Luxury Cairo & the treasures of the Nile - Egypt
This is a customisable itinerary to provide you with a start point and suggestions for your travel plans. We’ll work closely with you and our travel partner to design your ideal trip, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our partner’s specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.
Day 1 Cairo
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.
Day 2 Cairo
This morning enjoy a full day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur. Visit the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, one of the earliest examples of Pyramid architecture before working your way back to Cairo, visiting the stepped pyramid of Saqqara and the behemoths at Giza.
Day 3 Cairo
Enjoy a full day tour around Cairo with your private guide and driver. Arguably the highlight is viewing the treasures of the Egyptian Museum. You will also spend time visiting the Citadel for the best views over the city, then the backstreets of Coptic Cairo and the ingenuous Hanging Church.
Day 4 Luxor
This morning your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight to Luxor to board your Nile cruise. Today, explore the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
Day 5 Luxor
This morning, take a tour of Luxor's West Bank. Explore the Valley of the Kings, where you can descend into tombs decorated with surprisingly bright hieroglyphics, as well as the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, the rest of the day is spent sailing to Edfu, where you'll spend the night.
Day 6 Luxor
Spend the morning visiting the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Your guide leads you through its hypostyle halls, explaining the colossal struggle between Seth and Horus in ancient Egyptian mythology and how the temple celebrates this. Then sail to Kom Ombo where, after lunch, you visit the lesser-known temples of Sobek and Haoeris, Ptolemaic temples which, unusually, are dedicated to two different gods. Sail on to Aswan, where you spend the night.
Day 7 Luxor
Today visit Aswan High Dam, learning about its construction and the consequences for this area of Egypt. You also take a short boat ride to visit the Temple of Philae. Your guide explains how UNESCO took measures to save it from flooding. As a temple, it's celebrated for having its own special ambiance as a shrine to the goddess Isis.
Day 8 Aswan
After breakfast, disembark and explore the sleepy town of Aswan under your own steam. You might like to go over to Kitchener Island to explore its Nubian village architecture. Otherwise, relax in your hotel.
Day 9 Aswan
A day at leisure to enjoy the laid-back town of Aswan. We suggest visiting the centrally located Nubian Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Nubian people of southern Egypt, and the botanical gardens. There are also several souqs which are great for shopping and ambling around.
Day 10 International return flight
This morning catch your flight to Cairo for your onward journey. Your return flight will arrive the same day.
Holiday Name : Luxury Cairo & the treasures of the Nile
Reference : Audley Travel