What to Expect
Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.
CULTURAL IMMERSION: The focus of this Egypt vacation involves explorations of the most notable landmarks and archaeological sites of Cairo and the Nile Valley, as well as a multi-cultural introduction to Cairo, one of the world's most interesting cities. Egypt has been hosting visitors and tourists for hundreds of years, and is a hospitable, welcoming, and surprisingly sophisticated destination in many respects. During excursions in Cairo, as well as your sojourns along the Nile, you will have the opportunity to interact with and see Egyptians going about their daily lives. The infrastructure in Cairo and along the Nile Valley varies from completely modern and up-to-date to quite undeveloped, particularly in rural Egypt. One of the most interesting aspects of your journey will be the contrast between urban and rural Egypt. Visitors can expect to encounter some poverty, although much less than in many countries. Your hotel and ships are part of the tourist infrastructure geared for Western travelers, so you can expect modern amenities. Clothing: Shorts and bare shoulders are okay while onboard ship, but are generally not recommended in Cairo, and may also limit access to certain religious sites.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: In order to get the most from this trip, particularly when visiting archaeological sites, travelers should be able to walk one to two miles on sandy and rocky terrain and on rough stone or cobbled walkways. Entering tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens may involve descending a narrow, somewhat steep walkway at a crouch, and may not be comfortable for some. Visitors should also be prepared for hot temperatures and bright sun, particularly on early September departures. Most places you will visit are not handicap accessible. As such, this trip is not suitable for those who require a wheelchair. You should be in relatively good health and able to walk unassisted for at least a mile in order to fully and safely enjoy this trip. Logistics aside, Egypt is a safe country, and you will be well cared for by your Vantage Adventure Leader. Come with a flexible attitude, a spirit of adventure, and good will toward the people you meet, and this will be a wonderful experience like none other.
PACING: Your Egypt adventure includes a 4-night stay in Cairo at a Deluxe hotel, during which time you will enjoy full days of touring; followed by a 7-night Nile cruise aboard a Deluxe river ship, which includes a series of visits and activities during port stops, plus one full day relaxing onboard. The journey concludes with 1 more night in Cairo at a Superior First Class hotel before your flight home. There are two internal flights (from Cairo to Luxor and back).
Important Notice: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.
Please note: Due to government regulations for all Egypt group tours, a security officer will be assigned to escort your adventure. They will merely shadow your group and will not interfere with your experience.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.
Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.
Note: Hotel ratings are based on the Hotel Index, a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.