Egypt is a country rich with history and culture spanning over 5000 years. Home to the legendary pharaohs of old and scattered with over 1500 ancient temples and other magnificent sights, the country evokes a remarkable living history.
Our 9 day Legends of the Nile itinerary explores all the very best sights Egypt has to offer. Starting in Cairo delve into the ancient histories of this unique city and learn about the pharaohs of old in the Egyptian Museum.
Relax and enjoy a 4 night cruise from Luxor to Aswan visiting some of the famous sites along the magnificent Nile River. Often referred to as the world’s ‘greatest open air museum’, Luxor is the site of grand monuments and ancient burial grounds. The temples of Karnak and Luxor are a marvel to behold, whilst the tombs of ancient Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings are fascinating to explore.
Day 1: Cairo
On arrival in Cairo you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Cairo
Today enjoy a full day tour of the Pyramids at Giza, with entry into the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Marvel at the mighty Sphinx and explore the ancient royal city of Memphis as well as the necropolis of Sakkara. BL
Day 3: Cairo
Visit the magnificent Egyptian Museum, with entry to the Royal Mummy Room, and the main sites of Islamic Cairo including the Citadel, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and the Khan Khalili Bazaar. BL
Day 4: Nile Cruiser, Luxor
Morning flight to Luxor and transfer to your Nile cruiser. Afternoon tour of the magnificent Karnak and Luxor temples. Overnight on board. BLD
Day 5: Nile Cruiser, Edfu
Cross the Nile to Thebes Necropolis on the West Bank for a tour of the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial site for nearly 500 years of the pharaohs during the 16th to the 11th centuries BC. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Amenhutep III (Memnon). Afternoon sailing to Edfu via Esna. BLD
Day 6: Nile Cruiser, Aswan
Explore Edfu and the well preserved Temple of Horus before cruising to Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris. Continue sailing on to Aswan for overnight. BLD
Day 7: Nile Cruiser, Aswan
This morning enjoy a tour of the famous Aswan High Dam which controls the Nile River and forms the huge reservoir of Lake Nasser. Continue to the North Quarry with its giant Unfinished Obelisk still embedded in the rock. Take a boat trip to the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Due to the construction of Aswan Low Dam in the early 20th century, in order to save the temple, it was moved from Philae Island and reconstructed on nearby Agilkia Island. BLD
Day 8: Cairo
Disembark after breakfast with an option of visiting the awe-inspiring Temple of Abu Simbel by air. The two massive rock-carved temples were painstakingly relocated in 1968 following the creation of the Aswan High Dam. Afternoon flight to Cairo and transfer to your hotel. B
Day 9: Tour ends
Transfer to Cairo airport. Tour ends. B
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner