Realm of the Pharaohs
Realm of the Pharaohs
Realm of the Pharaohs
Realm of the Pharaohs
Realm of the Pharaohs

Realm of the Pharaohs

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Private Holiday with Nile Cruise
14 Days ex Cairo

Preferred Departures:
Superior First Class / Historic Class: Monday
Note: Supplement may apply for tours commencing on other days
This comprehensive tour encapsulates all the very best that Egypt has to offer. Including all entrance fees (aside from optional extras), this package will unlock all of the well-known secrets of this ancient kingdom, as well as many more esoteric attractions that the extra time in this fascinating land can accommodate.


  • 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
  • Step back in time with a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, then come back to the present with the spectacular Sound and Light Show
  • Embrace history with an unforgettable night at the stunning temples of Abu Simbel
  • Retrace the footsteps of Cleopatra as you journey to Alexandria
Please note:
  • Cruises may operate in reverse
  • On some itineraries the cruise will be 4 nights with only one night in Luxor required
  • Superior Tourist Class hotel is the best available at Abu Simbel

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival in Cairo you will be welcomed by our local respresentative 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.

Day 2: Cairo (B)

A day to remember! The ancient capital of Memphis and the enduring monuments of Sakkara will have their secrets revealed by your private Egyptologist guide. Continue to the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Optional Tour (additional cost): The Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids this evening is a perfect way to end an unforgettable day.

Day 3: Cairo - Abu Simbel (B)

Early this morning transfer to the airport and fly to Abu Simbel. On arrival transfer to the entrance, from here walk into this amazing complex to view the magnificent Temples of Ramses II. These celebrate this mighty Pharaoh, often regarded as the greatest of all the pharaohs (also known as Ozymandias by the ancient Greeks), and Queen Nefertari, a famed Queen and diplomat in her own right. Marvel at the amazing engineering that saved the temples from a watery grave below Lake Nasser.

Optional Excursion: See the incredible Abu Simbel complex brought to life with a sound and light show (supplement applies).

Day 4: Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)

This morning fly to Aswan and transfer to your hotel where accommodation is reserved for one night. In the afternoon sail to Soheil Island and immerse yourself in the Nubian culture with a visit to a Nubian Village. Overnight in Aswan.

Day 5: Aswan (BLD)

Morning at leisure in Aswan to soak up the feeling of the city that in antiquity was the frontier town for the south of the Egyptian empire. Later this morning transfer to your cruise boat. Take a relaxing felucca sail around the islands of Aswan, including Elephantine where some claim the Ark of the Covenant was hidden for a time.

Day 6: Aswan - Kom Ombo – Edfu (BLD)

See the huge Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae which was almost submerged during the construction of the High Dams, but for an international effort to move the entire temple complex. Later, cruise to the Temple of Kom Ombo, a favourite of our team due to the amazing displays of ancient wisdom. From the heliocentric solar system and surgical instruments to the incredible crocodile mummies, this temple is majestic. Return to the ship and sail to Edfu.

Day 7: Edfu - Esna – Luxor (BLD)

Head our early this morning to explore Edfu’s mysterious temple built upon the site of the final battle between the good and just god Horus and his strong uncle Seth who was trying to steal his crown. The battle culminated when Seth turned himself into a hippopotamus, only to have Horus finally defeat him. Return to the ship and sail on to Luxor.

Day 8: Luxor (B)

Disembark your cruise ship and spend an unforgettable day exploring the West Bank including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon. This giant statue at the entrance, is named after the Ethiopian King who brought his army to Troy’s defence during the Trojan War. The Valley of the Kings contains many ancient Pharaonic tombs. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, carefully constructed for this famous female ruler of the 18th Dynasty. Later cross to the East Bank to explore the awesome grandeur of the Luxor and Karnak Temples.  

Innovative Bonus: Entry into the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included

Day 9: Luxor (B)

Todya your private Egyptologist guide will help you discover more of Luxor. Your first visit of the day will be to the Temple of Medinat Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramses III, following his assassination in a plot led by one of his wives. Later, step back into more recent history with a visit to Howard Carter’s house. Neglected for a long time, the house has now been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass. This afternoon, learn the ancient Egyptian rites of immortality with a visit to the Mummification Museum before returning to your hotel for some time at leisure.

Day 10: Luxor - Cairo – Alexandria (B)

After breakfast depart Luxor and fly to Cairo, then board the first class train to Alexandria, where Cleopatra rolled herself into a rug to be smuggled into Julius Caesar’s Palace. The city is also famed for its lighthouse from antiquity, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the historic Library which was destroyed by fire, but in more modern times reconstructed.

Day 11: El Alamein Battlefield (B)

Explore El Alamein, site of one of the most decisive battles of World War II. It was here that 200,000 Allied soldiers under the command of Bernard Montgomery finally defeated Erwin Rommel – known as the Desert Fox. This battle, which cost many lives on both sides, is credited with leading to the surrender of the Axis forces in North Africa. The Allied Cemetery and museum are sober places to reflect on this significant WW II campaign.

Day 12: Alexandria – Cairo (B)

See the amazing newly restored Alexandria library, the design of which was the winner amongst 1,400 architecture firms around the world who were briefed by UNESCO to create a design worthy of the site and heritage. Then it is time to depart this historic city on the Mediterranean and return by private tansfer to Cairo.

Day 13: Cairo (B)

Embark on a morning exploration of either the newly inaugurated Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), offering a glimpse into the glittering treasures of ancient Egypt during its soft opening phase, or vist the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

In the afternoon delve into the rich Christian heritage of Old Cairo. Explore iconic Coptic churches, including the renowned Hanging Church, as well as the historic Ben Ezra Synagogue and the mosque of Amr ibn al-As. Immerse yourself in the treasures housed at the Coptic Museum.

Note: Option available to replace the afternoon Old Cairo sightseeing with an excursion to El Moez Le Din Allah Street, one of the oldest streets in Egypt adorned with various monuments, followed by a visit to the historic Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Day 14: Cairo (B)

Departure transfer to the airport.


  • 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
  • Private transfers in A/C transportation
  • Accommodation: 2 nights Cairo Pyramids area, 1 night Abu Simbel (best available accommodation), 1 night Aswan, 3 nights Nile Cruise, 2 nights Luxor, 2 nights Alexandria, 2 nights Cairo city location
  • Daily buffet breakfasts
  • Transfer by First Class Train Cairo/Alexandria; return journey Alexandria/Cairo by road (private transfer)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All meals on Nile Cruise
  • Flights Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo
  • Private sightseeing with Egyptologist guide (excluding on the Nile cruise)
  • Group guided sightseeing with English speaking guide on the Nile Cruise
  • Entrance fees
  • Upgraded entry to Valley of the Kings including entrance to the tombs of Tutunkhamun and Ramses VI
  • Egypt Travel Notes - issued by Innovative Travel


  • 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
  • Egyptian Visa for non US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and UK Passport holders
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the following or similar:

Cairo Pyramids Area

Superior First Class: Steigenberger Pyramids (Pyramids View Room)

Historic Class: Marriott Mena House (Pyramids View Room)

Abu Simbel

Superior First Clas: Seti Abu Simbel (Superior Tourist Class Hotel-Standard Room)

Historic Class: Seti Abu Simbel (Superior Tourist Class Hotel-Standard Room)

Please note: Abu Simbel hotel selection is limited. The hotel chosen is the best available.


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

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

Nile Cruise

Superior First Class: Sonesta Nile Goddess

Historic Class: Sonesta St. George Cruise


Superior First Class: Sonesta St. George Luxor (Nile View Room)

Historic Class: Old Winter Palace (Garden View Room)


Superior First Class: Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria (Classic City View Room)

Historic Class: Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria (Full Sea View Room)


Superior First Class: Cairo Marriott Hotel (Standard Room)

Historic Class: Cairo Marriott Hotel (Standard 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).

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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