Introducing the most exciting tour to Egypt ever offered. Visit the Land of the Pharaohs with the most famous archaeologist in the world – Dr. Zahi Hawass. Meet the former First Lady of Egypt – Mrs. Jehan Sadat in the residence of Egypt's president Anwar El-Sadat. With Archaeological Paths company you will experience Egypt like no one else. You will stay in a 5-star hotel and on a luxury Nile Cruise ship, taste delicious local cuisine and embrace the outstanding Egyptian culture.
Thanks to the special permissions from the Ministry of Antiquities, our one-of-a-kind Royal Tour includes private entrances to the Giza plateau and the Luxor temple outside their opening hours, the Great Sphinx enclosure and the Tombs of Pyramid Builders in Giza, an active excavation site closed to the public.
November 3-16, 2017
November 17-30, 2017
December 2-15, 2017
January 14-27, 2018
February 1-14, 2018
February 15-28, 2018
March 4-17, 2018
March 18-31, 2018
April 1-14, 2018
April 15-28, 2018
September 16-29, 2018
October 1-14, 2018
October 15-28, 2018
November 1-14, 2018
November 17-30, 2018
December 2-15, 2018
Dr. Zahi Hawass
There is no better person to lead you through the fascinating history of ancient Egypt than Dr. Zahi Hawass. For over 20 years he held all the keys to the Egyptian antiquities - First as a Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, later as a Minister of State for Antiquities. During our tour, Dr. Zahi Hawass will join our group for sightseeing of the most important sites in Egypt. Thanks to Dr. Hawass’s talks and expert observations, that he will share with us next to the world's greatest monuments, you will experience Egypt like no one else.
Moreover, you will take part in private multimedia lectures by Dr. Hawass who will show us the latest and most exciting discoveries coming out of Egypt! He will focus on his research, including the mysteries of Tutankhamun, the search for the grave of Queen Nefertiti, new findings in the Valley of the Kings, and the search for the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Dr. Hawass will also discuss his work on the pyramid complex at Giza and will include biographical anecdotes and personal experiences from many years of his scientific activities.
Dr. Hawass: I invite you to join me with Archaeological Paths company to tour Egypt and to see the wonders of the pharaohs. I'm joining these tours. I will tell you about the discoveries that I made in the last 20 years. You will be able to visit many unique sites that actually very few people can see. I will take you to the Luxor temple at night while the temple is lit. We will enter between the two paws of the Sphinx alone and see the smile of the Sphinx. You will visit my great discovery, the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders. It is called the most important discovery of the 20th century, because for the first time we could learn about the people who built the Pyramids. No one can tour Egypt like this. Except for you – when you come and join me. You’ll be treated like royalty, this is why we call it the Royal Tour.
Mrs. Jehan Sadat
A world figure and widow of the Egyptian President and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Anwar Sadat. Mrs. Sadat was first lady of Egypt from 1970 until 1981. She has devoted her life to public service and supports many initiatives to improve the life of Egyptian citizens worldwide. She has promoted literacy and founded Egypt's Wafa Wal Amal (Faith and Hope) Society for handicapped war veterans and civilians, the first and largest rehabilitation center of its kind in the Middle East.
Today, Jehan Sadat’s mission is to maintain her husband’s legacy, keeping alive his memory so that future generations will know that Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat was a “man of peace.” At the same time, she continues to deliver her own views concerning the importance of the family and civil rights. She became an outspoken advocate for peace in the Middle East and worldwide. She is a recognized hero of anti-war initiatives globally and combats the issues of primary education for Muslim youth to empower generations now and in the future with economic opportunities.
Mrs. Jehan Sadat: I would love to invite you to a Royal Tour with Archaeological Paths. They are really the best to come with to visit my country, Egypt. It’s a visit that you will never forget. I invite you to my home to see where president Sadat used to live and meet the leaders of the world. You will see a part of history. We lived here for more than forty years. I would love to speak to you about my life and our work for peace. It's a legacy which I'm very proud of. When you go to Egypt, you have to take a tour with Dr. Zahi Hawass. He is the best in our country to have with you on your trip and to tell you about the history of Egypt. Nobody can say it better than Zahi Hawass. You will enjoy your stay here and, believe me, you will come back again. You cannot miss visiting Egypt.
Our 14-day itinerary has been carefully designed by Archaeological Paths' team in cooperation with Egyptologists and Dr. Zahi Hawass himself to provide you with a comprehensive tour throughout Egypt's fascinating history. We begin with the oldest monuments of the ancient Memphis necropolis and the Great Pyramids of the Old Kingdom and we continue the tour chronologically on the Nile cruise to discover the monuments of the Middle and New Kingdoms.
Starting from the ancient Thebes, today known as Luxor, we will see Karnak and Luxor temples, the great mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings; sailing down the Nile we will visit breathtaking Edfu and Kom Ombo temples, and reach Aswan to discover the Philae temple located beautifully on an island; finally we will see the huge temple of Abu Simbel – guarded by enormous statues of Ramses the Great at the entrance. The tour includes a visit to the modern Cairo and the sightseeing in the Great Egyptian Museum.
Thanks to very special arrangements with the Ministry of Antiquities Archaeological Paths offers private access to Egypt's greatest monuments and sites closed to the public:
- the private entrance to the Giza Plateau (outside its opening hours)
- the private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu (only for our group)
- the Great Sphinx enclosure (entrance to the Sphinx area, closed to the public)
- the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza (closed to the public)
- the private entrance to the Luxor temple (outside its opening hours)
The Royal Tour includes exclusive access to our special guests:
- private sightseeing with Dr. Zahi Hawass
- multimedia lectures and Q&A sessions with Dr. Zahi Hawass
- a visit to the residence of Egypt's former president Anwar El Sadat and a lecture with Jehan Sadat, the first lady
This tour is the opportunity of a lifetime. With Dr. Zahi Hawass and Mrs. Jehan Sadat as our special guests, your experience will be extraordinary!
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival at Cairo International Airport. A representative of the Archaeological Paths will welcome our guests at the Cairo Airport and transport them to the luxurious 5-star hotel in Giza, situated near the pyramids. After the check-in process at the hotel, our guests will have time to rest and enjoy their dinner in the hotel's restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 - Saqqara & multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass
After breakfast we will have an organizational meeting with the Archaeological Paths company's staff. During our first day of sightseeing we are going to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of King Djoser. It was constructed 4700 years ago by the legendary architect Imhotep and was the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians. This over 200 feet high monument is the oldest pyramid in the world. Nearby the pyramid we will visit the tombs decorated with impressive reliefs and paintings. We will end our sightseeing at Saqqara with a visit to the Pyramid of King Teti which boasts one of the oldest Pyramid Texts ever discovered.
In the afternoon we will return to our hotel to welcome Dr. Zahi Hawass, who will present to us the first of his multimedia lectures. He will summarize 20 years of his work on the Egyptian antiquities. During the conference there will be time for questions and discussion. After the Q&A time, Dr. Hawass and all our guests will take part in a special dinner in the hotel.
Day 3 - Dashour, Memphis & Pyramid Builders Tombs with Dr. Zahi Hawass
After breakfast, we are going to Dashour to see two pyramids built for Pharaoh Snefru, which are among the oldest, largest, and best preserved in Egypt, built from 2613–2589 BC. The Bent Pyramid was probably the first planned from the outset to be a true pyramid, with smooth sides. It is the most unusual pyramid because of the fact that during its construction Egyptians changed its angle. Perhaps because of the awkward angles in the Bent Pyramid, Snefru ordered another pyramid to be built nearby – the Red Pyramid that we will have a chance to enter. It is an elegant precursor to the Great Pyramids at Giza.
After visiting the pyramids, we will see the ruins of Memphis, once the capital of Egypt. In Memphis, we will make a stop at the museum to admire a giant statue of Ramses II (about 35 feet in length) carved from monumental limestone.
After lunch there is another great attraction waiting for us that you can visit only as our company's guest. Together with Dr. Zahi Hawass we will visit the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza (2500 BC). It is one of the most outstanding discoveries made by Dr. Hawass over the course of his career. Pyramid Builders Tombs are closed to tourists because of ongoing archeological excavations, but our company received a special permission to enter this area with Dr. Zahi Hawass.
Dr. Hawass: "I will take you to see my great discovery, the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders. It is called the most important discovery of the 20th century, because for the first time we could learn about the people who built the pyramids. Thanks to this visit you will know how the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. It was my dream to discover the tombs of the workmen who built the pyramids at Giza. I always say that this discovery is even more important than the tomb of King Tutankhamun, because there we found mainly gold, but the tombs of the Pyramid Builders reconstructed our history. It is an extremely important discovery, because it shone a new light on the Ancient Egyptian civilization."
Day 4 - Giza Plateau with Dr. Zahi Hawass & special lecture with Madam Jehan Sadat.
At 6 am, before the opening hours of the site for tourists, and thanks to a special permission from the Ministry of Antiquities, we will enter the iconic Giza Plateau to see the three Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. These monuments were built by the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom (2500 BC).
Dr. Zahi Hawass will be waiting for us between the huge paws of the Great Sphinx. Tourists can normally see the Sphinx from the observation terrace in the distance, but our special permission will let us enter inside the Sphinx enclosure. Dr. Hawass will tell us about his research on the Great Sphinx and the mystery of the Pyramids. We will also have a chance to learn about the newest project run under the direction of Dr. Hawass on scanning the Great Pyramids to search for hidden chambers. Dr. Hawass: You will hear about the secret doors in the pyramid. You will hear about tunnels under the Sphinx. You will know, for the first time, how the pyramids were built!
Next, we will go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that is still standing today. We will have private access inside the pyramid. What’s more, the guards will open for us two additional chambers that are normally closed to the public – the Queen’s chamber and the Subterranean chamber.
Another highlight awaiting us today is the meeting and lecture with Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Egypt's former First Lady, in her home located by the Nile River. It will be a unique opportunity to see the residence of Egypt’s former president - Anwar El Sadat.
Madam Sadat will tell us about her life as the first lady and about her lifelong goal and hope for world peace. We will learn more about the current situation in the world in the eyes of the wife of the president Anwar El Sadat, who effortlessly advocates for his ideals of peace.
After the lecture, there will be time for questions and discussion. This meeting will allow you to understand better Egypt's modern history and get to know personally Madam Jehan Sadat, the most distinguished "Woman of Egypt".
See in the video below how it is to experience the Egypt's most important site with us - Giza plateau outside the opening hours. See how our guests enjoyed the Great Sphinx with Dr. Zahi Hawass and meeting with Egypt's First Lady - Mrs. Jehan Sadat.
Enjoy watching and join us in Egypt!
Day 5 - Flight to Luxor - Karnak temple
On Day 5 we are flying from Cairo to Luxor. In Luxor, we will check-in on the luxury 5-star cruise ship, our floating hotel. This 8-day Nile Cruise features various stops and site visits including all the most impressive monuments from the time of the Pharaohs.
Our first stop will be the famous Karnak temple. It is the largest temple in the world. Located on the east bank of the Nile, Karnak complex was not a single temple, but a series of temples, halls, enclosures and obelisks with a sacred lake. It was built, modified, added to, rebuilt, and so on, continuously for some two thousand years, from Middle Kingdom times (circa 2040-1780 BC) to Greco-Roman times (circa 332 BC to 400 AD).
Day 6 - Valley of the Kings / the Temple of Hatchepsut / Colossi of Memnon
After breakfast we will start the sightseeing of the west bank of Luxor. Our sightseeing tour will start with a motor boat ride across the Nile to see the highlights of Luxor:
- The Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs and is located on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. In the Valley of the Kings, we will have access to some well-known tombs. The Valley is undeniably one of Egypt's most important treasures.
- Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir el-Bahari
The Temple of Deir el-Bahari is one of the most characteristic temples in Egypt. It was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut was the first queen to rule over Egypt in ancient Egyptian history (approximately from 1473 to 1458 B.C.). Despite the fact that there were many people, including royal family members, who objected to the idea of having a lady ruling over Egypt, she was able - through her many achievements - to prove her abilities as one of the most important and successful rulers of Egypt throughout history.
- The Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For 3,400 years they have sat in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the city of Luxor. The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep's memorial temple – a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh's lifetime, where he was worshiped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world.
Day 7 - Luxor temple with Dr. Zahi Hawass
We will have the extraordinary privilege to visit Luxor temple privately with Dr. Zahi Hawass. Thanks to the special permission from the Minister of Antiquities we will enter the temple outside the opening hours. The temple will be beautifully lit – against the background of the dark sky – just for our group! Dr. Hawass will tell us more about his archeological research and his discoveries in Luxor.
Luxor temple is one of the most beautiful Ancient Egyptian temples located on the east bank of the Nile River. The city known today as Luxor (ancient Thebes) was founded in 1400 BC. For centuries Thebes was the capital of Ancient Egypt.
After returning from the Luxor temple, you can enjoy a cup of Egyptian coffee and share your impressions with Dr. Hawass on our cruise ship. The ship will start sailing to Edfu after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure, so our guests can enjoy the sundeck on the ship and the stunning views of the Nile landscape while sailing to Edfu.
Day 8 - Edfu and Kom Ombo temples
In the morning, our cruise ship will bring us to Edfu with its splendid Edfu temple. It is the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt dedicated to the falcon god Horus. It was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. After the return to the ship, we will start the cruise towards Kom Ombo.
In the late afternoon we will reach Kom Ombo, where we will visit the Ptolemaic Kom Ombo Temple. It was built during the period from 205 till 180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V. The Ptolemies constructed the Temple of Kom Ombo to the worship of two gods, Sobek - the crocodile god and Horus - the falcon god. After visiting the site we will return to the ship for the dinner and our ship will start sailing south towards Aswan.
Day 9 - Aswan
After breakfast, we will start the sightseeing of Aswan. The day will begin with driving to the Unfinished Obelisk. It is the largest known ancient obelisk and it is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If it were finished, it would have measured around 140 feet and would have weighed nearly 1200 tons.
Next we will take a motor boat ride to the Temple of Philae, located beautifully on an island and dedicated to Isis, the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom. Philae was considered one of the burial places of the god Osiris, so the island was a sacred place for Ancient Egyptians. The temple consists of monuments of various eras, extending from the Pharaohs to the Caesars.
After our return to the ship and having lunch, we will have time to relax during the Nile cruise by a motor boat to the Nubian village. Small boats will take us through the narrow passages on the Nile. We will have time to admire the beauty of Egyptian nature and stunning views on the Nile, before we arrive to meet the local Nubians, visit their houses and experience their way of living.
Day 10 - Abu Simbel
The next day in Aswan will start with a journey to the majestic Abu Simbel temple. The temple in Abu Simbel is one of the most imposing, impressive and iconic symbols of Ancient Egypt, rivaling the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx. Abu Simbel temple was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari.
Day 11 -Sailing back to Luxor.
In the morning our cruise ship will leave Aswan and head back to Luxor. You will have a leisure day to spend time on the beautiful sundeck during the sailing. You will admire and enjoy the views on the Nile, greenery, desert in the distance, farmers and picturesque villages. Our guide will be available on the sundeck for you to anwer all additional questions you may have about the monuments you had visited.
Our 5-star Deluxe Nile cruise ships offer modern sun deck, pool, spacious lounges, bar, gym, spa, outside dining and fine dining restaurants, so there is plenty to do while cruising. The cruise on the Nile on such a luxurious ship is always one of the best memories of our tour participants and at the same time it offers the most convenient and comfortable way to travel from one place to the other.
Day 12 - Flight to Cairo, multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass
We will take a flight back to Cairo. After lunch and some free time to rest we will take part in the second multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass. Dr. Hawass will take us on a fascinating journey of research and excavations he conducted in the last 20 years of his work in Egypt. He will also discuss in more detail his plans for the new great discoveries. We will learn about new, mostly undiscovered sites in Egypt which are subjects of ongoing archaeological research.
Day 13 - Tour of Cairo
After our breakfast, we will begin our day of sightseeing in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. We will visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, one of the most important museums in the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. We will see the famous Tutankhamun exhibit with the golden mask of the boy king. After lunch we will drive to the Saladin Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The Saladin Citadel is an Islamic fortress dating to the twelfth century which was built to unite the city and protect it from Christian crusaders. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali was built on the summit of the citadel during the first half of the nineteenth century.
In the evening, during our farewell dinner, we will celebrate the two weeks of our exciting adventure.
Day 14 - Departure from Cairo or *1-day Add-on to Alexandria
It is the last day of our tour and time to say goodbye to Egypt. After breakfast we will transfer you to the Cairo International Airport. You will leave Egypt with new experiences, memories and beautiful photographs. Archaeological Paths company will do everything to ensure that our guests will have the time of their lives during our in-depth tour.
*For the clients who would like to prolong their stay in Egypt, we prepared a special 1-day add-on to Alexandria, its price includes one additional night in our hotel in Giza (day 14-15). The add-on tour to Alexandria is a full one-day tour. It will start early in the morning after breakfast with a 3 hour drive in an air-conditioned bus from Cairo to Alexandria. We will visit all the major sites there, including Alexandria Library, the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the harbor of Alexandria and the place where the famous Pharos Lighthouse was standing. The lighthouse was one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the evening we will return to our hotel in Cairo for overnight stay.
Optional Israel & Jordan Add-ons
If you would like to see more than one beautiful country during your journey abroad, before Egypt tour we offer a 5-day pre-tour of Israel, the holy land. After the Egypt tour, you can fly with us to Jordan for a 5-day post-tour including the legendary city of Petra, beautiful Wadi Rum Desert and the Dead Sea. Contact us for details.
- ISRAEL 5-day add-on (pre-tour, before the main Egypt Tour): Explore the City of David and the ancient desert fortress of Masada; discover Jerusalem through the eyes of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. See the birthplace of Jesus Christ and delve into the story of the land sacred to all the religions. CLICK HERE to see our Travel Brochure for Israel add-on.
- JORDAN 5-day add-on (day 15-19, after the main Egypt Tour): Tour includes the legendary city of Petra, UNESCO World Heritage Site; beautiful Wadi Rum Desert with mysterious prehistoric petroglyphs and ever-changing landscape of otherworldly rock formations. You will take a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and visit Mount Nebo from which Moses saw the Promised Land. CLICK HERE to see our Travel Brochure for Jordan add-on.
Price per person: 5985 USD for double room (deposit is only 800 USD during booking!). If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member. If you would like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $1270 USD.
- $800 deposit during booking.
- Full payment is due two months before the tour.
Dr. Zahi Hawass as our special guest; Five Star Accommodation - 6 nights in Five Star hotel in Giza (near the Great Pyramids), 7 nights onboard a Five Star Deluxe Nile Cruise Ship; Domestic flights during the tour (Cairo - Luxor; Luxor - Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; All sightseeing tours; bottled water during the sightseeing; English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; Transfers in air-conditioned buses; Reception at Cairo International airport; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Government taxes; Private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu; Private entrance to Luxor temple; Special entrance to the Sphinx Enclosure; Special entrance to the Pyramids Builders Tombs at Giza; Health Insurance (to download the Terms and Conditions of travel insurance click here).
International flights to/from Cairo in Egypt (we can help you with booking); Visa cost (visa is only $25 and issued on arrival at Cairo airport).
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