Dazzling Dubai & Cairo

The glittering playground of Dubai; plus bustling Cairo, the Sphinx, and Pyramids of Giza and an optional Nile Cruise extension

Overview

from$3199Tour + Flights 9days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Feb 12, 2023 departure from JFK
$100 Discount (Dec 4 departure only) during our December Departures Sale. Expires Oct 4, 2022.**   All prices reflect savings.
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures December 2022 – May 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureCity Stays
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years. But your vacation in Dubai is only one-half of this exotic tour package. Continue to Egypt to discover ancient sites in Cairo. If you’ve been dreaming of seeing the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx for yourself, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Join us and see why these destinations are some of the most popular in the world.

 

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights via Emirates including fuel surcharge and taxes & fees
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • 7 nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Guided city tour of Dubai + Burj Khalifa
  • Touring program, including entrance fees in Cairo
  • Professional, English-speaking Egyptologist tour director & local guides in Cairo
  • For departures during the Dubai Expo: Ticket to EXPO 2020 Dubai with round trip group transfers

Optional add-ons

  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and Cairo
  • Optional day excursion to Abu Dhabi
  • Nile Cruise Optional Extension
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.

Why you'll love it

  • Explore the glittering playground of Dubai and discover the timeless sites in Cairo.
  • Discover the dazzling highlights of Dubai on a guided city tour, including Dubai Creek, the Bastakiya district, and the Dubai Museum.
  • Wander through the souks and shop for stunning textiles, gold, and spices.
  • Ascend the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and enjoy a birds eye view of the city below.
  • Gaze upon the ancient treasures that fill the Egyptian Museum including the priceless antiquities of Tutankhamen's tomb.
  • Tour one of the most famous sites in Egypt and one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren as well as the Sphinx.

Itinerary at a Glance

Dazzling Dubai & Cairo map
  • 1 Depart USA
  • 2 Dubai
  • 3 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner
  • 4 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi
  • 5 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Falconry Demonstration (purchased locally), $330
  • Optional Excursion: Miracle Gardens (purchased locally), $55
  • Optional Excursion: Ski Dubai packages (purchased locally)
  • 6 Dubai & Cairo
  • 7 Cairo
  • Optional Excursion: Walking Tour along El Moez Street and Dinner, $50
  • 8 Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Optional Excursion: Inner Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza (purchased locally), $25
  • Optional Excursion: Cairo's Old City, $40
  • 9 Depart Cairo

Optional Nile Cruise Extension

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*, during sale**, including sale discounts**
2022 DEPARTURES
Dates Regular
Price
Sale Your
Price
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Sep 26, 2022
Sep 18 – Sep 26
$3449 Departed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 25, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Oct 3, 2022
Sep 25 – Oct 3
$3599 Departed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 9, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Oct 17, 2022
Oct 9 – Oct 17
$3569 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 16, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Oct 24, 2022
Oct 16 – Oct 24
$3599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 23, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Oct 31, 2022
Oct 23 – Oct 31
$3599 Sold Out
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 6, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Nov 14, 2022
Nov 6 – Nov 14
$3599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 13, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Nov 21, 2022
Nov 13 – Nov 21
$3599 Sold Out
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 20, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Nov 28, 2022
Nov 20 – Nov 28
$3599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 27, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Dec 5, 2022
Nov 27 – Dec 5
$3599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Dec 4, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Dec 12, 2022
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Dec 4 – Dec 12
$3599 -$100 $3499 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Dec 11, 2022
Finishes: Mon, Dec 19, 2022
Dec 11 – Dec 19
$3749 Closed
2023 DEPARTURES
Dates Regular
Price
Sale Your
Price
Departs U.S.: Sun, Jan 8, 2023
Finishes: Mon, Jan 16, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Jan 8 – Jan 16
$3899 $3899 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 5, 2023
Finishes: Mon, Feb 13, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Feb 5 – Feb 13
$3299 $3299 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 12, 2023
Finishes: Mon, Feb 20, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Feb 12 – Feb 20
$3199 $3199 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 26, 2023
Finishes: Mon, Mar 6, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Feb 26 – Mar 6
$3199 $3199 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, May 7, 2023
Finishes: Mon, May 15, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
May 7 – May 15
$3599 $3599 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Dazzling Dubai & Cairo
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 18, 2022 $799
Feb 12, 2023;  Feb 26, 2023;  May 7, 2023 $849
Jan 8, 2023;  Feb 5, 2023 $1049
All other dates $949
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 $190
Egypt Optional Excursions Package2 $75
Guaranteed Early Check-in, Dubai3
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260

1. Includes Desert Safari with Dinner and Abu Dhabi Day Tour.

2. Includes Walking Tour of El Moez Street with Dinner, and Cairo's Old City.

3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3pm.

Optional Nile Cruise Extension
Nile Cruise Extension
May 7, 2023 $1599
Dec 11, 2022;  Jan 8, 2023;  Feb 5, 2023 $1699
Feb 12, 2023;  Feb 26, 2023 $1799
Nov 27, 2022 unavailable
All other dates $1499
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
May 7, 2023 $449
All other dates $549
Optional Excursions
Memphis & Sakkara $50
Abu Simbel Optional Tour $330

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? For this package, you may request flights from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Orlando. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from any other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you book, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2 Dubai

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar

Day 3 Dubai

  • Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
  • Learn about Islamic life in the UAE during a lecture at Jumeirah Mosque

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Burj Khalifa © Dubai Tourism

Today's exciting half-day tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway both for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. 

The next stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambiance of the district.

Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building, and much more. Walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful, bargain-priced textiles, spices, and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra water taxi.

Later, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and homes that are as high as the clouds for a lucky few. Take in sweeping city views from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Stop at Jumeirah Mosque to gain insight into Islamic life in the United Arab Emirates during a lecture by one of the Mosque's clerks. Feel free to ask questions!

Return to your hotel and spend the remainder of your day at leisure, or enjoy an optional Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner
Jeep ride over sand dunes

For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the desert surrounding Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the neighboring dunes. You'll also enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour. *The dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back, or cardiac concerns.

Purchased as a package with Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3) and Abu Dhabi (Day 4(Min of 4 passengers).

Day 4 Dubai

  • Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

The day is yours to explore at your pace, or take an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi.

Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi
Downtown Abu Dhabi

Today, see another sophisticated city in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port, en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see artisans demonstrate traditional skills. Later, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterward, take a photo stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Purchased as a package with Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3) and Abu Dhabi (Day 4(Min of 4 passengers).

Day 5 Dubai

  • Enjoy another full day at leisure in Dubai, or choose one or two exciting optional excursions

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Falconry Demonstration (purchased locally), $330
Falconry demonstration

Early this morning before dawn, get picked up at your hotel for a one-hour hot air balloon ride from a desert conservation area outside the city. See the sunrise as you lift off the ground and ascend approximately 4,000 feet over the stunning surrounding desert landscape. Learn about desert conservation, then have an exciting opportunity to see Peregrine falcons fly alongside the balloon in a trained demonstration. After your balloon ride, enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. Tour duration is from approximately 4-10 am.

Optional Excursion: Miracle Gardens (purchased locally), $55
Miracle Gardens, Dubai

Discover the wonders of the Dubai Miracle Garden, with its unique display of flowers, floral designs, and sculptures.

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. This optional tour may overlap with the Ski Dubai visit. Tour duration is from approximately 11 am-2 pm.

Optional Excursion: Ski Dubai packages (purchased locally)
Ski Dubai © Dubai Tourism

Experience the incredible Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Choose from fun snow packages, including the Polar Pass or Polar Express. With the Polar Pass, take a ride on a toboggan, see real-life penguins, practice your snowball throwing skills, and take a chairlift to roll your way down the slopes in a giant snowball globe. In addition to the Polar Pass inclusions, the Polar Express package offers the chance to experience a 150-meter-long zip line and an introduction to skiing for adults.

Note: Does not include ski or snowboard equipment; does include winter clothes. Tour duration is from approximately 11 am-2 pm.

Cost varies from $95 to $120 per person.

Day 6 Dubai & Cairo

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo
  • Evening panoramic tour of the city
  • Get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Cairo

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, you'll be met by our representatives in Cairo and assisted with visa and customs formalities. Proceed to check in at your 5-star hotel overlooking the Nile River.

This evening, take a panoramic tour by bus to Downtown Cairo including the culturally rich Zamalek Island, Cairo Opera House, Maspero television building, Cairo Marriott Hotel, and the historic Qasr El Nil Bridge. Get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the Nile River.

Day 7 Cairo

  • Full day sightseeing in Cairo
  • Discover the treasures of the Egyptian Museum
  • See the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque
  • Experience the sights and sounds of the Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Khan El Khalili Bazaars, Cairo

This morning enjoy a full day tour of Cairo, starting with the Egyptian Museum, where you'll see, among other treasures, the priceless antiquities of Tutankhamen's tomb. After free time for lunch, your day of sightseeing continues with the Citadel of Saladin, built on the remains of a Crusader-style fortress and the Alabaster Mosque. Finally, continue to the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars. The sights, sounds, spices, exotic clothing and jewelry, hand-hammered copper, ceramic ware, and other treasures await your deft bargaining to win them at excellent prices.

Optional Excursion: Walking Tour along El Moez Street and Dinner, $50
El Moez Street, Cairo

This evening, enjoy a guided walk along El Moez Street, one of the oldest and most impressive streets in Cairo, dating back to the Fatimid period. Begin at Azhar mosque, one of the best medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. Continue to Bab Zuweila, a medieval gate in Cairo considered one of the city's significant landmarks, and the Al Hussein Mosque. Named for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed, it is one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo.

Walk by Al-Hakim Mosque, Bab al-Fetouh, and Bab al-Nasr, a massive fortified gate with rectangular stone towers flanking the semicircular arch of the eastern Portal. Proceed to Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, remarkable for its size and innovative architectural components, Al-Rifa'I Mosque, then to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form.

Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8 Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx

  • Tour of the Pyramids of Cheops & Chephren
  • Remainder of the day at leisure or join an optional excursion

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Sphinx and Pyramids

This morning, after breakfast, your guide will escort you on a fascinating tour of the most famous of all sites in Egypt: 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. 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.

Optional Excursion: Inner Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza (purchased locally), $25
Great Pyramid at Giza stairway

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore the interior of the pyramids. This 30-minute visit to the interior is unguided and will take place during the guided exterior visit.

You must be in good physical condition to fully enjoy this tour, which involves traversing narrow passages and steep stairways. Some areas have very shallow ceilings preventing visitors from standing upright. This excursion is not recommended to anyone suffering from heart conditions, back problems, asthma, or claustrophobia.

Optional Excursion: Cairo's Old City, $40
Hanging Church, Cairo's Old City

This afternoon, continue discovering Cairo's history during an optional excursion to its Old City. See The Hanging Church, named for its location atop the southern gate of the Roman Fortress. Continue to Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Finally, visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, believed to be Cairo's oldest synagogue.

Day 9 Depart Cairo

  • Enjoy some free time in Cairo for last minute shopping or sightseeing
  • This afternoon, bid farewell to Egypt as you're escorted to the airport for your overnight flight home via Dubai, arriving in the USA the following morning.

Breakfast

Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $190

Pre-book a Dubai Optional Excursions package that included our most popular optional excursions:

  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
  • Abu Dhabi (Day 4)

 

The optional excursion package is operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).

Egypt Optional Excursions Package: $75

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Walking Tour of El Moez Street and Dinner ($50)
  • Cairo's Old City ($40)

You can book these excursions individually in Egypt. But you can save if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only.

Optional Nile Cruise Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and enjoy a 4-night cruise down the River Nile, this extension also includes 2 additional nights in Cairo. You will depart Egypt 6 days later the return dates listed, arriving in the USA the following morning.

Day 9 Cairo & Luxor

  • Morning flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Embark on your Nile cruise and enjoy lunch aboard
  • Tour the East Bank of the Nile and the Temple of Karnak

MS Tulip or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Temple of Karnak

Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Luxor, capital of the New Kingdom, when Pharoah Ahmos, in 1580 BC, drove foreign invaders (the Hyksos) from Lower Egypt. As a result, Luxor became a grand city of luxurious palaces, massive temples, extensive gardens, and a significant diplomatic and trade center of the ancient world. Transfer from the airport to the pier for embarkation aboard your deluxe Nile cruise ship. Settle into your cabin and enjoy lunch aboard.

This afternoon, visit the East Bank of the Nile. Highlights of today's tour include visits to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most significant monuments of the Pharaonic legacy, with work carried out on the temples over 1,500 years, and Luxor Temple, strikingly graceful and added to over the centuries by Tutankhamen, Ramses II, Alexander the Great, and others.

Day 10 Luxor, Esna & Edfu

  • Tour the West Bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings via motor coach
  • Visit the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Discover the ancient tomb of King Tutankhamun

MS Tulip or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

After breakfast, disembark and board your touring coach to visit the West Bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings, where 64 of Egypt's Pharaohs have their royal tombs hewn into the sheer rock. Continue to the impressive Deir El Bahari mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an architectural wonder built against a looming cliff face, and the Colossi of Memnon, two giant seated statues of Amenhotep III. Afterward, discover the ancient tomb of King Tutankhamun. Explore the rooms covered in mural paintings and the burial chamber, which still contains the pharaoh's mummy in its original sarcophagus.

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon (purchased locally), $120
Hot air balloon ride, Luxor

Wake up early to embark on a Hot Air Balloon ride for an incredible bird's eye view over the Nile. *Subject to weather conditions.

Day 11 Esna, Edfu & Kom Ombo

  • Tour of Edfu including the Temple of Horus
  • Sail to Kom Ombo

MS Tulip or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Temple of Kom Ombo

Sail from Esna to Edfu. As you go south, have an opportunity to view rural life in Egypt. The crops, farming methods, animals, and irrigation systems have changed little from 4,000 years ago. Appreciate the fascinating contrast between ancient and modern ways of life, which coexist in Egypt and make it one of the world's most interesting travel destinations.

At Edfu, see the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved temple. Afterward, board your ship and sail to Kom Ombo, where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. The Temple of Kom Ombo is unique in all of Egypt, shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeris. These Ptolemaic temples overlook the Nile and feature fascinating drawings on the walls, including detailed drawings of surgical instruments.

Day 12 Aswan

  • Sail to Aswan and explore this ancient trading hub
  • Visit Philae Temple
  • Take a tour by felucca ending with high tea
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner

MS Tulip or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Philae Temple, Aswan

Sail to Aswan, the gateway to Africa for the ancient Egyptians. Originally called "Sain" from "sanite," the red granite extracted from its quarries, Aswan became a hub of trade in spices, leather, ivory, fruit, grains, baskets, and mummified and living crocodiles.

After lunch aboard your cruise ship, visit Philae Temple, which was the holiest site for Isis worshipers for centuries. The temple was officially closed down in the 6th century A.D. by the Byzantine emperor Justinian and was the last pagan temple to exist in the Mediterranean world. After the construction of the Aswan Dam, the half-submerged temple complex was completely dismantled and rebuilt to the original specifications on the nearby island of Agilika, which was reshaped and landscaped to resemble the original Philae. Metal pylons on the old island of Philae can still be seen rising from the water to the south of Agilika.

Before returning to your cruise ship, enjoy a tour by felucca (a small, swift Egyptian sailboat) ending at The Terrace in the Historic Old Cataract to enjoy high tea and sunset from this magnificent spot. The Terrace is a legendary venue where Dame Agatha Christie once settled for hours, intently penning chapters of her celebrated Death on the Nile. Look out over the Nile, Khnum Temple, and Elephantine Island while savoring an authentic high tea experience enriched with mouthwatering international pastries.

Later this evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner with the group.

Day 13 Aswan & Cairo

  • Morning at leisure
  • Visit Aswan's High Dam and the granite quarries
  • Fly to Cairo and spend the evening at leisure

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Nile waterfront, Aswan

Early this morning, take advantage of an optional excursion to the temple complex of Abu Simbel.

Otherwise, remain on board and enjoy the facilities of the ship. After lunch, disembark and visit Aswan's High Dam, which controls the Nile and is a significant source of hydroelectric power in Egypt. Also, visit the granite quarries where a partially carved and cracked obelisk will demonstrate how the giant forms were hewn from the solid rock.

Then, transfer to the airport to board your short flight back to Cairo. Check into your hotel and enjoy time to explore Cairo independently, including the downtown shopping districts and Cairo's amazing restaurant scene.

Optional Excursion: Abu Simbel, $330
The Great Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel

Early this morning, fly from Aswan to nearby Abu Simbel, the site of the Great Temple of Ramses II, one of the most magnificent temples in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the Nubian Monuments, the twin temples of Abu Simbel were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century B.C. as a lasting tribute to himself and his queen Nefertiti. After the creation of Lake Nasser, formed by the building of Aswan High Dam in 1968, the Abu Simbel complex was relocated entirely above the reservoir. After exploring the temple complex, return to Aswan.

Day 14 Cairo

  • Spend your day at leisure, or enjoy take part in an optional excursion
  • Meet with fellow travelers for a farewell dinner on your last evening in Egypt

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino or similar Breakfast & dinner

Optional Excursion: Memphis & Sakkara, $50
Sakkara

Today visit the royal burial ground of Sakkara, located in the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Discover the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest known complete stone building from the Third Dynasty.

Day 15 Depart Cairo

  • Enjoy some free time in Cairo for last minute shopping or sightseeing
  • This afternoon, bid farewell to Egypt as you're escorted to the airport for your overnight flight home via Dubai, arriving in the USA the following morning.

Breakfast

Hotels & Ship

Hotels

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Deluxe

The 5 star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the business district of Dubai. Its location offers guests easy access to notable attractions, such as the world-renowned Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
Deluxe

See Egypt in a new way at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino. Sitting on the west bank of the Nile River, the hotel proudly stands as one of Cairo's most recognizable landmarks. Try your luck at Blackjack or the slots in our dazzling casino or take a short walk to the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum or Cairo shopping centers. The Pyramids of Giza are just 20 minutes away.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

Cruise Ship

MS Tulip
MS Tulip

Wings Group welcomes you aboard their newly renovated five-star M/S Tulip cruise ship. Your deluxe cruise along the Nile will take you back thousands of years to places where history unfolded and unearthed the romances of Cleopatra, some of the wonders of the ancient world, and impressive structures mysteriously built without modern technology.

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from $3049 w/ Flights 9 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
On Sale Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Three Continents Cruise
from $3199 w/ Flights from $2799 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
On Sale Small Group Tour Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise
from $3599 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
On Sale Independent Package Dazzling Dubai
from $2449 w/ Flights from $1849 Tour Only 6 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
Small Group Tour Dazzling Dubai & India
$4099 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
On Sale Small Group Tour Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
from $4649 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

** Sale discounts valid for a limited time on for new bookings only. Not valid for Biblical Journeys tours or private, custom, or group travel. Advertised sale discounts generally also include any applicable "Instant Savings" discounts. Bookings made with sale discounts are eligible for travel agent commissions but may not be combined with any other offers, discounts or credits, except our "Instant Savings" discounts.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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