The Best of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
Experience the best of Egypt, as you learn about the country’s history and explore its massive pyramids, ancient tombs, stunning temples, and beautiful culture.
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Very safe and informative. Enthusiasm of the tour guide for Egyptian history and modern political life was apparent. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to returning in future when the new Egyptian museum is open.


Fantastic trip! Saw the maximum amount of Egypt in the time without being rushed. Our guide Bassem was knowledgeable, organized and kind. He was able to explain not just WHAT we were seeing, but WHY it was done that way. Loved the trips to local restaurants mixed with seeing the magnificent sights. The activity level description was very accurate...my step counter said up to 4 miles, but never over. My only suggestion is that you might plan to stay an extra day to return to the Cairo Museum as there is only time to get a taste of it on the Road Scholar tour. Magdy (http://egyptiantourguidemagdy.com/) was a great independent guide for this extra part of the trip. Can't imagine a better trip.


This was a trip of a lifetime. I have wanted to visit Egypt since I was a child, and this trip checked all the boxes. We visited the Sphinx, the great pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and Aswan, as well as Abu Simbel. I walked 4-5 miles every day and enjoyed every second of it. Road Scholar had everything well organized, even having local police accompany us on our bus and as we drove through the crowded streets of Cairo. The 3-hour train ride from Cairo to Luxor on a very old train that appeared not to have been cleaned in decades was my least favorite part of the trip. But having a Road Scholar representative present, along with our guide, at the train station and airports was very reassuring. As an avid photographer, I would have liked a bit more time at some of the locations (and less at museums), but I recognized that we had a lot of territory to cover and a lot of things to see. I give this trip 5 big stars!!


We saw the oldest construction left behind by humankind. It is a lifetime experience.

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From Doris: Take a bow, Road Scholar. Words are inadequate to provide an accurate description of the amazing experiences provided by this trip. All components were outstanding; Bassem's knowledge, organizational skills, patience and passion; the lectures; the diversity of experiences; the staff support at airports; the accommodations. With sincere gratitude for providing an experience of a lifetime for my 75th birthday. From John: The package was beyond my expectations. Varied selection of pyramids and temples and excavations at three main sites; varied modes of transportation bus, planes, train, boats and camel; varied restaurants (I prefer Nubian) and an outstanding guide, Bassem. I am following up by studying hieroglyphics. I celebrated my 78th birthday.


Pretty good as these things go. I did not see a place to raise specific concerns or issues that occurred during the trip, like a free comments section, perhaps.

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A wonderful, educational experience in this magical place, Egypt! Our Egyptologist was excellent and you could tell that he really “loved what he was doing”. I came away with a better understanding of the history and the individuals who were part of ancient Egypt. Our accommodations were first class and the variety of experiences could not be matched! While in Egypt, I wrote a daily blog: http://carpentres.wordpress.com and my friends and former students were excited about all we were able to do. Thanks, RoadScholar! Ellen Carpenter


See the Sphinx and Cheops pyramid in Cairo. See many decorated tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens in Luxor. See the tomb of the first and only Women's Liberation Pharoah, Queen Hepshutsut in Luxor. See the astonishing Abu Simbel tombs and statues that were moved to allow for the Aswan Dam in 1962. You will learn a lot about several early eras and see things it's hard to believe man-kind created. You'll learn myths and stories about the Egyptian Gods and maybe even become able to recognize their signs in the cartouches you may be able to make out in some of the tombs. But you'll be there and hear about it and sense the Egyptian history.


What an amazing experience. The itinerary packed a lot into a relatively short time. Our leader was extraordinary: encyclopedic in her knowledge, deeply enthusiastic, adaptable and accommodating, kind, attentive to a diversity of individual needs among group members, and extremely well-organized. The lodgings were first rate and meals were sufficiently varied and appealing. Could not have been happier.


I would recommend the trip to anyone.

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