1. 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.