This tour will take you back to the time of the Pharaohs, while sailing down the River Nile in a 5-star deluxe cruise ship, watching the countryside of Egypt pass by. You’ll visit the great pyramids, walk like an Egyptian among the Hypostyle hall of Karnak temple,enjoythe rich colors inside the Valley of the Kings and the great temple of Abu Simbel, and wander the streets of Cairoinside Khan El-Khalili market.
Day 1, welcome to Cairo: once you land at the airport, our Rep with an Egypt Eye Tour sign will be waiting for you to assist you through the immigration and customs formalities and then you’ll be driven in our A/C vehicle to your hotel to meet your expert Egyptologist tour guide who will brief you about the itinerary for your stay.
Day 2, Saqqara, Great Pyramid, Sphinx (B, L) Cairo.
In the morning after breakfast your Egyptologist tour guide will take you to a journey back in time. Our first stop will be at Saqqara where we will see the oldest limestone pyramid in Egypt and the oldest stone construction on earth: the step pyramid of King Zoser which dates back to 27th century BC . Here we will find out why the Ancient Egyptians buried their bodies inside a pyramid. After that we will drive to Giza to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only remaining wonder: the Great Pyramid of King Khufu. This consists of 2.3 million rocks and weighs about 6 million tons, enough to build a 3 feet high wall around France. We will make a photo stop in a spot where we have a panoramic view over all the pyramids of Giza and we’ll go for a camel ride in the desert in the shadows of these ancient wonders.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional Egyptian meal in a local restaurant before heading back to your hotel to relax or spend the evening to wandering around the city of Cairo among the locals.
Day 3,Fly to Luxor, Karnak and Luxor temples (B, L, D) Nile Cruise.
You will catch an early morning short flight (about 1 hour) to Luxor, the main historical city in Egypt and the Capital of the ancient world. Once we get there we will visit the main temple and the largest in Egypt, the temple of Karnak which was dedicated to the main God of ancient Egypt, God Amon Ra. It is built over 62 acres and took over 2000 years to complete. We’ll wander between the 134 columns which make up its Hypostyle Hall and see its sacred lake.
Our next stop is a short drive to Luxor temple which was built by King AmenhotepIIIof 14th century BC and King RamasesII of13th century BC, famous for the obelisk at the front of the temple and itsSphinx avenue.
Afterwards, we will check in to our 5-star deluxe Nile Cruise ship for the next 4 nights with all meals included. You will be free in the to go and wander the streets of this old city and its market.
Day 4, Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple (B, L, D) Nile Cruise.
Early in the morning your Egyptologist tour guide will take you to the west bank of Luxor where our first stop will be the Colossi of Memnon, which once guarded the biggest temple in Egypt built for King AmenhotipIII in14th century BC. The temple was destroyed by floodwaters from the Nile, and now onlythe 2 colossi statues with a height of 16 meters remain.
Our next stop will be the Valley of the Kings where the great pharaohs of the New Kingdom period were buried. Here you will wonder at the vivid colors and detailed carvings inside the tombs which in places look almost brand new. Then we will visit the famous temple of Queen Hatshepsut which dates back to 15th century BC and we will learn how this great woman ruled Egypt.
We will then return to the cruise ship to sail down the Nile towards Edfu.
Day 5, Edfu and KomOmbo temples (B, L, D) Nile Cruise.
After breakfast we will visit the second largest and the most preserved temple in Egypt, the Greek Roman temple of Edfu which dates back to 3rd century BC and is dedicated to the falcon God, Horus, of protection and the ruler of sky.
We will then return to the cruise ship and sail south while enjoying the countryside of Upper Egypt and watching the farmers at work on the banks of the Nile. In the afternoon we will reach the city of KomOmboand will visit its temple (2nd century BC) which was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus the Elder. It is considered a unique temple as it the only temple dedicated to two gods. We’ll then return to the ship and continue our journey to Aswan.
Day 6, Philae temple, Felucca ride (B, L, D) Nile Cruise.
In the morning we will drive to visit the romantic temple of Philae, dedicated to Goddess Isis of Magic and Beautywhere we will be enthralled by her love story with her husband God Osiris. The temple was built on a beautiful island in the Nile and dates back to 3rd century BC.
After our final lunch on the cruise ship we’ll enjoy the Nile in a traditional Felucca sailing boat. We’llget the chance to walk among the locals and the Nubians, the native people of Aswan. We’ll have dinner on board our cruise ship.
Day 7, Abu Simbel, (B) Aswan
Early in the morning, we’ll check out our cruise ship and board our vehicle to drive south for about 280 km to the temples of Abu Simbel, one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. The temple which is cut into the mountain and with a façade of 4 gigantic statues of King Ramses II is 20 meters high and with its rich carving and vivid colors dates back to 13th century BC. The temples were relocated from their original spot to avoid the water of Lake Nasser which was created after the High Dam was built in 1960 AD.
After our visit, we’ll drive back to Aswan to check in to our hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
Day 8, fly back to Cairo, Egyptian Museum, Ibn Tulun mosque Khan El-Khalili market (B, L) Cairo
Early in the morning we’ll catch our flight back to Cairo. On arrival, our Egyptologist tour guide will escort you to one of the biggest and most important museums in the world: the Egyptian Museum which hosts 120000 pieces of Egyptian treasures including the golden treasure of King Tut Ankh Amon, his Golden Mask and the Golden Coven, and the royal mummies of Ramses II and all the great pharaohs.
Later on we will visit Islamic Cairo where we will visit the oldest mosque in Cairo; the mosque of Ibn Tulun dates back to 9th century AD with its unique Minaret from where you have a panoramic view over Islamic Cairo.
Afterwards we will go to Khan El-Khalili market where you can do your last shopping for family and friend, enjoy a cup coffee or mint tea in a local café and get lost among its maze of streets.
We’ll then return to the hotel for our last night.
Day 9 after breakfast our Egypt Eye Tour cars will come to pick you up and take you to Cairo airport for your trip home. You may be leaving Egypt but you’ll have lots of extraordinary memories to take with you.
- 3nights accommodations in 5 stars hotel in Cairo with breakfast.
- 4 nights in 5 stars deluxe Nile Cruise with full board.
- 1 night in 5 stars hotel in Aswan
- All airport pick up and guided tours to the mentioned sights.
- Guided tour to the temples of Abu Simbel
- All entrance fees to the mentioned sights
- Service of Expert Egyptologist tour guide during the sightseeing.
- 2 domestic flights between Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo
- Camel ride by the pyramids
- All taxes
- International flights
- Entry visa to Egypt (25$ at the moment)
- Any sights not mentioned in the itinerary
- Photography tickets at the sightseeing.
- Any extra meals or drinks
- Gratuities for tour guides and drivers or any other kind of tips