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Nile Cruise & Cairo



Nile Cruise & Cairo

After our 1 week classic cruise our most popular arrangement is our Nile Cruise and Cairo trip. Enjoyed over 10 days this combination enables you to see one of the remaining "Seven Wonders of The World"...the breathtaking Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza preceded by a fabulous cruise where you will see such wonders as The Valley of The Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, The High Dam at Aswan and so much more.

Barbara and Colin at the Tomb of Tutankhamun

 

We recently completed a cruise and Cairo trip ourselves sailing on the superb Royal Viking cruise ship and staying at the excellent Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel in Cairo. You can read more about our trip in Chapter 3 of our Nile Cruise Guide.

 

We enjoyed a full day "Memphis, Saqqara and The Great Pyramids Tour" with our own guide, driver and air-conditioned minibus. The day was fabulous, our guide was excellent and took us to the best vantage points so that we could capture wonderful photos and video footage.

Barbara at the Step Pyramid at Saqqara
 
That evening we also had front seats at the Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramid and the following day we enjoyed a half-day tour to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. You can see a list of the excursions that we can pre-book for you by visiting our Cairo Excursions page.

 

We can offer you a selection of top class hotels in Giza that are so close to The Pyramids you will be able to see them from your hotel room or a wide selection of hotels in the centre of Cairo or on the banks of The Nile whichever you prefer.

 

We can also offer you a selection of excellent 5 Star and 5 Star deluxe cruise ships to meet your budget.

 

Our 10 day Nile Cruise and Cairo trip begins at Heathrow Airport using the scheduled flights of EgyptAir.

 

You can either fly directly to Cairo on a Friday and stay for 3 nights followed by a flight from Cairo to Luxor where you will board your chosencruise ship for a 1 week cruise. Or you can fly on a Monday directly to Luxor and pick up your cruise followed by 3 nights in Cairo at your chosen hotel before flying back from Cairo to Heathrow.

 

If you wish to make your own way to Egypt we can also arrange just your cruise, Cairo hotels and internal flights and we have done this many times for clients from around the world.

 

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Here is an example of a typical itinerary that we can arrange for you:

Day 1:

Fly from London Heathrow to Luxor. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen cruise boat for a seven night cruise

Day 2:

Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings - the site of Tutankhamun's tomb, the Temple of Queen Hatsheput and the Valley of the 
Queens. Final stop of the day will be at the Colossi of Memnon before arriving back at the boat in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure whilst the boat sails to Edfu via the Esna lock.


Day 3:

Morning visit to the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the god Horus and the largest, most preserved temple in Egypt. Afternoon set sail for Aswan.

Day 4:

Morning excursion to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. There is also a trip by boat to the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis and occupying a picturesque location on an island.

Day 5:

Today can be spent at leisure wandering around Aswan or on optional excursions. The most popular excursion is to the Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt's greatest ancient treasure after the Pyramids. Late afternoon sail to Kom Ombo and a visit to the Ptolemic Temple. Overnight either in Kom Ombo or Edfu.

Day 6:

All day at leisure sailing downstream to Luxor via the Esna Lock.

Day 7:

Morning visit to the Temple of Karnak and the papyrus museum. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Luxor after which there is time to explore the markets of Luxor. That evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound and Light show at the Karnak temple.

Day 8:

Fly from Luxor to Cairo for a 3 night stay at your chosen hotel.

Day 9:

Optional morning visit to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. Afternoon at leisure, time to relax by the pool or to do some shopping in the many bazaars. In the evening a chance to take an optional excursion to see the fantastic Sound and 
Light Show at the Pyramids.

Day 10:

Optional morning excursion to the Egyptian Museum to see the treasures of Tutankhamen. Afternoon at leisure or you may want to take one of our optional tours to the stunning mosques of Islamic Cairo and the intriguing early churches of Coptic Cairo. In the evening, enjoy an optional dinner cruise on the Nile whilst watching a traditional folklore show. 
                       
Day 11:

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

**  In Cairo all excursions are optional and can be booked and paid for locally or we can pre-book them for you.

To give you an idea of what sort of prices you would be looking at for a 10 night cruise and Cairo trip here are the current prices using a combination of cruise ships, (the Viking Princess, the Royal Viking and the Alexander The Great) and hotels in Cairo. However we can quote you for several other ships and hotels.


Prices for Option A: (Viking Princess & Mercure Le Sphinx Hotel, Cairo) start at £1,199 departing from Heathrow

 

Prices for Option B: (Royal Viking and Le Merdien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo) start at £1,399 departing from Heathrow

 

Prices for Option C: (Alexander The Great and Mena House Oberoi, Cairo) start at £1,849 departing from Heathrow

 

Option 7 Nights N
Nile Cruise
3 Nights
Cairo Hotel
A Viking Princess Mercure Le Sphinx
B Royal Viking Le Meridien Pyramids
C Alexander The Great Mena House Oberoi

 

 

** Prices are per person based on two people sharing a lower deck cabin/twin room departing from Heathrow and include all transfers and internal flights.  Please enquire about the prices for middle or upper deck cabins.