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Cairo and Ancient Egypt

Be awed by Egypt's many ancient highlights including the iconic Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the open-air temple of Karnak on this 9-night River Nile cruise and stay. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Cairo and Luxor, and shore excursions

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Abu Simbel
  • Luxor, Nile
  • Sphinx
  • Temple of Karnak, Luxor

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Combine an unforgettable cruise along the legendary River Nile with hotel stays in the incredible cities of Cairo and Luxor on this exciting holiday.

Begin your Egyptian adventure with overnight hotel stays in the capital of Cairo and fascinating Luxor. Enjoy a visit to the amazing temple complex of Karnak, where ancient hieroglyphs adorn pillars which still stand amongst temples. Discover the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, a woman whose reign is a storied part of Egyptian history, and explore the famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO-listed site of ancient Thebes.

Embark your ship and spend four nights cruising along the famous River Nile following the ancient Pharaohs’ processions. Witness the majesty of the Hathor Temple in Dendera, and the Kom Ombo temple which is dedicated to Sobek the Crocodile God, before enjoying a lively Galabeyya party on board, with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Tour the spectacular World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples built by Ramesses II, stroll around the magnificent Philae temple complex, and spend a further three nights in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Highlights include a visit to the UNESCO-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, and a tour of the Egyptian Museum which houses priceless antiquities.

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Cairo and Ancient Egypt Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cairo (Egypt)

Welcome to the bustling city of Cairo. Your journey begins as you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Cairo - Luxor

Fly from Cairo to Luxor and head to the incredible open-air complex of Karnak to see the ancient hieroglyphs that adorn the pillars, still standing amongst the temples, including the hypostyle hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra. Overnight hotel stay. (B,D)

Day 3 - Luxor

Take in stunning scenery as you cruise the west bank of the River Nile, then enjoy a visit to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor. Later, enjoy a visit to the famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO-listed site of ancient Thebes. See the colourful depictions of daily life and the afterlife which adorn the tombs. Today, you'll also embark your ship to begin your Nile cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Dendera - Luxor

One of the best-preserved temples complexes in Egypt can be found in Dendera. Discover the ornate Hathor Temple which will definitely leave a lasting impression. Later, return to Luxor and visit the hieroglyphs of Luxor Temple. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Kom Ombo

Follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs as you cruise the River Nile. See beautiful villages and storied temples along the riverbanks. Visit Esna Temple and look up to see an array of astronomical scenes. Later, learn how temples were dedicated to specific gods at Kom Ombo. This evening, enjoy a lively galabeya party, themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Abu Simel - Aswan

This morning, fly to Abu Simel to visit one of Egypt's most celebrated monuments. The UNESCO-listed Abu Simel temples were built by Ramesses II and are some of the best-preserved in Egypt. This afternoon, return to Aswan for a guided boat tour on the Nile. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Cairo

This morning, disembark your ship, bidding farewell to the Captain and crew. Head off on a guided tour of the Philae temple complex, a collection of ancient temples which were relocated as part of a UNESCO project. This afternoon, fly to Cairo for a three-night hotel stay. (B,L)

Day 8 - Cairo

Explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as you visit the UNESCO-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. After the tour, continue exploring the pyramids in Saqqara (extra expense) or return to the hotel to relax. (B,D)

Day 9 - Cairo

This morning, discover some priceless antiquities inside the Egyptian Museum, including the relics from Tutankhamun's tomb. Enjoy perusing exhibits, from ancient strolls to religious artefacts. There is an optional visit to the Cairo Citadel. (B,D)

Day 10 - Cairo - UK

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • 1-night pre-cruise stay in Cairo
  • 1-night pre-cruise stay in Luxor
  • 3-night post-cruise stay in Cairo
  • Return flights from the UK, internal flights and overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions and special EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 21 meals - 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 2 complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • All port charges and taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional shore excursions
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