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.
- 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 the Nile and Lake Nasser
Day 1: Saturday: Cairo
After a welcome from our local operator who will meet you inside immigration you will be transferred to your Pyramids area hotel. Spend the rest of the day unwinding.
Optional Excursion: Top off your first day in Egypt with the optional Sound and Light Show at the pyramids. (supplement applies).
Day 2: Sunday: 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: Monday: Cairo – Luxor (B L D)
Fly to Luxor and board your cruise ship to begin 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: Tuesday: Luxor – Edfu (B L D)
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.
Optional side trip: Take the opportunity to experience King Tutankhamen’s tomb with an optional excursion. Entry fees to be paid directly on site.
Day 5: Wednesday: 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: Thursday: Aswan (B L D)
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: Friday: Aswan (B L D)
Disembark this morning after breakfast and transfer to your Lake Nasser Cruise boat. Later that day you will gain an 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.
Day 8: Saturday: Aswan - Wadi El Seboua – Amada (B L D)
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 on later this evening to Amada.
Day 9: Sunday: Amada - Kasr Ibrim - Abu Simbel (B L D)
Visit the Temple of Amada Hemi-Spoes of Derr dedicated by Ramses II to the rising sun and the Tomb of Penout Viceroy of Nubia. Sail on to Kas Ibrim. View the Nubian citadel of Kasr Ibrim. Sail on to Abu Simbel where your first view of these magnificent temples is 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.
Optional Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel Temples (Supplement applies)
Day 10: Monday: Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)
A magical day begins with a spectacular sunrise and view of the temples from your boat. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan. Remainder of the day at leisure to discover the local markets or find a local café to watch life on the Nile.
Note: the cruising programmes on Lake Nasser may be 3 or 4 nights depending on cruise schedules & class of travel)
Day 11: Tuesday: Aswan – Cairo (B)
Early flight to Cairo. This morning delight in a private visit 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: Wednesday: Cairo departure (B)
One last Egyptian experience to remember as you transfer to the airport.
- Return airport private transfers
- Accommodation with private facilities
- Private transfers with A/C transportation
- Five Night Nile cruise including all meals
- Three night Lake Nasser Cruise including all meals
- 3 nights accommodation in Cairo - 2 nights in Pyramids area & 1 night Cairo city
- Daily breakfasts
- All meals on cruise
- Private guide and sightseeing in Cairo
- Join your Cruise group for cruise sightseeing
- Domestic flights Cairo/Luxor x Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Cairo
- 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
Accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids Le Meridien (pyramids view)
Nile Cruise Nile Goddess
Lake Nasser Cruise Prince Abbas (Abu Simbel - Aswan)
Cairo City Marriott Cairo
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 2018, Ramadan should begin around 15 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..
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