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Egypt

Egypt—it’s the birthplace of civilization, and home to the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the great temples of Luxor.

While traveling here is high on any traveler’s bucket list, traveling through Egypt as a solo female traveler can be intimidating. So we decided to team up with a local to help craft an itinerary through Ancient Egypt guaranteed to delight, and keep you feeling comfortable.

Leave the logistics to us, bring your camera and your sense of adventure on this women’s-only tour.

This Ancient Egypt adventure takes you from Cairo to Aswan, on a Nile River cruise to the ancient temples of Luxor, and back to Cairo in a 9-day tour you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Our local guide for this trip is Anton Yacoub. 

Check dates and availability
Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
Sept. 13-21, 2022 $4999 USD
Reserve this trip with a $500 deposit, or pay in full. The balance of your tour is due in full 60 days before departure.

Day 1: Arrival to Cairo

Welcome to beautiful, historic Cairo! After picking you up from the airport, we’ll transfer you to your hotel. We’re expecting you to be tired from the journey, so we’ll take it easy today.

After some rest, we’ll have dinner as a group.

Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Giza Pyramids, Saqarra & Dashur

Today is all about ancient history—and pyramids! We’re taking you today to regions that not many travelers get a chance to see, including the ancient burial grounds of Saqarra and the Red, Black, and Bent Pyramids of Dahshur.

The pyramids of Dahshur are said to be where the Egyptians perfected pyramid-building technology. The Red Pyramid is also one of the few pyramids you can walk into freely.

After sightseeing, we’ll have lunch together as a group.

Later this afternoon, we’ll head to Giza, where we’ll see the Pyramids of Giza, and of course, the Sphinx. Here, you’ll also have the option to ride a camel, or, to purchase tickets to actually go inside one of the Great Pyramids (both at your own expense).

Afterwards, you’ll have some time to relax, before we have dinner as a group.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 3: Old Cairo - Aswan

After breakfast, we’ll continue with our ancient Egypt exploration by visiting the Egyptian museum. Then, we’ll have lunch together, before exploring two very interesting and different neighborhoods of Cairo: Coptic Cairo (also known as the old city) and Islamic Cairo.

If you’re hoping to do some shopping in the Cairo Bazaar, today is your chance! (Don’t worry, if you’re hoping to buy bigger items, most vendors can ship).

Tonight, we’ll take a sleeper train to Aswan.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 4: Arrive to Aswan to Tour Philae Temple & Nubian Village

Today we’re exploring Aswan, a Nile River city that has played an important role in development of Cairo and the rest of Egypt.

After arrival, we’ll transfer to our accommodation to shower and have breakfast.

Then, we’ll be exploring some of Aswan’s famous sites, including the Unfinished Obelizk. We’ll also be taking a boat to Philae Island, home to some of the best-preserved temples in the area and to tour a Nubian village.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 5 & 6: Nile Cruise + Temple Visits

No trip to Egypt is complete without spending time on the Nile River – the literal birthplace of Egypt and civilization here. We’ll be boarding a cruise to Luxor today, and it will be a great time to relax and get to know each other a little better. Accommodation on the cruise is shared. Meals on the ship will be served.

We’ll be on the ship for day 5 and 6, arriving to Luxor on Day 7.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 7: Luxor - Hot Air Balloon Ride & West Bank Tour

We’ve reached Luxor, the Pharoah’s capital. This city on the east bank of the Nile River sits on the site of ancient Thebes, home to pharaohs from the 11th-16th Centuries.

This morning we’ll be riding in a hot air balloon above Luxor, and then explore the sites and temples of the Luxor’s West Bank.

Tonight we’ll have dinner together as a group, and tomorrow, we’ll fly back to Cairo.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 8: Return to Cairo

In the morning, we’ll catch a flight to Cairo, for our final evening together. Today, we’ll explore some of Cairo’s colorful bazaars and marketplaces, so you can return home with souvenirs and stories to tell for a lifetime.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 9: Departures

Today’s our least favorite day: departure day. It’s hard to say goodbye after what was such an incredible adventure through Ancient Egypt, but alas, all things must end. After breakfast, we’ll be doing airport drop-offs.

Meals: B

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Cost includes:

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guided Tours of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Train to Aswan, flight to Cairo

Does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol

What to pack:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Loose clothing
  • Long sleeves, scarves, modest dressing
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Small backpack for personal items
  • Gratuity for guide (industry recommendation is 10-20%)
  • Gratuity for Nile River cruise ($3/day per person)

Additional Info:

Lodging Where will we stay?

Your accommodation will be in a variety of 3-5 star properties throughout Cairo, Aswan and Luxor. Your room on the Nile River cruise will be shared.

Tour is priced on shared accommodation, meaning you will share a room with one other gal on our tour.

Flights Where do I fly into?

Fly into Cairo (CAI). Arrive anytime on Day 1, and depart in the morning or afternoon on departure day.

If you need help with organizing flights, email us at info@damesly.com

Trip minimum How many people do you need to run this trip?

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 participants, and will max at 8.

Tour Guide Who is the guide?

Your tour guide for this Hussein Jeffrey Gawad, an Egyptian American who lives in Cairo and can speak both Arabic and English. He has a passion for Egyptian history and way of life and looks forward to sharing it with you!

You will also have a Damesly Tour Leader on your trip.

Reviews

  1. K

    Krystle Lange

    Egypt is hands down one of the best trips I have ever been on and Damesly made this possible. We started in Cairo and made our way to Aswan, and then Luxor. We saw so many things in the 10 days we were there. Kelly joined us on the trip and she had Jeff who was essentially our guide take care of everything. He was incredibly kind, thoughtful, extremely excited and interested in all Egypt had to offer, and made sure to give us all of his Egypt history knowledge throughout the trip. His presence made this trip magical and unforgettable!!

    We had great accommodations and a very comfortable van to travel around in from day to day. I felt incredibly safe the entire time I was there and since Jeff spoke the language clearly he was invaluable in making this trip what it was. We did the Nile boat cruise for two days and my friend and I had spent some time on the Nile while in Uganda, so the only thing we even thought about doing differently was perhaps replacing that time with going to Alexandria or the Red Sea in place of the boat cruise, otherwise IO wouldn’t have changed a thing! The hot air balloon ride in Luxor is a must!!

    Every site we saw was incredible. Of course the pyramids were astounding!! We saw temples at sunrise, sunset, the middle of day, and at night. Kelly was very flexible with us as well and we were able to change some things around and make it our own trip. That was greatly appreciated!!

    Kelly and Jeff worked very hard to create an itinerary that wowed us! I am so grateful for Kelly and Jeff for making this trip to Egypt one that I will never forget!!! I cannot wait to travel with them again:) If anyone is considering joining for this trip next year, feel free to email me anytime!! I am happy to answer any questions about Egypt or this trip specifically, because everyone should go if they are able!! Email me anytime!! (krystle.n.lange@gmail.com) You will not be disappointed. If you want to travel, Damesly is the place to go to find your dream travel destination and make it a very unique experience!

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    Jess A.

    Incredible trip! We covered a lot of ground, getting to see so many things and have so many different experiences without ever feeling too rushed. (There were a few early mornings, yes, but to get to see the sunrise over the Valley of the Kings from a hot air balloon—worth it!!)

    I usually travel on my own, but it was 100% worth it to go with Damesly for this trip—I never had to worry about my safety or how I was going to get around… not to mention how much more rich the experience was with our own personal local guide who had so much knowledge to share about both ancient and modern Egypt! (And, a huge help to me personally, he was able to explain what “vegetarian” was to our servers at all the delicious local restaurants he took us to!) Anton brought us to places I never would have known about or have been able to find on my own, which made the trip so special. He is an absolute gem!!

    The group size is small, which made us much more nimble than the groups on the big tour buses, and making connections among the group was a focus, which made the trip much more than the sum of its parts. I was so sad to leave all my new friends at that end of the trip, and I plan to travel with Damesly again!

  3. Ariel T

    Every day was better than the last. Starting with the Pyramids, and ending in Luxor, our guides, Kelly and Anton, left me wanting more Egypt, more history, and more female energy in my life.

    This was my first group trip, and first time to Africa. Never would I have imagined enjoying spending all my days and nights with strangers, but the group quickly became friends with whom I hope to maintain relationships for many years.

    Highlights of the trip included Anton’s knowledgeable tours of the Pyramids, museums, and temples, swimming in the Nile and drinking the best coffee I’ve ever had at a local Nubian spot, eating delicious local foods, and replenishing my energy after exploring in luxurious pools that Kelly ensured were available at every accommodation.

    What was also impressive was the extent to which Damesly ensured our safety during COVID. I felt safer in Egypt then at home, which was a feat.

    This was a life changing trip that I recommend to any woman, even those like me who never imagined traveling to Egypt. Anton individualizes the trip to make sure Damesly guests get to see and experience what is most important to them, even going so far as to help me get pigeon after the official tour was over. Thank you Kelly and Damesly, I can’t wait for my next trip with you!

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