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Egypt has an enthralling history and a wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. This trip along the legendary Nile allows you to watch local life along the lush green banks, visit important temples and be awed by beautiful sunsets from a comfortable river cruise boat.


  • Discover ancient temples and tombs
  • Explore the Great Pyramids
  • Gaze upon the treasures of King Tut
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings
  • Cruise along the world’s largest river





Arrive in Cairo at any time today.

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 the cruise boat at Luxor, you will 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.

Daily Summary
Tour: Cairo
Accommodation: Cairo Pyramid Hotel


Guided Exploration of Cairo

We start the morning with a tour of the Pyramids at Giza. 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.

Daily Summary
Tour: Guided Exploration of Cairo
Accommodation: Cairo Pyramid Hotel
Meals: B

We next pay 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 treasures of Egypt in one place and to set the scene for the rest of the tour.

For the remainder of our tour we experience modern Cairo with visits to Al Azhar mosque, which despite being Cairo’s oldest mosque and university is still very much in use today, and the small alleyways and streets that make up Cairo’s popular bazaar. Please note that we will need to cover up at the mosque (long sleeves and trousers) and women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf.


Tour of Luxor and Karnak Temple

We typically transfer to Cairo airport before sunrise for our flight to Luxor (flight times can vary). On arrival in Luxor we 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!

Daily Summary
Transportation: Cairo to Luxor Regional Flight
Tour: Tour of Luxor and Karnak Temple
Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda – Twin Cabin
Meals: B, L, D

Both temples are incredibly impressive. We arrive at our cruise boat in time for lunch on board before having free time in the afternoon to relax or explore Luxor.


Tour of the Valley of the Kings

We 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 us 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. One ticket allows us to see three tombs.

Daily Summary
Tour: Tour of the Valley of the Kings
Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda – Twin Cabin
Meals: B, L, D

The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings – each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks.

On return to our cruise boat we begin our voyage along the Nile, travelling upstream from Luxor to Aswan. Exact sailing and excursion times cannot be guaranteed for each individual trip but we 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.


Free Day or Optional Tour 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 we get picked up from the boat. A breakfast box is provided. Around 8 am we will arrive at the destination, where we are given approx 3 hours to visit the temples. 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. The four great seated statues of Ramses II stare east towards the rising sun. We will be back in Aswan around 3 pm.

Daily Summary
Tour: Free Day or Optional Tour to Abu Simbel
Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda – Twin Cabin
Meals: B, L, D


Transfer to the airport for Airic Air flight to Kogatende at 10am, arriving at 1pm. (Flight booked by Ranger.) You will be met and transferred to Asilia Sayari Camp for 3 nights. Included in your stay are shared game drives (private Jeep), local drinks, and laundry.

Daily Summary
Transportation: Departure
Accommodation: Asilia Sayari Camp – Luxury Tented Suite
Meals: B, L, D


Nubian Museum Tour

After breakfast on board we disembark our boat and have a full day in Aswan. This is a laid-back, sleepy town that reflects the character of its largely Nubian inhabitants, known for being friendly and hospitable. By virtue of its position on the old caravan route, it has always been a trading centre and we thoroughly recommend a visit to the packed bazaar today where merchants display a wealth of exotic spices, carpets, leather goods and countless other wares.

Daily Summary
Tour: Nubian Museum Tour
Accommodation: Basma Hotel – Standard
Meals: B

There is also the option to visit the Nubian Museum, situated opposite our usual hotel in Aswan. Opened in April 1998, the museum chronologically charts the history and culture of the Nubian people.

Additional Options For Day 7

Philae Temple Complex

Alternatively, we can arrange an optional visit to Philae Temple. In the 1970s it was 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, we will also visit Aswan High Dam and Cleopatra’s Unfinished Obelisk.


Optional tour of Simone Monastery or Nubian Village

Today it’s our last day in Aswan. Our morning is free to relax or book an optional excursion to St. Simone Monastery or a nearby Nubian Village.

Sail the Nile on a Felucca Sailboat

In the afternoon we explore the Nile by felucca, the traditional Egyptian sailing boat. Using the felucca, we 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). We end the day with our final dinner together, at one of this historic city’s restaurants.

Daily Summary
Tour: Optional tour of Simone Monastery or Nubian Village
Tour: Sail the Nile on a Felucca Sailboat
Accommodation: Basma Hotel – Standard
Meals: B



Your tour ends today, and you can depart at any time.

Daily Summary
Tour: Aswan



The Cairo Pyramids Hotel is set in a landscaped garden and offers stunning views over the Pyramids. For the food inclined, it has several restaurants and bars to enjoy while a fitness room, pool, and spa rejuvenate the mind and body.


We sail the Nile on the M/S Esmeralda or on a similar cruise boat. It offers impressive service and great facilities including a swimming pool, sun deck, gift shop, restaurant and bar. It stretches 72m in length and 12.6m in width, each of the 60 en suite cabins is fully air-conditioned and has a TV and mini bar. Wi-Fi is also available.

Room Type: Twin Cabin


The Basma Hotel is located on the East Bank on Aswan’s highest hill, directly opposite the famous Nubian museum. All the rooms have balconies with views of the Nile or the surrounding desert. The facilities in the rooms and in the hotel itself are excellent, including a choice of bars and restaurants, a huge swimming pool and all set amid well-maintained gardens.

Room Type: Standard


2021 Departures:
June, September – November
2021 Pricing:
From US$1699 – twin
From US$2099 – single

Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin cabin or one person in a single cabin. Some dates have slightly higher prices than those shown. Please inquire for the rate that pertains to your date of choice.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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