This incredible itinerary takes in all the very best of Egypt in deluxe comfort including a luxurious 7 night cruise on the Sonesta Moon Goddess, where each cabin has a balcony.
- The Nile Rediscovered explores Egypt in more leisurely style including a 7 night deluxe Nile Cruise combining the traditional 3 and 4 nights programmes; creating a wonderful combination of time to explore and more time to relax aboard or explore further locally
- Your personal welcome to Cairo starts inside immigration
- Maximise your visit by our two location Cairo stay:
- Explore the Pyramids area from the historic Marriott Mena House Hotel and view the pyramids almost on your doorstep. On your return from the Nile cruise benefit from your central Cairo base at the Ritz Carlton Hotel just minutes from the Cairo Museum
- Experience comfortable Deluxe accommodation in Cairo with daily buffet breakfasts
Day 1: Thursday: Cairo (B)
Welcome to Egypt. Our local representative who will meet and assist you inside immigration and guide you through. Transfer directly to the Pyramids area in Giza where you are reserved for two nights at historic Marriott Mena House for 2 nights in a pyramids view room.
Day 2: Friday: Cairo (B D)
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. Explore the sand strewn temples and tombs before travelling to the incomparable Pyramids of Giza and mysterious Sphinx. The largest and oldest pyramid was built by Pharaoh Khufu over 3800 years ago. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel.
Optional: Attend the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids this evening is a perfect way to end an unforgettable day.
Day 3: Saturday: Cairo: - Luxor (B L D)
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival transfer to the Sonesta Moon Goddess moored on the banks of the Nile. Lunch is served on board. This afternoon discover the awesome grandeur of the Luxor and Karnak Temples. Return to your cruise boat in time for a traditional belly dancing show followed by an on board dinner.
Day 4: Sunday: Luxor-Edfu (B L D)
Spend an unforgettable morning exploring the Valley of the Kings. (Entrance to 3 tombs plus entrance the Tomb of Boy King Tutankhamun included). At the entrance see the Colossi of Memnon this giant statue is named for the Ethiopian King who brought his army to Troy’s defence during the Trojan War before being killed by Achilles. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut one of Egypt’s ruling female Pharaoh’s. Return on board along the calm Nile waters to sail to Edfu where there is time to explore the local markets. This evening the Captains Cocktail party (non-alcoholic drinks are included). Overnight at Edfu.
Day 5: Monday: Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan (B L D)
This morning after breakfast set sail for Kom Ombo. Take time to relax on the upper deck or chose a spot to watch the timeless waters of the Nile slip past and be transported to a time gone by. Later this afternoon visit the spectacular Temple of Kom Ombo shared by two Gods Sobek and Haeroris with insights into the heliocentric solar system surgical instruments and crocodile mummies this temple is unforgettable. Later this afternoon set sail to Aswan your base for the next two nights. This evening a Galabeya Party is on board an opportunity to relax and dress in local costume. (You may purchase locally whilst enroute or hire on board).
Day 6: Tuesday: Aswan (B L D)
Wake up in Aswan. This morning is free time to either explore this town once a frontier for Egypt or join a tour.
Optional Abu Simbel Tour: Very 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. At the conclusion of your tour walk to the exit for your airport transfer and flight to Aswan and return to the Nile Cruise.
Optional Nubian Museum Tour - including Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel visit (private tour)
This morning you will be met at the dock and transferred to the Nubian Museum.
The Nubian Museum is an important museum in Upper Egypt. Discover the incredible history and treasures that Nubia accumulated with over 3000 antiquities contained from the Geological Pharaonic Roman Islamic and Coptic eras. First constructed in the 1960s on the Aswan High Dam it was moved by UNESCO to avoid higher waters to Aswan and is surrounded by natural botanical gardens. Continue to the Sofitel Old Cataract historic hotel. It was this gracious olde worlde hotel originally built in 1899 by Thomas Cook that Agatha Christie was inspired to write “Death on the Nile”. Take time for coffee or tea (own cost) and see the timeless Nile unveil before you. Return to your cruise boat in time for lunch at 1pm.
This afternoon at 3.30pm sail by felucca around Lord Kitchener’s Island. Return for a local Nubian Show at 7.30pm followed by dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 7: Wednesday: Aswan-Kom Ombo-Edfu (B L D)
This morning visit the High Dam the Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae (by local boat). Sail to Kom Ombo with lunch on board and continue sailing to Edfu for an overnight.
Day 8: Thursday: Edfu - Luxor (B L D)
This morning visit the mysterious temple at Edfu the Temple of Horus constructed upon the site of the final battle between the good and just god Horus and his strong Uncle Seth. Cruise to Luxor.
Day 9: Friday: Luxor (B L D)
Free day. Today you may wish to explore the streets of the Nile and nearby Luxor markets or relax by the pool overlooking the Nile or make your way to the Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel for a drink (own cost) it was here that archaeologist Howard Carter announced from the stair case that the Tomb of Tutankhamun has been discovered. Lunch and dinner are included today aboard.
Optional private tours in Luxor
Half Day private tour to the Mummification Museum and learn about the ancient rites of mummification and see on display various animals pots implements and jewellery that were buried with each Pharaoh.
Or: Visit the spectacular temples of Seti 1st or Queen Nefertari and the original house where archaeologist Howard Carter was based for his excavations on the West Bank. (There is limited access to these temples pre booking is essential)
Or Half day private tour to the Temples of Dendarah
Hathor the ancient Egyptian goddess of love and joy was what Aphrodite was to the Greeks and Venus to the Romans. It was at Dendarah some 60kms north of Luxor that the Egyptians worshipped Hathor in a temple which is exceptionally well preserved. You’ll walk through a towering stone gate to see incredible columns and hieroglyphics for some of ancient Egypt’s best preserved structures. This afternoon is at leisure either relax on board or take time to stroll through the fascinating streets of Luxor on the West Bank of the Nile.
Day 10: Saturday: Luxor - Cairo (B)
This morning transfer to the Airport and fly to Cairo. On arrival travel into the city centre to visit Egypt’s Museum where you will view many sparkling treasures and understand more of Egyptian history providing same final insights in ancient history with your Egyptologist guide. Continue to the famous Cairo Bazaar the heart of trading for centuries and rebuilt by El Khalili in 1511 in Ottoman style complete with massive gates and several perpendicular streets. Time for some local shopping and bartering. Transfer to the centrally located Ritz Carlton city hotel where you are reserved for overnight in a room with a Nile view including breakfast with some time free this afternoon.
Option to dine this evening in your hotel or sample one of the local restaurants nearby.
Day 11: Sunday: Cairo (B)
Departure transfer to the airport
Optional extension: Cairo
Extend your visit for another night at the Ritz Carlton in central Cairo for more time to explore at your pace.
Important Note: Nile Cruise itineraries may vary according to river flows and maybe change without notice due to local or other conditions and are beyond the responsibility of Innovative Travel or our local operators.
- Meet and assist inside immigration at Cairo Airport
- Return Cairo Airport transfers
- Dinner in Cairo at the Marriott Mena House Hotel on Day 2
- Daily buffet breakfasts at all hotels
- All private transfers in A/C transportation
- Sightseeing and entrance fees for all specified sights
- Special feature: Entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings included
- All entertainment on the Nile Cruise
- Flights Cairo/Luxor/Cairo
- Professional English speaking local guides in Cairo
- On board Nile Cruise English speaking guide
- Pyramids view room at the Marriott Mena House – subject to availability
- Nile view room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Central Cairo
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- International airfares
- Drinks from the mini bar
- Local costumes for the Galabeya Party on Nile Cruise (available to hire to purchase)
- Non specified meals
- Optional tours
- Meals not specified
- Local tipping
- Egyptian visa (Enquire about Innovative Travel’s full warm welcome visa service)
Accommodation based on the following or similar:
Cairo Pyramids: 2 nights Marriott Mena House – Pyramids view room
7 Nights Deluxe Nile Cruise Luxor/Luxor with all meals on the Sonesta Moon Goddess with private balconies.
1 night in Ritz Carlton –Nile View room in Cairo Centre
Hotels are deluxe and maybe replaced with similar hotels.
Sonesta Moon Goddess 7 night Nile cruise, features 49 standard cabins, with sliding glass doors opening to private balconies.
All cabins feature: Wireless internet access is available throughout the ship and in all cabins for a charge, Direct-dial telephone, Individual climate control Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safety deposit box, Television and movie programme, Bathrooms equipped with bathtubs.
Enquire about upgrades to Presidential Suites on the Sonesta Moon Goddess, subject to availability
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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