Day 1: Cairo
Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will meet you and assist you with visa formalities and luggage collection, then transfer you to your hotel. Our rep will help you settle in, then the rest of the day is free at your leisure. If your flight lands early, then you could take a first look at the pyramids with an amazing sound and light show, or perhaps head into downtown Cairo for a Nile dinner cruise and show.
Our tour of Egypt begins with a drive to Giza to visit the three great pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx. You’ll find your local Egyptology guide a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks, together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle.
You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid).
Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit and many of the New Kingdom royal mummies, the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Accommodation: Overnight Cairo
Check out of your Cairo hotel after breakfast and transfer to Cairo Airport to take your flight to Aswan Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your guide and taken to a luxury cruise, where you will stay for the next four nights. See some of the major pharaonic monuments in Luxor, including the Karnak Temple, the largest pharaonic temple ever built.
We awake this morning on the shores of the Nile in Aswan. Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. You have some free time this morning to explore, walk along the Corniche on the banks of the river, or take a trip to the Nubian Museum, which has a collection of artifacts from the Nubian people.
We transfer to our Nile Cruise boat for lunch before our tour to the beautiful island temple, the Temple of Philae. Dedicated to Isis it was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser and can only be reached by a scenic boat. The rest of the day is free.
There is also an early morning optional visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. This amazing site was completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded.
- Overnight Aswan – Harbour at Nile Cruise Boat (Deluxe Cruise Cabin)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
We spend the day today sailing down the Nile, enjoying our time relaxing on the sun deck and and watching rural Egyptian life pass us by. Our first stop is at the beautifully situated riverside dual-temple at Kom Ombo, the home of Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god, who were worshipped in pre-dynastic times. We then continue sailing on to Temple of Edfu also dedicated to the falcon god, Horus.
- Overnight Edfu – Harbour at Nile Cruise Boat (Deluxe Cruise Cabin)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning we explore the Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple in the whole of Egypt, it has many inscriptions in the Coptic language and is adorned with paintings. We then sail onwards to Luxor, passing through the Esna lock. Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and has the greatest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. Across the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock carved tombs. To the east stand the Temples of Luxor and Karnak.
After lunch we’ll visit the massive temple of Karnak. It was linked to the town of Luxor by a long sphinx lined avenue. Inside the large courtyard are three temples. The much photographed Hypostyle Hall has an impressive 134 towering columns, each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions cover the walls.
In the evening we’ll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.
- Overnight Luxor Harbour at Nile Cruise Boat (Deluxe Cruise Cabin)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Today is free to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. The Hurghada area is an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Other activities available include quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Hurghada also has an interesting marina and old town just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort if you wish to extend your stay – please contact us for details and prices.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
We fly back to Cairo this morning.
In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We’ll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We’ll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt’s unofficial national dish, Kushari.
Finally we visit the evening Al Guri Sufi show at the Wikalat al Ghuri, a 16th centry market place with a domed roof and some beautiful Islamic architecture. A colourful and flamboyant show packs crowds of locals, and some tourists in here twice a week with displays of dervish inspired dance, Sufi vocals and vibrant percussion. This makes a thrilling and entertaining end to our time in Egypt.
During peak periods, when queues and waits to get in can be very long, we may have to arrange an evening event at a hotel or restaurant instead of attending this show.
Today is free for some more sightseeing or a spot of last minute shopping until we take you back to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an evening flight, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis tours can also be done today. Alternatively if you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo you can take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria which lies on the Mediterranean coast.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Domestic flight between Hurghada and Cairo and transfers
- Domestic flight
- Tips for any guides and/or drivers
- Visas, border or port taxes
- Optional activities
- Any international flights are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
: Transfer to Nile Cruise&Aswan Tours
Egypt Gift Tours licensed tour guide will meet&assist you at Aswan Airport/Railway station or Hotel to be transferred by A/C van to your 5 stars Nile Cruise to check in before lunch. Have lunch on board. Then, start your tour by visiting the High Dam; achieved in 1960 to protect Egypt from the flood&generate electric. Proceed to visit the Graeco Roman Temple dedicated to goddess Isis using a small motorboat to get there. Later on, return back to your cruise for Dinner, folkloric show, and Overnight in Aswan.
Note: If your arrival to Aswan is so early, so we will start the tour direct upon arrival since the cruise check-in time at 12:00 and we don’t want our guest to waste their time waiting at the lobby for check-in.
Meals included: lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Navigation&Kom Ombo Temple
Breakfast on board.Free leisure morning on the deck. Have lunch and be ready for the cruise navigation by afternoon heading to Kom Ombo city where to visit the dual temple of Sobek, the crocodile God and Horus, the Falcon God. Back to the cruise and have dinner. Continue sailing to Edfu for overnight.
Day 3: Edfu Temple& Arrive Luxor(visit Luxor Temple)
After your breakfast, enjoy Horse Carriage ride with your tour guide to visit the temple of Horus at Edfu which is considered to be the most complete&the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. Return to the cruise. Relax on the deck watching the unique landscape and admire the beautiful scenery of the Nile river while sailing to Luxor. Cross Esna Lock.Lunch on board.Afternoon tea on the sundeck. Late in the afternoon, arrive at Luxor dock, to be transferred to enjoy Luxor Temple on the East bank of Luxor.where ancient Egyptian, Christian and Islamic features are exhibited. Dinner on board and belly dancing show.Overnight in Luxor.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 4: Luxor West Bank, Karnak Temple Tour&Departure transfer
Breakfast and check out to start your remarkable day by driving to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs from the new kingdom hewn their tombs in the mountains aiming to hide their treasure and protect their mummies. Then to the Mortuary temple of the famous queen Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahari. End your tour in the West Bank by a photo stop in front of the gigantic statues of Memnon. Lunchtime in a local restaurant (optional).Back to the East Bank to see the largest temple ever; Karnak Temple built through 2000 years, covering an area of about 63 acres.
Meals included: breakfast.
- Hot Air Balloon In Luxor(80 $ per person)
- Abu Simbel temples by coach(85 $ per person)
- Nubian Village by motorboat(30 $ per person)
All Cabins Contain:
- Mini Bar.
- Safe Deposit Box.
- Satellite TV.
- Private Bathroom with full bathtub.