9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise

$2089*
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2018 Dates & Prices
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Nov 17  (Sold Out) $2109*
Nov 24  (Sold Out) $1979*
$1809*
$1809*
Dec 22  (Sold Out) $2469*
Dec 29  (Sold Out) Call For Air
2019 Dates & Prices
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$2049*
$2099*
Jan 19  (Sold Out) $2049*
Jan 26  (Sold Out) $1999*
Feb 02  (Sold Out) $2049*
Feb 09  (Sold Out) $2049*
$2159*
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Mar 02  (Sold Out) $2099*
$2259*
Mar 16  (Sold Out) $2419*
Mar 23  (Sold Out) $2369*
Mar 30  (Sold Out) $2159*
$2329*
Apr 13  (Sold Out) $2159*
$2429*
Apr 27  (Sold Out) $2159*
May 04  (Sold Out) $2099*
May 11  (Sold Out) $2159*
$2049*
$2089*
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
Nov 17  (Sold Out) $2209*
Nov 24  (Sold Out) $2029*
$2059*
$2109*
Dec 22  (Sold Out) $2519*
Dec 29  (Sold Out) $2239*
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
$2109*
$2259*
Jan 19  (Sold Out) $2209*
Jan 26  (Sold Out) $2159*
Feb 02  (Sold Out) $2099*
Feb 09  (Sold Out) $2099*
$2159*
$2209*
Mar 02  (Sold Out) $2159*
$2309*
Mar 16  (Sold Out) $2469*
Mar 23  (Sold Out) $2419*
Mar 30  (Sold Out) $2209*
$2209*
Apr 13  (Sold Out) $2209*
$2099*
Apr 27  (Sold Out) $2209*
May 04  (Sold Out) $2169*
May 11  (Sold Out) $2269*
$2109*
$2159*
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
Nov 17  (Sold Out) $2269*
Nov 24  (Sold Out) $2089*
$2109*
$2159*
Dec 22  (Sold Out) $2569*
Dec 29  (Sold Out) $2339*
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
$2169*
$2369*
Jan 19  (Sold Out) $2309*
Jan 26  (Sold Out) $2259*
Feb 02  (Sold Out) $2159*
Feb 09  (Sold Out) $2159*
$2209*
$2259*
Mar 02  (Sold Out) $2209*
$2369*
Mar 16  (Sold Out) $2529*
Mar 23  (Sold Out) Call For Air
Mar 30  (Sold Out) $2259*
$2259*
Apr 13  (Sold Out) $2259*
$2159*
Apr 27  (Sold Out) $2259*
May 04  (Sold Out) $2269*
May 11  (Sold Out) $2329*
$2159*
$2209*
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
Nov 17  (Sold Out) $2369*
Nov 24  (Sold Out) $2249*
$2159*
$2209*
Dec 22  (Sold Out) $2679*
Dec 29  (Sold Out) Call For Air
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
$2329*
$2099*
Jan 19  (Sold Out) $2049*
Jan 26  (Sold Out) $1999*
Feb 02  (Sold Out) $2209*
Feb 09  (Sold Out) $2209*
$2259*
$2309*
Mar 02  (Sold Out) $2259*
$2469*
Mar 16  (Sold Out) $2629*
Mar 23  (Sold Out) $2469*
Mar 30  (Sold Out) Call For Air
$2309*
Apr 13  (Sold Out) $2309*
$2209*
Apr 27  (Sold Out) $2309*
May 04  (Sold Out) $2379*
May 11  (Sold Out) $2429*
$2269*
$2009*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

We are pleased, after a long hiatus, to bring back programs to Egypt. Egypt’s history and culture have not changed, however recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Hotels and ships are working hastily on their services to meet demands. Unfortunately, very few improvements have been made in recent years. Investments in the infrastructure are lagging behind. Therefore the buses and transfer vehicles, although clean and well maintained, they are an aging fleet. Most domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be lacking. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked foods only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust visible everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

This 9 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Egypt in a brief visit.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Egypt
Depart for Egypt

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting and welcome drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at your hotel
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 3, Monday - The Pyramids of Giza
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. Next, visit Papyrus the shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Leisure time this afternoon, Or, join the optional tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser.
Optional: Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Flight to Aswan, Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple & Obelisk
After breakfast, fly to Aswan, an ancient frontier town. Upon arrival, take a tour to the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile's devastating floods. Continue to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and marvel at the temple's beautiful island location. Conclude the tour with a visit to a granite quarry holding the largest known unfinished ancient obelisk. On the way back to the hotel, stop at a local perfume shop. During your visit, you can watch the creation of perfumes. Select a fragrance and choose from a wide selection of glass bottle containers. Afterward, check into your hotel in Aswan
Overnight: Aswan
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Nile Cruise Embarkation
Spend the morning at leisure or, join the optional Abu Simbel. A flight from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Later, embark on your ship for an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Nile River. Join the optional Sunset Felucca Ride and enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile and watch the exquisite sunset. This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed aboard at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner
Optional: Abu Simbel by air (AM)
Optional: Sunset Felucca Ride (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Kom Ombo, & Edfu Temples, Cruise to Luxor
This morning, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, that is dedicated to Horus, the Sky God, and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. Later, visit the stunning Temple of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. This afternoon, the ship sails via Esna to Luxor, known in ancient Egyptian times as the city of Thebes
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Temples of Karnak & Luxor
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning’s optional tour that includes the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens & Temple of Hatshepsut along with Colossi of Memnon. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Continue to the stunning Valley of the Queens, a burial site for the wives of the Pharaohs. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old fashion way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Afterward, head to Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II
Optional: Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Disembarkation, Flight to Cairo
This morning, after disembarking your cruise ship, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo with remainder of the day at leisure. An opportunity to join the optional Egyptian Museum & Bazaar. Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts with more than 120,000 items on display. Continue to the famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar where you will find copper, brass-ware, leather, perfumes and antiques. Tonight, treat yourself to a superb dinner at one of the fine international restaurants with commanding views of Cairo or, attend the optional Sound & Light Show held in Giza with views of the mighty Pyramids. A spectacular and unforgettable evening!
Optional: Half Day Egyptian Museum & Bazaar
Optional: Cairo Sound & Light Show at Pyramids (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.

At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Order or duration of some visits may be affected during the official holidays.

Due to regional laws, hotels and restaurants will not serve alcoholic beverages on certain holidays. On these days, no wine or beer will be included with dinner.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Optional Tours

Travel to Memphis, capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes around 3100 BC. Now, it is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Next, continue on to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Tour includes lunch in a local restaurant. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $59.00
Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch Thumbnail

A flight from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Step inside the Great Temple and admire the colossal standing statues of Ramses II. Proceed to the Temple of Hathor to view the murals with images of the goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari.

Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours

*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 70 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #5 03 Oct 2018 - 29 May 2019 $290.00
Abu Simbel by Air from Aswan Thumbnail

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile. Glide gently down the river and catch the refreshing breeze while witnessing the beautiful scenery of the Nile Valley. Experience the peace and tranquility while watching the spectacular sunset. Light refreshments will be offered during your one hour Nile cruise. Details will be provided locally.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour

Day #5 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $15.00
Sunset Felucca Ride Thumbnail

Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Continue to the stunning Valley of the Queens, a burial site for the wives of the Pharaohs. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours

Day #7 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $59.00
Half Day Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon Thumbnail

Journey to the Giza plateau and enjoy the views of the area at dusk. Watch the history of Egypt come alive at the Sound & Light show with views of the mighty Pyramids. A spectacular and unforgettable evening! Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours

Day #8 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $39.00
Cairo Sound & Light Show at Pyramids Thumbnail

Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts with more than 120,000 items on display. Continue to the famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar where you will find for sale copper, brass-ware, leather, perfumes, antiques and much more. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #8 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $39.00
Half Day Egyptian Museum & Bazaar Thumbnail