Discover all the best sights of Egypt with this 7 nights, 8 days culture and history tour, including the highlights of Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Luxor and a Nile cruise. You will be guided by a licensed Egyptologist tour guide and transported to all the sites by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 AM to enjoy a day tour of Cairo. Your first stop will be at Giza Plateau, where one of the remaining wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza, still stands. You visit the Pyramids and enjoy panoramic views from the western plateau, then continue down the valley where the guardian of this Mortuary complex, the mighty Sphinx, stands with great pride. Then you will be brought to Tahrir Square, the heart of downtown Cairo. You visit the National Archaeological Museum and acquaint yourself with Egypt’s ancient history, spanning a period of over 50 centuries. The Museum has the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian Antiquities, among them the priceless collection of King Tut. Then you will be transferred to the Giza railway station where you will take an overnight, sleeper train (half board) to Aswan (Meals included: Breakfast and dinner).
Upon arrival in Aswan you will be transferred by a private air-conditioned vehicle to your cruise ship for a three night Nile cruise. After check-in, you begin a guided day tour, starting with a boat trip to the Temple of Philae. This temple was built in honour of goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island the temple was built on. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt. After this visit you will go to the High Dam, an engineering miracle used as an embankment dam situated across the Nile River, built in the 1960’s to protect Egypt from annual floods. Then you will be taken to see the Unfinished Obelisk; it is the largest known ancient obelisk which is located in the northern of the stone quarries. This obelisk is believed to belong to Queen Hatshepsut. You will be transferred back to the cruise ship for lunch, where you can also enjoy cruise activities and dinner in the evening. You spend the night on board (Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Kom Ombo and Edfu
Today the ship will sail to Kom Ombo and Edfu. In Kom Ombo you visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. The temple, dating to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. Ptolemy VI Philometor started building the actual temple in the early second century BC. Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. The outer enclosure wall and a part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC, and are mostly gone. After this temple you will have lunch on board as the ship sails toward Edfu. There, you will be taken to see the Temple of Horus, which is dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. This relatively young pharaonic temple is well-preserved and therefore very impressive. In the evening you have dinner on board and spend the night (Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Luxor East Bank
As the ship sails on, you can enjoy the view relaxing on the sundeck while watching the local life on the river and its banks. On the way to Luxor, you will pass the city of Esna. After arrival in Luxor you start a day tour of the East Bank of Luxor with a visit to Karnak. Karnak is a complex of temples built in different reigns, starting with the Avenue of Sphinxes, the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I, the Temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. Karnak beats every other pharaonic monument: it is simply one of the most beautiful monuments. After Karnak you will be brought to Luxor Temple, which is dedicated to the Theben Triad of Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonsu. There you can see the granite statues of Ramses the Great. In the evening there is a Galabeya party, where everyone dresses up in traditional Egyptian costumes for dinner and games. You spend your last night on board in Luxor (Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Luxor West Bank
After breakfast on board, you check out at 8 AM to start your day tour of the West Bank of Luxor. First, you visit the Valley of the Kings with the possibility of visiting the most famous attraction, the Tomb of Tutankhamun (which carries an extra charge). Your Egyptologist will be on hand to recommend and advise you as to which tombs to visit. This ancient necropolis is a must-see for Luxor travelers. Later, you will be taken to the impressive mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman ever to reign over Egypt as pharaoh, and the Colossi of Memnon. With a height of nearly 18 meters, these two statues originally stood in front of the mortuary Temple of Amenophis III, of which only ruins remain. After the day tour you will be transferred to the train station of Luxor where you take an overnight, sleeper train (half board) to Cairo (Meals included: Breakfast and dinner).
Upon arrival in Cairo you will be picked up by a car to transfer you to your hotel in Cairo. You can spend the day at leisure or you can take an optional tour to the old part of Cairo. Since Egypt was one of the first countries to embrace Christianity, there is Christian heritage to be found in Cairo. You visit the Church of Abu Sergah (Church of St. Sergius and St. Bacchus), the Church of St. Barbara and the Hanging Church. Also, you bring a visit to the old Jewish Ben Ezra Synagogue. Another optional trip is the Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids. You spend the night in your hotel in Cairo (Meals included: Breakfast).
- All entrance fees included
- Qualified Egyptologist guide
- 2 Nights 5 star hotel accommodation in Cairo (bed and breakfast)
- 3 Nights and 4 days Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor (full board)
- 2 Nights on sleeper train Cairo-Aswan & Luxor-Cairo (half board)
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary above
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Hotel/port pickup & drop-off