Cairo, Alexandria and a Nile Cruise
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Remember the wide-eyed wonder of learning about ancient Egypt at school? On this comprehensive tour, we discover ancient Alexandria and learn of the astonishing workmanship that created the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. In Luxor, we explore the mind-blowing Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs lie entombed. We meander through the relaxed city of Aswan and visit its 111m High Dam, built to regulate river flooding. In between these unforgettable highlights, we enjoy a comfortable seven-night cruise along the Nile.
9 excursions and visits
Day 1 Cairo – Luxor
We transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor, transferring upon arrival to our comfortable Presidential Nile Cruises vessel.
Day 2 Luxor – Edfu
At the open-air museum of Luxor, the number and preservation of ancient monuments is unparalleled. This is the site of the famous city of Thebes, capital of Egypt at the height of the empires influence. We head out to explore the West Bank, beginning at the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were buried from the 16th-11th centuries BC. Our guide introduces a few of the most impressive tombs and you may also choose to enter the plainer, cursed Tomb of Tutankhamun (extra charge). We also visit the Valley of the Queens, the impressive mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, before returning to the ship. We sail to Edfu.
Day 3 Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
There can be few more serene and romantic ways of passing time than gliding down the Nile on a river cruiser. We sail to the fascinating Greco-Roman double-temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the falcon-headed Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. We return to the ship, ready to set sail southwards to Aswan.
Day 4 Aswan – Temple of Philae
Today pays tribute to ancient and modern feats of architectural engineering, with visits to the 111m-high Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae, perhaps Egypts most beguiling and beautiful. Our excursion includes a Felucca rider. We also take in the Nubian Museum, a stunning showcase of Nubias history, art and culture, including horse armour.
Day 5 Aswan – Edfu
Take the opportunity to explore the laid-back Nubian city of Aswan independently before an afternoon of relaxation aboard our vessel, as we sail to Edfu. Alternatively, choose to take an optional excursion by coach or plane to legendary Abu Simbel. We dock overnight in Edfu.
Day 6 Edfu – Luxor
We continue the return journey along the Nile to Luxor.
Day 7 Luxor
This morning we visit two astonishing temples on the East Bank of the Nile – Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Karnak in particular is absolutely awe-inspiring; a complex of more than 100 hectares (larger than some ancient cities) with immense pylons and obelisks, tranquil lakes and sanctuaries and the Hypostyle Hall, where 134 soaring columns, each with a diameter of more than 3m, are arranged in perfect geometric rows, all covered in exquisite hieroglyphs.