Small Group Discoveries

+ Your voyage begins and ends in style with our stylish Nile-view rooms at the luxurious Kempinski Nile Hotel.
+ With our expert and engaging Egyptologists, you’ll visit all of Cairo’s ancient sites including Memphis, Sakkara, and the 4,600-year-old solar boat of King Cheops.
+ Embark on a camel ride across the desert dunes and sit down to a delightful luncheon at the landmark Mena House, an historic landmark hotel set on 40 acres of verdant green gardens.
+ Our luxury ship the Oberoi Philae enjoys private docking facilities along the Nile… You’ll step off comfortably, quickly and efficiently for more time to explore Egypt’s greatest sites of antiquity.
+ Fly to Abu Simbel and visit the amazing must-see Temple of Ramses II.
+ Includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Cairo

    Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our Cairo-based team and escorted into the city. The drive takes only about 45 minutes and brings you to the banks of the Nile River. Here in an affluent and prestigious city-center neighborhood near the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, you’ll check in to the 5-star Kempinski Nile Hotel. Our stylish and intimate property is perfect for our small groups! Settle in to your Nile-view room and enjoy the rest of this day at leisure.
  • Day 2 - Extraordinary Sites of Antiquity

    The ancient world comes to life today as you explore with our expert Egyptologist, setting out from the Kempinski at 8:00 this morning. 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 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!

    Around midday, we’ll take you to the landmark Mena House for lunch and then continue to Memphis, the site of Egypt’s ancient capital. Marvel at the formidable Colossus of Ramses II, on display in a small museum dedicated to this ancient wonder, and then see the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx, discovered just a century ago. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll gaze in wonder upon the country’s oldest standing stone structure, the impressive Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You’ll be back at your luxury hotel around 5:00pm, giving you time to refresh before deciding on where to dine this evening. Right here at the Kempinski, you can enjoy Mediterranean and Italian fare at the Blue Restaurant & Grill or the authentic Ottoman cuisine of Osmanly. Or head up to the 11th floor where The Roof offers casual international dining with breathtaking views.  Meals B+L
  • Day 3 - The Egyptian Museum + Old Cairo

    After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, you’ll depart the hotel at 8:00 am to begin your exploration of Cairo. From the Citadel, a medieval fortification set on hill near the heart of the capital, you’ll have fine views of the city. Here you‘ll also admire the impressive Muhammad Ali Mosque, built in the mid 1800’s. Mid morning finds you inside the highly regarded Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; with our expert Egyptologist, your 2.5-hour guided visit reveals ancient artifacts that will deepen your appreciation of the sites you’ll explore along the Nile.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, a 1-hour mid-afternoon walking tour through the evocative streets of Old Cairo includes a visit at one of the city’s oldest churches. Continue to the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar where gold, jewelry, spices, rugs, textiles, and lanterns have been sold for centuries. Today, it’s a great place to spend an hour or so - browsing for gifts and mementoes! You’ll be back to the hotel around 6:30 pm where the balance of the evening is yours to dine and enjoy as you wish. In addition to the options available at the Kempinski, our Cairo-based staff will be on hand to offer other suggestions and assistance.  Meals B+L
  • Day 4 - Welcome aboard the Oberoi Philae

    After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your included flight to Luxor where you’ll board the luxurious and intimate, 44-guest Oberoi Philae. Settle in to your ultra-spacious light-filled stateroom and then join your fellow passengers for lunch onboard – either in the inviting restaurant, in the lounge, or al fresco at the poolside dining area.

    In mid-afternoon, you’ll go ashore to visit two of Egypt’s most celebrated sites of antiquity, beginning with the great Karnak Temple. With our skilled Egyptologist leading the way, you’ll stand before its massive pillars and admire the grand Hypostyle Hall; encompassing more than 50,000 square feet, this is the largest hall of any temple in the world. Your sightseeing continues at the nearby Luxor Temple,  built in the 14th century BC and connected to the Karnak complex by the awe-inspiring nearly 2-mile long Avenue of Sphinxes. The temple walls of Luxor are embellished with skillful carvings of the Gods of Karnak accompanied by a festival procession of priests, musicians, dancers and sacred cows. With keen insight from our Egyptologist, today’s sightseeing offers a fascinating look into the culture and beliefs of ancient Egypt. Return to ship for Tea in the Lounge, and time to refresh before this evening’s welcome cocktail reception and dinner.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - The West Bank of the Nile + Valley of Kings

    The Oberoi Philae enjoys privileged private docking facilities along the Nile, allowing you to step off efficiently and easily - going ashore apart from the cluster of other ships and their passengers.

    Focusing on the amazing sites of the West Bank, you’ll begin your exploration early this morning in the fabled Valley of Kings. Here, the pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty abandoned the pyramid tradition in favor of tombs built deep in the mountainside. Each pharaoh also constructed a mortuary temple at the edge of the valley, some distance away from the actual tombs. Sixty four ancient Egyptian rulers are buried here, but only a handful of the temples remain, including the spectacular Deir El Bahari funerary complex. The famed tomb of King Tutankhamen and the fabulously decorated tomb of Ramses VI are also among the highlights awaiting exploration here in the Valley.

    Equally as fascinating as the pharaohs’ tombs is the ancient Egyptian village of Deir el-Medina. More than 3,000 years ago during the New Kingdom period, this community was home to the thousands of artisans and laborers who constructed the tombs and temples in the Valley of Kings. In addition to this unusual archaeological site, your morning sightseeing also includes the Colossi of Memnon, two towering statues of Amenhotep III that stand like guards along the road to the Valley of Kings.

    Return to ship at midday and enjoy lunch onboard as our luxury vessel continues its journey toward Esna. This afternoon, you might wish to be on deck as the Oberoi Philae traverses through the Esna Lock. Afternoon tea and passing vistas of the Nile Valley landscapes with their small village hamlets and timeless scenes of life highlight the afternoon. Dinner will be served this evening at 7:30 as we continue navigating up the Nile toward Edfu.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Edfu + Kom Ombo

    After breakfast and a leisurely morning onboard, you’ll join our engaging Egyptologists ashore in Edfu to explore the Temple of Horus, considered by many scholars to be the best-preserved cult temple in all of Egypt. Built in the Ptolemaic era between 237 and 57 BCE, later than many of the other sites along the Nile, it is still a stunning example of traditional Pharaonic architecture and ranks as the second largest temple in Egypt – after the great Karnak Temple. Rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its massive construction, the extraordinary quality of every element here attests to the paramount importance of the falcon-headed Horus.

    Return to ship and enjoy lunch onboard as we chart a course for Kom Ombo. Throughout this pleasant afternoon of cruising the Nile, you can retreat to your stateroom with its floor-to-ceiling views, or delight in the passing scenery as you enjoy the convivial company of your fellow passengers, either in the air conditioned Lounge or on deck.  Following Afternoon Tea, you’ll step off at our ship’s private pier to explore the Temple of Kom Ombo. Built on a picturesque bend in the Nile, where crocodiles used to sun themselves, this unusual dual-deity temple of the Ptolemaic Period is dedicated to both Haroeris (one of the oldest forms of the falcon-headed God Horus) and, appropriately enough, the fearsome Crocodile God Sobek. Return to ship with time to refresh before dinner is served at 7:30.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - High Dam + Philae Temple + Nubian Museum

    In contrast to the ancient wonders of Cairo and the Nile, the remarkable High Dam at Aswan is an achievement that belongs to modern Egypt. With enriching insight and narration, you’ll explore this engineering marvel; completed in 1970 at a cost of about $1 billion, it spans more than 2 miles and towers 300 feet. This morning’s excursion also includes the Temple of Philae, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the High Dam. Now situated on a lovely island, the earliest elements of this impressive complex include a small temple built around 370 BCE and dedicated to the Goddess Isis.

    Return to ship for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. At 4:00 pm, you’ll board a comfortable motor boat for a brief but scenic journey to visit the Nubian Museum. Designed by the award-winning Egyptian architect Mahmoud al-Hakim, the building reflects traditional elements of Nubian architecture; inside, its carefully curated exhibits include temple, tomb and dwelling artifacts from the ancient Nubian civilization that thrived here along Nile River as far back as 2000 BCE.

    Back onboard, you’ll have time to relax and refresh a final elegant dinner.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - The Temples of Abu Simbel

    After a final breakfast onboard, you’ll disembark the Oberoi Philae at 8:00 am and transfer to the airport for your included flight 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. Behold these 67-foot high figures of the King, carved from solid rock, and hear the dramatic story of how they were moved 200 feet above their original site to protect them from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. This engineering feet to relocate and protect this architectural wonder was so successful and precise that twice a year, on February 22 and October 22, the rays of the rising sun pierce the temple entrance and reach deep into the heart of the temple – just 24 hours later than the original plan! In addition to its oft-photographed statues, the interior hall is decorated with amazing relief carvings that depict a great battle with more than 1,000 stone figures.

    Then return to the airport for the afternoon flight back to Cairo. On arrival in the capital, you’ll be escorted once again to the Kempinski Nile Hotel. Settle in to your luxurious Nile-view room and refresh before contemplating where you might dine this evening. In addition to the fine restaurants here at the hotel, our attentive local staff can again provide you with personal recommendations and assistance.  Meals B
  • Day 9 - A Fond Farewell to Cairo

    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

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  • Kempinski Nile Hotel - Cairo, Egypt

    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.

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  • Luxury Cabin

    Luxury Cabin

    Our outside Luxury Cabins offer 388 square feet of generous living and sleeping space. Elegant furnishings, a plush 10” mattress and a pillow menu promise total style and comfort. A comfortable sofa and armchair are the perfect place to enjoy some post-sightseeing conversation.

    Floor-to-ceiling French doors open wide so you can enjoy the cooling breezes and passing Nile scenery from the privacy of your stateroom. A 40” LED television, DVD player, electronic safe, iPod docking station, personal bar, coffee machine and complimentary high speed WiFi enhance your cruise.

    The Oberoi Philae
    With only 44 guests, the sleek and modern Oberoi Philae enjoys private docking facilities along the Nile so you can step off for sightseeing away from other ships and their clusters of passengers. You’ll have a much more pleasant experience as well as more time to explore Egypt’s fabled sites of antiquity.

    With talented masterchefs preparing fine international cuisine, guests can dine at the casually elegant restaurant, in the club-like ambience of the Lounge, or opt for lighter al fresco meals at the poolside cafe. Afternoon tea is served every day when guests return from their shore excursions.

    The stylish Oberoi Spa, an outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool on the Sun Deck, and a 24-hour health center complete the onboard experience.

Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Meet Raafat Shoukry, our man in Cairo, and our team. For more than 29 years, Rafaat and his staff of Egyptologists have been taking excellent care of our guests
+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our expert Egyptologists in Cairo and all Nile shore excursions, including all entry fees
+ 18 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
+ 4 nights aboard the Oberoi Philae
+ 4 nights at the luxurious Kempinski Nile Hotel 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

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Arrive Cairo - Per Person Double

Dates   Luxury Cabin Luxury Suite Luxury Suite with Terrace
Departure Return   Regular Deal Regular Deal Regular Deal
6/1/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
6/15/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
6/25/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
7/13/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
7/23/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
8/10/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
8/20/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
9/21/2017 $4299 $3799 $4999 $4499 $5199 $4699
10/1/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
10/19/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
10/29/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
11/16/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
11/26/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
12/14/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
12/24/2017 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
1/11/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
1/21/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
2/8/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
2/18/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
3/8/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
3/18/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099
4/5/2018 $5599 $5099 $6699 $6199 $6999 $6499
5/3/2018 $5199 $4699 $6299 $5799 $6599 $6099

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  • Add the Kingdom of Jordan

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    Discover Jordan’s remarkable sites of antiquity after 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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  • Traveling as a single?

Extend Your Trip

  • Add the Kingdom of Jordan

    5 Day Extension from $1,599

    Discover Jordan’s remarkable sites of antiquity after 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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  • Jennifer from FL gives this tour 

    From the itinerary to the tour guides to the beautiful Accommodations, everything was taken care of and we never had to worry about a thing! We put two separate trips back to back which involved a lot of finagling to make it work and it turned out beautiful! We will definitely be using Alexander and Roberts again very soon! Thank you for the most amazing trip of a lifetime! Read More »

  • Edwin from LA gives this tour 

    What is there not to be delighted about? Before our trip, we received booklets covering ever aspect of your trip in great detail. When we landed at the Cairo airport, we were met by a very helpful, friendly A & R representative who took care of customs, our luggage, and the visa process stress free. The hotel accommodations in Cairo at the Mena House included a very clear and up-close view of the Great Pyramid from your room. Our guide in Cairo, Yasir, a knowledgeable, very personable... Read More »

  • Lisa from LA gives this tour 

    One of the nice surprises on this trip "Visions of Egypt By Small Ship" was that we were the only people in our "group" and had Yasser and Tarek, our wonderful guides, all to ourselves! This is a great time to visit Egypt, since the dollar is very strong right now. The tourism industry there is still struggling to recover after the revolution, and the Egyptians are very grateful to have visitors. We felt very safe while there. The cruise was spectacular! Our ship, the Philae Oberoi, was... Read More »

  • William from CA gives this tour 

    The Oberoi Philae was amazing... and if it wasn't for the fact you're visiting incredible sites in Edfu, Luxor and more, I would have stayed on the ship. The cabins are very spacious and the views fantastic. Any concerns I had about visiting Egypt washed away almost upon arrival. We never once felt uncomfortable and found the people very friendly as we heard "Welcome to Egypt" constantly. Read More »

  • Morris from TX gives this tour 

    Our guide was astounding. Read More »

  • Joline from NE gives this tour 

    Loved watching the life on the river banks from the outside boat deck as we went up the river, Luxor, Karnak, King Tut's tomb. Read More »

  • Keith from NE gives this tour 

    The guides, the crew, the people of Egypt were warm, fun, friendly, and the most helpful. Egypt is ready to return to being the world destination for all. Read More »

  • Kay from CO gives this tour 

    Enjoyed seeing the pyramids and the time on the Alexander the Great. Read More »

  • Charles from NM gives this tour 

    Everything so very well done. Never anything to ever complain about. Read More »

  • Charles from NM gives this tour 

    Seeing ancient Egypt was delightful! Read More »

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