See the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dashur.
Enjoy the serenity of a Nile cruise on board the M/S Sonesta St George.
Explore the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak.
Visit lesser-known ancient sites along the Nile.
What our specialists say...
This trip incorporates the classic highlights of Egypt and is great for the first-time visitor. Beginning in Cairo, you’ll visit the pyramids of Giza before moving on to the less frequented but equally fascinating Saqqara and Dashur. After exploring Cairo Museum’s antiquities and Old Cairo, you fly to Luxor to begin your Nile Cruise on board the comfortable and elegant M/S Sonesta St George. All meals and guided tours are included. You’ll visit ancient sites along the Nile, from the Valley of the Kings to the Temple of Philae, before disembarking and spending a couple of days relaxing in Aswan.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Cairo
International outbound flight , Cairo
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.
Day 2 Cairo
This morning you're picked by your private guide and driver for a full day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dashur. Start in chronological order, as it were, by visiting the Bent Pyramid at Dashur, one of the earliest examples of Pyramid architecture and an hour's drive from Cairo. Then work your way back to Cairo, visiting the stepped pyramid of Saqqara before exploring the behemoths at Giza. Stop for lunch (not included) with your guide, who'll recommend a good restaurant or café. The whole trip lasts about seven hours.
Day 3 Cairo
Enjoy a full day tour around Cairo with your private guide and driver. Arguably the highlight is exploring the treasures of the Egyptian Museum: alongside Tutankhamun's death mask, your guide shows you more unusual or lesser-known artefacts recovered from ancient tombs. After lunch (not included), visit the Citadel for the best views over the city, then the backstreets of Coptic Cairo and the ingenuous Hanging Church. Alternatively, you could take a guided tour of Cairo's souqs. You're dropped back off at your hotel at the end of the day.
Day 4 Luxor
This morning your private driver takes you to the airport in time for your one and a half hour flight to Luxor. Here you board the M/S Sonesta St George for your four night cruise to Aswan. Your excursions during your time on the cruise will be shared. Enjoy lunch on board before heading out on your first trip, accompanied by your guide (who stays with you for the duration of the cruise) and your fellow passengers. Today, explore the Temples of Karnak and Luxor on Luxor's east bank, listening to your guide recounting the stories of power and political spin that lie behind the temple design.
Day 5 Luxor
This morning, take a tour of Luxor's west bank. Explore the Valley of the Kings, where you can descend into tombs decorated with surprisingly bright hieroglyphics, as well as the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, the rest of the day is spent sailing to Edfu, where you'll spend the night. It's a peaceful afternoon: we like just sitting out on deck and watching the landscape grow steadily more rural.
Day 6 Luxor
Spend the morning visiting the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Your guide leads you through its hypostyle halls, explaining the colossal struggle between Seth and Horus in ancient Egyptian mythology and how the temple celebrates this. Then sail on to Kom Ombo where, after lunch, you visit the lesser-known temples of Sobek and Haoeris, Ptolemaic temples which, unusually, are dedicated to two different gods. Sail on to Aswan, where you spend the night.
Day 7 Luxor
Today visit Aswan High Dam, learning about its construction and the consequences for this area of Egypt. You also take a short boat ride to visit the Temple of Philae. Your guide explains how UNESCO took measures to save it from flooding. As a temple, it's celebrated for having its own special ambiance as a shrine to the goddess Isis. Spend the rest of the day relaxing - it's your last night on board.
Day 8 Aswan
After breakfast, disembark the M/S Sonesta St George to experience a river trip on a felucca, a traditional Nile sailboat. Afterwards, you're free to explore Aswan under your own steam. You might like to go over to Kitchener Island to explore its Nubian village architecture. Otherwise, relax in your hotel.
Day 9 Aswan
A day at leisure to enjoy the laid-back town of Aswan. We suggest visiting the centrally located Nubian Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Nubian people of southern Egypt, and the botanical gardens. There are also several souqs which are great for shopping and ambling around.
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