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Walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a fascinating city and cruise experience in Egypt. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids in Cairo and unearth the history behind the iconic Valley of the Kings. Spend 3 or 4 nights under the stars on a Full-Board Nile River Cruise and delight in the sights of Aswan, atmospheric Kom Ombo, eternal Edfu and the magical Temples of Luxor.
Day Summary Itinerary Activities Hotel
1 Home- Cairo Fly to Cairo  
2 Cairo Arrival Cairo Ramses Hilton or similar
3 Cairo- Aswan- Nile Cruise Temple of Edfu & Luxor Highlights Tour Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
4 Nile Cruise (Aswan- Kom Ombo) Nile Cruise Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
5 Nile Cruise (Edfu- Luxor)) Temple of Edfu, Temple of Luxor Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
6 Nile Cruise /Luxor Valley of the King, Temple of Hatshepsut Iberotel Luxor or similar
7 Luxor- Cairo Karnak Temple Complex Ramses Hilton or similar
8 Cairo the Three Great Pyramids, Great Sphinx, the Temple of the Valley, Egyptian Museum Ramses Hilton or similar
9 Cairo- Home Fly to Home  

Day 1: US – Night on board

It’s time to unearth the secrets of Ancient Egypt and get to know the vibrant culture of Egypt’s most emblematic cities. Arrive at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Cairo*. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

The order of the excursions and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights, traffic and other logistical reasons. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.


Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

 

Day 2: Cairo

Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you’ve settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

 

Accommodation: Ramses Hilton of similar

Activities:

Optional – Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) – 3 Excursions

  • Island of Philae
  • Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
  • Saladin Citadel Excursion

Optional – Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) – 4 Excursions

  • Abu Simbel Excursion
  • Island of Philae
  • Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
  • Saladin Citadel Excursion

 

Day 3: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo’s most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx and the Temple of the Valley to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt before visiting the Egyptian Museum. This world-renowned museum is home to the largest collection of jewels, relics and statues from the golden age of the pharaohs. End the day with a walk through the lively Khan el Khalili neighbourhood, home to the largest bazaar in the city. Overnight stay in Cairo.

 

Accommodation: Ramses Hilton of similar

Activity: Pyramids of Giza & Cairo Tour included

 

Day 4: Cairo – Aswan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Aswan, situated on the Nile River and known for its great importance to the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Upon arrival, head to the river to enjoy a cruise on a traditional felucca boat to see the Nile Falls. Watch life along the Nile as you travel along the river. Afterwards, continue to the Granite Quarry, home to an unfinished ancient obelisk and the High Dam of Aswan. Transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next three nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy the views of the river. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Accommodation: Nile Treasure Cruise or similar

Activity: Aswan Tour & Felucca Boat Cruise (included)

 

Day 5: Aswan – Kom Ombo

Full-board on board. Today, if you’re an early riser, you have the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to Abu Simbel*, home to many rock-carved temples. Afterwards, we recommend to take the chance to book an optional visit to the Island of Philae**. A river island in the Nile where the ancient temple of the goddess Isis is located. Afterwards, navigate northwards towards Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Later, visit a unique Crocodile Mummy museum, home to a number of mummified crocodiles. Return to the ship and enjoy relaxing on board. Dinner and overnight on board.

* Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

Please note: If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel, you will depart from the ship at approximately 3 a.m. to make the most of the coolest and quietest part of the day. This way, you can fully experience Abu Simbel without the crowds and avoid sightseeing in high temperatures.

** Optional Island of Philae Excursion: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

 

Accommodation: Nile Treasure Cruise or similar

Activities:

Highlights of Kom Ombo Tour (included)

Optional – Abu Simbel Excursion

Optional – Island of Philae

 

Day 6: Edfu – Luxor

Full-board on board. Dock in Edfu today to enjoy a ride in a traditional Egyptian carriage to arrive at the Temple of Edfu in style! Spend some time exploring the temple, dedicated to the Egyptian god of Horus. It’s one of the best-preserved monuments in the country as its imposing structure has been protected by the desert sands. Back on the ship, continue to Luxor where the ancient heart of Thebes awaits you. Here, discover the Temple of Luxor, constructed by the two great pharaohs, Amenhotep II and Ramses II. Return to the ship. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Accommodation: Nile Treasure Cruise or similar

Activity: Temple of Edfu & Luxor Highlights Tour (included)

 

Day 7: Luxor

Breakfast on board. Continue your discovery of the ancient city of Thebes today as you head to the world-famous Valley of the Kings*, where the tomb of Tutankhamon was discovered, revealing the riches of the ancient pharaohs. It is here that the most powerful and influential kings of Ancient Egypt were buried. After exploring the site, continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, an imposing terraced structure, located below towering cliffs. Bid farewell to this world of ancient kings and queens as you cross the river into modern-day Luxor. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend an optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show**. Overnight stay in Luxor.

Please note: The excursion to the Valley of the Kings includes visits to three tombs. Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun is not included but, if you are interested in visiting, you can buy a ticket to see this tomb at the site during your visit.

** Optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show: Visit the largest open-air museum in Egypt, the Karnak Temple in Luxor. Discover the secrets behind the temple’s ancient name, Thebes, and explore its significant monuments.  As you wander through the ruins of this once great complex, you will be guided by the voices of the pharaohs who built this site to honor their god Amon. Watch as the temples and statues come to life with the clever use of special effects , relive the times of the ancient pharaohs with their customs and rituals as they recount the dramatic history of ancient Thebes.

 

Accommodation: Iberotel Luxor or similar

Activities:

Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Memnon Colossi Excursion (included)

Optional – Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show

 

 

Day 8: Luxor – Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off early in the morning to visit the Karnak Temple Complex, home to a vast array of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other ancient buildings. Explore the ruins as you soak up the unique atmosphere and let your imagination run wild as you learn about life in Ancient Egypt. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Cairo. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. We recommend an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Excursion to Saladin Citadel: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt’s Islamic heritage before walking through the Coptic Neighborhood, home to various churches.

 

Accommodation: Ramses Hilton or similar

Activities:

Visit to the Karnak Temple Complex (included)

Optional – Saladin Citadel Excursion

 

Day 9: Cairo – US

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

 

Note:

We offer you the chance to extend the trip’s duration for extra 1-3 nights, additional cost applies. You will be able to add more nights during the checkout.

Luxor Iberotel Luxor

Khaled Ibn Al Walid, Gazirat Al Awameyah, Luxor, Luxor Governorate 1362010, Egypt

+20 95 2380925

Nile River Nile Treasure Cruise

Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu – Luxor

+201066679421

Cairo Ramses Hilton

1115 Corniche El Nile Cairo, Egypt

+20 2 25777444

Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) – 3 Excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Add 3 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See Karnak Temple like never before with the Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel and visit the Island of Philae.

What’s included: Transfers, guide and tickets.

Physical rating: Active

You will be required to walk for a few hours on comfortable terrain.

Important: Please avoid booking the activities included in this package separately.

 

Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) – 4 Excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Add 4 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel, visit the ancient Island of Philae in Aswan and take an excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.

What’s included: Transfers, guide and tickets.

Physical rating: Active

You will be required to walk for a few hours on comfortable terrain.

Important: Please avoid booking the activities included in this package separately.

 

Abu Simbel Excursion

Suggested activity for day 5 in Nubia

Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

What’s included: Transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 03:30 Approx

Physical rating: Active

You will be required to walk for a few hours on comfortable terrain.

Please note: excursion leaves around 3:30 am. All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

 

Island of Philae

Suggested activity for day 5 in Nile River

Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

What’s included: Transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees.

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating: Active

You will be required to walk for a few hours on comfortable terrain.

Note: Depending on the day of arrival in Aswan, the pick-up time of the activity will be adapted to the included and optional activities of the day.

 

Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show

Suggested activity for day 7 in Luxor

Discover the secrets of the “Karnak Temple” in Luxor, built in honor of the god Amun. Stroll through its ruins guided by the voices of the pharaohs, while the statues come to life with special effects and the history of Thebes is narrated.

What’s included: Transfers, guide and tickets.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 19:10 Approx

Physical rating: Light

Even though you will be seated most of the time, you may be required to walk short distances or climb some steps.

 

Saladin Citadel Excursion

Suggested activity for day 8 in Cairo

Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt’s Islamic heritage and walk through the Coptic Neighborhood.

What’s included: Transport, English-speaking guide, entrance fees.

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating: Active

You will be required to walk for a few hours on comfortable terrain.

Thinking about staying longer after the trip? You definitely can!

Simply contact customer service for more information.

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Passport and Visas:

  • U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD.
  • The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “e-visas.” There are other websites purporting to offer electronic visas, some of which reportedly charge double the official price, but this is the only official Government of Egypt portal for this service. U.S. citizens and the citizens of 44 other countries are eligible to apply through this means in advance of their travel.
  • Egyptian immigration officials occasionally have denied entry to travelers without explanation.
  • U.S. citizens who have experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt or are concerned about their eligibility for a visa upon arrival should apply for a visa at an Egyptian embassy or consulate prior to travel, but a visa obtained prior to entry does not guarantee admission to Egypt.
  • Visas for gainful employment or study in Egypt must be obtained prior to travel.

The price includes

  • Departures from US Airports.
  • International flights: US – Cairo – US.
  • Internal flights: Cairo – Aswan; Luxor – Cairo. *
  • 4 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels and 3 nights on the Nile Cruise. **
  • 4 breakfasts and Full-Board on the Nile Cruise.
  • Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities. ****
  • 3-night Nile Cruise.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.

Not included

Visa (required)* drinks, tips** and any other services not mentioned in what’s included.

* Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

** Please note: Mandatory tips of $55 per person for the Nile Cruise are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Egyptian culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

Important Notes

Documentation of the internal flights will either be delivered to you on arrival at your destination.

Please note the following luggage allowances for your internal flight:

  • Checked luggage allowance is between 21-23 kg (46-50 lbs)
  • Hand luggage (carry-on) allowance is 8 kg (17 lbs)

* For travellers arriving in Egypt on a Thursday, please note that the flight the following day from Cairo to Aswan usually departs early in the morning, so you will be required to leave for the airport before dawn.

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** The order of the itinerary varies according to the day of arrival:

Monday: 2 nights in Cairo, 3 nights Nile cruise, 1 night in Luxor and 1 night in Cairo.

Wednesday: 2 nights in Cairo, 3 nights Nile cruise, 1 night in Luxor and 1 night in Cairo.

Thusday: 1 night in Cairo, 3 nights Nile Cruise, 1 night in Luxor, 2 nights in Cairo.

**** This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Egypt! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.  

Please note: Please be aware that the ship’s Wi-Fi connection is dependent on satellite coverage and that there are sections of the cruise in which Wi-Fi will not be available. High-speed Wi-Fi is available to use in port only, for an extra fee of $8 USD per day.

IMPORTANT: This trip is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.
However, please note that this tour can be taken privately. There will be a private guide and a specifically designed itinerary to ensure maximum enjoyment. The excursions will be taken via alternative routes with ease of access and the pace will be dictated by the passenger.
To take part in the private tour it is required that the person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a dedicated person at all times, to assist in any necessary situations, such as getting in and out of the transport vehicle, on excursions, and so on.

9 Days

Egypt in 9 Days

From: USD $1,699 

Group Size:

Guide:

2 and above
English

Number of travelers

* Other dates are available on request.

* You may depart from any US major airport, please contact us for details.

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