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Essential Egypt by Nile Cruise - 8 days map

A value-packed adventure through ancient Egypt. Travelling from Cairo, home of the legendary Pyramids of Giza, to Aswan with its colourful souqs and Luxor, famed for its awe-inspiring temples and incredible Valley of the Kings. Combined with a 3-night Nile Cruise, this is the best of Egypt in 8 days!

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Giza - Gaze in awe at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and see the iconic Sphinx on the Giza Plateau
Aswan - Take a scenic boat ride out to Agilika Island to explore the beautiful Philae Temple and shop in Aswan's colourful souks
Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the Luxor Temple beautifully illuminated at night
Kom Ombo - Discover the unique double Temple of Kom Ombo, on the bank of the River Nile
Cairo - See King Tutankhamun's treasures in the Grand Egyptian Museum
Nile cruise - Cruise the River Nile from Aswan to Luxor, spending 3 nights on board a 5 star Nile cruiser
Luxor's West Bank - Discover beautifully preserved pharaohs' tombs in the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
2 overnight trains from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring - Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Kom Ombo and Luxor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
2 nights 3 - 4 star hotels and 3 nights aboard a Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-120pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$8 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

You will be met upon arrival at Cairo Airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or, if you arrive early, opt to join our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am.

If you'd like to extend your stay in Egypt we offer a pre tour (Wednesday) or post tour Sunday Day Trip to Alexandria.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza

Our tour begins with a visit to one of the world's most famous sights this morning - the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Built over 4500 years ago, the three great pyramids are sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. A visit to a government supervised Papyrus Museum will also be made at some point during today. This afternoon we take a guided tour of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which contains an incredible array of relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his spectacular gold funerary mask. This evening we board the overnight train to Aswan this evening.

Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Aswan & the Philae Temple

Arriving into Aswan early this morning, we take a boat trip out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Our final stop today is a perfume oil emporium before check-in on board your Nile Cruiser which will be home for the next three nights. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan - Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Nile Cruise & optional Abu Simbel

Aswan – Nile cruise - Kom Ombo. Consider booking our optional early morning excursion by road to visit the spectacular Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel this morning. Alternatively enjoy a free morning in Aswan. Our Nile Cruiser departs Aswan this afternoon and we cruise the River Nile to Kom Ombo where we disembark to visit the temple which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek before returning to the cruiser.
Overnight: Kom Ombo - Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Nile Cruise to Luxor

Nile Cruise - Luxor. Relax, enjoy a swim in the pool and chill out in the sun on deck this morning. Let your troubles melt away as we cruise the River Nile to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Arriving into Luxor this afternoon the rest of the day is free to explore the city before we spend our final night aboard the cruiser.
Overnight: Luxor - Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Karnak Temple

This morning we disembark and check into our Luxor hotel. There's time to relax by the hotel pool before we enjoy a guided tour of the colossal Temple of Karnak this afternoon. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers.

In the evening there's an optional visit to Luxor Temple with dinner included (book and pay locally). This remarkable temple and the Avenue of Sphinxes which leads to it, are most spectacular at night when they're illuminated by hundreds of atmospheric lights.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. We travel to Luxor's West Bank this morning for a guided tour of the legendary Valley of the Kings, which is home to an array of beautifully decorated pharaohs' tombs, three of which you can enter. Arriving at the West Bank we will be greeted by the towering 18m-high Colossi of Memnon and after the Valley of the Kings we enjoy a tour of the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Returning to the hotel the afternoon is free to relax by the pool. This evening we board the overnight train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cairo

This morning we arrive back into Egypt's bustling capital and return to our start hotel which marks the end of our tour. Day use rooms can be purchased at an additional cost or you may wish to purchase extra nights and extend your stay. If you wish to do some last minute souvenir shopping we offer an optional visit to Cairo's bustling Khan el Khalili bazaar. Included departure transfer to Cairo airport.

Please note: Flights should not be booked to depart before 2pm. We can arrange post tour accommodation upon request.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
08 Jun - 15 Jun 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
22 Jun - 29 Jun 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
06 Jul - 13 Jul 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
20 Jul - 27 Jul 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
03 Aug - 10 Aug 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
17 Aug - 24 Aug 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
31 Aug - 07 Sep 15% off
R27,665
R23,515
R39,505
R37,530
14 Sep - 21 Sep 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
R38,926
28 Sep - 05 Oct 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
05 Oct - 12 Oct 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
12 Oct - 19 Oct 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
19 Oct - 26 Oct 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
26 Oct - 02 Nov 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
02 Nov - 09 Nov 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
16 Nov - 23 Nov 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
30 Nov - 07 Dec 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
14 Dec - 21 Dec 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
R52,302
21 Dec - 28 Dec 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
28 Dec - 04 Jan 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
04 Jan - 11 Jan 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
18 Jan - 25 Jan 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
01 Feb - 08 Feb 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
15 Feb - 22 Feb 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
01 Mar - 08 Mar 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
15 Mar - 22 Mar 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
29 Mar - 05 Apr 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
05 Apr - 12 Apr 15% off
R28,625
R24,331
R40,975
12 Apr - 19 Apr 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
19 Apr - 26 Apr 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
26 Apr - 03 May 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
03 May - 10 May 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
17 May - 24 May 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
31 May - 07 Jun 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
14 Jun - 21 Jun 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
28 Jun - 05 Jul 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
12 Jul - 19 Jul 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
26 Jul - 02 Aug 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
09 Aug - 16 Aug 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
23 Aug - 30 Aug 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
06 Sep - 13 Sep 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
20 Sep - 27 Sep 15% off
R35,925
R30,536
R55,055
27 Sep - 04 Oct 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
04 Oct - 11 Oct 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
11 Oct - 18 Oct 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
18 Oct - 25 Oct 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
25 Oct - 01 Nov 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
01 Nov - 08 Nov 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
08 Nov - 15 Nov 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
15 Nov - 22 Nov 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
22 Nov - 29 Nov 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
29 Nov - 06 Dec 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995
13 Dec - 20 Dec 15% off
R42,485
R36,112
R65,995

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R2,635
R4,955
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R2,635
R4,955
Abu Simbel by Road (Adult)
R3,405
N/A

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Pyramids Resort by Jaz, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Pyramids Resort (formerly the Oasis Hotel) is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer.

Sleeper Train, Cairo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a very basic breakfast is provided.

Pyramids Park Resort, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located close to the pyramids, the expansive Pyramids Park Hotel is a beautiful hotel set around a stunning outdoor pool. Rooms are modern and bright with excellent facilities. Balconies and terraces look out onto the gardens and pool area. Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is excellent poolside dining. In the evening why not relax by the pool and enjoy a few cold ones after a long days sightseeing.

Aracan Eatabe Luxor Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the resort style pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 40
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
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