On our Egypt tour Cairo, Nile Cruise and Aswan, you start by visiting the capital of the country, Cairo which is the largest and most important metropolis not only in Egypt, but in all of Africa as well as the Islamic world. You will visit the pyramids of Giza, the oldest pyramids in Saqqara and Dahshur. Highlights in Cairo are also the great Egyptian Museum with the gold treasure of TutAnchAmun and the mighty citadel of Saladin with the impressive alabaster mosque of Mohamed Ali. A visit to Old Cairo with the city’s Islamic and Coptic quarters rounds off your stay in Cairo perfectly.
After these days full of impressions, your 5-star Nile cruise ship awaits you in Luxor to take you leisurely to Aswan in 5 days. Your ship takes you along the banks of the Nile to the most fascinating sights. Walk in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and be amazed by the mighty Karnak temple complex. The temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae give a wonderful insight into the mystical culture of the ancient Egyptians. Of course, a visit to the temples of Abu Simbel, the legacy of Ramses II, should not be missed on this Egypt trip to Cairo, Nile cruise and Aswan.
For your Egypt tour Cairo, Nile cruise and Aswan, 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- Saqqara / Memphis / Dahshur
Today After breakfast at the hotel you will go to the Old Kingdom of Egypt and you will explore the oldest pyramids in the country. You will be picked up by your tour guide in a private, comfortable vehicle and you will first visit:
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 of the Old Kingdom with their special paintings.
After this impressive tour you will continue to:
Memphis or Menefer was city and capital of ancient Egypt and an important centre during much of Egyptian history. Its ruins are located south of the Nile River delta, on the west bank of the river, and about 15 miles (24 km) south of modern Cairo. Closely associated with the ancient city’s site are the cemeteries, or necropolises, of Memphis, where the famous pyramids of Egypt are located. From north to south the main pyramid fields are: Abū Ruwaysh, Giza, Zāwiyat al-ʿAryān, Abū Ṣīr, Ṣaqqārah, and Dahshūr. The Memphis archaeological zone was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
An oriental lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Then go to your next destination, the pyramids and burial grounds of:
The Red Pyramid, also called the North Pyramid, is the largest of the pyramids located at the Dahshur necropolis in Cairo, Egypt. Named for the rusty reddish hue of its red limestone stones, it is also the third largest Egyptian pyramid, after those of Khufu and Khafre at Giza. Located about 30Km south of the Giza Pyramids, and in the southern wing of Saqqara, the Dahshour area contains pyramids of the IV and the XII Dynasties. Here you will find the Pyramid of Amenemhat II, and the Pyramid of Amenemhat III, or the Black Pyramid. In fact, the great King Snefru (2680-2656 B.C), the founder of the IV Dynasty, was the first king who chose to build his tomb in this royal area, as it was close to the capital, Memphis.
After this impressive day, you will have transfer back to your hotel.
Day 3- Giza Pyramids / Egyptian Museum / Khan El Khalili
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 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 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 impressive of:
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.
Then take a stroll down El Muizz Street, one of the oldest streets in the city, 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:
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.
The bazaar is also home to many coffee houses that hold grand archways and vaulted ceilings, the highest example of Mamluk and Ottoman architecture. Enjoy your tea or coffee in the unique atmosphere and let your day end comfortably.
After that you will have transfer back to your hotel.
Day 4- Salah El Din Citadel / Alabaster Mosque / Old Cairo
Today you will get an insight into the Islamic and Christian history of Cairo. After breakfast in the hotel you will be picked up by your guide to visit the majestic:
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 Saladin is home to one of the most beautiful buildings in the city:
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 detailed explanations of your guide, head to the old town of Cairo. Explore on your way through Old Cairo:
The Coptic Quarter in Cairo was built on an old Roman fortress. You will visit magnificent historic buildings such as the St. Sergius Church, the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Then, enjoy lunch at a local downtown restaurant. Then visit:
It is the largest mosque in Cairo and is considered to be the oldest preserved mosque in Cairo in its original form. The mosque was built from 876 to 879 under Ahmed Ibn Tulun.
Next to the mosque is the one that is worth seeing:
The museum is located in a beautiful historic house. (Beit El Kertilia) and is considered to be one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Egypt. The Beit El Kertlia is an example of how great the historical Islamic architecture was in Egypt.
After visiting the museum, this day full of amazing impressions of Cairo ends and you will have transfer back to your hotel.
Your stay in the immortal city of Cairo ends today. After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken 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.
Your Egypt holiday Service tour guide, a qualified Egyptologist, will accompany you on board the ship for the entire Nile cruise and the sightseeing.
After lunch on board, the first highlight of Luxor is on. You will visit with your guide:
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.
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 that, the first day ends in Luxor and you will be brought back to your 5 star Nile cruise ship.
Enjoy your dinner and the first-class service on board and look forward to the rest of the holiday tour 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)
After 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 of Luxor and the Nile Valley from the terraces of the temple, then continue 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 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 7- Edfu / Kom Ombo
Today you will have an extensive breakfast on board, then a visit to one of the best preserved temples in Egypt is on today program:
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 dream trip continues and the ship sets off towards Kom Ombo. In the afternoon you visit the one 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.
Day 8- 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. Enjoy a boat trip to the Nile island of Agilika. There you will find the last great sanctuary of the ancient Egyptian religion, the:
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, which dams 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)
Day 9- Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel
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.
The trip to Abu Simbel starts early in the morning. You drive through the desert with a private vehicle and your private tour guide and experience the sunrise during the outward journey – on the way back from Abu Simbel you will be able to admire the mirage.
After the excursion and lunch in a nice restaurant you will have transfer to your 5 star hotel in Aswan where you will check in. In the afternoon you can relax by the hotel pool and review the impressions of the day.
Day 10 – Return Home
Today it is unfortunately time to say goodbye to the immortal Nile and the treasures of the pharaohs. After breakfast, transfer to Aswan Airport, then fly back home via Cairo.
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||1475 $||1575 $|
|Double room / cabin||1155 $||1225 $|
5 * standard
Hotel in Cairo: Cairo Pyramids, Ramses Hilton
Nile Cruise : MS Emilio, MS Royal Esadora, MS Princess Sarah
Hotel in Aswan: Tolip Aswan
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||2015 $||2115 $|
|Double room / cabin||1455 $||1555 $|
5 * Deluxe
Hotel in Cairo : Steigenberger El Tahrir, Sheraton Cairo Hotel
Nile Cruise: MS Steigenberger Minerva, MS Acamar, MS Moon Dance
Hotel in Aswan: Mövenpick Aswan