This popular journey takes in the true wonders of Egypt; from the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza to the ancient temples of Luxor; from cruising along the Nile to the amazing vast rock temples at Abu Simbel. This trip is a comprehensive experience that will leave you with a lasting impression of Egypt’s most exceptional historical sights.

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You can enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Nile and marvel at the ancient monuments and temples along the river.

There is an opportunity to explore the Egyptian Museum and marvel at its impressive collection of treasures.

The chance to spend time at the impressive temple of Abu Simbel, a colossal monument built by Ramses II.

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Day 1

Cairo

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2

Cairo

Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza - followed by Memphis and Sakkara. Memphis was once the capital of ancient Egypt and Sakkara yields a huge cemetery and active burial ground nearby (entrance fee to enter the Pyramids is additional). (B)(L)

Day 3

Cairo - Luxor

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Join your cruise to begin your Nile journey to Aswan. In the afternoon, visit Luxor’s East Bank including the Temple of Luxor and Temple of Karnak, an impressive complex of buildings dedicated to the Egyptian Pharaohs. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Luxor - Esna

This morning visit Luxor’s West Bank, one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Egypt. Today’s half day tour includes the 18m high Colossi of Memnon statues, the limestone cliff cut Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of Kings, home to the tombs of ancient Egyptian Kings. This afternoon set sail to the farming town of Esna. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Esna - Kom Ombo

Continue this morning to Edfu to visit the Temple of Edfu, one of Egypt’s best preserved relics. Sail to the agricultural town of Kom Ombo to dock for the night. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, famous for its twin temples, aligned in perfect symmetry. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Kom Ombo - Aswan

Sail to Aswan and take a motorised felucca to see the once central Elephantine Island, Kitchener’s Island, the Botanical Gardens and then on to glimpse the pink granite mausoleum of Agha Khan. Enjoy high tea at the iconic The Terrace at the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Aswan - Abu Simbel - Cairo

This morning visit the impressive temple of Abu Simbel. On your return to Aswan disembark the ship before touring Aswan. Tour includes the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Later today fly back to Cairo. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Cairo

See the ancient sites of the city. Visit the famous Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin, the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the old bazaar of Khan el Khalili (entrance fee to mummies room at the museum is additional). (B)(L)

Day 9

Cairo

Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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