In the Footsteps of Pharoahs
Join us on this awe-inspiring Journey for Women through Egypt to travel from the capital of Cairo, to Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Alexandria. Visit the iconic and legendary Sphinx in Giza and witness the awe-inspiring enormity of the great pyramids. Walk through the Valley of the Kings and visit the rock-hewn tomb of King Tutankhamen. Wander the edge of the Mediterranean in the ancient city of Alexandria. Enjoy a five night cruise on a Dahabiya booked exclusively for us and the only way to truly appreciate sailing the Nile. Photograph magnificent Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, carved out of a rock cliff during the reign of Ramses II. Meander down the sphinx-lined entrance and bask in the grandeur of Luxor Temples at twilight. Meet local Nubian families, learn to create traditional Egyptian culinary delights and shop until you drop in colourful and chaotic bazaars. At the end of each action-packed day, rest and recharge in exquisite heritage hotels which have hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie. Above all enjoy a journey where you will laugh, learn and celebrate life with a group of like minded travellers!
Experience Egypt as a modern nation bustling with life and sound, and step back through the sands of time as you follow in the footsteps of pharaohs.
You will love
- Sailing the Nile on a private dahabiya boat
- Ancient pyramids & UNESCO world heritage sites
- Incredible, other-worldly landscapes
- 5* Hotels
- Retail therapy
- Small group of likeminded travellers
REAL ADVENTURE IN UNREAL STYLE
DAY 1 | 3 NIGHTS - Marriot Mena House
Welcome to Egypt! For thousands of years Egypt has been the playground of emperors and kings. Great civilisations have risen from its sandy interiors and the Nile continues to bring life to an otherwise barren land. Much of the scenery has barely changed since biblical times and the entire nation is wrapped in an ancient mysticism which has beguiled writers and romantics for centuries.
Overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza, Mena House offers perhaps the finest views in all of Cairo. We enjoy a welcome drink and raise a toast to a fabulous fortnight ahead!
DAY 2 | CAIRO
Visit two iconic ancient Egyptian sites this morning – the Giza Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx. Explore the interior of one of the legendary pyramids & take in the panorama of the Giza Plateau on foot or from atop a camel before enjoying traditional Egyptian fare at a local restaurant. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the Civilization Museum, the only museum focusing on the first civilization in history and includes 22 modern state mummies from ancient Egypt. Return to Mena House for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before a hosted Welcome Dinner.
DAY 3 | CAIRO
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is set to be the largest archaeological museum in the world, and will house the complete Tutankhamun collection. If it is open we will spend the morning on a guided tour; if not we will visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities currently home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. Enjoy a guided tour including access to the famous Mummy Room, housing the remains of many kings & queens of ancient Egypt, including Ramses II, Egypt’s longest‐ruling pharaoh. Return to our hotel for the remainder of the afternoon & evening at leisure ‐ indulge in the spa, take a swim in the pool & dine in your choice of restaurant.
DAY 4 | LUXOR | 2 NIGHTS - Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
An early start today to tour of Old Cairo, enjoy lunch and then fly to Luxor | Old Cairo is the home of the oldest religious buildings in Egypt, with Amr Ibn Al‐Aas Mosque representing Islam, the Hanging Church representing Christianity and Synagogue of Ben Ezra representing Judaism. Afternoon at leisure on arrival in Luxor with a hosted dinner this evening.
DAY 5 | LUXOR
Travel to the West Bank of the Nile to explore the Valley of the Kings and its decorated tombs of the ancient Pharaoh Kings, including Tutankhamun’s tomb enclosed in 35‐century‐old walls. Visit the enormous Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and the gigantic Colossi of Memnon that acted as the Guardians of the West Bank of Luxor before visiting the Valley of workers, where the artists who decorated the king’s tombs are buried. Lunch in one of the famous local restaurants by the Nile before crossing back to the East Bank with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Luxor or relax by the pool on the banks of the Nile.
DAY 6 | NILE CRUISE | 5 NIGHTS - Traditional Dahabiya
Optional sunrise hot air balloon ride above the Valley of the Kings early this morning.
Today we board our Dahabiya ‐ a stunning traditional sailboat and our private floating hotel for the next 5 nights. We will discover the Nile’s significant impact on ancient Egyptian civilization as we sail upstream from Luxor to Aswan. We have exclusive use of our boat and will enjoy lunch and dinner on board.
DAY 7 | NILE CRUISE
After breakfast on the shores of Edfu we will board a horse & carriage and travel to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon‐headed God of the sky. This stunningly well‐preserved & colourful structure is one of the largest in Egypt, built in 230BC by Ptolemy III it reveals what temple worship was like in ancient Egypt. Back on board, we sail to Ğebel el‐Silsila ‐ an archaeological site on both banks of
the Nile & once the most important sandstone quarry in Egypt. It is one of the less frequented sites along the mighty Nile as larger vessels cannot reach this site (on our small Dahabiya we can!) | This evening we dine on traditional Egyptian food & enjoy Arabic Music and dancing ‐ time to break out your bespoke Gallabeyah or Belly Dancing outfit!
DAY 8 | NILE CRUISE
We first alight this morning to visit the Temple of Horemheb at Silsila, dedicated to the God Amon, & we explore the breathtaking caves that suround it | Later we stop at the Faris Coffee Shop, a traditional local coffee house where locals drink tea & coffee, smoke the famous shisha & play dominoes ‐ an insight into traditional Arabic life. Enjoy lunch as we sail to Bashir Island where you have the opportunity to swim before dinner under the twinkling stars.
DAY 9 | NILE CRUISE
Our Dahabiya moors almost directly in front of the Greco‐Roman Temple of Kom Ombo (Hill of Gold) dedicated to the Sun God Haroeris & the Crocodile God Sobek, considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world |We will walk to the entrance & enjoy a guided tour before viewing the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today |Later we continue sailing upstream watching the golden sand dunes to reach Alheriab Beach where we can swim, sunbathe and walk before dinner on board as we make our way to moor close to Aswan.
DAY 10 | NILE CRUISE
On arrival in Aswan we will moor & board a small motorised boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika | This sacred complex was dedicated to the Goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations ‐ Egyptian, Greek, and Roman | The temple was dismantled and painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed | Enjoy lunch back on deck & a final afternoon watching the world go by from our deck | We will celebrate our final night aboard our dahabiya with an evening of traditional Egyptian food, Arabic music & dancing.
DAY 11 | ASWAN | 2 NIGHTS - Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel
Disembark this morning bidding a fond farewell to our fabulous crew as we transfer to our hotel in Aswan. Enjoy lunch before we check in to the Old Cataract Hotel with the remainder of the afternoon & evening at leisure to enjoy this spectacular iconic hotel.
DAY 12 | ASWAN + ABU SIMBEL
An early start to check in for our flight to Abu Simbel to view the iconic, commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. This entire site was moved here & reassembled to save it from the floodwaters created by the Aswan High Dam. Return to Aswan by air arriving for lunch (to own account) at our hotel. Later this afternoon we board a traditional felucca for sunset cruise before dinner in a Nubian Village with a local family.
Note: we may drive to Abu Simbel if the scheduled flight times change significantly in order to make the most of our day.
DAY 13 | CAIRO | 2 NIGHTS - Four Seasons Hotel - Cairo at Nile Plaza
Our final morning in Aswan provides the opportunity to visit a perfumerie & take a walk through the souk. After an early lunch we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cairo. Dinner will be hosted in a restaurant overlooking the Nile this evening.
DAY 14 | CAIRO
Today we admire the twin‐towered Bab el‐Foutouh, a fortified gate in Cairo’s Old City walls & the entrance to Khan el‐Khalili Bazaar…. and then the rest of the day is at leisure to explore this vast souk housing all manner of treasures from carpets to jewellery and antiques to spices. Enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes & return to our hotel at your leisure. This evening we enjoy a final farewell dinner for those who may elect to return home tomorrow.
DAY 15 | ALEXANDRIA | 2 NIGHTS - Four Seasons Hotel at San Stefano
There is an option to end your Enigmatic Egypt journey in Cairo today, and fly out this evening. Alternatively, join in the journey to the Mediterranean with a relaxed departure from Cairo this morning as we head to the seaside town of Alexandria. Afternoon at leisure to wander the beach and relax by the incredible pool. A delicious dinner this evening is included.
DAY 16 | ALEXANDRIA
A full day exploring Alexandria including the impressive sites from the Greco‐Roman era ‐ Kom Al Shoqafa Tombs, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages, Pompey’s Pillar and the Qaitbay Citadel. A seafood spread for lunch will be followed by a visit to the vast & striking Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the state-of-the-art new library) before we marvel at the most valuable display of jewels in the Royal Jewellery Museum, This evening we will stroll the corniche and enjoy a hosted dinner
DAY 17 | ALEXANDRIA TO CAIRO | DEPARTURE
Take an early morning walk along the corniche or a dip in the pool before we return to Cairo. In Cairo we will enjoy lunch (to own account) in a hotel close to the International Airport before transferring to the airport for check-in – either to board your flight home OR join an optional extension to Jordan!
Bid farewell to newfound friends if you are flying home, those continuing to discover a new Middle Eastern gem – Yalla! Let’s go!
A more detailed itinerary is available on request – please click here
A handpicked selection
Marriott Mena House – Cairo
Overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza, Mena House offers perhaps the finest views in all of Cairo. Originally a hunting lodge, the hotel has an impressive history with a guest book of kings and emperors to match. It harks back to an era of outrageous opulence with the added benefit of modern-day luxury and contemporary elegance. Read More
Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa – Luxor
Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is located on the east bank of the lush River Nile, boasting glorious views over the river and the historic city of Luxor. It provides the perfect base for exploring the Valley of the Kings, visiting the temples of Karnak and Luxor or wandering the souk areas in search of treasures to take home. Read More
Queeny Of The Nile
Queeny Of The Nile is a luxury dahabeya boat which travels elegantly through the beautiful Nile landscape. A dahabeya is a traditional Egyptian sailing ship traditionally built for Egyptian celebrities and the royal family who liked to travel the Nile for recreation. Today such boats remain an idyllic mode of transport, cruising without a motor in idyllic silence. Read More
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract – Aswan
Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the Nubian Desert with views of Elephantine Island, the five star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan hotel sits within a 19th-century Victorian palace and blends a stunningly beautiful setting with ancient heritage and modern design. Read More
Four Seasons at Nile Plaza – Cairo
Situated on the banks of the Nile with panoramic views Cairo and the pyramids beyond, the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza offers an iconic Egyptian experience. The rooms are luxurious and plush, styled with ornate light fittings, thick carpets, and golden colour palettes - gilded luxury fit for a pharaoh. Read More
Four Seasons San Stefano – Alexandria
With a gorgeous seaside location and a private beach to one side and a buzzing metropolis bursting with life to the other, the Four Seasons San Stefano at Alexandria caters for every interest and tastefully blends modern luxury with classical style. Read More
NEED TO KNOW
16 nights | October 2025
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START: Cairo | Finish: Cairo
We recommend flying with Emirates via Dubai. Please call to discuss your individual flight requirements.
Australia & New Zealand passport holders require a visa for Egypt for a stay of up to 30 days. US$30 online prior to arrival. If you do not travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport please be sure to let us know and we will advise if there are any visa requirements.
- Escorted by Sarah Hoyland, Director of The Classic Safari Company
- 11 nights in 5 star hotels as speciﬁed (or similar)
- 5 nights aboard a traditional Egyptian Dahabiya Sailing Boat
- Economy class domestic flights Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo
- Breakfast daily + 12 lunches + 11 dinners
- Bottled water whilst touring
- Airport arrival and departure transfers on dates specified to / from Emirates flights on arrival & departure days
- Land transportation in air-conditioned deluxe vehicle throughout the itinerary
- Special entry to Tutankhamen’s Tomb in Luxor & Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum
- Camel ride at the Great Pyramids
- Felucca sailing in Aswan
- Nubian Village visit + dinner & dancing with a Nubian Family
- Visit to Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut’s Temple
- Walking tours in Old Cairo, Alexandria & Luxor
- Day trip to Abu Simbel & Lake Nasser
- All sightseeing hosted by English speaking guide + all entrance fees to monuments outlined
- All gratuities for porters, local guides & group restaurant meals whilst on tour
- Once in a lifetime, experiences throughout the journey
- Small group of like-minded travellers
- International air arrangements plus all applicable pre-paid departure taxes
- Travel Insurance and individual health requirements
- Additional meals & snacks + all drinks (essentially 3 lunches +3 dinners + drinks)
- Room or ﬂight upgrades
- Transfers to any flight other than specified Emirates flights
- Laundry, camera fees (minimal) and personal purchases
- Discretionary tip for Dahabiya boat crew (budget $300)
- Egypt Tourist Visa
- Items of a personal nature & any item not speciﬁed
Minimum – 8 travellers
Maximum – 16 (plus host)
Flights & Insurance – on request when available
Recommended Routings to Cairo | Emirates or Qantas (codeshre) via Dubai | Etihad / Qantas via Abu Dhabi
Terms and conditions apply – please click here for full details.
This tour departs with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 16 people (plus host).
A single room supplement applies if you wish to secure your own room – cost to be confirmed. If you are ‘willing to share’ we will do all possible to pair you with another participant. If unsuccessful the single supplement will apply.
The price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control.
We reserve the right, due to situations beyond our control, to substitute any hotel or boat with another of comparable quality – this would be advised as soon as possible.
All quoted airfares & taxes are subject to change at any time prior to, or at the time of, ticketing.
Australian & New Zealand passport holders require a visa for Egypt for a stay of up to 30 days. Visa must be obtained online prior to arrival. If you do not travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport please be sure to let us know.
By making any payment for this tour, and/or joining this tour, you acknowledge the potential health risks & you accept full responsibility for all potential quarantine and/or health requirements.
Sarah is the Founder of our Journeys for Women collection and co-Director of The Classic Safari Company. Over the years she's travelled to all seven continents, visited over 63 countries, forged global lifelong friendships, and honed her haggling skills to perfection! In her own words, 'I am happiest when I am lost in a souk, on safari in Africa, travelling with my daughters or when I have the privilege of viewing wild and wonderful places afresh through the eyes of the ladies I host on our womens-only soirees!'.