This cultural tour will start in Cairo, where you'll explore the bustling city and visit the Pyramids of Giza, and embarking on a three-night cruise on the Nile River during which you'll visit Egypt's most famous temples including Philae temple. You'll then set sail on the Nile to Luxor with stops in Kom Ombo and Edfu. In Luxor, you'll do a tour of this historic city and visit the Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and others before returning to Cairo to board your departure flight home.
Day 1: Thursday Oct 14. Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! You'll meet your travel representative at Cairo airport, then transfer to yur hotel in Cairo. No meal.
Day 2: Friday Oct 15. Fly to Aswan, Cruise the Nile
Early morning, your travel representative help transfer you in time for your short flight to Aswan. This small city in the Nile Valley is located south of Cairo. Once you arrive in Aswan, you will make your way to your cruise ship. This unforgettable cruise includes visiting many of the major sights in Aswan.
Today's sightseeing includes:
Aswan High Dam: Built in the 1960s and completed in 1970. Aswan Dam was formally inaugurated in 1971 and was an engineering marvel at the time due to it changing the landscape of Egypt by increasing cultivable land by 30 percent and doubling its electricity supply.
Philae Temple: There were once temples at Philae (construction began in 690 BC) dedicated to the goddess Isis. The complex was moved from its original location on Philae Island to Agilkia Island due to the construction of Aswan High Dam. You'll board a small boat to learn more about the temple here.
The Botanical Garden: You'll have time to explore the grounds of Kitchener’s Island—also known as the Botanical Garden—a 16-acre island in the Aswan archipelago located between Elephantine Island and The Nile's west bank.
Meals: Breakfast box, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: Saturday Oct 16. Sail to Luxor - Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
Your adventure continues as you set sail for Luxor. You will have a chance to get off the ship and explore more sights along with your guide.
Your guide will explain the significance of these temples in further detail:
Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo: This temple is dedicated to the crocodile god (Sobek) and falcon god (Haroeris). It was built during the Ptolemaic era. Many of the walls of its courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms are still intact along with wall carvings and some statues.
Temple of Horus at Edfu: The Ptolemaic Temple of Horus was constructed between 57 BCE and 237 BCE. It is one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt and inside you can still make out many of its inscriptions.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: Sunday Oct 17. Luxor – Valley of the Kings
Today, you'll continue your Nile cruise tours which includes sightseeing on the river's west and east bank. Your guide will lead you through this tour.
Valley of the Kings: The location of rock-cut tombs for kings and powerful nobles (including Tutankhamun) for nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE.
Colossi of Memnon: Visit the ruins of Amenhotep’s memorial temple. What remains are two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, which were erected to guard the temple's entrance.
Hatshepsut Temple: The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is the focal point of Deir el-Bahri, a complex of mortuary temples and tombs.
Karnak Temple: One of Egypt’s largest surviving temples which was founded in the Middle Kingdom, and was once a key religious center.
Luxor Temple: A large temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River. It was founded during the New Kingdom around 1400 BC.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5: Monday 18 Oct. Fly to Cairo - Cairo Tours
Fly to Cairo, then enjoy visiting the highlight of Cairo city. Today's activities include: The Pyramids of Giza
Today's activities include:
The Pyramids of Giza: First you'll travel to Giza outside of Cairo where you will see the three major pyramids at its necropolis complex. Your Egyptologist will explain the history of their construction, which spanned nearly three generations starting from the Great Pyramid of Giza, Cheops, followed by the smaller Chepren, and Mykerinos.
The Egyptian Museum: You will visit the Museum of Antiquities, commonly known as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which has a substantial collection of ancient treasures such as the tomb of King Tut and his funerary mask.
Continue driving to the area of Islamic Cairo, where you will visit Khan El Khalili. Later you will be driven back to your hotel in Cairo.
Day 6: Tuesday 19 Oct. Depart Cairo
Early morning, Transfer to Cairo airport.
Meals: Breakfast box.
Hotels and Boats
Category: 5 Star Hotel, 5 Star Nile Cruise
Price$2000 Solo travel, private tour with private car and private tour guides