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Enchanting Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor with Aylin Feliz

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Aylin Feliz
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University of Texas at Austin
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Hola! My name is Aylin and I am an avid traveler and foodie. I got bit by the travel bug during my early 20s and have made traveling my passion ever since. I love to experience new cities and truly get to know the culture, the food, and the people. Through travel we get to immerse ourselves in a new world in every place we visit. As I make my way around the world trying to achieve 30 countries before I turn 30, you can find me laying on a beach in the Caribbean or exploring some fine art in Europe. Join me on this trip and let’s experience all that travel has to offer us.
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Duration

7 days · 6 nights

Travel Date

May 16 – 22, 2022

Activity Level

Light – moderate

Group Size

30

Transportation

Van, train, cruise ship

Tour Price

USD 1,150
/ person

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Egypt>Enchanting Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor with Aylin Feliz

An incredible journey awaits you in Egypt, home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations and the most spectacular collection of pyramids, tombs, temples, and ancient treasures. This is a trip that spans seven days, taking you from bustling Cairo to the tranquil shores of Aswan, where you’ll embark on a multi-day cruise down the Nile toward Luxor. Over the course of your journey, you will encounter the most unforgettable sights scattered across this corner of the world, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the mysterious Sphinx, the majestic Philae Temple, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the superbly-preserved Temple of Edfu, the masterpiece Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and even the Karnak Temple Complex, the largest place of worship ever built! Prepare yourself for a grand adventure you’ll never forget.

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

TOURHERO
Aylin Feliz
SCHOOL
University of Texas at Austin
BIO
Hola! My name is Aylin and I am an avid traveler and foodie. I got bit by the travel bug during my early 20s and have made traveling my passion ever since. I love to experience new cities and truly get to know the culture, the food, and the people. Through travel we get to immerse ourselves in a new world in every place we visit. As I make my way around the world trying to achieve 30 countries before I turn 30, you can find me laying on a beach in the Caribbean or exploring some fine art in Europe. Join me on this trip and let’s experience all that travel has to offer us.
SOCIAL

Duration

7 days · 6 nights

Travel Date

May 16 – 22, 2022

Activity Level

Light – moderate

Group Size

30

Transportation

Van, train, cruise ship

Egypt>Enchanting Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor with Aylin Feliz

An incredible journey awaits you in Egypt, home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations and the most spectacular collection of pyramids, tombs, temples, and ancient treasures. This is a trip that spans seven days, taking you from bustling Cairo to the tranquil shores of Aswan, where you’ll embark on a multi-day cruise down the Nile toward Luxor. Over the course of your journey, you will encounter the most unforgettable sights scattered across this corner of the world, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the mysterious Sphinx, the majestic Philae Temple, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the superbly-preserved Temple of Edfu, the masterpiece Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and even the Karnak Temple Complex, the largest place of worship ever built! Prepare yourself for a grand adventure you’ll never forget.

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Cairo
  • Arrive at Cairo International Airport
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Check-in at Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel
  • Optional Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show (not included in price)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · Cairo
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Guided sightseeing in Cairo – various locations
  • Optional camel ride at pyramids (not included in price)
  • Visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Transfer to railway station
  • Board first-class sleeper train
  • Dinner
  • Overnight on train
  • Day 3 · Aswan
  • Breakfast
  • Arrive at Aswan train station
  • Transfer to Nile cruise embarkation point
  • Check-in on the Blue Shadow Nile Cruise (or similar 5-star cruise)
  • Nile cruise departs
  • Tour of Aswan High Dam
  • Visit Philae Temple
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Overnight on cruise
  • Day 4 · Abu Simbel
  • Breakfast
  • Temples of Ramses II tour in Abu Simbel
  • Sail to Kom Ombo
  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Lunch
  • Free time while sailing to Edfu
  • Explore Edfu’s Temple of Horus
  • Continue cruising to Luxor
  • Afternoon tea and dinner
  • Overnight on cruise
  • Day 5 · Luxor
  • Breakfast
  • Visit various sites – Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and more
  • Return to cruise ship
  • Lunch and afternoon tea
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Optional Karnak Sound and Light show (not included in price)
  • Overnight on cruise
  • Day 6 · Luxor
  • Breakfast and check out of cruise ship
  • Visit the Karnak Temple Complex and Luxor Temple
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Transfer to Luxor train station
  • Board first-class sleeper train
  • Dinner
  • Overnight on train
  • Day 7 · Departure or optional night in Cairo (add-on)
  • Breakfast
  • Arrive at Giza station
  • Transfer to Cairo International Airport or Cairo hotel
  • Check-in at Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel (optional add-on)
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Sightseeing in Cairo (included with add-on)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Optional Egyptian cultural dinner Nile cruise and show (not included in price)
  • Day 8 · Departure
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to Cairo International Airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital city steeped in ancient history

We are incredibly excited to have you with us in beautiful Egypt, where remnants of an incredible ancient world still stand as a reminder of the civilizations that came before us. Upon your arrival, we’ll meet you directly at the airport. Should you need help getting through passport control, the luggage area, or customs formalities, we will be happy to assist! Then, our private air-conditioned vehicle will transfer you to the doorstep of your comfortable 5-star hotel, located in view of the Great Pyramids of Giza. After checking in, let the magic of Egypt come to life! Kick off your first night by catching the spectacular Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show (optional add-on). This stunning audio-visual night show will take you on a journey through time as it narrates a grand story about the pyramids through synchronized laser imagery, spotlights, and music!

Day 2

Head out on a grand excursion to see the ancient sites, from the Giza Pyramids to the enigmatic Sphinx

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be taken on an incredible guided excursion to see the Giza Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. This tour also includes a visit to the famous Valley Temple belonging to the Pyramids of Chephren. For a more immersive experience, you will also have free time to enter the burial chambers of the pyramids (optional, at an extra cost). After visiting the ancient pyramids, we’ll continue across the plateau for must-see vistas of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background. Get your cameras out! This makes a great photo op! Here, you’ll also have the option of a camel ride to get the full desert experience! Continuing our tour, a short drive to the city side of the plateau brings us right to the feet of the Sphinx! Marvel at this enigmatic symbol of Egypt, said to have been built approximately 4,500 years ago!

Step into the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

After your tour of the Giza Pyramids, it’s time to visit the incredible Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. This is one of the top attractions in Cairo for a reason! This impressive museum houses a vast collection of over 250,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts and masterpieces, from the Pharaonic era to the Greco-roman period. It even includes many treasures that were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the child pharoah, including his beautiful and iconic death mask inlaid with over 20 pounds of gold. You will have a chance to visit the Royal Mummies Room (optional, at extra cost). Once evening approaches, it’s time to say goodbye to Cairo (for now) as we make our way to the railway station where you’ll be boarding your first-class sleeper train to Aswan.

Day 3

Arrive in Aswan — thus begins your spectacular 4-day, 3-night Nile cruise!

Rise and shine, travelers! After having breakfast on board the sleeper train, you will finally arrive at the train station in Aswan. There, you’ll be met (and assisted) by one of our guides who will take you directly to the embarkation point of your fabulous Nile cruise! For the next four days and three nights, you’ll enjoy a terrific journey on the longest river in Africa, seeing various places of interest and important sites along the way. Today’s leg of the journey includes an exciting tour of the world-famous Aswan High Dam, a jaw-dropping engineering marvel built in the 1960s. Thereafter, you will head to Agilkia Island on a motorboat to visit the majestic Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddesses Isis. Once you’re back on the cruise, enjoy your first night in luxury on the Nile. All your meals will be included on board, so indulge!

Day 4

Explore the Temples of Ramses II in Abu Simbel

Good morning! After breakfast on the cruise ship, you’ll visit the impressive Temples of Ramses II in Abu Simbel. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, this complex spans from Abu Simbel to Philae (near Aswan). In the 13th century BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II, these twin temples were carved out of the mountainside as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968 high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. With your qualified Egyptologist as your guide, enjoy a personalized visit to the temples and learn the history behind this magnificent site, including how the temples were discovered by accident in 1813. Due to the large number of visitors to Abu Simbel, guides are not permitted inside either of the two temples you will visit.

Continue your Nile journey, stopping at the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus in Edfu along the way

After the tour, you’ll board your cruise once more and your sailing journey will commence. Today, you’ll stop at Kom Ombo, where you’ll be escorted by your expert Egyptologist guide to check out the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world. After, have lunch on the cruise ship and enjoy free time at leisure while sailing to Edfu. At Edfu, we’ll see the incredibly well-preserved Temple of Horus. As the day continues, we journey to Luxor. Enjoy afternoon tea served on the sun deck, and dinner in the evening, followed by another overnight stay on the cruise.

Day 5

Discover Luxor’s famous ancient sites, from the Colossi of Memnon to the Temple of Hatshepsut

This morning, enjoy another delicious breakfast on the cruise ship. Then, you’ll be taken down to the West Bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, two giant statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, originally designed to protect his mortuary temple. We will also pay a visit to the Valley of the Kings, where the magnificent pharaonic tombs were discovered. Here, you will have a chance to visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun (optional, at an extra cost). Continue the tour to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahary. This temple is dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut, the second historically-confirmed female pharaoh, who came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. After your tour on land, you will head back to your cruise ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure — tonight is your final overnight stay on board your cruise. If you’re looking to add a little spice to your night, you might want to catch the Karnak Sound and Light show (optional add-on), which highlights the dramatic history behind the ancient city Luxor.

Day 6

Visit the vast Karnak Temple Complex and the Luxor Temple

Following a hearty breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the incredible Karnak Temples. This sprawling complex of temples is the largest place of worship ever built! Its ancient name “Ipet-isut” translates to “the most sacred of places”. Constructed over more than 2,000 years by generation after generation of pharaohs, this is your chance to explore this ancient masterpiece, including the great “Hypostyle Hall”, an incredible forest of giant pillars. After this, you will be transferred to the Luxor Temple, which was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for rituals and festivals dedicated to the god Amun. After a tour of the temple, you will be transferred to the Luxor train station to board your sleeper train back to Cairo.

Day 7

Time to say goodbye to Egypt and head home or extend your stay one more night with an optional add-on

Upon arriving at Giza station, you’ll have two options. Either it’s time to take your transfer to the airport and catch your flight home, or you can extend your stay in Cairo one more night. (See add-ons below.) If you choose to stay, we’ll drive you to your hotel in Cairo from the train station. After checking in, you’ll have the afternoon to look beyond the pyramids and pharaohs to discover the Citadel of Salah el Din, site of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque. Then, immerse yourselves in Christian heritage in Coptic Cairo, a unique area that has a concentration of Christian churches, including the Hanging Church named for its location above the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Continue to the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar and enjoy free time strolling through the maze of streets — try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir or two! Once evening arrives, enjoy your night at leisure, or perhaps have an Egyptian cultural dinner on a Nile cruise-and-show combo tour (optional add-on) to wrap up your incredible adventure in Egypt!

Day 8

Bid farewell to the ancient lands of Egypt

How time flies — we have come to your departure day! Enjoy one final breakfast in Cairo and then check out of your hotel. We’ll be waiting to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We hope this has been an unforgettable experience and we hope to see you again. Until next time, safe travels!

Accommodation

  • Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

    Bringing incredible ancient history right to your doorstep, the Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel sits right in view of the Great Pyramids of Giza, surrounded by historical landmarks and boasting luxury hotel rooms, making it the perfect base from which to set out on your adventures in Cairo. The property features complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, a swimming pool, restaurant, two bars, a gift shop, and an outdoor terrace to enjoy. Wake up to views of the majestic pyramids from your window! Room type: Pyramids View Room, double occupancy.

  • First-class sleeper train

    Enjoy a return overnight journey from Cairo to Aswan and back on a first-class sleeper train. Your journey will include dinner the night you board as well as breakfast the next day. Note: First-class; half-board.

  • Blue Shadow Nile Cruise (or similar 5-star cruise)

    Blue Shadow Nile Cruise is a 5-star luxury Nile cruise ship that consists of 54 deluxe cabins and 3 suites. With a modern design and amenities to rival international deluxe hotels, guests can expect an extensive program of on board entertainment and facilities such as a spa, a swimming pool, and a sun deck for perfect afternoon tea moments while cruising down the river. Indulge in exquisite dining over the course of your entire journey — with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided each day, you won’t have to worry about a thing! Note: Full-board; double occupancy.

Included

  • 1 night at Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel (breakfast included)
  • 2 nights on first-class sleeper train (half-board)
  • 3 nights on Blue Shadow Nile Cruise (or similar 5-star cruise, full-board)
  • Shared occupancy in all accommodations
  • Meet-and-assist services upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers on air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor as mentioned in the itinerary (includes Egyptologist guide, most entrance fees, and transfers)
  • All taxes and service charge
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Entry visa to Egypt (USD 25)
  • Camel ride
  • Entrance fees to the burial chambers of the pyramids
  • Optional add-ons
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Gratuities (recommended; average tip USD 10 – 20 per day)
  • Travel insurance

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Single room upgrade

Upgrade to a single room for the duration of your Egypt trip and enjoy more privacy and comfort in the hotel and on the cruise ship. This add-on price is per person.

Price: USD 550

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Day 1 - Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Kick off your first night by catching the spectacular Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show. This stunning audio-visual night show will take you on a journey through time as it narrates a grand story about the pyramids through synchronized laser imagery, spotlights, and music!

Price: USD 65

Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Day 2 - Entrance fee to the burial chamber of the Great Pyramid

See the burial chambers of the King's Chamber and the Queen's Chamber with the ancient granite sarcophagus.

Price: USD 26

Hieroglyphics

Day 2 - Entrance fee to the burial chamber of the Third Pyramid

The Third Pyramid is more complex. Enter to the burial chamber to see this unique structure.

Price: USD 6

Three Pyramids

Day 2 - Entrance fee to The Royal Mummies Room in The Egypt Museum

The Royal Mummies Room is the crown jewel of the museum. It is specially designed to showcase the ancient Kings and Queens.

Price: USD 16

Karnak Luxor

Day 2 - Camel ride at the Great Pyramids

Enjoy a camel ride during your time at the Great Pyramids. See the ruins from a new perspective as your guide takes you around the structures with your new camel friend!

Price: USD 20

Camel ride

Day 5 - Temples of Karnak Sound and Light Show

Catch the Karnak Sound and Light show, which highlights the dramatic history behind the ancient city Luxor. The show is an inspiring piece of theater that will educate you about the birth of the Karnak temple and the achievements of the pharaohs and the god Amun.

Price: USD 65

Karnak light show

Day 5 - Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun

The Royal Mummies Room is the crown jewel of the museum. It is specially designed to showcase the ancient Kings and Queens.

Price: USD 19

King Tutankhamun Death Mask

Day 7 - Extend your stay in Egypt with one extra night in Cairo

Extend your stay in Egypt by adding one more day and night in Cairo. This add-on includes one night at the Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel with breakfast, along with a day of guided sightseeing. You’ll have the afternoon to look beyond the pyramids and pharaohs to discover the Citadel of Salah el Din, site of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque. Then, immerse yourselves in Christian heritage in Coptic Cairo, a unique area that has a concentration of Christian churches, including the Hanging Church named for its location above the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Continue to the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar and enjoy free time strolling through the maze of streets — try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir or two!

Price: USD 80

Cairo

Day 7 - Egyptian cultural dinner Pharaoh Nile cruise and show (5-star)

Celebrate your last night in Egypt with a brilliant dinner cruise and show! This add-on is for the 5-star version of the cruise.

Price: USD 95

Egyptian cultural dinner Memphis Nile cruise and show

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 1,150
Per person