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Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Highlights of Egypt including a Nile Cruise



11 Days

Prices Start from

£6,025pp (ex. flights)

Egypt is arguably one of the most interesting countries in the world both historically and culturally, with antiquities of such scale and beauty to leave you speechless.

This holiday is the perfect introduction to Egypt and not only offers some very welcome winter sun but more than that, it is the atmosphere of Egypt that is so intoxicating.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Nile River, Egypt 1

Cruise the Nile

Follow in Agatha Christie’s footsteps, cruising the Nile on a luxury boat.

Cairo City, Egypt 2


Cairo is epitomised by the pyramids of Giza. The main highlights can be easily covered in a short stay of two or three days.

Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt 3

Egyptian Temples

Explore some of the many ancient temples that line the banks of the Nile including Karnak, Philae and the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens.

The Great Temple of Ramsses II, Abu Simbel, Egypt 4


Relax in the picturesque town of Aswan, with an option to visit Abu Simbel.

Why we like it

Containing all the main highlights of Egypt, this itinerary also provides the opportunity to experience the River Nile aboard one of our recommended luxury cruise boats.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2-3


  • Day 4

    Cairo - Luxor

  • Day 5-8

    River Nile

  • Day 9


  • Day 10


  • Day 11

    Aswan - Cairo

Day 1


The pyramids of Giza at early evening, Egypt

Explore the breathtaking pyramids of Giza, the only remaining structure of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the site of Memphis, the ancient capital that was a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. Wander around Saqqara to see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world.

Day 2-3


Visit the Egyptian museum which houses the world’s greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD. Admire the amazing treasures of the young king, Tutankhamun, including his famous mask made out of solid gold. Explore old Cairo, a relatively small part of the city, but rich with history. Take a walk amongst narrow cobbled streets full of churches including the Hanging Church of St. Sergius.

Day 4

Cairo - Luxor

Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Fly to Luxor and spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Karnak Temple complex.

Day 5-8

River Nile

River Nile, Aswan, Egypt

Taking a Nile cruise is the best introduction to this fascinating country. Sail between Luxor and Aswan taking in temples and ancient sites en route.

Day 9


River Nile, Aswan, Egypt

Aswan is as far south as you can go before entering the desert, Nubia and Sudan. Explore the local market or take a cruise to Elephantine island.

Day 10


Temple of Nefertari, Nubian, Egypt

Take an optional excursion by air to Abu Simbel Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 11

Aswan - Cairo

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Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt


Your journey through history starts with the pyramids of Giza and the iconic sphinx as well as the fascinating treasures hidden within the walls of the Cairo Museum. Also spend time visiting the less known Step Pyramid of King Zoser and venture into Old Cairo, known as Coptic Cairo this part of the city is rich with history.

Hot air balloons, Luxor, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor And The Nile

Luxor can be accessed by a short flight from Cairo. View the magical temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, before boarding a boat on which you cruise The Nile River. Sail between Luxor and Aswan taking in temples and ancient sites en route, with time to just soak up the rural scenery, daily life and birdlife that frequent the river. Opt for either a four or five-night cruise to reach Aswan. The focus of any Nile cruise is, of course, the wealth of ancient sites to visit on the banks of the Nile. Sightseeing is done in small groups and the Egyptologists on board are known for their enthusiasm and  knowledge.

Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Nile & Lake Nasser Cruises, Egypt
Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Nile Cruises, Egypt

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Another fantastic river cruiser is the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV which cruises between Luxor and Aswan over three or four nights. Longer seven-night cruises are also available, starting and ending in either Luxor or Aswan. The Sunboat IV is one of the few boats on the Nile to visit the Dendarah Temple on a four-night itinerary. This much less visited temple is known as the Temple of Hathor and is located to the north of Luxor.

Terrace, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan, Egypt
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan, Egypt

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile River in Aswan. This iconic 19th-century palace hotel is a destination in itself. Restored to its former glory, this grand property oozes soul and splendour, blending Victorian, Oriental, and French styles with a contemporary twist. Boasting 220 luxurious rooms, including 82 stunning suites, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan offers the ultimate Egyptian retreat, affording magnificent hospitality and luxurious facilities, including an indulgent spa and fine dining establishments.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Marriott Mena House £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

With a superb location adjacent to the Pyramids of Giza, The Mena House was originally a royal hunting lodge used by the King of Egypt. In 1869 it was sold and converted into a hotel and today, the comfortable rooms are surrounded by 40 acres of grounds. The decor within the Palace Wing is elegant with many antiques remaining as well as evidence of the rich history and famous guests it has hosted such as Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

The Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence is a beautiful, five-star hotel situated on the west bank of the Nile with impressive views of the Great Pyramids and over the canopy of Cairo’s ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The service is excellent and the attention to detail in the 269 beautifully decorated rooms is second to none. The hotel has a spa offering relaxing treatments using Egyptian techniques, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

The Sofitel Old Cataract is perched on a shelf of pink granite, overlooking the Nile, with wonderful views towards Elephantine island and the beginnings of the Western Desert. Behind the Victorian facade of this 19th-century palace are many original features, from the polished marble floor of the historic lobby and high, classic Islamic arches.

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The Oberoi Zahra £££££

  • Egypt

Oberoi Zahra is a contemporary boat with simple and elegant décor. Each of the 25 Luxury Cabins has expansive views of the river framed by large picture windows and the two elegant suites offer extremely spacious accommodation with a separate living area and their own private terrace with Jacuzzi.

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The Oberoi Philae £££££

Oberoi Philae is a traditional-looking luxury Nile cruiser, with a contemporary and elegant interior. Each of the 22 spacious cabins and suites has large French doors offering wonderful views of the Nile and some of the Luxury Suites have a private terrace with heated whirlpool. With all-day fine dining on offer in both the main restaurant and Poolside Restaurant, enjoy curated menus spanning Western, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines designed by the Oberoi chefs. Invigorating spa treatments compliment a temperature-controlled pool, an air-conditioned fitness centre and beauty salon.

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Sanctuary Sun Boat III £££££

The Sanctuary Sun Boat III is an intimate river yacht representing the ultimate in luxury Nile cruises. Style, comfort and refinement are reflected throughout this small yacht. This elegant Egypt cruise boat accommodates up to 36 guests in 18 beautifully designed cabins.  Currently, it is available for private charters. There are two royal suites and two presidential suites. Evoking the heyday of Egypt’s past, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III has several times been voted among the top 100 most beautiful boats in the world by Condé Nast readers. Modelled on the opulent era of the 20s and 30s, this graceful cruiser has exquisite facilities from delicious gourmet dining in the restaurant to sipping refreshing cocktails around the pool area on the sun deck, or enjoying afternoon tea in the lounge.

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Sanctuary Sun Boat IV £££££

  • Egypt

A contemporary boat with a stylish art deco feel, Sun Boat IV oozes luxury and style, with friendly staff, first-class service and exceptional food. Of the 40 newly renovated cabins and suites, all on the main deck and higher have large floor to ceiling windows where the first thing in the morning you can wake up to the picturesque banks of the Nile from the comfort of your bed. For a special treat, a Royal Suite is perfect for a romantic stay with its own balcony commanding panoramic views of the Nile from the front of the ship. All cabins are well equipped with air conditioning and en suite facilities and the swimming pool is the perfect spot to relax in the sun.

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The Oberoi Philae was fantastic in every respect.

Egypt - Oberoi Philae

Our guide in Cairo was obviously one of the best and did wonders for our knowledge of the ancient history of Egypt.


The choice of accommodation was absolutely excellent throughout! Mohamed Saad, our guide from Luxor onwards, was outstanding and should be recommended strongly. We also hired an ornithological expert ( Shaban ) for a morning - excellent.


A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling, the cruise boat chosen and cruise duration.

Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Low Season
From £3,445 Per person
High Season
From £5,630 Per person

When to travel

Egypt in January

January is an optimum time to visit Egypt, as generally, it is the coldest month of the year, but still warm with an average daytime temperature of 22°C. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in February

Temperatures in February are generally warm by day, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 22°C, while on average the temperature falls to 14°C at night. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in March

The weather in March is typically warm, but not uncomfortable, with the average daytime temperature of 25°C, making it a pleasant time to visit. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in April

April is the first of the generally hot months in Egypt, although the heat is not as intense than the later summer months.

Egypt in May

In May, temperatures can reach 32°C, and you can expect around 11 hours of sunshine a day, along with warm sea water temperatures, making a dip very inviting.

Egypt in June

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40 degrees and higher.

Egypt in July

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40 degrees and higher.

Egypt in August

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40°C and higher.

Egypt in September

In September the temperature begins to cool, but it still remains very humid and averages around 30°C with zero rainfall.

Egypt in October

The most popular time to visit Egypt is during the winter months, from October to March. The temperature begins to cool in October, but it still remains exceedingly hot with an average of 30°C. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in November

November is relatively warm and dry, with an average of 3 mm of rain during this month. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in December

Daytime temperatures rise to an average of 23°C, and with generally low humidity, December a perfect time of year to visit. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

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