This detailed tour of Egypt, with a private Egyptology in a small group. Cairo, Alexandria and Nile Cruise, you’ll experience the magic of Egypt up close. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient pharaohs, starting with a Nile cruise from Luxor and visiting the spectacular temples and tombs of Luxor, Edfu and Aswan, followed by a visit to the metropolis of Cairo. After exploring the main attractions of Egypt’s capital and the world’s oldest ancient wonder of the world, the Giza Pyramids, this tour continues to the Pearl of the Mediterranean, Alexandria.
Here in the second largest city of Egypt, you will experience a Mediterranean atmosphere, explore. among others the Roman catacombs and admire the famous library. The final stage of this journey is Cairo’s visit to the Coptic Quarter and the visit to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
For your Egypt tour Cairo, Alexandria and Nile cruise you first fly to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide and assisted with immigration and visa formalities. Then you will fly on to Luxor, ancient Thebes. At Luxor Airport you will be met by our tour guide and taken to your 5-star Nile cruise ship. Embarkation, then you can enjoy your first evening under the starry sky of Luxor and look forward to the program for the next few days.
Your Egypt Holiday Service tour guide, a qualified Egyptologist, will accompany you on board the entire Nile cruise and the sightseeing.
After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will drive to Thebes-West with your guide. The first highlight of the day awaits you:
Also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. It was part of the ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the kings (pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BCE), from Thutmose I to Ramses X. In 1922 Englishman Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun with its golden treasures.
We leave this unique valley and the magical atmosphere and go to another magical place.
The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari. Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh who had herself represented pictorially as a male. She served as co-regent with her nephew Thutmose III (c.1479-1425 B.C.E.).
Enjoy the view from the terraces of the temple of Luxor and the Nile Valley, then continue with the drive and with a stop. Then visit:
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Since 1350 BCE, they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The Colossi Twin Statues are the still standing to welcome the visitors until our day.
You will then be escorted back to your cruise boat. After lunch on board, sailing to Edfu via the Esna lock.
(There is no program in the afternoon, just enjoy the boat trip from Luxor to Edfu. You will have plenty of time to relax on the sundeck. Find your favorite place onboard and let the typical Egyptian Nile landscape work its magic on you)
Tip of the day: Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the ancient treasures of Luxor on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over Thebes West. (optional)
Today you will have an extensive breakfast on board, then a visit to one of the best preserved temples in Egypt is on the program. Then visit:
A majestic Temple, it has been considered to be the best-preserved cult Temple in Egypt. According to ancient Egyptian mythology, it was the place where the falcon-headed God Horus revenged the murder of his father Osiris by killing Seth. The Temple of Edfu is located on the West Bank of the Nile in Edfu.
After the Edfu Temple, your magical trip continues and the boat sail towards Kom Ombo. In the afternoon you visit the temple located directly on the banks of the Nile:
Close to the river Nile, the Kom Ombo Temple was built during the Ptolemaic period between 180 BC and 47 AD. The limestone temple was built by men on elephants and was dedicated to 2 primary Egyptian gods: Sobek and Horus the Elder, gaining it the dual names of ‘House of the Crocodile’ and ‘Castle of the Falcon’.
Then you continue up the River Nile with the ship until it docks in Aswan.
After breakfast on board, enjoying the view of the beauty and atmosphere of the city of Aswan with its green islands and red granite boulders, take an excursion around the city. The first item on the program is a boat trip to the Nile island of Agilika. The last great sanctuary of the ancient Egyptian religion, the magical one, awaits you there:
The Philae Temple was dedicated to Goddess Isis of Love and beauty. The Temple complex was dismantled and relocated to nearby Island of Agilkia Island in Aswan. Is one of the last Temples to ever be built in Egypt. It also contains the remains of Several Ancient Temples. A great deal of information about the mythology of ancient Egypt was known through this temple like the Myth of Osiris.
Then you will visit the imposing dam that damms the Nile to Lake Nasser, and the construction of which has had many positive and negative effects:
This was built across the Nile at Aswan, and has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt. Aswan High Dam is a water dam located on the Nile River in the southern part of the Republic of Egypt. The dam controls the Nile water flow rate and reduces the effects of its flood. It is also used to generate electricity in Egypt.
Tip of the day: This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful botanical garden on Kitchener Island and a Nubian village on an excursion and get to know the hospitality of the locals. (optional)
Today you have the unique opportunity to take an unforgettable private excursion to Abu Simbel – or you have a day off in Aswan.
Abu Simbel is two massive rock-cut Temples in the village of Abu Simbel, A huge 3,000-year-old monument to Ramesses II, the two Temples of Abu Simbel are of the great sun Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari, which was built by Ramses II to his favorite wife Queen Nefertari among his other 200 wives and concubines. This fantastic monument is one of the best places to visit in Egypt.
You will drive to Abu Simble early in the morning with a private vehicle and private tour guide. On the way there you can experience the sunrise in the desert and on the way back you can admire the nature view of the mirage.
The cruise boat will sets off early in the morning and travels downstream along the River Nile. Today you have the whole day on board at leisure. Relax on the sundeck and look back on what you have experienced while the wonderful Nile landscape glides past you. There is a lot to see on the banks of the Nile: fishermen tap their prey into their nets with sticks, farmers drive water buffalo to the shore, women wash their clothes and children wave. Enjoy the return trip by sailing from Aswan to Luxor and relax on board!
After breakfast on board, you and your guide will first visit the mighty one:
The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, Egypt. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.
Then visit another immortal building in Luxor
The Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, “the southern sanctuary”. The temple was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added to by Rameses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC). At the Luxor Temple you can see a part of the Sphinx Avenue.
After the final inspection, you will be brought back to the boat and the rest of the day will be at your leisure. You can stroll along the Corniche in Luxor or explore the old town.
Tip of the day: In the evening you have the opportunity to experience the fascinating sound and light show in the Karnak Temple. (optional)
After breakfast onboard, disembarkation, then it is time to say goodbye to Luxor, the city of palaces. You will be taken to Luxor Airport, then fly to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met by your guide at the airport. The first item on the program is also the highlight of the metropolis – you visit the massive ones:
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the Pyramids in the Giza Pyramid. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Giza Pyramid Complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Greater Cairo, Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. All were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, between 2600 and 2500 BC. The site also includes several cemeteries and the remains of a worker’s village.
Then we drive to a plateau from which you have a wonderful panoramic view of the three pyramids of Giza. Then:
The Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza, Great Sphinx or just the Sphinx, is colossal limestone statue of a recumbent sphinx located in Giza, Egypt, that likely dates from the reign of King Khafre (c. 2575–c. 2465 BCE) and depicts his face. It is one of Egypt’s most famous landmarks and is arguably the best-known example of sphinx art.
After visiting the pyramids and the sphinx, fortify yourself with an oriental lunch, then head to:
The Pyramid of Djoser, or Step Pyramid, is an archaeological site in the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. The 6-tier, 4-sided structure is the earliest colossal stone building in Egypt. It was built in the 27th century BC during the Third Dynasty for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser. It constitutes a significant historical turning point in ancient Egyptian funerary monuments, revolutionizing stone architecture and royal burials. In addition to its beauty and monumental scale, it is not only the very first pyramid that the ancient Egyptians ever built, but also the oldest known ancient Egyptian stone structure.
You can also admire the beautiful tombs from the Old Kingdom with their special paintings.
After the last item on the program of this impressive day, you will be taken to your 5 star hotel. Your tour guide will help you check in, after which you can end this eventful day comfortably in the luxurious ambience of the hotel.
Today the morning is again dedicated to the pharaohs. After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up and visit with your guide:
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or the Cairo Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms. Built in 1901 by the Italian construction company, Garozzo-Zaffarani, to a design by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, the edifice is one of the oldest and largest archaeological museums in the Middle East.
After visiting the museum, you will get an insight into the Islamic culture of Cairo. You visit:
The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. The Citadel is one of the most iconic monuments in Islamic Cairo, and among the most impressive defensive fortresses dating to the Middle Ages. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
The Citadel of Saladins is home to one of the most beautiful buildings in the city that never sleeps:
The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. It was intended originally to serve as the national mosque for a newly quasi-independent state of Egypt. It is today one of the first buildings visible when approaching Cairo from any direction.
After the in-depth explanations from your guide, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the city center, after which you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today you enjoy a trip to the second largest city in Egypt – you drive to Alexandria, the pearl of the Mediterranean.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning by a private comfortable vehicle and drive to Alexandria in around 3 hours. When you arrive in the city of Alexander the Great, you will immediately notice the different, Mediterranean atmosphere.
As the first item on the program, you will visit the famous landmarks of Alexandria with your guide:
The catacombs were built in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. and form the largest known Roman tomb in Egypt and one of the last major structures dedicated to the religion of ancient Egypt. They were discovered by accident at the beginning of the 20th century.
After the guided tour through the catacombs, the city tour continues to the fantastic:
The Qaitbay Citadel was built from 1477 to 1479 by Sultan Ashraf Qaitbay on the ruins of the famous lighthouse (Pharaoh). The citadel served on the Mediterranean coast as a defense fortress in Alexandria.
As the last highlight of the day in Alexandria, you will discover:
The Library of Alexandria was opened in 2002 near the site of the Ancient Library of Alexandria. It is equipped with 2000 reading places and shelf space for 8 million books.
After this interesting program and insight into the millennia-old history of Alexandria, enjoy lunch in a nice local restaurant, then drive back to Cairo and your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and you will take a trip to the historic old town of Cairo. First of all, visit:
The Coptic Quarter in Cairo was built on an ancient Roman fortress. Here you can visit the St. Sergius Church (the oldest church in Cairo), the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
On your way through Old Cairo, you will come across many beautiful mosques, including those that are well worth seeing
It is the largest mosque in Cairo and is the oldest preserved in its original form Kairo Mosque. The mosque was built from 876 to 879 under Ahmad ibn Tulun.
Have lunch at a local restaurant in town, then take a stroll down El Muizz Street, one of the oldest streets in the city and located in the medieval part of Cairo. It has the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world and shows many beautiful old mosques.
The end of the walk is a visit to the largest souk in Egypt, the popular one:
Khan el-Khalili is a famous bazaar and souq in the historic center of Cairo, Egypt. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era and named for one of its several historic caravanserais, Khan El-Khalili market in Cairo has always been an important district for cultural and economic activity, has since become one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.
After the last item on the program, you will be brought back to your hotel.
Unfortunately today it is time to say goodbye to Egypt! You have transfer from your hotel to Cairo Airport and fly back home.
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||1635 $||1695 $|
|Double room / cabin||1305 $||1365 $|
5 * standard
Hotel in Cairo: Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Ramses Hilton
Nile cruise: MS Crown Prince, MS Royal Esadora, MS Princess Sarah
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||2195 $||2275 $|
|Double room / cabin||1650 $||1705 $|
5 * Deluxe
Hotel in Cairo: Steigenberger El Tahrir, Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo, Sheraton Cairo
Nile Cruise: MS Steigenberger Legacy, MS Moon Dance, MS Amwaj