Egypt

Egypt—it’s the birthplace of civilization, and home to the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the great temples of Luxor. There's a reason a visit to the pyramids of Giza appears on every must-see travel list. You need to go and now is the time.

Traveling through Egypt as a solo female traveler can be intimidating, so we've created an exclusive small group tour that will deliver an authentic and inspiring experience. Leave the logistics to us, and bring your camera and your sense of adventure on this exclusive women-only tour through Egypt.

We have teamed up with a local tourism expert and certified Egyptologist to create the ultimate boutique travel experience through ancient Egypt.

This ultimate Egypt adventure takes you from Cairo to Aswan and features a Nile River cruise with private guided tours of the ancient temples of Luxor. You'll be talking about this iconic 11-day tour for years to come.

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November 10-20, 2024

Per person based on double occupancy. Solo Rooms available.

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Picture Yourself

  • Tracing the trail of gods + goddesses with an Egyptologist as your guide
  • Delighting in ancient pyramids + temples known for healing & fertility
  • Sailing down the Nile on a luxury cruise ship
  • Floating in a Hot Air Balloon at sunrise over Luxor
  • Shopping the ancient bazaars of Cairo for the best finds


Day by Day

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1: Arrival to Cairo

Welcome to beautiful, historic Cairo! We will be doing airport pickups all day today, and we recommend landing before 6 p.m. if possible. After collecting you from the airport, we’ll walk via Sky Bridge to the 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: D

Hotel: Le Meridien Airport Hotel

Day 2: Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Included

Today is all about ancient history—and pyramids!

This morning we will explore Giza, where we’ll see the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Here, you'll ride camels to a famous panoramic viewpoint for epic pyramid shots, or, choose to purchase tickets to go inside one of the Great Pyramids.

After a day of exploring this massive complex, you’ll have some time to relax at the hotel before we have dinner as a group.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cairo

Day 3: Saqqara, Memphis, Dahshur Tour

The Great Pyramids of Giza are the most famous — but they're not the oldest!

Today, we’re taking you to lesser-known pyramids, including the ancient burial grounds of Saqqara, where discoveries are still being made today. After Saqqara, we will make our way to Dahshur.

Dahshur, 25 miles from Cairo, houses Egypt's best-preserved pyramids, built between 2613 BC and 2589 BC. Often deemed "true" Egyptian pyramids, they showcase remarkable design variations and some of the oldest pyramids in Egypt, making Dahshur a significant ancient royal necropolis.

After sightseeing, we’ll have lunch together as a group and return to your hotel for some downtime.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cairo

Day 4: Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo (Citadel) & Khan el Khalili Bazaar

After breakfast, we’ll continue with our ancient Egypt exploration by visiting the Egyptian museum, where you'll see King Tut's famous gold mask. 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. Highlights include the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Hanging Church.

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).

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cairo

Day 5: Fly to Aswan & Tour Philae Temple + Nubian Village

This morning after breakfast, we’ll make our way to the Cairo airport and fly to beautiful Aswan.

Best known for its Nubian villages and for its strategic placement as the gateway between northern and southern Egypt, this Nile River city has played an important role in the development of Cairo and the rest of Egypt.

Enjoy a boat ride down the river as we visit Philae Island, home to some of the best-preserved temples in the area. Later we'll tour an authentic Nubian village.

TIP: The Nubian Village is a great place to buy spices!

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Movenpick Aswan

Day 6: Abu Simbel Trip from Aswan + Relax at the Hotel

After breakfast this morning, we'll be visiting a true highlight - Abu Simbel!

This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in the 13th century as a dedication to the sun gods and is among the best-preserved sites in Egypt. We'll depart after breakfast and drive as a group up to Abu Simbel (a 3-hour drive). When we arrive, you will have plenty of time to explore this massive and incredible complex. It is honestly a must-see!

After a day spent touring this dynamic place, we will drive back to Aswan and relax at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Movenpick Aswan

Day 7: Breakfast at the Hotel + Nile River Cruise

This morning, we’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before checking into our Nile River Cruise in Aswan.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Mayfair Nile River Cruise

Day 8: Sail to Kom Ombo + Edfu Temples

Our Nile Cruise is underway! Today our key stops include the temple of Edfu, and Kom Ombo (note: they are early morning stops). 

The Temple of Edfu was buried under centuries of sand and silt until the nineteenth century when French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette rediscovered the site. The complex is one of the most well-preserved sites in Egypt today; its architecture is very much intact, and the building contains a wealth of legible inscriptions on its walls. It is dedicated to the falcon god, Horus.

Kom Ombo temple is unique because it is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and includes a small museum where you'll even see mummified crocodiles.

When we're not stopping at these fascinating sites, we're cruising. Relax by the pool, get a massage, or just chill! All meals served on the ship.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Mayfair Nile River Cruise

Day 9: Arrive to Luxor + Tour Karnak & Luxor Temples

This morning, we’ll explore the sites and temples of Luxor's East Bank, including Karnak and Luxor Temples.

The Karnak temple complex at Luxor developed over more than 1,000 years, principally between the Twelfth and Twentieth Dynasties, and is the second most-visited complex in Egypt (second to the Great Pyramids). It was, at its peak, the largest and most important religious complex in ancient Egypt. The most significant structure, and the largest religious building ever built, is the Temple of Amun-Ra, considered to be where that god lived on earth with his wife, Mut, and son, Khonsu, who also have temples at the site.

Luxor Temple is one of the best-preserved of all of the ancient monuments containing large amounts of structure, statuary, and relief carvings that are still intact to this day, making it one of the most impressive places to visit in the Luxor area and all of Egypt.

After a morning of exploring these incredible sites, we will have lunch as a group.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Mayfair Nile River Cruise

Day 10: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride + Valley of the Kings + Queen Hatshepsut Temple

Today is action-packed! In the early morning, we'll be taking a sunrise hot air balloon above Luxor (weather permitting), and then exploring the sites and temples of Luxor's West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Valley of the Kings is a series of tombs, and 3 of those tombs are included with your entrance ticket. Spend the morning walking through the tombs of pharaohs, or, choose to go into the tomb of King Tut (an additional entrance fee, but fascinating!).

After, we'll visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh in the history of Ancient Egypt. She came to power during the New Kingdom after the death of her father, Tuthmose I, and her half-brother and husband, Tuthmose II, who succeeded her father on the throne. Hatshepsut is the only female to rule Egypt, and she was a very successful and beloved pharaoh. Visiting her temple is always a highlight!

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Hilton Luxor

Day 11: Departures

Today’s our least favorite day: departure day. It’s hard to say goodbye after sharing our adventures of a lifetime through ancient Egypt, but alas, all things must end.

This morning we will depart for Cairo on Egyptair 63, leaving Luxor at 8:10 am, arriving to Cairo at 9:20 am. 

Our time together ends at the Cairo airport. 

We're sad to see the trip end, but sure you had memories to last a lifetime!

Meals: --

Hotel: --



  • Trip Length

    11 days/ 10 nights

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Perfect For

    Ancient History

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Includes

  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Accommodation (shared, in luxury hotels)
  • Guided Tours of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor
  • Abu Simbel visit
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride
  • Egyptologist tour guide
  • Private drivers
  • All transportation
  • Most meals
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities at meals
  • Gratuity for Damesly leader

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and alcohol not listed
  • Gratuity for local guide

Meet Your Trip Leader

Alexis Dean-Shubin

Alexis turned her passion for travel into a career 10 years ago, and it has taken her around the world. In 2018 she began documenting her adventures as a plus size traveler to bring body inclusivity into the spotlight, and encourage others to experience the many wonders of the...

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Additional Information

Flights: Fly into Cairo (CAI). Plan to arrive before 6:00 pm on Day 1, and depart in the afternoon on Day 11.

Want us to advise on flights? Email us at info@damesly.com

Weather: November is one of the best months to visit Egypt as it is just starting to cool off - you can still expect hot and sunny days (high 70s/low 80s), with cooler temps at night (high 50s).

Packing: Sun protection (hat/ sunscreen/ sunglasses), comfortable walking shoes, and loose clothing are a must for this trip. Additionally you’ll want a small backpack for personal items and a scarf and/or long clothing for modest dressing. 

For entry into Egypt, you'll need:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance*

*Note: We require proof of travel insurance for all international departures.

Will you match me? Of course! If you choose a space in a shared room but you're traveling solo, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate. Roommates are matched based on arrival time and perceived compatibility. Sharing a room is a great way to save costs, and make a new friend! However, we ask you to approach the situation with an open mind, some grace, and maybe a little humor.

While 99% our travelers are amazing, we can't guarantee that you'll hit it off with your roommate, or that your sleeping styles will be compatible.

Is sharing right for you? If you are a light sleeper, get easily irritated or just know that you need your own space, sharing a room might not be for you. Likewise, if you know that you snore, sleep with a CPAP machine or have other health conditions, sharing a room might not be the best fit.

What if I don't get along with my roommate? If you've tried but you absolutely can't get along with your roommate and need to separate, your trip leader will either swap things around, or, attempt to get you your own room. If the latter, additional charges will incur.

What if I book a double room, and you can't match me? We book a certain amount of hotel rooms before any tour, and are bound by their rules. In the event that we cannot find a roommate for you before the tour, and your room converts to a single room, there may be additional charges.

Small group trips require at least 4 people to run. We will confirm as soon as possible when the trip has met its minimum; up to 60 days before departure. For this reason, we recommend waiting until after a trip has been confirmed to purchase airfare. Any tour can be converted to a private departure when a trip does not meet its minimum. Additional costs may incur. Alternatively, apply your credit to any small-group tour departing within 12 months. 

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