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Egypt & Nile River Cruise for Solo Travelers

9 days |  12 days with Alexandria & Cairo extension
Group size1528 travelers
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Soak in iconic ancient sites—and sail along the Nile—with fellow solo travelers.

The perfect day in Egypt involves forkfuls of falafel, a sensorial stroll through a busy souk, and a whole lot of ancient history. With fellow solo travelers by your side, you’ll decipher hieroglyphics at towering temples, stand in the shadows of the Pyramids of Giza, and take to the Nile by boat—because no trip to Egypt is complete until you discover the wonders of Africa’s longest, and most storied, river.

Your tour package includes

  • 4 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 3 nights in a private room aboard a Nile River cruise ship
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 dinners, select meals with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Great Sphinx
  • Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Temple of Philae
  • Temple of Kom Ombo
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Cairo today.

Giza2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Cairo & transfer to Giza
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Egypt! Arrive in Cairo and transfer to Giza. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel on your own.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Giza
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

Set off on a guided tour of Giza with your Tour Director, who’s also a professional Egyptologist.

  • See the Pyramids of Giza, the only Wonder of the Ancient World to have survived the modern era
  • Visit the enigmatic Great Sphinx, the largest monolithic sculpture in the world
  • Enter the Grand Egyptian Museum—the world’s largest museum with your Tour Director
  • Explore its exhibits and see the famous masks of Tutankhamun

Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Aswan1 night
Day 4: Flight to Aswan & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Aswan this morning, then set off on a sightseeing tour of the city led by your Egyptologist.

  • See the Aswan High Dam, one of the crowning achievements of modern Egypt
  • Board a boat and visit the temples at Philae, located on an island in the Nile River
  • Walk through the local market and stop at a perfume oil shop to learn about Frankincense and other natural remedies

Spend a free evening in Aswan or add an excursion.

Aswan Sunset Felucca Ride & Dinner

From $85 per person

Nile River Cruise3 nights
Day 5: Cruise embarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Aswan or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board your cruise ship and enjoy an included lunch as you set sail north along the Nile for Kom Ombo.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Abu Simbel

From $369 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo & Esna
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day touring Kom Ombo and Esna with your Egyptologist as your guide.

  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Greco-Roman period and noted for its twin deities, Sobek and Horus
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship
  • Disembark in Esna to explore the Temple of Khnum, whose columns and ceiling feature colorful, intricately carved hieroglyphics

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Karnak & Luxor
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the wonders of Egypt today by seeing the painstakingly excavated Temple of Karnak and Luxor, once connected by an avenue of sphinxes, with your Egyptologist.

  • Enter Karnak Temple for a walking tour through the complex to see the Precinct of Amun Re, walls of hieroglyphics, and the Temple of Khonsu
  • Visit a papyrus shop to learn about traditional Egyptian paper, and enjoy free time to shop
  • Walk through Luxor Temple, located on the banks of the Nile River
  • View obelisks, statues, and the Abu Haggag Mosque

Enjoy lunch aboard the ship. Then, spend a free afternoon in Luxor or add an excursion.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship.

Luxor’s West Bank: Valley of the Kings

From $89 per person

Cairo1 night
Day 8: Disembarkation, flight to Cairo & walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Disembark from your cruise this morning and fly to Cairo. Then, explore downtown Cairo on a walking tour led by your Egyptologist.

  • View Tahrir Square and learn about how it served as the backdrop for the Arab Spring and other political demonstrations
  • See Abdeen Palace, a former royal home that’s now the Egyptian President’s residence and workplace
  • Travel down Al Muizz street, an ancient road running through Cairo’s Islamic center that’s home to many impressive monuments, thousands of artisans, and several architectural wonders

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Alexandria and see more of Cairo.

Extension to Alexandria & Cairo
Extend your trip and travel to Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria. There, you’ll explore the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—the modern successor to the famous Library of Alexandria that was destroyed centuries ago. Then, return to Cairo to explore the Medieval Islamic area of the city with your Tour Director.
Alexandria2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Alexandria & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Make your way to the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and set out on a sightseeing tour.

  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local, seaside restaurant situated along the Mediterranean promenade
  • Enter the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center on Alexandria’s Mediterranean coast
  • Drive along the Corniche waterfront to the 15th-century Citadel of Qaitbay, a fortress built on the former site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Climb to the ramparts of the Citadel and take in amazing views of the city and harbor
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rashid
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head just outside of Alexandria to the city of Rashid. Formerly known as Rosetta, the Nile River city is where the famous Rosetta Stone was unearthed in 1799.

  • Explore the Rashid Museum, located inside the 18th century Arab Kulli House
  • Wander its four floors of exhibits, which highlight architecture, Islamic arts, the history of the Rosetta Stone, and Rashid’s battles against French and English colonists
  • Enjoy a short walking tour of the Old Town and view well-preserved Ottoman homes
  • Visit the Duqmis Mosque, known as the Hanging Mosque for its unique, two-level construction
  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Alexandria
Cairo1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Cairo & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel back to Cairo this morning, then visit the Gayer-Anderson Museum. Set in a 17th-century former home that’s considered one of the most remarkable examples of Muslim domestic architecture in Cairo. You’ll see Egyptian art, carpets, other unique/rare collectibles as you explore the museum with your Tour Director.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Cairo Pyramids Hotel
Cairo Pyramids Hotel

This modern hotel is located outside of Giza. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness area, restaurant, and bar options. Nearby you’ll find the...

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Jaz Crown Jubilee
Jaz Crown Jubilee

This modern cruise ship travels along the Nile River and features a sundeck, pool, gym, restaurants, bars, and a spa.

Movenpick Resort Aswan
Movenpick Resort Aswan

This resort-style hotel is located on Elephantine Island in Aswan. Guests enjoy a pool, tennis courts, and laundry services. Nearby, you’ll find Kitch...

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Steigenberger El Tahrir
Steigenberger El Tahrir

This modern hotel is located in the heart of downtown Cairo. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, spa, and swimming pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Nile Rive...

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Steigenberger Cecil Hotel Alexandria
Steigenberger Cecil Hotel Alexandria

This elegantly styled hotel is located right on the harbor of Alexandria. Guests enjoy the on-site restaurant, terrace, and coffee house. Nearby you'l...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Cairo, Egypt
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Kom Ombo, Egypt
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Giza, Egypt
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Edfu, Egypt
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Rashid, Egypt
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Aswan, Egypt
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Luxor, Egypt
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Esna, Egypt
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Alexandria, Egypt
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Egypt, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Egypt. You can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival for $25. The entry authorities require exact change in crisp, new bills. You can also purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner, VisaCentral. Additionally, you can opt to purchase an electronic visa on the Egyptian Electronic Visa Portal website. Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-visa in their systems. However, we advise keeping either a digital or hard copy of your e-visa in case of any system failures.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EG6.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of small boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Tour Director
  • Your Tour Director, who’s also an Egyptologist, will be with you throughout the duration of your Egypt tour. Additional staff will also be working alongside your Tour Director to confirm logistics, and to assist with transfers and on-tour flights. Having these staffers, who are solely focused on ensuring all on-tour logistics go smoothly, allows your Tour Director to dedicate even more one-on-one time to sharing Egyptian history and culture with your group. While it’s customary to tip your Tour Director, you don’t need to tip these additional staff members.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Cairo. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo are included in the price of your tour.
  • A three-night Nile River cruise and boat rides are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure to label your baggage, and to keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. While many places in Egypt have a warm, sunny climate, the desert can be very cold at night and temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. Therefore, we also recommend packing a few long-sleeve shirts and warmer layers to wear at night.
  • We suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit mosques or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
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Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Public restrooms in Egypt can be quite bare. We suggest carrying bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.
  • Depending on the seasons and weather patterns, air pollution in Cairo may be problematic for travelers with a history of respiratory problems. Based on your health history, please discuss any precautions with your healthcare provider prior to departure.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications may be banned in Egypt. Importing these drugs can carry severe consequences, including imprisonment. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in Egypt.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for Egypt by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EG6.
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Cuisine
  • Egyptian cuisine uses the bountiful harvests of the Nile Valley; corn, eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, and citrus fruits are popular in many dishes. Don’t miss out on Egyptian interpretations of typical Mediterranean staples, like baba ghanoush, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves. Tea is the national drink and is offered at breakfast, after lunch, and in most social situations.
  • Meal times vary greatly in Egypt, and locals often skip lunch. While on tour, breakfast will be served around 8am, and lunch is often served around 3pm. Therefore, we recommended bringing energy bars, crackers, or other packable snacks with you during the day.
  • Meals on the cruise ship are served buffet-style and provide a wide variety of international offerings. Afternoon tea is offered every day.
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Electricity & air conditioning
  • Egypt operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or F plugs with two round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan to use your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of air-conditioning in hotels in Egypt is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air-conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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Time zones
  • Egypt is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 6pm in Egypt.
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Currency
  • You will use the Egyptian pound on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available abroad, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • Any shipboard purchases are directly added to your room account. Purchases made from on-board shops can be paid in USD or Egyptian pounds.
  • You may find it useful to have a supply of U.S. currency in small denominations when bargaining for everything from taxi rides to souvenirs.
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Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director, $1USD per person per day for the bus helper, $3USD per person per day for your driver, and $20USD to $25USD per person for cruise ship personnel.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • In Egypt, tipping is an important part of the local culture and you will be expected to tip for services including, but not limited to, taking photos in some areas or seeing additional exhibits. Travelers should carry small bills (in USD) for this purpose.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
  • International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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Safety
  • As dictated by Egyptian Tourism Police, all foreign groups must be accompanied by an armed guard and/or convoy.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, as pickpockets are active at most 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.
  • Bring photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and other important documents. Keep them separate from the originals.
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