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Sights to behold, Egypt is a destination like no other, astounding its visitors with their incredible ancient past.

Arrive to Cairo with your first stay at Giza -  the pyramids are the doorstep of Giza. This is the start of your amazing discovery; five star hotel stays throughout and a four night Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Uncover all the incredible jaw dropping monuments this incredible country offers.


Opt to join Colours of Morocco, then continue with Wonders of Egypt 

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'Egypt in Depth met all my expectations and more. Our guide was great and the group of 9 women were good fun. We found the locals welcoming and very safe where we were taken. The trip of a lifetime.'

Jill, 67 years, NSW

'Egypt and Jordan has been on my bucket list for many years and to finally have the opportunity to discover and explore both these places was amazing and definitely worth the wait. With so many trip highlights including hot air ballooning over ancient archaelogical sites, sunset camel ride in the Jordan desert, donkey ride up the 900 steps at Petra; swimming in the Dead Sea; cruising on the Nile river in a felucca and sharing these adventures with a great group of fellow travellers who I now call friends, will be a trip I will remember for a very long time.'

Sharyn, 53 years, Sydney, NSW



  • 7 nights deluxe hotels (4-5 star)
  • 4 nights deluxe Nile River cruise cabin accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 6 dinners 


  • English-speaking locally based Egyptologist tour escort-guide


  • Private air-conditioned group transport by road
  • Felucca boat excursion
  • Egyptian Nile River deluxe cruise boat
  • Flight Cairo to Luxor
  • Return flight Aswan to Abu Simbel 
  • Flight Aswan to Cairo
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers, Cairo# 


  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

Tipping fund USD95 payable on arrival
# if adding pre or post tour group hotel must be booked as part of your package for airport transfers to be included
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price. 

Not included: 

  • International airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips for service personnel
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications


Departure Dates for this tour

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2 - 13 NOV 24
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From AUD $7985 with own room

Pay the tour deposit by 30 April 2024 and SAVE $250
Applies to bookings with own room; not twin share 



Tour price with own room

AUD $7985

PRE TOUR-CAIRO: group hotel deluxe room with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies 31 OCT, 1 NOV 2024

AUD $340

POST TOUR-CAIRO: group hotel historical city view room with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies 12 & 13 NOV 2024

AUD $440

Arrival & Departure Transfer
conditions; included for day 1 and final day or with pre or post tour stay booked with us at group hotel


Tipping Fund – payable to tour guide
note: does not include tipping tour leader

USD95 per person




Trip Code: egypt24-11




  • Easy paced travel; with internal flights in Egypt to reduce long road travel time
  • A four night Nile River cruise on a deluxe river cruise boat
  • Visit Luxor temple, one of Egypt’s most renowned
  • Karnak Temple, Luxor
  • The Valley of the Kings;
  • Visit Edfou temple
  • Kom Ombo temple
  • The High Dam and visit the Temple of Isis at Philaea
  • A relaxing felucca boat ride for sunset on The Nile
  • The spectacular Abu Simbel Temple, including return air travel from Aswan
  • Visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza, and The Sphinx
  • The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Cairo discoveries include a visit to The Citadel of Cairo and Khan Khalili market
  • A final farewell dinner will be the perfect celebration of your Egyptian discovery

Consider arriving a day before the tour starts or staying on after the tour ends. You can relax and refresh after your flight.  Also provides a buffer in case of unexpected flight delays. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.


It is a small group private tour for land touring inclusions,  however the cruise is not a private charter.  We have cabins on a deluxe Nile River cruise boat that is shared with other tourists. Cruising is at a slow pace and inclusions sight seeing with off shore excursions facilitated by the cruise boat and our group guide.



Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by our local representative who will assist you through the airport including customs formalities. From the airport, you are escorted to our group hotel. The day is at leisure. Afterwards you may like to join with others in your group for dinner (by your own arrangement) at the hotel or retire for an early night after your travels.


Meals: not included

For travellers with a pre tour stay there is the option to include a visit to this afternoon to the Civilization Museum with transfers, a guided tour and entry included.
Minimum numbers: 2 travellers for this to be offered.




Cairo to Luxor

Breakfast at our hotel, then check out and meet with your group tour guide at the hotel lobby. We then transfer to the airport for the flight from Cairo to Luxor.

This afternoon in Luxor, an impressive start to your Egyptian discoveries with a visit to Luxor Temple.  One of Egypt’s most renowned, this temple complex is located on the east bank of the Nile River. Luxor temple is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the pharaohs of Egypt were crowned in reality or conceptually (as in the case of Alexander the Great, who claimed he was crowned at Luxor but may never have traveled south of Memphis, near modern Cairo).

Tonight, join together for a group welcome dinner with your group tour guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 



Karnak Temple, Luxor

Karnak Temple, aptly called Ipet-Sut “The Most Select of Places” by the ancient Egyptians, it was the most important temple in Thebes (modern Luxor), in Upper Egypt. This temple complex consists not only of temples but chapels, and other buildings, part of the ancient village. After morning, we transfer to Nile cruise for our next four nights.  We start with lunch on board and our cruise starts as we make our way south.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option to see the Sound and Light Show tonight at Karnak Temple




Visit the West Bank. Valley of the Kings       

Breakfast on board, then we are picked up to visit the Valley of the Kings; the site of a royal burial ground.

Visit the celebrated temple of Hatshepsut (c.1473–1458 BC). The queen who became Pharaoh, is located here. Made up of three man-made terraces that gradually rise up toward the sheer cliff face, this structure is truly a sight to behold. The site of Deir al-Bahari was sacred to to Hathor, the goddess who nursed and reared every king, including their mythological ancestor, the god Horus, in Egypt’s primordial past. On your visit today, entry to the tomb of Tutankhamun is included.

In Luxor, the trade or carving from Alabaster is renowned and one of the reasons that alabaster is prized is due to its marked translucence. Todayn we make a stop at a local factory and store to see the process and the option to browse the shop.

Lunch is on board today while we cruise to Esna and pass the Lock, to continue to Edfou. Dinner and overnight on board

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 



Visit Edfou temple and Kom Ombo temple

Breakfast on board, then disembark the Nile River cruise boat and transfer by horse and carriage to visit one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt. Edfou Temple was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt.

Lunch on board today as we cruise to Kom Ombo.  Kom Ombo Temple is unique because its 'double' design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.

At the end of our day we return to our cruise boat and sail onto Aswan with onboard.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 




Breakfast on board, then we disembark for a visit of the High Dam and visit the Temple of Isis at Philae.  The temple of Isis was one of the last ancient Egyptian temples to remain active, as it continued to function until the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD), who ordered the closure of all pagan temples and te temple was converted into a Christian church. After we transfer back to our cruise boat for lunch on board.

This afternoon, a relaxing felucca trip overlooking Aswan and enjoy sunset on The Nile before returning for our final night and dinner on board our river cruise boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 



Visit Abu Simbel (by air)

Today the spectacular Abu Simbel Temple. We avoid the long road travel between Aswan and Abu Simbel with a return flight.  Today the spectacular Abu Simbel Temple. The Great Temple of Abu Simbel, in Nubia near Egypt’s southern border, is among the most awe-inspiring monuments of Egypt. It was cut into the living rock by King Ramesses II (the Great) of the Nineteenth Dynasty, around 1264 BC. The temple is best known for the four imposing seated colossal statues that dominate its façade. One of these collapsed because of an ancient earthquake, and its fragments can still be seen on the ground. After our visit we return to Aswan for an overnight stay.  

Meals: Breakfast

The flight time is confirmed with travel documents but in anycase, the flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel airport is in the morning.


Aswan – Cairo

Today we take a flight from Aswan back to Cairo.
In Cairo we visit Khan Khalili market where you may like to pick up some souvenirs for your memories of Egypt, followed by lunch together at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we transfer to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

The flight time is confirmed with travel documents but in any case, the flight from Aswan to Cairo is expected to be in the morning. Should morning flight times not be available the group lunch may be in Aswan before the flight to Cairo.



Visit Memphis – Sakkara – The Pyramids

After breakfast at the hotel set off on an amazing day ahead. Visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. It is the home of a colossal Statue of Ramesses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to the “Cemetery City” of Sakkara and view the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest of all Pyramids.

We will have a lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Great Pyramids of Giza; the only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby, take in the sight of the mystical Sphinx; the 20 metre high man-animal Sphinx, created as a “living image of the sun-god”, built to guard the entrance to the Pyramids. After a full day exploring, we’ve set aside the evening at leisure.

Today on tour we make a stop at a Papyrus store. Learn how to identify the real papyrus from a fake and of course the option to make a purchase of a keepsake from your visit to Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 10


Our Cairo discovery includes a visit The Citadel of Cairo (or Citadel of Saladin).  When in Cairo, it is basically impossible to miss the Citadal of Salahin; one of the world's greatest monuments to medieval warfare. Resembling a typical early medieval fortress, with large imposing gateways, towers and high defending walls, the Citadel is one of Cairo's main attractions and probably the most popular non-pharaonic monument in the Egyptian capital. The prominent fortress houses three mosques - of which the impressive Mohamed Ali Mosque - a carriage museum, a military museum. We will have a local lunch in Cairo and also time visiting Khan Khalili market where you may like to pick up some souvenirs for your memories of Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 11

Cairo Discoveries

This morning visit The Egyptian Museum in Cairo including a guided tour with an Egyptologist. The museum houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. The museum displays an extensive collection spanning from the Predynastic Period to the Greco-Roman Era.. Lunch today at a local restaurant. Some time this afternoon at your leisure.  Tonight, join together for a farewell dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have 2.5 to 3 hours allocated for the museum visit. If you have a keen interest in this visit and wish to spend more time viewing artefacts liaise with your guide about options to stay on and make your own way back to the hotel.


DAY 12


Check out and transfer to Cairo international Airport for final departure taking home ancient stories of Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast


Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Hotel Name



Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino 5*



Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa 5*


Nile River

Nile Style River cruise boat



Movenpick Aswan 5*



Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis 5*


Encounter Travel Egypt

Nile Style cruise boat, lounge area

Nile Style cruise boat, upper deck

Nile Style cruise boat, cabin

Nile Style cruise boat, restaurant

Movenpick, Aswan


A 5-star Cairo hotel and just 15 minutes away from the Cairo International Airport. 


Facing the West Bank, the resort rests on the edge of the River Nile. The hotel includes a spa and two infinity pools.


A 5 star hotel with 2 outdoor pools.


A 5 star hotel; modern luxury by the river Nile. Semiramis InterContinental Cairo is at a premium location in the heart of downtown Cairo next to the Egyptian Museum and Khan el Khalili. The Hotel features a rooftop pool, fine dining with exquisite cuisine, a state of the art spa, a shopping arcade, and the Nile Terrace offering stunning views of the sunset over the Nile.


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Starts In: Cairo, Egypt
Ends In: Cairo, Egypt

First Day Information
Arrival day commences with airport to hotel transfer.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day. An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight. 

Closest Airport
Start: Cairo International Airport (CAI)
End: Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM.


  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour and/or depart on the final day of the tour .
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre or post tour group hotel with us as part of your package.

As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

See 'VISA/ENTRY' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.


If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience 

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

Travellers of 75 years or over may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

More Information > Visit Travel Fitness 

Tipping is not included in your tour package.

Tipping may not be your custom, or the custom of your home country, however it is significant in many parts of the world for roles in tourism. It’s customary to tip tour service personnel including your group tour leader, driver, local guides, restaurant staff, and porters. It’s also appreciated to leave small tips for room attendants and restaurant wait staff.  We appreciate that for many travellers tipping is awkward, and they are unsure about how and what amount to tip. For this reason, we collect a tipping fund payment from each traveller and your tour leader manages it, and pays the tips for the included group services along the way.

The Tipping Fund
At the beginning of your tour, the tipping fund is payable to your tour leader. The fund does not cover tips for your group tour leader. 

Your Tour Leader
As tipping is customary, please recognise your tour leader’s good service, and the custom of tipping tour leaders, and tip them at the completion of your tour. Your tour leader is away from home for the duration of your visit and tipping is a part of recognising this dedication. As a guide we suggest you allow USD5-7 per day. Excellent service would be recognised with a higher amount. The tip for your tour leader is at your discretion.


It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

This is a private group tour with a guide that escorts the group. Your group tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

The role of your Group Tour Guide is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

Transport is by road, air and boat. We use internal flights to avoid long road travel. We also cruise along the River Nile.

The vehicle used for overland travel depends on the group size. Either a comfortable Toyota mini van coaster or similar for a smaller group of 2 – 8 people. For a larger group of 9 – 16  Toyota coaster or similar will be used.

For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked luggage maximum weight: 23kg
Hand luggage maximum weight: 7kg

Internal flights in Egypt maximum 1 piece checked luggage 23kg

Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.


'Egypt in Depth met all my expectations and more. Our guide was great and the group of 9 women were good fun. We found the locals welcoming and very safe where we were taken. The trip of a lifetime.'

Jill, 67 years, NSW

'Egypt and Jordan has been on my bucket list for many years and to finally have the opportunity to discover and explore both these places was amazing and definitely worth the wait. With so many trip highlights including hot air ballooning over ancient archaelogical sites, sunset camel ride in the Jordan desert, donkey ride up the 900 steps at Petra; swimming in the Dead Sea; cruising on the Nile river in a felucca and sharing these adventures with a great group of fellow travellers who I now call friends, will be a trip I will remember for a very long time.'

Sharyn, 53 years, Sydney, NSW

'I enjoyed my second encounter trip as much as my first, traveling with like minded people who want to see the world, have fun and enjoy the companionship is what I believe it to be about.'

Wayne, 61 years, QLD
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