Step back thousands of years in time among the treasures of ancient Egypt, exploring temples, tombs, and the mighty Pyramids of Giza on a journey that includes a four-night  Nile River cruise.

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 Panoramic view of Abu Simbel
 The 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
 Guardian of Karnak Temple in Luxor. Credit: Jarrod Castaing
 The tomb of Ramses II, Valley of the Kings. Credit: Egyptian Tourism Bureau
 Temple of Horus, Edfu
 Temple of Kom Ombo
 Philae Temple at Aswan. Credit: Egyptian Tourism
 The Temple of Philae, near Aswan
 Architectural detail, Temple of Philae, near Aswan
 The enigmatic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza
 The great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel

Cairo and the Temples of the Nile: A Tailor-Made Journey to Egypt

10 days from $7,945

Step back thousands of years in time among the treasures of ancient Egypt, exploring temples, tombs, and the mighty Pyramids of Giza on a journey that includes a four-night  Nile River cruise.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690


When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership*. Benefits include:

  • A Smithsonian annual engagement calendar with full-color images of exceptional art and artifacts, mailed in the fall.
  • Subscription to Smithsonian, the award-winning magazine of the arts, sciences, and history. Early access to Smithsonian magazine produced events.
  • Invitations to four exclusive virtual programs for Friends of the Smithsonian members with Smithsonian experts.
  • 10% discount in Smithsonian Museum Stores (good on purchases up to $200); 10% discount with the, and Folkways Recordings
  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll, displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian’s IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium.
  • Free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
  • A complimentary copy of the annual Smithsonian museum guidebook.
  • Invitation to a special welcome event for new members at a Smithsonian venue.

*Offer only available for first-time Smithsonian members. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo and Giza, Egypt

Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and taken to your historic hotel in Giza. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax and take in views of the legendary Pyramids.

Day 2 - Dahshur, Saqqara, and Giza

Spend your day south of Cairo, discovering pyramids of many shapes and sizes with your private guide. You’ll have the opportunity to enter several of them to see the burial chambers within. Start at Dahshur with a visit to the Bent Pyramid, whose abrupt change of angle illustrates how pyramid architecture evolved. Then make your way back toward Giza, stopping at the oldest of Egypt’s pyramids, the stepped pyramid of Saqqara. Your tour culminates at the extraordinary Pyramids of Giza, where you’ll also encounter the legendary Sphinx. (B)

Day 3 - Cairo

Delve into the bustling streets of Cairo with a private guide and driver today. See the treasures of the Egyptian Museum and explore Islamic Cairo, including the medieval Citadel, where Egypt’s rulers lived for centuries. See the stunning mosques and palaces on this fortified hilltop, and take in expansive views of the city below. In Coptic Cairo, wander winding streets to the unusual Hanging Church. (B)

Day 4 - Luxor

This morning, your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight to Luxor, the starting point for your Nile cruise. Upon arrival, join a guide for a tour of the spectacular temples of Karnak and Luxor. Meander amid a forest of enormous columns in Karnak’s Hypostyle Hall and examine an astounding collection of obelisks, temples, and statues that amassed here as successive pharaohs made their mark on the temples. This afternoon, board your riverboat and enjoy dinner on board. (B, D)

Day 5 - Luxor's West Bank and Edfu

Along the West Bank of the Nile lie some of the most important archaeological finds in the world, which you’ll explore today with your guide. In the Valley of the Kings, descend into tombs covered with intricate and colorful hieroglyphics and learn about the funerary treasures that have informed our understanding of the ancient Egyptians. Continue to the Valley of the Queens to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Set sail after lunch, enjoying views of life on the banks of the Nile as the ship makes it way toward Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Edfu and Aswan

Spend the morning at the beautifully preserved Temple of Horus in Edfu. Your guide leads you through its hypostyle halls, explaining the mythology of Horus depicted in statuary and scenes carved on the temple walls. Then sail on to Kom Ombo, where a Ptolemaic temple stands picturesquely on a bend in the river. Venture into this unusual temple, where two mirror-image temples within pay homage to two gods: Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. Continue south to Aswan for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Aswan

This morning, visit Aswan High Dam to learn about the incredible engineering feat that tamed the annual flooding of the Nile and drastically changed the landscape. Then take a local boat ride to the Temple of Philae, an important pilgrimage site for the god Isis that had to be dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt on higher ground to avoid the rising waters caused by the dam. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Aswan

After breakfast, disembark in the Aswan and explore the sleepy town and its surrounding islands on your own. We suggest visiting the centrally located Nubian Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Nubian people of southern Egypt and Sudan. Consider visiting Kitchener Island to explore its botanical gardens, or taking a walk through Nubian villages on Elephantine Island. If you wish, return to your hotel, formerly a Victorian palace, for high tea overlooking the Nile. (B)

Day 9 - Abu Simbel

Set off on a full-day excursion to the extraordinary site of Abu Simbel. Known for the four 66-foot statues of Ramses II that guard one of the temples, Abu Simbel is also famous for the engineering feat required to move it from its original site, now submerged under the Nile. Venture into the two temples here with your private guide, and examine the elaborate carvings and massive statues that line the interior. Return to Aswan for your final night. (B)

Day 10 - Depart for home

This morning, catch a flight to Cairo and continue on your flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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