Divergent Egypt

APRIL 17 – 26, 2025

Price from $3,100

Discover Ancient Egypt & be surprised

Join Divergent Travel Trips for our second group trip to Egypt! This will be our fifth visit and we can’t wait for you to join us.

Spend 10 days of full immersion in the natural, cultural, and architectural wonders of this small country with us on this custom-built itinerary that you will not find anywhere else.

We’ve done the leg work, worked out the kinks, and discarded the things that are too commercial or not worth visiting. We’ve added things to our itinerary that are often not included, overlooked, or just plain off the beaten path. Of course, we added the best parts, too.

Our trip will be operated in partnership with one of the leading local tour companies. This means we’ll have access to some of the best guides in Egypt.

We have traveled with them in the past and have worked closely with them to develop this special itinerary so you can experience the best this country has to offer.

The highlights of this trip include a visit to the Pyramids of Giza – one of the ancient Wonders of the World, Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings, sailing down the Nile River, along with some stops that will surely surprise you.

We’ll traverse the entire length of the Nile River from Cairo to Abu Simbel and back again.

Daily activities include sightseeing, cruising, cultural experiences, and plenty of photo stops.

Special to this year: We will be hosting a 5d/4n All Inclusive Pre-Trip to Siwa Oasis! This is an optional add-on, but if you have the time, we highly recommend you consider joining us.

Trip Itinerary

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NEW! We will be hosting a 5d/4n all-inclusive pre-trip to Siwa Oasis! This optional add-on will take place April 13-17, 2025.

The cost is $650 per person. If you’d like to take this incredible adventure to explore one of Egypt’s natural wonders, you can sign up when you make your booking!

November 17: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt – If you’re joining our Siwa Pre-Trip Extension today, our ground team will meet and assist you at the Cairo airport before transferring you to the start hotel. After you’re settled in we’ll have an evening briefing and welcome dinner. Overnight in 5* Cairo Hotel

November 18: Cairo – El Alamein – Siwa – Early in the morning, we will leave Cairo and head to Siwa Oasis. On the way we will stop by El-Alamein to visit the WW II cemetery and Museum and then proceed to Siwa. Overnight in 4* Siwa Hotel (B-L-D)

November 19: Siwa Oasis – After breakfast, we visit the Mountain of the Dead (Gebel al-Mawta), which features a large number of tombs carved into the mountain that date back to the 26th Dynasty (664 BC–525 BC) and the Ptolemaic era (305 BC–30 BC), Cleopatra’s Pool, a swimming pool fed by a natural hot spring, the Temple of the Oracle, and finish with Bir Wahed, a sulfurous spring outside Siwa. Overnight at a Desert Camp (B-L-D)

November 20: Siwa Oasis – After cruising around the Great Sand Sea, we return back to Siwa Oasis to visit the ruins of the historic Shali fortress. In the afternoon we will swim at the salt lake. Overnight at 4* Siwa Hotel (B-L-D)

Welcome to Egypt!

If you signed up for the optional pre-trip to Siwa Oasis – today we will travel from Siwa to Cairo. Upon arrival at the hotel, there will be free time until the evening welcome event. (B-L-D)

If you’re joining us today, our ground team will meet and assist you at the Cairo airport before transferring you to the start hotel. After you’re settled in we’ll have an evening briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight: 5* hotel in Cairo

The trip starts by visiting the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. 

In the afternoon we head to Sakkara to visit the Step Pyramid – the first completed pyramid in Egypt – as well as, the ancient Pharaonic tomb.

Overnight: 5* Cairo Hotel (B)

After breakfast, we will set off to explore the best of Cairo on an immersive city tour.

Our first stop will be the Egyptian Museum where you may view the treasures of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. 

From there we head to the Coptic area of old Cairo to visit the hanging church, so named as it is suspended above two Roman gate towers. 

Then on to the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, which sits majestically on the summit of the Citadel of Saladin

Afterward, we make our way to the old Cairo Bazaar, Khan El Khalili, with its maze of intriguing alleyways that are home to numerous souvenir stalls and coffee shops.

Overnight: 5* Cairo Hotel (B)

In the morning, we will fly to Luxor. Our day will begin with a tour of the Luxor East Bank of the Nile. Here you will experience the immense Karnak Temple, considered by some as Egypt’s most important Pharaonic site -the country’s powerhouse of ancient times.

After we will visit the magnificent Luxor Temple where the impressive Avenue of Sphinxes greets visitors.

Overnight at  5* Hotel in Luxor (B)

Today, we will have a full-day tour to visit the two spectacular ancient temples of Dendera and Abydos. We will start with Abydos; a glorious temple built by King Seti I and completed by King Ramses II.  

Then we head to Dendera to visit the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love and joy. 

These are very off-the-beaten path and lesser-visited temples! It will be a day to remember. 

Overnight: 5* Luxury Nile Cruise Ship (B-L-D)

Just before sunrise, we will journey to the Luxor West Bank to get ready for the hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. This is arguably the best hot-air balloon flight in the world! 

Afterward, we will tour the world-famous Valley of the Kings, the richest archaeological site on earth. Then on to the breathtaking Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir al-Bahri), built for the only woman to reign over Egypt as pharaoh. Finally, we visit the great Colossi of Memnon – the last remains of Amenophis III’s temple.

Tonight our Nile River Cruise ship will depart Luxor heading south towards Aswan. 

Overnight: 5* Luxury Nile River Cruise (B-L-D)

After a lovely morning of sailing along the Nile River, we will visit the Temple of Edfu. We will then return to the ship to sail for the afternoon before arriving at Kom Ombo before sunset. 

Overnight: 5* Luxury Nile Cruise (B-L-D)

Our ship will arrive in the middle of the night in Aswan. In the early morning, we will head to Abu Simbel to visit the two massive temples of Ramses II.

We will return to Aswan in the early afternoon for some leisure time before setting out for a sunset felucca sail on the Nile River and a visit to a Nubian Village.

Overnight: 5* Nile Cruise (B-L-D)

Today we will disembark our Nile River Cruise and begin the day with a tour of the romantic Philae Temple – perched atop a picturesque island; its beautiful location is reached by a small motor boat, making a truly magnificent approach to the site.  

Afterward, we’ll head to the airport for our flight back to Cairo.

Overnight: 5* Cairo Hotel (B)

All good things must come to an end, and this morning marks the official end of our amazing time in Egypt together. Airport transfers will take you to the airport for onward travel. 

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Additional Trip Information

What’s Included:

  • Airport transfer – Arrival & Departure
  • 5 nights at 5* properties
  • 4 nights on a 5* Nile River Ship
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • All entrance fees (HUGE value)
  • Daily activities (including extras)
  • Dendara & Abydos
  • Abu Simbel
  • Saqqara Complex
  • Inside Pyramid visit!
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Valley of the Kings
  • Sunset Felucca Sail
  • Nubian Village Visit
  • Local Egyptologist guide
  • Private group transport throughout the trip
  • Photography instruction
  • Welcome gift
  • Your hosts (us)!

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare to/from Cairo, Egypt
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Beverages at meals
  • Gratuities for our amazing local guide
  • Personal Expenses
  • Single Supplement (if requested)
  • Optional 4D/3N Pre-Trip to Siwa Oasis

Trip Perks

If you’re looking for a trip to Egypt that includes all of the highlights, along with some lesser-known gems, this itinerary is for you.

Our trips include ALL extra activities, day trips, and entrance fees. We’ve also hand-selected lovely 5-star hotels.

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the largest international airport in the country and you should book your flights to and from this airport.

Airport transfers to our starting hotel in Cairo are included.

Cairo offers visas on arrival for most passports. The cost is $50 USD and you obtain the visa at the airport prior the going through immigration in Cairo. Detailed instructions on how to and where to do this will be sent before the trip. It’s easy!

Late November is well into Fall, so we’ll be past the hottest part of the dry season and into the cooler months. You’ll want to have layers as you can expect it to be warm and sunny during the day, cooling off at night.

We hand-select each and every property that is used for our trips. Trust us when we say we only want the best for you! On this trip, we’ll be staying in five different 5* luxury properties that offer prime locations in Egypt. This is a high end trip.

Room sharing – if you are traveling solo and select the shared room option, we will do our best to pair you with someone of the same gender. We’ll do our best to pair you with someone we think you’ll click with based on your signup forms.

We cannot guarantee that you’ll mesh well with your assigned roommate. This is very rare, but it does sometimes happen.

Things to Consider – If you like your own space after a day of group traveling, are a light sleeper, or snore, sharing may not be a good fit for you.

In the event that you are incompatible with your assigned roommate and need to change rooms, your trip host will either swap shared rooming arrangements or work with the hotel to get you a solo room. Please note that if you have to switch to a solo room, you will be subject to a solo supplement.

If you sign up for a shared room and we are unable to pair you with another solo shared traveler before the trip starts, your booking may become a solo booking. If this happens, we will notify you and the single supplement will apply.

If you do not want to share, it is possible to have your own room with the additional fee of a single supplement.

Note: this option is limited.

It is possible to have a solo private room but this option is limited. The cost to have a solo private room for the whole trip is an additional $1500.

This tour is rated Moderate. There will be some long walking days around temple complexes and pyramids. To really enjoy the tour you should at least be prepared for some long walks in outdoor settings.

Yes, we have some down time built into the schedule if you’d like to explore some on your own or just relax at the hotels.

Egypt has great cell service, so if you have a roaming plan, you’ll have no problem being connected. It’s also possible to buy SIM cards and local data packages at the airport in Cairo.

Once you arrive in Cairo your airport transfers, accommodation, activities, and transport are included. You will need money to cover meals, gratuities for our local guide, beverages at all meals (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and any souvenirs.

Diverge & Join This Adventure!

The dates of this trip are April 17-26, 2025.

The cost is $3,100 per person for a shared room.

This price is exclusive to our group and includes staying in 5* hotels, a private local guide, all activities, all transportation on arrival, most meals, a welcome gift, and photography help from us, if you want it.

We’re offering you a luxury, custom-built trip that includes all the day trips, sightseeing, entrance fees, and extras at an insanely good price.

Additionally, this will be a small, private, and intimate group.

If you wish to join the optional pre-trip, the cost is $650 per person for a shared room.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot, and the remaining balance is due 90 days before departure. Payment plans are also available upon receipt of your deposit.

Departure is not guaranteed until the minimum number of guests is met. Please do not book flights or other non-refundable travel until we guarantee departure.

If the trip is full, email [email protected] and we will add you to the waiting list — also follow Divergent Travel Trips on Instagram to be the first to know when future trips are announced.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We live in a fast and ever-changing world these days, which is one of the many reasons we require travel insurance for all of our trips. This also means that if you cancel your trip due to covered reasons with your policy, you’ll be able to file a claim and be reimbursed.

Your travel insurance will also cover trip interruption or cancellation, should something happen like a natural disaster or political unrest.

Beyond that, this is our cancellation policy.

We can offer a full refund less the non-refundable $500 deposit up to 90 days before the trip departure date if you choose to cancel for a personal reason.

If you need to cancel less than 90 days before the trip, we are unable to offer a refund of any amount.

Yes, the $500 deposit to secure your space is non-refundable and the remaining balance is due 90 days before departure. If the trip must be postponed or canceled due to events beyond our control, you will be offered a full refund.

World Nomads and Allianz Travel Insurance offer travel insurance, required for the duration of this trip, at affordable rates. Travel insurance will also reimburse you in the case of flight delays, medical issues, and more.

International flights are not included. Some of our trips do include internal flights and are noted within the itinerary.

We welcome anyone 18 years or older. Our groups are usually made up of both women and men. The ages typically range from mid 20s to mid 70s and everything in between.

We cannot predict the ages of those who sign up for each trip. That said, this range meshes surprisingly well and we’ve shared many great adventures!

If you are in good health, of reasonable fitness, have a good sense of humor, and a sense of adventure, you’re welcome to join!

There will be a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis in case spaces open up or we decide to offer an additional departure for each trip.

If the trip is full and you’re still interested, email us at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Absolutely not! While every trip we offer provides a photographic element, you do not need to be a photographer to join this trip. But, if you want to take photos, we’ll have amazing opportunities to do so.

If all you have is an iPhone, no worries! We can help you take great photos with it. If photography is of no interest to you at all, that’s ok too.

Still have questions?

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