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Cairo and River Nile Cruise Holiday

Outlined Itinerary

Cairo, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Lake Nasser, the River Nile, Luxor! What a fantastic way to spend 9 nights/10 days! This classic tour allows you to see the majority of Egypt’s sights, plus some of those in ancient Nubia as well, and spend time on Lake Nasser and the River Nile.
 
This package includes: 3 nights in Cairo, 3 nights on a Lake Nasser cruise, 3 nights on a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor, all transfers, sightseeing in our private air-conditioned vehicles, and your own experienced guides.

Day by Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Cairo/Lake Nasser Cruise Embarkation
  • Day 4: Lake Nasser Cruise: Kasr Ibrim/Amada/Wadi El Sebua
  • Day 5: Lake Nasser Cruise: Aswan
  • Day 6: Lake Nasser & Nile Cruise: Disembarkation & Embarkation
  • Day 7: Nile Cruise: Aswan/Esna
  • Day 8: Nile Cruise: Esna/Luxor
  • Day 9: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Cairo
  • Day 10: Final Departure

Photos of the Tour

  • Nefertari

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast
  • 3 nights on a 4* or 5* Lake Nasser cruise boat based on full board
  • 3 nights on a 4* or 5* Nile cruise boat based on full board
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt
  • All transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing with licensed guides
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
  • Domestic flight tickets: Cairo to Abu Simbel & Luxor to Cairo
  • Meals: Breakfast x 9, Lunch x 6, Dinner x 6

Exclusions

  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visa upon arrival
  • Tips & personal items
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From

1245

Per person

  • Trip Duration :

    9 nights/10 days

  • Trip runs :

    Every Day

  • Pick-up Location :

    Cairo

  • Return To :

    Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cairo

    Ahlan wasahlan bekom fi Masr: Arde El Farahnah (Welcome to Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs). Once you have arrived at the Arrivals Hall, after your short bus trip from your aeroplane, you will be welcomed by our Oriental Tours representative, who will be standing inside the doors holding a board showing your name. He will then help you purchase your visa (if applicable), get your currency exchanged to Egyptian Pounds (known as LE, which is short for Livre Égyptienne), and then take you through Passport Control. From here he will assist you with collecting your luggage, before escorting you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle outside. You will then be taken to your hotel, with our representative explaining details of your package to you, en route, as well as answering any questions you may have. Upon arrival at your hotel he will assist you with check in, continue answering any questions from you.

    The rest of the day is free time for you, allowing you to relax and freshen-up after your flight, but should you wish an optional extra, such as a trip to the Giza Pyramids Sound and Light show or a River Nile dinner cruise, please feel free to ask our representative to arrange this for you.

    Overnight in your hotel in Cairo (X)

  2. Day 2: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to Giza to see the world famous pyramids and sphinx. You will gaze in awe at the magnificent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops): the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinos), and then gaze in delight at the spectacle of the supreme Sphinx.

    A quick break for lunch (optional) and you will then be taken to the Egyptian Museum (or as it is officially known: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities!). Marvel at the thousands of artefacts from Egypt’s almost eternal history, 160,000 items spread out over 107 rooms, and then be prepared for your face to face encounter with the golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun.

    From here you will be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, built on Cairo’s highest point: Mokattam Hill. Saladin erected the Citadel to protect Cairo, from the crusaders, between 1176 and 1183 CE and nowadays it houses 3 mosques (the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala'un Mosque, and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha), 4 museums (Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, the Carriage Museum, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Egyptian Police Museum), fortifications, walkways and a cafeteria.

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    During the tour:
    Entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu
    Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Menkaure (only one is open at any given time)
    The Solar Boat Museum
    The Royal Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum

    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  3. Day 3: Cairo/Lake Nasser Cruise Embarkation

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival our representative there will meet you and escort you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to the dock to embark your Lake Nasser cruise boat, your floating hotel for the next 3 nights. After lunch your guide will take you to visit the site of Abu Simbel. Situated approximately 285 kilometres south of Aswan and south of the Tropic of Cancer, these two world famous temples are absolutely amazing. Built by Ramses II in honour of himself (the ultimate egotist?) and his favourite wife, Nefertari, these rock cut temples were moved, in 1968, to escape the encroaching waters of the newly formed Lake Nasser. After your visit here you will be taken back to your Lake Nasser cruise boat for dinner and overnight on board the ship. You also have the opportunity to take our optional extra, which is a fantastic sound and light show featuring the 2 temples of Abu Simbel. (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4: Lake Nasser Cruise: Kasr Ibrim/Amada/Wadi El Sebua

    Whilst you are enjoying your breakfast, the cruise boat will while sail to Kasr Ibrim. Upon arrival you will only get to see the Kasr Ibrim fortress from the sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted. You will then have lunch as the cruise boat sails to Amada, where you will visit the temple of Amada, which is Egypt’s oldest Nubian temple, Ed Deir and the tomb of Pennut. You will then return to the cruise boat as it sails to the Wadi El Sebua, which literally means “Valley of the Lions” due to the sphinxes guarding the temple, where you will have dinner. Overnight onboard at the Wadi El Sebua.   (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5: Lake Nasser Cruise: Aswan

    After breakfast you will get to visit Wadi el Sebua, and then either walk, or take a camel ride (which you have to pay for yourself) to El Dakka and Mehraka. You will then head back to the ship to sail to Aswan, where you will have your dinner. Overnight onboard at Aswan.   (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6: Lake Nasser & Nile Cruise: Disembarkation & Embarkation

    After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the Kalabsha Temple, dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis, and then Beit El Wali to visit the beautiful kiosk of Kertassi, encountering the Nubian style temple dedicated to the goddess Hathor. You will then be taken back to Aswan to disembark the cruise, and then be driven, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to embark your Nile Cruise. Once you are embarked you will start a tour of Aswan, where you will get to visit the Aswan High Dam, which created the world’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Nasser, once it was completed. You will then be taken on a short motorboat trip to Agilkia Island, home of the Temples of Philae since their previous location was flooded due to the creation of Lake Nasser. The motorboat trip, back from the island, signifies the end of this exciting day and you will then be driven back to your cruise boat for dinner, and maybe the opportunity to take one of our optional extras. Overnight onboard in Aswan.  (B, L, D)

    Optional extras:
    Philae Temples Sound and Light Show
    Nubian Museum
    Tombs of the Nobles (West Bank)
    Aga Khan Mausoleum (external view only)
    Elephantine Island
    Kitchener’s Island (Botanical Gardens)
    Felucca trip

  7. Day 7: Nile Cruise: Aswan/Esna

    As you are having your breakfast the boat will start to set sail for Kom Ombo. Upon arrival your guide will take you to see the unique double Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Sobek and Horus. After this you will return to the boat, for lunch, whilst gently sailing to Edfu. Upon arrival you will visit the Temple Of Horus, with fantastic photo opportunities with the huge statues of the falcon god. After a short trip on a horse drawn carriage you will return to your boat and watch as it departs Edfu en route for Esna, where it will negotiate the lock, rising 6 meters before it can continue its journey. Dinner and overnight docked at Esna. (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8: Nile Cruise: Esna/Luxor

    Before breakfast the boat will set sail for Luxor as you have an early start today. Upon docking your guide will take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle. To see Luxor’s West Bank; the ancient Theban necropolis. Here you will get to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you can explore 3 tombs (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost); the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri; the workers village at Deir El Medina; and finally, the remains of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III: the Colossi of Memnon. Back to the boat for your lunch and then you will be taken to visit Luxor’s famous two temples: Karnak (the world’s largest religious site) and Luxor. Marvel at the immense columns in Karnak Temple’s Hypostyle Hall, as well as getting to see various obelisks, statues, more columns, and various artefacts that were primarily dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next you will visit the smaller, in size but not in spectacle, Luxor Temple. Mainly added to by Ramses II it is now missing one of its obelisks, which can be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris: swapped for a clock (in the Mohammed Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel) which has never worked. This temple also boasts many columns, statues and various artefacts.

    After these visits you will be taken back to your boat for your dinner and a well-earned relaxation session. Dinner and overnight docked in Luxor. (B, L, D)

    Optional extras:
    Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum

  9. Day 9: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Luxor Airport, in our air-conditioned vehicle. Here you will get your flight back to Cairo, where our representative will meet you, help you with your luggage, and transfer you to your Cairo hotel. Once completed, the rest of the day is free for you to relax, explore, or take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    Cairo Tower visit and dinner
    Pharaonic Village
    Dinner show including belly dancers and/or whirling dervishes
    Felucca trip

  10. Day 10: Final Departure

    After breakfast our representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight, or to take you to any pre-arranged optional extra visits to fill in your time before transferring you to the airport, including that last-minute visit to the Khan El Khalili to buy those forgotten souvenirs and/or presents, and spend the last of your Egyptian Pounds. Bon voyage, and thank you for travelling with Oriental Tours Egypt. (B)

Price per person

Plan A (5* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year
(23 Dec - 07 Jan)
Easter
(28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Single € 1715.00 € 1880.00 € 1880.00
Double € 1345.00 € 1510.00 € 1510.00

Plan B (4* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year
(23 Dec - 07 Jan)
Easter
(28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Single € 1560.00 € 1695.00 € 1695.00
Double € 1245.00 € 1380.00 € 1380.00
PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or cabin ... Xmas and New Year Gala Dinners are compulsory and will be charged at the hotel and/or the cruise company’s set rate ... Prices available on application.

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