Join us to travel the whole of this beautiful and welcoming country, with its thousands of years of culture, taking in all the highlights of both ancient and modern Egypt. You will have plenty of time to absorb the history, be awed by the sacred sites and enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Nile. Take home memories to last a lifetime, along with a deep understanding of how the ancient Egyptians lived.
Inside Egypt presents an extraordinary 14-day cultural tour of Egypt that will stay with you forever.
Your first full day of the trip will take you to see the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid, in a striking desert setting at Saqqara. At nearby Dahshur, you’ll visit the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid. The next day is a trip to the Fayoum Oasis and the stunning Wadi El Hitan, or Whale Valley. By traveling with Inside Egypt, when we return to Cairo, you will be able to take advantage of private access to Egypt’s most iconic site, the Giza Plateau, home to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, and enjoy the wonders from up close. You will then fly to Luxor to be wowed by the spectacular Karnak Temple Complex, with its huge columns and statues, followed by a tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple. Next you’ll embark on a 5-star deluxe Nile cruise, where you will spend six wonderful nights traveling along the majestic River Nile from Luxor to Aswan and back. After breakfast on board you’ll visit Luxor’s West Bank and get lost in history. You’ll see the pharaohs’ final resting place at the Valley of the Kings, the giant Colossi of Memnon, and the beautiful Temple of Hatshepsut. On your luxury Nile cruise, you’ll experience the local way of life along the river and visit temples in Abu Simbel. After your return flight to Cairo, you will see royal mummies in their new home, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. In Alexandria, you’ll visit the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, the new library of Alexandria and the Citadel of Qaitbay. Once again back in Cairo, you will visit the magnificent Egyptian Museum and the Citadel of Salah Din and the Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque. This is a fantastic photo opportunity, with a view of the whole city. You will also have a guided tour of Historic Cairo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see how the Egyptians lived and visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, a market dating back to medieval times. This is a great opportunity to practice your bartering skills while purchasing souvenirs.
All the while, our enthusiastic tour guides will share their knowledge of and passion for the history and culture of this amazing country. Let us bring out your inner explorer!
$3695 (USD) per person in a twin/double room, with a low deposit of just $500. If you would like to have a room to yourself, the single supplement is $890
- $500 deposit to confirm the booking. Payable when booking.
- Remaining balance will be due three months before the tour.
Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard with 3-D Secure.
5-star accommodation (7 nights in 5-star hotels in Cairo; 6 nights on board a 5-star deluxe Nile cruise ship); domestic flights during the tour (Cairo to Luxor; Luxor to Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; all sightseeing tours and entrances included in the itinerary; bottled water while sightseeing; English-speaking guide; English-speaking tour leader; transfers in air-conditioned buses; airport pickup; airport arrival and departure transfers; government taxes; private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu; special entrance to the Sphinx Enclosure; health insurance.
International flights to/from Cairo (but we can help you with booking); visa cost ($25, issued on arrival at Cairo International Airport).
The option to upgrade your room, whether in the hotels in Cairo or on the cruise ship, is available upon request. Information regarding upgrade availability and prices will be provided before you begin your trip. Please note the upgrade availabilities are limited.
The first day of the tour is dedicated to arrivals as our guests will be arriving throughout the day. All guests will be greeted by an Inside Egypt representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. We recommend you try to book a flight that arrives in the morning or afternoon to allow you time to unpack and rest before dinner.
The final day of the tour (Day 14) will be dedicated to departures and the checkout time at the hotel is 12 noon. Transfers from the hotel to the airport are provided.
Guests are responsible for booking their international flights to and from Egypt. Please make sure to send us a copy of your flight itinerary so we can arrange your airport transfers. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance booking your international flights.
Our tour itinerary includes all the major attractions and is sure to please you. Additional excursions are available for guests who would like to add on to our standard itinerary.
These optional trips are scheduled around the main itinerary to avoid any conflicts should you choose to add them to your tour.
Camel Caravan in Aswan – $90
Don’t miss out on this amazing afternoon enjoying the oldest means of transportation in Egypt. A motorboat will take you to Gharb Soheil on the west side of the Nile, where you will mount your camel and cross the desert to a panoramic view of Aswan and the mighty river – a great photo opportunity. You’ll refresh with traditional Nubian tea while you rest before returning to the river’s edge on your camel.
Valley of the Queens & Nefertari's Tomb – $155
The Valley of the Queens served as the burial site of the pharaoh’s wives and some royal children of the 19th and 20th Dynasties (1292-1075 B.C.). There are more than 90 known tombs, usually consisting of an entrance passage, a few short halls, and a sarcophagus chamber. You will visit three very well-preserved tombs in the Valley, including the famous Queen Nefertari's tomb, known as the most beautiful tomb in Egypt for its still-vibrant colorful decorations. Nefertari's tomb was closed for many years and has only recently reopened for sightseeing.
Medinet Habu - $95 - for more information CLIK HERE.
Hot Air Balloon Trip Over Luxor and the Nile River – $155
For unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples, take a hot air balloon trip over the River Nile's West Bank. High above the crowds in the peaceful glow of dawn, your sunrise flight over Egypt's ancient monuments promises to be a highlight of your visit. For photography buffs, this aerial view is not to be missed.
The Grand Egyptian Museum – $320
An unique treat for history lovers! At the edge of the ancient pyramids of Giza, 5,000 construction workers are building the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum. At a cost of more than $1 billion, this 5.2-million-square-foot structure will be the world's largest museum when it opens.
In the meantime, you can be among the first people to enter the museum and see artifacts that no other tourists have seen. It may sound unbelievable, but thanks to our work alongside the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, we are proud to offer you a personalized tour with a museum manager.
Many of the artifacts have never been seen by the public, as they were stored in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. You will see ancient artifacts being cleaned and restored in special conservation labs. Entrance to these rooms is strictly controlled and even many renowned archaeologists aren’t permitted.
The fee for this special tour helps support the construction of the museum. Taking part in this optional trip makes you a contributor to this greatly anticipated Egyptian treasure!
Please note that entrance to the Grand Hall is subject to availability.
Inside the artificial mountain of Abu Simbel – $390
With Inside Egypt you have an opportunity for a completely different perspective on Abu Simbel. This mountain was constructed to house the magnificent temples when they had to be moved. You can go inside the mountain itself to get a behind-the-scenes look at its construction and learn more about the work of archaeologists at this unique complex.
Payment for these additional excursions can be via credit card or cash during the tour. Credit card payments include a 2.0% processing fee charged by the bank system.
Please inform your tour leader upon arrival if you would like to take part in any of these optional excursions.
Palaces of Cairo: 1-day add-on for standard arrival day (Day 1)
This tour will give you the chance to visit two important and beautiful palaces in Cairo.
After breakfast you will start your day at the Baron Empain Palace, which was opened to the public in 2020 after two years of renovation. The Baron Palace, constructed in 1911 by the Belgian architect who built Paris’s metro, is located in the wealthy Heliopolis district of Cairo. After a tour of the ornate residence, you will enjoy lunch at one of the best restaurant in downtown Cairo, followed by walk in a downtown market to experience the local life of an Egyptian.
Next, you will visit the Manial Palace and Museum, which is one of the most distinctive and breathtaking palaces of the Alawiyya dynasty (19th and 20th centuries). It was built between 1899 and 1929 by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, who was the uncle of King Farouk.
At the end of the day you will get to enjoy some recreational time at one of the most luxurious cities in Egypt, Sheikh Zayed City at Giza. A short walk will show you how modern Egypt is, and you’ll then enjoy dinner at an open-air restaurant to make the most of the beautiful weather.
Beni Hasan & Tuna el-Gebel: 1-day add-on for the standard departure day (Day 14)
If you are still eager for more exploring, join this exciting trip to the archaeological sites of Beni Hasan and Tuna el-Gebel.
After breakfast, an air-conditioned bus will take you to Al Minya Governorate to visit Tuna el-Gebel, the necropolis of the ancient town of Khnum. You’ll visit Akhenaten’s Boundary Stelae, a group of monuments that mark the borders of the sacred site and show Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti worshipping the sun god Aten. Next you’ll see the catacombs, where mummies of humans and animals have been found.
After lunch you will visit the site of Beni Hasan, where a number of governors of different areas of ancient Egypt were buried. These tombs were similar to those of the pharaohs, but the decorations show more of ancient Egyptians’ daily life – agriculture, food, dance – rather than ritualistic funerary themes.
You’ll return to Cairo for dinner at the hotel. The add-on’s price includes an extra night’s accommodation.
Price: $350 per person for a double room or $420 for a single room.
Please contact us if you are interested in other add-on tours.
Jordan 5-day add-on, after Around Egypt in 14 Days (Days 15-19)
We’ve organized an exceptional trip to Jordan, often called the jewel of the Middle East, with unique opportunities to visit ancient cities, admire the magnificent rock formations in the desert, and even swim in the Dead Sea. You’ll get to know the ancient city of Petra and the modern King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, the capital of Jordan. You will visit Wadi Rum, a protected desert reserve in the southern part of Jordan, often called the Valley of the Moon, known for its red-pink sands, stunning natural arches and imposing mountains, and prehistoric rock engravings. Wadi Rum Protected Area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. You will end your trip with a wonderful visit to the Dead Sea, where the water is so salty you will float in it.
Day 1: Departure from Cairo & Arrival in Amman
You’ll fly from Cairo to Amman, Jordan, where our representative will be waiting for you holding our company sign. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Amman City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel.
You will start the day with a city tour to explore the highlights of Amman. The Roman Theater dates back to the second century, when the city was known as Philadelphia (literally “the city of brotherly love” in Greek). The theater could seat 6,000 and was commissioned by Emperor Antonius Pius.
Next, you will visit the Citadel of Amman. The complex consists of a number of structures built during the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad eras. At the Temple of Hercules, you’ll see the enormous hand that is believed to have been part of a massive Roman statue of the famous hero himself. The two complete pillars there are 30 feet tall and it’s believed that the temple would have reached more than 40 feet in height. Then you’ll visit the Umayyad Palace, the best-preserved structure at Amman Citadel. The palace includes a huge cistern which was used to transport water to the palace.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Drive to Petra, where we’ll enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the Petra Marriott Hotel.
Day 3: Wadi Rum Desert
After breakfast, you’ll start the day at Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon for its otherworldly rock formations. This is where the films Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian, among others, were shot. It is the largest wadi (valley) in Jordan, set on a high plateau at the western edge of the Arabian Desert. Human occupation of Wadi Rum dates back 12,000 years, and on today’s SUV safari, you will learn about the ancient and modern Bedouin lifestyle and the animals that make this arid zone their home.
You’ll have free time to relax in the afternoon.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4: Petra Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, you’ll visit breathtaking Petra, made world-famous when it was featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Its rock-cut tombs and temples were carved into the cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. You will see the mysteries of the “Rose Red City,” the most famous and impressive of which is known as the Treasury, although in reality it was a tomb for a Nabataean king. Its facade reveals many Roman and ancient Greek influences, and it may have been used as a Christian church in Byzantine times.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Next, we will drive to Shobak Castle, the most important Crusader castle in Jordan, followed by a visit to St. George’s Church in Madaba, which contains the oldest and largest floor-mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating to the sixth century. We will then travel to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses was given his first look at the Promised Land. The panoramic view takes in the Dead Sea, and you might be able to see as far as Jericho and Jerusalem.
Next we’ll check in to our hotel at the Dead Sea. At more than 1,000 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest land elevation in the world. It is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world, so much so that you can float in it.
Dinner and overnight at hotel at the Dead Sea.
Day 5: Departure
Transfer to Amman for your flight from Queen Alia International Airport.
Transfer from the hotel in Cairo to airport
1-way flight from Cairo to Amman
Pickup at Queen Alia International Airport and transport to hotel in Amman
Transportation in modern air-conditioned private vehicle with an English-speaking driver
Local English-speaking guide
Luxury 5-star hotel accommodation
Entrance fees to all sites on the itinerary
2-hour 4x4 tour in Wadi Rum
3 meals per day
Visa to Jordan (if we receive your full passport details a few days prior to arrival date)
Price: $1985 per person for a double room. Single supplement costs $495.
To download our digital brochure for the Jordan Extencion CLICK HERE.
Travel with confidence – your health is our priority!
Our guests’ safety is our highest priority. Here at Inside Egypt we have adopted the Safe Travels protocols produced by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and endorsed by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to ensure a high level of hygiene and safety on our tours.
All guests traveling to Egypt must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 issued in the country of departure, up to 72 hours (3 days) before flight departure time. Passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide certificates from tests performed up to 96 hours (4 days) prior to flight time. (Please note these details are subject to change.)
How we avoid the spread of infection during our tours:
Our group sizes are kept small and are limited to just 25 guests.
We use a full-size coach (50 seats) while traveling to allow appropriate social distancing between travelers.
Face masks and hand sanitizer are available daily from our team.
All members of our team have completed the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 Virus course, certified by the World Health Organization, to minimize the risk of infection with the virus and ensure the safety of our customers.
All staff who will work during a tour will receive PCR tests both before and during the trip to make sure they are healthy throughout. This applies to tour guides, tour leaders, drivers and tour managers.
Local restaurants, hotels, buses and minibuses are regularly sterilized to keep everything clean and safe for all guests.
Guests and staff will have their temperature taken daily by the Nile cruise team and at all hotels when entering the premises.
When arriving at Cairo International Airport, checking in to hotels and when embarking on the Nile cruise ship, your luggage will be sanitized.
We will do everything possible to ensure that you have a great vacation and feel safe at all times!