The Nile Encompassed
The Nile Encompassed
The Nile Encompassed
The Nile Encompassed
The Nile Encompassed

The Nile Encompassed

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Please note: The Single Room price displayed above is for a single room in conjunction with other travellers. A Solo Traveller price is available on request.

Prices 01 May 2024 - 20 September 2024: Please contact us for details

Private Holiday including 4 night Nile Cruise and 3 night Lake Nasser Cruises
12 Days ex Cairo

Preferred Departures:

Above all else Egypt is a land dominated her river. The life-giving Nile is comprehensively explored in style on this package as is Lake Nasser. With all meals on your cruise ships and all sightseeing excursions included (bar optional extras) this package is perfect for those who understand that the journey is as important as the destination.


  • A warm welcome with a personal meet and assist inside immigration, together with your Egyptian visa on arrival, followed by express immigration assistance
  • 24/7 service and full local backup from our seven regional offices throughout Egypt
  • Have the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt brought to life by your Egyptologist guide
  • Watch the sun setting over the stunning Temples of Abu Simbel from your cruise ship
  • Discover the hidden reaches of Egypt’s waterways in old-world style as you sail both the Nile and Lake Nasser

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be welcomed by our local representative prior to immigration to assist you with your included Egyptian Visa. You will then be transferred by private vehicle to your Pyramids area hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Optional Excursion (supplement applies): Top off your first day in Egypt with the optional Sound and Light Show at the pyramids.

Day 2: Cairo (B)

Experience the antiquity of Egypt with an unforgettable full day tour. Visit Memphis which served as the capital of Upper and Lower Egypt some 5000 years ago during the First Dynasty. Continue to Sakkara one of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in all of Egypt. Dominated by the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser this was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt - preceding those at Giza by many centuries.

Continue to the most iconic of Egyptian sites – the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Here you will see the great pyramid built by Cheops containing more than 2.3 million cubic metres of stone. Your Egyptologist guide will help you navigate the Giza Plateau complex and enrich your discovery.

Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (BLD)

This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival in Luxor you will be met and transferrred to board your cruise ship. Commence your cruise on the life-giving waters of the Nile. Visits to the Luxor and Karnak Temples are highlights of this day. These two incredible “open air museums” are linked by the 2.7km long Avenue of Sphinxes originally lined with over 1000 sphinx statues.

Day 4: Luxor – Edfu (BLD)

Today cross to the West Bank of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Part of the ancient city of Thebes this area was the burial site of almost all the pharaohs of the 18th 19th and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BCE). Later continue to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and haunting Colossi of Memnon which is known to make an eerie wailing sound.

Innovative Bonus: Entry into Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included

Day 5: Edfu – Aswan (BLD)

Another unforgettable day beckons as you take a horse drawn carriage ride to and from the Edfu Temple. This temple the best preserved in all of Egypt was completed during the reign of Cleopatra and has provided much knowledge of ancient Egypt. Afternoon visit to the Kom Ombo Temple known for its murals bas relief fine Nile views and fascinating mummified crocodiles! Later sail to Aswan.

Day 6: Aswan (BLD)

After breakfast on your boat visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser the re-sited Temple of Philae dedicated to the Goddess Isis and the granite quarries. Delight in the serenity of an afternoon sail on a tradition Felucca around Kitchener Island. Also known as Nabatat or Botanical Island this charming island paradise was irrigated and planted with a vast collection of tropical trees many from as far away as India.

Day 7: Aswan – Abu Simbel (BLD)

Disembark this morning after breakfast and transfer to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel to join your Lake Nasser Cruise boat. After unpacking, get your first view of these magnificent temples from the water. Step ashore and visit these incomparable temples dedicated to Ramesses II and his wife Nefertari. These structures were lost to antiquity until the early 19th century, only to then face the threat of being submerged by the creation of the Aswan High Dam. An international effort had them chiselled into pieces and relocated to their current site, preserving them for the ages to come. A welcome cocktail will be served.

Optional Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel Temples (supplement applies) followed by a candlelight dinner on board.

Day 8: Abu Simbel - Kasr Ibrim - Wadi El Seboua (BLD)

Those who would like to watch the spectacular sunrise at Abu Simbel, may enjoy an early morning visit to the temples (entrance ticket is not included). Breakfast is served while sailing to Kasr Ibrim. Arrival at Kasr Ibrim. Tour conducted from the ships sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted. Lunch served while sailing to Amada. Visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout. A relaxing afternoon sail to Wadi El Seboua. Dinner and Nubian show on board.

Day 9: Wadi El Seboua – Aswan (BLD)

Visit Wadi El Seboua Temple and the Temple of Dakka. Some of the frescoes here still amazingly retain their original colour. Later today visit the Greco Roman Temple of Meharakka. These temples were at risk of being submerged by the construction of the Aswan Dam and so was both were painstakingly deconstructed and reassembled above the flood waters. Sail to Aswan while dining and overnight on board.

Day 10: Aswan (B)

One final insight into some of the other cultures that have come to these ancient lands as you visit Kalabsha Temple, dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis, and the Kiosk of Kertassi – a remarkably elegant roman structure from an unknown architect. After breakfast disembark the cruise and transfer to your Aswan hotel where accommodation is reserved for one night.

Day 11: Aswan – Cairo (B)

Early this morning you will be transferred to Aswan Airport for your flight flight to Cairo. This morning delight in a visit with your private Egyptologist-Guide to the Egyptian Museum where you can view some of the Pharaonic treasures held there. Continue to the Citadel which has dominated Cairo’s skyline since it was fortified by the famed Sultan Saladin. Visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque commissioned by Mohammed Ali Pasha and built between 1830 and 1848. Your Cairo experience ends with a visit to the 14th century Khan El Khalili Bazaar before returning to your hotel to reflect on your journeys.

Day 12: Cairo departure (B)

This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your onward flight.


  • VIP Meet and assistance including Egyptian Visa at Cairo Airport
  • Egyptian Visa for US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Airport departure assistance
  • Private transfers by A/C transportation with English-speaking driver
  • Accommodation: 2N Cairo-Giza area | 4N Nile Cruise | 3N Lake Nasser Cruise | 1N Aswan | 1N Cairo Downtown area
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All meals on cruise
  • Private Egyptologist-guide for sightseeing in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing with English speaking guide on the Nile Cruise
  • Upgraded entry to the Valley of the Kings including entrance to Tutunkhamun's and Ramses VI Tombs
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic flights Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/Abu Simbel - Aswan/Cairo


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • 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

Accommodation based on the following or similar:

Cairo Pyramids

Superior First Class: Steigenberger Pyramids (Pyramids View Room)

Deluxe Class: Four Seasons First Residence (City View Room)

Nile Cruise

Superior First Class: Sonesta Nile Goddess

Deluxe Class: Sonesta St. George

Lake Nasser Cruise (Abu Simbel to Aswan)

Superior First Class: Movenpick Lake Nasser Cruise

Deluxe Class: Movenpick Lake Nasser Cruise


Superior First Class: Movenpick Aswan Hotel (Side Nile View Room)

Deluxe Class: Movenpick Aswan Hotel (Nile View Room)

Cairo City

Superior First Class: Cairo Marriott (Standard Room)

Deluxe Class: Nile Fairmont (City View Room)

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.  

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 2025, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Friday 28th February. 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

Dress Codes
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. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be 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 available in some destinations 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.

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