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The Royal Experience

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Duration

12 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

White Pyramid’s Royal Experience tour refers to nobility on two levels. Not only do you get to experience splendors such as the opulent collection of the boy King, Tutankhamun, at the world famous Egyptian museum and tread the hallowed burial grounds of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, you’ll also rest in luxury fit for royalty throughout your journey.

We feast on traditional Egyptian cuisine, discover the wonders of the iconic pyramids—not only in Giza but also at the esteemed site of Sakkara—venture into the desert courtesy of the rolling gait of the “ship of the desert”, dine beneath a never-ending canopy of stars, and even get the chance to swim the waters of the mighty Nile during the hours of darkness.

Five nights are spent aboard a traditional Dahabiya, a small yet luxurious vessel by which we explore from Esna to Aswan. Along the way we discover little visited temples such as that of Nekhbet, decorated tombs that appear so fresh you’d swear they were only completed yesterday, walk through tiny fishing villages, share tea and shisha with the locals, and gaze upon mummified crocodiles.

We delve deep into the must-see sights of Aswan and Abu Simbel, marvel at the High Dam, visit temples and, on return to the buzz of Cairo, indulge in a wonderful afternoon learning authentic Egyptian cookery.

Suffice to say, this is tour for those with an adventurous streak who, nonetheless, appreciate the finer things in life and the benefits of luxury travel, all brought to life by the expertise of your Egypt Deluxe Egyptologist throughout.

Our most exclusive private journey, carefully crafted for the most discriminating traveler and patron of the arts. Guided by one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists, this journey includes access to several restricted temples not open to the public, as well as an exclusive private dinner inside the Temple of Luxor, an experience usually reserved for visiting dignitaries.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Time and time again our guests comment on the most unique aspect of our tours—that of our wonderful guides. Only those with intimate knowledge of their homeland make the grade, only equaled by their ability to impart the stories to those they accompany. It’s this, combined with the careful curation of our itineraries, that really brings the Egypt Deluxe difference to your Egyptian vacation.
  • All of Cairo’s highlights are explored, from the famous Pyramids of Giza, antiquities of the globally acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the souks of Khan el-Khalili bazaar, and the winding alleyways of Bab el-Fotouh.
  • Tread in the footsteps of Cleopatra as you walk the 2,700 meter (almost 2 miles long) Avenue of the Sphinxes that joins the jaw-droppingly beautiful historical sites of Karnak and Luxor Temples.
  • Sail aboard the intimate luxury of your group’s private Nour El Nile Dahabiya from Esna to Aswan, experiencing delights such as the narrowest aspect of the Nile at Gebel Silsileh and other exquisite stops that the larger cruise ships are forbidden to approach.
  • Discover the feats of human ingenuity as you explore the High Dam of Aswan and the UNESCO marvel that relocated wonders such as the Temple of Abu Simbel to rescue it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser Advantages

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Cairo | Arrival Cairo - Egyptian Museum - Khan El Khalili
DAY 1 - Cairo | Arrival Cairo - Egyptian Museum - Khan El Khalili

Arrive in Cairo and start your day by visiting the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. After lunch, walk from Bab el-Fotouh to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where tightly packed stalls display everything from spices and leather goods to jewelry and birds. Enjoy an authentic Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mahfouz restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, your home for the following two nights.

Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel
Meals: Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 2 - Cairo | Memphis - Sakkara - Pyramids

This morning, tour the Pyramids of Sakkara and Memphis. Following this, head on to explore the Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and explore the interior of biggest Pyramid “Khufu”, Following lunch, explore the surrounding desert by camel, and experience dinner under the stars by the Giza Pyramid Complex.

Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 3 - Cairo / Luxor | Karnak Temple - Luxor Temple

Take a short flight to Luxor, the world’s largest open-air museum. Start your day by visiting the majestic Karnak and Luxor Temples. Walk across the marvelous Avenue of Sphinxes, an avenue of human headed Sphinxes which is over 3 kilometers long. Enjoy your stay in the marvelous Sofitel Winter Palace hotel.

Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 4 - Luxor | Colossie of Memnon - Hathshepsut Temple - Valley of Kings

Start your day by visiting the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, home to many Pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great; the Valley of the Queens; the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Later that evening, enjoy your dinner at Sofitel Winter Palace.

Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 5 - Luxor / Esna | Esna

Esna, located some 33 miles south of Luxor, is where you will board your dahabiya and meet the crew. Your trip will begin with a brief walk to the temple and a stroll through streets filled with beautiful textiles and other exotic goods.

Nour El Nile - Melouka Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 6 - Edfu | El Kab

El Kab, on the East bank of the Nile, was once the capital of Upper Egypt and is still home to the temple of Nekhbet, as well as a row of fascinating decorated tombs carved into the slope of the mountains. Upon docking, you will embark on a beautiful walk through a small fishermen village to visit the necropolis.

Nour El Nile - Melouka Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 7 - Edfu | Gebel Sisileh

Immediately after an optional morning walk and breakfast, you will set sail. In the afternoon, you will stop at an island for a stroll or to swim in the Nile at night.

Nour El Nile - Melouka Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 8 - Gebel Sisileh | Gebl El Silsilh

Here, the Nile, flowing between two mountain ranges, is at its narrowest. After visiting the small temple of Horemheb and walking through the sandstone quarries, you will visit a picturesque café to enjoy tea and shisha (waterpipe). You will then sail to a picturesque riverbank where you will stop for lunch and swimming.

Nour El Nile - Melouka Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 9 - Kom Ombo | Kom Ombo Temple

After a night on the water and beneath the stars, the morning trip will take you to the town and temple of Kom Ombo. After enjoying the temple, you will visit the new Crocodile Museum, which contains many mummified crocodiles.

Nour El Nile - Melouka Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 10 - Aswan | Philae Temple - High Dam

Your Dahabyia arrives at its final destination, Aswan. Start your day by visiting Aswan's High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on Behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of Granite quarried in the Aswan area. The official opening took place in 1902 about 81 miles south of Luxor and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Enjoy your stay in Sofitel Old Cataract.

Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 11 - Aswan / Abu Simbel / Cairo | Abu Simbel Temple - Cooking Class

Fly to Abu Simbel with our expert Egyptologist again on-hand, your comprehensive 90-minute tour of the Temple of Ramses II reveals one of the world’s most impressive sights of antiquity. Enjoy exclusive access the Concrete Dome which is considered one of the strongest structures in the world, effectively carrying the great weight of the artificial hill that holds the relocated temple of Abu Simbel.
Return to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Cairo. Indulge in some Egyptian cuisine before heading home through an authentic cooking class. Enjoy your stay in the Four Seasons First Residence.

Four Seasons First Residence
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 12 - Cairo | Final Departure

Spend the day at your leisure, with our transportation services at your command. You will have time to make any last minute shopping, and finally prepare yourself for your flight home.

Four Seasons First Residence
Meals: Breakfast.

Included/Excluded

  • 2 nights at Ritz Carlton Hotel.
  • 2 nights at Sofitel Winter Place based on Luxury Nile View Room.
  • 5 nights on-board Nour El Nile Dahabeyia cruise.
  • 1 night at Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel based on Nile Wing Nile View Room.
  • 1 night at Four Season First Residence based on Deluxe Room.
  • All tours as listed in the itinerary.
  • All transfers as listed in the itinerary.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary.

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

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Accommodations

  • THE NILE RITZ-CARLTON, CAIRO

    EXPERIENCE CAIRO, EGYPT’S ICONIC CAPITAL WITH A LUXURY HOTEL SET ALONG THE NILE RIVER.

    The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo carries a rich legacy of tradition and luxury. Overlooking the Nile River lies the iconic luxury hotel, offering leisure and business travelers an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo. The hotel marries the “bucket-list” city with world-class services; offering splendid amenities including more than nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a lavish spa and unprecedented service promising you an unforgettable getaway.

    The elegantly appointed 331 rooms including 50 suites are designed to pamper your senses with the finest amenities. Overlooking either the legendary Nile or the historical Egyptian Museum.

  • Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel

    Discover Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, a 5-star luxury hotel built in 1886 by British explorers perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. In this 19th-century palace, once a winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family, Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel: Death on the Nile.

  • Nour El Nile – Melouka Dahabiya

    Nour El Nil was created by three international partners, all of whom had one thing in common–a love of Egypt. Enrique, Eleonore and Memdouh have built their business on a simple idea: to provide travelers with an authentic way to experience this extraordinary country and mythical river in a way that others can only dream of. For more than ten years, Nour El Nil has been proud to offer a unique and luxurious experience to guests from all over the world.

  • Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

    Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the Nubian Desert with views of Elephantine Island, this stylish property blends Pharaonic treasures with French art de recevoir. Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace, a world of Moorish arches, ruby red chandeliers, plush Persian carpets, soft armchairs and hand-carved furnishings.

  • Four Seasons at First Residence

    Located on the western bank of the Nile in the historic suburb of Giza, our Hotel is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Cairo. From the zoological gardens that lie just outside our doors to the shopping and entertainment within our very own First Place complex, you won’t have to go far to find plenty to see and do. Observe unique works of art at the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, or ask the concierge to arrange for an unforgettable horseback-riding adventure by the pyramids. Whatever experience you’re dreaming of, we can bring it to life.

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