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Egypt: Ancient Wonders of the Legendary Nile

11 days

from ₹5,22,500 trip_detail hint icon

Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Enjoy an exclusive, after-hours visit to the Egyptian Museum, home to spectacular relics recovered from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, including his throne and golden burial mask.
  • Venture away from the crowds to lesser visited sites, including the pyramids at Dahshūr, the Valley of the Queens, and the stunningly painted tomb of King Seti I.
  • Visit the ancient stone quarry at Jabal as Silsilah, and learn about ongoing National Geographic–supported excavations at the site.
  • Experience the rhythms of daily life along the Nile River as we cruise from Luxor to Aswān, past ancient temples and farming villages.
Experts on this Trip

A National Geographic Expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

EXTENSIONS
Egypt: Jordan Extension

Post trip - 5 Days
Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the desert kingdom of Jordan is packed with natural wonders, spellbinding ancient cities, and sacred Biblical sites. Delve into eclectic Amman, a maze of restaurants, mosques, and historic monuments. Then venture to the fabled rock-cut city of Petra, and spend a night at a luxurious hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.

Day 1: Amman, Jordan

Arrive in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Dating to the Chalcolithic Age, this ancient city bears the traces of countless empires and peoples, from the Ammonites to the Romans and the Umayyads to the Ottomans. Take a drive through the modern part of the city before lunch, then set out to explore old Amman. We begin our tour at the historic Citadel, considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Marvel at fascinating artifacts at the Jordan Archaeological Museum and wander the steps of the magnificent Roman Theatre, boasting a seating capacity of 6,000. The evening is yours to relax at our hotel or discover Amman on your own. Enjoy a delicious dinner of typical Levantine dishes tonight.

Meals Included:Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Day 2: Madaba/Petra

Drive to Mount Nebo, a hill outside of Amman where Moses was offered a glimpse of the Promised Land, according to the Hebrew Bible. Take in your first view of the Dead Sea from the summit, and continue to Madaba. A town of importance during the early Byzantine era, Madaba is home to a stunning mosaic floor map—the oldest surviving map of the Holy Land. Pause for a traditional Jordanian lunch, then make your way to legendary Petra, carved out of sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean Arabs as early as the second century B.C. Settle into our hotel, and head out after dinner to experience the city by night, when it glows under the light of more than a thousand candles.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Mövenpick Resort Petra or Petra Marriott Hotel

Day 3: Petra

Set out on a full-day tour of Petra with an expert guide, venturing into the rock-cut city by way of the Siq, a narrow gorge that forms a natural opening to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the exquisite façade of the iconic Treasury, which once served as a royal tomb; stroll the colonnades of the Great Temple complex; and choose to climb up more than 800 steps to the top of the impressive Monastery. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at the Basin Restaurant, surrounded by towering rose-colored ruins, and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Mövenpick Resort Petra or Petra Marriott Hotel

Day 4: Dead Sea

Travel north to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Take in breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Rift Valley from the lookout, and visit the Dead Sea Museum to learn about the geology and history of this fabled salt lake, situated at the lowest point on the surface of the planet. Then continue to the lakeshore and settle into our luxurious spa hotel. The mineral-rich waters and mud of the Dead Sea have long been known for their healing properties; Queen Cleopatra is said to have been a frequent visitor here. Treat yourself to a revitalizing spa treatment this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Day 5: Amman

Depart our hotel after breakfast. Drive to Amman and transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast

what to expect

This trip has an activity rating of light/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities will include walking tours and visits to sites, navigating uneven terrain, such as sand and gravel, and walking on steep inclines/declines, sometime without handrails.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels with many amenities. We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an Egyptologist will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

Accommodations
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M.S. Mayflower

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

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M.S. Mayflower

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

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M.S. Mayflower - Royal Suite

Royal Suites are 430 square feet and feature a walkout balcony, television, Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe, minibar, and en suite bathroom.

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

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M.S. Mayflower - Deluxe Cabin

Deluxe Cabins are 215 square feet and feature a Juliet balcony, television, Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe, minibar, and en suite bathroom.

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

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M.S. Mayflower

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

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M.S. Mayflower

We spend four nights in spacious cabins aboard the M.S. Mayflower to navigate the Nile River.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Oct 7-17, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/10/17 - 2021/10/21

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Oct 14-24, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/10/24 - 2021/10/28

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Oct 28-Nov 7, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/11/07 - 2021/11/11

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Nov 4-14, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/11/14 - 2021/11/18

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Nov 11-21, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/11/21 - 2021/11/25

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Nov 18-28, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/11/28 - 2021/12/02

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,59,900 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,94,300 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/01/09 - 2022/01/13

Double Occupancy from ₹5,59,900per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,94,300 per person

  • date Jan 6-16, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/01/16 - 2022/01/20

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Jan 13-23, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/01/23 - 2022/01/27

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Jan 27-Feb 6, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/02/06 - 2022/02/10

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Feb 3-13, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/02/13 - 2022/02/17

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Feb 10-20, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/02/20 - 2022/02/24

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Feb 17-27, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/02/27 - 2022/03/03

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Mar 3-13, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/03/13 - 2022/03/17

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person

  • date Apr 7-17, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,22,500 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,57,000 Per Person
  • extensions ₹2,23,700Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2022/04/17 - 2022/04/21

Double Occupancy from ₹5,22,500per person

Single Occupancy from ₹6,57,000 per person


Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $500 per person. Internal flight for the optional extension is $500 per person. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

Deluxe Cabin and Royal Suite refer to the accommodations aboard the MS Mayflower.

Please note that the December 30 departure is one day longer than other departures and will include an extra day of touring in Cairo, as well as New Year’s Eve activities.



    What's Included

    • Transfers upon arrival and departure
    • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
    • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
David Braun
Writer

David Braun is a veteran storyteller who has produced thousands of articles on National Geographic’s research and exploration. Many of the most popular stories were published in his No. 1 bestselling fun-facts book, National Geographic Tales of the Weird. In his 23 years with the Society, including as vice president and editor in chief for National Geographic Digital Media, David traveled on assignment to more than 80 countries. He has accompanied National Geographic Expeditions private jet trips, National Geographic-Lindblad expedition cruises, and National Geographic safaris. David is also a Fulbright specialist and mentors National Geographic grantees and Fulbright fellows in storytelling.

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  • Oct 28-Nov 7, 2021