Total 7 nights: 3 nights Cairo + 4 nights Jewels of the Nile cruise
For many people, the highlight of a visit to classical Egypt are the tombs and temples of the Nile and the pyramids of Giza. The combination of a stay in Cairo with a cruise along the Nile is, therefore, the perfect introduction to Egypt - ideal for those who wish to experience as much of the rich history of ancient Egypt as possible.
Furthermore, many of the treasures of the Nile Valley are now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The hustle and bustle of Cairo forms an excellent counterpoint to the timeless character of the Nile. We feature two classic options allowing for a 10 night or 7 night holiday, depending on the duration of the Nile cruise.
Day 1. Friday (Cairo)
Depart London Heathrow with the scheduled flight service of Egypt Air. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to Mena House Oberoi hotel - Cairo for a three night stay.
Day 2. Saturday (Cairo)
Optional full day excursion to the iconic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. After lunch visit the famous Step Pyramid and decorated tombs of Saqqarah.
Day 3. Sunday (Cairo)
Optional full day city tour starting with a visit to the fascinating Egyptian Museum, to see the country’s most valuable treasures. After lunch continue to the ancient Citadel before shopping in the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
Day 4. Monday (Luxor)
Fly to Luxor with the domestic scheduled flight service of Egypt Air. Arrive in Luxor and transfer to your chosen Nile boat. Visit the magnificent Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor, linked by an avenue of Sphinxes.
Optional Excursion to a Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.
Day 5. Tuesday (The West Bank)
After breakfast leave by coach for the West Bank, and visit two or three tombs in the Valley of the Kings and at least two more in the Valley of the Queens. Continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
Day 6.Wednesday (Temple of Horus in Edfu & Kom Ombo)
A morning visit to the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, in Edfu. After afternoon tea sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple shared by the gods Haroeris and the crocodile deity Sobek. Continue to Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city.
Day 7. Thursday (Aswan & Philae)
After breakfast visit the High Dam, the ancient granite quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk before continuing to the Island of Philae, with its Temple of Isis, set in a stunning location surrounded by water. Sail on the Nile in a traditional felucca around Elephantine and Kitchener’s Island.
Day 8. Friday (Return to the UK)
Breakfast followed by disembarkation. Optional excursion to Abu Simbel (from £95 per person). Return flight to UK via Cairo.
Included in the price of this holiday
- 3 nights bed & breakfast in 5* Hotel in Cairo.
- 4 night Nile cruise on board the 5* M/S Nile Premium based on full board (including, breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea).
- Excursions as detailed above (excluding optional excursions), accompanied by a fully qualified English-speaking Egyptologist.
- Scheduled return flights from London Heathrow to Cairo; domestic flights from Cairo to Luxor; returning to the UK from Luxor (via Cairo).
- Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle from the airport in Egypt to your accommodation.
Please note: If you would prefer to stay in a different hotel or on a different Nile boat please call our tailor-made department for a quotation.