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9 Days
Availability : Private Tour
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Cairo /Luxor / Aswan
Overview

A 9 Day Luxury Nile Cruise and Cairo sightseeing on this Luxury Egypt Holiday Package, Cairo and Exclusive Nile Cruise by Dahabeya Yacht, sailing in a private and comfortable atmosphere to the unique monuments along the Nile.
Our luxury Egypt tours really do take travel in Egypt to a whole new level. Visit the famous Giza pyramids, explore the oldest pyramid ever discovered when you visit Saqqara and then fly to Luxor for your luxury cruise on the River Nile. Explore Luxor’s ancient attractions and many more as you sail to Aswan.

Take in the many sights on offer in Aswan, including the spectacular Temple of Philae that was rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser when the Aswan High Dam was built. Fly back to Cairo and bid this ancient land goodbye. Book one of our classic Egypt tour packages today and let us make your dream come true.

Include
  • 2 Nights in Cairo at the Marriott Mena House with breakfast (garden view room)
  • 4 Nights Nile Cruise on the Merit Dahabeya with full board
  • 2 Nights at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan with breakfast (garden view room)
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Reception and pick-up service at the airport
  • All entrance fees of the mentioned sights
  • Local English-speaking tour guide during your tours
  • Bottled water during your tours and transfers
  • All trips in air-conditioned vehicles
  • All service charges and applicable taxes
Exclude
  • Costs for international flights (we will gladly book the flights for you)
  • Sights that are not in the program
  • Entry Visa
  • Personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1- Fly to Cairo – Hotel Check In

For your Egypt luxury tour holiday Cairo, Nile cruise by Dahabeya you fly to Cairo today. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide who will assist you through passport control formalities. During the transfer to your 5 Star Hotel You will get a first impression of the lively life of Cairo, the largest city in Africa. Upon arrival at the hotel, your guide will help you check in, after which you can enjoy your first evening in Cairo in the luxurious ambience of your hotel.

Day 2- The Giza Pyramids / Egyptian Museum

This day begins with a tour of the greatest highlights of Cairo – after breakfast you will drive with your guide to some fabulous sites:

Pyramids of Giza

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 a wonderful panoramic view of the three pyramids of Giza.

The Sphinx

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 in a local restaurant. Then drive to the center of Cairo and the afternoon is again dedicated to the pharaohs – you visit the impressive one:

Egyptian Museum

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 the museum tour visit, you will be transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3- Fly to Luxor / Thebes East

Your stay in the immortal city of Cairo ends today. After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to Cairo Airport, then you will fly to your next destination on this Egypt tour, to Luxor, the “City of Palaces”. At Luxor Airport you will be met by our tour guide and accompanied to your Dahabeya and embarkation.

Note:

Your Egypt Holiday Service tour guide, a qualified English-speaking Egyptologist, will accompany you on board the ship for the entire Nile cruise and the sightseeing.

After lunch on board, visit with your guide:

Karnak Temple

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 we take you onto your next journey:

Luxor Temple

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 sightseeing, the first day ends in Luxor and you will be brought back to your Dahabeya.

Enjoy your dinner and the first-class service on board in a comfortable atmosphere and look forward to the rest of the journey for the next few days.

Tip of the day: In the evening you have the opportunity to experience the fascinating sound and light show in the Karnak Temple. (optional) An outstanding show not to be missed.

Day 4- Thebes West

After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will drive to Thebes-West with your guide. The first highlight of the day awaits you:

Valley of The Kings

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 onto another magical place:

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

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 to the next landmark:

The Colossi of Memnon

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.

After the last sightseeing on the tour, you will be transfer back to your Dahabeya ship.

After lunch onboard, the Dahabeya leaves to the Esna lock.

(In the afternoon there is no program, just enjoy sailing on the Dahabeya from Luxor to Esna. You have enough time to relax on your luxury Dahabeya. Find your favorite spot on the Dahabeya and let the typical Egyptian Nile landscape relax you)

Tip of the day: Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the ancient treasures of Luxor in a Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise over Thebes West. (optional)Amazing views outstanding and worth taking this trip is a must.

Day 5- Edfu / El Ramady Island

Today you will have an extensive breakfast onboard, then a visit to one of the best preserved temples in Egypt is on the program. Let’s visit:

The Edfu Temple

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 dreamy journey continues to El Ramady Island, where the Dahabeya docks and you have dinner and spend the night.

Day 6- Kom Ombo / Sheikh Fadel Island

After a leisurely breakfast during the trip, enjoy the wonderful landscape along the Nile to Kom Ombo and in the afternoon visit the Temple located directly on the banks of the Nile:

Kom Ombo Temple

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’.

After visiting the Kom Ombo Temple, we continue by boat to Sheikh Fadel Island, where the Dahabeya docks.

Day 7- Aswan Program / Old Cataract Hotel

In the early morning we continue sailing to Aswan. After your last breakfast onboard the Dahabeya, where you can enjoy the view of the beauty and atmosphere of Aswan with its Green Islands and Red Granite Rocks, you will check out. Then take an excursion to the surrounding area of ​​the city.

The first highlight on the tour today 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:

Philae Temple

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 High Dam that dams the Nile to Lake Nasser, and the construction of which has had many positive and negative effects:

The High Dam

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.

After your tour in Aswan, you will be transferred to the legendary Old Cataract Hotel for check-in.

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).

Day 8- Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel

Today you have free or you have the opportunity for a private excursion to Abu Simbel.

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.

The trip to Abu Simbel starts early in the morning. You drive through the desert with a private vehicle and your private tour guide, experience the sunrise during the journey – on the way back from Abu Simbel you will be able to admire the mirage.

After the excursion you will have lunch,  then you will have free time. You can explore Aswan on your own or relax by the pool of your luxury hotel.

Enjoy the last day and evening of your luxury trip to Egypt in the magical atmosphere of Aswan, the southernmost city in Egypt.

Day 9- Flight Back Home

Today it is unfortunately time to say goodbye to Egypt and the magical Nile! You will be picked up from your hotel by private transfer and transfer to Aswan Airport, then fly back home from Aswan via Cairo.

Price

 

  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin 2875 $ 2975 $
Double room / cabin  1975 $  2125 $

Hotel in Cairo: Marriott Mena House Hotel
Nile Cruise: By Dahabeya
Hotel in Aswan: Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel