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Egypt & the Nile

12 days Land & Cruise
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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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.

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

Map of Tour of Egypt

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 $105pp* 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 you like in Aswan.

Optional Excursion - Abu Simbel $329pp* 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 $55pp* 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 $85pp* 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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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: 2/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Trip of Lifetime

I've always dreamed of visiting Egypt and this trip exceed my expectation. I think what made it more memorable was our amazing tour director, Amr. He was just amazing!!!! He brought Egypt to a whole new level. The tour was good for its value. I can't say excellent since at the last minute our hotel in Giza was change and the hotel that was picked was not the best. Yet, Go Ahead made up for it with the rest of the locations. Please pay the extra and go to Abu Simbel. It is sooooo worth it!!!!! It took my breath away!!!!! In addition, if the option comes up for the Hot Air Balloon Ride... do it!!! you wont' regret it. I extended my trip to Jordan, and even though I fell in love with the country, after having such an amazing tour director in Egypt, Jordan's tour director was lacking. Other than that, go visit Egypt... its worth every penny!!!!!!!

 

Hi Irma! Thank you for your fantastic review. We’re glad you enjoyed your tour of Egypt! We’re also happy to learn that your Tour Director added a lot of value to your experience. We totally agree that it’s a good idea to include the Abu Simbel optional, as the history of the temples is extremely fascinating. Regarding your hotel in Giza, we apologize for the last minute change. This can happen occasionally if scheduling or renovation conflicts arise with our hotel partners, to name some examples. We do appreciate your flexibility and patience in this regard. That said, we regret to hear you were displeased with the hotel and will be sure to communicate that feedback to our Operations team. We are constantly evaluating our tours, and we value your feedback as it helps us accomplish this. We’re happy to see that you extended to Jordan, but regret that you were not impressed with your Tour Director. We will also be sure to communicate these sentiments to our team. We are glad, though, that you enjoyed your tour and would recommend others travel to Egypt! Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Value for a Great Adventure!

Amr was an excellent tour guide with a wealth of knowledge that added to the quality of the adventure. He also accommodated my request to visit the Nubian Village, which was a real treat. Egypt (Kemet) is an amazing place and every day was exciting. I especially enjoyed Abu Simbel and the Hot Air Balloon ride. The accommodations were all very good, except some water leakage issues at the first hotel, otherwise the hotels and cruise ship were clean and comfortable. The staff at each location were very helpful and kind. The food was above average as well. The people were all very nice and welcoming. I felt very comfortable and safe. Additionally, I really appreciated that it was a small tour group. I highly recommend this tour and have already spoken to a number of family and friends about sharing in this adventure.

 

Hi Aisha! Thank you for sharing your experience. We're so glad you had a wonderful time on tour. It's great to know that you enjoyed all aspects of your experience, including meals, your Tour Director, and most accommodations. We regret to hear of some water leakage issues at your first hotel and will be sure to communicate that to our Operations team. We are very pleased to learn that you felt safe and comfortable on your tour to Egypt. Safety is always our top priority. Thank you for telling your friends and family about this tour, and again, thank you for writing a review. We hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Memorable Trip

This was a trip I'd dreamed about for many years. Circumstances finally presented themselves. I'm happy I booked with Go Ahead for both ease at the planning stage and value of the entire trip. Unfortunately, there was what I'll call a 'glitch' at the beginning of my tour that hampered my total enjoyment. I credit our tour guide, Amr for his personal care while not letting the rest of the group go lacking. True, I missed out on some events due to my injury however, I did not feel remiss in any way and managed to enjoy my tour. despite circumstances. Thank You Go Ahead Angela

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 1/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

stranded, no help from Go ahead!

The tour itself was wonderful. Until the return trip , I would have said this is the best tour I ever took and the best Tour Company. I was planning on using only Go Ahead for future trips. Then, due to weather, I had a flight cancelation. I had told Go Ahead daily for 3 days that my flight was cancelled. However, I ended up stranded at the Frankfurt Airport and when I called Go ahead they told me it was up to me to book another flight. I ended up on a flight to Boston and renting a car to drive home to DC. (If they had rebooked me when I told them more flights would have been available and I would have been in better shape.) Even though I purchased the travel insurance, GO Ahead is bulking at reimbursing me for the rental car and hotel room. After I called them from Germany, I did not hear from them again (so for all they knew I was still in Germany) until the normal "how was your trip call) 3 days later!!!

 

Dear Suzanne, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour. However, we regret that your return flight experience did not transpire as it should have, due to inclement weather. Flight itineraries are always subject to change in light of weather, world events, mechanical problems, and other factors. It’s important to note that Go Ahead has no control over flight rerouting, as we don’t have access to internal flight and ticketing programs. Therefore, the airline must remain your primary point of contact on all flight changes while on tour. When you called Go Ahead in anticipation of your flight cancellation, your flight was not yet cancelled, so as far as the airline was concerned at this time, you were still traveling on your original flight. Regarding your unpleasant itinerary, it seems that alternative flight options were rather limited at the time of your planned return as a result of the bad weather. Regarding your rental car reimbursement, you must file a claim through your travel insurance for possible reimbursement. Go Ahead cannot take responsibility for this cost, as we have no control over the weather or flight rescheduling. It looks like one of our Quality Control team members spoke with you in late January, at which time our records show you both discussed the claims process and we offered our assistance in filing it if needed. If you are unclear on how to proceed with this, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-597-0350. We are glad to help you in any way that we can. Again, we regret that your return flight experience caused you frustration and inconvenience.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Egypt

Now is great time to go to Egypt! Security was fantastic (safer than we would have been anyplace in USA!). Tour Director, Amr was a real Egyptology with fantastic knowledge of his home country. Sites were not crowded (in fact seemed like we had the places to ourselves). Egyptians were very happy to see us. Loved the opportunity to go inside the largest pyramid. Overall a fantastic vacation that all should take!

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Hi Jim! We’re thrilled to hear you had a great time in Egypt. What a fascinating country! It’s wonderful to hear you were able to go inside the largest pyramid. That must have been an incredible experience. We couldn’t agree more that Egypt is a place everyone should visit. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Hesham was amazing and took our tour to the next level!

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!

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