Mystical Egypt 2022

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March 16th – 26th, 2022

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This immersive historical, cultural and photographic tour with McKay Photography Academy takes you on a journey into Ancient Egypt where you will experience a unique modern age mixed with the ancient old in a culture unlike anywhere else in the world.  

Join David & Ally McKay and the McKay Photography Academy Team along with our expert guides for a very exciting, very special, adventure that will be more than you can ever imagine!

Guests with all levels of photographic experience, beginner through advanced are welcome!  Even if you are brand new to photography, there is NO NEED to feel intimidated on joining us! 

Some Highlights Include:
A luxury Accommodation and Guided Experience! 

  • Small Group 
  • Professional English Speaking Guides
  • Tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sakkara area pyramids
  • Tour of NEW Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Tour of the Cairo Citadel
  • Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor
  • Dahabiya  4 night Nile Cruise, Merit One Luxury Private ship for MPA
  • Embark from Luxor
  • Tour of Valley of The Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Memnon Statues
  • Tour of Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Tour of Philae Temple and High Dam of Aswan
  • Disembark in Aswan
  • Softel Legend Old Cataract Hotel – One of the top hotels in the world! 
  • Optional temple tours, museum tours, or relaxing by the pool
  • Flight from Aswan to Cairo Included


  • Dates: March 16th – 26th, 2022
  • Price: $8995
    • $8495 -Non Photo Friend or Spouse Rate (ONLY 2 Available!-Must accompany a photographer)
    • Single Supplement add $2100 

Included During Tour Dates:

  • Tour Price Includes A TON!
  • INCLUDES In Country Airfare and all in-country transportation
  • Luxury Ship 4-night cruise on the Nile –  Exclusive for McKay
  • Top Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy – See in Itinerary 
  • Many Meals 
  • All Park Fees
  • Complete Preparation Materials Including Helpful Tips, Packing List, Trip Expectations, Tipping Guidelines,
  • Professional English Speaking tour guides

**Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

NOT Included:

  • Transportation to and from Cairo, Egypt
  • Commercial flight accessible!
  • Trip Insurance (Required)
  • Personal Expenses such as soft drinks, alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Staff, Guide, Driver, Crew Gratuities

Accommodations and About Our Vessel

All accommodations on this tour have been carefully hand picked and chosen based on a number of factors including a combination of luxury and service, proximity to historical sights, safety, and historical value such as the world famous Legend Old Cataract Aswan a 5 star luxury hotel in a 19th century Victorian palace on the banks of the Nile river.

Our Vessel – The Merit

We will have our own PRIVATE ship exclusive to ourselves. We will be aboard the Merit, a beautiful small and private 4 night excursion along the Nile! 

Please see photographs of our accommodations in the itinerary!


*Itinerary in Detail 

Wed March 16th – Arrival: Arrival at Cairo International Airport, where the Airport Authority & a representative will assist you with customs clearance, luggage and airport procedures through the VIP meet and assist services.

David McKay from MPA and Charlie Slater our US based tour operator will be at the airport to meet you! 
Single Entry visa to Egypt can be arranged for the clients to have on the spot at extra
current cost of US$ 28.00 each but passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date.
Accommodations: 3 nights – 5 Star-  Marriot Mena House

Experience the wondrous beauty of the Pyramids from Marriott Mena House, Cairo. A frequent stop for dignitaries and celebrities, this historic, 5-star hotel offers travelers a taste of modern luxury. Set at the base of the Pyramids, hotel guests can walk to one of Egypt’s most popular attractions. The Giza resort is also near the Sphinx, Cairo University and the Egyptian Museum.

Inside, relax in upscale hotel rooms with indulgent bedding, marble bathrooms and private balconies with fantastic views of the pool, gardens or the Pyramids. 

Thu Mar 17th –  Tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sakkara area pyramids
At vast Sakkara, you will see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. Our Egyptologist will guide us through some tombs belonging to the nobles of the past. They show the beauty and excellence of Ancient Egyptian art on their walls and give an insight in the daily life of Ancient Egypt.

Pyramids of Giza: Our  Egyptologist will escort us to an unforgettable tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza; the only present- day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They are among 3 the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors.

Fri  Mar 18thThe Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also known as the Giza Museum, will be a museum of artifacts of ancient Egypt. Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, the museum is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2020, exhibiting the full Tutankhamun collection with many pieces to be displayed for the first time. The museum is sited on 50 hectares (120 acres) of land approximately two kilometers from the Giza pyramids and is part of a new master plan for the plateau.
Tour of the Cairo CitadelThe Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, Egypt. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums.

Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids
Enjoy an unforgettable evening as the Pyramids and Spinx of the ancient world, meet sound and lights of the modern! 

Sat Mar 19th- Flight to Luxor 
This morning we leave Cairo and embark on the next leg of our epic journey. We will take an early morning flight to Luxor. At the airport, we will be greeted by our guide. 

Tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor
Upon the arrival to Luxor, we will be guided to the Temple of Karnak built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Dahabiya Nile Cruise, Merit One – Embark from Luxor
We spend the next four nights on a journey down the Nile!  Thsi is not just any journey. We will have our own PRIVATE ship exclusive to ourselves.

We will have ample time in between our shore excursion to sit and edit images, and just enjoy and take in the beautiful Nile! 

Mar 20th- 22nd

  • Tour of Valley of The Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Memnon Statues
  • Tour of Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Tour of Philae Temple and High Dam of Aswan

The next 3 days will be filled with stops along our Nile Journey with planned stops at the highlights listed above!  These are some of the moist iconic locations to visit! At the end of each day, our ship awaits and we retreat back for beautiful meals and time relaxing. 

Mar 23rd – 24th  Aswan
As we say goodbye to our ship, we look forward to a bit of time to relax and enjoy our next hotel. The historic Legend Old Cataract Aswan is a 5-star luxury hotel in a 19th-century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile. Here we will enjoy two nights where you can choose to rest and relax, work on images, photograph the Nile from vantage points right at the hotel, or visit more sites if you so choose. 

We will plan on time to edit and enjoy! 

Mar 25th – Aswan to Cairo
As we fly back to Cairo, you will have time to get any last-minute shopping for souvenirs done during our last night.

Mar 26th  – Depart Cairo 
All good things must come to an end….or DO THEY? For some, you may want to join us on the extension tour to Jordan to visit sites such as Petra!  More details to come! 


  • David McKay
  • Ally McKay
  • Jefferey “Kaz” Mayeda

*Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

Tour Pack

The information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the website. However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour as well as other information specific to this tour.

Egypt Tour 1 Pack


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