River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view the timeless wonders of Egypt. Discover the world of the ancient Egyptians as you visit the incomparable sites of the pharaohs - Memphis and Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and Karnak temples and the tombs on the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Cruise along the legendary Nile River, pass colonnaded temples and stop at the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, situated at the crossroads of ancient caravan routes. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land.
Day 2: Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins
Gather for a special welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Day 3: Cairo - Giza - Memphis - Sakkara - Cairo
This morning travel to nearby Giza to visit one of the seven ancient wonders of the world – the Pyramids of Giza. This afternoon, travel south to visit the site of ancient Memphis, with its 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and Sakkara, where you will see the oldest of all the pyramids, the Step Pyramid. (B)
Day 4: Cairo - Luxor
Spend the morning discovering the remarkable collections of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, including statues, reliefs, sarcophagi and the treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. (B)
Day 5: Luxor
Begin your tour of ancient Thebes as you cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the massive complex of the Temple of Karnak. (B)
Day 6: Luxor - Board Cruise Ship
Return to the West Bank to visit the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the well-preserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. Embark on your Nile cruise this afternoon. Return to the Temple of Karnak this evening for a captivating sound and light show. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Luxor
Your ship sails in the early hours of the morning. Begin sailing down the mighty Nile, arriving in Esna. Continue sailing this afternoon toward Edfu. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Edfu - Kom Ombo
This morning visit the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Following lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo, where you will tour the famous double sanctuary. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Aswan
Arrive in the Nubian city of Aswan this morning and visit the ancient Philae Temple of Isis. Later, explore Nubian history and its environment with a visit to the Nubian Museum, known for its rich collection of artifacts showing the material culture of Nubia, from prehistory to present times. Your ship remains in Aswan overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Aswan - Disembark Cruise Ship
Disembark your ship this morning. You may choose an optional tour to Abu Simbel** and see the extraordinary temples built by Pharaoh Ramses II, which were moved to their present site during construction of the Aswan High Dam. Later, sail by traditional felucca to Kitchener Island for a stroll through the botanical gardens. (B,D)
Day 11: Aswan - Cairo
Fly from Aswan to Cairo* and check into your hotel. Tonight enjoy a delightful farewell dinner and share your experiences with your fellow travelers! (B,D)
Day 12: Cairo - Tour Ends (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Visit one of the seven ancient Wonders of the World – the Pyramids of Giza.
Embark on a leisurely paced 4-night cruise discovering the secrets of the Nile River, the world’s longest river.
See a captivating sound and light show at the Temple of Karnak.
Visit the site of ancient Memphis, with its 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and Sakkara.
All This Included
Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view the timeless wonders of Egypt. Discover the world of the ancient Egyptians as you visit the incomparable sites of the pharaohs – Memphis and Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and Karnak temples, and the tombs on the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Dedicated Egyptologists provide insight throughout your journey. Cruise along the legendary Nile River, pass colonnaded temples and stop at the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, situated at the crossroads of ancient caravan routes.
21 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
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Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Concorde El Salam Hotel
Luxor: Sheraton Luxor Resorts
Cruising: cabin onboard m/s Mirage
Aswan: Moevenpick Elephantine Island Resort
Cairo: Sonesta Hotel Tower and Casino
Pre and Post Add-ons
Add a pre night stay in Cairo. Prices start at $100 per person, double.
Single accommodations are limited.
Some days will have early departures for excursions to avoid the mid-day high temperatures.
Each client is responsible for proper medical documentation and inoculations that may be required. Contact your local travel clinic or personal physician.
You must reserve the optional excursion to Abu Simbel when you book your tour.
An Egyptian visa is required and can be purchased at the airport upon arrival. Approximate cost is $20 USD.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.