Combining the pyramids, sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Cairo with an extended Nile Cruise from Cairo to Aswan has long been one of the worlds most desired trips. Newly re-opened, this classic river cruise gives you the chance to see and learn about some fascinating ancient history while watching rural Egyptian life pass by as you sail along the Nile.
We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you directly to your Nile Cruise ship. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax onboard. Tonight will be spent moored up in Cairo. International flights are available on request from your chosen departure airport.
You head into central Cairo today to learn more about Pharaonic history in the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures from King Tutankhamuns Tomb. Later in the afternoon we'll head to Giza to visit the famous Pyramids and Sphinx. This evening the boat will hold a cocktail party with oriental museum. Overnight onboard in Cairo.
You will leave Cairo today before midday and begin sailing south towards Beni Suef. Enjoy the thrill of being one of the very first tourists to cruise this part of the Nile for over 15 years! The day will be spent at leisure onboard the ship where you can enjoy the scenery along the banks of the Nile and relax onboard the ship.
We have a number of important sites to visit today includes the Hawara and Meidum Pyramids located close to the oasis town of Fayoum. Overnight onboard Nile Cruise in Beni Suef.
The boat will begin sailing before breakfast today as the journey to Minya is a long one. We should reach Minya by 2pm before enjoying a full afternoon of tours. Your first visit this afternoon will be to Tuna al Gebel where you can see the Tomb of Petosiris which is a fusion of Greek and Egyptian styles. You will also visit Ashmunein before rejoining the boat. Overnight onboard in Minya.
After breakfast you will visit the fabled city of Tel el Amarna. This ancient city was once known as Akhenaten, while its modern day name comes from the nearby village of El-Till and the name of a local Bedouin tribe. The ancient Egyptian name Akhenaten means ‘the horizon of the solar disk’. The Pharaoh Akhenaten moved the capital of Egypt to this place as an offering to his god Aton, after he established monotheism in Egypt. After his death his son Tutankhamun moved the capital back to Thebes and re-established polytheism much to the delight of the Egyptian population. Akhenaten was then abandoned and almost forgotten. Today, archaeologists are still working in the area to discover what treasures may still be hidden. Whilst here today you'll visit The Northern Tombs, The ruins of the Great Palace and the small and great temples of the Aten. We have a break to have lunch onboard the boat before visiting Beni Hassan in the afternoon. The unfinished tombs at Beni Hassan demonstrate the transitional period between the Mastaba type tombs of the Old Kingdom and the deep cut tombs which you’ll see later in the tour in the Valley of the Kings. You'll have the opportunity to visit 4 tombs whilst at Beni Hassan. Overnight onboard in Minya.
Today you'll have a full day board the cruise boat whilst sailing south to Asyut.
We'll sail further south this morning to reach Sohag by 2pm. Today’s tour begins with a short drive to Abydos, home to the legend of Osiris. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was at Abydos where Osiris was resurrected after he was killed by his brother Seth, he was then given powers to become the lord of the Afterlife. Whilst here you’ll also see the temple of Seti I, who founded Abydos. The temple was completed by his son Ramses II. This evening there will be a black and white party onboard the boat.
Today whilst sailing south to the town of Qena we'll pass through 2 locks and under a railway bridge in the town of Naga Hammadi. Overnight onboard in Qena.
After breakfast this morning we travel a short distance by road to visit the important temple of Dendera which is dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of joy, dance. and love. Hathor was also believed to have had healing powers and ancient Egyptians often brought the sick here to be cured. After time exploring the temple you will rejoin the boat and continue sailing to Luxor. This evening a Belly Dancer will join the boat for some traditional entertainment. Overnight onboard in Luxor.
Luxor is rightly known as the world’s largest outdoor museum, and this morning we start our visits on the West Bank of the Nile, exploring Pharaonic tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and visiting Queen Hatchepsut’s beautiful temple.
Today’s extra options include a spectacular hot air balloon flight over the West Bank of the Nile, and a visit to Karnak Temple in the evening for an atmospheric and informative Sound and Light show.
After breakfast onboard the boat you begin today by visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak and also Luxor temple in the centre of town. In ancient times these two temples were linked by an enormous avenue of Sphinxes, much of this avenue has recently been restored as you will see. You have a little more free time in Luxor before the boat begins to sail further south towards Edfu where we'll spend the night onboard.
We visit Edfu temple this morning which is dedicated to the god Horus. Edfu Temple is often regarded as the best preserved temple in Egypt so this visit isn't to be missed! Later in the day we’ll sail a little further south to the unusual double temple of Komombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus. The unusual design of the temple means that everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis. A few of the 300 mummified crocodiles discovered in the area are on display at the temple. After your tour of Komombo you’ll continue on to Aswan where you'll spend the night.
This morning will begin with a boat trip to visit the beautiful Island Temple at Philae along with the Aswan High Dam which holds back the waters of Lake Nasser. In the afternoon we'll visit the Nubian Museum to learn about the Nubian people who inhabit much of southern Egypt. Overnight on board in Aswan with a Nubian Show.
After checking out from your hotel this morning you’ll transfer to Aswan airport for your final departure.
If you would like to spend longer in Egypt we can organise additional nights in Aswan, a Red Sea extension, or a safari into the country’s western deserts.
This tour uses the M/S Hamees Nile Cruise Ship, one of the very first boats to obtain permission to operate this route. The M/S Hamees has an Egyptian 5-star-deluxe rating.
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