Ancient Wonders of Egypt



For all recorded time, the mighty waters of Egypt’s Nile River have been the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches, and mythic power. Immerse yourself in both the ancient treasures—which continue to be unearthed each month—and present-day Egypt. See the iconic pyramids in Giza, visit the stunning temples at Abu Simbel, delve deeply into the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Visit the Great Dam at Aswan and learn how it has transformed communities along the Nile. Converse with Egyptians over dinner at a private home in Cairo.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Nov 5, 2024 - Nov 18, 2024


Jordan Post-Trip Extension
A four-night post-tour extension allows travelers to enjoy Jordan’s rich archeology, history, desert culture, and cuisine. Included are a full day of exploration at the magnificent “rose-red” city of Petra, Jordan, where a 1,200-meter-long Siq, a narrow winding wadi (canyon), makes this site deservedly one of the modern world’s Seven Wonders, a 4-wheel-drive adventure through Wadi Rum’s sweeping dun-colored expanses, otherworldly rock formations, and ancient hieroglyphs, and a guided visit of the columns and arches at the ancient city of Jerash.

Day 1
Mövenpick Resort Petra
Transfer to Cairo airport for flight to Amman; lunch and 3-hour afternoon transfer by motorcoach to Petra. BLD
Day 2
Mövenpick Resort Petra
Guided exploration of the Petra excavations, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Lunch in the ruins at the Basin Restaurant. Independent exploration in afternoon. BLD
Day 3
Petra / Amman
Fairmont Amman
Optional early morning walk to Petra. Morning 4×4 excursion to Wadi Rum desert reserve; lunch at Bedouin camp. Afternoon transfer to Amman. BL
Day 4
Fairmont Amman
Guided visit to ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash this morning; free afternoon before farewell dinner. BD
Day 5
Return to U.S.
Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport. Board return flights to the U.S. B

Estimated Extension Fee
Per person, sharing accommodations ……………………………………………………………… $2990
Single Supplement ………………………………………………………………………………………….. $700


  • John Meffert

    John Meffert

    John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.


CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Upon payment of the $1,000 per person deposit, all reservations are subject to the cancellation provisions set forth below and by which the passenger agrees to be bound. Cancellations shall not be in effect until they are received in writing and confirmed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Deposits are refundable (less a $250 per person administration fee) if written notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of reservation; after that, deposits are 100% nonrefundable. After final payment deadline on November 6, 2023, all payments are 100% nonrefundable, regardless of booking date. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. NOTE: Neither the National Trust for Historic Preservation nor Criterion Travel, the tour operator, accepts liability for any airline cancellation penalties incurred with the purchase of non-refundable tickets.


  • day 1

    Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt

  • day 2

    Arrive Cairo

    Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the Mena House Hotel. Evening reception and orientation briefing at the hotel.

  • day 3


    Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza. Specially arranged viewing of the Paws of the Sphinx. Optional visit to the Bent Pyramid at Saqqara. BLD

  • day 4


    Special guest lecture, then morning tour of Islamic Cairo, including Egypt’s oldest mosque. Evening at leisure.

  • day 5


    Visit the highly anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum, then fly via charter plane to Luxor for embarkation.

  • day 6


    Early morning excursion to the Valley of the Kings, followed by Valley of Nobles. Evening visit to Luxor Temple.

  • day 7


    Morning excursion to Karnak Temple complex and Luxor Museum.

  • day 8


    Special access to Nefertari’s Tomb at Valley of the Queens, Tomb of the Nobles; photo op at the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon cruising to Edfu.

  • day 9


    Tour Temple of Horus; afternoon Egyptian cooking class while cruising to Aswan. Special galabeyya party on board.

  • day 10

    Philae / Aswan

    Explore Philae Temple on the island of Aglika then visit the granite quarries to see the Unfinished Obelisk. Late afternoon felucca sail if weather permits. BLD

  • day 11

    Kom Ombo

    Visit the Kom Ombo temple dedicated to crocodile god Sobek, then cruise to Luxor. BLD

  • day 12

    Luxor / Abu Simbel / Cairo

    Charter flight to tour Abu Simbel Temples, then to Cairo. Evening at leisure.

  • day 13


    Visit Coptic Cairo’s Hanging Church. Farewell dinner at hotel.

  • day 14

    Return to U.S.

    Early morning departure to U.S.

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