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Is This Trip Right for You?

While very few improvements have been made in recent years, Egypt’s history and culture have not changed but recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Hotels and ships are working hastily on their services to meet demands. Investments in the infrastructure are lagging behind. Therefore the buses and transfer vehicles, although clean and well maintained, are an aging fleet. Most domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be lacking. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked foods only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. Abu Dhabi is a modern U.A.E. city built from desert sands. Abu Dhabi's culture is diverse. The majority of Abu Dhabi's citizens are foreign born and your local guides will likely have foreign roots. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Abu Dhabi-Cairo, Cairo-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 2 nights Abu Dhabi
    • 5 nights Cairo
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • Breakfast daily
 

Special Features

  • Embark on a city tour of Abu Dhabi that includes a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi
  • Head to the Pyramids of Giza for a morning tour, that includes a visit to the magnificent Sphinx that guards the Giza plateau

Is This Trip Right for You?

While very few improvements have been made in recent years, Egypt’s history and culture have not changed but recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Hotels and ships are working hastily on their services to meet demands. Investments in the infrastructure are lagging behind. Therefore the buses and transfer vehicles, although clean and well maintained, are an aging fleet. Most domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be lacking. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked foods only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. Abu Dhabi is a modern U.A.E. city built from desert sands. Abu Dhabi's culture is diverse. The majority of Abu Dhabi's citizens are foreign born and your local guides will likely have foreign roots. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Monday - Depart for the United Arab Emirates
Depart for the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Abu Dhabi
Arrive in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, also known as the Arabian Jewel. Transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Abu Dhabi

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day in Abu Dhabi
Spend the day at leisure, or join the full day optional tour to Dubai. Travel to Dubai, one of the world's most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Upon arrival, begin at Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree and houses, residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Drive to the end of the island for a photo stop at the iconic Atlantis The Palm Hotel. After, make another photo stop at Dubai's signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue on Sheikh Zayed road to visit the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. While at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall. Afterwards, drive to the oldest part of the city. The Bastakiya area is where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale, varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices. At the conclusion of the tour, head back to Abu Dhabi
Optional: Full Day Dubai Tour (AM)
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Morning City Tour of Abu Dhabi, Flight to Cairo
This morning, take a city tour of Abu Dhabi. Begin at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Drive through al Bateen area, also known as the Royal and Presidential District. Stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, 'Father of the Nation'. Proceed to the Emirates Palace and the Etihad Towers for a photo stop. After, drive along the city's glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city's fabulous skyline. Later in the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo, Egypt. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for overnight
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Explore the Pyramids of Giza
Awaken in this city of ancient wonders. Begin your discovery of the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, the oldest surviving structure, named one of the “seven ancient wonders of the world.” After seeing the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, head to the magnificent Sphinx that guards the Giza plateau, amazingly carved out of one massive piece of limestone. Next, visit Papyrus the shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Leisure time this afternoon, or join the optional half day tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Tonight, don't miss the optional Nile Dinner Cruise. Spend an evening in Cairo with a delightful dinner cruise along the iconic Nile
Optional: Half Day Memphis and Sakkara with Lunch (PM)
Optional: Nile Dinner Cruise
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Cairo
Spend the day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city, or join the optional Half Day Egyptian Museum with Lunch. Begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, the world's largest museum of Egyptian artifacts. Marvel at the vast collection of 120,000 artifacts including treasures belonging to King Tutankhamun. Admire his six gold-gilded coffins and the legendary gold death mask. After lunch, return to your hotel. In the afternoon, participate in the optional Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner (PM). Make your way to the Saladin Citadel, dating from the 12th century. Built as a defense against the Crusaders, it served as the seat of the Egyptian government for 700 years. Next, head into Old Cairo. This area is the original home of the Coptic Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian denominations. Here, visit the Hanging Church, that was built in the 7th century. Admire the courtyard and interior with its elaborate wooden screen, marble pulpit and icons. Proceed to Abu Serga, a 5th-century Coptic church and hear how the church was built over the site of a cave, believed to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt. Later, visit the Monastery and Church of St George, an early 20th-century church. It is one of the few round churches ever built in Egypt. Then, tour the Ben Ezra Synagogue, once a Christian church. Next, stop at a Gold Bazaar were you can find unique pieces of silver and gold jewelry along with diamonds and precious stones. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel
Optional: Half Day Egyptian Museum with Lunch (AM) 
Optional: Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner (PM)
Optional: Egyptian Museum with Lunch & Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner Combo Package
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Cairo
Today is free to further explore Cairo on you own, or join the optional Full Day Luxor Tour. In the morning, depart Cairo by flight to Luxor, the astonishing site of the ancient city of Thebes. First you will be transported to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of Luxor, to admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female ruler. After lunch, cross the river Nile to explore the East Bank of Luxor. Start with a visit to Luxor Temple and admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II. Stroll along the avenue of the Sphinxes to the magnificent Temples of Karnak, an archaeological treasure trove, dating back over 3,000 years. Pass through the Great Court and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Spend free time to explore on your own before boarding your flight back to Cairo
Optional: Full Day Luxor (AM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Cairo and Depart Egypt
Spend your last day in Cairo at leisure. Perhaps head to the Khan El Khalili souk, one of the oldest markets in Egypt, dating back to 1382 to shop for unique souvenirs to take home. This evening, treat yourself to dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants offering delectable Egyptian cuisine. Later that night, freshen up at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Most flights will depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Egypt

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  • Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
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  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Full Day Dubai Tour 8:30 AM

Travel to Dubai to discover one of the world's most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Upon arrival, begin at Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree and houses, residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Drive to the end of the island for a photo stop at the iconic Atlantis The Palm Hotel. After, make another photo stop at Dubai's signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue on Sheikh Zayed road to visit the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa. While at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall. Afterwards, drive to the oldest part of the city. The Bastakiya area is where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale, varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $119.00
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Half Day Memphis & Sakkara

Travel to Memphis, capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes around 3100 BC. Now, it is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Next, continue on to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Tour includes lunch at a local restaurant. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours
 

Day #5 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $39.00
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Nile Dinner Cruise

Spend an evening in Cairo with a delightful dinner cruise along the iconic Nile River. Relax and discover the beauty of the ancient Egyptian city by night, as you glide along the water. Take in the views of the city's sparkling lights as you savor dinner of local specialties.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #5 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $79.00
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Egyptian Museum with lunch & Coptic Cairo & Citadel with dinner Combo Package

Begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, the world's largest museum of Egyptian artifacts. Marvel at the vast collection of 120,000 artifacts including treasures belonging to King Tutankhamun. Admire his six gold-gilded coffins and the legendary gold death mask. After lunch, make your way to the Saladin Citadel, dating from the 12th century. Built as a defense against the Crusaders, it served as the seat of the Egyptian government for 700 years. Next, head into Old Cairo. This area is the original home of the Coptic Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian denominations. Here, visit the Hanging Church, that was built in the 7th century. Admire the courtyard and interior with its elaborate wooden screen, marble pulpit and icons. Proceed to Abu Serga, a 5th-century Coptic church and hear how the church was built over the site of a cave, believed to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt. Then, tour the Ben Ezra Synagogue, once a Christian church. Next, stop at a Gold Bazaar were you can find unique pieces of silver and gold jewelry along with diamonds and precious stones. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 12 hours

Optionals "Half Day Egyptian Museum with lunch" and "Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner" operate at the same time as "Egyptian Museum with Lunch & Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner Combo Package" and should not be booked together.

Day #6 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $99.00
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Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with dinner

Visit the 12th century Saladin Citadel. Built as a defense against the Crusaders, it served as the seat of the Egyptian government for 700 years. Next, head into Old Cairo. This area is the original home of the Coptic Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian denominations. Here, visit the Hanging Church, that was built in the 7th century. Admire the courtyard and interior with its elaborate wooden screen, marble pulpit and icons. Proceed to Abu Serga, a 5th-century Coptic church and hear how the church was built over the site of a cave, believed to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt. Later, visit the Monastery and Church of St George, an early 20th-century church. It is one of the few round churches ever built in Egypt. Then, tour the Ben Ezra Synagogue, once a Christian church. Next, stop at a Gold Bazaar were you can find unique pieces of silver and gold jewelry along with diamonds and precious stones. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 7 hours

Optionals "Half Day Egyptian Museum with lunch" and "Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner" operate at the same time as "Egyptian Museum with Lunch & Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner Combo Package" and should not be booked together.

Day #6 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $69.00
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Half Day Egyptian Museum with lunch

Enjoy a visit to the Egyptian Museum, the world's largest museum of Egyptian artifacts. Marvel at the vast collection of 120,000 artifacts including treasures belonging to King Tutankhamun. Admire his six gold-gilded coffins and the legendary gold death mask. Afterwards, enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours

Optionals "Half Day Egyptian Museum with lunch" and "Half Day Coptic Cairo with Dinner" operate at the same time as "Egyptian Museum with Lunch & Coptic Cairo with Dinner Combo Package" and should not be booked together.

Optionals "Half Day Egyptian Museum with lunch" and "Half Day Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner" operate at the same time as "Egyptian Museum with Lunch & Coptic Cairo & Citadel with Dinner Combo Package" and should not be booked together.

Day #6 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $59.00
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Full Day Luxor

In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor, the astonishing site of the ancient city of Thebes. First you will be transported to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of Luxor, to admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Continue to the stunning Valley of the Queens, a burial site for the wives of the Pharaohs. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. After crossing the river Nile, explore the East Bank of Luxor. Start with a visit to Luxor Temple and admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II. Stroll along the avenue of the Sphinxes to the magnificent Temples of Karnak, an archaeological treasure trove, dating back over 3,000 years. Pass through the Great Court and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Savor lunch and spend free time to explore on your own before boarding your flight back to Cairo.

Approximate tour duration is 14 hours

*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 70 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #7 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $429.00
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7 Day Egypt's Pyramids, April 2019
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7 Day Egypt's Pyramids, March 2019
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I had a wonderful time in Egypt. It exceeded all my expectations and I want to add that we had an excellent guide throughout. Husam was knowledgeable, helpful, and went over and above to ensure we had a great time and felt safe. This was my first time traveling solo and at all times he made himself accessible to all my questions and helped in countless ways. He is definitely an asset to the company. Once again Gate 1 knocked it out of the park!! I can’t wait until my next adventure with Gate 1.

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7 Day Egypt's Pyramids, March 2019
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7 Day Egypt's Pyramids, February 2019
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