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 and Nile Cruise
10 Days ex Cairo

Preferred Departures:
Friday: All Classes
Super Deluxe: Saturday* Wednesday*
Deluxe / Historic: Wednesday*
First Class: Monday*, Wednesday*
Tourist Class: Monday, Wednesday*

*Supplement may apply for tours on these days
Cruises may operate in reverse

Please note: The Single Room price displayed above is for a single room in conjunction with other travellers. A solo traveller may incur a supplement

This itinerary is the ideal way to experience the mysteries of ancient Egypt in the comfort of excellent accommodation. From your first night in Cairo where you will be able to see the pyramids from your hotel to a perfectly planned cruise down the Nile this package includes all the experiences you would expect in a once in a lifetime trip.


  • Wake up in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza – the only remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Cruise the life blood of Egypt from Luxor to Aswan, discovering temples and tombs of the Pharaonic Age
  • Learn the ancient Egyptian rites and secrets of immortality at the Mummification Museum
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Friday: Cairo

On arrival in Cairo you will be met by our local operator inside the immigration lounge to help you with all required arrival documents. You will then be transferred to your Pyramids area hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to rest & admire the spectacular Pyramids from your room.

Day 2: Saturday: 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. Then 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: Sunday: Cairo – Luxor (B)

This morning fly to Luxor where you continue to retrace history & uncover a world of ancient gods and legends. Visit the Temple of Medinat Habu 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 by 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.

This 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. In order to achieve this 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.

Day 4: Monday: 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 5: Tuesday: 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. 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 via Esna lock to Edfu.

Day 6: Wednesday: 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 7: Thursday: 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 8: Friday: 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.

Optional morning tour to Abu Simbel. (Supplement applies)

Day 9: Saturday: Aswan – Cairo (B)

This morning fly to Cairo, a modern cosmopolitan capital with a rich heritage of cultural influences & echoes of ancient civilisations. Begin your private tour either visiting Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches, including the Hanging Church. Continue to the Roman Fortress and the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue OR Visit 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, visit the famous Egyptian Museum and marvel at the millennia-old treasures it contains.

Day 10: Sunday: Cairo (B)

One last plunge through Egypt as you are transferred to Cairo airport for your onward flight.


  • Air-conditioned transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation in chosen class of hotels
  • 4 night Nile cruise
  • Domestic flights (CAI/LXR and ASW/CAI)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All meals on the cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners)
  • Professional local English-speaking guides
  • Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary


  • 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 Area

Tourist Class - Cairo Pyramids Hotel

First Class - Le Meridien Pyramids Renovated City View Room

Deluxe Class - Le Meridien Pyramids View Room

Super Deluxe Class - Mena House Gardens Pyramid View Room

Historic Class - Mena House Gardens Pyramid View Room


Tourist Class - Etape

First Class - Sonesta St George (Standard room)

Deluxe Class - Sonesta St George (Front Nile View Room)

Super Deluxe Class - Hilton Luxor (Nile View Room)

Historic Class - Old Winter Palace Classic Garden View

Nile Cruise

Tourist Class - Tuya

First Class - Tuya

Deluxe Class - Nile Goddess

Super Deluxe Class - Sonesta Star Goddess (Mozart Suite)

Historic Class - Nile Goddess


Tourist Class - Basma

First Class - Movenpick Elephantine Island (Standard)

Deluxe Class - Movenpick Elephantine Island (Superior Nile View)

Super Deluxe Class - Nile Legend Old Cataract (Premium Nile Room)

Historic Class - Nile Legend Old Cataract (Nile View Wing)

Cairo City

Tourist Class - Ramses Hilton

First Class - Steigenberger Tahrir (Standard Room)

Deluxe Class - Marriott, Standard Room

Super Deluxe Class - Sofitel Gezirah (Nile View Room)

Historic Class - Marriott

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 2019, Ramadan should begin around 05 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.

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. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). 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.