Classic Egypt & Nile Cruise
Best for: River Cruises, Historical, First Time Visitor
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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