The Best of Egypt | November 3th, 2023

Price $6299 $5999 15 Days/13 Nights
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The Best of Egypt | November 3th, 2023

$6299 $5999 per person

*Prices are CAD per person, based on 2 people sharing and reflects early booking discount (land only); also includes 2 domestic flights within Egypt

*Single Supplement: $2000 CAD (If you’re a single traveler and looking to be matched up with a roommate, of the same gender, please reach out to us for details)

*Prices are subject to increase should the government increase/extend VAT charges on accommodations, transport, services, entrance fees and goods; due to inflation and/or to fluctuations in the exchange rate. This trip has been priced based on a 1.34 exchange rate between USD and CAD. Should there be more than a 5% change by final payment we reserve the right to add a currency surcharge.

*International airfare is available based on request; from all Canadian airport gateways (Please note: Departure from Canada is November 3rd and arrival into Cairo is November 4th, 2023)

Want to add 1 Pre-night in Cairo? Rates below include 1 night accommodation at the Conrad Cairo, private arrival transfers, breakfast and all taxes

$249 CAD per person based on double occupancy

$379 CAD based on single occupancy

Early Booking Rates Expired: April 30th, 2023 | All new bookings are now on request 

November 3rd to 17th, 2023 – Pyramids, Nile River and the Red Sea!

This country will surely be one of the most intriguing destinations that you travel to. Explore the ancient treasures and rich history that Egypt has to offer. Not only does Egypt have the incomparable Sphinx and Pyramids and impressive temples and tombs to visit, it also features the famous Nile River, vast deserts, beautiful beaches, bustling bazaar markets, along with plenty more to discover!
We will be limiting this group departure to 16-24 participants.
Click on the “Itinerary” tab to see the full day by day itinerary
4 Nights: Cairo – Conrad Hilton (Deluxe)
2 Nights: Aswan – Sonesta Nouba Hotel (Deluxe)
3 Nights: Nile Cruise – Aswan to Luxor: Sonesta Moon Goddess (Superior)
1 Night: Luxor – Steigenberger Resort Achti (Deluxe)
3 Nights: Red Sea – Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh (Luxury)
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx
  • Visit the Pyramids of Sakkara
  • Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities the most complete collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world
  • Sail the legendary Nile River on a 3 Night Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings and the Queens, where 62 Tombs of the Pharaohs have been uncovered
  • Visit the Ancient Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Philae, Edfu, Horus and Kom Ombo
  • Sail on a Felucca in Aswan around Kitchener Island & Agha Khan
  • Enjoy 3 nights of supreme luxury and service at the Oberoi Sal Hasheesh on the Red Sea

What’s Included:

All sightseeing and meals as per itinerary (23 meals) | all tipping for drivers and guides | 2 domestic flights within Egypt (Cairo to Aswan | Hurghada to Cairo) | all entrance fees as per itinerary, | arrival and departure transfers | private English Speaking guide throughout the entire trip | local specialty guides | all taxes

*GROUP ARRIVAL TRANSFER INCLUDED – This transfer will be based on the timing of the majority of flight arrivals. If flights are booked outside of this then a $50 CAD per person cost will apply.

Not Included: 

*International airfare, Optional Excursions, Egypt visa, and any other items not included or listed in the package

*Trip Merchant is happy to assist you with booking the international airfare from your preferred Canadian air gateway

Out of Country Cancellation and Medical Insurance is mandatory (proof of insurance coverage will be required)

Optional Jordan Post Extension: Click below to view detailed itinerary 

Terms and Conditions:

$500 per person deposit | If you cancel prior to March 31st, 2023, then $250 per person is refunded and the remaining $250 per person becomes a Future Travel Credit to be used on any TMJ group departure up to 2 years beyond original date of travel. Deposit becomes non-refundable and cannot be converted to a Future Travel Credit after March 31st, 2023

Another deposit of $500 CAD per person to cover the two domestic flights that are included in the price of this tour will be due by March 31st, 2023 (non-refundable after ticketed). For all guests booking after this date, this will be part of your initial deposit.

Final Balance: August 3rd, 2023 (100% non-refundable after final payment)

Optional 4 Night Jordan Post Extension: $1999 CAD twin per person (based on a minimum of 10+ guests) – Singles Add $550 CAD

Jordan highlights include, Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea…

Friday, November 17th, 2023: Fly from Cairo to Amman. Upon arrival this evening in Amman, you will be transferred directly to the Marriott Hotel for time at leisure and dinner will be included for you this evening.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel – Amman (Room Type: Deluxe Rooms)

Meals Provided: Dinner

Saturday, November 18th, 2023: This morning you will visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy.  You will then continue to Mt Nebo.

Mt. Nebo, is where Moses saw the Promised Land – present day Israel – and is believed to be laid to rest.

You will continue to the city of Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Continue to the Marriott Hotel in Petra.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel – Petra (Room Type: Deluxe Rooms)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, November 19th, 2023: Enjoy a tour of the remarkable stone-carved city of Petra (UNESCO), one of the new Wonders of the World.  A treasure of the ancient world, Petra was “hidden” behind rugged mountains prior to its discovery in 1812 after being lost for over 300 years.  Explore this breathtaking city, carved from sandstone by the Nabataeans. Afterwards, enjoy some leisure time followed by dinner.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel – Petra (Room Type: Deluxe Rooms)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, November 20th, 2023: After breakfast, you will transfer to visit Wadi Rum. Start your 4×4 Jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 2 hours through the desert.

Transfer to visit Kerak before proceeding to the Dead Sea. Kerak Castle, one of the largest crusader castles from the 12th century. Afterwards you will make your way to the Dead Sea where you will have the remainder of your day at leisure to float in the Dead Sea and enjoy the amenities at the Movenpick Resort.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel – Dead Sea (Room Type: Deluxe Rooms)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023: Enjoy a full day at leisure to rest and relax at the Dead Sea. Tonight you will have your last dinner in Jordan. After dinner, transfer to Amman airport for your overnight flight home as there are generally very early morning flights from Amman back to Canada. Or, depending on flight times and where you are flying to, you will stay the night with a  morning transfer for your international departure the next day (November 1st).

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023: Transfer to airport for your international flight home after many incredible memories were made!

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Includes: All sightseeing as per itinerary, accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners, all tours and transfers in AC Coaches with English-speaking driver throughout the program, gratuities for all drivers, guides, hotel luggage handling, daily mineral water, Jordanian Visa, arrival and departure transfers.

Not Included: One Way airfare from Cairo to Amman is additional (Approx. $350 CAD including taxes), tips for horse boy in Petra, other items not listed above

Booking Terms & Conditions: 4 Night Jordan Post Extension – $1999 CAD per person based on twin share | Single Supplement: +$550 | Zero deposit until March 31st, 2023, at that time a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due, remaining balance due at final payment – August 3rd, 2023 (non-refundable at final payment).

Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext 3
Mention Group Booking Number: TMJEGYPT11323


Before departing for Egypt I knew I wanted the security of a group tour but wasn’t sure I’d like the structure. I needn’t have worried. The whole Trip Merchant tour was well planned, well managed, and the level of effort to ensure our enjoyment was amazing. My two favourite spots were the Temple of Karnak, which could take days to fully explore, and sitting on the balcony of my Nile cruise cabin watching the scenes of daily Egyptian life pass by. The accommodations, food, and guides surpassed my expectations. I am ready and waiting for my next Trip Merchant adventure.

– Kerry

Highlights? So hard to choose because this trip “ ticked all the boxes:” pyramids at Giza, camel rides, Nile cruise, Luxor, Karnak, Abu Simbel, Red Sea, Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, visit to a bazaar, Bedouin visit in the desert.

Also enjoyed travelling with fellow Canadians.

Local guides were excellent: knowledgeable, keen, great Ambassadors of Egypt, obviously very experienced.

And, of course, the outstanding tour directors, Tom and Ryan, who created this tour and also accompanied us throughout the trip. Clearly, they both know what they are doing. We were the fortunate recipients of their travel knowledge and years of experience in the travel industry. When friends back in Canada asked us how things went, we were able to tell them, “No problems, absolutely no problems; everything went as promised.”

– Traveler

I heard about Trip Merchant through my retired teachers’ association in the Spring of 2019.  They were offering a group departure to Egypt in Feb 2020 that interested me.

From my first contact with Tom the experience has been First Class – from learning about the trip, including optional excursions and extensions to Abu Simbel and El Alamein, to booking my flights, to the Vamoos App they provided for us, to our actual trip.

As a solo traveler, I met and enjoyed the company of my 29 fellow travellers, learned so much about Ancient Egypt, experienced the culture of the regions we visited, had lots of fun and many laughs at the Galabeya party on our Nile River cruise and felt welcomed by all the people I encountered along the way in Egypt.  Tom and Ryan’s selection of beautiful hotel properties and local guides was exceptional!

With Tom’s knowledge of the industry and great advice, I was able to extend this two week trip and went on to Nepal and India for another two week adventure with Just You Tours.

The whole trip was very affordable and I received great value for my travel dollars.  I have already booked a river cruise in France, with extensions, through Trip Merchant.

I highly recommend this company which has so much expertise in the travel industry.

– Sally M.

Every one of our activities and destinations was a highlight for us! The Pyramids, the camel ride, the Sphinx and then eating lunch in a restaurant overlooking it all was amazing. There we were—touching one of the only Ancient Wonders that still remain!

The Egyptian Museum was also very interesting, however it’s too bad we didn’t get to visit the new-yet-to-be opened Museum.

The cruise along the River Nile was very interesting and relaxing. Our suite was spacious and the staff were especially attentive. The meals on board were delicious.

The hotel accommodations were wonderful as well, with excellent and gracious staff.

Each of the temples we visited were absolutely amazing! Standing in the midst of ancient statues, artwork and hieroglyphs was spellbinding. Our additional trip to Abu Simbel made us speechless!

Each of the modes of travel we took added to the richness of the trip—from the horse and buggy ride in Edfu, to the felucca boat on the Nile, and our ‘1st class train ride’ which we wouldn’t give up for a minute! We didn’t like waiting in airports, but understand that’s part of the process for flying. We will always remember the quote, “If you have time to spare, fly Egypt Air”. Our bus rides were comfortable and afforded us the opportunity to get to know our fellow travellers better as we saw the Egyptian landscape.

Our Egyptologist / Tour Guide, Yasser, was excellent. Yasser was a wealth of knowledge, a valuable advocate in language translation and in understanding local customs and expectations. Yasser, along with Tom and Ryan, were very personable and sincerely took an interest in the meeting the needs of each member of the group.

We were well taken care of from the minute we arrived in Cairo to the minute we left. The people who met us for the ground transfers were excellent! We don’t think we would have been able to do this on our own. Arriving at the airport at 3:30 am was especially challenging.

Thanks for an amazing trip Tom and Ryan!!

– Michelle & Ken K.

The entire trip was wonderful but cruising on the Nile was the highlight for me. Thanks so much for providing me with a trip of my lifetime!!!

– Bev L.

  • Destination
  • Arrival City
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Departure City
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Activity Level
    This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Passenger Limit
    16-24 Guests
Friday, November 3rd: Depart from Home/Overnight Flight

Begin your journey from Canada, as you depart on your overnight flight from your desired airport gateway.
Saturday, November 4th: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt as you arrive into Cairo International airport. You're welcomed by your meet and assist representative. Then you will be transferred to the 5 Star Conrad Hilton Cairo in downtown Cairo, overlooking the Nile.
Accommodation: Conrad Hilton, Cairo (Deluxe)

Savour views of the River Nile from our hotel in downtown Cairo. We're minutes from shops and cafés, and our concierge will help you plan a perfect day of exploration in historic Egypt. Our international casino is open 24 hours, and our six restaurants can satisfy any craving. Take a dip in the pool and unwind with a massage in the health club.

Sunday, November 5th: Cairo | Egyptian Museum of Antiquities or the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)

After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or Grand Museum - if opened), which houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world for a fascinating guided tour.

After your visit to the museum you will have an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Conrad Hilton, Cairo (Deluxe)

Optional excursion (afternoon): Civilization Museum: $95 CAD
After lunch, start your tour to the first veritable Museum of Civilization in Egypt, which is located on the archeological site of El-Fustat; overlooking the Ain El-Seera Lake. The museum showcases the Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day, using a multidisciplinary approach that highlights the country’s comprehensive heritage. The collections are displayed in a core permanent exhibition of the principal achievements of Egyptian civilization, with six thematic galleries, covering the Dawn of Civilization, the Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking, and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Monday, November 6th: Cairo | Pyramids of Giza and Sakkara

This morning you will travel to nearby Giza for a visit to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.

Marvel at the iconic Great Sphinx, with its body of a lion and head of a man. This afternoon, travel south to Sakkara and stand before the oldest of all pyramids, the Step Pyramid.

Accommodation: Conrad Hilton, Cairo (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch
Tuesday, November 7th: Cairo | Day of Leisure

Today you have a full day of leisure to explore Cairo on your own or join an optional excursion to the Citadel and Old Cairo.
Optional Excursion: The Citadel & the Jewish, Coptic, and Islamic Old Cairo: $195 CAD
Embark on an excursion to visit the Citadel; a former seat of government for nearly 700 years. The citadel is a medieval Islamic era fortification in Cairo, which was built by Salah Al-din and was further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. Its location commands a strategic position; overlooking impeccable city views.

We will then head to Coptic Cairo to the hanging Church; the first basilica to be built in Egypt, in the early fourth century BC. It is where the Crypt of the Holy Family lived in when they fled to Egypt.
Next, we proceed to Islamic Cairo where we will visit Sultan Hassan and Al Refaea Mosques. Then, we will visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is the oldest Jewish temple in Cairo dating back to the ninth century. Lunch is included on this optional excursion.

Accommodation: Conrad Hilton, Cairo (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Wednesday, November 8th: Cairo to Aswan

Today you will depart for your flight to Aswan (flight time is to be determined). In 1.5 hours you will arrive in the Nubian City of Aswan. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel; the Sonesta Nouba. It is known for its spectacular views overlooking the Nile River.
In the evening, you can either wander around the local spice markets or embark on an excursion to the Philae Temple Sound and Light Show.

Optional Excursion: Philae Temple Sound and Light Show: $139 CAD 
Spend this evening enjoying the Philae Temple Sound and Light Show, which takes you on a narrated journey to discover the legends of the Goddess Isis and the God Osiris. This multimedia show vividly reveals the history and majesty of this ancient site.  After the show transfer back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Sonesta Nouba Hotel, Aswan (Deluxe)

The Sonesta Nouba Hotel Aswan invites you to immerse yourself in a luxe getaway infused with the vibrant culture and spectacular scenery of this ancient city on the Nile. Each of our 45 guest rooms is designed in traditional Nubian style and offers a private terrace and sought-after Nile views from every vantage point. The hotel offers a range of conveniences and amenities to cater to your unique travel needs, including free high-speed internet and on-site wellness, dining, and event facilities. The Sonesta Nouba Hotel Aswan even boasts its own climate-controlled crocodile pond. Located near the hotel promenade and in view of the mighty Nile, this unique feature represents an important totem of blessings in the Nubian culture—not to mention a can’t-miss photo opportunity.

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Thursday, November 9th: Aswan
Enjoy this morning at leisure or join a optional excursion to the incomparable Abu Simbel.
Optional Excursion: Abu Simbel Day trip: $749 CAD (includes round trip airfare, transfers, entrance and a guide) 

Abu Simbel, site of two temples built by the Egyptian king Ramses II, who was known as the builder Pharaoh (reigned 1279–13 BCE). In ancient times the area was at the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt, facing Nubia (now present day Sudan). The four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian Art. By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam.

On two days of the year (February 22 and October 22), the first rays of the morning sun penetrate the whole length of the temple and illuminate the shrine in its innermost sanctuary.
Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure. Perhaps, head over to the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie famously wrote "Death on the Nile".
Accommodation: Sonesta Nouba Hotel, Aswan (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Friday, November 10th: Aswan | Board your Nile Cruise (3 night Aswan to Luxor)

Before lunch you will be transferred to board your Nile Cruise, the Sonesta Moon Goddess, your home for your next 3 nights.
1:00 pm: Lunch on board
3:30 pm: Sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitchener's Island & Agha Khan

5:30 pm: Captain's Welcome Cocktail
8:00 pm: Dinner on board
9:30 pm: Nubian Folkloric Show
Accommodation: Sonesta Moon Goddess, Nile Cruise

Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise Ship offers 49 luxurious cabins with sliding glass doors opening to private balconies and 4 presidential suites with a private lounge. All accommodations feature their own private balcony.
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Please note: River cruise itinerary and routing/times are subject to change.
Saturday, November 11th: Aswan | Kom Ombo | Edfu
After a delicious breakfast buffet on board, you will visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Following that you will sail to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Temple shared by two gods; Sobek and Haeroris.
6:30 am: Breakfast on board
7:00 am: Visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae

1:00 pm: Lunch on board

1:30 pm: Sail to Kom Ombo
5:00 pm: Afternoon Tea
5:30 pm: Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haeroris in Kom Ombo

7:00 pm: Sail to Edfu
8:00 pm: Dinner on Board
9:30 pm: Galabeya Party
Accommodation: Sonesta Moon Goddess, Nile Cruise
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Please note: River cruise itinerary and routing/times are subject to change.
Sunday, November 12th: Edfu | Luxor

6:30 am: Visit Horus Temple in Edfu - The best preserved temple of Ancient Egypt, built during the Ptolemaic period. There are also "important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which related the age-old conflict between Horus and Seth, that are depicted in hieroglyphics within the interior of its walls.

8:15 am: Sail to Luxor
8:30 am: Breakfast on board
1:30 pm: Lunch on board
8:00 pm: Whirling Dervish & Belly Dance Show
8:30 pm: Dinner on board
10:00 pm: Music in the lounge bar
Accommodation: Sonesta Moon Goddess, Nile Cruise
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Please note: River cruise itinerary and routing/times are subject to change.
Monday, November 13th: Luxor
7:00 am: Breakfast on board
8:00 am: Disembarkation
8:00 am: Visit the West Bank of the Nile (Valley of the Kings & Queens, Hatshepsut) Travel thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore its remarkable sights – the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Mennon.

12:30 pm: Time for lunch at leisure
2:30 pm: Visit the East Bank (Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple) After breakfast visit the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II.

We will visit Karnak Temple, the largest of all the temples in Ancient Egypt built over a period of 2000 years. Construction started during the Middle Kingdom and continued until the Ptolemaic period.

5:30 pm: Transfer to our hotel in Luxor, the 5 Star Steigenberger Resort Achti.
Accommodation: Steigenberger Resort Achti, Luxor (Deluxe)

Steigenberger Resort Achti offers the best panoramic views of the Nile and Luxor. The hotel is located in a quiet and secluded 1.2-hectare tropical garden in the heart of Luxor on the east bank of the Nile. The resort is located just 11 km from the airport and a few minutes from the city center. Steigenberger Resort Achti is an ideal base from which to explore the Nile and the surrounding countryside.
Meals Provided: Breakfast
*Please note: River cruise itinerary and routing/times are subject to change.
Tuesday, November 14th: Luxor | Hurghada

After breakfast we will drive across some fascinating dessert scenery as we make our way to the Red Sea. We will enjoy 3 relaxing nights in Hurghada, a popular Egyptian Red Sea destination.

Accommodation: Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Sahl Haseesh (Luxury)

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Wednesday, November 15th: Hurghada

Today enjoy a full day of leisure to enjoy the luxury of your resort. Perhaps take a shopping trip into town or go snorkeling or scuba diving, which are offered directly from the pier at our resort.

Accommodation: Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Sahl Haseesh

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Thursday, November 16th: Hurghada

Today enjoy a full day of leisure to enjoy the luxury of your resort. In the evening, an unforgettable farewell dinner will be served at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.

Accommodation: Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Sahl Haseesh

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday, November 17th: Depart for home or continue with our Jordan Post Extension

After making many great memories, transfer to Hurghada airport for your departure flight to Cairo, to connect with your international flights back home, or continue onwards to Jordan! *For those interested in extending their stay we're offering an optional post tour extension to Jordan (4 nights/5 days).
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Optional 4 Night Jordan Post Extension - For full details and itinerary - Click on the the "Optional Jordan Post Extension in the summary section! Jordan highlights include, Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea...

Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext. 3
Mention Group Booking Number: TMJEGYPT11323

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