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Nile Cruise; Luxor - Aswan - Luxor

Cutting through the barren, lifeless desert, and through lush farmland, the River Nile flows past some of Egypt's most spectacular and well preserved ancient temples and tombs. This tour uses one of Egypt's famous luxury Nile Cruise boats (5-star deluxe level) and sails up and down this great river between Luxor and Aswan, allowing you to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt as you go, and enjoy all the comfort and luxury that modern Egypt has to offer. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Luxor

We welcome you on your arrival in Luxor, and transfer you to the cruise boat. Cabins are available from around 2pm onwards. After you settle in, we introduce you to your Egyptologist guide who will accompany you on the cruise and be your private guide for all the sightseeing trips. The rest of the day is free to relax and have a look around Luxor centre.

  • Day 2:
  • Luxor. Karnak & Luxor temple

You start your exploration of Egyptian ancient history today with tours to two important Pharaonic temples. Firstly you visit Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world, and then the impressive Luxor temple situated right in the centre of Luxor. In the afternoon the boat leaves Luxor and sails south to the locks on the Nile at Esna where you overnight.

  • Day 3:
  • Esna, Edfu & Komombo.

You visit the small Esna temple this morning before sailing further south, past Edfu temple and on to Komombo. While on the river you can enjoy watching rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river while you relax on the sun-deck.

  • Day 4:
  • Sail to Aswan - Philae Temple

You sail on to Aswan today where the Nile is at its most picturesque. After mooring in town, you visit the beautiful island temple of Philae by boat and your Egyptologist continues his explanations of the development of Pharaonic culture and customs.

  • Day 5:
  • Aswan - Felucca trip. Abu Simbel option

You have a free morning today to explore Aswan's markets and walk along the Corniche on the banks of the Nile. Alternatively you can take an optional early morning tour to see the temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel. One of Egypt's main highlights, these temples were completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded. In the afternoon we take you on a felucca sailboat trip around some of the islands on the Nile.

  • Day 6:
  • Sail back towards Luxor - Komombo temple.

The boat heads north again today as you leave Aswan and stop to tour the riverside temple at Komombo en-route back to Luxor.

  • Day 7:
  • Luxor - West bank tour

You start early this morning to avoid the crowds and the extreme heat in the middle of the day, which particularly at the Valley of the Kings can be oppressive. We tour the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, visit the unique tiered temple to Queen Hatchepsut, and explore the impressive Medinat Habu temple with its colourful hieroglyphics before returning back to Luxor via a stop to view the Colossi of Memnon. Your afternoon is free in Luxor to do some last shopping in the bazaar or visit one of the good local museums. You can also do a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile today.

  • Day 8:
  • Luxor - Tour ends

Your tour finishes today and your time is free until we transfer you to Luxor airport for departure.


• Accommodation on 5-star deluxe cruise boat
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, including 24-hour airport transfer service
• Tours & guides as indicated on the itinerary
• Tipping Kitty
• All site entrance fees

Not included

• International airfares (available on request)
• Visa costs (available on arrival for most nationalities)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Drinks, snacks, tips for your guide, and other personal expenses
• Entrance fees to sites not mentioned
• Gala Dinners in hotels/cruise boats on 24 & 31 Dec (if charged)
• Travel insurance (available on request)
• Any other items not mentioned above

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Tour facts

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Private tours only. No minimum age
River Nile cruising; Aswan - Philae temple & island felucca trip; Abu Simbel option; Edfu & Komombo temples; Luxor - Karnak temple; Valley of the Kings; Hatchepsut temple
5-star-deluxe cruiseboat, private a/c minibuses for sightseeing tours & transfers
Group departures:
Weekly - start & finish in Luxor on Saturdays
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Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 7 | Dinner: 7


We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.


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"I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was with the holiday and that was down to the country itself, the fantastic itinerary, and the wonderful people involved with Egypt Uncovered."

Dan Matthews (Grand Egyptian Adventure)

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