The Best Luxury Tour of Egypt with Nile Cruise

Cairo – Aswan – Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise – Luxor – Cairo

Why are our journeys different?

Best Tour Directors: Your Accompanying Tour Director is a top-rated guide, and also serves as your travel assistant, handling all your needs and other aspects of your travels, and solving any issues that may arise. They will be more than happy to customize your day to include any preferences you may have, and leave out what you don’t feel like doing.

Cultural Immersion: Your touring will always include cultural experiences, even as you drive from one attraction to another, and at each attraction itself. Your Tour Director will fascinate you with insights on what you are seeing on an ongoing basis.

 You have two luxury lodging options on our India tours. Guests can choose to stay at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts at each destination with an Oberoi Hotel, or select India’s best hotels as curated by our founder based on his experiences.

 We Value Your Time: Since our inception in 2004, one of Easy Tours primary goals has been to give our guests the most for their time. Among other things, this means that we design our itineraries so that our guests spend the least possible amount of time in tedious, boring travel. In large cities this means that your Tour Director may suggest a choice between starting your day a little early, or after the rush hour ends. Our local expertise enables us to schedule itineraries without ever using no-frills airlines with poor legroom and service, or poor on-time records, unless such a flight is the only short nonstop option.

VIP Airport Concierge Services: You will be privately escorted through all airports for all your flights, including your international arrival and departure.

Great Food is an essential part of Great Travel: Our tours will almost always include options between the best local cuisine, as well as great western and other fare. The best chefs in each city practice their trade at your lodging, and where you will dine.

 Environment and Travel App: When Easy Tours was born in 2004, we were pioneers in using technology to reduce waste and environmental harm. From the beginning, we have only used electronic communication, including e-contracts, with all our guests. Despite this, we have always provided more information than almost any competitor, by e-mail, on our website, and in the guest’s secure personal area on our web-portal. Today, besides all the above, we provide our guests extensive tour and destination related information on an app, that can also be used to immediately communicate with our support staff.

Itinerary Details

Day 1  Arrival at Cairo

You will have communicated your arrival details to your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you reserve your tour. Welcome to Egypt. This cradle of civilization was given birth to, and is still nurtured by, the longest and most storied river on our planet, the legendary Nile River. Most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Cairo airport. You are greeted as soon as you exit your plane and you will now be escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs, and then you will be met by a Trehan Journeys Travel Facilitator or your Egyptologist Tour Director. You are then driven to your luxury riverfront hotel where you will check-in if it is after 3 PM. If your arrival is before 3 PM and an early check-in is not available, you can drop your bags off and use the facilities to freshen up.

Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Delhi airport.

Please note that Cairo traffic is among the worst on our planet and the airport is a long drive from the city, and so we do not recommend itineraries which include two separate roundtrips between the airport and the city. Our itineraries are designed to avoid the worst of the traffic wherever possible. We also currently do not recommend the Mena House Hotel in Giza.

Guests who ask us to include Alexandria during their exploration of Egypt will be driven there, after touring Cairo, for a 2-day extension. You will depart from your Cairo hotel on the morning of Day 5, stay at the Four Seasons there, and return to Cairo airport for your flight to Aswan on Day 6 afternoon – Alexandria Airport has no nonstops to Aswan or Luxor.

Please note that flash photography and video cameras are not permitted at some locations throughout Egypt. Camera’s require additional tickets that are not included so as to not add costs for guests who may only use their phones.

Day 2 Cairo

Experience an exploration of The UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Giza, Memphis, Dahshur and Saqqara. All of them are located on the Memphite Necropolis, and your Egyptologist Tour Director will give you a fascinating introduction by showing you how the building of pyramids progressed over the centuries. The legendary city of Memphis, established in 3200 BC, is now a sleepy little rural/urban mix, and you will start by visiting the small Archaeological Park here. Among the statues and other objects in the open-air park is a massive statue of Ramses the Great, located in a building at the entrance of the park. This is one of the two colossal statues of Ramses the Great from ancient Memphis. The other statue has been fully restored and is now the centerpiece of the very impressive entrance hall of the still to open Grand Egyptian Museum (may finally open at some point in 2022 – the opening has been repeatedly postponed for many years). Unlike its museum counterpart, this massive statue is displayed prone on the ground and missing the lower part of its legs, but it is still awe-inspiring in its scale and detail. Among the other attractions in the small outdoor Archeological Park area is the Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis. This sphinx is actually made of Calcite, and at 26 feet by 13 feet the monument is much smaller than the Great Sphinx.

From here you will proceed nearby to Saqqara where you will see the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the 4700+ years old Djoser Step Pyramid. The massive ancient burial site of Saqqara also contains the oldest stone building complex in the world, as well as multiple ancient Mastaba tombs belonging to high-ranking citizens. Among these the Tomb of Udut, Unas-Ark and Inefert is well worth a walk through. Saqqara was used as a burial ground for 3000 years, lasting into the Roman period.

Another short drive will bring you to Dahshur, where you will experience how the Egyptians progressed on building pyramids after the Step Pyramid. Amazing attractions here include the 4600-year-old Bent Pyramid as well as the Red Pyramid, both built by the Pharoah Sneferu.

A 20-minute drive will take you to the Giza Necropolis, where you will break for an included lunch at a restaurant specializing in Egyptian delicacies. After lunch you will drive up the small plateau to the 3 amazing pyramids here, all of which are individually awe-inspiring. The Great Pyramid was built by Khufu, the son of Sneferu, the Pharoah who had the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid constructed at Dahshur. The Great Pyramid has always been the oldest member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is now the only one of them still remaining. We will not attempt to describe the incredible size and splendor of these ancient structures – they have to be experienced to be believed.

After the Dahshur Pyramids the pharaohs got busy building these amazing structures and the two tallest pyramids, Khufu’s Great Pyramid and Khafre’s Pyramid, were finished within a few decades after the completion of the Red Pyramid at Dahshur. As Khafre was Khufu’s son, he built his pyramid to a height of 471 feet, as opposed to the Great Pyramid’s 481.4 feet height, but he built it on a slightly higher elevation close by, thereby making his pyramid seem taller. Although significantly smaller than these two pyramids, the third pyramid at Giza, built by Menkaure, son of Khafre, is well worth a visit.

Next up is the Great Sphinx, which is commonly believed to have been designed and constructed during the above-mentioned Khafre’s reign, with his face mounted on the mythical creature, although scholars are not certain and a debate on its exact origins is ongoing. It is 66 feet high and 62 feet wide and 240 feet long. The awe-inspiring structure offers great photo opportunities, including views with Khafre’s Pyramid as a magnificent backdrop.

Although there are remains of scores of other pyramids in Egypt, it is an interesting fact that the above mentioned largest still intact pyramids, with the exception of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, were all built over about just 80 years by four generations of Pharaohs, starting with Menkaure’s great grandfather, Pharoah Sneferu. You will avoid Cairo’s miserable rush hour traffic and return to your hotel after this exploration of Giza.

Day 3 Cairo

Today you will start your exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Islamic Cairo, also known as Historic Cairo. Although areas that now comprise the metropolis of Cairo are much older than this, Islamic Cairo was founded in the 10th century and has flourished since then in one form or another.

There are impressive mosques and other historic structures, as well as a unique culture and atmosphere that has not changed much over the centuries.  Start with an exploration of the Citadel of Salah El-Din, a fortress that houses museums and beautiful gardens, with the most impressive structure being the Alabaster Mosque, or the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. This Citadel was home to Egypt’s rulers from the 12th to the 19th century.

After this you will enter the walls of Islamic Cairo from the Gate of El Nasr (Gate of Victory) and start a fascinating walk through the neighborhoods. Much of your walk will be on Al-Muizz street, which has been Islamic Cairo’s main thoroughfare since the 10th Century. Many of Cairo’s ancient historic attractions are located on this street, and there is unique architecture and culture to be found everywhere you look. There are beautiful mosques, Islamic schools that have existed for many centuries, and ancient souks. Al-Muizz street is often called the largest Islamic open-air museum in the world.

Next is a walk in Cairo’s Old Bazaar, Khan el-Khalili. This souk is always full of tourists and Egyptians and the colors, smells and sounds have to be experienced to be believed. Depending on how much time you spend at each attraction and experience on this day, you will have the option today to break for lunch (authentic local cuisine is recommended and your Egyptologist Tour Director can make suggestions) at a time of your choice, or return to your hotel for a late lunch.

Next up is an exploration of Coptic Cairo. The Coptic Christians built their churches inside the Roman fortress interestingly named Babylon. Egypt was a Christian nation for three centuries between the 3rd and 7th century and the beautiful churches in Old Cairo were built mainly during that period.

Coptic Christians make up between 8 to 15% of Egypt’s population today, depending on the source of information, and their unique culture and architecture is fascinating to observe. Much of the delight in this short exploration is just walking through the ancient neighborhoods, taking in this unique culture and architecture. Impressive churches you will visit include the famous Hanging Church, parts of which are purported to belong to the 3rd century. Another church will be the 5th century Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, which was built over the crypt where Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus are said to have rested during their journey in Egypt. You will have the opportunity to enter the crypt and view the details, including the tiny alcove where the infant Jesus slept.

Your last stop can be at the Synagogue of Ben Ezra. There has been a house of worship in this location since the 4th century, first a church and then the synagogue. As less than a dozen Jewish people now make Cairo their home, the synagogue and its beautiful interior now serve as a museum.

Day 4 Cairo – Aswan

In the mid-morning, after rush hour, you will be assisted with your check-out and you will now proceed to one of two museums. We do not expect the oft-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum to open until 2022. It will be the one you visit if it is open by the time you travel.

Grand Egyptian Museum Option:
You are driven to the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum, which, at 5.2 million sq. feet, is the largest archaeological museum on our planet. This incredible collection of 50,000 antiquities includes the vast and amazing Tutankhamun Collection, a 3200-year-old 83 ton and 32.8-foot-tall red granite statue of Ramses II, as well as a plethora of artifacts that have never been displayed before. Viewing all the treasures in the museum would take many days and so your Egyptologist Tour Director will tell you about the possible highlights and, based on your preferences, design your visit accordingly. Just as during the rest of your tour, your Tour Director will regale you with fascinating tales about the major exhibits that you are experiencing. Lunch at one of the restaurants at the museum is recommended at a time of your choice.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Option: This new museum was inaugurated in April of 2021 with a widely promoted made for TV event which included a spectacle filled procession as many of the best treasures in the iconic Egyptian Museum were transported to their new home in this new museum. Although the biggest draw will be the 22 mummies of the greatest Pharaohs and their collections of treasures, this museum is unique because it displays a holistic view of the awe-inspiring history of Egyptian Civilization, ranging from Predynastic times to the 2000 year long Pharaonic period to Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and contemporary times. What you experience during your visit to the museum will be based on your preferences as relayed to your Egyptologist Tour Director. You will break for a late lunch after exploring the museum.

You are driven to the airport where you are assisted with your check-in to your early evening flight to Aswan. Arrive at Aswan and you are driven to your spectacular historic hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The Old Cataract has hosted royalty, such as Princess Diana and Tsar Nicholas II, and many top leaders of the world as well as celebrities for over a century. After staying here, Agatha Christie set part of ‘Death on the Nile’ in the hotel, and the motion picture was partially filmed here. Guests who want to really enjoy this legendary hotel and its extensive facilities can ask us to add an additional day at Aswan. Other activities such as a felucca cruise to the Nubian Village can be added.

Day 5 Aswan – Abu Simbel Excursion

In the morning your Egyptologist Tour Director will accompany you to the Aswan airport and assist you in boarding the short flight to Abu Simbel. Arrive at Abu Simbel and you are ushered to your private vehicle and driven to Ramses II’s most awe-inspiring creation.

Located on the western banks of Lake Naseer, these colossal temples are still accessible to humanity because of one of the most amazing archaeological engineering feats of all time. Between 1964 and 1968 everything in and outside these temples were cut into massive blocks weighing up to 30 tons each and transported to a location 213 feet higher than where they were originally constructed. UNESCO and the Egyptian Government orchestrated a massive campaign with a large and diverse international team of specialists and accomplished this incomprehensibly difficult project so as to save the temples from the rising waters of the Nile to be caused by the impending opening of the Aswan High Dam.

The Abu Simbel Temples are part of the ‘Nubian Monuments’ UNESCO World Heritage Site, which also includes Philae, near Aswan. Built in the 13th Century BC over 20 years, these two temples were created to establish, in the minds of the Nubian people, Ramses II’s power and near-divinity, as well as the might of Egypt. The first temple, known as The Great Temple, has four massive 66-foot-tall statues of Ramses II seated on thrones at its entrance, and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt. Much smaller statues of the royal family, including his wife Nefertari, are situated around the seated monarchs’ legs. Amazing historic treasures await visitors inside the temple, which has a triangular layout reducing in scale as you go deeper to the main sanctum.  There are beautiful statues, gorgeous bas-reliefs, impressive pillars, and objects devoted to the three ancient Egyptian Gods to whom Ramses II dedicated this temple.

A short distance away is The Small Temple, dedicated to Goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari. This temple is only the second temple in Ancient Egypt’s many millennia long history that is dedicated to the consort of a king, and is one of the very few times such a major monument presented statues of the king and his queen that were equal in size. Surrounding the entrance are three 33-foot statues on each side, with statutes of Ramses II bookending the two statues of Queen Nefertari on both sides. The interior of the temple offers amazing treasures and is similarly beautiful as The Great Temple, although smaller in scale.

After exploring these wonders, you will return to the airport and fly back to Aswan, returning to your hotel for some relaxation.

In the late afternoon you are driven to Aswan’s Nubian Museum, an award-winning building with a midsize collection of amazing antiquities ranging from local geological wonders to a unique and impressive collection of Nubian, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic antiquities. This fairly short visit will significantly enhance your understanding and appreciation of what you are experiencing in the Aswan region.

In the early evening you will board a traditional felucca and enjoy a cruise on the Nile and watch the spectacular sunset over this fabled region.

Day 6 Aswan – Oberoi Zahra 3 Night Nile Cruise

Late this morning you are assisted with your checkout and driven to the pier where the Oberoi Zahra is docked. Given further on is the Oberoi itinerary sketch for the next 3 days, but your shore excursions will be a little different. Your Egyptologist Tour Director will orchestrate your excursions privately from the cruiser, including when you stop at Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna. We are unimpressed with the quality of the onboard guides that all cruises (including those on the Zahra) on the Nile provide, along with their interpretation of ‘luxury groups’ (or luxury small groups as in Zahra’s version) on these excursions.

Just as one example, the Philae Temple Complex deserves more time than the rushed visit allotted to it. The Oberoi Zahra facilitates a visit to the High Dam and Philae starting at 3 pm, and then you are back well in time for Tea at the Club Lounge at 5:30 pm. We think that Philae deserves more time than the cruise group tour allows, and our version of the Philae Temple visit is as follows:

Philae Island was the original island home of these massive structures and they were moved as part of the incredible project that moved Abu Simbel’s Temples. This awe-inspiring complex was moved to Agilika Island by the Egyptian Government and UNESCO as Philae Island had existing flooding issues even before the Aswan High Dam was constructed – it is now mostly submerged.

The Temple of Isis on the island is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site and was dedicated to the Gods Isis, Osiris, and Horus. Among other subjects, the amazing bas-reliefs on the temple’s walls portray how Isis brought Osiris back to life, gave birth to Horus, and mummified Osiris after his death. It is purported to be Osiris’ final resting place. Originally built around 700 BC, the temple complex had subsequent additions made by both Egyptians and, later on, Roman rulers. The Temples of Philae were a major pilgrimage site for Nubians, Egyptians, and people from far away lands. The amazing details on the walls, statues and columns are among the most impressive you will find anywhere, and the worship of Isis continued here until the 6th Century.

Christians had established a foothold on Philae during the fourth century, and they initially co-existed with the ongoing religious practices at the Philae Temple. In the 6th century they took over and converted parts of the complex to a church, defacing a number of significant monuments and structures in the process. Just as many of Ancient Egypt’s most important sites, some of the most valuable artifacts of the Temple were removed by European archaeologists during later colonial times. Your visit will include the Pylon Panorama Ticket, which allows you to use the steps to reach the roof of a Pylon and take in the incredible views of the complex and the Nile.

Your Tour Director will get you back to the Zahra in time for Tea, or during it, as you will not be cruising past the High Dam and will only be focusing on the Philae Temple Complex. You can also ask us to do this with the Dam with the rushed schedule the Zahra follows.

Oberoi Zahra Cruise Description

12:00 p.m.


12:30 p.m.


03:00 p.m.

Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple

05:30 p.m.

Tea at the Club Lounge

07:00 p.m.

Cocktails with entertainment at the Club Lounge

07:30 p.m.


08:30 p.m.

Sail in Aswan


Overnight in Aswan


05:00 a.m.

Sail to Kom Ombo

07:00 a.m.


08:00 a.m.

Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo

09:30 a.m.

Sail to Edfu

12:30 p.m.


02:30 p.m.

Visit the Temple of Edfu

04:30 p.m.

Sail to Esna

07:30 p.m.



Overnight at Esna


04:00 a.m.

Sail to Luxor

07:00 a.m.


09:00 a.m.

Visit the West Bank – Valley of Kings, Temple of Habu and Colossi of Memnon

01:00 p.m.


04:30 p.m.

Visit the Temple of Luxor

06:00 p.m.

Tea at the Club Lounge

07:30 p.m.



Overnight in Luxor


06:45 a.m.


08:00 a.m.

Disembarkation and visit to Karnak Temples

Day 7  Oberoi Zahra Cruise

Today you will cruise towards Luxor, stopping at Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna for explorations of these amazing Temple Complexes. At each port your Egyptologist Tour Director and personal chauffeur driven vehicle will be waiting for you when you disembark. Just like the rest of your Egypt exploration, you will have high quality private tours of the complexes, and be escorted back to the Zahra at the appropriate time. If you are feeling a little ‘templed out’ by this time, we recommend you forsake the Esna excursion and instead enjoy the facilities on the Oberoi Zahra.

Day 8 Oberoi Zahra Cruise Arrival and Sightseeing in Luxor. Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon

On the last full day of the cruise your visit to the Valley of the Kings (with the Trehan Journeys exclusive addition of the Valley of the Queens) will be orchestrated very differently from the cruise’s generic rushed itinerary.

You will explore the most impressive tombs in these barren and scenic valleys. Our selection of premium tomb’s means that, unlike almost all other visitors, you will not have long waits in line under the desert sun. This is because the admission fee for the Valley of the Kings includes 3 of the approximately 8 standard Tombs that are open at most times in the Valley (tickets are stamped at each Tomb’s entrance), and these standard Tombs are what is included by cruise and tour operators. Capacity is controlled at all Tombs and the popular standard Tombs are nice but not as impressive and have long lines. The Tombs we take you to require separate individual entrance tickets (which are fairly high for Tombs like Nefatari’s Tomb and the Tomb of Seti I) and have, at most, very short lines.

We can add/remove and change the Tombs to individual guests’ preferences with prior notice, and your Egyptologist Tour Director will be able to change things to a certain extent before you enter the valleys. Please note that the majority of the Tombs are always closed so as to protect them from too many visitors, or for ongoing restoration, and the caretakers may close a Tomb we include just before your visit – in such a situation, a more than adequate replacement will be offered by your Egyptologist Tour Director.

Camera Photography
can often be restricted at one or more Tombs without any prior notice. Some of the Tombs, such as the magnificent Tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, currently do not permit any photography except with cell phones, but the option to even use your phone’s camera is subject to change at any time. Please note that photography rules are strictly enforced.

Your exploration will include the following premium attractions:

1: The Tomb of Ramses V & VI (KV9) – This 340-foot-long Tomb was started by Ramses V but later taken over by his successor, Ramses VI. The paintings, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphs covering the walls and ceilings are among the best preserved in the Valley, making for an incredibly colorful Tomb.

2: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (King Tut) (KV62) – This is one of the smaller Tombs in the valley. The Tomb was discovered in 1922 with all its treasures intact, and the majority of these artifacts are now the most impressive section of displays in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. You will be able to see young King Tut’s mummified remains in the Tomb, and the glittering shrines in his burial chamber.

3: The Tomb of Seti I (KV17) – This is the longest Tomb in the valley at over 450 feet, and also one of the deepest. There are incredible decorations on the walls and ceilings, and its vivid colors are a delight to behold. A steep entry fee eliminates the long lines found for most tombs, and those who do not visit Nefertari’s Tomb in the Valley of the Queens usually feel that this was the most impressive Tomb that they have seen.

4: The Tomb of Nefertari (QV66) Valley of the QueensOn the way to the Valley of the Queens you will stop along the way at the Temple of Hatshepsut, as detailed below. Located a short distance away in the Valley of the Queens, Nefertari’s Tomb is, in our opinion, the most striking Tomb in the Luxor region, and among the least visited due to its entry fee. The 5600 square foot Tomb has amazing multicolored artwork on its polished stone walls, and the incredible beauty of the legendary queen is depicted in scores of paintings. Ramses II immortalized his beloved queen repeatedly, as in the awe-inspiring Temples at Abu Simbel, and the Tomb certainly achieves what it was intended to do.

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
.  Before reaching the Valley of the Queens and Nefertari’s Tomb, you will stop along the way at this wonderfully restored temple complex. This impressive 3500-year-old structure is built on 3 levels reaching almost 100 feet at the top. During your travels your Egyptologist Tour Director will share some fascinating tales about Queen Hatshepsut, one of the smartest rulers of this ancient world.

Colossi of Memnon. The last stop on this exploration will be at these two massive 14 Century BC statues of King Amenhotep III. These ancient structures reach about 60 feet high and are estimated to each weigh about 720 tons. Unlike most visitors, you will visit these at the end of your exploration on this day so that you can be among the first to arrive at the Valley of the Kings in the morning.

We recommend that you spend this late afternoon on board the Zahra and enjoy its lavish facilities as your visit to the Luxor Temple will be much better on the next day – it is located a very short walk from your Luxor hotel.

Day 9 Luxor

Your Egyptologist Tour Director greets you at your final disembarkation. Welcome to ancient Thebes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your destination this morning is the incredible Karnak Temple Complex. Occupying about 200 acres, the Karnak Temple and its structures are purported to be the largest religious complex ever to be built. Construction of the first parts started about 5000 years ago, and continued over the reign of about 30 Pharaohs. The site is made up of four parts, out of which only the largest part, the Precinct of Amun-Re, is open to the public. This is the second most visited site in Egypt after the Giza Pyramids. Experience the hundreds of ancient structures, including the awe-inspiring Great Hypostyle Hall, a 50,000 square foot Hall with 134 massive beautifully carved pillars. 122 of these pillars are 33 feet tall, while the other 12 are 69 feet high and almost 10 feet in diameter.

After your exploration of the Karnak Complex, you are driven to your historical boutique hotel and you are assisted with your check-in after lunch – check-in is at 3 pm.

Luxor Temple Late Afternoon Visit.
You can enjoy a very short walk on the scenic Nile Corniche to the Luxor Temple, or you can choose to be driven. Please note that you will need to ignore the hawkers on this stretch as you walk – your Tour Director cannot dissuade them from their efforts. If you want to avoid the hawkers, a very short drive can replace this walk. The best time to visit this magnificent 3400-year-old Temple Complex is in the late afternoon as this allows you to first explore its incredible attractions in daylight and then be mesmerized as the artfully placed spotlights illuminate the façade and the scores of ancient attractions the complex contains. After spending as much time as you feel like at the temple, take in the wonderful view of the similarly lit Avenue of Sphinxes before returning to your hotel.

Day 10 Luxor – Cairo OR the Red Sea

You have the option of a very early start in the morning for a balloon ride over Ancient Thebes – you will need to inform us about your preference while booking your tour.

If you would like time on the Red Sea: Many of our guests choose to end their exploration of Egypt with a few days at the luxurious Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh on the Red Sea. Besides the crystal-clear waters and wonderful beaches, this region also offers some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling. The resort is a 4-to-4.5-hour comfortable drive from your lodging in Luxor. If you are interested in adding a stay at the Red Sea, at the Oberoi or any other Red Sea resort, please let us know at the time of reservation and we will be happy to give you options to consider.

If Luxor is your last destination in Egypt: You are assisted with your checkout in the morning at any time before 11 am, depending on the departure details of your international flight from Cairo. Please note that most outbound international flights from Cairo depart in the early morning. If your international flight is in the late evening or early the next morning, you will have the services of your Tour Director and chauffeur at Luxor until your late afternoon/early evening flight to Cairo.

For those guests who have time before they need to fly to Cairo, after checking out in the late morning you will accompany your Egyptologist Tour Director for short visits to two of Egypt’s most fascinating museums. If you do not want to visit the museums, you have the option of other activities – your Egyptologist Tour Director will make suggestions based on your preferences. Both museums are a few minutes’ walk on the beautiful Nile Corniche. Please note that, as always, you will need to ignore the hawkers on this stretch as you walk and that very short drives can replace these two short walks. You will walk by the Luxor Temple Complex in the 5 to 7 minutes it takes you to reach the Mummification Museum. Another 10-to-12-minute walk on the Nile Corniche will take you to the Luxor Museum.

The Mummification Museum offers great information on this ancient Egyptian process, along with many more fascinating exhibits. The process of mummification, and the materials used in the process, are displayed in detail. The mummies on display include the 3000 plus year old mummy of Masaharta, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes. There are also mummies of cats, fish and crocodiles.

The Luxor Museum has a lot fewer treasures than the abundance of exhibits found in Cairo’s museums, but the quality of the artifacts that they display is unsurpassed, including amazing pieces from the Karnak Temple Complex. The displays are widely spaced and identified very well with clear signage.

You will be driven to Luxor airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Cairo. Arrive at Cairo and collect your baggage, after which your Tour Director will accompany you to your in-terminal hotel and assist you with your check-in. Bid farewell to your Tour Director at this time.

Day 11 Cairo – International Flight

A Trehan Journeys Facilitator will assist you with your checkout in the morning (any time before 11 am) and then walk you to the international terminal where they will introduce you to your VIP Airport Representative and bid you farewell. You will then be escorted through the complete departure process, including check-in, security and immigration.

Additional services can be added upon request.
Our services end at Cairo Airport.

Please note that a few airlines offer seasonal nonstop flights from Luxor to their European or Middle Eastern hubs and such a flight would eliminate the need to return to Cairo to connect with your international flight. If your departing flight is from Luxor, we will end our services at Luxor Airport and reduce your tour costs accordingly.

Lodging Details

Destinations Lodgings Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Four Seasons Nile Plaza
Nile View Room with Terrace
Sofitel Winter Palace
Luxury Room Nile View
Cairo Airport
Le Meridien Cairo Airport
Deluxe Room Airport View
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract
Luxury Room | Terrace | Nile View
Nile River
The Oberoi Zahra
Luxury Cabin


  • VIP Airport Services during International arrival and departure
  • Accompanying Tour Director to assist you throughout your on-tour flights and drives
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels
  • All Meals on the Oberoi Zahra
  • 2 Lunches during your Touring
  • All Entry Fees for listed sights and experiences
  • Services of a top Egyptologist Tour Director throughout your exploration
  • Hotel check-in is at 3 pm and checkout is at 11 am for almost all the hotels
  • Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing by personal upscale vehicles
  • Availability of a local Travel Facilitator at all destinations
  • Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives
  • All currently applicable taxes.


  • International Travel
  • Photography/Videography Fees
  • Balloon Ride at Luxor unless you ask us to add it - nominal additional cost applies
  • Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Travel insurance, visa etc.

Dates & Prices

Oct 1st – 20th Dec / 5th Jan – 14th Apr

Occupancy Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

April 15th – September 30th

Occupancy Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

Travel Supplement

Mode of Travel Airfare
Standard Airfare
Private Jet throughout the Journey

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