Sailing into the Age of the Pharaohs by luxury Small Ship

+ Stand between the Paws of the Sphinx, usually off-limits to visitors, for a private field talk with Ashraf Mohie El-Din, an Egyptologist with extensive experience mapping excavations on the Giza Plateau.
+ Peel back the layers of history in Alexandria… The fabled city of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great.
+ Fly to Abu Simbel to visit the must-see Temples of Ramses II.
+ Our unique 5-night cruise offers more time to explore the sites of the Nile - including the finely preserved Temple of Dendera.
+ When the Grand Egyptian Museum opens, it will be included in our touring of Cairo – allowing you to be among the first to visit this lavish new facility.

Visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Cairo

    Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by our staff and assisted with immigration formalities – from obtaining your visa through baggage claim and customs. Then we’ll take you to the 5-star Kempinski Nile Hotel where a Nile-view room awaits.
  • Day 2 - Between the Paws

    By special arrangement, stand between the Paws of the Sphinx for a private presentation with Ashraf Mohie El-Din. Drawing upon his professional experience mapping excavations on the Giza Plateau, he is a wonderful speaker. Then gaze upon the Great Pyramids   and have lunch at the Mena House. Continue to Memphis c, site of Egypt’s ancient capital, to see the Colossus of Ramses II and the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll gaze in wonder upon the remarkable Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You’ll also be among the first to behold the vibrant drawings and inscriptions in the 4,000-year-old Tomb of Mehu – newly opened to visitors for the first time in 80 years. This evening, you’ll dine along the Nile. Meals B+L+D


    Note: When the new Grand Egyptian Museum opens, our sightseeing itinerary will also include a guided tour of this state-of-the-art facility overlooking the Great Pyramids.
  • Day 3 - Old Cairo

    With our expert Egyptologist, your tour of Old Cairo c includes fine views from the Citadel. After lunch at Felfela, you’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities - a perfect introduction to the ancient sites you’ll explore along the Nile. End your touring in the lively Khan El Khalili bazaar - where gold, jewelry, exotic spices and rugs have been traded for centuries. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - Travel to Alexandria

    Travel to Alexandria, founded in 331 BCE, and tour the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a striking landmark embellished with carved letters, pictograms and hieroglyphs from more than 120 different scripts. Enjoy dinner and 2 nights at the Four Seasons Hotel. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - Exploring Alexandria

    Begin today at the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Discovered in 1900, these rock-cut tombs were used for 200 years starting in the 2nd century AD. At Pompey’s Pillar, you’ll discover a monolithic column erected in 300 AD. Then tour the lovely Montazah Palace and Royal Gardens, and see the Roman Amphitheater. This evening, enjoy an elegant dinner with wine at the luxurious Four Seasons. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Back to Cairo

    After breakfast, we’ll make the return journey to Cairo, arriving in time for lunch at Andrea. Then continue to the Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers for check-in where you’ll have time to relax and refresh before dining tonight here at our luxury hotel. The Waldorf Astoria’s convenient location close to the Cairo airport is ideal for our morning flight tomorrow to Abu Simbel.  Meals B+L+D

  • Day 7 - Tour Abu Simbel + Embark the Oberoi Zahra

    Fly to Abu Simbel to visit the Temples of Ramses II c, one of the most impressive sights of antiquity. Then fly to Aswan to board the Oberoi Zahra. Tonight, we take you to Philae Temple c where a thrilling Sound & Light Show brings this ancient wonder to life. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Kom Ombo

    Step ashore with our engaging Egyptologist to explore the Temple of Kom Ombo. Set on a picturesque bend of the Nile, this unusual dual-deity temple is dedicated to the falcon-headed God Horus and the fearsome Crocodile God Sobek. Later, you’ll step aboard a felucca, traditional sailing vessel of the Nile, to visit the Aswan Botanical Garden on El Nabatat Island. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Cruising to Edfu

    Enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising aboard our luxury ship. After lunch, step ashore in Edfu to visit the Temple of Haroeris; rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its construction, the amazing quality of every element attests to the great importance of Haroeris, one of the oldest forms of Horus, the falcon-headed Sun God. Return to ship and enjoy dinner as we continue our journey toward Luxor. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 10 - Karnak + Luxor

    Step off this afternoon with our expert Egyptologist and tour the stunning Karnak Temple c with its massive pillars and grand Hypostyle Hall. Nearby, the Luxor Temple c is connected to the Karnak complex by the nearly 2-mile long Avenue of Sphinxes. The outstanding Luxor Museum brings a deeper dimension to the day’s touring. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 11 - Valley of the Kings

    Focusing on the ancients sites of the Nile’s West Bank, today’s touring includes the tomb of the young king, Tutankhamen. Less well known, the Tomb of Ramses VI is impressive with its hieroglyphs and paintings. You’ll also marvel at the Colossi of Memnon and visit the fine temple at Madinat Habu, with its imposing exterior walls. At the ancient village of Deir el-Medina, you learn about its long-ago residents: the thousands of artisans and laborers who constructed the temples and tombs in the Valley of Kings. c

    Enjoy lunch onboard as our luxury ship cruises toward Quina. In the afternoon, step off and tour the Dendera Temple; dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Love, Joy and Beauty, this is one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 - Return to Cairo

    After breakfast, disembark in Luxor and fly back to the capital, where you’ll be escorted to the Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers. Close to the airport, its location is ideal for this final overnight stay in Cairo. This evening, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.  Meals B+L+D

  • Day 13 - Farewell to Cairo

    We’ll take you to the airport for your homeward journey. Meals B

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  • Luxury Cabin

    Luxury Cabin

    With only 27 luxury staterooms and suites, the Oberoi Zahra enjoys private docking facilities on the Nile so you can step off for sightseeing easily and comfortably - away from other ships and their clusters of passengers.

    Skilled chefs prepare fine international cuisine that’s attentively served in the casually elegant restaurant. Back in your spacious stateroom, you’ll enjoy panoramic views, 32” LCD television with CD/DVD player and high-speed WiFi. From your lavish en suite bath, you’ll have Nile views from your exquisitely tiled, glass paneled rain shower.

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Our Original Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our expert Egyptologists in Alexandria and Cairo, and all Nile shore excursions – with all entry fees included throughout
+ All 34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners – with a wine or beer at all lunches and dinners
+ 5 nights in an outside stateroom or suite aboard the Oberoi Zahra with free WiFi
+ 3 nights at the luxury boutique Kempinski Nile Hotel in Cairo in a Nile-view room with free WiFi
+ 2 nights at the conveniently located Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers in Premier rooms
+ 2 nights at the lavish Four Seasons Alexandria in a Mediterranean-view guestroom with free WiFi
+ All on-tour transportation, 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
+ Gratuities for all featured meals and transportation services - including waiters, porters, drivers, cruise staff and local guides.

Trip Pricing

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10/24/2019
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Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Egypt Air or Emirates. A visa for Egypt is required for U.S. citizens and is available upon arrival.



There are no upcoming departures for this tour, but our Custom Travel Team can arrange a private departure just for you at an affordable price and on the dates you want.  With your own private car, driver and guide and custom tailored hotels, meals, and sightseeing we can create the journey of a lifetime exactly to your specifications.

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Trip Reviews

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  • Brian from TX gives this tour 

    We visited Cairo on June 10-12, 2019 for a private tour. The services provided by Alexander + Roberts were of the highest quality and allowed us to thoroughly enjoy our brief stay in Cairo. The Alexander + Roberts guidebook About Your Journey…Egypt states that the people of Egypt offer a very warm welcome to guests, and we couldn’t agree more. Our tour manager Tarek made our entry into Egypt, including the visa process, easy and efficient from a time standpoint. He exhibited a high level of professionalism during our stay, ensuring that we thoroughly understood our tour itinerary and transportation. Tour driver Hosni knew the various travel routes within the city and was able to provide us with an up-close perspective as we drove through various neighborhoods on the way to tour destinations. Last, but not least, was our tour guide Eman. She exhibited a rare combination of passion and in-depth knowledge about ancient Egypt, and made the experience truly enjoyable. All-in-all, we would highly recommend Tarek, Eman and Hosni for any of your travel plans in Cairo and Egypt, and would like to state our appreciation to Alexander + Roberts for employing such great individuals.


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    Date Traveled: 6/10/2019

  • John from CA gives this tour 

    Our guide Yasser Abdelwahab was fantastic.


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    Date Traveled: 3/27/2019

  • Sharon from AK gives this tour 

    There were the highlights for me: 1. Close up access / lecture at The Great Sphinx. 2. Excellent logistics team (tour director, transfers, etc.), 3. Thorough itinerary, including Alexandria


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    Date Traveled: 3/1/2019

  • Pamela from MO gives this tour 

    I have always wanted to cruise the Nile, and this trip was a dream come true! All the details -- travel logistics, accommodations, meals, activities -- were anticipated and attended to, with excellence. We were accompanied by a very knowledgeable and personable Egyptologist, who illuminated the mysteries of ancient Egypt and acquainted us with the current culture -- in fact, ALL the A&R staff on the trip were excellent! This was our first trip with a tour, and I'm afraid that now we're spoiled for any other company!


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    Date Traveled: 2/28/2019

  • John from AZ gives this tour 

    Nile river cruise was exceptional, could have been a day or two longer. We felt the overall service by Alexander Roberts team in Egypt made the trip special. They handled all the details while we were there and allowed us to enjoy the trip without any hassel.


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    Date Traveled: 2/28/2019


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