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Absolute Egypt, 2021

Tour Dates: January 20 to February 5, 2021 (in the planning stages) (17 days)

Tour Leader(s): Stephen Harvey ,

This tour is currently in the planning stages, to be among the first notified when we open reservations, please contact us at 800-748-6262 or

with 3 nights aboard private 8-cabin dahabiyas (sailboats)

Absolute Egypt is carefully crafted to provide the discerning traveler with the finest Egypt tour available. It combines all the best attributes of an in-depth, all-inclusive, well-paced luxury trip.

“I enjoyed everything. Best tour I have ever taken. Accommodations and food were all excellent. The scheduling was excellent and worked perfect for me. I like to be kept busy and see as much as possible, which we did. I have no criticism.” – Willow, Washington

Highlights include:

  • Traveling with Egyptologist Stephen Harvey plus a wonderful local Egyptologist guide and an excellent trip manager, who have been working together for years and have received excellent reviews;
  • The exclusivity of a maximum of just twelve participants plus your triad of leaders;
  • A 15-night itinerary, longer than most Egypt tours, so that your pace is in-depth and not rushed;
  • The best accommodations:
    • Pyramid-view rooms at the 5-star Mena House hotel in Giza for four nights to start your trip;
    • Three nights in Luxor at the 5-star Old Winter Palace in Luxury Garden rooms, which are quieter and larger than the Standard Nile-view rooms;
    • Three nights cruising the Nile aboard a private, eight-cabin dahabiyas (a traditional Nile sail boat). Our group of 12 guests (plus our three trip leaders) will sail aboard two of these smaller-sized vessels that will travel together to avoid the crowds cruising in a convoy of large Nile riverboats;
    • Spacious rooms with great views of the 5-star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan hotel for three nights;
    • In the middle of the trip you stay one night at the best available hotel in Abydos so that you can explore two less-visited and fabulous sites, Abydos and Dendara;
  • Special meetings with excavators and conservators, including behind-the-scenes visits, when possible.

Please join our small group of just 12 travelers plus our expert leaders on this January 2021 departure. It will be an enjoyable, fascinating, and unforgettable adventure!

Main Tour Pricing per person (15 nights):
Pricing will be announced upon completion of the tour brochure.

Extension Price per person (4 nights):
Pricing will be announced upon completion of the tour brochure.

Ramesseum columns. Image © R.T. Nielsen

An image from within the Tomb of Nefertari. Image © R.T. Nielsen

The Sphinx and the Pyramids at Giza. Image © R.T. Nielsen

Feluccas seen along the banks of the Nile. Image © R.T. Nielsen

Seti I, burial chamber. Image © R.T. Nielsen

Luxor Temple. Image © Elsie

Abu Simbel, whose two temples were commissioned by Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century B.C. © operator


Day 1: Depart home
Day 2: Arrive Cairo, Egypt | Private transfer to hotel in Giza | Welcome dinner
Day 3: Giza Plateau
Day 4: Cairo: Egyptian Museum, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Gayer-Anderson Museum
Day 5: Saqqara | PM at leisure
Day 6: Fly to Sohag | Abydos
Day 7: Abydos | Dendara | Luxor
Day 8: Karnak | Luxor Temple
Day 9: Valley of the Kings | Deir el Bahari | Luxor Museum
Day 10: Valley of the Queens | Deir el Medina | Embarkation at Esna
Day 11: El Kab | Edfu | Sailing the Nile
Day 12: Gebel el-Silsila | Kom Ombo | Sailing the Nile
Day 13: Aswan | Disembarkation | Philae | Nubia Museum
Day 14: Elephantine Island | Aswan
Day 15: At leisure in Aswan
Day 16: Aswan | Fly to Abu Simbel | Fly to Cairo | Farewell dinner
Day 17: Cairo | Fly home

Optional Pre-Tour Extension to JORDAN

Day 1: Cairo | Fly to Amman, Jordan | Jordan Archaeological Museum | Amman city tour | ACOR
Day 2: Jerash | Ajloun Castle | Amman
Day 3: Mt. Nebo | Madaba | Lunch at a local home | Um er-Rasas | Petra
Day 4: Petra
Day 5:  Petra | Wadi Rum | Amman | Fly Home

View Detailed Itinerary

This tour is in the planning stages, a detailed itinerary will be available upon completion of the trip brochure.  To be notified in advance of others when it is completed, contact us at 800-748-6262 or email


For reservations or questions, please email us at (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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