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  Traditional felucca on the Nile  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 $6,705

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

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Marriott Mena House

Giza, Egypt

Few hotels can match the location of the Marriott Mena House: nestled directly beneath the looming hulk of the Great Pyramid. Built as a hunting lodge and base for exploring the pyramids by Khedive Ismail, a 19th-century Egyptian ruler, it was patronized in the early days by international royalty and high society, a trend that continued after its conversion to a hotel.

Churchill and Roosevelt met here to plan the D-Day invasions, and there are suites in their names to commemorate the event. The hotel has a mix of classic 19th-century Arabesque architecture and design, as well as more modern areas, complete with a pleasant garden and pool area.

Number of nights: 3

M.S. Oberoi Philae

The Nile, Egypt

Styled to resemble a vintage paddle steamer, the Oberoi Philae has been completely refitted and decorated with a light-filled, modern interior. Each of the 18 cabins and 4 suites are spacious with elegant decor, rattan furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows for unobscured views of the Nile scenery as you sail by. Large en suite bathrooms include freestanding bath tubs. Delicious, freshly prepared meals highlight Western, Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine can be enjoyed in either the indoor restaurant, lounge, or at the poolside dining area. The Philae boasts an excellent spa, cinema, small gym, dance floor, and an elevator serving all four floors. Excursions are in groups of about 20 people, with an expert English-speaking guide.

Number of nights: 4

Sofitel Legend The Old Cataract

Aswan, Egypt

The Old Cataract look out over the Nile to Elephantine Island and the sands of the Sahara beyond. Built in the late 19th century, the hotel has welcomed many famous guests over the years, including Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill. Today, the property retains its elegant Victorian character, with its interiors mixing Egyptian and French styles. Rooms are located in the original wing and a newer wing, which are separated by a large indoor pool surrounded by colorful pillars. The hotel has four restaurants featuring a range of cuisines from Egyptian to French, as well as four bars, terraces overlooking the Nile, a spa and hammam, and a fitness center.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

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

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Egypt and the Egyptians
By: Brewer, Douglas J., Teeter, Emily
The Nile: Travelling Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present (Vintage Departures)
By: Wilkinson, Toby
Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt
By: Pinch, Geraldine
Lonely Planet Egypt 14 (Travel Guide)
By: Lee, Jessica, Sattin, Anthony

Also Recommended

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
By: Wilkinson, Toby
Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt (Paperback) /anglais
Writings from Ancient Egypt
Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 17)
By: Christie, Agatha
Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt
By: Teeter, Emily
Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt
By: Burleigh, Nina
Cairo: The City Victorious
By: Rodenbeck, Max
Common Birds of Egypt
By: Bruun, Bertel
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
By: Cooney, Kara
Women Travelers in Egypt: From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century
Out of Egypt
By: André Aciman
The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt (Mamur Zapt, Book 6)
By: Pearce, Michael
The Art of Ancient Egypt: Revised Edition
By: Robins, Gay
Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization
By: Kemp, Barry J.
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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