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  • Cairo’s intriguing ancient sites, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
  • Old Cairo touring
  • Renowned Egyptian Museum
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples
  • Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel
  • Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubian homeland
  • Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
  • Nile felucca sail
  • Nile River cruise
  • Aswan Dam visit
  • Ancient temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Egypt’s inestimable historic atmosphere

Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular small group journey through antiquity travels from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and the Upper Nile for a fascinating cruise on Lake Nasser. Then: a classic voyage along the lower Nile from Aswan to Luxor before returning to Cairo.

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  • M/S Royal Lily

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Egypt & the Eternal Nile

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Very pleased with Odyssey's trips. January 2017

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After two trips, both to Turkey, I proclaim Odyssey Tours to be the only travel agency which I shall patronize. As promised, the number of clients is limited, although I would really love to have no more than 8 companions, as it is so difficult to see everything when there are so many persons crowding around the guide and the site or art work being visited. It also helps to have less competition during toilet breaks. I would say that the choice of places to stop is quite good, especially since Odyssey often chooses out of the way destinations, such as a visit to local villages that tourist hardly ever go. I especially loved the gulet excursion. Truly charming and restful on the yacht with some very athletic hikes included in the neighboring islands. The hotels have been extremely comfortable, with the exception of the very dreadful Swissotel Grand Efes, a malevolent, modern maze in which I was lost while looking for my room more than once, thanks to their insane numbering system. As for the food, some was excellent, some mediocre. I would have liked to have had more occasions to sample traditional fare in local restaurants. The hotel breakfasts were excellent but I cannot say the same for the dinners, which were too often mediocre. Kudos is due to the guides. I shall always remember Mustafa from my 2012 Turkish Treasures tour and Hassan of the 2013 Legendary Turkey visit. They were well informed (although I did catch several blunders, due to my background in history, mythology and archaeology), personable, extremely good humored, patient, helpful, always ready for that extra attention that some tourists require. I have signed on for the Egypt tour which is this coming October. It has been 15 years since my last visit, which was with Insight Tours. From my two experiences with Odyssey, I am anticipating a magical journey.
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Recently took the Portrait of Italy Tour with Anna Scrocca as our tour director. What an amazing adventure.
Every detail was handled with grace and proficiency. (Any aspect of travel that is potentially anxiety-provoking was handled by Anna, allowing the travelers to relax and fully immerse themselves in the experience.)
Fantastic guided tours, amazing informal walks and additional guidance for maximizing free time. The accommodations were wonderful and the company, A+
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Enjoying a great tour in Italy! January 2017

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We are currently in Italy and loving it! Our tour guide Anna is unbelievable and so informative. We are discovering so much more about each city than we would have on our own. Our group is only 23 and by now, we have all bonded and are having a wonderful time! highly recommend Portrait of Italy if you want to get a taste of all over Italy.
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Odysseys Unlimited is wonderful. January 2017

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Traveled with them to Southern France with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Look forward to Journeys through Vietnam! Customer service was great!!

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Fantastic vacation! August 2015

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I recently travelled to Turkey with a TCU Alumni group and it was a truly awesome experience. . Prior to this, I never had even an inkling that Turkey might be a place I would like to visit. How ignorant I was! It really opened my eyes to how Turkey fits into the world as well as an appreciation for artistic and engineering abilities of ancient peoples. Our guide, Mustafa, was a perfect combination of history professor, tour guide, entertainer, and an excellent ambassador for his country. We did four hikes of differing difficulty, saw countless ruins, visited several museums, enjoyed lazy days cruising the Aegean, ate a lot of good food. All-in-all a fantastic vacation!
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Day 1

Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt

Day 2

Arrive Cairo We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cairo After a morning briefing, our full-day tour begins at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we tour the Citadel of Saladin housing the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali; later this afternoon we navigate bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Cairo Today’s tour starts at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital (early 4th century BCE). Here, too, we encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. We continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara then to the astounding Pyramids of Giza, the wonders of antiquity that have drawn visitors for millennia.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cairo/Aswan/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise Early this morning we fly to Aswan. Upon arrival we tour the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when completed in 1965. Then we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture with more than 3,000 ancient relics and 90 monumental pieces. From here we board our Lake Nasser ship in time for lunch then explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temple of Philae. Tonight we dine on board as we overnight in Aswan.

Day 6

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lake Nasser Cruising – Kalabsha Temples/ Wadi el-Seboua Today we see some sights of ancient Nubia, Egypt’s neighbor in antiquity but with a distinct culture and traditions. We stop first at “new” Kalabsha, the largest freestanding temple of them all that was moved and reconstructed on higher ground after the construction of the Aswan High Dam (and the subsequent flooding that created Lake Nasser). Then we sail on to Wadi el-Seboua, where we dock for the night.

Day 7

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lake Nasser Cruising – Wadi el-Seboua This morning we see two important New Kingdom temples that, like Kalabsha, were dismantled and relocated to make way for Lake Nasser. We explore Wadi el-Seboua, the next largest of all the pharaonic temples after Abu Simbel, and see the Temple of Dakka, with its huge, well-preserved pylon. Returning to M/S Prince Abbas, we sail on to Amada, where we encounter the oldest of Nubia’s Egyptian temples, the 18th-dynasty Temple of Amada.

Day 8

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lake Nasser Cruising – Amada/Kasr Ibrim/ Abu Simbel We sail this morning to Kasr Ibrim, the last remaining Nubian settlement in its original location. As it is forbidden to go ashore here, we learn about this ancient site while overlooking it from the ship’s sun deck. Then we continue on to Abu Simbel’s massive complex of temples guarded by statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, with well-preserved murals inside. Like the other temples, Abu Simbel also was dismantled and moved to higher ground, stone by ancient stone.

Day 9

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Disembark/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise Ship We disembark then travel by coach to Aswan, where we board our Nile ship. This afternoon we take an afternoon sail aboard small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats.

Day 10

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Nile Cruising – Aswan/Kom Ombo/Edfu We cruise today to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, with its unusual double temple and outstanding Nile views. We sail on to Edfu, where tonight we attend a shipboard party wearing the traditional Egytian galabeya.

Day 11

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank This morning we visit Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved ancient temple. Then we cruise to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Today we explore the East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile. We also visit Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Back on board, tonight we enjoy a show of Middle Eastern belly dancing.

Day 12

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark/Luxor/West Bank We have the option to rise very early to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride. After we disembark our ship later this morning, we tour the haunting Valley of the Kings, where 34 royal tombs feature magnificent paintings; and the Valley of the Queens, whose dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut honors one of the few female pharaohs. We also see the massive Colossi of Memnon, two 64-foot high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his own tomb. Then we check in at our hotel where this afternoon is at leisure.

Day 13

Meals: Breakfast

Luxor/Cairo We fly to Cairo. After checking in at our hotel, we visit the lively Kahn el-Khalili bazaar.

Day 14

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Cairo This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where early capital cities once stood and now only remnants remain. We visit 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Mauallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Mid-day we return to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 15

Depart for U.S. Early this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,997

Price Per Day:

$ 266 per day
  • Deposit Price: $ 375
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 995
  • $3,395 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin on both cruises and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $602, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
  • Single travelers please add $995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure.
  • Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,195 per person; Premium Economy – $1,195 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Ship Name

M/S Royal Lily

Ship Stats

Length: 244 feet

Width: 46 feet

Ship Description

Launched in 2007, this 56-cabin river ship offers such amenities as a dining room, bar, lounge, Sun Deck with outdoor pool, heated whirlpool, sauna, massage treatments, fitness center, Wi-Fi internet access (for a fee), and gift shop.  Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Trip Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within Egypt
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 6 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; 7 nights aboard Deluxe and Superior First Class ships
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Optional Activities

Post-Tour Extension

Jordan: Petra & Amman

5 days/4 nights for $1,695 total price

Single Supplement: $395

Discover the fabled "rose-red city, half as old as time" on this exciting exploration. Plus: ancient Jerash and the capital of Amman.

Your Tour Price Includes

  • Air transportation Cairo/Amman
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at Movenpick Resort Petra (Superior First Class); 2 nights in Amman at Kempinski Hotel Amman (Superior First Class)
  • 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Extensive included sightseeing
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests

Fairmont Nile City , Cairo / Days 2-4, 13-14 / Deluxe

Set near the Nile River, this hotel is 2 miles from both Cairo Ramses train station and the Egyptian Museum. The hotel’s amenities includes eight restaurants and snack bars, a bar, fitness center, spa, and rooftop pool.  The 548 air-conditioned guest rooms include a private bath with hair dryer, TV, phone, coffee and tea maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.


M/S Prince Abbas , Abu Simbel/Lake Nasser cruise / Days 5-7 / Superior First Class

Launched in 1998, the M/S Prince Abbas offers travelers a unique vantage point from which to experience treasures of antiquity in the comfort of contemporary amenities. With just 69 cabins, this 120-passenger ship offers a level of personal service well suited to small group travel. The ship features an observation room/library with panoramic windows, dining room, lounge, and bar, billiard room, and gym. There is no elevator on board. On the canopied sun deck, a plunge pool beckons, as does a relaxing Jacuzzi and informal bar. Your air-conditioned outside cabin has a private bath with hair dryer, TV, music channel, service telephone, and window. Please note that the ship docks at regular docking facilities in Abu Simbel and Aswan; at other stops you will take small launches or motorboats from the ship to shore.

Length: 280 feet

Width:  50 feet

Draft:    7 feet

Please also note that M/S Prince Abbas will not have phone reception on weekends from approximately 11:00 a.m. on Saturday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Steigenberger Nile Palace , Luxor / Day 12 / Superior First Class

The Steigenberger Nile Palace sits on the banks of the Nile, in the heart of the city’s historic center and a short drive from the Temple of Luxor. The 285-room hotel features four restaurants and three bars; fitness center; spa with sauna, steam bath, and massage treatments; heated outdoor pool; rooftop tennis court; on-site doctor; internet access; bookstore; gift shops; hairdresser; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms each have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

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End City
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and Refunds

You will receive a full refund for any cancellations made up to 95 days before departure (125 days for In the Wake of Lewis and Clark). If you must cancel your tour, the effective date of can­cellation will be upon our receipt of your notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges:

For all tours (except as noted)

Prior to departure


95 days or more

Full refund

94–65 days

25% of tour price

64–45 days

50% of tour price

44–30 days

75% of tour price

29–0 days

No refund

Additional Information:

Please note:  This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain and at sites of ancient ruins.  You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

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