- Pyramid and Sphinx
Cairo, Alexandria and a Nile Cruise
- VIP door to door
Witness the wonders of ancient Egypt and relax on a Nile cruise
Remember the wide-eyed wonder of learning about ancient Egypt at school? On this comprehensive Egypt tour and Nile cruise, we discover ancient Alexandria (location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria) and learn of the astonishing workmanship that created the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo.
In Luxor, we explore the mind-blowing Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs lie entombed. We meander through the relaxed city of Aswan and visit its 111m High Dam, built to regulate river flooding.
In between these unforgettable highlights, we enjoy a comfortable seven-night river cruise along the Nile aboard the MS Nile Plaza - a small ship that carries a maximum of 110 passengers, with 55 cabins, a restaurant, bar and sundeck.
4 nights in hotels and 7 nights cruise on MS Nile Plaza
29 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 2-12) 7 lunches (days 5-11) 11 dinners (days 1-11)
Local tour manager, plus Egyptologist
- Selected drinks during meals on board
- Single-entry tourist visa
- International and internal flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Visits to Pyramids at Giza; West Bank of Luxor; Temple of Kom Ombo; High Dam; Temple of Philae; Nubian Museum; and East Bank of Luxor
- Tour to Alexandria with local guide
- Felucca ride on the Nile
†Prices are based on return flights with EgyptAir from London Heathrow (may be indirect via Cairo). Supplements may apply from other airports
Day 1 UK to Cairo
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Cairo.
Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 Giza
Fifteen minutes’ drive from our hotel in Cairo, stand the extraordinary Pyramids of Giza, the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. Mystery still surrounds their exact purpose, the construction methods and the baffling accuracy of measurement, alignment and workmanship that they demonstrate.
Our Egyptologist guide will explain what is known as we admire the ‘Great Pyramid’ of Khufu, comprising some two million colossal blocks of stone; the Pyramid of Khafre and the third, smaller Pyramid of Khephren. Nearby, the majestic Sphinx looks on. A wonderful way to begin our Egypt tour.
Day 3 Cairo
Today is free in Cairo, with the opportunity to join one of the guided optional excursions to the Egyptian Museum and Citadel.
Day 4 Alexandria
A full-day excursion reveals the treasures of Alexandria.
Egypt’s attractive Mediterranean port city was founded by Alexander the Great and the power base of Cleopatra, whose royal palace now lies submerged in the bay. This was also the location of the legendary Pharos Lighthouse (the Lighthouse of Alexandria), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the lost Library of Alexandria, the largest in the ancient world.
We make stops at Pompey’s Pillar and the Roman amphitheatre, and enjoy some free time to wander the lively Corniche.
Day 5 Cairo to Luxor
We’ll take a flight to Luxor ready for the Nile cruise section of our Egypt holiday, transferring upon arrival to our comfortable ship.
It's a small ship that carries a maximum of 110 passengers, with 55 cabins, a restaurant, bar and sundeck.
Day 6 Luxor to Edfu
At the ‘open-air museum’ of Luxor the number and preservation of ancient monuments is unparalleled anywhere in the world. This is the site of the famous city of Thebes, capital of Egypt at the height of the empire’s influence.
We head out to explore the West Bank, beginning at the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were buried from the 16th-11th centuries BC. Our guide will introduce a few of the most impressive tombs and you may also choose to enter the plainer, ‘cursed’ Tomb of Tutankhamun (extra charge).
We also visit the Valley of the Queens, the impressive mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, before returning to the ship.
We continue our Nile cruise, sailing to Edfu.
Day 7 Kom Ombo to Aswan
There can be few more serene and romantic ways for you to pass time than gliding down the Nile on a river cruiser.
We sail to the fascinating Greco-Roman double-temple of Kom Ombo. A temple dedicated to the falcon-headed Horus, Egyptian god of the sky, hunting and war; and crocodile god Sobek, the god of the Nile, creator of the world, and worshipped for his strength and fertility.
We return to the ship, ready to set sail southwards to Aswan.
Day 8 Aswan to Temple of Philae
Today pays tribute to ancient and modern feats of architectural engineering, with visits to the 111m-high Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae, perhaps Egypt’s most beguiling and beautiful. Our excursion includes a Felucca ride.
We also take in the Nubian Museum, a stunning showcase of Nubia’s history, art and culture, including horse armour.
Day 9 Aswan to Edfu
Explore the laid-back Nubian city of Aswan independently before an afternoon of relaxation aboard our vessel, as we sail to Edfu.
Alternatively, choose to take an optional excursion by bus or plane to legendary Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II.
We dock overnight in Edfu.
Day 10 Luxor
We continue the return journey along the Nile to Luxor.
Day 11 Luxor
This morning we visit two astonishing temples on the East Bank of the Nile - Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, once linked by the wonderful Avenue of Sphinxes.
Karnak in particular is absolutely breathtaking; a complex of more than 100 hectares (larger than some ancient cities) with immense pylons and obelisks, tranquil lakes and sanctuaries and the Hypostyle Hall, where 134 soaring columns, each with a diameter of more than 3m, are arranged in perfect geometric rows, all covered in exquisite hieroglyphs.
Day 12 Luxor to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.