Experience the wonders of Nile during this 8-day Nile tour. In Cairo see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the magnificent Sphinx. Travel by train to Aswan and board the Nile Cruise liner. Visit the Aswan High Dam and unfinished Obelisk. During your cruise to Luxor stop at the Kom Ombo Temple. Located on a dune above a bend in the Nile. Edfu Temple is Egypt's best-preserved temple dedicated to Horus, god of sun and planets. In Luxor, explore the mysteries of Karnak and Luxor Temple. The Valley of the Kings shelters the fabled tombs of the more than 40 Pharaohs laid to rest here. The Temple of Hatshepsut is devoted to the only woman who ruled Egypt as a pharaoh.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Cairo. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum & Bazaar tour. Train to Aswan|
|Day 3||Transfer to Cruise liner. Start your Nile Cruise program|
|Day 4||Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu.|
|Day 5||Tour to the Karnak & Luxor Temples|
|Day 6||Overnight train travel to Cairo|
|Day 7||Transfer from station to Hotel. Free time in Cairo|
|Day 8||Tour ends with transfer to Cairo APT|
> Private guided tour to the Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza
> Board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan
> Join a 4 day-3 Night Nile Cruise voyage between Aswan and Luxor
> In Aswan, sail on a Felucca around Elephantine Island
> Shore excursions to the Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple, dedicated to Horus
> Luxor highlight tour: Valley of the Kings, sheltering the fabled tombs of many Pharaohs
> Free time in Luxor for some shopping along the riverbank
- Best time to travel
The best time to visit Egypt’s sites (Cairo, red Sea Resort and Nile Cities) is from February to April and again between October and November. During these months, the sky and seas are perfectly blue.
Winter time temperatures (December to February) are mild and can be overcast. Note that December is peak season and rates are calculated accordingly
- Egypt Culture and Greetings
Egypt’s Essential Views are defined as Honour, Loyalty, Education, Modesty and Pride
Greetings between men and women: A handshake may be acceptable in certain circumstances and the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head as a sign of acknowledgment.
- Drinks & Food
There is a wide variety of offerings available ranging from the cheap food carts and street food that serve Egypt’s working class to fancy restaurants that cater solely to tourists and the upper class. Tea (shai) is the national drink of Egypt. Invitations to sit and drink tea together are an important part of the culture. Egyptians generally drink tea sweetened with a large amount of sugar. Alcohol is not widely consumed because of Islamic rules. Beer is popular and readily available in the larger cities. Buy your duty-free alcohol before entering the country.
- City Travel
Government-owned Transport Authority run buses and tram services in Cairo (Very crowded). Buses and fixed taxi routes are run by private companies. The easiest way to get around Cairo is by Metro. Most used transport mode are taxi’s. Fix the rate before you start your journey. A comprehensive rail network runs through the country. Serving the Nile cities are various AC day and night trains with sleeping and restaurant cars serving Luxor and Aswan (Sleeper trains must be booked well in advance)
Also known as Backsheesh will be requested from you by “everyone”. Change your money into Egyptian Pounds for tips to porters, waiters, room staff and drivers. Official Guides are tipped in Foreign currency. Remember that the tips supplement the income of low Egyptian wages paid.
- Local interesting meals
Ful Mudamas: broad beans in sauce
Koshari: lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas
Mahshi: stuffed grapevine leaves
Fiteer Baladi: known as Egyptian pizza, fiteer is buttery and full of artery-clogging goodness
Falafel (Tameya): a deep-fried mixture of herbs and beans is a favourite, especially among vegetarians
Kofta: minced beef or lamb with spices, rolled onto a skewer and barbecued over coals
Nile River Cruise experience
To understand the wonders of this ancient civilization, a Nile cruise is a must and an unforgettable experience. The Nile is the country's lifeline since ancient times and there is no better way to trace Egypt's history than to follow its course. Cruises operate between Aswan and Luxor. It is the best way to enjoy the ancient sites of Upper Egypt. Each day offers an opportunity to explore new sights or simply enjoy a different view of the river.
Whether it is your first cruise or a frequent visitor to Egypt, an unlimited selection of superb boats is on offer. All designed with your comfort in mind. Cruise liners are selected carefully so you are assured of the best service and facilities as well as good value for money.
Follow in the footsteps of the pharaohs as you drift along the famous Nile river and moor beside stunning historic sites.
- Arrive at Cairo International Airport where our representative will assist you through immigration and transfer to the hotel ,where you will check-in.
- The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Check out of the hotel and depart on a tour visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
- Transfer to Cairo train station and board the sleeper train for Aswan.
- Dinner and overnight on-board the train.
Nile Cruise (B-L-D)
- Arrive at Aswan station in the morning and transfer to the Nile Cruise Liner for check-in.
- Embarkation before lunch.
- Visit the High Dam. The high dam is the largest rock-filled dam in the world and one of the most important engineering feats of the 20TH century an artificial lake - Lake Nasser, with a surface of 4000 sq. km lies behind the dam.
- Felucca Sailing. We shall sail by the felucca around the Elephantine Island and see the Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Kitchener's botanical garden.
- Return to the Nile Cruise Liner for overnight
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Overnight sleeper train
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- NOTE: The Nile Cruise program is subject to change without prior notice due to navigational and security circumstances. Shore excursions and sailing hours are subject to change for reasons beyond cruise control; however, all shore visits will be respected.
- Nile Cruise starts in Aswan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required