Abu Simbel | Egypt
FROM: R36,900

There's no better way to cap your Egyptian adventure than relaxing by the famous Red Sea resort town of Hurghada. Pyramids & pharaohs, ancient architecture & antiquity, cruising the River Nile, sunshine, sand & sea!

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau
Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan el Khalili Bazaar
The Temples of Abu Simbel
Nile cruising - islands en route
Luxor - Temples of Karnak & Luxor Temple by night
Red Sea - swim, snorkel, dive or simply soak up the sun!
Necropolis of Saqqara
Egyptian Museum
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut


Breakfast daily and all meals aboard Nile Cruiser
Economy class flight Cairo - Abu Simbel, Abu Simbel - Aswan, Hurghada - Cairo
Free time, rest and relaxation in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada
Qualified Egyptologist guide at all sites of antiquity
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
9 nights superior or deluxe hotels (specific to your chosen itinerary), 3 nights deluxe Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan and Luxor
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and 13
Private air-conditioned transportation and all relevant transfers

Not Included

International flights and visa
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Arrival to Cairo, North Africa’s largest city. Included transfer to your hotel and leisurely afternoon to enjoy your hotel facilities.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Today we visit the Pyramids of Giza. Rising above the beige coloured desert sand, the Pyramids at Giza Plateau are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. The other two - Chephren and Mycerinus are equally impressive. Afterward we tour the tomb-strewn necropolis of Saqqara, featuring King Zhoser’s step pyramid, constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, this was the template for all future pyramid construction.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo

This morning we venture to old Islamic Cairo and the Egyptian Museum, home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamun. An entire gallery is devoted to the treasures unearthed by Howard Carter at Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Abu Simbel

Cairo - Abu Simbel - Aswan. A short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel , created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, the other two are of his beloved wife - Queen Nefertari. Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. Later, free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Philae Temple

A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam. A modern feat of engineering, the High Dam contains 18 times the amount of material used in the construction of Cheops, the largest pyramid at Giza. The by-product for this awesome construction is Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake! Cultivable land has increased considerably and the High Dam’s hydro-electric station has doubled Egypt’s power supply. Continuing, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island and Philae Temple. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the resevoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae Temple was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island. This afternoon we board our luxury Nile cruiser.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

Cruise The Nile

Aswan - Luxor. Sailing upstream we stop to visit the waterside temple of Kom Ombo, dating back to the reign of Tuthmosis III, built in honour of the crocodile-headed god Sobek. It is unique and unusual, in that everything is architecturally doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. Early morning on day 7, we continuing through the Esna lock and arrive to Luxor. Afternoon visit to the grand Temples of Karnak, a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. Tonight, we’ll take a stroll along the riverside corniche and visit Luxor temple, wonderfully illuminated by night.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 8

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Hurghada. This morning we visit the Valleys of the Kings & Queens and Temple of Hatshepsut. Valley of the Kings was constructed to house the regal sarcophagi-enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Some of the best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamun. In all, more than 60 tombs have been excavated. This afternoon we drive to Hurghada.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Soak up some sun!

Time for a bit of R&R! There’s plenty to do in and around Hurghada. Consider sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, Scuba diving and snorkelling or simply soak up the sun poolside. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has a lively nightlife scene and excellent shopping.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 12


Hurghada - Cairo. This morning we fly back to Cairo. The afternoon allows free time; relax by the pool or consider some last minute souvenir shopping at Khan el Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13


Perhaps indulge with a sleep-in and breakfast in bed. Hotel check out and a departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Cairo, Cruise & Red Sea - 13 Days

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Superior or Deluxe
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
Perfect turquoise water and
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