Delve into vibrant Cairo, encounter ancient wonders from the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel, and sail to the temples of the Nile on a 3-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

Starting at: $6,297 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The grand Hypostyle Hall at the Temple of Karnak, Luxor
 Smithsonian Journeys travelers at Luxor
 The enigmatic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza
 Funerary mask of Tutankhamen, Cairo's Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
 The restored barge at the Solar Boat Museum, Cairo. Credit: Egyptian Tourism Bureau
 Alley in Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo
 The great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel
 Panoramic view of Abu Simbel
 The Temple of Philae, near Aswan
 Architectural detail, Temple of Philae, near Aswan
 Traditional felucca on the Nile
 Temple of Kom Ombo
 The gods Horus and Sobek, Kom Ombo
 Detail seen at Kom Ombo, along the Nile
 Deity at the Temple of Horus at Edfu
 Temple of Horus at Edfu
 The tomb of Ramses II, Valley of the Kings. Credit: Egyptian Tourism Bureau
 Wall decoration in tomb in the Valley of the Queens. Credit: Egyptian Tourism
 Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Valley of the Queens
 Traveler exploring a temple in Egypt
 The Pyramids of Giza
 Obelisk at the Temple of Karnak, Luxor
 Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor
 Evening at the Temple of Luxor
 The Great Pyramids of Giza

Ancient Egypt and the Nile

Featuring Abu Simbel

14 days from $6,297 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Delve into vibrant Cairo, encounter ancient wonders from the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel, and sail to the temples of the Nile on a 3-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


I dreamed for so long of visiting Egypt. When I went with Smithsonian, it was everything I ever imagined. Literally a dream come true. Thank you for such a magical, wonderful experience! 

- Elizabeth, S.

The trip to Egypt is a chance of a lifetime. The sites are amazing. I always felt safe. Our tour director was wonderful…

- Sara J.

I hadn’t realized the major role ancient Egypt played in world history. This trip was a fascinating - even magical - experience.

- Jane F.


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Four Seasons at the First Residence

Cairo, Egypt

The Four Seasons at the First Residence sits on the banks of the Nile River, flanked by the Giza Zoo and set just a short drive from the center of historic Cairo.  This contemporary hotel offers three restaurants and lounges, a large, fourth-floor outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa with massage treatments, three-level shopping complex, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi access.  Elegant, air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, Nespresso machine, TV, and phone.

Mövenpick Resort Aswan

Aswan, Egypt

Sitting on Elephantine Island in the middle of the timeless Nile, Mövenpick Resort Aswan offers privacy and tranquility with the convenience of staying just feet from some of Egypt’s greatest treasures.  The sprawling resort offers four restaurants, three bars, tropical gardens and terraces, tennis court, fitness center, game room, expansive outdoor swimming pool, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has a view of the Nile, and all include private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

Steigenberger Nile Palace

Luxor, Egypt

The Steigenberger Nile Palace sits on the banks of the Nile, in the heart of the city’s historic center and a short drive from the Temple of Luxor.  The 285-room hotel features four restaurants and three bars; fitness center; spa with sauna, steam bath, and massage treatments; heated outdoor pool; rooftop tennis court; on-site doctor; Internet access; bookstore; gift shops; hairdresser; and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms each have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Activity Level

Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Classic Land Journey with long active days of touring, full-day excursions by motor coach, and 3-night river cruise. Standing and walking for long periods of time on city tours and visits to sites and museums. Walks over uneven terrain frequently (e.g. cobblestones, gravel paths, city hills, stairs without handrails, ship boarding ramps ).  Uphill climbs around ruins. Some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Many sites do not have elevators. Early morning departures. Temperatures can be high.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).


Tour Extension

Jordan: Petra and Amman

Discover the fabled “rose-red city, half as old as time” on this exciting exploration, plus ancient Jerash and the capital of Amman.

The extension includes:

  • Air transportation Cairo/Amman
  • 4 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at Mövenpick Resort Petra (Superior First Class); 2 nights in Amman at Grand Hyatt Amman (Deluxe)
  • 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Extensive included sightseeing: Madaba (City of Mosaics); Mt. Nebo pilgrimage site; full day at Petra; Amman’s Roman theatre and Citadel; Roman ruins of Jerash
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers


Mövenpick Resort Petra – Petra, Jordan

The 183-room Mövenpick Resort Petra is located at the entrance to Petra and features a mixture of Western, contemporary, and traditional architecture and artwork.  On-site amenities include two restaurants, bar, and lounge; indoor and outdoor pools; tennis courts; fitness center; spa with steam bath; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas); gift shop; and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee).  Each air-conditioned guest room has a private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Grand Hyatt Amman – Amman, Jordan

Located in the center of the historic city of Amman, the luxurious Grand Hyatt Amman offers a host of amenities to help guests enjoy their stay here.  Along with its sophisticated and stylish décor, the Grand Hyatt Amman boasts two upscale restaurants, outdoor cocktail lounge, and terrace bar; 55-foot indoor/outdoor swimming pool; hairdresser and beauty salon; full spa; shopping gallery; fitness center with workout equipment, sauna, steam room, and whirlpools; laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee); and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room features a private marble bath with hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2



I dreamed for so long of visiting Egypt. When I went with Smithsonian, it was everything I ever imagined. Literally a dream come true. Thank you for such a magical, wonderful experience! 

- Elizabeth, S.

The trip to Egypt is a chance of a lifetime. The sites are amazing. I always felt safe. Our tour director was wonderful…

- Sara J.

I hadn’t realized the major role ancient Egypt played in world history. This trip was a fascinating - even magical - experience.

- Jane F.
Reading List

Learn more about recent archaeological discoveries at Saqqara in Egypt in Smithsonian Magazine.

Read about the life of Charles Lang Freer, the namesake of Smithsonian's Freer Gallery, and his travel in Egypt here

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