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Taking in the unforgettable sights along the Nile from Cairo to Aswan, this 9 day tour stops at the Pyramids of Giza, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings at Luxor and the Temple of Philae. Plus one night on a felucca, the splendid sailing boats only seen on the Nile, is a part of the package as well.
This Nile tour starts in Cairo with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, then it’s a short flight to Aswan. The High Dam is the highlight here, along with a stop at the Philae Temple. The next day sees you onboard a traditional felucca, where you'll spend a day and night experiencing Egypt in its natural wonder. Sail up the river, enjoying the relaxing view as you go, to Kom Ombo. Here, you'll find a spectacular temple, a unique 'double temple' place dedicated to the crocodile-headed god Sobek and Horus the falcon-headed god. After this, a stop at Edfu is on the cards where the best preserved temple in all of Egypt is located.
And then it’s onto Luxor and a tour of the east bank taking in the vast Karnak temple complex and the historic Luxor temple. The following day sees a visit to the west bank and the world-famous Valley of the Kings, plus a stop at the temple of Hatshepsut. We then travel to Hurghada and have a full day in this wonderful Red Sea resort, with plenty of activities on offer. Nothing is missing from these Nile River tours... included in the itinerary is your transfers, 4-star hotel accommodation, 1 night onboard a felucca, 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and great travel experiences. Book your space on our 2017 Nile River departures to take advantage of our great deals and specials!
Why this Trip
- All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
- No minimum numbers required.
- Accompanied for the duration by an Egyptologist tour guide.
- Internal flight Cairo-Aswan.
- Air-conditioned private mini bus transport.
Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here
DAY 1: Arrive in Cairo
Upon your arrival at Cairo airport you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you through immigration and passport control and collecting your baggage. You will then be transferred to your hotel, where your Egytpologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour, will brief you about the tour package and the incredible experiences you will have over the following eight days.
DAY 2: Giza Pyramids - Sphinx - Sakkara
This morning you will experience the icons of ancient Egypt! Your Egyptologist guide will accompany you to the Giza pyramid complex, where you can see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx. We'll then visit Sakkara to see the unique step pyramid of Zoser (also known as Djoser), the first ever pyramid, constructed of six tombs built on top of each other.
DAY 3: Cairo - Philae Temple - Aswan
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for a short internal flight down to Aswan. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and have some time to freshen up, before we begin our Nile quest by visiting the High Dam of Aswan, where your guide will explain to you how the construction of the dam and subsequent creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of the Nubian people and several important historical monuments, including Abu Simbel, which you have the opportunity to visit tomorrow. We'll then take a short boat ride to Agilkia Island to explore the Temple of Isis at Philae. Built during the Ptolemaic Kingdom (305 BC to 30 BC), the temple is dedicated to Isis, one of the oldest goddesses of ancient Egypt and worshipped as the paragon of motherly virtues. It is believed that the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written on the island of Philae in the late fourth century.
DAY 4: Nile felucca cruise
This morning you have the option of joining an optional excursion to Abu Simbel, two massive temples built into rock on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The temple complex is part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the iconic relief figures were carved during the reign of of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC. After breakfast we'll check aboard our felucca. Sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing views as we navigate the River Nile on a traditional felucca wooden sailing boat. The covered deck provides shade, and also has comfortable mattresses, making it the perfect place to relax while drifting along one of the world's oldest waterways.
DAY 5: Kom-Ombo - Edfu - Karnak - Luxor
This morning we'll reach the Temple of Kom-Ombo, a unique 'double' temple dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek, and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus). After some time to explore the temple, we'll head to Edfu. Also dedicated to Horus, this temple is more than 2,000 years old but was covered by sand until it was re-discovered by a French expedition in 1798. Because it was hidden for so long it is the most well preserved temple in Egypt.
We'll then continue on to Luxor, where we'll take an afternoon tour of the east bank and experience the incredible Karnak temple complex, part of the ancient city of Thebes. Dedicated to the powerful ram-headed god Amun, it offers a vast mix of temples, chapels, statues and obelisks. We'll finish off the day with a tour of Luxor Temple, an important temple that was dedicated to three Gods: Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khons.
DAY 6: Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut - Hurghada
This morning we'll start our tour of the west bank of Luxor with the world famous Valley of the Kings, where you can enter some of the incredible tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, such as King Tutankhamen. We'll then get to experience the Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir El Bahary), the mortuary temple of the only Pharaoh Queen that ruled Egypt. The day will finish off with a visit to the great Colossi of Memnon, the last remains of Amenophis III’s temple. We'll then take our air-conditioned private bus to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, where we'll be staying in a luxurious, all-inclusive resort.
DAY 7: Hurghada - Free day
This is a free day for you to enjoy however you wish. The resort in Hurghada offers a large swimming pool complex, long sandy beaches and all inclusive food and drink; total relaxation awaits! Alternatively, you can choose to take part in any number of water sport activities, including full-day snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. The seas around Hurghada offer some of the best coral reef dive spots in the world, giving the opportunity to see many colorful fish species, including the Red Sea Clownfish, Emperor Angelfish, Picasso Trigger Fish and Moray Eels.
DAY 8: Hurghada - Cairo
This morning we'll take an air-conditioned private mini bus back to Cairo. After some time to freshen up at our hotel, we'll visit the Egyptian museum to learn more about the country's incredible ancient history, followed by the old city of Cairo where you can explore Khan El Khalili, a bazaar crammed with souvenir shops, cafés and shisha bars.
DAY 9: Departure
The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cairo, with transfers included to take you to the airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your stay in Cairo, please contact us.
- 7 nights accommodation in twin rooms (single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room), 1 night on-board traditional Nile felucca boat
- Services of your English-speaking Egyptologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour
- 8 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 dinners
- All taxes and local payments (excluding entrance fees)
- All transfers and pickups
- Modern air conditioned bus transport
- 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- Internal flight Cairo-Aswan with transfers
- Not Included: International flights
Please note that entrance fees for the following experiences on this tour are not included in the tour price. Please keep them in mind as you budget for your trip.
Optional ExcursionsOptional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
- The Sights of Alexandria
- Memphis and Dashure
- El-Mokattam Hill and Monastery of St. Simeon
- Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids
- Open Buffet Dinner on Nile Cruise
- Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the West Bank of Luxor
- Abu Simbel Temple
- Dinner in a Nubian House
- Scuba Diving
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On tour costs
Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of what activities are included, which meals are included and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting €25-€40 per day (this excludes optional excursions).
During this tour you will stay in twin share rooms and if you are a single traveller, you will be roomed with a fellow traveller of the same gender or you have the option to book a single room at an additional price during checkout.
On Day 4 you will overnight on the deck of a traditional Nile felucca boat.
In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.
Your tour starts and finishes in Cairo. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.
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