Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Delight in Pyramid views from your room at the luxury Mena House Hotel and visit all of the city’s ancient sites including Memphis and Sakkara.
+ Our luxury all-suite ship enjoys private docking facilities along the Nile! You’ll step off comfortably and efficiently for more time to explore Egypt’s greatest sites of antiquity.
+ Fly to Abu Simbel and visit the must-see Temple of Ramses II.
+ End your trip on a high note with two nights in a stylish Nile-view room at the luxurious Kempinski Nile Hotel.
+ Includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

2015 Itinerary2016 Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Cairo

    Check in to the 5-star Mena House where we've reserved Pyramid-view guestrooms for our intimate group. It’s the perfect way to begin your journey into antiquity.
  • Day 2 - Extraordinary sites of antiquity

    The ancient world comes to life as you explore today with our expert Egyptologist. Physicists at the University of Amsterdam recently put forth a theory on how the Great Pyramids were built. Behold these amazing structures and evaluate their ideas for yourself! Then stand under the watchful gaze of the Sphinx and see the amazing 4,600-year-old Solar Boat of King Cheops. A camel ride across the desert sands may strike you as a bit touristy, but we guarantee you’ll never forget the experience! Then travel to Memphis, the site of Egypt’s ancient capital, to see the colossus of Ramses II and the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx, discovered just a century ago. Continue on to Sakkara and visit the country’s oldest standing stone structure, the impressive Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Meals B
  • Day 3 - Welcome Aboard the Alexander the Great

    Fly to Luxor to board the stylish Alexander the Great, our all-suite Nile cruiser. Enjoy lunch onboard and then step ashore to explore the great Karnak Temple. With our skilled Egyptologist on hand, you’ll stand before its massive pillars and admire the Hypostyle Hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. Nearby, the Luxor Temple was built in the 14th century BC and is connected to the Karnak complex by the awe-inspiring nearly 2-mile long Avenue of sphinxes. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - The fabled Valley of the Kings and Queens

    Focusing on the sites of the Nile’s West Bank, where 64 ancient Egyptian rulers lie buried, today’s touring includes the spectacular Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Standing like guards along the road to the Valley of Kings, you’ll also marvel at the Colossi of Memnon, impressive statues of Amenhotep that tower 75 feet above the desert sands. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - Ashore in Edfu and on to Kom Ombo

    Step ashore in Edfu to visit the Temple of Haroeris; rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its construction, the extraordinary quality of every element attests to the paramount importance of Haroeris, one of the oldest forms of Horus the falcon-headed Sun God. Following lunch and afternoon tea onboard, step ashore to explore the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both Horus and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - A dam, a temple and an unfinished obelisk

    Exploration thus far has focused on the ancient world. But this morning, you’ll visit one of the engineering marvels of the modern era. Built in 1972, the High Dam at Aswan spans more than 2 miles and towers 300 feet! You’ll also visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, and travel to the nearby granite quarry where the celebrated Unfinished Obelisk is still attached to bedrock. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - The Temples of Abu Simbel

    Fly to Abu Simbel and tour the Temple of Ramses II. Carved from solid rock, the 67-foot high figures of the King are among the most impressive sites of antiquity. The story of how they were moved 200 feet above their original site to protect them from the Dam’s rising waters is itself a remarkable story! Fly to Cairo where you’ll be escorted to the stylish Kempinski Nile Hotel. Nile-view rooms have been reserved for our guests at this luxury boutique hotel. Meals B
  • Day 8 - Old Cairo and the Egyptian Museum

    Today’s sightseeing begins in historic Tahrir Square. At the nearby Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, your guided visit reveals ancient artifacts that will deepen your appreciation of the many sites you explored on your Nile cruise. Then ascend to the Citadel for commanding views over the city. You’ll have time to browse in Old Cairo and its bazaar before returning to the Kempinski on the banks of the Nile. Meals B
  • Day 9 - A fond farewell to Cairo

    Your journey with us ends this morning after breakfast. Meals B

Extend Your Journey

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,999

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

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  • Add the Kingdom of Jordan

    5 Day FreeStyle Extension from $1,199

    Discover Jordan’s remarkable sites of antiquity before your journey to Egypt. We include all on-tour transportation, outstanding hotels and extensive privately guided sightseeing including Jerash, the King’s Way, Madaba, Petra and Wadi Rum.

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  • Oberoi Mena House

    This palatial hotel in the shadow of the Great Pyramids in Cairo has enchanted guests for decades with its jasmine-scented gardens, luxurious décor, and long list of amenities for its guests to enjoy. A swimming pool, fitness center, jogging track, 18-hole golf course, horseback riding stable, and tennis courts all provide guests with entertainment onsite. 5 restaurants and 1 nightclub offer an array of culinary choices, including both international and Egyptian fare. Each of the hotel’s 523 guest rooms have AC, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar, and high-speed internet connection; many rooms are available with stunning Pyramid or Garden views.

  • Kempinski Nile Hotel

    With a privileged location on the eastern bank of the Nile River, the intimate Kempinski Nile Hotel is a luxurious oasis in the heart of Cairo; it’s situated just around the corner from the US and British Embassies and close to Tahrir Square. Beautifully styled with contemporary furnishings, spacious guest rooms offer spectacular views over historic Cairo or the Nile. Guests will enjoy High Definition LCD TV, free Internet, complimentary soft drinks in the mini bar, tea & coffee throughout the day, Butler service and Kempinski’s signature Pillow Concierge.

Welcome Aboard!Standard Accommodations

  • Standard Cabin

    Standard Cabin

    The intimate Alexander the Great is one of the most distinctive luxury vessels on the Nile. With only 30 outside suites, our boutique-style ship promises attentive personalized service and a tranquil shipboard ambience of simplicity, elegance and understated sophistication.

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Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our expert Egyptologists in Cairo and all Nile shore excursions, including all entry fees
+ 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
+ 2 nights at the celebrated Mena House in a Pyramid-view guestroom
+ 4 nights in an outside suite aboard Alexander the Great
+ 2 nights at the luxurious Nile Kempinski in a Nile-view guestroom
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all three internal flights
+ Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges and all airline taxes and fees for your 3 included flights

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Cairo - Per Person Double

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9/13/2015
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Extend Your Journey

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,999

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

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  • Add the Kingdom of Jordan

    5 Day FreeStyle Extension from $1,199

    Discover Jordan’s remarkable sites of antiquity before your journey to Egypt. We include all on-tour transportation, outstanding hotels and extensive privately guided sightseeing including Jerash, the King’s Way, Madaba, Petra and Wadi Rum.

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Our Private Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our expert Egyptologists in Cairo and all Nile shore excursions, including all entry fees
+ 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
+ 2 nights at the celebrated Mena House in a Pyramid-view guestroom
+ 4 nights in an outside suite aboard Alexander the Great
+ 2 nights at the luxurious Nile Kempinski in a Nile-view guestroom
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all three internal flights
+ Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges and all airline taxes and fees for your 3 included flights

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Cairo - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular
7/26/2015 10/3/2015 $4399
 
10/4/2015 12/31/2015 $5199
 
1/1/2016 1/2/2016 $5199
 
1/3/2016 1/6/2016 $5699
 
1/10/2016 3/19/2016 $5199
 
3/20/2016 4/9/2016 $5699
 
4/10/2016 4/30/2016 $5199
 
5/1/2016 7/2/2016 $4499
 
7/3/2016 8/6/2016 $4399
 
8/7/2016 10/1/2016 $4499
 
10/2/2016 12/24/2016 $5199
 
12/25/2016 12/31/2016 $5199
 
1/1/2017 1/7/2017 $5799
 
1/8/2017 4/15/2017 $5399
 
4/16/2017 4/30/2017 $5799
 

Extend Your Journey

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,999

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    View Day by Day »

  • Add the Kingdom of Jordan

    5 Day FreeStyle Extension from $1,199

    Discover Jordan’s remarkable sites of antiquity before your journey to Egypt. We include all on-tour transportation, outstanding hotels and extensive privately guided sightseeing including Jerash, the King’s Way, Madaba, Petra and Wadi Rum.

    View Day by Day »

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  • Dubai

    3 Day FreeStyle Travel Package

    Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers and city sightseeing.

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    Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast, roundtrip private transfers from Cairo, and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

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    4 Day FreeStyle Travel Package

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes our handpicked 5-star resort, daily breakfast, private car airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Trip Reviews

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(18 Traveler Reviews)

  • Bob from MD gives this tour 

    My "River of the Pharaohs"Tour was a great success. The Kempinski Nile Hotel and its staff were top of the line, as were the Alexander the Great and its staff. I would like to thank them for making me feel welcomed and safe during my stay there. The staff of General Tours Cairo were very professional and pleasant to deal with. The tour manager Mr.Raouf Shoukry did an exceptional job in making sure we were enjoying our trip. Ahmed our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Egyptian... Read More »

  • Mike from CA gives this tour 

    The antiquities were wonderful. The Nile float was very relaxing and enjoyable. Read More »

  • kathleen from FL gives this tour 

    my husband paul and i recently returned from this tour. we had a wonderful time!! from our arrival at the cairo airport til the end with our return to cairo airport, everything was top notch. we were greeted at the airport by Tark, who walked isthru the visa process, filed the missing baggage claim for us (our luggage did not make the istanbul connection, but did make it on the next flight), and followed up on it, until it arrived at the Kempinski. the kempinski hotel was very elegant. the spa... Read More »

  • raymond from CA gives this tour 

    my travel mate was ill with bronchitis. the egypt overall leader rafee(don't know the spelling) called almost daily to make sure he was taken care of. we received excellent care... Read More »

  • Rita from CT gives this tour 

    The sights were truly awesome and not to be missed! Our guide was highly knowledgeable (a college grad in Egyptology) and was willing to spend hours discussing Egypt culture, customs, etc. Extremely helpul local agent. The cruise was enjoyable. Read More »

  • Curtis from AZ gives this tour 

    The river cruise and TOUR GUIDES were the best we've ever experienced. Thank you for a great vacation. The tour guides literally brought the Egyptian history to life. We are in our 70's and were treated royally along with our other tour mates. We look forward to taking future tours with your company. Read More »

  • Pam from AK gives this tour 

    Delighted by: The gracious hospitality of the Egyptian people Read More »

  • Jeffrey from KY gives this tour 

    Enjoyed the pyramids, Edfu Temple Read More »

  • Ray from KY gives this tour 

    Lots of personal attention Read More »

  • Marian from KY gives this tour 

    The service was extraordinary, and the accommodations were great Read More »

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