Cruise along the Nile River and experience the amazing city of Aswan

at its best. This tour is ideal for those who would like to see upper Egypt within a week.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Luxor International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME 3 hours before flight time
INCLUDED
Accommodation as stated Entrance fees
Local transportation Qualified Egyptologists
Shared tours in Luxor Meals as per the itinerary
Private tours in Aswan All service charges
Air-conditioned Vehicles Bottled water on arrival

Details as per the itinerary on this tour page

NOT INCLUDED
Airfares – Domestic and International fares
Egypt Entrance Fee – US$25 per person / payable in USD
Personal Expenses – No gifts, drinks or extras not as per the itinerary
Guide – Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 – 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Gratuities & Tips – Any tips throughout your tour
Optional Excursions – Extra trips and tours not stated within the itinerary
ACCOMMODATION Cairo: 4* Brand Hotel. Alexandria: 4* Deluxe Hotel
TOUR RATES
May – September $657
October – April $778
Easter +20%
Christmas +25%
Solo Traveller +$289

per person / based on 2 sharing

EXTRA NOTES Tipping Kitty is available and must be paid at 0the beginning of the tour: USD$25, paid in USD per person

Truly a great opportunity to visit Egypt.

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Day 1: Luxor - Arrival

Upon arrival to Luxor Airport and after the baggage area you will find a representative waiting for you to transfer you to your Nile Cruise Ship. Upon arrival to the Nile Cruise, your tour manager will arrange a time to sit down with you and go through your schedule whilst on the Nile Cruise.

Overnight: Luxor Hotel. Meals: Dinner is included.

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Day 2: Luxor – Luxor Museum, Karnak & Luxor Temples

Shortly after lunch a qualified Egyptologist will meet you to guide you through this spectacular tour visiting the East Bank of the Nile River in Luxor. Enjoy the marvellous Karnak Temple or Temples of Karnak, which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Then onto Luxor Temple, which was founded in 1400 BCE. Luxor Temple is the only temple where you will see a combination of religions during the years. Proceed to Luxor Museum, is very modern and with an uncluttered layout. Top exhibits include pink granite and black basalt statues from many dynasties. After visiting the sites you will return to the Nile Cruise boat with some time to relax before enjoying your dinner.

Overnight: On board the Nile cruise. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 3: Nile – Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, & Memnon Statues

Breakfast will be slightly earlier than usual today, as we want to take advantage of the beautiful early morning to visit some of the fascinating sites available on the West Bank of the Nile River in Luxor. After breakfast your qualified Egyptologist will be waiting in reception for you to start his tour for today. You will sample the relaxing journey over the famous modern bridge in Luxor which now connects the East and West Banks. Depending on how the Egyptologist plans the morning you will usually visit the Colossi of Memnon, are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Followed by the amazing Valley of the Kings, which was built inside the mountains and away from the city to ensure that the Pharaohs had each, their own secret burial chamber. Here you will be able to visit 3 of the tombs as advised by your Egyptologist. You will then move along to Hatshepsut Temple, dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II which was built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I, who ruled Egypt about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty. After visiting these historical sites you will return to the Nile Cruise boat for lunch. Enjoy your lunch on board and relax under the Egyptian skies as the boat sails to Esna. During the day the boat will pass through the famous Esna lock and continue its journey to Edfu. Upon arrival to Edfu the Nile Cruise will dock here for the night.

Overnight: On board the Nile cruise. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 4: Nile – Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples

Enjoy your breakfast on board the Nile Cruise; the Egyptologist will accompany you to a horse-drawn carriage or bus for your visit to the popular Ptolemaic Temple of Horus at Edfu, otherwise known as Edfu Temple. When you return to the Nile Cruise you will have some time to sample the delights of the beautiful scenery along the Nile River whilst sailing to KomOmbo. During the sailing lunch is served on board the Nile Cruise. In KomOmbo enjoy visiting the two temples of KomOmbo which consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris. . As the sunsets you will continue the journey down the Nile River to Aswan. Late at night the boat will dock in Aswan for the remainder of your stay..

Overnight: On board the Nile cruise. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 5: Aswan – High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple

After breakfast you will check-out from the Nile Cruise.  Your Egyptologist will be showing you some of the fascinating historical sites in Aswan. Enjoy visiting the significant construction which called the High Dam, Known as Sad el Aali in Arabic Aswan High Dam is one of the greatest engineering miracles of this world. Constructed in 1960’s, was built to control the annual flood of the Nile River. Proceed to visit the Unfinished Obelisk, one of the most popular sites in ancient Aswan and provides immense insight into the stone working methods employed by the ancient Egyptians. Then move to visit the spectacular Philae Temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. You will return to Nile Cruise to collect you Luggage and your tour leader will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In the evening you will have free time to visit Aswan and the local bazaars.

Overnight: Aswan Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 6: Aswan – Free Day or Optional Excursions

After a few days of enjoy some of the most amazing historical sites throughout Egypt and the varieties of cultures visited in this tour, here is a day for you just to relax and take in a day at leisure. Of course we do have a selection of optional excursions should you wish to see more sights in this amazing city of Aswan. Otherwise enjoy a day in or around the hotel and soak in your last few days.

Overnight: Aswan Hotel. Meals: Breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are not included.

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Day 7: Aswan – Free Day or Optional Excursions

After a few days of enjoy some of the most amazing historical sites throughout Egypt and the varieties of cultures visited in this tour, here is a day for you just to relax and take in a day at leisure. Of course we do have a selection of optional excursions should you wish to see more sights in this amazing city of Aswan. Otherwise enjoy a day in or around the hotel and soak in your last day.

Overnight: Aswan Hotel. Meals: Breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are not included.

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Day 8: Luxor - Departure

After your early morning check out from the hotel, your tour leader will meet you at the hotel in Aswan for your transfer Aswan train station. At Aswan train station the representative will assist you with your luggage and with your transfer to Luxor.  Upon arrival to Luxor Train Station you will find a representative waiting for you to transfer you to Luxor Airport for your return flight.

What you see and what you get with this tour!

Includes

  • Meet & Greet upon arrival at Luxor International Airport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in a 4* Aswan Hotel
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in a 5* Nile Cruise
  • All Hotel accommodation on a HB board basis
  • Nile Cruise accommodation is on a full board basis
  • Lunch during sightseeing on day 5 is included
  • Sightseeing tours include a qualified Egyptologist
  • Entrance Fee’s as per the itinerary/programme listed above
  • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary
  • Company representative accompanying transfers
  • Modern air conditioned vehicles

Excludes

  • Egypt Entrance Visa ($15 per person)
  • Beverages, room bills or food extra to programme
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tipping / Gratuities (client’s discretion)
  • Medical Insurance

Additional Information

  • Please note check-in at hotel is available from 2pm.
  • Please note that check-out at hotel is 12 noon (Hotel)
  • Nile Cruise check-in is usually around lunchtime
  • Nile Cruise boats sometimes require an early morning check out

The highlights visited or experienced throughout the tour.

Karnak Temple

It was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greco Roman Kingdom. The Karnak Temple complex contains a group of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, the Temple of Khonso, the Ipt Temple, the Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God Osiris. These structures, built by different pharaohs during different years, are mostly in ruins. Beginning at the Avenue of Sphinxes, you will have the opportunity to visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatchepsut and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amun adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, and the Granite Scarab of Amenophis III.

Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. It was built by Amunhotep III in 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom and it was completed by Ramses II during the 19th Dynasty. King Ramses II was the most famous king in the 19th Dynasty. He ruled Egypt for about 67 years.

Luxor Temple

It is located in the Egyptian city of Luxor (ancient Thebes). Among the most striking items on show are grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen and a collection of 26 exceptionally well preserved New Kingdom statues that were found buried in a cache in nearby Luxor Temple in 1989. The royal mummies of two pharaohs – Ahmose I and Ramses I – were also put on display in the Luxor Museum in March 2004, as part of the new extension to the museum, which includes a small visitor centre. A major exhibit is a reconstruction of one of the walls of Akhenaton’s temple at Karnak. One of the featured items in the collection is a calcite double statue of the crocodile god Sobek and the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep III.

Colossi of Memnon

Are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years since 1350 BC, they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar. The blocks used by later Roman engineers to reconstruct the eastern colossus may have come from Edfu (north of Aswan).

The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple (or mortuary temple): a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh’s lifetime, where he was worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world. In its day, this temple complex was the largest and most opulent in Egypt, even later rivals such as Ramesses II’s  or Ramesses III’s Medinat Habu were unable to match it in area; even the Temple of Karnak, as it stood in Amenhotep’s time, was smaller.

The legend behind their name is interesting. After an earthquake (recorded by Strabo) in 27 BC, part of the northern colossus collapsed and from then on, each morning at sunrise, the statue produced a strange musical sound. Early Greek and Roman tourists came to hear the sound, and gave the statue the name of ‘Memnon’, a Trojan hero, the son of Eos and Titan, who sang to his mother each morning at dawn. In reality it is thought that the effect of the sun heating up the stone produced the sound.

Hatshepsut Temple

It is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile. It was built by Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt for about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty. The mortuary temple was dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra. It is considered one of the “incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.

Valle of the Kings

The Tombswere constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. They choose a location, far from the messing hands, and carved them into the mountains. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The Valley of the Kings consists of two valleys, East Valley where the majority of the royal tombs are situated and West Valley. Famous tombs there belong to Tutankhamun, Ramses the Great and Tuthmosis III.

KomOmbo Temple

It is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of KomOmbo. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder.

Edfu Temple

It is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu which was known in Greco-Roman times as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo. It is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco in ancient Egypt. In particular, the Temple’s inscribed building texts provide details [both] of its construction, and also preserve information about the mythical interpretation of this and all other temples as the Island of Creation

Esna Temple

It is remarkable for the beauty of its site and the magnificence of its architecture. It was built of red sandstone, and its portico consisted of six rows of four columns each, with lotus-leaf capitals, all of which however differ from each other. This Temple conveys a sense of the importance which the Ancient Egyptians placed upon their places of worship.

High Dam

Awitness of the significant architecture of Ancient Egypt and has had a significant impact on the economy and culture of Egypt. The High Dam, situated across the Nile River in Aswan, was constructed between 1960 and 1970 to control floods, provide water for irrigation, and generate hydroelectricity were seen as pivotal to Egypt’s industrialisation. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall.  As a result of its construction, a great lake was formed, Lake Nasser, which is about 10 km wide in some places, and 500km long, extending between Egypt and Sudan.

Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk is considered the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. It is unknown which pharaoh created this structure. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected.If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons. The obelisk’s creators began to carve it directly out of bedrock, but cracks appeared in the granite and the project was abandoned. If finished it would have measured around 42 m and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons. The unfinished obelisk offers unusual insights into ancient Egyptian stone-working techniques.

Philae Temple

It was built on the honour of goddess Isis the chief deity of the island. It is located in an island in Lake Nasser, Nubia. It was formerly an island in the First Cataract of the Nile River and the previous site of an Ancient Egyptian temple complex in southern Egypt. The legend says that the god Osiris is murdered and dismembered by his brother Seth. Isis searches for the fragments, collects them together and with her magic powers brings Osiris back to life. They then conceive the god Horus. Osiris becomes god of the underworld and judge of the dead – who must answer to him for their deeds on Earth. Meanwhile Isis gives birth to Horus and protects the young god. Later when Horus is grown he avenges his father by defeating Seth in combat.

The beautiful and magnificent Temple of Philae was nearly submerged after the first Aswan dam was built in 1906, and it was not until the seventies that many nations attempted to save the Temple. All these countries, together with UNESCO, selected a suitable place, but they had to wait until the completion of the High Dam, in 1971, which would stabilize the level of the water around their chosen island.

Prices

All prices are quoted above in a selection of currencies and these are a based on the US Dollar at the rate of exchange when published. Prices are per person per trip and are valid as stated, except during peak seasons such as Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays where a supplement will be required. Single room occupancy is available against a supplement as stated; sometimes it may be a different rate when not travelling as part of a group. Please contact us anytime to check!

Children Policy

As you will be able to see, we operate a simple children’s price policy as detailed below; please note that any discount does not always apply to any holidays that involve an airfare, we will inform you when we receive your enquiry.

00- 01.99 years                  Free of Charge

02 – 05.99 years                 Free of Charge

06 – 11.99 years                 50% of Adult Price

12 + years                            Full Adult Price

It is important that the ages above refer to the age when travelling.

Payment Policy

It is advisable to reserve your Egypt trip as early as possible, thus ensuring that you can relax with the knowledge that you have secured the best trip for you. To ensure the trip is reserved and secured with Discovery Tours Egypt we will request a deposit of 35% from the total amount due, as you can appreciate this deposit counts towards your final payment. Discovery Tours Egypt is able to accept payment by PayPal, Credit Cards, Bank Transfer and/or Western Union.

Egypt Entrance Visa

Upon arrival to Egypt you need to hold a valid passport with at least 6 months validity beyond your scheduled date of departure. Most countries have the ability to obtain a visa upon arrival for US Dollars $25 per passport. It is suggested that you check with your local Egyptian Consulate before departure if you can obtain a visa on arrival or not.

Tipping & Gratuities (Clients Discretion)

Throughout all our tour pages you will see the words “tipping & gratuities” always shown within the excluded section of the tab on “specifics”.  It is customary in Egypt to express ones satisfaction of the service received from the staff that have looked after him throughout his trip. It is not obligatory however it is well received amongst the staff that will be looking after you; our personal motto is “tip little but often”.

Tipping Kitty

On some tours we have added a tour kitty which is payable in resort at the beginning of your tour. This has been offered to make your life easier and allow the team to tip along the way on your behalf.

Extra’s To Program

All our Egypt tours include the sites as per the program however we do not include the special sites within these; such as entering inside the Pyramids, the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, enter Tomb of Tutankhamen and others. There should always be sufficient time to visit these sites; please liaise with your Egyptologist at the beginning of the tour. They will try their best to provide you with the accurate information, advise you of the extra costs and obtain the tickets for you.

Optional Trips & Excursions

Extra trips and tours may be available from time to time. These are available at extra cost and can be booked and paid for in resort.

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