Total 7 nights: 4 nights on board the Nile cruise + 3 nights in Luxor
Since Luxor is the starting point for the vast majority of Nile cruises and is also one of Egypt’s most enchanting cities, it is a popular choice for those who wish to combine a Nile Cruise with a hotel stay.
Staying in Luxor allows you to spend longer exploring the tombs of the West bank, as well as to revisit the stunning temples of Luxor and Karnak. Other attractions include the somewhat grisly but fascinating mummification museum and the atmospheric souk, the perfect place to shop for souvenirs. Most of our hotels benefit from beautiful Nile-front locations and have swimming pools, so Luxor is also a great choice for a little pre- or post-cruise relaxation and an opportunity to soak up the sun.
Day 1. Monday (Luxor)
Fly to Luxor from the UK and board the M/S Nile Premium for the Jewels of the Nile Cruise.
Day 2. Tuesday (West Bank)
Visit the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Hatshepsut before sailing.
Day 3. 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 4. 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 5. Friday (Abu Simbel)
Breakfast followed by disembarkation. Optional excursion to Abu Simbel (from £95 per person). Transfer to Luxor and check in to the Sofitel Karnak on the banks of the Nile.
Day 6. Saturday (Luxor)
Spend the day at leisure, exploring Luxor or relaxing by the pool.
Day 7. Sunday (Luxor)
Spend the day at leisure or take an optional hot air balloon ride over the surrounding area (additional cost of £109 per person).
8. Monday (Return to UK)
Return flight to the UK.
Please note this is very flexible holidays, you may take 1 week Nile Cruise and 3 days or even 1 week stay in Luxor or in other resorts.