(Cairo, Nile, Hurghada)
Experience the wonders of Egypt through the comfort and luxury of an Oberoi Palace style Hotel and luxury Cruise. Begin your Journey in Cairo, enjoying spectacular views from the Mena House. Your private guide will unlock the secrets of Egypt while you explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Memphis and the Great Sphinx. From there it's off to Aswan, to board your Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruiser - your floating luxury hotel for the next 7 nights. From Aswan to Ancient Thebes you will embark on a journey of discovery and splendor that is the Nile River. Tour the temples and monuments along the river's edge including: Kitchener Island and High Dam/Philae in Aswan, Edfu and Kom Obo Temples, to the Valley of the Kings & Queens and Karnak Temple in Luxor, and Dendarah in Quina. Your private guide distinguishes you from the rest of the passengers as you explore these amazing archaeological treasures at your own pace. Before returning to Cairo to explore the Egyptian Museum with its incredible Tutankhamun exhibit and the bustling bazaars, enjoy 3 nights on the Red Sea at the luxurious Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh in Hurghada.
This is a truly personalized experience with your own private driver and vehicle, and a trained Egyptologist guide and is our most complete and exclusive Egypt experience.
Travel in Egypt often involves early-morning starts, designed to avoid crowds and the hottest midday hours. It can be hot, especially in June, July and August, but there is virtually no humidity and evening temperatures cool off dramatically. Egypt is a moderate secular state, well used to hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While you will want to avoid revealing clothing, loose shorts and short-sleeved shirts are fine for both genders on board your Nile cruise and while sightseeing.
Transfer to/from Cairo Airport in private vehicle with English speaking driver.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process (included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with a representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy this tour which explores the relics of past ages, and includes visits to the ancient Memphis, Saqqara, the Solar Boat, Chephren Pyramid and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Already millennia old by the birth of Christ, the elaborate statues and astonishing scale of these sites will amaze all who visit. This tour also features the famous Sphinx, whose constructor still remains unknown, but its sheer beauty and allure has mystified the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. This tour includes a private vehicle, a driver, a trained Egyptologist, and entry to either the Chephren (Khafre) or Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, as well as the Solar Boat. Entrance to the Pyramids is not included. Be aware that a limited number of people are allowed inside the Pyramids daily.
Enjoy the city's finest cuisine as you stop for lunch on your tour day..
Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a half day private tour with a trained Egyptologist guide through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its Mummy Room, which houses a priceless treasure of archaeological finds. This location holds the tomb of the King Tut, Egypt's most famous teenage King! Entrance to the mummies room is included.
Learn more about Egypt’s modern history today with a private guided tour of Tahrir Square; the largest square in Modern Cairo. Adjacent to some of the major attractions including the Egyptian Museum, as well as other important institutions. The square was originally called Midan Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Traditionally, it is the site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots, the March 2003 protest against the War in Iraq and the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Your expert local guide will share stories with you about the people and what Cairo was like during their recent uprising.
During this evening tour, enjoy a delicious Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the Khan Khalili bazaar in Cairo. Stroll down the newly opened Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. Also included in this tour is entrance to Beit El Seheimy. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour allows for entrance inside. This tour includes a private vehicle, driver and english speaking guide.
Take your Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Aswan, flights as requests only and subject to change.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver in Aswan.
This half day tour begins with a visit to the impressive Aswan High Dam. The water which was collected behind created Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake. View the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Iris, on the island of Agilika, stopping at the “unfinished obelisk,” a practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to create impressive monuments.
You can enjoy an optional excursion from the Oberoi Zahra Nile cruiser to Abu Simbel for a guided tour of the Temple of Ramesess II and Temple of Hathor. (Not included in tour price).
Enjoy a sound and light show at the Philae Aswan, where the ancient world is brought back to life.
Visit a unique Greco-Roman temple dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the sun god. The Temple in Kom Ombo (also known simply as Kom Ombo Temple) dates from about 180 BC, during a period known as the Ptolemaic era, and had some additions built on to it during Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The design is almost perfectly symmetrical, with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple. The right side is dedicated to Sobek-Re (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re), along with his wife (a form of Hathor) and their son Khonsu-Hor. Sobek is associated with Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the myth of Horus and Osiris, Seth and his followers changed themselves into crocodiles to escape. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honouring the fearsome crocodile as a god, they would be safe from attacks. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris, the "Good Doctor" (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder) along with his consort Ta-Sent-Nefer, the "Good Sister" (another form of Hathor).
Enjoy a Nile adventure as you sail aboard a traditional, non-motorized felucca around Kitchener's Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum and botanical gardens.
Visit the Nile-side Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III. The Temple of Horus in Edfu (also known as the Temple of Edfu) is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly because it was built later than most: in the Ptolemaic era from 237 to 57 BC. Despite its later date, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture and so provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. Edfu is also very large: the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.
Enjoy a private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the most impressive temples of Karnak and Luxor, while learning about ancient Egyptian history from your own personal guide. Start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Your private guide will offer interpretation and guide you through the most important parts of the temples.
On this private tour, a trained Egyptologist will describe the many sculptures, mosaic's and antiquities on display in the famous Luxor Museum, prepare for truly Egyptian experience. This elegant modern museum boasts a fabulous collection of artifacts from Thebes including pottery, jewelry, furniture and other artifacts from the ancient city. A recent addition to the exhibits is the cache of 22 magnificent New Kingdom statues, found in 1989 buried beneath Luxor Temple.
Transfer to the West Bank and explore the West Bank of the ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings to see the royal tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses, the sixth. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of Madinat Habu and a stop at the Colossus of Memnon.
Today you will venture on a half day tour to the Dendarah Temple with a private vehicle, driver and trained Egyptologist. 169 km north of Luxor is the remains of Egypt's most famous and ancient cities, Dendarah. Here stands the Dendarah Temple dedicated to Hathor, the Goddess of love, fertility, and beauty.
Visit the West Bank. This private tour includes visits to the Tombs of the Nobles, Temple of Hatchepsut and Deir El Madina, the site of a very special workman’s village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
Queue up with the morning convoy departing Luxor. This 350 KM drive will cross the desert and rock terrain that is a feature across most of Egypt. Arrive at the sparkling sea mid-morning and transfer to your resort.
Sign up for optional activities at your resort (not included in tour price); deep sea fishing, boat excursions, scuba diving, or other.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide.
Take your flight from Hurghada to Cairo. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
The Mena Palace is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the Mena Palace is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. The Mena Palace has hosted kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. Located only 700 meters from the pyramids, the hotel offers unmatched views. Enjoy the magnificence of the pyramids at sunrise and sunset. After dinner at one of the many restaurants see ancient structures lit up. Recreation options at the hotel include a heated swimming pool and a fully equipped spa and fitness center. Your interlude at the Mena Palace promises to be a journey of discovery, exploring Cairo’s ancient treasures and unravelling the many mysteries of Egypt’s past. It is one of the few hotels in Cairo with a golf course. Enthusiasts can tee off at the 9-hole golf course which is located in the shadow of the Great Pyramids.
The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser continues the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts' tradition of offering the highest standards of hospitality and is amongst the most spacious accommodation on the Nile. The mutedly elegant interior of the Luxury Cabins and Luxury Suites is complemented by expansive views of the river framed by large windows within the cabins and the en suite bathrooms. The Oberoi Zahra is the only boat on the Nile with a full-service spa. It sails on a seven-day itinerary from Luxor to Aswan (and vice versa), allowing guests the opportunity to leisurely discover five thousand years of Egyptian culture.
Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is a secluded haven on the Red Sea Coast, celebrating rare marine life, nature’s fabulous colors and the timeless beauty of the sea. Nature’s colors come to life at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh with white sand, aquamarine waters and vibrantly-hued marine life. In exotic Egypt, this exclusive luxury resort on the Red Sea Coast is situated on 48 acres with a private beach. The architecture of the resort reflects the style of the region, resplendent with domes, arches and columns. Peace and privacy pervade this all-suite resort, with private courtyards complemented by soothing interiors and luxurious bathrooms.
Egypt to India
Kirsten Boucher ,
November 04, 2013
"I want to tell you what a great trip you arranged for us. We are having an amazing time and have very good guides. "
Egypt to India
Ann Schiller ,
October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Deborah Eastland ,
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
Another wonderful tailored vacation by Kensington. I've completed the survey, but wanted to let you know personally how thankful we are to you."
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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Angela Gentile ,
April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious. Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
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Lilly and Roy Brown ,
April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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