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From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor/ Balloon, Flights  

1. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor/ Balloon, Flights  

Day 1/ Our representative will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairo/Giza to take you to the airport 3 hours before your flight to Aswan (our team will send the flight schedule depending on availability). When you arrive in Aswan, our representative will be waiting for you holding our sign, after helping you with the luggage he will take you to one of the most unique and relaxing visits in Egypt, f, where you'll also enjoy your lunch. admire the beautiful Nile views on the motorboat ride that will take you to the Village, the most colorful and feel-good village in the entire country. The Nubian Villages are painted in all the colors of the rainbow. To start farming around the Nile, the friendly Nubians moved from Sudan over 8000 years ago after the visit, our representative will drop you off on the ship booked for you in Aswan to enjoy your dinner and spend the night.  Day 2/ Our driver will pick you up early in the morning, and enjoy a 3 hours car trip to Abu Simbel Temple, The temple resembles a memorial of King Ramses II and him and Queen Nefertari and it commemorates the king's victory in the Battle of Kadesh. After the visit, you'll be back on the ship to enjoy your lunch onboard and enjoy the sailing of the ship.  upon arriving in kom ombo our guide will be waiting for you to visit the unique temple of kom ombo, One of the most unusual temples of Ancient Egypt, dedicated to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek, and the first "god of the Kingdom", the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder (also called Haroeris).  After the interesting visit, you'll be back on the ship to enjoy your time onboard.  Day 3/ Early in the morning, our guide will pick you up from the reception to visit the hidden gem in Edfu, Horus temple, the second biggest temple in Egypt The temple is believed to have been built on the site of the great Horus-Seth battle. After the visit, you’ll be back on board to enjoy the sailing journey to Luxor. Day 4/ Our driver will pick you up in the morning to take you to the most magnificent experience in Luxor, the hot air balloon ride, and admire the surreal beauty of the city from the sky. After the ride, you’ll be back on the ship to enjoy breakfast before you start your journey in Luxor to discover all the wonderful temples (kindly check out before you leave ) Starting with the Valley of the Kings, Once called the Great Necropolis of Millions of Years of Pharaoh or the Place of Truth, the Valley of the Kings (Wadi Biban al-Muluk) has 63 magnificent royal tombs, all very different from each other. Moving to the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, The Hatshepsut temple was commissioned by the reigning queen herself to serve as an Artistic representation of the queen’s life and reign and a beacon of elegance and grandeur. And before leaving the West Bank enjoy a quick visit to the colossi of Memnon, the two enormous statues of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III originally designed to guard his mortuary temple. Ending the journey with the largest temple in Egypt, The Karnak Temple, Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was known as the “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians. Then the driver will drop you off at the airport to fly to Cairo, when you arrive there our driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation in Cairo/Giza. 

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

2. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

Day 1: Get picked up in the early morning from your hotel in Cairo then you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to take the flight to Aswan (Duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes) Upon your arrival in Aswan, our driver will be waiting for you outside the airport After the meeting, Begin your experience with your professional guide and head off to visit the High Dam which is the world's largest embankment dam, was built across the Nile in Aswan Next, head to the Incomplete Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan Visit the Philae Temple which was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period) by Motor boat. Finally, you will go to the ship for accommodation and lunch in the early afternoon. At night you will enjoy dinner on board. Day 2: Rise early in the morning to visit one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. Upon arrival your tour guide escort you around the site, explaining more about its fascinating history. After finishing, you will return to the ship to have lunch and begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival at Kom Ombo, you will visit the temple on a guided tour. At the end of your day, you will return to the ship for dinner. Day 3: Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head to Edfu Temple by horse carriage. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt, the city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek. Return to the ship for dinner and your final night onboard. Day 4: Wake before sunrise to get ready for your balloon flight. Check out from the room and leave your luggage at the reception of the ship. Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise balloon ride. After landing, head to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and finally, Luxor Temple. Return to the ship to pick up your luggage then you will be dropped off at Luxor Airport to take the flight back to Cairo. Once you arrive in Cairo, our driver will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel

From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

3. From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 : A representative will come at the chosen pickup time to collect you up from your hotel in Luxo. Then head to the Nile cruise ship in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Get settled into your comfortable room. Relax on the ship before enjoying a buffet lunch. Your guide meet you before your visit to the Karnak temple. Take a felucca ride on the Nile. Enjoy a refreshing breeze while you ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat and take in views of Luxor from the water. Explore the Luxor temple built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty. After touring the temple, your guide will transfer you back to the ship. At night, enjoy dinner on board and an Egyptian folklore party. Day 2: In the early morning get ready for bird’s eye views of the city from a hot air balloon. Admire an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above. After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Discover the complex and see the tombs of Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Next, head to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the Colossi of Memnon where you will see the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to the ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. Visit the Temple of Horus with your guide and marvel at the most well-preserved religious place in Egypt with the imposing sandstone structures of Horus. Enjoy a buffet lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structure of the temple and how it was built to honor two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: In the early morning, head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. Meet your guide at the temple and discover the twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, built into the mountainside during the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After the visit, return to the cruise ship before you're dropped off at your hotel in Aswan. For an additional fee, you can finish your trip at the Aswan airport or the train station.

Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

4. Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

From Luxor: 3-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Private Guide

5. From Luxor: 3-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Private Guide

Take a journey from Luxor to Aswan aboard a 5-star boat that includes all meals and guided visits to some of Egypt’s most iconic and well-preserved temples along the Nile River.  Day 1 Start the first day of your multi-day cruise with a hotel pick-up from your Luxor accommodation around 7:00 AM. Before boarding your boat, you will go on a guided tour to the iconic Valley of the Kings in Luxor.   Visit and go inside the 3 most important tombs of the ancient kings, seeing the many inscriptions and hieroglyphics that decorate them. Next, be led to the Hatshepsut Temple, which is a beautiful funerary temple of the important queen of Egypt, whose political power changed the state of Egypt at that time. Follow your guide as you continue onwards to explore the city of Habu to witness the Temple of Ramses III, one of the greatest temples of the Twentieth Dynasty. Snap pictures of the impressive Memnon statues and end up at the Karnak Temple, which is the most important and largest in the city of Luxor. After your history-filled tour, you will be taken to board your cruise at around 1:00 PM, in perfect time to enjoy the first meal of your river journey. Once you have settled in, make sure to go up to the roof of the boat to enjoy the enchanting scenery. Watch as the small boats, Egyptian villages, and natural landscapes sail by.  Day 2 After breakfast, take a horse carriage ride to visit Temples of Edfu Horus. Marvel at these well-preserved religious palaces and the imposing sandstone structures of Horus. Return to the boat for lunch, before heading out once again to see the Kom Ombo Temple. Learn about the structures of the temple and why it was built in honor of two great Nile divinities. Day 3 After an early morning check-out from the boat, take your luggage and grab a quick breakfast and before being picked up to visit the Abu Simbel temple. On this small-group tour you will also discover the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari. These twin temples were built from the mountainside in the 13th century BC under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  Finish the tour around 2.30 PM and then be taken to your accommodation in Aswan.

Cairo: Private 6-Day Egypt Tour with Flights and Nile Cruise

6. Cairo: Private 6-Day Egypt Tour with Flights and Nile Cruise

Day 1: Start your 6-day adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo. Head to the Pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the last that are still standing. From there, go to the Egyptian Museum to learn about the development of the Egyptian civilization. After the visit enjoy an Egyptian lunch in a local restaurant before you head to the hotel booked for you. Afterward, your driver will take you to your hotel in Cairo, where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. Day 2: In the morning drive to Alexandria, and upon your arrival explore the area of Kom El-Deka, once an affluent residential area in Greco-Roman times. Continue on to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. After the catacombs head to a local restaurant for lunch before going to the Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, which was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. Your last stop in Alexandria is the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15-century defensive fortress by the sea. From here you will be taken back to your hotel in Cairo. Day 3: Drive to the airport in the morning and hop on your flight to Luxor. Upon your arrival in Luxor, your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport. From the airport head to the East Bank to visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. After exploring the temples, enjoy a felucca ride on the river before being dropped off at the cruise ship where you will stay for the next 3 nights. Day 4: Wake up early for a hot air balloon ride over Luxor. After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Conclude your day back on the ship with dinner. Day 5: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. Take a guided visit to the Temple of Horus before having a buffet lunch back on board the cruise ship as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo and then return to the boat for dinner. Day 6: In the early morning, head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples, for a small-group tour. From the tour, your guide will take you back to the cruise ship to pick up your luggage. You will then be transferred to Aswan Airport to take the flight back to Cairo. Upon your arrival in Cairo, your driver will be waiting for you outside of the airport to return you to your hotel.

Private Day Trip To Abu Simbel From Aswan

7. Private Day Trip To Abu Simbel From Aswan

The ancient marvel of Abu Simbel on a private day trip from Aswan. Journey southward by private, air-conditioned vehicle as I share tales of the 3, 400-year-old complex, a masterwork of ancient Egyptian engineering beside Lake Nasser. Awe at the two temples, graced by colossi of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, and tour the Great Temple's statue-lined halls and battle reliefs. While you explore, hear the incredible story of the temples' 1960s relocation to protect them from flooding after the building of the Aswan High Dam. Enjoy in-depth attention and personalized commentary from a private Egyptologist guide. we will make to feel very well looked after and safe. What To Expect 1-Early morning our expert Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Aswan to enjoy your drive through the Nubian desert south of Aswan which is around 3 and half a hour hours drive by air-conditioned vehicle. We offer one rest stop is around half a hour in the desert to see sun rise or take picture of the desert. 2-Abu Simbel The Great Temple of Ramses II Learn about the history of temple, at the temple gateways Admire the statues and engraved battle scenes inside the Great temple. as your personal guide shares tales of the 3, 400-year-old complex, a masterwork of ancient Egyptian engineering beside Lake Nasser. Awe at the two temples, graced by colossi of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, and tour the Great Temple's statue-lined halls and battle reliefs. 3-Temple of Nefertari also known as Nefertari Meritmut, means 'beautiful companion' was an Egyptian queen is also Called Temple of Hathor who was the wife of the Sun God. Spend around 2 hours there then take the way back to Aswan.

Hurghada: Luxor & Aswan 5-Day Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

8. Hurghada: Luxor & Aswan 5-Day Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada on the first day and transfer in a private air-conditioned car to Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the great Karnak Temple with your professional guide, then drive over to the beautiful Luxor Temple. After your Luxor tour, check in to the cruise and get some rest. At night, discover Luxor's old market before an overnight cruise. On Day 2, be ready early in the morning for a fabulous tour of the West Bank. Get there by motorboat, then drive to the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple and take the opportunity to visit Howard Carter House, where the Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Return to the cruise and start sailing. Enjoy the views of Luxor's islands and local culture as you go, before passing Esna Lock and arriving in Edfu for the night. Early on the third day, visit Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Upon return to the boat, savor a drink on the sundeck as you cruise all the way to the town of Kom Ombo. Reach Kom Ombo around sunset and discover Kom Ombo Temple before spending the night on the boat. At around 5 AM on Day 4, it's time to visit some of the most important temples in the whole world: the Abu Simbel Temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Get some rest after your tour before exploring Aswan's old market at night. On the last day, head down the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to Philae Island Temple. Finally, visit the famous Aswan High Dam before being transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

Luxor: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Abu Simbel and Tours

9. Luxor: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Abu Simbel and Tours

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 8:10AM from any location in Luxor city itself. Explore The west bank of Egypt, Guided Tour to valley of the kings where you can enjoy the stories of old Egyptian pharohs, then explore Hatshepsut temple the first queen in Egypt with it's mystery story. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Abu Simbel At 4:15 am we will pick you up from the cruise by air conditioning bus to do the magnificient temple of Abu Simbel. Day 4: Aswan Early in the morning we will have our breakfast then check out and start last day tours to the high dam and explore it's story of building and enjoy the magic of the nile in philae temple belongs to goddess Isis. We will finish at about 2 pm.

From Cairo: 3-Day Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon & Flights

10. From Cairo: 3-Day Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon & Flights

Soar in a hot air balloon over the city of Luxor, visit the Valley of the Kings, enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Horus, and view the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari on this guided tour from Cairo that includes flights, transportation, accommodation, and meals. Day 1 You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cairo in the afternoon and be driven to Cairo airport to take the included flight to Luxor. Upon your arrival, your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport After meeting your driver, be transferred to the included 4-star hotel. Day 2 You will be picked up in the early morning to Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs. Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch. You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat. Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4 In the early morning, check out and take your breakfast box, then, you’ll head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan airport to take the flight back to Cairo (Duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes). Upon your arrival in Cairo, our driver will be waiting for you outside Cairo Airport to return you to your hotel.

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Read this carefully, I wish someone had written it for us to be able to plan ahead: the ship won’t leave early on the first day. They leave at night, just try to get there before 6 p.m. We booked the one that included Abu Simbel for the last day, they pick you up around 4:10 am, you have to do the check out at that time and leave your bags there. They will bring you back when you are finished. The time you get back to the ship is around 2 pm, we booked our flight until 8 pm. We had to wait for hours to leave. The airport wont be open until 6 pm. This is the most important information I will give you: For the Horus temple (Edfu), the pick up time always depends on the boat, but if you have any consideration/respect/love for the animals, Do Not let them take you on the horse rides. The horses are sick, skinny and not well taken care of. They will lie to you and tell you that that is the only way to get to the temple. The temple is 1 km away, arrange for a moto, a car or walking. Pls

This had a good combination of visiting monuments and taking a breather in the ship. First couple of days in Luxor and had a wonderful tour guide Samar.. and then we set sail covering monuments on the way to Aswan.. we were in a ship called Emilio.. one thing to call out is, not much of a difference between standard and Deluxe options except may be you are one floor higher. The ship was good and staff were friendly. Only at the restaurant they seem to be in a rush to clear out the plates.. Had Pola as the tour guide for remaining journey and he was great as well.. was very friendly.. for me Abu Simbel was the highlight. Arranged for additional places to cover in Aswan as the trip didn’t cover it. From before the trip beginning to the end.. Arwa the tour operator was staying on top of all things to make sure I’m having a good time which is worth mentioning here. All together met few really nice people on the ship and a memorable trip to cherish!

On my tour of Egypt, this was the most magical experience. Although the organization was a bit messy, the tour operators were very communicative and made sure everything ran smoothly. They even went out of their way to ensure I got to my flight from Aswan. My tour guide Hassan, was knowledgeable and kind. He made sure I was comfortable which was very important as a solo female traveler. I stayed in the boat - Hapi. The staff and service was excellent. They were so friendly, kind and very attentive to all the needs of the guests. I would highly recommend this life changing experience!

Arwa was fantastic with her communication from the beginning. She told me what was coming up for the next day everyday. Gave me clear instructions of what was coming up. She always checked in with me to see how the tour was going for my wife and me. She also helped me with booking beyond the cruise. Fantastic and quick communication. She always responded to any questions/requests in a timely manner. Thank you so much Arwa.

3 night cruise was nice experience! Arwa was available to help us anytime through what’s up. Totally recommended!