Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile
Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile
Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile
Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile
Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile
Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile

Upper Egypt and the Eternal Nile

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Private Holiday with 4-Night Nile Cruise
11 Days ex Cairo

Preferred Departures:
Platinum / Super Deluxe / Historic / Superior First Class: Thursday
Value Class: Tuesday (Blue Shadow I) / Thursday (Blue Shadow II)
Notes:
  • Supplement may apply for tours commencing on other days
  • Cruises may operate in reverse
 

Let the mysteries of Ancient Egypt be revealed, from the majestic Pyramids of Giza to the archaeological treasures of Upper Egypt. Immerse yourself in the history of Egypt with your own private Egyptologist/guide for sightseeing in Cairo and experience life on the ancient Nile in more depth with this itinerary providing an extra night in both Luxor and Aswan either side of your 4-Night Nile Cruise.

Highlights:
  • 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
  • Wake up in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza
  • Learn the ancient Egyptian rites and secrets of immortality at the Mummification Museum
  • Cruise the life blood of Egypt from Luxor to Aswan, discover temples and tombs of the Pharaonic Age
  • Sail around the lush islands of Aswan on a traditional felucca sailboat
  • Explore the treasures in the Egyptian Museum

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival in Cairo 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 to rest and admire the spectacular Pyramids from your hotel.

Day 2: Cairo (B)

Awake in the shadows of the Pyramids. Today’s exploration begins at the ancient capital of Memphis where you will visit the Step Pyramids of Sakkara – the oldest surviving Egyptian pyramid. Continue on to the most iconic of Egypt’s monuments at the impressive site of Giza. Constructed approximately 4500 years ago the Pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Face the mystical Sphinx reputedly used as target practice by Napoleon’s troops. This evening attend the inspiring Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.

Day 3: Cairo - Luxor (B)

From the oldest buildings in Egypt to one of the newest. Today’s trip with your Egyptologist takes you to the massive and inspirational GEM Museum the largest archaeological museum in the world. This stunning new museum showcases the ancient discoveries of Pharaonic Egypt. Using the latest architecture and technology this museum brings to life and display the pharaonic civilisation like it has never been seen before. (The GEM currently has a soft opening with some exhibits available). Upon completion of the tour, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor.

On arrival in Luxor, you will be transferred by private vehicle to your hotel where accommodation has been reserved for two nights. This afternoon continue to retrace history and uncover a world of ancient gods and legends in Luxor.

Day 4: Luxor (B)

This morning visit the Temple of Medinat Habu which is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Continue to the house of famed archaeologist Howard Carter. Neglected for a long time, the house has been restored to its former state under the guidance of the famous Egyptologist & Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass. It is a fascinating insight into the life of the man who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun after years of searching the Valley of the Kings.

In the afternoon, return to the East Bank and visit the Mummification Museum. The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for a person to reach the afterlife, it was essential that both their body and their name remained, so their Soul would be transported from one life to the next. To achieve this the mummification rituals were developed to preserve the body. The museum contains several human and animal mummies as well as the tools and the canopic jars needed for the ritual. Evening at leisure or to explore the markets of Luxor. Overnight Luxor.

Day 5: Luxor (BLD)

Leisurely morning before embarking on your Nile cruise. This afternoon visit the magnificent Luxor Temple built in the 14th century BC by two kings – Amenophis III and Ramses II. Follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Karnak Temple complex and gaze in awe at this imposing monument housing precious relics of Ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Day 6: Luxor – Esna (BLD)

Today cross to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. An upgraded ticket to the Valley of the Kings including entrance to boy king Tutankhamun’s Tomb and to Ramses VI Tomb, which has less visitors and allows for easier access. Proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens the mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Explore the myriad of tombs and temples before cruising to Esna.

Innovative Bonus: Entry into Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included

Day 7: Esna - Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan (BLD)

Savour breakfast aboard your vessel as you cruise on to the Temple of Horus one of the best preserved temples of the Greco- Roman era. Continue cruising to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple shared by two Gods – Sobek & Horus. The temple is perfectly symmetrical ensuring neither god was offended. The collection of crocodile mummies held here is fascinating, as are the frescoes which depict such scientific knowledge as surgical equipment and a pre-Georgian calendar. Later sail to Aswan and dine aboard your vessel.

Day 8: Aswan (BLD)

Take a local boat across to the Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction. This temple is said to be where Isis buried the body of her beloved husband Osiris. Later visit the High Dam the Old Dam and the ‘unfinished Obelisk’ lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan.

Day 9: Aswan (B)

Disembark this morning and let the natural beauty of Aswan capture your imagination. Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Aswan’s markets and sip a drink on the banks of the Nile. Overnight Aswan.

Optional morning tour to Abu Simbel. (Supplement applies)

Day 10: Aswan – Cairo (B)

This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Aswan Airport for your flight to Cairo, a modern cosmopolitan capital with a rich heritage of cultural influences & echoes of ancient civilisations. Depart on your private sightseeing tour with the choice of visiting either Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches, including the Hanging Church, the Roman Fortress and the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue; Or a visit to Mohammed Ali Mosque, wander through the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar and drive to view the Citadel dominating Cairo’s skyline. Later, explore the famous Egyptian Museum and marvel at the millennia-old treasures it contains.

Day 11: Cairo (B)

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

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • VIP Meet and assistance prior to immigration at Cairo Airport
  • Egyptian Visa for US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Airport departure assistance
  • Air-conditioned transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation in chosen hotel category with private facilities
  • 4 night Nile cruise
  • Domestic flights (Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All meals on the cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners)
  • Professional local English-speaking guides
  • Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Upgraded entry to the Valley of the Kings including entrance to Tutunkhamun's and Ramses VI Tombs
  • Egypt Travel Notes - issued by innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Egyptian Visa for non US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

NOTES:

Cruise schedules may operate in reverse.

The day-by-day Nile Cruise itinerary may vary according to the cruise boat confirmed.

Itineraries may be changed without notice due to river flows, local or other conditions and these changes are beyond the responsibility of Innovative Travel or our local operators.

Accommodation based on the following or similar

Cairo Pyramids Area

 

Value Class: Cairo Pyramids Hotel (Garden View Room)

Superior First Class: Steinberger Pyramids (Pyramids View Room)

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

Historic Class: Marriott Mena House (Garden-Pyramids View Room)

Platinum Class: Marriott Mena House (Suite)

Luxor

 

Value Class: Sonesta Luxor (Side Nile View Room)

Superior First Class: Sonesta Luxor (Nile View Room)

Deluxe Class: Luxor Hilton (Nile View Room)

Historic Class: Sofitel Winter Palace (Classic Room-Nile View)

Platinum Class: Hilton Luxor (Nile Suite)

Nile Cruise

Value Class: Blue Shadow 1 or 2

Superior First Class: Sonesta Nile Goddess

Deluxe Class: Sonesta St. George

Historic Class: Sonesta St. George

Platinum Class: Sonesta Sun Goddess (all suite ship with private balconies)

Aswan

Value Class: Basma Hotel (Renovated Nile Room)

Superior First Class: Movenpick Aswan (Standard Classic Partial Nile View Room)

Deluxe Class: Movenpick Elephantine Island (Nile View Room)

Historic Class: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract (Luxury Room Nile Wing)

Platinum Class: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract (Nile Suite)

Cairo City

Value Class: Flamenco Hotel (Side Nile View Room)

Superior First Class: Cairo Marriorr (Standard Room)

Deluxe Class: Nile Fairmont Cairo (City View Room)

Historic Class: Cairo Marriott Hotel (STandard Room)

Platinum Class: Ritz-Carlton Cairo (Nile 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. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).

Ramadan
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 should begin around 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
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 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.

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