Laura Ranieri Roy

Pyramids & Temples Alive

with Laura Ranieri Roy
Egyptologist & Director of Ancient Egypt Alive

November 22, 2024 – December 5, 2024

Dear Travelers,

I invite you to join me on a fascinating small group tour to Egypt. An enriching, captivating experience of all the most famous wonders of Egypt – and some beautiful sites you may never have heard of yet!

Our ‘Pyramids & Temples Alive’ small group Tour is a bespoke, beautifully curated journey we have been running with rave reviews for almost a decade. No more than 20 travellers, special experiences, a wonderful flow to each day.

It will take you from the excitement of the pyramids, through the vibrant frenzy of Cairo, to the stunning beauty of Aswan, and the grandeur of Abu Simbel – and beyond to Luxor. You’ll experience the wonder of the eternal Nile on a luxuriant  river cruise to the great capital Luxor where our adventure has its finest hours: in the Valley of the Kings and the Great Temples of Luxor and Karnak!

As a Canadian-based Egyptologist, I have been teaching, lecturing, and leading tours to Egypt since 2012 with the goal of bringing alive the fascinating stories of the Pharaohs.

Together with my wonderful local expert, we will explore sites in a unique, enriched and exhilarating way. You will get up close and personal with stunning antiquities and sites as part of a small and fully engaged group of likeminded travelers.

This tour is a trip like no other, and I would love to have you you join me as we explore the wonders of Egypt together.

I look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Laura Ranieri Roy

Egyptologist & Director of Ancient Egypt Alive



Cairo, Aswan and Luxor



Nov 22, 2024 – Dec 5, 2024
(14 Days / 13 Nights)



US$5,600.00 per adult
(double occupancy, two people sharing a room)

Single Supplement: US$1,350.00
(additional charge if not sharing a room)

*All rates are based on current tariffs and exchange rates, and are subject to adjustment in the event of changes therein, at the time of final payment.
Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.



Day 1: Welcome to Cairo
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel – the central Ramses Hilton in the heart of Cairo.
  • Please remember to have $25USD on hand for your Egyptian visa-on-arrival.   The representative assisting with the transfer is available to assist you with the visa before proceeding to immigration.   
  • In the evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner and short opening presentation by Laura.  Those arriving early (and raring to go) will have the opportunity to take an optional afternoon excursion.
  • Overnight Cairo, Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 2: Cairo
Citadel, Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo
  • We start our day with a gorgeous panoramic view of the city from way up in the medieval Citadel of Saleh el din, a marvel of medieval warfare, built (in places) with limestone from the Great Pyramid. There, we’ll also tour a 14th century open air mosque and the beautiful 19th century mosque of Mohammed Ali.
  • Next, we will visit the Egyptian Museum, home to many of the greatest treasures of ancient history, we will tour the highlights, including the gold and silver treasures of Tanis, Tuya and Yuya (great grandparents of King Tut), magnificent colossi, furniture and granite sarcophagi/statues of the Old Kingdom, like Khafre Enthroned. Beyond the well-known masterpieces you will also find rooms of opulent jewelry, ornate coffins, animal mummies – and strange and ancient curiosities. It’s a microcosm of thousands of years of Egyptian art and history in a beautiful historic building near Tahrir square..
  • Lunch at AL AZAR Park
  • Islamic Cairo: This afternoon we will explore the greatest Islamic building in Egypt: The Mosque- Madrassa of Sultan Hassan. This magical place is one of the largest mosques in the world and certainly the finest piece of early-Mamluk architecture dating to 1363 BCE. We will venture in to feel the centuries of devotion still residing here – and perhaps even hear the stunning voice of the Muezzin (the one appointed to sing call to prayer).
  • We will also visit El Raffai, another ornate 19th century mosque which is the resting place of many early Egyptian rulers, including King Farouk. From there we will explore Khan el Khalili market – the colourful and chaotic medieval souk. We will experience El Moezz street dating to the Fatimid era, home to the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world.
  • In the evening, we will return to our hotel for dinner on your own.
  • Overnight Cairo, Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 3: Cairo
Dashur Pyramids and Evening Sufi Music Show
  • This morning we travel to the area of “Dashur” – south west of Cairo — to visit two of the earliest pyramids in Egypt: The Bent Pyramid and the first perfect pyramid, the Red Pyramid, both built by King Senefru c. 2500 BCE. The Bent retains most of it casing stones. Climbing inside either or both will be optional – and for the fit and adventurous minded only as it is an athletic climb. This Dashur region presents a wonderful opportunity for pyramid exploration …far from the crowds of Giza.
  • Lunch at a local Cairo restaurant (Felfalah or similar)
  • In the evening Laura will give a lecture on the pyramids before we head out to see a colourful and authentic Sufi and music show and dinner (whirling dervishes) at the 1100-year-old Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Centre.
  • Overnight Cairo, Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 4: Cairo
The Giza Plateau:  The Pyramids and The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)
  • Today we will be up early for pyramids day!
  • The last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is perhaps the most famous tourist site in the world. The Giza plateau itself, with its three major pyramids plus Queen’s pyramids, ancient mastabas, Sphinx and the ubiquitous and colourful camel drivers is a much-anticipated highlight of any trip. For our visit, we will also climb inside the pyramid of Khufu, Khafre or Menkaure depending on availability. While on the plateau, we will also visit the solar boat museum and the extraordinary Sphinx.
  • Lunch at 9 Pyramids view restaurant – with sweeping views of the pyramids of Giza!
  • After lunch we will explore the magnificent Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) – the largest and most spectacular archaeological museum in the world at the foot of the pyramids. Here we will wander through 5000 years of Egyptian history – seeing masterpieces like the great colossus of Ramses and the world’s first hanging obelisk to the solar boats of King Khufu and all the dazzling treasures of King Tutankhamun – 5400 pieces — newly restored and brought together in a stunning exhibit that takes you through the story of the boy king’s life. The astounding GEM may be considered yet another wonder of the world that Egypt now can claim.
  •   Overnight Cairo, Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 5: Cairo
The Wonders of Sakkara and the Step Pyramid
  • We will enjoy an intensive full day exploring this rich archaeological site – which is most notably the location of Djoser’s Step Pyramid, the oldest in Egypt. Our day begins at the exquisite Imhotep Museum, where we’ll view some rare old kingdom relics, such as cobra reliefs, ancient harps, surgical instruments and the Old Kingdom mummy of King Merenre. We will then proceed to see Old Kingdom tombs, such as the breathtaking Mereruke, the mastaba of Ty, the tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhknum (The Royal Manicurists), the tomb of Ptahotep (Please note: tombs opening and closures change, we will see tombs that are currently open at the time – hopefully some very newly opened ones as well.)
  • We will also have the exciting opportunity to enter the Pyramid of King Unas, the last ruler of the 5th Dynasty. Although small, Unas’ pyramid is one of Egypt’s most important as the very first to feature pyramid texts carved on its walls, some still retaining traces of ancient colour
  • Next, we will tour the Sakkara Step Pyramid complex, including the Step pyramid itself, Djoser’s court and the causeway. We hope also to tour the fascinating and splendid Serappeum hope of the Apis bull – seldom included on a mainstream tourist visit.
  • Lunch in the garden of the beautiful Sakkara Palms.
  • Overnight Ramses Hilton

Day 6: Aswan
The Beauty of Aswan and Upper Egypt – Abu Simbel Temples
  • This morning we wake up early and fly to gorgeous and pastoral Aswan – our base for the next few days. Upon arrival we board our air-conditioned coach and begin an exciting road trip south to experience the grandeur of what is arguably Egypt’s greatest temples of all: Abu Simbel. These huge rock-cut temples marked the southern boundary of the Egyptian Empire with Nubia at the peak of its power during the New Kingdom. They were meant to convey the power of Egypt’s rulers to anyone who laid eyes upon them. The great statues of Ramses and his wife Nefertari that adorn their facades are awe-inspiring — and the four statues guarding the doorway to the larger of these temples are the largest sculptures that survive from the Pharaonic era.
  • Lunch at a local Nubian restaurant or bagged lunch.
  • Enroute back to Aswan, we stop at a marvel of modern engineering: the Aswan High Dam. We’ll also see the ancient Aswan granite quarries where the Egyptians got their finest limestone – and climb up to view the great unfinished obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. After arrival and check in at the hotel, we will end the eventful day with refreshing felucca (sailboat) ride to the botanical gardens to immerse ourself in nature. Here we will walk through the verdant and flowering grounds enjoying many exotic varieties of trees and flora from around the world. In evening why not visit the famous spice market,
  • Overnight Aswan, Tolip hotel or similar

Day 7: Aswan
Philae Temple & Nubian Museum
  • Enjoy a leisurely start to the day in beautiful Aswan! Mid-morning, we will depart via bus and motorboat to visit the great temple of Isis on Philae Island, the last operational temple in Egypt in which Egyptians worshipped for centuries until the Roman Emperor Justinian closed its doors in the 6th Century CE. The entire temple – with its beautiful statuary and reliefs was moved onto this island in the 1970s to preserve it from submersion after the creation of the new Aswan dam.
  • In the late afternoon we will visit the fascinating Nubian Museum and then enjoy a traditional Nubian dinner – a short boat ride away – at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight Aswan, Tolip hotel or similar

Day 8: MS Acamar
Kom Ombo and Nile Cruising
  • After breakfast, we will visit the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo dating from Ptolemaic times, around 100 BCE. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, God of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. We can also visit the crocodile mummy museum.
  • Lunch on board.
  • We sail downstream (north) to Edfu, where we will visit Edfu Temple in the afternoon. This temple is the most complete in Egypt – and devoted to the hawk god Horus.
  • We will have a relaxing afternoon onboard watching the changing shorelines as we cruise north past Edfu and Esna enroute to Luxor.
  • There will be a talk on temples and the great Denderah by Laura in the early or late afternoon. Sail to Luxor Overnight Luxor
  • Overnight Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise or similar

Day 9: MS Acamar
Karnak and Luxor Temple
  • Today you will wake up in spectacular Luxor: Thebes, known as the City of a Hundred Gates to the ancients. There will be a highly recommended but optional early morning balloon ride. Come sail above city and watch the sun rise over the Nile! (cost $250USD pp)
  • Come back for breakfast then visit magnificent Karnak Temple. The largest religious structure in the world, Karnak was built over a period of 3000 years by almost every Pharaoh of Egypt from the Middle Kingdom onwards. Marvel at the great Avenue of the Sphinxes, Hatshepsut’s obelisk – and the great Hypostyle Hall of Ramses the Great and his father Seti I. We’ll also visit the sacred lake and zoological gardens (engraved in stone) of
    Thutmosis III.
  • We will return to the ship for late lunch and relaxing onboard.
  • In the late afternoon, we will make a visit to the Luxor Museum – a beautiful modern museum, home to the greatest art in Upper Egypt.
  • As the sun slowly dips, we will then make our way to the very romantic Luxor Temple, with its massive colossi and beautiful temple reliefs lit up in the evening. See the great obelisks, colossi and fall under the spell of Ramses, Hatshepsut and Amenhotep III.
  • Overnight Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise

Day 10: MS Acamar

Day 11: Luxor
Stunning Denderah and West Bank Nobles Tombs 
  • Disembark and climb aboard our coach for a road trip to one of Egypt’s most breathtaking temples – The three-level temple of Hathor at Denderah, it was built during Ptolemaic and Roman times – and is the most complete of Egypt’s ancient temples and one of the best restored. This is where Cleopatra possibly honeymooned with Julius Caesar – and you can see her image at the back. The ceiling of vibrant blue and greens shows sky goddess Nut (pronounced: Noot) swallowing the sun and giving birth to the new day. This is also a very rare two-story temple where the New Years Day Festival was celebrated – with Hathor’s union with Horus as the new day sun. Venture deep into the crypt to see strange reliefs. Go up on the roof to see the site of the fascinating zodiac ceiling – the oldest in the world. 
  • Enroute you will experience the vibrant countryside of Egypt – rural towns and villages untouched by time, sailing past the coach window. We will drive back to Luxor via the West bank where we will have a traditional Egyptian lunch in the relaxing and shady gardens of the Marsam, the oldest hotel on the west bank, adjacent to the excavations at the Amenhotep III temples. Originally built in the 1920s as a house for archaeologists from the University of Chicago, it was later turned into a hotel by Sheikh Ali of the local Abd El Rasoul family.  
  • After lunch we will visit the Colossi of Memnon – gateway to Amenhotep III’s immense temple. Finally, we will visit two jewels of the west bank: Tombs of the Nobles high in the hills. Sennefer and Rekhmire or equivalent. 
  • Back to the east bank to check into our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure on your own.  Why not try drinks at the library bar of the famous Winter Palace Hotel? 
  • Overnight Luxor, Steigenberger Nile Palace or similar

Day 12: Luxor
Valley of the Kings and Deir el Medina
  • This morning we will visit the famous and breathtaking Valley of the Kings, with their vibrant colours and wonderful stories. Here you will have a chance to enter into three of the King’s tombs, based on what is open. You will also have an opportunity to enter into special tombs like Seti I, Ramses V, VI or Tutankhamun (extra cost for these). Afterwards we will visit the enchanting Deir el Medina, the Valley of the Workers, home to a complete ancient village and stunning tombs of the craftsmen who built the King’s final resting place. 
  • Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to hotel for an afternoon at leisure and dinner on your own. 
  • In the evening join us for an optional pleasant walk to the Luxor Souk and Aboudi bookstore. 
  • Overnight Luxor, Steigenberger Nile Palace or similar

Day 13: Luxor
Marvel of Queen Hatshepsut– and Medinet Habu – last great temple of Egypt 
  • After breakfast we will leave depart by boat to visit the world-famous Queen Hatshepsut temple – nestled into the pink mountains – Meret Seger – meaning “she who loves silence.” This was the great temple of the woman who would be king – one of Egypt’s greatest builders in the New Kingdom. Next, we will witness Medinet Habu, the last great temple of Pharaonic Egypt, a massive enclosure with deeply-etched reliefs and dynamic and graphic scenes of King Ramses III’s battles with the Sea Peoples 
  • We will return to the hotel – and at 7 get together for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant 
  • Overnight Luxor, Steigenberger Nile Palace or similar

Day 14: End of Itinerary
Tour ends 

Check out of hotel for your transfer home – or continue your travels on one of our Egypt or Jordan extensions.  



  • Deposit to hold your spot: $250.00 to hold your spot due at the time of registration
  • Second payment due November 22, 2023:  $1,783.00
  • Third payment due April 22, 2023: $1,783.00
  • Final payment due August 22, 2023: $1,783.00 


  1. Cheque made payable to ‘Georgia Hardy Tours Inc’ and mailed to: 122 Dawlish Ave. Toronto, Ontario. M4N 1H3
  2. Visa, MasterCard, ApplePay, GooglePay

* All prices quoted are USD. Price is based on air fares, land tariffs, supplier rates, taxes, and tariffs as of February 9, 2023 and a minimum of 13 paying participants. Please note the possibility of increase in cost prior to departure if rates increase and/or minimum number of participants is not reached. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Tour Price Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation in Cairo at Ramses Hilton or similar
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tolip Aswan or similar
  • 3 nights accommodation on board M/S Acamar Nile Cruise or similar
  • 3 nights accommodation at Steigenberger Luxor 
  • One-way flight Cairo-Aswan
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 11 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All transfers through with air conditioned private bus
  • All tours as per the itinerary 
  • Services of Laura Ranieri, Egyptologist and tour host
  • Local English-speaking Egyptologist guide every day
  • Private security personnel for the group
  • All entrances as per the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Water bottles daily on the bus
  • All service fees, credit card fees and taxes 

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Egyptian entry tax ($25.00 per person)
  • Private transfer Cairo airport – hotel upon arrival
  • Tips ($270.00 per person – will be added to the final invoice)
  • Beverages at included meals
  • Any additional excursions or sites not specifically mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Single supplement ($1,350.00)
  • Optional Travel Insurance* – request custom quote based on your age

*Comprehensive travel insurance (medical + trip cancellation + trip interruption) is mandatory for this tour.  If you have an existing comprehensive travel plan please check your policy to ensure it covers the duration of the tour and the total tour price.  Generally, credit card-holder benefit plans do not offer sufficient coverage for trip cancellation or trip interruption.  Please check your plan carefully.  If you require travel insurance we are happy to provide you with a quote.  For Ontario residents we offer excellent plans with ManuLife or TIPS/Old Republic.

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