11 Day Luxury Jewels of the Nile Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel
11 Day Trip touring Egypt and its amazing wonders and mysteries, see the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Tutankhamun's Pharaonic Treasure in the Egyptian Museum, temples of Abu Simbel, colossal statue of Rameses II, Great Alabaster Sphinx and Cruise on the Nile in style.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt - a land that abounds in ancient wonders and mysteries which have enthralled travellers for centuries! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Second Day explore Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
In the morning, join your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, for a detailed pre-tour briefing. Then drive out to Memphis, to view the colossal statue of Rameses II and Great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser; dating from 2686BC, it's the oldest in the world. Now a guided visit of Giza shows you the enigmatic Sphinx and magnificent Pyramids, the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included is a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! This evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.
Third Day Travel to the Citadel and Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Drive up to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Then test your bargaining skills in the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars. This afternoon, visit Tahrir Square, the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Next is the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of Pharaonic treasure, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Fourth to Sixth Day Visit Abu Simbel and cruise on Lake Nasser
Transfer to the airport for your flight via Aswan to the ancient Nubian lands near Egypt's southern border. On arrival, board your comfortable cruise boat on Lake Nasser. Get your camera ready for your visit to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. You are confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock. The smaller Temple of Hathor is also guarded by six 10 metre statues.
Spend some time exploring inside the 3,200 year old walls, depicting scenes of Rameses and the Gods. Tonight, experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the Sound and Light show. Next morning, cruise to the ancient ruined citadel of Kasr Ibrim, still occupying its original strategic high ground. On through desert lands to Amada, noted for having the oldest surviving structure on Lake Nasser.
Also, it has some of the finest carvings of any Nubian temple. Explore the temple dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte and also visit the Tomb of Penniut, deputy of Nubia. During your cruise, you also visit Wadi El Sebou in the 'Valley of the Lions', named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes which led to the Temple of Rameses II. There's time to relax and enjoy your superb cruise facilities as you continue on to exotic Aswan - where the Middle East overlaps with Africa!
Seventh to Ninth Day Cruise the Nile in style
Visit the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the local Fertility God Mandulis. Disembark now and cross over the Aswan High Dam. Take a motorboat to the Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Aswan granite was used by many of the Pharaohs to build their temples and tombs and you visit one of the quarries on your way to your second cruise ship which will transport you up the Nile.
As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea in English colonial style on the terrace at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who is said to have penned 'Death on the Nile' over the café's signature drink. In the morning, for a change of mood, embark on a felucca (Nile sail boat) around Aswan's Botanical Gardens. Cruise on to Kom Ombo to visit the temple uniquely dedicated to two gods - Horus the Elder and the crocodile headed Sobek.
In fact, crocodiles were kept in the temple and some mummified remains are on show. Set sail again for Edfu. In the morning, two black granite falcons guard the entrance to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. After exploring the beautifully preserved wall reliefs, continue your cruising to Luxor. On arrival, visit the fabulous Luxor Temple. The obelisk now occupying the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris originally came from this temple. While cruising, breakfast, lunch and dinner (BB,L,D) are served daily and you also get to celebrate Egyptian style at a galabeya party and dinner.
Tenth Day to the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and flight to Cairo
Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Next, visit the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs. Venture underground into some of the royal tombs before returning to Luxor to the amazing temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendours is the vast Hypostyle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world. Later, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Cairo.
Eleventh Day Depart Cairo
Your journey comes to a close with a transfer to the airport.
Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the Pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
Cairo: The full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne, precious jewelry; gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's treasure!
Abu Simbel: Visit to the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock. Experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the sound and light show.
Philea Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract hotel. On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
West Bank: Embark on an excursion to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
1 Welcome Reception, 10 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Highlight Dinner, 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners, plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising.
Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
Highlight Hotels and Locations
Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
Cairo Marriott: The luxurious Cairo Marriott is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
Most tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Sound, Light Show and Pyramids Of Giza
A spectacular evening performance in which the Sphinx relates Egypt's ancient and colourful history in stereophonic sound with full sound and light effects highlighting the majestic Pyramids at Giza.
A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colourfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life.
Full Day Alexandria
Embark on a full day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Catacombs, Quayet-Bey Fortress and Pombey’s Pillar. Later, visit the Mosque of Abdul Abass and the gardens at Montaza surrounding a former palace of the Royal family. (Please note - This excursion is only available to passengers who have purchased extra nights in Cairo before or after their tour).
Nile Cruise and Dinner
Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Cairo's illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Entertainment is provided in the form of a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. Not to be missed!
Sound and Light Show - Aswan
The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascinating history of Philae Temple is brought to life before your eyes through the magic of sound and light. The atmospheric temple setting, engaging narration by world-famous celebrities and moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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