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Discover ancient temples and tombs and travel by Nile cruise boat. Egypt has an enthralling history and a wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. This trip allows you to visit all the major sites and attractions along the Nile in a comfortable fashion. Boarding our cruise boat at Luxor you travel upstream, watching local life pass by, whilst also visiting the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples along the way. The lush green banks and the beautiful sunsets over the Nile, together with the excellent on-board facilities make this an unforgettable way to travel.
- Ancient temples and tombs
- Nile Cruise boat and luxury hotels
- The Great Pyramids
- Treasures of King Tut
- Valley of the Kings
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Flights from London
Day 1: Fly to Cairo.
Accommodation: Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar
Day 2: Visit Egyptian Museum, El Azhar Mosque and Cairo's lively bazaar; afternoon visit spectacular pyramids at Giza.
Visit to Egyptian Museum, Al Azhar mosque and lively Bazaar. Begin with a visit to the incredible Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which contains relics dating back to 4000 BC, including the fantastic riches of Tutankhamun's tomb. Here is a unique opportunity to survey the many fabulous trea
Dating back to AD970, Al Azhar mosque is a busy and popular mosque today, frequently visited by locals and thus well worth a visit.
Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the timeless and enigmatic Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century.
Day 3: Fly to Luxor; visit to Karnak and Luxor temples; free time.
On arrival in Luxor visit Luxor Temple and the huge Karnak Temple complex on the east bank of the Nile. Built over 1500 years, Karnak is a confusion of pylons, courtyards, halls and sanctuaries. Its Hypostyle hall has 134 columns 23 metres high and 15 metres in diameter! Both temples are incredibly impressive.
Days 4-5: Valley of the Kings; two days on the Nile with visits to Edfu and Kom Ombo en route.
Begin Day 4 with a visit to the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile, which contains the once hidden tombs of over 62 Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. A discreet entrance in the hillside takes the visitor underground; a series of corridors and ante-chambers leads you down to the burial chamber and sarcophagus. The walls are covered in brightly painted images and hieroglyphs - a map of the afterlife to ensure the king's safe passage.
On return to your cruise boat begin your voyage along the Nile, travelling upstream from Luxor to Aswan. Exact sailing and excursion times cannot be guaranteed for each individual trip but you will visit the temples of Edfu, famous for its roofed inner temples and huge Pylon, and Kom Ombo. The cruise boat has good facilities: a sundeck with sun loungers, bar and small pool, restaurant, gift shop and library - these can all be taken advantage of when the cruise boat is docked or during sailing. The sunsets over the Nile are truly stunning and travelling from Luxor to Aswan, enjoying the beauty of the lush verdant landscape make this journey special.
Day 6: A traditional felucca ride on the Nile; free afternoon or optional visit to Aswan High Dam and unfinished obelisk.
This morning you are travelling the Nile in a different, exciting way: by felucca, the traditional Egyptian sailing boat. Using the felucca, you can truly savour the tranquillity of the Nile and the beauty of the surrounding landscape, where the vast desert almost reaches the water's edge. (The sailing by felucca timing might be changed according to weather conditions). In the afternoon there is the option to visit the Nubian Museum, situated opposite the hotel. Opened in April 1998, the museum chronologically charts the history and culture of the Nubian people. Alternatively, we can arrange an optional visit to Philae Temple. In the 1970s it has been relocated by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the Aswan High Dam. It represents a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. During this excursion you will also visit Aswan High Dam and Cleopatra's unfinished obelisk.
Day 7: Optional visit to Abu Simbel.
Today there's the option of a visit to Abu Simbel, 300 km. to the south through the Nubian Desert. The optional bus tour starts at 3.30/4 in the morning when you get picked up from the boat. A breakfast box is provided. Built by Ramses II the two temples are certainly some of the most spectacular in Egypt. Originally on the banks of the Nile, the temples were raised to a new site above the lake in the late 1960s, as the waters from the new Lake Nasser rose behind the Aswan High Dam.
Day 8: Aswan; St. Simone Monastery optional tour, bazaar and corniche.
Today it's your last day in Aswan. A visit to St. Simone Monastery would be one of the available optional tours or you can spend your day discovering the bazaar (market) and corniche in Aswan. Shopping of home-made products can be done at the market, a great opportunity to have a taste of the local culture. Aswan is a laid-back, sleepy town that reflects the character of its largely Nubian inhabitants, known for being friendly and hospitable. Enjoying its atmosphere is a highlight for many on this trip.
Day 9: Fly to London via Cairo.
Cruise Boat & Hotels
Comfortable 4/5 star hotels (Egyptian Classification) on a twin-share basis.
The accommodation that Exodus typically use in Aswan is located on an island in the Nile and has fantastic views. The facilities in the rooms and in the hotel itself are excellent, including a choice of bars and restaurants and a spacious swimming pool.
In Cairo they generally use the Cairo Pyramids Hotel. Set in a landscaped garden it offers stunning views over the Pyramids. All rooms are en suite.
Sail the Nile on the M/Y Mirage. This cruise boat offers impressive service and great facilities including a swimming pool, a sun deck, gift shop, gym, restaurant and two bars. It stretches 72m in length, 14.4m width and 11.1m height, each of the 58 en suite cabins is fully air-conditioned and has a mini bar. Wi-Fi is available at a cost of $20 (subject to change).
Single rooms available, please enquire for prices.
Can be arranged in Cairo pre or post tour. Please speak to a consultant at the time of booking if you would like additional accommodation.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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