The magical Nile, one of Africa's greatest rivers, is number one choice for Egyptologists and lovers of history and ancient civilisations. On a Nile holiday, your river vessel takes you through Upper Egypt from Aswan to Luxor, giving you easy access to the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, Kom Ombo and the temples of Philae.
Whilst on Nile cruise holidays, you can fly on to Abu Simbel to see the extraordinary temples there, or to Cairo to see the Pyramids and the breathtaking Egyptian museum.
Day 1 – Fly London to Cairo. Transfer to the Oberoi Mena House Hotel in Cairo for a two night stay
Day 2 – Cairo. Take in the attractions of Cairo including the Great Pyramid & Great Sphinx of Giza and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities accompanied by your private Egyptologist
Day 3 – Cairo. Tour the oldest area of Cairo where you may explore the remains of the fortress of Babylon. After lunch, leave Coptic Cairo for Islamic Cairo
Day 4 – Cairo/Luxor, Embark Sanctuary MS Nile Explorer. Fly from Cairo to Luxor and embark the Nile Adventurer.
Explore the great site of the Karnak Temple – the world’s largest ancient religious complex & the Luxor Temple
Day 5 – Valley of the Kings/Esna. Discover the pharaohs’ tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Discover the Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon.
Day 6 – Esna/Edfu. Visit the Esna & Edfu Temples.
Day 7 – Kom Ombo/Aswan. Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Philae Temple & the Granite Quarries. In the afternoon take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat.
Day 8 – Fly Aswan to Cairo. Transfer to the Fairmont Towers hotel for an overnight stay
Day 9 – Fly Cairo to London.
Departures: March to October
A year round destination, Egypt sometimes suffers from storms in December and January, and is unbearably hot in the height of the summer, especially if you like to do a lot of sightseeing. Spring is the perfect compromise for an Egypt cruise - hot and sunny, but not too much so.
Light cotton clothing, sun cream and a sun hat are essential along with comfortable footwear as there will be lots of sightseeing.