8 days / 7 nights
Pyramids of Giza - Egyptian Museum of Antiquities - Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque - Khan El Khalili Bazaars - Philae Temple - Kom Ombo Temple - Galabia party - Colossi of Memnon - Karnak Temple - Luxor Temple - Alexandria
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL CAIRO
Upon arriving at Cairo International Airport, you’ll be greeted by your local Egyptian tour manager and transferred to your hotel in Cairo. There will be time to settle in and rest after your flight.
DAY 02 : PYRAMIDS OF GIZA & EGYPTIAN MUSEUM (B)
Travel to the awe-inspiring Giza Plateau for a guided visit of the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. Here you will also experience the famous Sphinx and Valley Temple. Your tour continues at Cairo’s National Museum which houses more than 250,000 Egyptian artifacts, including the famous Mummy Room and much of the gold-laden contents of King Tut’s tomb. Finally, you’ll visit Historic Cairo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest Islamic districts. Famous for its mosques, madrassas and fountains, this citadel was founded in the 10th century and became the center of the Islamic World, reaching its peak in the late 14th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop at the 700-year-old Khan el-Khalili Bazaar which features everything from handmade carpets and stained-glass lamps to sparkling silverware and gold artifacts.
DAY 03 : FLY TO ASWAN - SIGHTSEEING AT PHILAE (B)
A private, air-conditioned vehicle will transfer you to Cairo Airport for a short flight to Aswan. Visit the world famous High Dam, built in the 1960s to help regulate flooding of the Nile and preserve the surrounding ancient landmarks. At Philae, explore the Sanctuary of Isis, one of the last temples built in the classical Egyptian style. Started in 690 B.C., the cult of Isis continued here until 537 A.D. and was one of the last places where the goddess was worshiped. In the evening, the temple comes alive with a spectacular sound and light show. You will also see the Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk.
DAY 04: KOM OMBO - EDFU (B)
We’ll dock at Kom Ombo and visit the renowned Kom Ombo Temple rising over the Nile’s bank. Built from 189-47 BC, this temple features beautiful reliefs and decorated columns. Next, we’ll sail to Edfu and visit the Horus Temple. One of the most well-preserved monuments from ancient Egypt, the Horus Temple was built from 237-57 BC to commemorate the falcon-headed Horus, son of Isis and Osiris. The temple is famous for is beautiful courtyard, giant hieroglyphics and dazzling friezes. Finally, we’ll sail to Esna for dinner and stay overnight onboard the boat.
DAY 05 : LUXOR WEST BANK (B)
Continuing on our Nile cruise, we’ll journey to Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings on the west side of the Nile. In the times of ancient Thebes, people lived on the east side (where the sun rose) and were buried on the west side (where the sun set). Throughout these areas are an unknown number of hidden tombs (only around 60 have been discovered so far), including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Village of Deir el-Medina and Colossi of Memnon. Then, we will continue sailing and stay overnight in the modern city of Luxor.
DAY 06 : KARNAK & LUXOR TEMPLES - FLIGHT TO CAIRO (B)
Disembark from the cruise and visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor on the east side of the Nile. The Luxor Temple was built around 1400 B.C. to worship Amun Ra, the King of the Gods. Follow the remains of the Avenue of Sphinxes, a one-and-a-half-mile statue-lined promenade that connects the Luxor Temple to Karnak Temple. Constructed over a period of 1500 years, this great complex was called “the most perfect of places” and served as the most important place of worship in all of Egypt. Covering nearly 200 acres, Karnak is the largest religious building ever made. While it’s hard to see all of it in one visit, be sure to explore the Great Temple of Amun, the Temple of Khonsu and the Temple of Ptah. After your visit, travel to Luxor Airport for a short return flight to Cairo. You’ll be transferred from the airport to a hotel in Cairo where you’ll stay overnight.
DAY 07 : ALEXANDRIA (B)
Experience a day trip to Alexandria. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, this legendary city was once home to the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Great Library of Alexandria. Both are long gone but you can still visit the sight of the lighthouse which is now home to a 14th-century fort. Explore the Citadel of Qaitbay along with other major attractions such as St. Mark Church and the Abbo Elabbas Mosque. Then, return to Cairo where you’ll stay overnight.
DAY 08 : CAIRO - END OF THE TOUR (B)
Today is the end of the tour, its time to say goodbye with you. We will arrange your transfer to Cairo International Airport for your international flight back home.
2019 - 2020 Departure Dates
Daily departures available
Option to choose 3 / 4 and 5 star
Visit the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum
See impressive ruins and beautiful scenery between Luxor and Aswan
Enjoy the temples of Luxor and Aswan
Visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaars
Meet and greet service by representatives at airports
Assistance of guest relations during your stay
All transfers to/from airport and hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle
Domestic flight ticket Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo
Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast
Accommodation for 3 nights on Nile cruise including daily meals
All sightseeing tours in Cairo
All sightseeing tours on Nile cruise
Day tour to Alexandria
English-speaking tour guide during your trips (other languages by request)
Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on itinerary
Meals at hotel, Nile cruise and as listed in itinerary
Bottled water during the trip
Portage when needed
300 minutes of local calling (5 minutes international) and mobile phone loaned for length of your stay or an Egyptian sim card for your unlocked mobile device
- International Airfare
- Passport, VISA or other Consular Fees
- Personal expenses such telephone bills, pay per view movies, laundry expenses, alcoholic beverages, Hotel incidentals
- Meals as per itinerary
- Any optional tours
- Any other items not mentioned in this itinerary
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Airline baggage fees