Photos: The treasures of Egypt

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  1. Desert wonders

    Tourists ride rented horses and camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt. The pyramids are the only surviving structures from the original list of seven architectural marvels, and were named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2008. (Muhammed Muheisen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The Great Sphinx

    The Great Sphinx of Giza, a large half-human, half-lion Sphinx statue on the west bank of the Nile River, near modern-day Cairo, is seen with the Chephren (Khafra) Pyramid in the background. The Great Sphinx is one of the largest single-stone statues on Earth, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium B.C., somewhere between 2520 B.C. and 2494 B.C. (Cris Bouroncle / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Mysterious mosques

    The Sultan Hassan (R) and the Ar-Rifa'i (L) Mosques are seen in Islamic Cairo, Egypt. The Sultan Hassan Mosque was built between 1356 and 1363 A.D., during the time of Mamluk rule, with stones that historians believe were taken from one of the Great Pyramids of Giza. (Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Lovely landmark

    The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha is situated in the Citadel of Cairo and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. This Ottoman mosque is the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century. The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's oldest son, who died in 1816. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Protecting history

    The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Secluded oasis

    A golfer enjoys a game at the Oberoi House hotel and golfcourse near the Giza pyramid. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A shopper's heaven

    The Khan El-Khahili souk, the largest shopping area in Cairo. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Rising from ruin

    The Maidum pyramid stands on the desert's edge in Bein Sueif, 70 kilometers south of Cairo, and is the first Egyptian pyramid with an aboveground burial chamber. The raised tomb may represent an effort to raise the chamber closer to the sun god. The huge structure is surrounded by the debris from its collapsed casing. (Cris Bouroncle / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Gorgeous fortress

    Fort Quatbay is a 15th century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean Sea coast in Alexandria, Egypt. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Stories of stories

    The famous Bibliotheque (library) in Alexandria, Egypt is a top attraction. (Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Nile cruise

    The steam ship "Sudan" cruises along the Nile towards Aswan, Egypt. (Bertrand Rieger / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Rooms with a view

    The Old Cataract Hotel is perched atop a hill overlooking the River Nile in Aswan, Egypt. (Bertrand Rieger / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A solid foundation

    The Temple of Horus in Edfu is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. It is dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. (Rieger Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Architectural marvel

    Tourists explore stone columns decorated with hieroglyphs at the Karnak temple site in Luxor. Few places in Egypt make a more overwhelming and lasting impression, than the apparent chaos of walls, obelisks, columns, statues, stelae and decorated blocks of the Ancient Egyptian Karnak temple complex. (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Writing on the walls

    A Pharaonic mural decorates the walls at the Karnak temple site in Luxor, Egypt. For the last 40 years, the Ancient Egyptian Karnak temple complex has been investigated and restored by a Franco-Egyptian archaeological team with admirable achievements. (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Standing gaurd

    Tourists visit the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The twin figures stand in the Theban necropolis, across the Nile from the modern city of Luxor. (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Noble Lady's tomb

    The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt, is built of limestone, rather than sandstone. The "Foremost of Noble Ladies" was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt, and reigned longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. (Bertrand Rieger / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Monumental site

    Construction on the Temple of Abu Simbel lasted for about 20 years, from 1244 B.C., until 1224 B.C. The monument is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments", which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan). (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Ancient monastery

    According to UNESCO, World Heritage Site, Saint Catherines Monastery on the Sinai Penninsula, is the oldest working Christian monastery in the world. (Anita Dunham-Potter / Tripso) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Stark contrast

    A tourist stands on one of the massive chalk rock formations created as a result of sandstorms, in the White Desert in Farafra, Egypt. (Bertrand Rieger / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A bumpy ride

    Camels look out to the Red Sea at Canyon Beach in Dahab. Camel diving safaris are a popular attraction in South Sinai. (Bertrand Gardel / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Seeing Red

    The Red Sea is the habitat of over 1,000 invertebrate species and 200 corals, and is the world's northernmost tropical sea. The Red Sea is a popular diving, snorkeling and swimming destination. (Chicurel Arnaud / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Time out

    Tourists take a rest on a terrasse in King of Barhein Kingdom street, the main street of Sharm el Sheikh. (Eric Feferberg / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Taking a peak

    A man gets a panoramic view of the volcanic and windblown peaks of the Black desert. (Rieger Bertrand / Hemis.fr) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 9/10/2009 12:19:14 PM ET 2009-09-10T16:19:14

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Cairo on Egypt Air; local flights from Cairo to Aswan and from Hurghada to Cairo on Egypt Air; 13 nights' accommodations (five at the Oasis Hotel in Cairo, four aboard the King of Thebes cruising from Aswan to Luxor in an outside junior suite cabin, and four at the Al Nabila Grand Bay Makadi hotel in Hurghada); most meals; guided sightseeing tours and admission fees in Cairo, including a sound-and-light show (a value of $40 per person); guided shore excursions and entrance fees during the Nile cruise, including a visit to the Temple of Horus by horse-drawn carriage; transfers and ground transportation; the services of professional English-speaking guides; and hotel taxes and fuel surcharges; from $1,999 per person—plus about $195 in airport taxes and fees.

When: Sept. 3, Dec. 3, 2009; add $100 for April 29, 2010; $200 for Jan. 7; $300 for Sept. 10, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 2009, Jan. 14, 2010.

Gateways: New York City.

The fine print: Does not include about $195 in airport taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $499. When booking, refer to tour number 274. U.S. citizens will need a visa for travel to Egypt, available on arrival for a fee of $15. You can also arrange your visa through Foreign Independent Travel for $25 per person. For more visa information, check the U.S. State Department's travel fact sheet for Egypt. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, foreign-independent-tours.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a multi-city itinerary (New York City to Cairo, Cairo to Aswan, Hurghada to Cairo, and Cairo back to New York City) for $1,115 for travel in early December (multiple carriers). For an additional $1,079, this package takes care of accommodations, most meals, and guided sightseeing tours and admission fees throughout the trip, services of English-speaking tour guides, all local transportation, and all taxes and fees. The trip price breaks down to about $169 per person per night.

More: Optional excursions include a day trip to Alexandria ($125 per person), a visit to Abu Simbel ($220 per person), and a sound-and-light show in Luxor ($40 per person). You can add additional nights in Cairo from $51 per person.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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