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Nile River Aswan City Egypt

7 Night Nile Cruise & Cairo

12 day from £3,175pp (excl. international flights)
Cairo  → Luxor  → Aswan  → Luxor  → Cairo

Immersive and expansive trip down the Nile and back again

For an extensive and comprehensive exploration of the Nile River, talk to one of our Egypt experts about our 7 night Nile Cruise

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Egypt on this captivating 12-day adventure. Your journey begins in Cairo, where you'll explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, marvels that stand as testaments to ancient ingenuity. Delve deeper into history at Saqqara and Memphis, unearthing remnants of bygone eras.

Journey to Luxor, the heart of ancient Egypt, and embark on a luxurious Nile cruise. Sail down the lifeblood of Egypt, witnessing breathtaking landscapes and ancient wonders along the way. Explore the colossal Karnak Temples and the captivating Luxor Temple, structures steeped in pharaonic tradition.

Descent into the Valley of the Kings, a necropolis housing the tombs of pharaohs, including the legendary Tutankhamun. Marvel at the architectural marvel of Hatshepsut Temple, dedicated to a powerful female pharaoh. Stand in awe of the Colossi of Memnon, colossal statues guarding the entrance to a mortuary temple.

Continue your cruise, venturing to Edfu and Kom Ombo. Explore the magnificent Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, and the unique Kom Ombo Temple, a double temple dedicated to two deities. In Aswan, witness the engineering marvel of the High Dam and explore the captivating Philae Temple, relocated to higher ground to preserve its beauty. Optional tours offer the chance to visit the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples, rock-cut sanctuaries dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II. Sail on a traditional Felucca boat, soaking in the scenic Nile landscape from a unique perspective.

After a relaxing cruise, return to Cairo for a final exploration. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, a haven for souvenirs and local crafts. As your adventure concludes, depart with unforgettable memories of ancient wonders and timeless landscapes.

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Day 1: Arrive Cairo

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Fairmont Nile City Hotel

Embark on your Egyptian adventure with a hassle-free arrival! Board your international flight to Egypt, brimming with anticipation for the experiences that await. Upon landing at Cairo International Airport, a friendly representative will greet you inside the terminal, ensuring a smooth arrival process. They'll assist you with immigration, visa issuance (if required), luggage collection, and customs clearance. Finally, unwind and relax at your comfortable Cairo hotel after your journey.

Day 2: Explore Giza

Camel sitting in front of the Pyramids of Giza Cairo Egypt

Pyramids of Giza

Explore Cairo's ancient wonders today. Start with breakfast at your hotel before visiting the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Witness these architectural marvels and learn about their history. Journey back in time at Saqqara, exploring the fascinating pyramid complex. After a lunch break (not included), delve into Memphis' open-air museum, uncovering remnants of a bygone era. Return to Cairo for a relaxing overnight stay.

Day 3: Old Cairo and Museum

Old Cairo and Minaret of Bab Zweila Cairo Egypt Canva Pro

After breakfast at your hotel, explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Museum, if open). Witness captivating artifacts that tell the story of ancient Egypt. Next, journey to Old Cairo, a vibrant area steeped in history. From there, ascend to the imposing Citadel of Salah El Din, offering panoramic views. Nearby, admire the intricate details of the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. Finally, immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, a haven for souvenirs and local crafts. Return to your Cairo hotel for a restful overnight stay.

Day 4: Cruise embarkation

Procession of Sphinxes at Temple of Karnak Luxor Egypt

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your Cairo hotel. Next, transfer to Cairo Domestic Airport for your flight to Luxor. Our representative will assist you with departure formalities, ensuring a smooth transition. Upon arrival in Luxor, meet and greet assistance awaits to whisk you comfortably to your Nile cruise. After embarking, enjoy a relaxing lunch on board as you settle into your new surroundings.

In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Luxor's East Bank. Witness the grandeur of the Karnak Temples, a vast complex showcasing ancient Egyptian architecture. Afterward, delve into the history of Luxor Temple, a captivating structure steeped in pharaonic tradition. Return to the cruise for dinner onboard, followed by evening entertainment. Finally, unwind and rest for the night on your luxurious Nile cruise.

Day 5: Valley of the Kings

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Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings

Fuel up with a delicious breakfast on board as you cruise towards new destinations. Today, delve into the wonders of Luxor's West Bank. Explore the Valley of the Kings, a necropolis housing the tombs of pharaohs. Next, witness the architectural marvel of Hatshepsut Temple, dedicated to a powerful female pharaoh. Finally, stand in awe of the Colossi of Memnon, two colossal statues guarding the entrance to a mortuary temple. Later, set sail towards Esna, enjoying the scenic Nile landscape along the way. A relaxing lunch on board awaits you before you can unwind for the afternoon. As evening approaches, savor a delicious dinner followed by onboard entertainment.

Day 6: Edfu & Kom Ombo

Edfu temple of Horus Edfu Egypt

Edfu Temple of Horus at night

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail towards Edfu, taking in the picturesque Nile scenery. Upon arrival, step ashore to explore the magnificent Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Later, set sail for Kom Ombo as you relax and take in the passing landscapes. Savor a satisfying lunch on board before enjoying some free time in the afternoon. Perhaps catch up on reading, soak up the sun on the deck, or simply unwind in your cabin. As evening approaches, enjoy a delightful dinner followed by onboard entertainment. Finally, retire to your comfortable cabin for a restful overnight stay on the Nile cruise.

Day 7: Sail to Aswan

Nile and temple Aswan Egypt

Aswan temple

Today, sail to Aswan. Upon arrival, embark on a fascinating exploration of the city's highlights. Witness the engineering marvel of the High Dam and learn about its significance. Nearby, contrast the structure with the Old Dam, a testament to earlier engineering efforts. Next, delve into the history of Philae Temple, a captivating structure relocated to higher ground to preserve it from rising water levels. Later, return to the cruise for a satisfying lunch before a unique experience. Set sail on a traditional Felucca boat around the picturesque Aswan Islands, soaking in the scenic Nile landscape from a different perspective.

Day 8: Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel temple Egypt

Abu Simbel

Savor a delicious breakfast on board as you cruise toward the conclusion of your Nile adventure. Today offers the opportunity to join an optional tour to visit the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These magnificent rock-cut temples, dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II, are a must-see for history enthusiasts (additional cost may apply). Whether you choose the optional tour or relax on board, a delightful lunch awaits you in the afternoon. As evening sets in, enjoy a delicious dinner followed by onboard entertainment, a perfect way to reflect on the memories of your unforgettable Nile cruise.

Day 9: Back to Edfu

Kom Ombo Temple Egypt

Kom Ombo Temple

Set sail towards Kom Ombo. Enjoy the scenic Nile views during the morning journey. Later, disembark for another chance to explore the captivating Kom Ombo Temple, a unique double temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. Witness the architectural marvel and learn about the symbolism behind the dual deities. After your exploration, set sail for Edfu, taking in the tranquil Nile scenery as you relax on board. As evening approaches, savor a delightful dinner followed by onboard entertainment. Finally, retire to your comfortable cabin for a restful overnight stay on the Nile cruise.

Day 10: Cross Esna Lock

Marsh Harrier on the Nile Egypt

Marsh Harrier hunting on the Nile in Egypt

Start your day with a delightful breakfast onboard as we set sail back for Luxor. Today. you'll navigate the Esna Lock and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. Relax by the pool, unwind, and be captivated by the magic of the Nile, watch the birds flying around the and scenery pass by. Savor dinner under the stars followed by vibrant entertainment. Retire in your cozy cabin, dreaming of ancient wonders.

Day 11: Return to Cairo

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Cairo skyline from Cairo Tower

Fuel up for your adventures with a tasty breakfast onboard. After a fond farewell to the majestic Nile, disembark and be whisked away to Luxor Domestic Airport for your flight to Cairo. Our friendly staff will ensure a smooth departure process. Upon landing in Cairo, you'll be met and assisted, making your arrival a breeze. Relax and settle into your comfortable hotel room, ready for your return journey home tomorrow.

Day 12: Departure day

Savor a delicious breakfast at your hotel before we take you to Cairo International Airport for your final departure. Our team will be by your side, assisting with check-in and immigration formalities, ensuring a stress-free farewell to Egypt. We hope your Nile adventure left you with unforgettable memories!


Duration: 11 nights

Location: Egypt holidays, Africa

Price: £3175pp

From £3,175pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as below:

  • 3 nights at Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo - gold room, breakfast included.
  • 7 nights aboard Nile Cruise - deluxe cabin, full board.
  • 1 night at Cairo Meridien Airport - deluxe room, breakfast included.

Also includes

  • Internal flights
  • All private sightseeing tours mentioned in the above itinerary including deluxe transportation, English-speaking Egyptologist/Guide, and entrance fees
  • All private airport transfers including meet and assist

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from Egypt.
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
  • Visa fees, activity fees not mentioned as included and tips/gratuities.
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Best time to go to Egypt

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Egypt

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January

A good time to visit, with mild temperatures averaging 20°C. Crowds are smaller, making it ideal for exploring popular sites like the Pyramids of Giza and Luxor's ancient temples. Hotel rates are also lower during this low season month.

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February

Similar to January, with pleasant weather and fewer tourists. It's a great month for Nile River cruises and desert adventures before the heat intensifies.

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March

March is the beginning of the shoulder season, making it perfect for sightseeing. Crowds may increase in some areas, but rates remain relatively low.

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April

Warm and sunny, with average highs around 28°C. It's a beautiful time to visit before the peak summer heat, but tourist numbers begin to grow.

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May

One of the best months weather-wise, with comfortable temperatures and low humidity. However, it's considered the start of the peak season, so expect higher prices and more crowds.

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June

Early summer sees soaring temperatures, often exceeding 35°C. While crowd levels are high, it's an excellent time for diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

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July

The peak of summer, with scorching heat and minimal rainfall. Tourist numbers are at their highest, but deals on accommodation can be found.

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August

Similar to July, with intense heat and humidity. It's a quieter month for cultural attractions but ideal for beach holidays on the Red Sea coast.

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September

Temperatures start to cool down, making it a more comfortable time for sightseeing. It's still part of the peak season, but crowds begin to thin out.

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October

An excellent shoulder season month, with pleasant weather and smaller crowds. It's a great time for Nile cruises and desert adventures before the cooler winter months.

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November

Temperatures continue to drop, averaging around 25°C. It's a superb time for exploring Egypt's ancient sites, with fewer tourists and lower prices.

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December

Part of the low season, with mild weather and minimal rainfall. Hotel rates are at their lowest, making it an affordable time to visit major attractions.

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