Classic Egypt & Nile Cruise

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: River Cruises, Historical, First Time Visitor

Uncover the ancient world of Egypt on this classic tour of Egypt. Explore Cairo and the Pyramids before cruising down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. 

Cairo

Begin in Cairo, home to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the fabulous Egyptian Museum. Here, see the remarkable treasures uncovered from the Valley of the Kings and elsewhere in Egypt. Marvel at the horde of artefacts on display, such as those of King Tutankhamun which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. In Cairo, we offer the finest Egyptologist private guides. See the Pyramids with your guide, with the option to enter one of them. 

For those who want to delve deeper, we suggest adding on a night or two and seeing the ancient city of Memphis and burial ground at Saqqara. You might also like to take an immersive walking tour through Islamic Cairo. Maybe see some of the fabulous Coptic Churches. 

Luxor

Fly to Luxor, known as Thebes in ancient Egypt. Here, you will board your luxury Nile cruiser for the next four nights. The guiding is conducted with fellow guests from your cruise. We can, of course, offer private guiding should you wish. Explore the remarkable tombs of the Valley of the Kings as well as the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank. 

Your cruise then takes you along the glorious scenery of the Nile Valley to Aswan. We can select a range of ships to suit any style and budget. You usually stop at the temple of the falcon-headed god Horus at Edfu. Continue to Kom Ombo, and the temples dedicated to Horus the Elder and the crocodile god Sobek. 

Aswan

You then arrive in Aswan, possibly the most scenic city in Egypt. The sands of the Sahara sweep down majestically to join the slow-flowing waters of the Nile. Traditional felucca sailing boats can be seen as the sun sets to the east over the dunes beyond. Whilst here, explore the stunning Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and a trip to the Aswan High Dam and the vast Lake Nasser. 

Disembark from your ship, and we will take you to your hotel for the final two nights. You might like to visit the Nubian Museum, to see a little of local Egyptian life and culture. Many guests just like to sit back and enjoy some well-deserved pool time set within tropical gardens. You can also make a side-trip to Abu Simbel, possibly Egypt’s finest temple. You can fly down here and back in the day, or head straight back to Cairo after seeing it.

Extensions

For those who like some beach time, we suggest doing the cruise in reverse (Aswan to Luxor). You can then be driven four hours to the beach resort of Hurghada and a stay at the delightful Oberoi. Needless to say, this itinerary is entirely flexible and can be completely tailor-made. The only restriction is the sailing dates of the Nile cruise – usually departing Luxor on a Monday.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • LOCATION:
  • £2145 - £3495
    Silver Gold
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.

    Highlights

    • See the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and souqs in Cairo
    • Take a four-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan
    • See the major archaeological sites such as the Valley of the Kings
    • Conclude your trip in Aswan for two days of R&R

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1-2
    Belle Epoque

    Belle Epoque

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Belle Epoque in Cairo is a gorgeous, colonial-style country house situated in a leafy neighbourhood in the south of the city. The Belle Epoque is perfect if you like to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo’s frenetic energy.

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    Day 1-2
    Four Seasons First Residence

    Four Seasons First Residence

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Four Seasons First Residence is Cairo’s foremost luxury hotel and located on the Giza side of the Nile.

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    Day 3-6
    Sonesta Star Goddess

    Sonesta Star Goddess

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The all-suite Sonesta Star Goddess is one of the finest ships that cruise the Nile, and with just 33 suites with balconies, offers an intimate and refined Nile Cruise.

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    Day 3-6
    The Oberoi Philae

    The Oberoi Philae

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Oberoi Philae is the definitive luxury Nile cruise ship. From a temperature-controlled pool, luxurious suites, refined dining and the best guides, the Oberoi Philae just gets so many things right.

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    Day 7-8
    Mövenpick Resort Aswan

    Mövenpick Resort Aswan

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Mövenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island, right on the banks of the Nile in Aswan in Egypt. 

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    Day 7-8
    Soiftel Legend Old Cataract Hotel

    Soiftel Legend Old Cataract Hotel

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Old Cataract is Aswan’s ‘Grand Dame’, an iconic hotel which dates from 1899 and sits majestically above the Nile, offering some of the best views in Egypt.

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