There is an old saying stating that Egypt is a gift of the Nile, and this certainly rings true in modern day times. Passing through small towns and majestic monuments, Nile cruises offer a unique way to view many of the gems that Egypt has to offer.
Our 9 day Nile river tours start on dry land in Egypt's Capital City, Cairo. Here, you will meet your representative, who will brief you on your tour itinerary. Day 2 will include the chance to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as the Great Sphinx.
The next day you will catch a flight down to Aswan, where you will be transported to the 5-star cruise ship on which you will sleep for the next three nights. The luxury boat will sail down the Nile past fertile lands, ancient temples and mystical sites.
You will enjoy a number of guided tours in the area, including tours of the Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. After travelling to Hurghada, you will have a full free day in this beautiful Red Sea resort - there are plenty of activities on offer, including snorkelling and scuba diving, or you can opt to simply relax on the beach or by the pool.
Our Nile tour of Egypt has been carefully planned to provide the perfect balance of guided excursions with free time so that you can explore these ancient sites at your own pace. All Nile tour dates are set in advance and are guaranteed to depart. The Nile Jewel Tour offers excellent value for money as it includes the Nile Cruise, all transportation, overnight accommodation in four and five star hotels and some meals for a magical and memorable getaway that won’t cost the earth.
Why this Trip
- All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
- No minimum numbers required.
- Accompanied for the duration by an Egyptologist tour guide.
- Internal flight Cairo-Aswan included.
- Air-conditioned private mini bus transport.
Start in: Cairo
Cairo Airport, any time on Day 1
Oasis Hotel, from 14:00 hrs on Day 1
End in: Cairo
Oasis Hotel, 10:00 hrs on Day 9
Cairo Airport, any time on Day 9
Duration: 9 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Country
DAY 1: Arrive in Cairo
Upon your arrival at Cairo airport you will be met and assisted by our representative, who will help you with purchasing your visa from an official kiosk, going through passport control and collecting your baggage. You will then be transferred to your hotel, where your Egyptologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour, will brief you about the tour package and the incredible experiences you will have over the following eight days. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
DAY 2: Giza Pyramids - Sphinx - Sakkara
This morning you will experience the icons of ancient Egypt! Your Egyptologist guide will accompany you to the Giza pyramid complex, where you can see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx. We'll then visit Sakkara to see the unique step pyramid of Zoser (also known as Djoser), the first ever pyramid, constructed of six tombs built on top of each other.
DAY 3: Aswan - Philae Temple - Nile Cruise
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for a short internal flight down to Aswan. Upon arrival you will be transferred to our 5-star Nile cruise ship. After some time to freshen up we'll begin our Nile quest by visiting the High Dam of Aswan, where your guide will explain to you how the construction of the dam and subsequent creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of the Nubian people and several important historical monuments, including Abu Simbel, which you have the opportunity to visit tomorrow. We'll then take a short boat ride to Agilkia Island to explore the Temple of Isis at Philae. Built during the Ptolemaic Kingdom (305 BC to 30 BC), the temple is dedicated to Isis, one of the oldest goddesses of ancient Egypt and worshipped as the paragon of motherly virtues. It is believed that the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written on the island of Philae in the late fourth century.
DAY 4: Kom-Ombo - Edfu - Nile Cruise
This morning you will have the opportunity to join our optional excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel, two massive temples in southern Egypt. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments", these iconic temples were carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II.
The tour then continues with a visit to the Temple of Kom-Ombo, a unique 'double' temple dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek, and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus). After some time to explore the temple, we'll head to Edfu. Also dedicated to Horus, this temple is more than 2,000 years old but was covered by sand until it was re-discovered by a French expedition in 1798. Because it was hidden for so long it is the most well preserved temple in Egypt. We'll then continue on to Luxor, where we'll spend the night onboard the 5-star cruise ship.
DAY 5: Luxor - Karnak Temple - Nile Cruise
After breakfast we will arrive in Luxor and tour the East Bank of Luxor. Experience the incredible Karnak temple complex, part of the ancient city of Thebes. Dedicated to the powerful ram-headed god Amun, it offers a vast mix of temples, chapels, statues and obelisks. We'll then explore Luxor temple, an place of worship that is dedicated to three gods: Amun, his wife Mut and his son Khons. Together these temples and gods are key players in the great Opet Festival which was held each year during the flood season.
DAY 6: Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut - Hurghada
This morning we'll start our tour of the west bank with a visit to the World famous Valley of the Kings, where you can enter some of the incredible tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, such as King Tutankhamen. We'll then get to experience the Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir El Bahary), the mortuary temple of the only Pharaoh Queen that ruled Egypt. The day will finish off with a visit to the great Colossi of Memnon, the last remains of Amenophis III’s temple. We'll then take our air-conditioned private bus to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, where we'll be staying in an all-inclusive resort.
DAY 7: Hurghada - Free day
DAY 8: Hurghada - Cairo
This morning we'll take an air-conditioned private mini bus back to Cairo. After some time to freshen up at our hotel, we'll visit the Egyptian museum to learn more about the country's incredible ancient history, followed by the old city of Cairo where you can explore Khan El Khalili, a bazaar crammed with souvenir shops, cafés and shisha bars.
DAY 9: Departure
The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cairo, with transfers included to take you to the airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your stay in Cairo, please contact us.
* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here
- 5 nights accommodation in twin rooms (single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room), 3 nights on-board 5-star Nile cruise ship
- Services of your English-speaking Egyptologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour
- 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- All taxes and local payments (excluding entrance fees)
- All transfers and pickups
- Modern air conditioned bus transport
- 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- Internal flight Cairo-Aswan with transfers
- Not Included: International flights
- Not Included: Entrance fees as part of the listed experiences. Check the Optional Excursions here for more information.