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Egypt - Nile and Nasser Cruising

14 days

from £2,295pp (excluding flights)

Combine a visit to Cairo and a Nile cruise with a timeless journey through the Legends of Nubia on a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Nasser.

  • Visit the Pyramids at Giza & the Sphinx, a highlight of any holiday to Egypt
  • Board the characterful Steamship Sudan for a 4-night cruise on the River Nile
  • Explore lesser known sites of Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel
  • Relax in the picturesque town of Aswan and explore the ancient souks

Lake Nasser is the world’s largest man-made lake where lesser known temples and Abu Simbel, Egypt's greatest monument after the Pyramids can be found. This journey includes all the main highlights of a visit to Egypt with the added adventure of Lake Nasser and a visit to Abu Simbel.

Cruises on Lake Nasser operate on 3 or 4-night durations and can be combined with stays in other locations such as Cairo, Luxor or Aswan or in association with a Nile cruise.

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 
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what is included

  • Full board on cruise
  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


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 & Breakfast

Day 2

Luxor Sightseeing Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum
The temple of Luxor is a great temple complex dedicated to the creator god Amun. It was also the focus of one of the most important religous festivals in ancient Egypt. Flanked by two huge pylons over seventy feet high with huge statues and obelisks it is an awe-inspiring sight to see.

Visit the Luxor museum. Although not on the scale of its illustrious Cairo predecessor, it does house a worthy collection of significant artifacts and statues that are well displayed.

Transfer to Steamship Sudan
Board the Steamship Sudan before lunch. Settle into your original Edwardian cabin or suite. Gourmet lunch served on board.

Today you will be introduced to one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Egypt, the Temple of Karnak. Under the command of the great Pharaohs, this awe inspiring ancient city was built over approx. 2000 years. Walking through this vast open air museum, you will be struck by the almost perfect illustrations that honour the Pharaohs and their Gods.

Before re-boarding for dinner, you will have time to explore present day Luxor. There is an option for the evening entertainment, the 'Sound and Light' show, which illuminates the Temple of Karnak. Your first night will be spent at the Port of Luxor.

You will be staying at Steam Ship Sudan, Full board

Day 3

The steamship departs early for a day of discovery starting with the Valley of the Kings. Situated on the west bank of the Nile, this limestone valley houses the burial chambers of the great Pharaohs, powerful nobles - and later the royal spouses - of the 18th-21st dynasties. 63 magnificent temples of eternal life line the valley including Tutankhamen’s Tomb which was famously discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. The vibrant colour and conservation of the hieroglyphics lining the tomb of Ramses III never ceases to captivate. At approx. 2.30pm, the Steam Ship Sudan will navigate towards Esna, 60km south of Luxor. After passing through the lock at Esna, the ship will cruise under the star-filled sky towards Edfu, a further 46km. Lunch and dinner served on board. Overnight at Edfu.

You will be staying at Steam Ship Sudan, Full board

Day 4

A morning exploration of the Temple of Edfu. This sanctuary is considered to be one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. The site, built in honour of the falcon-headed sky god, Horus, whose eyes were the sun and the moon, was abandoned by the Roman Empire in 391 AD. The temple lay buried  under a protective layer of sand until it was excavated by French Egyptologist, Auguste Mariette, in the 1860s. Gourmet lunch served on board.

Languidly cruise 145km south and unveil the pillars of Kom Ombo resting grandly on the banks of the Nile. Being a favoured basking spot for crocodiles in ancient times, the temple at Kom Ombo was dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. The temple dates back to 180BC during the Ptolemaic era, with notable Roman influences.

Sunset over Kom Ombo and dinner on board. The steamship will remain docked at Kom Ombo over night.

You will be staying at Steam Ship Sudan, Full board

Day 5

Kom Ombo
The Steam Ship Sudan gracefully navigates a further 48km south, past fertile fields and sandy river banks, to reach Aswan at the end of the Nile Valley. It is here where ancient Nubia begins.
Today marks your discovery of the Temple of Philae, the domain of the Goddess Isis, the universal mother who reigned over life, death and resurrection. Philae was one of the most important shrines of ancient Egypt and Nubia until 550AD when the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian, ordered its closing after 4000 years of worship. The temple was dismantled and rebuilt on Agilika Island (just south of Aswan) due to the construction of the crucial irrigation system, the High Dam.
Before dining on board, you will have time to explore the Aswan markets where you will find indigo, saffron and other treasures. There is an option for the evening entertainment - the ‘Light and Sound’ show which illuminates the Temple of Philae.  Overnight on board in Aswan.

You will be staying at Steam Ship Sudan, Full board

Day 6

Disembark Steamship Sudan
Here marks the end of your journey on board the Steam Ship Sudan. Breakfast on board before disembarkation. Onward transfer to next destination.

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.

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

After breakfast onboard you will disembark and be transferred to the airport at Abu Simbel for your domestic flight to Aswan.

You will be met at the airport in Aswan and transferred to your hotel.

You will be staying at Movenpick Resort Aswan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Fly Aswan 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, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

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, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

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.

Day 14

Fly Cairo to London


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