A tour of Egypt is a journey back into time. It is the gift of the Nile, creating a narrow fertile strip of land 600 miles long in an immensity of desert–and resulting in the colossal achievements of the Egyptian civilization. CAIRO The center of Egyptian life for 1,000 years, Cairo is the largest city in Africa. The heart of the city lies on the east bank. This area contains most of the modern hotels, the shopping and business districts, the Old City of Cairo, the Islamic Cairo, the Citadel and the Khan el-Khalili bazaar. On the west bank, only a few miles from the center of the city, lie the Pyramids of Giza.
NILE CRUISE On a Nile cruise, you will spend three to four nights on a luxury boat visiting ancient temples, tombs and treasures of the past. The boats usually sail from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa.
LUXOR Formerly known as Thebes, Luxor lies 500 miles south of Cairo. Thebes was the great capital of the Egyptian Empire and includes some of the most fabulous sites of Egypt, including Luxor and Karnak Temples.
ASWAN Sights in and around Aswan include the Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Ptolemaic Temple, the Temple of Kalabshah, the Mosque of Aga Khan, the Botanical Gardens and the Aswan High Dam.
ABU SIMBEL Four colossal statues of Ramses sit above quiet Lake Nasser. Behind them is an entire temple in a cave carved from solid rock.
SHARM EL SHEIKH This is the main resort center of the Sinai peninsula. From your hotel base you will have opportunities to take dive or snorkel trips in the Red Sea.
Best Time to Go
Excellent: Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec