13 Days Journey around Cairo and the Nile. A perfect balance between adventure and culture rugged with luxury. Stay at the best hotels and Nile cruise in Egypt, from The luxurious Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo, to The famous Oberoi Philae Nile cruise, and surely not to miss the Legendary Sofitel Old Cataract hotel in Aswan.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo
Arrive at Cairo International Airport. Our meet-and-assist service will take you through the border control area, assist with your luggage and customs and escort you to your hotel in Cairo.
Overnight at your hotel (Four Seasons Nile Plaza or Similar)
Day 2: Giza Pyramids-Grand Egyptian Museum
Start your day by a visit to the Giza Pyramids, the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ride a camel out in the desert and stand in front of the imposing Sphinx, the combination of human intelligence and the strength of a lion. Visit the Solar Boat Museum, admire the boat the king would have used for his life eternal.
Lunch: Dine at the historic hotel the Mena house overlooking the pyramids.
After Lunch, You have an exclusive visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum that is not open to the public yet.
Day 3: Private Opening to Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo
Start your day with a walk in El Muizz street which has the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. Explore the winding alleyways of the famous market of Khan El Khalili, the major souk in Islamic Cairo where you will have Lunch in an Oberoi restaurant, Naguib Mahfouz. On the way back have a stop by one of the unique Synagogue of Maimodies
Later on the day have a Private visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, After working hours.
The Museum is home of the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, more than 120,000 items. You will stand face-to-face with the Mask of King Tutankhamun and explore the Mummy Room where the famous Pharaohs of Egypt have reached
Day 4: Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur
Start your day by visiting Memphis, the oldest capital of Egypt, a city that is five thousand years old. Then drive to Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, home of the step pyramid, the first limestone structure ever built. Explore its 4350 years old colored tombs. Get the chance to go inside a pyramid and see the ancient Hieroglyphics that have been engraved on its walls for thousands of years. Dine in a local resturant, Afterwards Visit the off beaten track pyramids of Dahshur. The Red & Bent pyramids
Day 5: Coptic Churches & Mosques
Visit the Coptic area, where you will visit The Hanging Church, one of the oldest churches in the world that dates back to the 3rd century and was built on top of an ancient fortress. Visit the Church of St. Sergius, the place where the Holy Family hid from King Herod during their flight to Egypt. See the place where baby Moses was found by the daughter of the pharaoh. Visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the few surviving synagogues of Egypt. Here, in a store room, a treasure of abandoned Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic secular and sacred manuscripts were found.
After words have lunch in the central park of Cairo
Then visit one of the hidden gems of Cairo, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, then have a visit for the Mosques of Sultan Hassan and El Refaai, great example of Islamic architecture .
Day 6: Fly to Luxor- Cruise, Karnak & Luxor Temples
Take an early flight to Luxor and begin your deluxe cruise. After check-in, visit the temple of Karnak, the largest religious complex that was ever built for a god. The temple is dedicated to the god Amon Ra, the chief creator god in ancient Egypt. Then visit Luxor temple that was predominantly built by Ramses the Second.
(B, L, D)
Day 7: Cruise, Luxor- Valley of Kings & Hatchepsut Temple
Start the day by visiting The Valley of the Kings, hidden behind the mountains on the west bank of the Nile. Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun, where they discovered over five thousand objects of jewelry, alabaster and funeral furniture.Visit the very special tomb of Seti The First with its amazing colors
Next, visit the temple of Hatshepsut the only female pharaoh who dressed and ruled like a king. Have a photo stop by the huge Colossi of Memnon. Then, eat lunch, and set sail for the town of Edfu.
(B, L, D)
Day 8: Cruise, Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples
Visit the temple of Horus at Edfu, the most intact temple from the ancient world. Then sail to Kom Ombo temple, dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods. Stop at the Crocodile Mummification Museum, where you can see crocodile mummies that are thousands of years old.
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Cruise, Aswan
In the morning, visit the island of Philae and the temple of Isis, the goddess of love and passion in ancient Egypt. Then see the granite quarries, where ancient Egyptians mined granite to build their eternal structures. Have lunch then Visit the Nubian Museum
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Abu Simbel, Old Cataract Aswan Hotel
In the morning fly to visit Abu Simbel on the southern borders of Egypt, this site is the home of two massive rock temples dedicated to Ramses the Second and his beloved wife Nefertari. See the gigantic statues of the pharaoh, standing for over 3200 years, flanking the entrance to one of the most impressive temples of Egypt. Have lunch overlooking Lake Nasser, the largest lake in Egypt. Then fly to back to Aswan overnight in the Old Cataract hotel
Day 11: Aswan
In the morning enjoy a relaxing day at the Old Cataract Hotel. This legendary hotel is where King Fouad was once entertained and Agatha Christie sipped cocktails and wrote her novel, Death on the Nile. It has been visited by Winston Churchill, Howard Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Tsar Nicholas II, and Princess Diana, among other notable guests.
In the Afternoon have a Nubian lunch then take a Felucca sailing boat on the Nile and visit Lord Kitchner Island and take a motor ride to the Nubian Village and learn about their daily life.
Day 12: Fly to Cairo
In the morning you will be escorted by our Rep. who will help you check-in at Aswan airport. Board your flight back to Cairo. Walk to Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel and overnight.
Day 13: Final Departure
Transfer to the airport to travel back home with your head and heart filled with memories of the sights, sounds and voices of Egypt carry to with you
Diamond Accommodation ONLY
- 05 nights at Four Seasons Nile Plaza hotel, based on bed & breakfast "Nile View room"
- 04 nights on board your luxury Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise start sailing from Luxor on Full Board basis.
- 02 nights at Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan hotel, based on bed & breakfast " Luxury Nile View room''
- 01 nights at Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel, based on bed & breakfast "Standard room".
What is included in the tour
- Meet & Assist at all airports.
- All transfers in a private Van.
- Services of a private Egyptologist in Cairo & Aswan (Joining a small group on the ship).
- All domestic flights.
- All entry fee of sights mentioned in the itinerary.
- A private opening to the Egyptian Museum at Night specially for you.
- Exclusive tour for the Grand Egyptian Museum prior its opening to the public
- 5 nights accommodation at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo
- 4 nights accommodation at M/S Philae Oberoi Nile cruise
- 2 nights accommodation at the Legendary Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan
- 1 night accommodation at Le Meridian Cairo Airport
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B) for breakfast (L)for lunch (D) for dinner.
- Unlimited use of Bottled water during tours
- Entry Visa to Egypt.
- One Camera ticket per sight.
What is NOT included in the tour
- International flight tickets
- Any extra drinks during meals
- Tipping for Guides, drivers & Ship Crew