8 days (7 nights)
This package will allow you to have unique perspective on why Egypt is considered the cradle of civilization. You will begin your journey in Cairo where you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and what we call Medieval Cairo where the Mohamed Ali Mosque shines brightest. You will then fly to Luxor to embark on a Nile Cruise that will take you all the way to Aswan and where you will get the chance to see the most ancient and amazing sites in Egypt while also getting to enjoy the beautiful scenery the Nile has to offer..
- Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
- Day 2: Cairo Luxor (1-hour flight)
- Day 3: Luxor Esna Edfu
- Day 4: Kom Ombo Aswan
- Day 5: Aswan
- Day 6: Aswan Cairo (1-hour flight)
- Day 7: Cairo
- Day 8: Departure from Cairo
As you arrive at Cairo International Airport, one of our English-speaking representatives will guide you through all the necessary immigration and visa procedures and take you through customs. Once this is completed, you will be driven to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Cairo airport to catch your flight to Luxor. In this town, situated on the banks of the Nile, begins your cruise. After a short lunch break on board the boat, you will have the opportunity to delve into the wonders of the ancient city. The temples of Luxor and Karnak are historically renowned for their majesty; it takes just 45 minutes to walk from one temple to the other, and on your way you will observe several sphinxes and hear a number of stories about the pharaohs responsible for their construction. After this exciting day, you return to the boat for dinner and rest in your cabin.
LUXOR / ESNA / EDFU
Your next day kicks off energetically with a hearty breakfast. Crossing to the other side of the Nile, your first stop will be the Necropolis of Thebes, which is among the most important symbols of Egypt’s Ancient civilisation. Next up is a true archaeological treasure and one of the great wonders of Egypt: The Valley of the Kings, commissioned by Pharaohs of dynasties XVIII, XIX and XX and home to tombs of Tutankhamen and Ramses IV. Travellers will later proceed to the Valley of the Artisans, a tribute to those who built the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Next, you will visit the funerary temple of Ramses III, now known as Medinet Habu Temple, which is notable for it’s use of polychromy and is an exemplary piece of architecture from the New Kingdom.
After a short break for lunch, you will be surprised with an amazing panoramic view of the complex of Deir el-Bahri, which famously features the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. We will move across this complex to admire the majesty of ancient Egypt from the Temple of Amenhotep III. Here you will observe the Colossi of Memnon, two immense twin statues that remain breathtaking centuries after their creation. Both depict Amenhotep III with his eyes looking east, towards the Nile and sunrise. Around him are two smaller figures symbolizing his wife and his mother.
In the evening, you will enjoy a late dinner on the boat as you watch the sun set over Esna and Edfu.
Kom Ombo / ASWAN
How better to begin your day than with a delicious breakfast in the sunshine of Edfu? Once done, you will be taken on a horse carriage to the worship temple of Horus. Hidden under the sand for several centuries and only discovered by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the mid-nineteenth century, the temple of Horus temple is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt.
Later in the day you will return to the boat for a lunch break, soon departing for Kom Ombo. In this city you will visit the temple dedicated to Haroeris, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. The tour will proceed to visit an exhibition of excellently preserved mummified crocodiles, illuminating the mystery of this strange Ancient Egyptian custom.
At night you will return to the cruise boat for dinner and rest in order to prepare for your final day in Aswan.
Enjoy a relaxing morning with a tasty breakfast and lots of time to lounge in your cabin. We do, however, recommend you take the opportunity to visit the legendary temples of Abu Simbel and its famous archaeological site. Many years ago, this magnificent monument was almost lost in unprecedented Nile floods. However, thanks to the efforts of UNESCO, it was moved piece by piece to a nearby location and endures to this day. The main reference point of the complex is the temple of Ramses II, the main façade of which features 4 incredible statues, each 20 meters high, breathtaking in all the majesty of ancient Egypt. Savour the temple both by day and by night, in an impressive sound and light show.
Upon walking inland, you will find an extensive gallery and several rooms honouring the many gods of Egypt. You can also find the temple dedicated to Nefertari, wife of the Pharaoh. On the main facade are 6 statues, four of them depicting Ramses II and two depicting Nefertari.
After your evening meal, you will embark on a felucca ride. This is a rich local experience, giving you the opportunity to closely admire the surrounding landscape from the perspective of the legendary Nile. The felucca will pass by Elephantine Island, one of the oldest trading centres in the ivory trade, and Kitchener's Island, famous for its beautiful botanical gardens. To conclude, you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Just a brief glance at this breathtaking monument explains why Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah chose it to be his eternal resting place.
At night, you will be offered dinner and left to enjoy your last night on board.
ASWAN / CAIRO
Enjoy breakfast aboard the boat just before setting off for the small island of Philae. Ptolemy II built the temple on this island in honor of the goddess Isis. It also holds the unfinished obelisk, which was claimed as the world's largest obelisk until it, unfortunately, cracked.
The contrast between the ancient past and present will be striking as you arrive at your next destination, the celebrated Aswan Dam, a gigantic piece of engineering work that was launched by the British Empire during its occupation of the country, and concluded by the Egyptians in the middle of the last century.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to Aswan airport to leave for Cairo, where a representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel where you will check in and be offered dinner before retiring for the night.
After recharging with a tasty Egyptian breakfast, a guide will accompany you to tour the many attractions of Cairo: Africa’s largest and most dynamic city. The tour will begin with the three Pyramids of Giza, which includes the Great Pyramid of Cheops, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This 230-meter-high Pyramid is just one part of a huge funerary complex. Another essential feature is the Giant Sphinx depicting the head of King Khafre with the body of a lion. Inside the Pyramid are many treasures, chambers and sarcophagi. Beneath the Pyramid are several secret tunnels that were in ancient days used to move through the monument.
Later, we visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to a diverse collection of objects of immense cultural value, among them the treasures of Tutankhamen. The museum’s collection offers a unique opportunity for a first-hand encounter with the lost world of this historic civilisation.
Later, we will visit Medieval Cairo, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This part of the city was built in the 10th century and primarily served as a royal enclosure for the caliphs. It is accordingly filled with mosques and religious buildings of great historical significance. Inside, you will visit the Citadel of Saladin, a fortress in which stands the imposing mosque of Mohamed Ali, as well as the many museums and gardens hidden within its walls.
Once the tour is complete, the guide will accompany you to your hotel for dinner.
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before begin driven to Cairo International Airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. Savour this as an opportunity to contemplate one last view of this beautiful, richly historical city.
To ensure your trip goes smoothly, an English-speaking representative will accompany you at all times and be available assist you until you are safely aboard your plane.
The Package includes:
- Assistance in airports, hotels and motor boats by our English-speaking coordinators.
- All transfers between airports, hotels and motorboats in air-conditioned vehicles.
- 3 Nights in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis.
- 4 Nights cruise on full board basis with all the visits indicated in the itinerary included but may alter in order, depending on dates.
- A day of visits in Cairo with lunch according to itinerary.
- Luggage carriers at airports and hotels (we provide carts for suitcases and we use porters where permitted).
- Tips for boatmen and chauffeurs in Luxor and Aswan.
- Tips for guide and ship crew members.
- English guide (not exclusive) during all visits.
This package does not include:
- Entry visa to Egypt.
- Excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.
- International or domestic flights.
- Entrance to the Pyramid of Cheops, Tut-Ankh-Amon Tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
- Extras of any kind: drinks, telephones, etc.
- Any service not specified as included.
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