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About your trip
Step back in time on this epic 10-day voyage of discovery through Egypt. After the unforgettable experience of exploring the Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza and browsing the stalls of the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar in the historic centre of Cairo, continue your journey south, first by sleeper train and then by luxury cruise ship on the Nile. Marvel at ancient temples, kayak on the river and party on a felucca – a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Wrap up your trip in Aswan, where you’ll enjoy an authentic Nubian dinner on your final evening. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.
- Gaze in awe at the Great Pyramid and Sphinx of Giza
- Discover the overlooked architectural wonders of Cairo's historic centre
- Explore the ancient Luxor Temple illuminated by candlelight
- Enjoy a party on a traditional felucca at sunset
- Cruise down the Nile on a luxury ship
- Experience authentic Nubian hospitality and cuisine
- Kayak down the Nile, exploring the islands of Aswan
After touching down at Cairo International Airport (CAI), you’ll be whisked off to your hotel where you’ll meet our Local Insider who will accompany the group throughout the trip. At 6pm, get to know your fellow travellers before sitting down to a welcome dinner together. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep ahead of an action-packed day at the pyramids tomorrow.
Explore two of the most iconic landmarks in Egypt today – the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, the largest of which is the last surviving Wonder of the Ancient World. It’s worth taking your time to fully appreciate these colossal feats of human endeavour. At lunch, sample local culinary delights such as koshari (a mix of rice, macaroni, lentils and spiced tomato sauce) and ful medames (crushed fava beans cooked with cumin, lemon, garlic and fresh herbs – typically served with bread). You’ll then visit the Grand Egyptian Museum in the afternoon.
Start the day with a yoga session before heading into the historic centre of Cairo. Admire the extensive array of Islamic architecture on Moez Street and embrace the chaos of the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar – a labyrinth of stalls selling jewellery, exotic spices, handcrafted souvenirs and much more. At an old bookbinding store, you’ll have the chance to treat yourself to a personalised leather notebook. Next, it’s time to board the overnight sleeper train from Giza station to Luxor.
No trip to Egypt would be complete without visiting several of the inspiring temples that form an integral part of the country’s heritage. Upon arrival in Luxor, you’ll be driven to the Dendera Temple Complex in the nearby city of Qena. The main temple, built in honour of Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and beauty, is one of the best preserved in Egypt. You’ll then return to Luxor and check into the hotel. Set out on an evening tour of the Luxor Temple, and witness the ancient sandstone glowing in the candlelight.
It’s an early start today as you’ll be exploring the Valley of the Kings, the royal burial ground of many pharaohs during the New Kingdom (1539BCE-1075BCE). Venture into the tomb of Tutankhamun before moving on to the temple of Hatshepsut, a striking tribute to one of the first female pharaohs. Next, stop by the Colossi of Memnon – two 18m (59ft) tall stone monuments depicting Pharaoh Amenhotep III – before hopping on the cruise ship for lunch and to begin your journey down the Nile.
After breakfast, your floating hotel will drop you off at Karnak Temple. This majestic 4,000-year-old temple, in a complex spanning more than 100ha (247 acres), is believed to be the largest religious building in the world – larger, even, than some entire ancient cities. Later in the morning, take a walking tour of the vibrant Souq of Luxor where you can shop for souvenirs and enjoy a refreshing hibiscus tea, known as karkade. Reboard the ship and continue your journey towards your next stop, Edfu.
Fancy taking it easy this morning? It’s entirely up to you – but if you’re keen for an adventure, the Temple of Edfu is worth seeing. Built between 237BCE and 57BCE, it’s relatively young by Egyptian temple standards and therefore extremely well preserved. You can get here on foot (approximately 30 minutes walk each way). On your return to the ship, you’ll sail to Kom Ombo, home to another impressive temple. Overlooking the Nile, it comprises two symmetrical temples split down the middle. Explore here for a couple of hours before setting off on the last leg of your cruise.
Wake up in Aswan, the southernmost Egyptian city and the final stop of your cruise. You can choose to take an early bus to the temples of Abu Simbel – around a 3.5hr journey each way through the desert. Carved into the mountainside, these spectacular temples – built by Ramses II during the 13th century BCE – were dismantled in the 1960s and relocated here, to prevent them from being flooded by Lake Nasser. If all that sounds too active, you may prefer to spend the day at leisure. Come evening, sip refreshing beverages on a felucca, a traditional sailboat, as the Nile glistens beneath the setting sun.
This morning, you’ll swap the cruise ship for a kayak in Aswan, allowing you to experience the Nile from a totally different perspective. Navigate the river waters and visit islands, such as Elephantine and Soheil, at your own pace. Post-kayak, round off your trip in style with an authentic Nubian dinner in the warm company of the locals.
The time has come to pack your bags and bid farewell to your fellow travellers. Check out of the hotel by midday and head to Aswan Airport (ASW) for your flight home. Alternatively, you can extend your travels in Egypt at your choosing. See you next time!
- Four nights luxury cruise liner accommodation
- Three nights premium hotel accommodation
- One night Nubian guesthouse accommodation
- One night on a sleeper train
- Private and local transport
- Nine breakfasts, five lunches, six dinners
- Local Insider
- Arrival airport transfer
- Sphinx and Giza Pyramids visit
- Grand Egyptian Museum entry
- Morning yoga session
- Moez Street entry
- Khan Al-Khalili bazaar
- Abdelzahers bookbinding store visit
- Dendera Temple visit
- Luxor Temple tour
- Valley of the Kings entry
- Tutankhamun Tomb entry
- Hatshepsut Temple entry
- Colossi of Memnon visit
- Karnak Temple visit
- Souq of Luxor walking tour
- Kom Ombo Temple visit
- Felucca sunset party
- River Nile kayaking
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
Hyatt Regency Cairo West Hotel
This newly opened luxury hotel is situated in an elevated part of the city with spectacular views of the Giza Pyramids. Featuring a pool, spa and fitness centre, it’s an ideal base from which to explore the iconic landmarks of Cairo.
See Egypt from a different perspective on the overnight train from Giza to Luxor. Watch the urban sprawl give way to open countryside as you journey 500km (311mi) south – a fascinating window into rural Egypt. The compact cabins contain bunk beds, wash basins and charging ports.
Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Frequented by numerous royals and celebrities over the years, this British colonial-era hotel on the eastern bank of the Nile provides elegant, spacious rooms. Take a dip in the heated swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
Movenpick Royal Lily Cruise
Sail down the Nile in style on this luxury ship with 56 deluxe ensuite cabins. And don’t forget to bring your swimmers for the pool. Come evening, head to the Salon Deck and gaze out the panoramic windows – after you’ve ordered your tipple from the bar, of course.
Anakato Nubian Houses
Experience authentic Nubian hospitality and cuisine at this charming riverside retreat in Gharb Soheil village, 25 minutes from Aswan by motor boat. These colourfully decorated houses offer air conditioned rooms with picturesque views in a tranquil setting, away from the city centre.
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
- Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
- Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
- We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
- Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
- Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
- Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
- We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
- To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
- Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
- Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
- Customers who have booked a single room, please note this excludes the night spent on the sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor on Day 3, where you will share a twin cabin with a traveller of the same gender.
- Anakato in Aswan is a homestay and therefore facilities are more basic than other hotels within the itinerary.
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Terms & Conditions
Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.