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Egypt - Nile and Nasser Cruising

Combine the classic sites with a cruise on Lake Nasser from Aswan to Abu Simbel

12 days

from £3,595pp (excluding flights)

Cruise the Nile before transferring to Lake Nasser for a cruise through the legends of Nubia to the impressive temple of Abu Simbel. 

  • Board the luxurious Oberoi Philae for a 4-night cruise on the River Nile
  • Explore lesser known sites on the shores of Lake Nasser
  • Approach the magnificent temple of Abu Simbel from the water
  • Visit the Pyramids at Giza & the Sphinx, a highlight of any holiday to Egypt

Nile cruise

From the comfort of the Oberoi Philae explore ancient temples including the temples of Luxor and Karnak as well as the Valley of the Kings where the famed tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered. Time spent sailing is incredibly relaxing and a wonderful opportunity to watch rural life on the Nile pass by, spot birdlife or relax by the pool. Visit the Temples at Edfu and Komombo before cruising into the picturesque town of Aswan.

Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser is the world’s largest man-made lake stretching from Aswan in southern Egypt to northern Sudan. For those wishing to delve deeper into the history of Egypt, a cruise on Lake Nasser is a wonderful option. Far less exploring than the Nile, the banks of this vast lake hide a wealth of ancient temples and the crowning glory is without doubt Abu Simbel. First discovered in 1813 by J.L.Burckhardt, they were threatened with submersion when the high dam was built in Aswan. The Egyptian government secured the support of UNESCO and in 1964 a painstaking salvage operation began and over the next four years the two temples were dismantled and rebuilt in their new location at the southern end of Lake Nasser. It is an incredible story.

Cairo

End your holiday to Egypt with a few nights in the capital city of Cairo with visits to the countries most iconic sites - the pyramids and the Sphinx. Also visit Cairo Museum which is full to the brim of fascinating artefacts from mummified cats and dogs to the spectacular treasures found in Tutankhamun's tomb.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3595 £ 400
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what is included

  • Four night Lake Nasser cruise on a full board basis
  • Four night Nile cruise on a full board basis
  • Sightseeing as part of a small group whilst cruising
  • All hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Sightseeing with a private guide in Cairo

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International and internal flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Luxor


Located on the east bank of the Nile, Luxor is gateway to the 'world's largest open air museum'. The Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Hatshepsut Temple and the Karnak Temple are all within easy reach. So too are the feluccas and cruise boats that sail the Nile - back and forth from Aswan offering a relaxed way to explore Egypt's fascinating history.


You will be staying at Sonesta St George Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Embark in Luxor
Arrive at the Oberoi Philae this morning where you will be welcomed and assisted with check-in. Lunch will be served on board. This afternoon visit the magnificent Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, Karnak is the country's most important temple, covering two hectares (five acres) of land. The temple lay buried under sand for more than 1,000 years before excavation work began in the mid 19th century. Today, the huge task of restoration continues. Return to the boat for afternoon tea followed by a cocktail reception and dinner. Overnight on board in Luxor.


You will be staying at The Oberoi Philae, full board

Day 3

Sail to Esna
An early breakfast this morning followed by a visit to the West Bank to see the remote and barren Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. By digging their tombs deep into the Theban Hills, pharaohs from 1500 BC had hoped to stop robbers stealing the priceless possessions buried with them. Sixty-two tombs have been found in the Valley of the Kings including the Tomb of Ramses VI, Tomb of Tutankhamen and Tomb of Seti. During your time on the West Bank you will also visit Deir El Madina and the Colossus of Memnon.

Return back to the boat for lunch as you sail to Esna crossing the Esna lock.

Dinner and overnight onboard in Esna.


You will be staying at The Oberoi Philae, full board

Day 4

Sail to Kom Ombo
Breakfast on board as the boat sails to Edfu. Visit Edfu temple site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. Return to the boat for lunch as you leisurely sail to Kom Ombo. This evening visit Kom Ombo Temple. Built in imposing Graeco - Roman style, the construction of the temple began in the 2nd century and was not completed until the 1st century. It is in a particularly beautiful setting overlooking the Nile. The Chapel of Hathor, just to the south of the temple, now houses a few crocodile mummies from the nearby crocodile necropolis.


You will be staying at The Oberoi Philae, full board

Day 5

Sail to Aswan
Early morning sailing to Aswan. Breakfast on board before visiting the High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. With the building of the High Dam this monument was relocated to the nearby island of Agilika. The UNESCO-led project took eight years to complete during which Agilika was landscaped to look like Philae.

Lunch will be served on board followed by a visit to the Nubian museum by motor boat.

Dinner and overnight on board in Aswan.


You will be staying at The Oberoi Philae, full board

Day 6

Disembark in Aswan
This morning enjoy a final breakfast on board before checking out.

Aswan is gateway to the desert, Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel. As far south as it is possible to go before encroaching on the desert or Sudan, Aswan enjoys a slow pace of life and is home to many Nubians. Sights and activities abound and cruises on Lake Nasser to visit the monuments relocated on its shores are highly recommended.


Transfer to the Lake Nasser jetty.


Board M.S. Kasr Ibrim
Lunch on board. Visit to Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge. Dinner and overnight on board in Aswan Harbour.


You will be staying at M.S. Kasr Ibrim, full board

Day 7

Wadi El Seboua
Today set sail for Wadi El Seboua. Breakfast and cocktails will be served when passing the Tropic of Cancer.


You will be staying at M.S. Kasr Ibrim, full board

Day 8

Amada and Derr
Breakfast on board followed by a morning visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temple of Dakka, and temple of Meharakka. Lunch on board while sailing to Amada.

Visit the temples of Amada and of Derr, as well as the tomb of Penout.


You will be staying at M.S. Kasr Ibrim, full board

Day 9

Ksar Ibrim
Sail to Kasr Ibrim. Breakfast and morning visit to the citadel of Kasr Ibrim. The tour will be conducted from the ship's sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted. Sail to Abu Simbel. After lunch visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel. Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself.

There is an optional sound & light show at Abu Simbel temples in the evening (ticket not included).

Enjoy a candle-lit dinner on board and overnight at Abu Simbel.


You will be staying at M.S. Kasr Ibrim, full board

Day 10

Abu Simbel
Breakfast on board. Those who wish may enjoy a second visit to the Abu Simbel temples to watch the sunrise (entrance ticket is not included). Disembarkation.

test 12

Fly Abu Simbel to Cairo


Cairo is a bustling, cosmopolitan city and the largest in Africa. It is a city whose celebrated highlights tell of a fascinating history. Most notable are the ancient pyramids of Giza, but others include Coptic churches, Islamic monuments and world class museums. History lives on through the bazaars and cafés that thrive in the city and haven't changed for centuries.


You will be staying at Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Full day sightseeing of Memphis, Saqqara and Giza
At the site of Memphis, visit the ancient capital that was a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. See the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis, the colossal statue of Ramses II and an exquisitely carved Alabaster Sphinx.

At Saqqara, see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. The walls of the tombs of the nobles of the past are a great example of the beauty and excellence of Ancient Egyptian art and insight into daily life in Ancient Egypt.

The Great Pyramids at Giza are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – even 2,000 years ago they were one of the the world’s greatest tourist attractions. Also visit the solar boat museum and the Sphinx.


You will be staying at Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Half Day Visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
The museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD, including thousands of statues, jewels and artefacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt. Admire the amazing treasures of the young king, Tutenkhamun, including his famous mask made out of solid gold and in a perfect state of preservation. There are 12 rooms filled with treasures from King Tutenkhamun’s tomb, which was discovered in 1922 virtually untouched.

Fly Cairo to London

Accommodation

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M.S. Kasr Ibrim

M.S. Kasr Ibrim

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The Oberoi Philae

The Oberoi Philae

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