12 Day Wonders of Ancient Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza and the buzzing atmosphere of Cairo mark the start of a journey of discovery into Ancient Egypt, as you cruise from the mysterious temples of Luxor and the epic Valley of the Kings to the Aswan High Dam, before returning to the capital. Including a cruise along the legendary River Nile on board the most luxurious of ships; the MS Norma, MS Sapphire, MS La Boheme (or similar cruise ship).
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Cairo
You are met on arrival at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and soak up the atmosphere in this ancient city.
Hotel: Le Meridian Pyramids
Second Day enjoy Cairo with Pyramids Excursion
See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Visit Sakkara and view the Step Pyramid. Marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza and see the Sphinx. Visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery for a Cultural Insight into the uses of Egyptian plants to produce their fragrances. Enjoy a view of the pyramids at night and an unforgettable Sound and Light Show.
Third Day Cairo with Nile Cruise Luxor to Dendera
Fly to Luxor for a guided tour of the Karnak Temple complex. Board your cruise ship in time for lunch, and set sail for Dendera in the north.
Fourth Day Nile Cruise Dendera to Luxor
Explore the Dendera Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Hathor, before cruising back to Luxor to visit the Grand Temple.
Fifth Day Nile Cruise Luxor to Edfu
This morning, discover Deir et-Bahri, a complex of mortuary temples and tombs. See Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Visit the Valley of the Kings before cruising through the Esna Lock to Edfu.
Sixth Day Nile Cruise Edfu to Aswan
Visit the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Tonight, dress up in galabeas and enjoy some Egyptian culture and cuisine.
Seventh Day Nile Cruise Aswan
View the Unfinished Obelisk and visit the impressive High Dam in Aswan. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. Sail in a felucca on the Nile to view the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island.
Eighth Day Nile Cruise Aswan, Kom-Ombo and Edfu
Consider joining an excursion to Abu Simbel. Later, visit the roofless Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the falcon and crocodile gods.
Ninth Day Nile Cruise Edfu to Luxor
Enjoy a full day cruising on the Nile. Take advantage of the on board facilities. Enjoy the unique scenery as you cruise to Luxor.
Tenth Day Disembark Luxor for Cairo
Fly to Cairo. This evening consider an evening meal in a local restaurant with some lively Egyptian entertainment.
Hotel: Ramses Hilton
Eleventh Day enjoy Cairo Sightseeing
Visit the Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques and the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo. View thousands of artefacts during your visit to the Egyptian Museum.
Twelfth Day Depart Cairo
Say goodbye to this unforgettable country. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply.
- City tour in Luxor and Cairo
- Cruise in a felucca across the Nile
- See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, the Sound and Light show in Luxor
- View the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo
- Visit, a traditional Egyptian perfumery, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the temple dedicated to Goddess Hathor at Dendera, the Temple of Horus, the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, the temple at Kom-Ombo and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
11 breakfasts (including 4 buffets and 7 cruise breakfasts), 7 cruise dinners, 7 cruise lunches.
Take an unforgettable trip to the marvellous site of the Pyramids and Sphinx, illuminated against the night sky, where you'll hear the story of the ancient days of the Pharaohs accompanied by a haunting musical score.
Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing show. During Ramadan there will be no alcohol or belly dancers.
Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa and Pompey's Pillar. You'll also enjoy great views from Fort Qaitbey, and stop at the Roman Theatre with its marble seating before returning to Cairo.
Listen to voices of ancient kings, queens and gods as they share stories about the places you’ll see in the Temple during a walking tour, followed by a show around the Divine Lake. This show is operated in Karnak Temple in Luxor during the evening, lasting for just under an hour.
We'll take a motorboat along the Nile, passing by rocky formations and islands which are nature reserves. Arriving at a riverside Nubian Village, you'll see the traditional way of life and visit one of the typical houses.
Join us for a short boat ride to Philae Island, located between the old and new Aswan Dams, where you’ll have a short tour. We’ll then seat you in a Roman style theatre for a retelling of the perennial Nile flood, and of the goddesses Isis and Hathor, to whose worship the temple was originally dedicated. Approx 50 mins.
This four-hour excursion includes a flight to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with his four great statues. You’ll also see statues of Queen Nefertari on the facade of the Temple of Hathor. 75 minutes will be spent at Abu Simbel - the remainder will be travel time.
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.
- Flight from Cairo to Luxor and Flight from Luxor to Cairo
- Escorted by one of Trafalgar's English-speaking Egyptologists / Travel Directors
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Seven-night luxury Nile Cruise
- 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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