Best for: Slow Travel, Historical, First Time Visitor
Explore Egypt on this privately-guided suggested itinerary combining Cairo, Luxor and Aswan without taking a cruise along the Nile. We carefully select the most characterful hotels to use on our suggested ‘Boutique Egypt’ itinerary.
You might not like the idea of living cheek-by-jowl with fellow guests on a cruise down the Nile, and instead prefer the idea of staying in wonderful boutique hotels, with expansive tropical gardens and large pools. You will also make use of private guides. When you take a Nile Cruise, you are generally guided as part of a group of fellow passengers. With private guides, you undeniably get a far better, more personal insight into Egypt’s antiquity. This suggested Boutique Egypt tour also takes things slowly, with afternoons or mornings to have some time to put your feet up and savour the destination.
Begin in Cairo, with three nights to truly experience what this frenetic capital has to offer. Stay at the boutique Belle Epoque, located in a quiet suburb of the city. With a private driver and guide, you can easily reach the various highlights. See the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Memphis and Saqqara and also have time for a walking tour of historic Cairo.
Fly to Luxor, where you will stay in unquestionably one of the most characterful hotels in Egypt, Al Moudira. You truly get a sense of being in Egypt when staying here. Three nights in Luxor will allow you to head to the West Bank for a full day with your private guide. Also, see the temples of Luxor and Karnak. You will also have a private experience of the Nile, taking a felucca out on the Nile at sunset.
You are then driven to Aswan via the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo en route. Spend three nights in Aswan and stay at the incomparable Old Cataract. The next day, see the Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam. The final day is spent relaxing or heading down to see the temple at Abu Simbel.
We can, of course, add a beach extension to this itinerary, and this would mean doing Aswan before Luxor and then driving to Hurghada or flying via Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh. Any element of this itinerary can be tweaked, changed or extended.
- Stay in boutique hotels throughout, rather than taking a Nile Cruise
- Make use of private guides and drivers during your tour
- Spend three nights in each location so that you have time to relax and also explore
- You can start your tour on any day of the week because you aren’t tied to specific cruise departure dates