Combining the pyramids, sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Cairo with a luxury Nile Cruise is one of the world's classic holidays, and one of our most popular. Our Lake Nasser and the Nile tour includes all of this plus an additional 3 night cruise on Lake Nasser to visit the lesser known temples which straddle it's shores, including the great temple of Abu Simbel
We begin our tour in Cairo where we are introduced to Egyptian History with a visit to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egypt Museum, home of the famous Tutankhamun exhibit. On the evening of day 2 we take the overnight sleeper train south to Luxor.
Luxor is commonly described as the world's largest open air museum. We arrive early in the morning, and board our luxury Nile cruise boat for breakfast, before visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak. Around midday we return to the boat for lunch and to check in. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Luxor's markets, or perhaps visit the Mummification Museum. In the evening we visit Luxor temple in the centre of town when it is beautifully lit up.
On day 4 we start early to explore the West Bank of the Nile before the big crowds and the extreme heat of the middle of the day arrive. Our tours here take in the Valley of the Kings, where many Pharaohs were buried, the unique temple of Queen Hatchepsut, and also the less visited Medinat Habu temple which has some of Egypt's deepest carved hieroglyphs and colourful wall paintings, really giving a sense of how these temples used to look at their peak. Our final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon before we head back to the cruise boat. After returning to the boat we set sail, heading south, up-river and through the locks on the Nile at Esna, before arriving at Edfu where we spend the night onboard. After visiting the impressive Edfu temple, we sail further up-river, stopping at Komombo, before reaching the laid-back town of Aswan, which sits on the banks of the Nile. We spend 1 night in Aswan onboard the cruise boat before joining a convoy to drive south, along the banks of Lake Nasser to Abu Simbel, where we join our Lake Nasser cruise. After lunch onboard we have an afternoon tour to the colossal temples of Ramses at Abu Simbel before spending the night onboard close by. In the evening you have the option of revisiting Abu Simbel for the Sound and Light show.
Our boat sets sail from Abu Simbel whilst enjoying breakfast onboard. We will be able to view the Citadel of Kasr Ibrim from the top deck of the boat. Unfortunately entry into the Citadel is no longer permitted. Before lunch you will have tours to visit the Temples of Amada and Derr, as well as the tomb of Penout. Whilst having lunch onboard you cruise continues towards Wadi el Seboua where you spend the night onboard. After breakfast you have a morning tour of Wadi el Seboua Temple before riding a camel (or walking) to el Dakka and Mehraka. Later on in the afternoon the boat continues to Aswan where you spend your final night onboard.
On your final day in Aswan you will visit the Kalabsha Temple, Kiosk or Kertassi at Beit el Wali and the beautiful island temple of Philae. From Aswan you return to Cairo by air and our last tour takes in the Citadel with great views over the city, several beautiful mosques, the ancient churches of Coptic Cairo, and the bustling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Your tour ends in Cairo with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary 5-star hotels & 5-star deluxe cruise boats
- All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
- Domestic flights from Aswan to Cairo
- Overnight sleeper train between Cairo and Luxor
- 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
- Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
- Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all the sightseeing tours
- Entrance fees to sites visited
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- International flights (available on request)
- Visa fees (USD 25 available on arrival for most nationalities)
- Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Tipping kitty (allow US$55)
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
- Tour guide tips
- Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
- Any other items not mentioned above
Hotel Gala Dinners
Many of Egypt's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our prices above, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.