operate.

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