Legends of the Nile

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. Be inspired by the marvellous relics of a by-gone era, explore ancient tombs and follow in the footsteps of renowned explores as you cruise down the Nile.

Our 9 day Legends of the Nile itinerary explores all the very best sights Egypt has to offer. Unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt on this fascinating tour that combines the cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with a romantic cruise down the Nile. Discover the immense Pyramids of Giza, the mighty Sphinx and marvel at age-old treasures in the Egyptian Museum. Visit the mystical temples of Luxor and Karnak, and explore the burial tombs of ancient Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.

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9 days/8 nights
Departs ex Cairo

Highlights:

  • Explore the ancient Pyramids of Giza and marvel at the mighty Sphinx
  • Visit the magnificent Egyptian Museum and the Royal Mummy Room
  • Enjoy a cruise down the famous Nile River
  • Witness some of Egypt’s best temples including Luxor and Karnak

Optional Extension:

  • Visit the famous temples at Abu Simbel by air

Legends of the Nile

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cairo

On arrival in Cairo you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 3 nights.

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

This morning fly to Luxor and transfer to your Nile cruiser. In the afternoon enjoy a 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. This afternoon fly to Cairo and transfer to your hotel. B

Day 9: Tour ends

This morning transfer to Cairo airport where your tour ends. B

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Inclusions

  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals, and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Nile cruise, guides and admission fees
  • Economy class air ticket Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/ Cairo or vice versaAll touring on the cruise boat is conducted by the cruise company on shared basis. Private touring in Cairo.

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EGYPT OVERVIEW

Why Egypt: This spellbinding destination offers some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, as well as a insight into age-old Islamic culture. The scenery is also unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert.

Climate: Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although quite hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C).

Combine With: Neighbouring Jordan or Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Israel or Morocco.

Getting There: Daily flights are available from Australia to Egypt. Flight time is approximately 18-19 hours with stopovers depending on which airline you fly with.

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