Cairo, Luxor & Nile Cruise
10 nights. February 2021 - November 2022. From £1799.00.
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Unearth the mysteries of antiquity, and discover the eye-popping, jaw-dropping riches of the pharaohs, in comfort and style. Catch your breath as you encounter the wondrous Pyramids at Giza and marvel at the collections of Cairo's stunning Egyptian Museum. Gaze in awe as you cruise along the tranquil Nile, past riverbank scenes unchanged in centuries, visiting some of the most important relics of Ancient Egypt, as well as the truly phenomenal High Dam at Aswan. Opportunities to visit Alexandria and Abu Simbel on optional excursions complete this extraordinary, unforgettable holiday in Egypt.
What's IncludedThree nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the five-star Cairo Pyramids Hotel
Seven nights' full-board accommodation aboard a five-star Nile river cruise vessel
One lunch in Cairo
Return flights to Cairo, returning from Luxor (via Cairo)
An internal flight from Cairo to Luxor
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsDiscover the sights of Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum
See Giza's magnificent, monumental Pyramids and Sphinx
See the Temples of Karnak and Luxor
Visit the Aswan High Dam
Sail on a felucca around Kitchener Island
Visit the Valley of the Kings
Optional excursions to Alexandria and Abu Simbel
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Cairo and transfer by coach to your five-star hotel in the shadow of the Pyramids at Giza, for a three-night stay.
Day 2Enjoy a full-day guided tour, which will include a visit to the Pyramids - the vast, extraordinary monuments to the ancient Egyptians' wealth and power - watched over by the enigmatic Sphinx. Another highlight will be Cairo's Egyptian Museum, with its fabulous treasures recovered from the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun. At some stage during 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, containing many treasures of Tutankhamun, is expected to open. The tour will be adjusted to include the new museum when it is opened to the public. This evening, return to the Pyramids on our optional Sound and Light excursion. On this mystical trip you'll hear the tale of how the Pyramids were built and what life was like in Ancient Egypt in 2611BC, with a spectacular light show adding to the storytelling.
Day 3Spend another day uncovering Cairo's treasures, or join today's optional excursion to Alexandria. Once the centre of the Hellenistic world, and now a bustling port, Alexandria is a city preserves an air of nostalgia - in its traditional coffee houses and cafes - for the "Alex" of old.Visit the fascinating Graeco-Roman Museum, explore Egypt's only Roman amphitheatre, wander the eerie catacombs at Kom El Shoqafa, discover the site where the Pharos lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) once stood, and see the Citadel of Quilt Bay - a 15th-century fortress located on the coastline.
Day 4Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luxor, and board your magnificently appointed five-star rated river cruiser - your home for the next seven nights. After lunch on board, journey to the East Bank of the Nile to visit Luxor Temple with its colonnades and courtyards, and the staggering Temple of Karnak, where the vast columns of the giant hypostyle hall dwarf awestruck visitors. Later, enjoy a first dinner on board as your ship spends the night moored in Luxor.
Day 5Cross to the Nile's West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where in 1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the sand-blocked entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun. You'll also visit the temple of female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut, and gaze in awe at the twin "colossi" of Memnon.Return to your river cruiser for lunch, and the begin your journey south, cruising through scenery seemingly unchanged in centuries, with fishermen sailing traditional feluccas and villagers washing their clothing in the river waters. Moor overnight in Edfu.
Day 6Visit perhaps the best preserved of all Egypt's Pharaonic relics, the stunning Temple of Horus, before you return to the ship and cruise towards the magnificent riverside Temple at Kom Ombo, with its hypostyle halls, burial chambers and mummified crocodiles. You'll also visit the twin temple of pharaohs Sobek and Haroeris, before cruising on to Aswan, where you will moor for three nights, giving you the opportunity to explore this mesmerising city where the constant backdrop is the Aga Khan's great mausoleum.
Day 7Today you'll visit the extraordinary Aswan High Dam, which holds back the mighty waters of Lake Nasser, and see the granite quarries from where many of Egypt's ancient obelisks were fashioned. Take a motorboat ride across the Nile to the great Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, and then join our included afternoon tour to enjoy a felucca ride around mid-stream Kitchener's Island, with its botanical gardens.
Day 8Explore some of the attractions of Aswan, perhaps visiting the Nubian Museum, which charts the history of one of Africa's most ancient peoples, or wandering the colourful souks. Alternatively, join an optional excursion by coach to remote Abu Simbel, where the staggering temples of Ramses II and the goddess Hathor are carved out of the mountainside. Rediscovered in the early 19th Century, the temples and their relics are among Egypt's greatest treasures.
Days 9-10Over two days, your river cruiser makes her lazy way north downriver once more, heading back past the sites at Kom Ombo and Edfu, and mooring for a last night in Luxor. Take the opportunity to spend two days enjoying the tranquillity of the ship, dipping in and out of the pool and making the most of the on-board amenities as the stunning scenery passes gently by.
Day 11Bid farewell to your ship and your Egyptian hosts, and transfer to Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo and your international flight back to the UK. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visasBritish citizens will require a visa to enter Egypt. The current cost is US$25 (approximately £19). You can obtain your visa on arrival and should make payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the return date to the UK and contain one blank page for the visa.
Grand Egyptian Museum at GizaThe Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, containing many treasures of Tutankhamun, is expected to open in 2020. The tour will be adjusted to include the new museum when it is opened to the public.
Cruise itineraryPlease note that the order of included day-to-day visits on board the cruise is subject to change.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads. Back to top