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Exotic Egypt

8 Day Land Tour

10/22/2023 - 10/29/2023

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Portrait of Daniel Peterson, Maxwell Institute.

August 17, 2006

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Daniel Peterson

Join Bountiful Travel and Daniel Peterson, Arab Professor and Islam scholar, as you travel to the world of Ancient Egypt. We have put together an incredible journey that will allow you to explore all the highlights of Egypt. You will be guided by Daniel and an incredible Egyptian guide (he hosted President Obama when visiting Egypt and he has a Masters in Archaeology). Don’t miss this opportunity to travel with Daniel Peterson and our incredible guide. You will see the following unforgettable sites as we stay in 4 and 5 star hotels. You will also enjoy a 5 star experience on a Nile River Cruise.


Day 1 : Depart from Home

October 22, 2023 (Sunday)

Depart from the US into Cairo. If you are coming from Turkey, you will arrive on the 22nd and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 : Arrive in Egypt

October 23, 2023 (Monday)

Arrive in Cairo. We will be met at the airport and driven to our hotel where we can relax and enjoy our evening on our own. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3 : Pyramids of Giza - Sphinx - Papyrus Institute - Egyptian Antiquity Museum including King Tut's Exhibit

October 24, 2023 (Tuesday)

This morning we begin our tour of the pyramids—the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We explore the Pyramids of Giza; enjoy a 1-hour safari riding a camel or in a horse cart in the desert; and see the Sphinx. For those who can handle tight spaces, there is an option to enter the great pyramid ($15). Our next stop the Papyrus Institute where we watch a demonstration of this ancient art and do some shopping. After lunch, we visit the amazing Egyptian Antiquity Museum including King Tut’s exhibit. Overnight in Cairo. (B, L)

Day 4 : Sakkara - King Zoser's Step Pyramid - Temple of Ptah

October 25, 2023 (Wednesday)

We start our day visiting Sakkara—the sight of the oldest pyramids of Egypt and the oldest stone building in the world. It is best known as the location of King Zoser’s step Pyramid. Next, we proceed to the old capital of Memphis. Here we visit the ruins of the Temple of Ptah and the gigantic colossi of king Ramses II. At a local carpet school, we watch the children learning to make rugs from the cocoon of the silkworms and learn about the different kinds of Egyptian carpets. Overnight in Cairo. (B, L)

Day 5 : Flight from Cairo to Aswan - High Dam - Temple Philae - Board our Nile River Cruise

October 26, 2023 (Thursday)

After breakfast, we take early flights to Aswan and immediately begin our tour for the day by visiting the incredible High Dam built to save Egypt from the wild Nile flood. Next we travel by motor boat for about 10 minutes to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt—the Temple of Philae. We return to Aswan and board our deluxe Nile cruise, our home for the next 3 nights. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor

October 27, 2023 (Friday)

We start our cruise sailing north. Our first stop is at Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt, which is dedicated to Horus the falcon and Sobek the crocodile. We return to the ship and continue on to Edfu. There we find the most complete temple in Egypt. We end our cruise for the day in Luxor. This evening we can take an optional 2-hour horse cart tour through the city of Luxor ($20). This is a very popular, fun tour! Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Valley of the Kings - Colossi of Memnon - Luxor Temple - Karnak Temple

October 28, 2023 (Saturday)

The truly adventurous will start the day with an optional Hot Air Balloon ride with a view of the Valley of the Kings ($120). The regularl tour starts with a visit to the Valley of the Kings. We visit 3 of the famous tombs of kings (additional cost to visit tomb of Tut Ankh Amen-$15). Next we pass by Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple for a quick photo stop. As we leave the Valley of the Kings, we visit the Colossi of Memnon. We then return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon we have a photo stop at the Luxor Temple and then visit the Karnak Temple which is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Tonight, we can enjoy the optional evening spectacular Sound and Light show at the Karnak temple ($30). This unique show narrates the story of the temple and the history of Thebes, including the lives and celebrated achievements of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Flight back Home or Continue to the Israel Tour

October 29, 2023 (Sunday)

This morning we disembark the cruise ship and take early flights back to Cairo. From there we board our flights either back to the U.S. or to Israel. (B)


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Egypt visa, border fees, & departure taxes
Meals as indicated (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners)
Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned coaches
English-speaking Egyptian Guide
Hotel accommodations at 5 star hotels and 3-night Nile River cruise
Transfers to/from the aiports and the hotel when arriving/departing with the group
All Entrance Fees to all sites in the itinerary except those listed as “optional”
Internal flights (Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo)
STANDARD gratuities for guide, driver(s), camel driver (or horse cart driver), motorboat captain, and the Nile River Cruise staff


Trip Cancellation Protection
Flight from Istanbul to Cairo if coming from Turkey or flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv if continuing to Israel
Overseas flights
Extra night in Jerusalem if going to Israel follow tour ($350) – Extra night hotel if arriving early from Turkey or US.
Meals not listed (3 dinners – approx. $70 per person)
Optional additional gratuities for exceptional service by camel driver (or horse cart driver), motorboat captain, and for Nile River Cruise staff (it is suggested to bring at least $50 in $1’s and $5’s )
Optional additional gratuities for exceptional service by guide and/or driver and Nile River cruise staff (not required, but be aware that our entire group is usually so amazed with our guide, they are very generous)


OPTIONAL ADD-ONS (to be paid at the time in USD)
Optional entry into the great pyramid ($30 pp)
Optional light show at Karnak Temple ($30 pp)
Optional entry into Tutankhamun’s Tomb ($30 pp)
Optional 2-hour horse cart tour in Luxor ($25 pp)
Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over Valley of the Kings ($150 pp)
Optional Nubian Village visit ($20 pp)



  • $2600 per person based on double occupancy for cash or check payments.
  • $2700 per person based on double occupancy for credit card payments.
  • Single Supplement is $1100.

Payment Schedule

  • $400 per person due at time of booking
  • Final Payment due three months prior to tour departure

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it is transferable to another guest on a new booking, traveling on the same tour date. After final payment, the full amount is non-refundable. If you cancel and you can find someone to take your spot, we will refund the deposit. If we have a waiting list, we will refund your deposit by placing someone in your spot.
  • If we cancel the tour due to pandemic: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be transferred to any other tour or kept as a future tour credit to be used at any time on one of our advertised tours (cannot be transferred to a cruise). The balance will be refunded or applied to a future tour as a credit. If we cancel the tour for any other reason, we will refund.
  • The only way to avoid trip cancellation penalties is to buy trip cancellation insurance. If you are interested in the insurance, we can help you purchase it.
  • 100% cancellation penalty after final payment due three months prior to tour departure 

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid 6 months after the end of the tour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.


Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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