Private Holiday with Nile Cruise
9 Days ex Cairo
Super Deluxe/Deluxe/Historical - Thu, Sat & Sun
First Class - Tue & Sat
Tourist Class - Sat
One of Ancient Kingdoms Holidays most popular Egyptian holidays, combining a fabulous Nile cruise with time to explore Cairo's many highlights including the Pyramids and Cairo Museum. Ancient Kingdoms offers you Egypt in all its glory, from the golden treasures of the Pharaohs to the colossal temples of Upper Egypt in Luxor and Aswan.
- Wake to the inspiring view of the sun rising over the Pyramids of Giza
- See the first of these great monuments at the Step Pyramid of Sakkara
- Cruise around the enchanting islands of Aswan on a traditional felucca boat
- Marvel at the treasures in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Day 1: Cairo
You will be met by our representative prior to passing through immigration. Soak up the atmosphere of Cairo as you are transferred to your Pyramids area hotel. Option to upgrade to Pyramids view room. Supplement applies
Day 2: Cairo (B)
A day to remember! Visit the ancient capital of Memphis and the enduring monuments of Sakkara, prototypes for Ancient Egypt’s most enduring architectural legacy - the Pyramids. Explore the sand strewn temples and tombs before travelling to the incomparable Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. The largest and oldest pyramid was built by Pharaoh Khufu over 3,800 years ago.
Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (BLD)
Fly to Luxor and embark on your cruise along the life-giving Nile. After lunch begin exploring one of the world’s greatest open air museums - Thebes. Visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Temple complex of Karnak. This gigantic site was added to by approximately 30 different Pharaohs, which goes some way to explaining its size and grandeur.
Day 4: Luxor - Esna – Edfu (BLD)
Cross the Nile to the West Bank. Today is full of highlights including the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the Theban Ruler’s including Tutankhamun. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see the famed Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. This afternoon sail to Esna and cross the lock.
Day 5: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan (BLD)
Today visit Edfu where remains from the Old Kingdom can be viewed, as well as the Temple of Horus – one of the holiest of the Egyptian pantheon of gods. Sail to Kom Ombo and visit Kom Ombo Temple, which was shared by the two Gods, Sobek (with the head of a crocodile) and Horus (who has the head of a falcon), was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE. See the beautiful preserved murals and bas relief whose inscriptions provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. Later sail to Aswan.
Day 6: Aswan (BLD)
Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser and the beautifully restored Temple of Philae. Dedicated to the goddess Isis (the mother of Horus) an international effort relocated the entire temple complex to save it from being submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser. Later sail by felucca around the lush islands of Aswan.
Day 7: Aswan – Cairo (B)
Disembark from your cruise, fly back to the capital for a transfer to your city hotel. Conveniently located in the centre of Cairo, you can spend the remainder of the day at leisure while you soak up the local culture and atmosphere. Optional ½ day or overnight visit to Abu Simbel (Supplement applies)
Day 8: Cairo (B)
Discover the incredible glittering treasures on your private Egyptologist-guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Later visit the towering Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar and the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo.
Day 9: Cairo (B)
Departure transfer to the airport.
- Private airport transfers.
- Accommodation: 2 nights Cairo Pyramids area & 2 nights in Cairo downtown area
- 4 nights Nile Cruise
- Private transfers in A/C transportation
- Daily breakfasts
- All meals included on cruise
- Flights Cairo/Aswan X Luxor/Cairo
- Private Egyptologist guide and sightseeing in Cairo
- Small group sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
- Aboard the Nile cruise join other guests for sightseeing
- Entrance fees
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Order of sightseeing may vary and cruise schedules may operate in reverse.
Accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids Area
Tourist Class - Steigenberger Pyramids
First Class - Meridien Pyramids (City View renovated room - Pyramid View Upgrade Available)
Deluxe Class - Le Meridien Pyramids (Pyramid view)
Super Deluxe Class - Mena House (Garden Executive Suite)
Historic Class - Mena House (Pyramids view room)
Tourist Class - Tu Ya (Ex Luxor - First Class Cruise)
First Class - Tu Ya (Ex Luxor - First Class Cruise)
Deluxe Class - Nile Goddess (or similar)
Super Deluxe Class - Sonesta Star Goddess Mozart Suite ex Luxor
Historic Class - Nile Goddess Ex Luxor
Tourist Class - Pyramisa Cairo City
First Class - Steigenberger Tahir
Deluxe Class - Marriott
Super Deluxe Class - Sofitel Gezirah Luxury Room
Historic Class - Marriott
Cruising the Nile
Please use cruise itineraries as a guideline only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the of the cruise company. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available
There are many river boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing, it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from port to port however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.
Sightseeing on Nile Cruise boats is operated by the cruise company. You will be allocated an English speaking guide and small group of other English speaking tourists for sightseeing upon embarkation. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on the local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible.
Sightseeing (non cruise)
All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat
Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 5 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.
Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt.
Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
Hotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/ St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres., with more basic/ less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.