Current Tours

16th September - 26th September 2022
Fully Booked
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Nefertiti and Nefertari

with Dr Bill Manley

From the wind swept plains of Amarna to Egypt's most glorious tomb, this tour looks at the women behind, and sometimes, on the throne of Egypt. We begin in Cairo, travel through Middle Egypt, and on to Abydos. Finally time in Luxor where we enter the Tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens.

23rd October - 2nd November 2022

Faiyum to Amarna

Escorted thoughout by Dr Chris Naunton

Exploring the Memphite region, Faiyum, and Middle Egypt. We look at pyramid evolution, from the very first at Saqqara, the experiments of Sneferu at Meidum and Dahshur, and the very largest at Giza, then their giant Middle Kingdom counterparts in the Faiyum at Lahun and Hawara. The Faiyum was of particular significance in the Middle Kingdom. To the south, Middle Egypt lay in-between the great centres of power for most of Egyptian history but for a brief period in the late 18th Dynasty it was the site of the capital, Akhetaten, the city built by Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

15th November - 28th November 2022

The Missing Tombs

with Dr Chris Naunton

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. This popular tour offers the chance to visit many of the sites featured in Chris Naunton’s book: ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt’. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

28th November - 5th December 2022
Fully Booked

The Temples on The Lake

with Dr Bill Manley

The iconic temples of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel are far from being the only ancient monuments along the shores of Lake Nasser – a distant stretch of the Egyptian Nile which repays the closest exploration. Many of the evocative sites on this itinerary, if visited at all, are normally only a brief cruise stop; but travelling by road in a smaller group allows us a genuinely intimate experience. We are accompanied throughout by Egyptologist and best-selling author Bill Manley, who will provide his specialist insight into the pharaonic tombs and temples with relaxed talks on various evenings as well as being on site with us for a chat at any time.

6th December - 19th December 2022

The Great Monuments Tour

with Dr Campbell Price

The perfect tour for anyone wanting to visit the most spectacular sites in Egypt. From The Great Pyramid to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Abu Simbel. In Luxor we explore the Valley of the Kings, Deir el Medina, Hatshepsut's Temple, the Ramesseum and much more. Escorted throughout by Dr Campbell Price Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum.

24th January - 6th February 2023
Missing Tombs Oct 2019 Chris Naunton Ancient World Tours
Fully Booked

The Missing Tombs

with Dr Chris Naunton

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. This popular tour offers the chance to visit many of the sites featured in Chris Naunton’s book: ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt’. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

27th February - 6th March 2023
No single supplement!

Abydos Explorer

This popular tour is based on an extended visit to one of the oldest and most sacred cities of Ancient Egypt. During our stay we will explore an area occupied from the Predynastic Period through to the Saite Dynasty. We have arranged a stunning floodlit special private evening opening of the Temple of Seti I especially for our group. Join us on this in depth tour of one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt where we meet the local inspectors and hear about their ongoing work. With a special permit to enter the tomb of Senusret III this exciting tour is escorted throughout by our expert guide Medhat Saad.

6th March - 14th March 2023

Egyptian Gems

With Dr Campbell Price

Join Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, as we visit some of the most interesting museums and archaeological sites to be found in Lower Egypt. Based in Cairo we take time to explore the new and old museums in the city before spending a day at the vast site of Saqqara. On our visit to the Giza Plateau we have obtained a special permit to enter the Sphinx Enclosure so that we can stand at the paws of the Sphinx and view the Dream Stela up close. We journey to Ismailia in the Canal Zone and to Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast to look at local collections and rarely visited archaeological sites.

13th March - 20th March 2023
No single supplement!

Theban Tombs and the Afterlife

with Dr Chris Naunton

This one week tour based at The Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, escorted throughout by Chris Naunton, will be a study of tombs, their decoration and function, and the way this evolved over time. The special permits we have secured will provide entry to some of the finest tombs to have survived, and each will help to tell a part of the story of the Egyptians’ conception of what happens at death, and in the subsequent journey to the next life.

27th March - 8th April 2023

My Egypt: The Nile

With Professor Toby Wilkinson

Our privately chartered 5-star deluxe vessel, the SS Misr was built in 1918 and was once owned by King Farouk. She boasts exquisite public rooms and the friendliest, most efficient staff on the river. Our Luxury cruiser has just 24 cabins, including 8 suites, offering the very highest standard of comfort, service, cuisine and hygiene. This twelve night cruise is full board throughout and this wonderful itinerary sailing the length of the Nile is an experience not to be missed.

14th November - 27th November 2023

The Missing Tombs

with Dr Chris Naunton

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. This popular tour offers the chance to visit many of the sites featured in Chris Naunton’s book: ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt’. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

Previous Tours

2nd May - 16th May 2022

The Long Nile Cruise South 'The Golden Age'

with Dr Kent Weeks

Our privately chartered 5-star deluxe vessel, the SS Misr was built in 1918 and was once owned by King Farouk. She boasts exquisite public rooms and the friendliest, most efficient staff on the river. Our Luxury cruiser has just 24 cabins, including 8 suites, offering the very highest standard of comfort, service, cuisine and hygiene. This fourteen night cruise is full board throughout and this wonderful itinerary sailing the length of the Nile will be remembered for years to come. PLEASE NOTE: SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS NOW FULL

20th April - 2nd May 2022
Fully Booked

The Long Nile Cruise North 'The Golden Age'

with Dr Chris Naunton

Our privately chartered 5-star deluxe vessel, the SS Misr was built in 1918 and was once owned by King Farouk. She boasts exquisite public rooms and the friendliest, most efficient staff on the river. Our Luxury cruiser has just 24 cabins, including 8 suites, offering the very highest standard of comfort, service, cuisine and hygiene. This twelve night cruise is full board throughout and this wonderful itinerary sailing the length of the Nile will be remembered for years to come. PLEASE NOTE: SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS NOW FULL

30th March - 11th April 2022

Egypt Rediscovered

with Dr Chris Naunton

Egypt Rediscovered came from the idea that regardless of how many times we have been to Egypt things are changing rapidly. Over the course of the last few years many new discoveries have been made and some great new museums have opened. Many sites have also undergone restoration and conservation and have even more to offer returning visitors. Chris Naunton accompanies this new tour throughout and will give illustrated talks along the way.

4th March - 14th March 2022

My Egypt with Kent Weeks

Kent Weeks is one of the most celebrated Egyptologists in the world for his work on the Theban Mapping Project and his work on the re-discovery and conservation of the largest tomb ever found in the Kings’ Valley, KV5. When in Egypt Kent divides his time between Cairo and Luxor. There are places in Egypt closely associated with Professor Kent Weeks. Particularly the Valley of the Kings where so much of his work has taken place.

16th February - 28th February 2022

Egypt Rediscovered

with Dr Chris Naunton

Egypt Rediscovered came from the idea that regardless of how many times we have been to Egypt things are changing rapidly. Over the course of the last few years many new discoveries have been made and some great new museums have opened. Many sites have also undergone restoration and conservation and have even more to offer returning visitors. Chris Naunton accompanies this new tour throughout and will give illustrated talks along the way.

31st January - 7th February 2022
No single supplement!

Theban Tombs and the Afterlife

with Dr Chris Naunton

This one week tour based at The Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, escorted throughout by Chris Naunton, will be a study of tombs, their decoration and function, and the way this evolved over time. The special permits we have secured will provide entry to some of the finest tombs to have survived, and each will help to tell a part of the story of the Egyptians’ conception of what happens at death, and in the subsequent journey to the next life.

24th January - 31st January 2022
No single supplement!

Theban Tombs and the Afterlife

with Dr Chris Naunton

The second departure of this one week tour based at The Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, escorted throughout by Chris Naunton, will be a study of tombs, their decoration and function, and the way this evolved over time. The special permits we have secured will provide entry to some of the finest tombs to have survived, and each will help to tell a part of the story of the Egyptians’ conception of what happens at death, and in the subsequent journey to the next life.

6th January - 13th January 2020
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Sethy I and Rameses III

with Professor Aidan Dodson

A rare chance to venture in to the edge of the Eastern Desert with special private entry to the Temple of Sethy I at Kanais. We also take a day to explore the fine temples at Abydos. We include entry to the Tomb of Sethy I in the Kings' Valley and the Tomb of Nefertari in the Queens' Valley. Escorted throughout by Professor Aidan Dodson.

18th November - 25th November 2019
Luxor Explorer 2019 Egypt Ancient World Tours

Luxor Explorer

Escorted throughout by top guide Medhat Saad

A week in Luxor with a rare chance to enter ‘The Lost Tomb’ KV5, closed to the general public. We have arranged a special permit to enter this vast tomb built for the sons of Ramesses II. We also include tickets for the tomb of Nefertari in the Queens' Valley and Seti I in the Kings' Valley. This one week tour based at The Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, takes an in depth look at Ancient Thebes.

9th November - 16th November 2019
Pyramid Explorer, Colin Reader, Ancient World Tours

Pyramid Explorer

with Colin Reader

Join us on this spectacular Pyramid tour with an exciting new itinerary. For the first time we have obtained permission from the Ministry of Antiquities to enter the Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III. Once again we have entry to the Bent Pyramid and private entry to the Great Pyramid of Khufu with access to all three chambers. Also new this year a special permit to visit the Sun Temples at Abu Ghurob and Abu Sir. An exciting in depth study of the Pyramids of Egypt.

7th November - 16th November 2019
Sudan 2019 Meroe, Ancient World Tours

Sudan - The Land of Kush

with Egyptologist Chris Naunton

Egyptologist Chris Naunton accompanies this trip leading to all the major archaeological sites in the Northern part of Sudan. This arid and wild region of extraordinary archaeological interest with its beautiful landscapes is now accessible to all. Chris is an expert in the kings who ruled Egypt during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty but who were themselves from the land of Kush in modern Sudan. We will explore that legacy during this tour.

8th October - 21st October 2019
Missing Tombs Oct 2019 Chris Naunton Ancient World Tours

The Missing Tombs Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt

with Dr Chris Naunton

Join us on the fourth departure of this exciting tour designed to look at some of the fascinating sits discussed in Chris Naunton's latest book: 'Searching for the Lost tombs of Egypt'. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

11th March - 18th March 2019

Asasif Special

with Dr Chris Naunton

The incredible 25th & 26th Dynasty tombs of the Asasif, a stone’s throw from the famous temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri, are among the largest, most complex and finely decorated to be found anywhere in Egypt. And yet they are little known and rarely visited as they are closed to the public. We have obtained Private AWT permits to visit the biggest and best of these monuments. We also have a permit to enter one of the deepest tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Amenhotep II, KV35.

26th February - 11th March 2019
Missing Tombs 2019-Chris Naunton-Ancient World Tours

The Missing Tombs Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt

with Dr Chris Naunton

Join us on the third departure of this exciting tour designed to look at some of the fascinating sits discussed in Chris Naunton's latest book: 'Searching for the Lost tombs of Egypt'. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

6th January - 19th January 2019
The Grand Tour 2019-Ashmunein-Dodson Ancient World Tours

The Grand Tour A comprehensive tour of the Nile Valley

with Dr Aidan Dodson

A perfect tour for anyone who wants a comprehensive tour of the Nile valley, from Aswan to Cairo, stopping off at all the key sites in between, giving an unrivalled overview of the country and its monuments. Although focusing on the ancient remains, we also include some of the most iconic of Cairo’s mediaeval structures, all in the company of Aidan Dodson, Hon Professor of Egyptology, University of Bristol, author of many key textbooks, and who has led tours in Egypt for nearly thirty years.

13th November - 22nd November 2018

The Land of Kush

with Dr Chris Naunton

Egyptologist Chris Naunton accompanies this trip leading to all the major archaeological sites in the Northern part of Sudan. This arid and wild region of extraordinary archaeological interest with its beautiful landscapes is now accessible to all. Chris is an expert in the kings who ruled Egypt during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty but who were themselves from the land of Kush in modern Sudan. We will explore that legacy during this tour.

29th October - 5th November 2018

Abydos Explorer

This unique new tour is based on an extended visit to one of the oldest and most sacred cities of Ancient Egypt. We have arranged a stunning special private evening opening of the Temple of Seti I at Abydos, especially for our group. Join us on this in depth tour of one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt where we meet the local inspectors and hear about their ongoing work. With special permits to visit the sites of Beit Khallaf and Wanina this fabulous tour is escorted throughout by expert guide Medhat Saad.

3rd October - 15th October 2018
Artisans & Architects 2018- Campbell Price -Ancient World Tours

Artisans and Architects The officials behind the monuments

with Campbell Price

This tour offers glimpses beyond the Pharaohs to find the traces of the officials and artisans responsible for creating the well-known monuments. We have special permits to explore the rarely visited site of Herakleopolis Magna and enter Senenmut's Tomb at Deir el Bahri, as well as private entry to the First Pylon at Karnak Temple allowing access to an area with wonderful views across the temple.

6th March - 19th March 2018
Missing Tombs 2018-Chris Naunton-Ancient World Tours

Missing Tombs

with Dr Chris Naunton

This tour offers the chance to visit many of the sites that will be featured in Chris Naunton's book scheduled for publication late 2017. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

24th February - 3rd March 2018
Pyramid Explorer, Colin Reader, Ancient World Tours

Pyramid Explorer

with Colin Reader

Colin Reader’s background in geology and engineering makes him the ideal expert for this tour. We have special permits from the Ministry of Antiquities on this tour allowing a rare and exclusive chance to enter the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur and a unique private AWT visit to the Great Pyramid of Khufu allowing entry to all three chambers.

8th December - 18th December 2017
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Egypt for Art Lovers

with Dr Bill Manley

To coincide with publication of his major new book about art in Ancient Egypt, best-selling author Dr Bill Manley will lead a tour to some of Egypt’s best loved monuments and museums, including some interesting diversions, providing set-piece talks and informal chats as we go. Whether you are visiting Egypt for the first time or rediscovering familiar sights with fresh eyes, this is a unique opportunity to learn about the ancient world.

29th October - 11th November 2017
Missing Tombs 2018-Chris Naunton-Ancient World Tours

Missing Tombs

with Dr Chris Naunton

This tour offers the chance to visit many of the sites that will be featured in Chris Naunton's book scheduled for publication late 2017. We visit many familiar sites that are still to reveal their secrets and take time to explore some of the lesser known and more remote areas still being excavated.

2nd October - 9th October 2017

Theban Traveller

An extensive tour of the Theban Necropolis with many great highlights including tickets for the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari. We also include special AWT private openings to the Tomb of Hatshepsut KV20, and KV35 often referred to as the tomb of The Younger Lady. This is the tour of the year if you want to return to explore Luxor and view the most recent restorations and newly opened sites. Escorted throughout by top AWT guide Medhat Saad.

13th May - 21st May 2017

Jordan The Kings Highway

with Dylan Bickerstaffe

Jordan is a magical country that never ceases to surprise and we have a journey that takes us through spectacular scenery looking at fabulous classical cities and majestic castles. We also have an in depth exploration of the Rose Red City of Petra and time to explore the amazing sites in Wadi Rum.

11th May - 21st May 2017

The Long Cruise Cairo to Luxor aboard the S/S Misr

Announcing a new ten night cruise sailing from Cairo to Luxor. Opportunities to sail on the Royal Steamer SS Misr are rare indeed and we have now been fortunate enough to obtain a limited number of cabins on a Long Cruise departing from Cairo on 11th May. This atmospheric boat, built in 1918 and once owned by King Farouk, has silver service dining, international gourmet cuisine and the friendliest most efficient crew on the River Nile.

1st April - 8th April 2017

The Great Pyramids

with Colin Reader

Due to the great success of our last Pyramids tour we now offer a brand new itinerary looking at these incredible Pharaonic buildings. Colin’s background in geology and engineering makes him the ideal expert. We have special permits from the Ministry of Antiquities, including a rare and exclusive private entry to the Pyramid of Khufu and the Workers’ Village at Giza. We also have an invitation to visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum as yet unopened to the general public.

24th March - 1st April 2017

Imperial Morocco

Morocco is fast becoming a favourite with AWT passengers and this city tour allows the chance to learn more about this fascinating, colourful and exotic land. Escorted throughout by AWT tour manager Janet Shepherd you will visit bustling Royal Cities, ancient Roman sites, travel through wonderful scenery and be amazed by this vibrant North West African country.

27th February - 6th March 2017

Luxor to Aswan

The Southern City of Aswan is considered the most charming and peaceful city in Egypt. This tour takes a road journey from Luxor to Aswan allowing time to visit the fascinating quarry at Gebel Silsila. We also include a rare chance to investigate the islands around Philae with permission to land on Bigeh Island. On return to Luxor the huge attraction will be the special AWT private permit to enter the tomb of the sons of Ramesses II, KV5, The ‘Lost Tomb’

20th February - 27th February 2017

Luxor Explorer

Based at the wonderful Old Winter Palace this is ‘The Tour’ if you have always wanted to visit to Hierakonpolis, the City of the Hawk, where we spend a morning on site with Renee Friedman, Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition. Plus we have a special trip planned at Elkab where we meet up with Vivian Davies, Director of the Epigraphic Expedition currently working on site. We also spend a day visiting Abydos.

9th January - 20th January 2017
Dodson

Amarna Sunrise to Sunset

with Aiden Dodson

Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun and their immediate predecessors and successors remain the best known of all ancient Egypt rulers, but the popularly-known ‘facts’ about them are often guesses at best, or even old guesses based on evidence which has been wrongly interpreted. Dr Dodson, the author of two books on their time, will explore the fact and fiction surrounding the late 18th Dynasty though visits to key locations for them, their dynasty and the cults they challenged, and informal talks.

8th April - 18th April 2016

Nefertari & Nefertiti

with Bill Manley

From the wind swept plains of Amarna to Egypt’s most glorious tomb, this tour looks at the women behind (and sometimes on) the throne of Egypt. We include a spectacular highlight – a special AWT private entry to the fabulous tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens in Luxor. We also spend time travelling through Middle Egypt learning about the life of Nefertiti in her home at Akhetaten.

4th March - 18th March 2016

The Magic of Persia

Grand Tour of Iran

The Persian Kingdom was one of the greatest powers of the ancient world and our popular classic tour of Iran offers the chance to see some of the stunning sites in this wonderful country. Overwhelming hospitality, ancient sites, wonderful Islamic architecture, spectacular scenery, and the treasures of Tehran, all feature on this trail of delight through the wonders of Persian and Islamic Iran.

1st February - 8th February 2016

Luxor Conference

A rare and privileged chance to visit the sites of the Hierakonpolis Expedition with Renee Friedman, the Belgian Mission in the Theban Necropolis with Laurent Bavay, The University of Basel Kings’ Valley Project with Susanne Bickel and the amazing Temple of Amenhotep III at Kom el Hetan with Hourig Sourouzian. We also include a special AWT permit to enter the incredible tomb of Sennemut at Deir el Bahri as well as visits to other newly opened temples and tombs.