The Nile has often been described as the lifeblood of Egypt. Along it lie some of the most spectacular monuments in the world. From temples and tombs to pyramids and monasteries, each has a story to tell and together they stand as a testament to the greatness of an ancient civilisation. Come with us on a journey to Cairo and down the Nile, and explore this fascinating country.
We begin the tour in Cairo where we tour the Pyramids and Sphinx at both Gisa and Saqqara. We also offer an optional full day city tour to explore the city’s many interesting sites which includes beautiful mosques, the famous Egyptian museum, sprawling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, and Citadel where you get great views over the whole city.
From here we travel to Aswan to begin our journey down the Nile. Dotted with beautiful green islands, cascading rapids and large sailed feluccas, the Nile here is perhaps at its most beautiful. We spend time visiting the picturesque island temple of Philae and the huge High Dam, as well as having the chance to visit the amazing temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel before taking a traditional felucca sailboat trip over 2 nights, sailing down the river to Luxor with stops to tour the temples at Komombo and Edfu.
In Luxor we tour the vast array of monumental architecture from Egypt's ancient past. On the east bank we have a chance to see the huge temples of Karnak and Luxor. On the west bank of the Nile we visit, amongst other sites, the Valleys of the Kings to see the multitude of Pharoanic tombs which have been unearthed during years of excavations. Other west bank sites visited include Queen Hatchepsut's temple, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Medinat Habu temple.
From here we return to Cairo where you can to do some last minute shopping, re-visit the museum or bazaars, or do a day trip to Alexandria or Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales before leaving Egypt with what we hope are some treasured memories.
Sleeper train and flight upgrades are available to cover the journeys between Cairo and Aswan/Luxor. These upgrades are optional at the time of booking, but will become compulsory and payable at 4-weeks before departure should official UK Foreign Office Travel Advice or the local authorities not allow travel between Cairo and Luxor on the route taken by the normal 'sitting train' we use through the Nile Valley. More information including how much to budget for these upgrades...
Gateway to Lake Nasser and felucca capital of the world.
The High Dam at Aswan is one of the most impressive feats of engineering in the whole African continent.
Short guide to Edfu Temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god.
Luxor is one of the world's most popular and largest 'open air' museums.
"Thanks for organising such a great trip for us! We all had an amazing time and it really opened our eyes to the country, both ancient and modern. Our guide, Emad Hussain was wonderful – very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and willing to put up with four archaeologists (including one Egyptologist) for the 12 days. I’m just downloading my 1200-odd photos now..."
Tim Dawson (Egypt Revisited)
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