Egypt Unveiled with World Footprints

Booking #6528493

Nov 12-20, 2024

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World Footprints is pleased to partner with Intrepid Travel to bring you a captivating and intimate journey through Egypt, where history and modern culture intertwine. Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Cairo, this adventure will take you through Luxor, Aswan, and several other remarkable destinations, promising awe-inspiring experiences with handpicked accommodations and exceptional, locally-led activities.

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Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Pyramids of Giza, cruise the timeless Nile aboard the luxurious M/S Nile Premium, and toast the sunset on a traditional felucca. Discover the splendor of Luxor and Aswan, and connect with local life in unforgettable ways. Enjoy a traditional dinner with a Nubian family on an island in the Nile and gain unique insights into their culture. In Cairo, savor an authentic meal inside a local home, a rare opportunity to experience Egyptian hospitality firsthand.

Explore ancient wonders, engage in meaningful cultural exchanges, and create unforgettable memories on this thoughtfully crafted, sustainable journey. Whether marveling at the iconic Sphinx or sharing stories with friendly hosts, every moment is designed to inspire and delight. Join us for an adventure that delves deep into the heart and soul of Egypt.

Our global network of local experts deliver the types of experiences that can’t be Googled. This trip was designed to be small and Immersive to enable you to explore authentic local culture in a sustainable, experience-rich way. We love the highlights, but the real magic for us happens well away from a beaten path, the real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine.

With handpicked premium accommodations, exceptional included experiences, led by our most knowledgeable leaders or guides, this World Footprints Journey is a sustainable choice for this higher-end, locally led adventure.

Start Location: Cairo, Egypt

Finish Location: Cairo, Egypt


5 nights in a 4-star hotel
3 nights on the M/S Nile Premium cruise

Rooming Requirements

Twin Share / Double / Single

Included Meals

7 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
6 Dinners


Per daily itinerary


English Speaking Leader throughout

Included Activities

Per daily itinerary.
(Entrance/Admission Fees where applicable with included activities.)

Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers included on an individual basis.
Flight details required 45 days in advance


24-hour support from our local office


  • International Flights
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
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Handpicked for location and quality at a 4-star level. All itineraries include a feature stay at an unforgettable and unique accommodation.

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Primarily uses private transport, sustainable where possible. Use first class trains where we can, or carbon-offset internal flights where necessary, as well as comfortable 4x4s in Africa.

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More included activities and extras than any other Intrepid trip, including an arrival transfer (if specified in your inclusions). Breakfast is included every day, as well as many lunches and dinners. You’ll be led by our most experienced local leaders or guides.


Day 1

Arrival in Cairo

(Welcome Meeting (mandatory) – 6pm)  This is a mandatory Welcome Meeting followed by Welcome Dinner with your hosts.

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt. When you arrive at the Cairo airport, meet an Intrepid representative and take an included transfer to your hotel. You’re adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, maybe get out and explore the busy streets, find a hole-in-the-wall eatery for a snack like ta’ameya (Egypt’s take on falafel) or relax at your hotel – the pool offers magnificent pyramid views! After your meeting, head out for an included dinner with the group. Your leader will introduce you to Egyptian cuisine, known for being fresh, delicious and unique to the country. Best enjoyed when shared, you’ll tuck into an array of traditional dishes like fatta (a dish made with rice, bread and meat in a garlic and vinegar sauce) and kushari (a delicious mixture of pasta, rice, lentils and fried onions).

Day 2


This morning, tour the mighty Pyramids of Giza (one of the famed Seven Wonders of the World) and the Sphinx with your expert leader, who is a trained Egyptologist. Seeing these ancient and iconic structures up close is a memory that will stay with you long after your time in Egypt is over. For an additional charge, you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops). After some time for lunch, your adventure continues to the Egyptian Museum – home to one of the world’s great collections of ancient artefacts. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight – from jewellery to the famous golden death mask and his gilded sarcophagi, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife. Your leader will take you through some of Egypt’s dynastic history and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own – home to almost 100,000 artefacts, there’s a whole ancient world to uncover!

Day 3


  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Highlights: Temple of Isis, Nubian dinner

  • Accommodation: Sonesta Nouba Resort Aswan or similar

Catch a morning 􀁼ight to Aswan – Egypt’s southernmost city. Check into your hotel, then travel to Philae Island and visit the beautiful Temple of Isis – the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom – rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated here. Your leader will share stories of the history and changing landscape of the island. Then, take a boat to a Nubian village on an island in the middle of the Nile. Walk through the village before sitting down to dinner with a local Nubian family in their home. Enjoy traditional Nubian food, swap stories with your friendly hosts and gain a unique perspective into their way of life.

Day 4

Nile Cruise

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Highlights: Felucca ride with drinks

  • Accommodation: M/S Nile Premium Cruise or similar

After breakfast, you may like to take a stroll around Aswan or join an optional tour of Abu Simbel – a temple complex that was dismantled and moved to make way for the Aswan High Dam. Board a Nile riverboat – your Feature Stay accommodation for the next three nights! Travelling by riverboat allows you to get to the heart of each destination while ensuring the journeys in between are every bit as interesting. In the afternoon, board a traditional felucca sailing boat where you can sit back and relax with some drinks as the sun sets over your beautiful surroundings. Return to your riverboat for dinner.

Day 5

(Nile Cruise)

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Highlights: Kom Ombo Temple

  • Accommodation: M/S Nile Premium Cruise or similar

Enjoy a peaceful morning on board your riverboat, then set out in the afternoon along the river, relaxing in the sun on deck and taking in the desert hills forming a backdrop over the lush riverbanks. Arrive at Kom Ombo Temple, sitting spectacularly on the river’s edge. Your leader will let you in on the secrets of this ancient temple. Built in approximately 181 BC, Kom Ombo is dedicated to two gods – Horus (god of protection) and Sobek (god of fertility, linked to the Nile’s water). Each god has a dedicated section – north or south – and there have been recent discoveries of mummified crocodiles in the Sobek section. After, return to your riverboat and continue to Edfu where you’ll dock for the evening.

Day 6

(Nile Cruise)

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Highlights: Karnak Temple, Luxor Sound and Light Show

  • Accommodation: M/S Nile Premium Cruise or similar

This morning, you’ll be moored near Edfu and may have the option to venture independently into town to see the nearby temple. Sail towards Luxor passing through the Esna Locks. You may have to queue to proceed through the locks, but this is a great opportunity to sit back with a drink in hand and observe life on the Nile. Arrive at the openair museum of Luxor – from the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. Today you’ll explore the Karnak Temple. One of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. In the evening visit Karnak Temple Complex to witness the memorable sound and light show which relates its history in dramatic fashion. Please note it will be a late night as the show doesn’t finish until after 10.30 pm.

Day 7


  • Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Highlights: Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon

  • Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar

Disembark your riverboat and travel to the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. With your leader, explore the place where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your leader will explain the history and legends of these people and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics, still well preserved in the deepest tombs. Entry is included to three tombs of your choosing, as well as access to the tomb of Tutankhamun. The unearthing of the young Pharaoh’s resting place is one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, and today you’ll explore the painted chamber that holds his famous golden sarcophagus. Continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – a colonnaded building set against high cliffs that create a spectacular natural amphitheater, then view the Colossi of Memnon – two 17-m-high statues on Luxor’s west bank.

Day 8


Board a flight bound for Cairo this morning. When you arrive, settle into your hotel then head out to the Al-Azhar neighbourhood to visit Khan al-Khalili Bazaar – a sprawling maze of alleyways including the gold market, cloth market, ‘perfume street’ and the spice market. Continue to the 9th-century Al-Azhar Mosque – one of the oldest and largest in Egypt. Its perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret make it a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Stop off in Cairo’s oldest coffeeshop for an Arabic coffee or mint tea as you watch the world go by. It’s a known fact that the very best food in Cairo is made inside local homes, but few visitors get the chance to experience this for themselves. This afternoon, you’ll be one of the lucky few as you’re welcomed into the home of a local family. Sit down to a wonderful meal of traditional dishes which you’ll share with your friendly hosts and gain an inside look at modern Egyptian life.

Day 9

Departure from Cairo

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Highlights: Departure transfer to Cairo International Airport

Your trip comes to an end today, get a transfer to Cairo international Airport.

Accommodations for travelers wishing to extend their trip are available for $240/night.

Key Highlights

Luxurious Nile Cruise

Spend three unforgettable evenings on a Nile riverboat, enjoying first-class facilities and breathtaking views. Enjoy first-class facilities including a swimming pool and sundeck, and get right to the heart of each destination, taking in gorgeous riverside views along the way.

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Culinary Delights

Experience the varied cuisine of Egypt with meals in Cairo, Nubian delights in Aswan, and traditional dishes with local families.

Iconic Sites

Visit the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo Temple, and Karnak Temple, guided by an expert Egyptologist.

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Exclusive Experiences

Enjoy unique activities like a felucca sunset sail and a sound and light show at Karnak Temple.

The unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb is one of the world’s greatest discoveries – at the Valley of the Kings you’ll have the chance to enter three tombs of your choice, followed by a visit to the resting place of the famous young Pharaoh

Support Animal Welfare

By traveling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Animal Care in Egypt. Donations help them care for sick or injured working animals, like horses and donkeys, and help empower local communities with the knowledge and training to better care for their animals.

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  • Single Supplement: Available for all nights of your trip, subject to availability.
  • Domestic Flights: Luggage allowance is 23kg for checked luggage and 7kg for carry-on.
  • Health & Safety: Adhering to WHO and WTTC protocols to ensure a safe journey.
  • Visa & Passport: Valid passport with at least 6 months validity required. Check visa requirements early.


You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends.

Visas & Entry Requirements

Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government’s foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:


If you require an address for Visa Applications in Egypt, please use our local office:

Intrepid Travel Cairo
3 Abu El Fadaa, 7th floor
El Zamalek, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
emergency number to +201 09681 1067

Travel Insurance (recommended)

Travel insurance is recommended for all our trips to ensure your safety and peace of mind. We recommend coverage for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation, and highly recommend a policy that covers COVID-19, personal liability, cancellation, and loss of luggage. For your convenience, we’ve included links to trusted services that offer comprehensive travel insurance options. Make sure to secure your policy before your adventure begins!

Trusted Insurance Providers

Allianz (Our travel insurer)
MedJet Assist (Global Medical Transport)
World Nomads

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