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2020 Tours Coming Up 
2021 Tours Coming Up 
EGYPT 
Pyramids and the Nile 1 - Overview
DATES & COST 

January 8 - 18, 2020
11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Cairo

$4,160 per person / double occupancy
$1,280 optional single supplement
$280 additional night, including private transfer, single or double
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
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The tour may be combined with the Petra and the Jordan Highlights 1 tour (January 18 - 23, 2020)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

Along the Nile River's fertile plains, the earliest human civilization gave rise to one of the most powerful and intriguing cultures: the ancient Egypt. Since then, the Nile River and the Egyptian pyramids have captivated our imagination like no other icons.

With the Pyramids and the Nile Tour, we'll embark on the voyage of a lifetime, exploring the ancient Egypt and sailing along the Nile, one of the Earth's most revered rivers. We'll be rewarded with an unforgettable journey which makes the history come alive, as we discover the magnificent temples at Karnak and Luxor, the extraordinary painted tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the surreal Abu Simbel, and the iconic Great Pyramids. We'll study the mysterious realm of the pharaohs, visit their colossal monuments and elaborate tombs. We'll learn about the pantheon of Egyptian gods, ponder the beauty of hieroglyphics, see the wonders of modern engineering in Aswan and participate in engaging discussions on both ancient and modern Egypt. We'll also explore the vibrant Cairo, and gain insight into a culture and religion that are integral to today's geopolitical issues. We'll see magical places full of architectural gems, important museum collections, and learn about life along the Nile as we cruise aboard a luxury riverboat.

  • We'll spend 4 days in Cairo, the colorful capital of Egypt; 2 days in Luxor; and 5 days onboard a luxury riverboat.
     

  • While in Cairo, we'll wonder at the city of sky-scrapers that rise in contrast to tapered minarets, at the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian Sphinx, the Saqqara Pyramids, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Hanging Church and visit the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museumone of the world's most famous museums.
     

  • While in Luxor, we'll tour the Valley of the Kings with its colorful tombs carved out of rocky cliffs and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, built to honor the god Amun, the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple.
     
  • While on the Nile cruise, we'll stop to explore the Edfu Temple and the Kom Ombo Temple, we'll admire the beautiful Aswan with its Temple of Phalie, dedicated to the goddess Isis and the god Osiris, we'll sail on a traditional Felucca sailboat and stroll through Aswan's exotic botanical gardens.
     
  • Before returning to Cairo, we'll enjoy a rare treat, as we fly to Abu Simbel to see the amazing Ramses II Temples and Nefertari's Temple.
     
  • As part of the experience, we'll visit a private Egyptian home and dine on the local specialties prepared just for us.
     
  • Throughout the tour, we'll stay in 5 star hotel accommodations, dine in excellent restaurants, as well as local eateries to experience the authentic Egyptian flavors, and benefit from the knowledge and passion of our private Egyptologist guide, who will accompany us throughout the tour.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 3 nights at a luxury hotel in Cairo2 nights at an upscale Nile-side hotel in Luxor; 4 nights on a deluxe Nile riverboat; 1 night at the modern Cairo airport hotel 
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and on departure from Cairo
     
  • All meals throughout the tour, at fine hotel dining rooms, local restaurants and onboard the Nile riverboat: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners, including drinks, and bottled water at all meals
     
  • Three domestic flights in Egypt and all transportation in Egypt in a private, air-conditioned motor coach
     
  • Bottled water on days when touring by bus
     
  • Knowledgeable Egyptologist guide, who will accompany the group throughout the tour, a private driver and a professional tour director
     
  • All admissions and attractions mentioned in the itinerary
     
  • A designated security guard throughout the tour
     
  • The Egyptian entry visa
     
  • All restaurants', guide's and drivers' gratuities
     
  • All taxes, fees, fuel charges and supplements
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional travel insurance, optional single supplement, optional additional accommodations, optional tour director's gratuities, room service, mini bar charges, laundry charges, phone calls, personal expenses.

The tour cost does not include airfare.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Saqqara Pyramids
  • Sensory extravagance of Old Cairo
  • The Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Cruising the Nile River
  • Karnak and Luxor Temples
  • The Valley of the Kings
  • Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
  • King Tut's and Ramses VI's tombs
  • Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples
  • Nile cataracts in Aswan
  • Phalie Temple
  • Ramses II and Nefertari's Temples in Abu Simbel
What Makes This Tour Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Egyptian experiences
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • Small group with the maximum of 16 women
  • Knowledgeable and passionate Egyptologist guide
  • Inclusion of Abu Simbel, missed by most other groups because of the cost involved
  • Experienced tour director throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Inclusion of all meals throughout the tour, including drinks
  • A private, home hosted Egyptian dinner on a roof terrace overlooking the Sphinx
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

The entire tour was fabulous. I particularly enjoyed the tombs and temples. Having an Egyptologist was a major plus. - Joan from Florida

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. As high as my expectations were, the trip exceeded them. Raf really bought the area to life. He was knowledgeable, pleasant, and saw to it that we enjoyed every stop. His presence is what took this trip to the next step. – Jacqueline from Colorado

Egypt was great! Saw everything I wanted to see. – Barbara from Idaho

Each day had the “best” experience. Going inside the tombs, riding the camels, dinner at the guest house, drive through Egypt, markets, Islam tour, Balloon ride, Egyptologist, lectures, trip to Petra and Dead Sea Spa. The tour was Amazing! Enjoyed the shopping experiences and especially with the companies that did not pressure but exposed us to the techniques of how the crafts/ art were made. Comradery was exceptional among a group of strangers who were very inclusive and helpful for each other. - Grace from South Carolina

Top notch professionals, very well managed tour. The local Egypt supplier was the best. – Catherine from Illinois

Everyone I told that I was going to Egypt asked if I was worried about safety and I easily said no because I was traveling with “Sights and Soul Travels”! I felt very safe the whole trip. The women on the trip made the experience great. Mohammed and Guardian Travel did a wonderful job. Everyone was fantastic!!! – Nancy from New Jersey

The Egypt trip took me on a journey to times past. The entire trip was exceptional, but the key to its depth was the Egyptologist guide. It seems you would never get the same understanding of what you were experiencing without him. The timing of our stops were extremely well organized. One example was heading straight to the Tut exhibit at the museum as soon as we arrived. We had the entire room to ourselves for quite a while before other visitors arrived. – Mary from Oregon

My friends are sick of me talking about Sights and Soul. You guys are the best, can’t wait for India and Lebanon, then South Africa 2020, and who knows where else! – Tammy from New Jersey

The tour to Egypt and Jordan was well-planned. Our Egyptologist in Egypt had amazing knowledge. Our local guide in Jordan was excellent. I felt very safe while on this trip especially with our armed security. – Jani from Oregon

Fascinating ancient history, our Egyptologist was so knowledgeable. A real gentleman as well. You were right Yolanta – really great travelling companions! - Paddi from Alberta 

This was the best group of women on any tour I’ve experienced. Marta inspired us! Raf was an incredible guide – the sights were beyond my expectations.  One of the most gratifying, fun, Sights and Soul trips. – Joan from California 

Great tour – great women – great Egypt specialist – loved Marta! - Kim from Virginia

This was a most fascinating and educational trip: I greatly appreciated the knowledge of our local guides. There is nothing like actually standing next to the pyramids and the Sphinx, going down into the beautifully decorated tombs and walking through the amazing temples of Egypt and Jordan! The tour leader, Marta, was always availableif/when needed. She was calm and through and extremely even-handed in dealing with all in the group. She was organized and collaborated well with the local guides. - Deborah from Florida

It was my first time with you & I absolutely will do it again. Everything was arranged for me, so all I had to do was enjoy! - Sally from Ohio

I am so very pleased to have experienced traveling with Sights + Soul – very well organized + all accommodations were great. - Rhea from Arizona

Simply put, I loved the Egypt trip. I felt safe and well taken care of, and I would highly recommend it. - Char from Nevada

This was one of the best tours I have ever taken! Having an Egyptologist with us an the entire tour was wonderful. He was able to build on the history as we went. - Susan from Arizona

Egypt was magical, and it was the smoothest, best run tour I have ever taken. - Wendy from Maryland

The Egypt trip was so much more than I even expected or hoped it would be. The connectivity between the tour leader and the Egyptologist guide made the tour a pleasure – all the logistics came off seamlessly. - Maria from Illinois

My decision to go on this tour was one of my best decisions of the last five years. I have traveled extensively, but the ancient treasures of Egypt leave one unable to speak, and then reconsider the history of civilization. - Alice from Georgia

Once again, you thought of everything. Thank you for making my 10th trip with S+S so memorable. - Andrea from Nevada

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