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Egypt & the Nile

12 days Land & Cruise Tours
Descend into a world of ancient wonders to discover the lands behind the legends. Walk past towering stone icons, through avenues of sphinxes and into royal valleys amid the desert sands. Then, cruise down the Nile and anchor at remote islands and beside the Theban Hills. End your adventure in Cairo, where historic mosques mingle with today’s modern bustle.

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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels and 4 nights aboard the Nile River cruise ship

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 4 dinners on land with beer or wine, and 4 lunches and 4 dinners shipboard

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motorcoach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Egypt today.

Giza 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Giza

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Egypt! Transfer to Giza to settle into your hotel. Later, meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Giza

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, your Tour Director, a professional Egyptologist, leads a tour of Giza. 

• Uncover the Pyramids of Giza, the only Wonder of the Ancient World to have survived the modern era

• Visit the enigmatic Great Sphinx, the largest monolith statue in the world 

• Continue to Saqqara, the pharaohs’ royal graveyard for more than 3,000 years, and enter the Imhotep Museum

Day 4: Free day in Giza

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Giza or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Alexandria $105*pp Details

Travel to Egypt’s second-largest city, where you'll explore the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the modern successor to the famous Library of Alexandria, which was destroyed centuries ago. Here, you’ll enjoy a brief tour with the curator. You'll also visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa, Egypt’s largest known Roman funerary complex, and the recently excavated Roman amphitheatre. Lunch is included. Please note: This optional is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Nile River Cruise 4 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Luxor & cruise embarkation

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Please note: Some cruise departures will follow days 5–9 in reverse)

Fly to Luxor for a guided tour of the painstakingly excavated Temples of Karnak and Luxor, once connected by an avenue of sphinxes. Later this afternoon, you’ll board your cruise ship.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the West Bank

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day touring the Nile’s West Bank with your Tour Director as your guide.

• Explore the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs hidden in the Theban hills

• Tour the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, devoted to one of the few female pharaohs

• View the 64-foot-high Colossi of Memnon

This afternoon, sail toward Edfu.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Temple Horus & Kom Ombo

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the wonders of Egypt on a series of shore excursions.

• Visit Edfu’s Temple of Horus, an amazingly well-preserved temple and a 2,000-year-old example of the architecture of its era 

• Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Greco-Roman period and noted for its twin deities, Sobek and Horus

Later today, arrive in the busy market city of Aswan.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Aswan

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning on board the ship or add an excursion.

Later, climb aboard a felucca, a traditional sailboat, to ride past Elephantine Island, the home to the frontier fortress of Egypt that is named for the dark granite rocks at its southern end that resemble a herd of elephants bathing in the river. You’ll take in panoramic views of the water from the hilltop mausoleum of Agha Khan. The rest of the day is yours to spend as your like in Aswan.

Optional Excursion - Abu Simbel $329*pp Details

Fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel, where you'll visit the temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, relocated block by block to the shores of Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The temples' statues now stand 680 feet from their original site and 200 feet higher, but their original grandeur endures. Please note: This excursion involves extensive walking on rugged terrain, so sturdy footwear is advised. Headwear and extra sunscreen are also recommended.

Must be booked 35 days before departure

Aswan 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Disembarkation & sightseeing tour of Aswan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your cruise ends this morning in Aswan, where you’ll visit the Aswan High Dam, one of the crowning achievements of modern Egypt. Then, your Tour Director will introduce you to the temples at Philae. 

After dinner with the group, enjoy a free evening in Aswan or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Philae by Night $55*pp Details

After sunset, the area around Philae is cleared for the Sound and Light Show. Watch a performance of synchronized light and music amid the ancient monuments of Egypt. Seeing these ancient temples lit up at night will create memories to last a lifetime. Please note: Travelers are advised to bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes. Also, this excursion involves walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Cairo 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Flight to Cairo

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Cairo this morning and transfer to your hotel, stopping at a gold shop en route. 

Later, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Egyptian Folklore Dinner $85*pp Details

Spend an evening on a Nile riverboat enjoying dinner and live entertainment. As you cruise along the Nile, marvel at the astonishing nighttime views of Cairo before savoring Egyptian delicacies from an included buffet, featuring specialties such as hummus, baba ganoush, Nile perch and authentic desserts. Wine and beer are also included. While you dine, take in traditional performances by whirling dervishes and belly dancers.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cairo

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Cairo on a sightseeing tour lead by your Tour Director. 

•  View a number of the city’s 500 mosques, which display some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world

• Visit the citadel that built in the 12th century by mighty Salah el-Din and originally used as a fortress before it became the residence of the Sultans until 1850 

• Stop at Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster Mosque

• Enter the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, which houses the famous masks of Tutankhamen

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home. If you are continuing your tour in Jordan, fly to Amman today.

Add Jordan $999 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Since July 1994, when Jordan's King Hussein and the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a declaration ending the animosity between their two countries, Jordan has opened its doors to the west. Encompassing sweeping verdant and arid landscapes and relics of some of the world's oldest civilizations, Jordan is one of the warmest and most welcoming countries on earth.

Petra 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Flight to Jordan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Amman this morning and transfer to Petra to settle in to your hotel.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Petra

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Petra, a city lost to the outside world for centuries. Carved into the red rocks of Mount Hor, Petra has fascinated visitors since its rediscovery in 1812.

Amman 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Amman via Madaba & Mount Nebo

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, further explore the history and culture of Jordan on guided tours before continuing on to Amman, the capital city. 

• Visit Madaba to tour the City of Mosaics and visit St. George’s Church

• Stop at Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial site, and Wadi Mujib

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Amman & the Dead Sea

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend your last day in Jordan getting to know the city of Amman and relaxing in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.

• Take a guided tour of the Jordanian capital, including exploration of the citadel and Roman theater

• This afternoon travel to the Dead Sea for time to float in the salty water and share a farewell lunch with your fellow travelers 

Later, return to Amman to board your late-night flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 16: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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  • Aswan, Egypt
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Petra, Jordan
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Egypt (as well as Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the reentry date. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Egypt and Jordan. The visa for entry into Egypt may be secured in advance, but we recommend purchasing your visa upon arrival. A group visa for entry into Jordan will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead. Travelers who arrange their own flights will be responsible for purchasing their own visa upon arrival.  If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Egyptian customs and immigration

In Cairo, you’ll first pass through immigration control at the airport to have your passport checked. You’ll then proceed to collect your luggage, pass through customs and enter the arrivals hall. Here, you’ll be greeted by your Tour Director. If you have experienced any problem with your luggage, please inform your Tour Director immediately, so that he or she may deal with the airline’s claims procedure before you leave the airport.

Health

Take precautions for sun exposure and heat exhaustion. Sunscreen, a sun hat, sunglasses and bottled water are all highly recommended. See “Cuisine” for information on water quality. No other major health risks exist in Egypt, but it’s a good idea to check with your doctor or health care provider at least eight weeks prior to departure for recommendations and travel health updates.

Important Health Tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your Egyptian tour, we recommend the following: :

  • Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.
  • Bring insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes

Safety

As dictated by Egyptian Tourism Police, all foreign groups must be accompanied by an armed guard and in most cases, a convoy. Be aware of your surroundings, as pickpockets are active at tourist sites. We recommend leaving your passport in the hotel safe, and concealing credit cards and cash in a money belt or a hidden pouch. It is also a good idea to bring photocopies of your passport, credit cards and other important documents. Keep them separate from the originals.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Most sightseeing is conducted by private motor coach. For some included visits and optional excursions, be prepared for some more walking through elaborate monuments and museums, with steps.

Cuisine

Egyptian cuisine combines many of the best traditions of Middle Eastern cooking. Local specialties include kebabs and hummus. American-style snack bars are also becoming popular. Although Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is available.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The unit of currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Egyptian pound. Major credit cards and ATM cards with the Visa/Mastercard symbols accepted in most hotels and shops, but generally not on cruise ships. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. You’ll also find a good supply of U.S. currency in small denominations very useful when bargaining for everything from taxi rides to souvenirs. Please note: Another reason to use small denominations of currency is that it’s very hard to re-exchange the Egyptian pound once you leave Egypt. 

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a  gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Shopping on Tour

Please note that some excursions may include a stop at a market or specialty store. Go Ahead Tours has no relationship with these vendors and encourages you to research specialty items you’re interested in purchasing abroad before you leave to ensure you’re receiving the best quality.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Tour

My husband and I have been on other Go Ahead Tours before but this is by far the best. I'm pretty sure that it was the Tour Director (Amr) and the people that were in my group. It was a lot packed into the 10 days but you really got your monies worth. Amr was totally awesome as a director and a cool dude. He took care of his people and made sure that no wrong tried to get over on us. We were like his tiger cubs and he took care of us. He was very knowledgably about the history of Egypt and a lot more. I wish I could put him in a bottle and make him the director for any other tours we book. Coming on this tour really humbled me going back to my home, all the things we take for granted. The accommodations were great and we had an opportunity to stay at hotel that were very nice. The only cons I had , was at the beginning of the tour, there was some much packed into a day that was wore you out. In addition, planning places to buy souvenirs and not the places that Go Ahead Tours have planned for you to go to. It's a once in a life time vacation and you want to be able to bring small trinkets back for people in the states. Lastly, take out the Light and Sound Show, was not what I expected. I also understand the security issues so I wasn't upset when the itinerary had to be changed, safety out-trumps everything. The assistance TD-Ahmad was so cool also. Every person that we dealt with were so nice and accommodating to us, Can't forget Clarissa, glad you were there to help iron out things, my sista. :-) Would love to go again. Go Ahead Tours, thanks for making this a very remarkable trip for us. Doc and Kim

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/23/2007

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

Tour Director really new everything about Egypt and didn't need to have other Guides showing up the places unless required. The best trip I have ever taken with Go Ahead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2008

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceptional tour

This was one of the best tours we have ever taken with you. We were always bused from hotels to towns and shopping we saw everything Our guide was so informed he made us all feel like experts. I loved everything about the tour from sitting in a Mosque learning about muslims to going into the tombs and bargaining in the markets it was wonderful I wish Egypt was not in such a bad situation so that this tour could still be done

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/19/2009

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Entranced by the beauty of Egypt!

Every single part of this tour is AMAZING! Everyone asked us why we would want to visit Egypt and my response was always why don’t you want to visit Egypt! We always felt safe and our Tour Director was also an Egyptologist so he did every tour and was a wealth of information. I loved that about this tour. Cruising down the Nile was relaxing and beautiful. One of my favorite things on this tour (there were many) was the Felucca ride; you could image how it was back in the Cleopatra days while taking this ride. My husband and I were never disappointed with the hotels, bus, or food and actual we fell in love with the local fare. Egypt and this tour was everything I dreamed about and would not hesitate to go back!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Egypt Trip

This was my second trip to Egypt. First of all the guide was awesome. We got an Egyptologist and he was amazing. Super nice and very knowledgeable. I did not like that the tour had too much free time, sometimes you would get a whole free day or an afternoon and the next morning free. I understand there are senior citizens in the trip but not everyone is so young people need more optional activities to do while the old people sleep. Do not take the extension to Jordan if it is not with a Goahead guide. Ours was with a company goahead hired and it was a disaster. The guide would not explain anything . We never got the Amman tour and had to pay extra to go to the Dead Sea. On top of that they dropped us off at Queen Alia airport at 11 pm for a 430 am flight. Too much money for the quality and value obtained. I would love to get a refund from Goahead for the poor organization and quality of the extension to Jordan.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Was everything I hoped it would be and more

My husband and I did the May 3, 2012 tour. Our guide was Hesham el sayid - excuse spelling. He was absolutely fantastic. Made the trip. He has been a guide for more than 20 years and it showed. The trip itself was wonderful. None of the sites were crowded. We could hear Hesham. The pyramids were something to see in person. The Nile Cruise was our favorite part though. There were 15 in our group and we all got along. We normally travel on our own, this was the first trip with a group. Did not know if we would like it but it was a lot of fun. Most meals were included which was nice. Many of the other tours don't include a lot of the meals including Go Ahead tours. The meals were mostly buffets but they did have some local dishes. Everyone in group had stomach problems on the tour so I recommend bringing imodium d tablets with you. We were informed of the days events the day prior so we all knew what was happening in advance, no last minute planning. Also did the Jordan extension. Petra was awesome. We only had 7 though so Go Ahead contracted out to Plaza Tours. Was not the same quality as we got in Egypt. Petra was definitely a must see but none of the other sites were that great. WE paid the tour guide $25 US extra per person on the last day so we could go to the Dead Sea. Cost roughly another $18 US to get in to public beach area. That was a highlight as well. In my opinion Jordan extension should be Petra and Dead Sea . Desert Castles could have been skipped especially after seeing all of the sites in Egypt. For what we got on the Extension, it was overpriced. Guide did his best but was hard to understand him and the tour was just not as organized as the Egyptian portion. All in all we had a great time and would definitely do another tour with Go Ahead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/3/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fascinating view of ancient and modern Egypt

This was our first trip to Egypt and our first experience with Go Ahead Tours. We were extremely pleased with the tour and especially our guide Atef, who intelligently and proudly explained Egypt's amazing history and current social, religious and political conditions. The pace of the trip is brisk, although we never walked more than 3 miles in a day, and we often wished we had more time in the fabulous museums. The quantity and quality of the antiquities is beyond belief. Trravel advice: We traveled in November and the weather was perfect Take a lot of $1.00 and $5.00 bills (US) to buy from small vendors -- they never have change. Also, learn to say "NO" effectively. Don't miss Abu Simbel -- it is worth the additional fee. If available, take the option of a non-stop flight to Cairo and avoid hassles of lost luggage and delayed flights. If you want hours to shop this is not the tour for you, but if you want to learn about the history, religion and culture of Egypt this trip is perfect!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/17/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Appreciation for History

Of all the vacations I have taken this was definitely the vacation that gave me the most appreciation for the history of the ancient world. To see what was accomplished during the peak of the Egyptian empire is truly amazing. Processing the thought that these giant monuments, temples, and tombs were built without modern technology or heavy machinery inspires a sense of awe. Our tour guide Amr not only did an excellent job overall with the tour, but made our safety during the time his foremost concern. One would think of safety concerns being in a country that is in the middle of a revolution. Although you could see signs of this from time to time at no point was there ever a feeling that we were unsafe while in the country. The people of Egypt were extremely polite and were very welcoming to tourist. Word of advice in reference to the excursion would be to definitely book the Abu Simbel trip. An excursion that wasn't listed on the GAT site but came up was hot air ballooning in Luxor near the Valley of the Kings. This was absolutely breathtaking and a must do if available. All in all it was an excellent trip especially for the value given.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/3/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellant Trip

Detail and level of personalized service from greeting at arriving airport through departure was excellent. The pace was a perfect balance of touring and drown time. Accommodations excellant Security very good---never had a concern about personal safety during the trip. A comment I believe is unique to visiting a country like Egypt in a post revolution time period. International travelers have become accustomed to traveling in an age of ATM machines. Therefore they tend not to carry a lot of cash on arrival to a country. The accessibility of ATMs is not plentiful in a post revolutionary Egypt. Additionally, there was a greater desire than normal for US dollars vs the Egyptian pound. Even after accessing an ATM it was difficult if not impossible to secure exchange for large Egyptian pound notes for smaller denominations. Even the hotels did not have the ability to provide smaller denominations. Also experienced for the first time merchants charging a percentage fee (not taking about the inter nation exchange rate charged by the card companies) if using a credit card.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/17/2011

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Egypt

Incredible, Amazing, and mind boggling - how did they build those pyramids and temples? Floating down the Nile is the way to see the sites. To be learning of the history while the revolution was making new history was life changing.

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