8-Day Grand Nile Cruise: Egypt's Treasures and Wonders

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey through Egypt's historical wonders with our immersive tour. This experience combines renowned landmarks and hidden gems, catering to adventurers, cultural enthusiasts, and those seeking relaxation. Our expert guides and luxurious accommodations ensure every moment is filled with awe and wonder. Dive into Egypt's rich history and culture, visiting iconic sites like the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx, and the Pyramids of Giza. Explore hidden treasures, such as Cairo's bustling markets and the serene Nile River. With opulent lodgings and experienced guides, this trip guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, leaving you with priceless memories. Pack your bags for a captivating journey that will engage your senses.

Tour Info
  • Duration: 8 days , 7 nights
  • Departure time and location: TBA from Cairo
  • Return time and location: TBA to Cairo
  • Package category: Wholistic
Tour Highlights
  • Day 1: Meet and assist at Cairo Airport, transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Giza and travel to Aswan.
  • Day 3: Arrival in Aswan, visit Aswan, and check-in for the cruise.
  • Day 4: Sail to Kom Ombo and visit Kom Ombo.
  • Day 5: Sail to Edfu, visit Edfu, and arrive in Luxor.
  • Day 6: Visit Luxor and overnight stay in Luxor.
  • Day 7: Fly back to Cairo; Visit Fayum Oasis.
  • Day 8: Departure.
What to Expect
    • Visiting the Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara, and the Giza Pyramids.
    • A Nile cruise with stops at the Valley of the Kings, the Philae, Kom Ombo, and Edfu temples, traveling from Aswan to Luxor.
    • Exploring Islamic and Coptic Cairo, with visits to significant sites like the Hanging Church, Sultan Hassan Mosque, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
Complementary
  • Each participant will receive a bottle of water and a can of soda to enjoy throughout the on-ground tours.
More About 8-Day Grand Nile Cruise: Egypt's Treasures and Wonders
  • Ground transportation: Modern New A/C cars, buses, and mini-buses will be used for ground transportation during your tours.
  • Train from Cairo to Aswan: The nighttime train is modern and air-conditioned, featuring twin-berth beds. Each cabin has a sink, and there is a common restroom at the end of each carriage. Basic airline-style tray meals for dinner and breakfast are included. You can also purchase drinks in your compartment or visit the bar car for socializing.
  • Nile Cruise: You'll be aboard a standard 5-star Nile Cruise during your cruise portion of the tour.
  • Flights: Domestic flights operated by EgyptAir and AirCairo will be used for air travel within Egypt.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Cairo Airport, your tour guide will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal. Look for a sign with your name on it, as they will be there to assist you through the arrival process. They will then drive you to your hotel where you can check in and settle in for your first night in Cairo. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax and enjoy your initial experience in the city.


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As you're transferred to your hotel in Cairo, your tour guide will provide you with general information about the city and address any questions you may have. They can also offer recommendations for nearby restaurants or popular tourist attractions to explore during your free time in Cairo.

You'll be staying in a 5-star hotel with bed and breakfast included. Please note that check-in typically begins after 02:00 pm.

Additionally, you have the option to enhance your Cairo experience with optional tours, including:

1. Cairo by Night
2. Quad Safari
3. The Light Show of the Pyramids

These tours can provide you with unique and exciting experiences in Cairo, allowing you to explore the city and its attractions in different ways. Enjoy your stay!

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Following your hotel check-out, your adventure continues as you embark on a journey to explore some of Egypt's most iconic landmarks. Your itinerary includes visits to Memphis, the Sakara Necropolis, the Sphinx, and the Giza Pyramids. These historical sites will awe you with their grandeur and rich historical significance.

While at the Giza Pyramids, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the mysteries surrounding these ancient marvels and be captivated by the enigmatic allure of the Sphinx. Additionally, you'll get to learn more about Egypt's captivating history by exploring the ancient necropolis of Sakara and the Memphis archaeological site.

After a morning filled with exploration, you'll enjoy a sumptuous lunch featuring mouthwatering local cuisine. Then, it's time to head to the train station, where you'll catch a train to Aswan. Your journey is filled with fascinating experiences, and there's more to come as you continue your adventure in Egypt.


Day 2: Activity - 1
Memphis

Your journey begins with a visit to the ancient capital of Egypt, which played a pivotal role after the union between upper and lower Egypt. During this one-hour guided tour, you'll step back in time to explore the captivating history of this ancient capital. Here, you'll encounter magnificent structures and artifacts that have withstood the test of time, dating back thousands of years.

As you delve into ancient Egyptian history, you'll have the opportunity to marvel at grand temples dedicated to powerful pharaohs and decipher intricate hieroglyphics that narrate tales of a bygone era. This guided tour offers a captivating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of this ancient civilization, allowing you to connect with Egypt's remarkable past in a profound way.

Day 2: Activity - 2
The Sakkara Tour

After your visit to Memphis, your next destination is Sakkara, which boasts the distinction of being the largest necropolis in Egypt. Sakkara offers a fascinating window into the traditional burial customs of the old and middle kingdoms of ancient Egypt. As you explore this historic site, you'll encounter two remarkable highlights.

First, you'll have the privilege of marveling at the Step Pyramid of Djoser, an architectural masterpiece that stands as a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of ancient Egyptian civilization. This pyramid is an iconic representation of the artistry and engineering prowess of its time.

Additionally, you'll explore the Complex of Zusar, an expansive burial ground that houses numerous tombs and mastabas. Here, you'll gain insights into the elaborate rituals and beliefs that revolved around the concept of the afterlife in ancient Egypt. This exploration provides a deeper understanding of the social hierarchy and religious practices that were integral to the culture of that era.

Sakkara promises to be a captivating and educational experience, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of ancient Egyptian history and culture.

Day 2: Activity - 3
Pyramids of Giza

Following a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, your journey continues to one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring landmarks in the world—the Pyramids of Giza. Here, you'll embark on a three-hour guided tour that promises to immerse you in the grandeur and historical significance of these colossal structures.

As you explore the Pyramids, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with captivating stories and insights into their rich history and cultural importance. These ancient marvels have captured the imagination of people worldwide for centuries, and you'll have the privilege of delving deeper into their mysteries during this tour.

Be sure to seize the opportunity to capture unforgettable photographs against the backdrop of these iconic monuments, creating lasting memories of your visit. Additionally, for those seeking an extra adventure, camel riding is available—an experience that allows you to view the Pyramids from a unique vantage point.

After your exploration of the Pyramids, you'll be transported to the train station, where you'll embark on a train journey to Aswan, continuing your enchanting Egyptian adventure.


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Your overnight adventure on a train to Aswan promises a unique experience as you continue your Egyptian journey. Here are some key details about this leg of your trip:

- Accommodation: You'll be spending the night on a modern, air-conditioned sleeper train with twin-berth beds. While there is no shower in the cabin, each cabin does have a sink for your convenience.

- Meals: During the train journey, you'll be provided with a basic airline-style tray meal for both dinner and breakfast. These meals are included in your tour package.

- Additional Information: The train offers a comfortable and convenient way to travel, with attendants available to offer drinks in your compartment at an extra cost. There is also a bar car where you can socialize and enjoy refreshments.

- Guide: Throughout your journey, your knowledgeable guide will be on hand to provide detailed information about each site you visit and answer any questions you may have. Transportation between the various sites will also be arranged to ensure a seamless and efficient experience for all participants.

As you embark on this overnight train journey, you'll have the opportunity to rest and recharge before continuing your exploration of Egypt's wonders in Aswan.

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Upon your arrival at the Aswan Train Station, your dedicated tour guide will be readily available to extend a warm welcome and ensure your smooth transition into the next phase of your adventure. You'll embark on a brief sightseeing excursion in Aswan before proceeding to check in for your Nile River Cruise, a pivotal part of your Egyptian exploration. Aswan holds its own unique charm and historical significance, and your tour guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the city's cultural and natural wonders during this initial visit.


Day 3: Activity - 1
The Temple of Philea Tour

The Philae Temple, situated on the island of Philae in the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt, holds great religious significance as it was dedicated to the gods Isis, Osiris, and Horus. This temple complex is renowned for its exquisite ancient Egyptian architectural design. During your visit, your knowledgeable tour guide will ensure you have an enjoyable and informative experience exploring this magnificent temple.


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After visiting the Philae Temple, board the five-star Nile Cruise. Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and a nighttime disco party on board.

Accommodation:

Deluxe 5 stars Nile Cruise

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Included activities:

Visiting Philea Temple.

Optional tours:

Nubian Village visit.

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The Nile Cruise will embark on its journey to Luxor at 2:00 PM, making a stop in Kom Ombo approximately 4 hours after setting sail.


Day 4: Activity - 1
Kom Ombo Temple

The Kom Ombo Temple is a marvel of design, characterized by its perfect symmetry along the main axis. It features two connected hypostyle halls adorned with carvings of two deities on each side, as well as twin sanctuaries and entrances.

Historically, this temple was associated with two separate priesthoods. The right (eastern) side was dedicated to Sobek, while the left (western) side was devoted to the God Haroeris.


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Accommodation:

You will stay on a Deluxe 5-star Nile Cruise.

Meals:

Enjoy three meals a day, including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Included Activities:

Visiting the Kom Ombo Temple.

Optional Tours:

You have the option to visit the Abu Simbel temples.

Additional Information:

The cruise departs at 2:00 pm, and there's a great opportunity to explore the iconic Abu Simbel temples during this cruise.

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At approximately 6:00 a.m., the Nile Cruise will reach Edfu and set sail. Your tour guide will meet you in the cruise ship's lobby, and you will be transported to the temple using local transportation, such as horse-drawn carriages. After visiting the temple, you'll return to the cruise ship and continue your journey through Esna Lock en route to Luxor.


Day 5: Activity - 1
Edfu Temple Visit

The Edfu Temple, located in the city of Edfu, Egypt, is a significant temple dedicated to the god Horus. This ancient Egyptian architectural marvel boasts intricate carvings and finely crafted reliefs that provide valuable insights into the rituals and religious practices of the era.

Day 5: Activity - 2
Passing through Esna's lock

The Esna Lock, a remarkable engineering achievement regulating the Nile River's water levels, will be encountered as you navigate through it. This massive lock allows boats to navigate the fluctuating water levels of the Nile River. As you pass through, you'll witness the intricate mechanisms in action and marvel at their effectiveness in controlling the river's flow.


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Accommodation:

Deluxe 5-star Nile Cruise

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activities:

Visiting Edfu Temple
Experiencing sailing through the Esna Lock

Optional Tours:

Luxor City Tour

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For an optimal experience, it's recommended to have an early morning pickup to explore Luxor's major attractions before the daytime heat becomes too intense. Your tour will include visits to three significant sites on the west bank of the Nile. Afterward, you'll return to your cruise for lunch and some leisure time before heading back to the east bank to explore the Karnak temples.


Day 6: Activity - 1
The Valley of Kings

You'll have the opportunity to explore three significant tombs in the King's Valley, which hold a similar level of historical importance as the Giza Pyramids. It's important to note that certain tombs, such as King Tut's and Ramses II's Tomb, may require additional fees to manage visitor numbers and ensure preservation. If you wish to visit these specific tombs, please inform your guide, who will assist you accordingly. These tombs offer remarkable insights into ancient Egyptian culture and history, and the extra charges contribute to their ongoing preservation for the benefit of future generations.

Day 6: Activity - 2
The Queen Hatshepsut Temple

Following your visit to the Valley of the Kings, you'll have the opportunity to explore the remarkable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This grand temple, dedicated to the illustrious queen, boasts impressive colonnades and intricate reliefs that exemplify the marvels of ancient Egyptian architecture. As you stroll through its halls, you'll be captivated by the vivid tales depicted on the walls, showcasing Queen Hatshepsut's remarkable achievements and enduring legacy. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Day 6: Activity - 3
The Memnon Colossi

The statues found within Amenhotep III's temple are a testament to the exceptional preservation and the grandeur of his reign. After our visit to the Queen's Temple, we took a brief pause to capture these statues' intricate details, contemplating the reverence and admiration they surely commanded during their prime. Following this enriching experience, we headed back to the ship for a well-deserved break and a delightful lunch.

Day 6: Activity - 4
Exploring the Karnak Temples

At 3:00 pm, our team will be ready to pick you up for another remarkable journey, this time to the awe-inspiring Karnak complex, home to the most significant temple in ancient Egypt. This sprawling 200-acre architectural marvel boasts magnificent columns, towering obelisks, and majestic statues. As you explore this historic site, prepare to be transported back in time, immersing yourself in the grandeur and spiritual importance of ancient Egyptian civilization. This visit promises to be a captivating and enlightening experience.


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Accommodation:

Deluxe 5 stars Nile Cruise

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included activities:

  • - Visiting The Valley of kings
  • - Hatshebsut temple
  • - Memnon colossi
  • - Karnak temples

Optional tours:

  • - Hot Air Balloon
  • - Luxor Temple Visit
  • - Karnak light Show

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Your tour guide will furnish you with comprehensive flight details for your journey to Sharm, ensuring a smooth transition. The Luxor airport transfer arrangements will be synchronized with your flight itinerary. Following check-out, a comfortable transfer to the airport awaits, facilitating your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo airport, your dedicated tour guide will be on hand to greet you and usher you to the enchanting Fayoum Oasis. Afterward, you'll be conveyed to your accommodation for a well-deserved night's rest.


Day 7: Activity - 1
Visiting Wadi Hitan

The 4X4 Jeep safari excursion will take you to Wadi Hitan, also known as the Valley of the Whales. This site, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Egypt, offers a truly distinctive and breathtaking experience. Within this arid landscape, you will encounter prehistoric whale fossils, providing valuable insights into the evolution of these magnificent creatures. Moreover, the location showcases the stunning desert surroundings and its geological formations, making it an essential destination for both nature enthusiasts and history buffs.

Day 7: Activity - 2
The Visit to Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls.

Nature enthusiasts should not miss the Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls, a breathtaking natural wonder. These stunning waterfalls provide a refreshing escape from the scorching heat. Nestled amidst lush vegetation and towering cliffs, the flowing waterfalls create an idyllic setting perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you're interested in taking a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear pools or simply soaking in the awe-inspiring views, this destination has something to offer for everyone.

Day 7: Activity - 3
Meduara Mountain visit

Mudawara Mountain is situated a short distance south of Wadi El Rayyan Road, right after it crosses to the north of Al Fayyum Lake. This vantage point offers a panoramic view of the oasis and its picturesque surroundings, providing a unique perspective of the landscape. Following this visit, you will be taken to a restaurant for lunch before returning to Cairo.


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Accommodation: 

5 star Hotel; bed and breakfast

Note: Check-in is after 02:00 PM

Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

Included activities:

Fayoum Oasis Adventure

 

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Upon check-out, when we pick you up and transport you to the airport, your tour package will conclude. Our skilled drivers will ensure a smooth and comfortable journey, enabling you to relax and savor your last moments at the destination before heading back home. Additionally, our team will be on hand to assist with any final travel arrangements or questions you may have, guaranteeing a hassle-free departure from the airport.


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Accommodation: 

Non

Meals:

Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions
    • Airport navigation assistance.
    • Private transportation to all destinations.
    • 7 nights of accommodation.
    • Admission fees and tickets for listed attractions.
    • Private tours, except for the cruise.
    • Flights from Luxor to Cairo.
    • Meals as previously specified.
    • An Egyptologist tour guide on a private and qualified basis.
    • Taxes on all expenses.
Exclusions
    • International airfare.
    • Entry visa.
    • Any additional attractions not listed in the package.
    • Personal expenses.
    • Tips.
    • Drinks.
    • Optional tours.

Current Season Price Details

Please Note that price changes per season, so the price will depend on the date you pick when check out
Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Must adult #
Price per adult $ 2700 $ 1900 $ 1750
Max child # [age:6-11]
Price per child $ 1300 $ 950
Max infant # [age:0-5]
Price per infant $ 900 $ 300
Deposit

50 % of the total booking amount

Extra Fees

For added convenience and speed, you have the option, at an additional cost, of flying from Cairo to Aswan rather than taking the sleeper train between the two cities.

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