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11 Days
Availability : Private Tour
Airport
Cairo / Alexandria / Luxor / Aswan
Overview

Give yourself the sort of Nile Cruise holiday you deserved with our Cairo, Alexandria and Nile Cruise Package, Egypt tour packages that are well and truly beyond words. Enjoy VIP treatment from beginning to end, mouthwatering cuisine, fabulous onboard entertainment, and incredible tours and excursions that bring you face to face with many of the greatest ancient attractions in Egypt.
Visit to Alexandria, the pearl of the Mediterranean, with a visit to the metropolis of Cairo and the visit of the pyramids of Giza and Sakkara, followed by a Nile cruise to the impressive historical sites of Upper Egypt such as the Karnak Temple. Hatshepsut Temple, the Valley of the Kings and other famous architectural landmarks of Egypt.
We will be there to meet you in Cairo when you arrive, and we will be there for you each and every step of the way until we bid you farewell when your magical Egypt vacation finally comes to an end.

Include
  • 3 Nights Cairo in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • 7 Nights on 5 stars Nile cruise ship with full board
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • All entrance fees of the mentioned sights
  • All rides in comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local English-speaking tour guide during your tours
  • Bottled water during your tours and transfers
  • Free wifi service during your stay in Egypt
  • All service charges and applicable taxes
Exclude
  • Costs for international flights (we will gladly book the flights for you)
  • Entry Visa
  • Excursion to Abu Simbel (optional bookable)
  • Personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival & Check In

For your Egypt tour Cairo, Alexandria and Nile Cruise Holiday , fly to Cairo today. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide and assisted with immigration and visa formalities. During the transfer to your 5 star hotel, you will already get a first impression of the lively life of the metropolis, the largest city in Africa. Upon arrival at the hotel, your guide will assist you with check-in. The rest of the day can be used as free time.

Day 2- Giza Pyramids – Saqqara Step Pyramid

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

The 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, you will have an oriental lunch at a local restaurant. Then you go to your next destination, the necropolis of:

Saqqara Step Pyramid

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 graves from the Old Kingdom with their special paintings. After the last item on the tour of this impressive day, you will be transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3- Alexandria Sightseeing

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

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:

Qaitbay Citadel

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

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.

Day 4- Cairo Sightseeing – Fly to Luxor 

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 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 visiting the museum, you will get an insight into the Islamic culture of Cairo. You visit:

The Citadel of Saladin

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.

Your stay in the immortal city of Cairo ends today. After you will have 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 taken to your 5-star Nile cruise ship and embarkation will take place.

Note:
Your Egypt holiday Service tour guide, a qualified Egyptologist, will accompany you on board the ship for the entire Nile cruise and the sightseeing.

Day 5- Luxor West Bank 

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

The 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 to another magical place:

The Hatshepsut Temple

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 of Luxor and the Nile Valley from the terraces of the temple, then continue visit:

Memnon Colossi

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 ship. After lunch on board, the ship sail to Edfu via the Esna lock.

(In the afternoon there is no program, just enjoy the boat trip from Luxor to Edfu. You have enough time to relax on the sundeck. Find your favorite spot on the ship 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)

Day 6- Edfu – Kom Ombo / Temples 

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:

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 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:

The 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’.

Then you continue up the River Nile with the ship until it docks in Aswan.

Day 7- Aswan Sightseeing

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:

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 imposing dam that damms 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.

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- Abu Simbel Temple

Today you have the unique opportunity to take an unforgettable private excursion to Abu Simbel – or you have a day off in Aswan.

Abu Simble Temple

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.

Day 9- Return from Aswan to Luxor

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!

Day 10- Luxor East Bank

After breakfast on board, you and your guide will first visit the mighty one:

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 visit another immortal building in Luxor

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 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)

Day 11- Return Home

Your trip to Egypt ends today. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Luxor Airport, then you will fly back home via Cairo.

Price
  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin 1455 $ 1555 $
Double room / cabin  1215 $  1275 $

5 * standard

Hotel in Cairo : Cairo Pyramids, Ramses Hilton
Nile Cruise : MS Emilio, MS Royal Esadora, MS Princess Sarah

  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin 2025 $ 2125 $
Double room / cabin 1550 $  1625 $

5 * Deluxe

Hotel in Cairo : Steigenberger El Tahrir, Mena House Hotel Gezih
Nile Cruise : MS Steigenberger Legacy, MS Amwaj, MS Acamar