Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise

Enjoying a Nile sunset
M/S Mirage
Aerial view over the West Bank of Luxor
Hatshepsut Temple
Sunset over the Nile
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On this action-packed journey we discover some of the world's most remarkable archaeological sites including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza. In the vibrant Nubian city of Aswan we board our Nile cruise boat, set sail and explore the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo on our way to Luxor, where we visit the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple

Highlights
Cairo - Marvel at the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx, then tour the Egyptian Museum
Luxor - Take a horse drawn 'calesh' to Karnak Temple; explore the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
Nile cruise boat - Cruise from Aswan to Luxor via the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo on board our 5 star boat.
Meet the locals - Egyptians are some of the friendliest and welcoming people on the planet. Enjoy a coffee and a chat in one of the many local coffee bars and learn about their interesting history
Destinations
  • Egypt
  • Abu Simbel
  • Aswan
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile
  • Kom Ombo
  • Sphinx
  • Temple of Amun
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut
  • Pyramids
  • Karnak
  • Edfu
  • Middle East
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Cruise
  • Scenic
  • History
  • Discovery
  • Adventure
Day 1: Join trip Cairo
Arrive at Cairo and check-in at the hotel. Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city. Home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sites in Egypt,
this city is where you never know what incredible, half-forgotten monument you might stumble across while wandering around. If you arrive early, you may wish to
catch your first glimpse of the mighty Nile River, visit the capital's medieval markets at Khan El-Khalili or walk down the Nile promenade.

Day 2: In Cairo; visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum
Africa's largest capital, Cairo, is situated mainly on the east bank of the Nile. Driving to Giza, we see the Pyramids and Sphinx; among the most impressive man-made spectacles in the world. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the largest of the group (originally 145m high with a 232m square base). Second is the Pyramid of Chephren (136m high, width 210m). The complex includes the Sphinx, a crouching lion with a human head carved from solid rock and the splendid Granite Temple. After the Pyramids, we head for the Egyptian Museum, via a papyrus institute, where you can learn something of the ancient methods of paper making in the Egypt of the pharaohs. The museum itself is a spectacular repository of some 120,000 items encompassing all aspects of the world of the ancient Egyptians; from ornate jewellery and towering granite statues, to creepy mummified remains and, of course, the remarkable golden treasures of Tutankhamun himself. This evening we enjoy a traditional meal in a local restaurant.

Day 3: Free day in Cairo to explore, overnight train to Aswan
Today is a free day for optional trips to Saqqara, the impressive steppe pyramid/necropolis of Zozer (Djoser) - the earliest of the pyramids of Egypt and the recently opened Red and Bent Pyramids at Dashur. An optional trip to Islamic Cairo to visit the illustrious Citadel, one of Saladin's many strongholds during the Crusades period, is also available. There will also be the opportunity to enter one or more of the medieval mosques of Cairo. Alternatively you could use this free time to revisit the vast Egyptian museum. This evening we tavel with the locals on an overnight train down to Aswan.

Day 4: In Aswan; optional St Simeon's Monastery and Philae Temple visits
Aswan is Egypt's most southerly city, traditionally regarded as the frontier post of Upper Egypt. Sited on the east bank, it stands just below the First Cataract and is the meeting point of Arab culture with Nubia and black Africa. Today we have time to explore Aswan and the surrounding area. A popular optional excursion is the camel trek to the deserted coptic monastery of St. Simeon. One of the largest Coptic monasteries in Egypt, St Simeon's was built in the 7th century and finally abandoned in the 13th century. It now sits in splendid isolation at the end of a desert valley. Providing an impressive sight, the monastery appears more like a desert fortress than a place of worship. You may wish to take an excursion to Philae Temple, situated on a picturesque island in the Nile.

Day 5: Enjoy Aswan; optional Abu Simbel tour, board cruise
Today we have the chance to travel by bus or air to the fabulous rock-hewn temple of Abu Simbel. Cut into the rock face, this enormous structure was raised 61m to save it from inundation by the artificial lake created by the Aswan High Dam. The 20m high statues represent Ramses II, known as the great builder. Alternatively, wander the streets of this fascinating city, where stalls laden with colourful spices line the streets. This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise boat, our home for the next few nights.

Day 6: Cruising down the Nile River,visit Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
We sail north (downstream) this morning and disembark to visit Kom Ombo. Situated on the bank of the river, this temple is particularly unique because it is dedicated to two gods; Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. It is thought that this part of the Nile used to have a large crocodile population, hence the dedication to Sobek. We re-board our boat and continue upstream to Edfu, the largest Egyptian temple after Karnak.The falcon-headed god Horus guards the temple dedicated to him which is in almost perfect condition. In fact the temple is unusual in that its roof has survived intact.

Day 7: Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings; free time to explore
After breakfast we visit the extraordinary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's only female Pharaoh, who usurped the throne from her son, the future Tuthmoses III. The scale of the temple and its magnificent setting are breathtaking, but perhaps even more remarkable are the details - look out for the fine carving of the 'Expedition to the Land of Punt'. We then take a short bus ride to the Valley of the Kings to explore some of the more important sites made famous in 1922 by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter. We visit three tombs. The remainder of the day is left free for personal exploration in Luxor, during which you may like to take a calesh tour of local villages.

Day 8: Cruise ends, visit Karnak Temple
Arriving in Luxor, this afternoon we have included a visit by calesh (horse drawn carriage) to the stupendous Temple of Amun at Karnak, the labour of numerous pharaohs. Begun about 2000 BC, this vast temple was still being added to in Cleopatra's time (1st century BC). This evening there is the opportunity to experience the sound and light show at Karnak Temple, an incredible show where Karnak and the story of Egypt comes alive.

Day 9: Chance to explore the west bank
Today there is a chance to explore the west bank in more detail. This trip includes Deir El Medina, an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who created the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. This site is situated in a small natural ampitheatre, close to the Valley of the Kings. It is also possible to visit Habu Temple today, one of the best preserved temples in the west bank.

Day 10: Trip ends Luxor
Your trip ends in Luxor after breakfast.

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