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Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

1. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

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 Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

2. From Hurghada: 5-Days 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.

Aswan: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

3. Aswan: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

Day 1: Start with pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Aswan. First, visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Then proceed to the amazing High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 to protect the surrounding regions from the annual Nile floods. Next, make your way to check-in for the cruise and set sail at approximately 2:00 PM. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise and arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo in time for sunset. This beautiful temple was built to worship the gods Sobek and Horus. Continue sailing till Edfu where the cruise will stop for an overnight stay. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for breakfast before enjoying a horse and carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This ancient temple houses important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which tells of the conflict between Horus and Seth. Return to the cruise ship for afternoon tea while sailing towards Luxor. Pass through Esna lock along the way before arriving in Luxor at 7:00 PM. Day 3: On the third day venture to the Valley of the Kings just outside the city of Luxor. Explore the site with your guide and wander through the Royal Tombs. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. Queen Hatsheput was the first Pharaonic woman to rule Egypt. Next, see the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, which was dedicated to the God Amun and his wife, Mut. Walk through the giant pillars of the famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Karnak Temple also features the oldest peace treaty known to historians, which was signed by the Hittites and the Egyptians. The Egyptian version of the treaty was preserved on a wall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Next, see the majestic Luxor Temple and the Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon. You will then be transferred to the airport or railway station for your final departure.

From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

4. From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

After pickup from your hotel in Aswan, you’ll head to the port with your expert guide to begin your trip down the Nile. Departing in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out from your luxurious quarters, or to hang out by the pool, catching a glimpse of the Nile’s lush flora and diverse fauna with lunch. Around sunset, you’ll arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo, dating back to 180 BCE. Amble through the stately columns, learning of the complex religious significance that the building holds, paying tribute to 2 gods simultaneously. Afterwards, you’ll hop back on board for dinner, arriving in Edfu for the night where the boat will dock. After breakfast, you’ll head out to the Temple of Edfu, a shrine to the god Horus, and one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Hop on a horse and carriage ride around the grounds before heading back onto the cruise for some time to relax. Arriving in Luxor that evening, you’ll gaze at the city’s lights from the water as you settle in for dinner. After breakfast the next morning, the cruise will end in the bustling and historic city of Luxor.

From Aswan: Philae Temple & Motorboat Tour to Nubian Village

5. From Aswan: Philae Temple & Motorboat Tour to Nubian Village

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating trip to the Temple of Philae and a traditional Nubian village from Aswan. Travel with an expert guide, explore the temple site, and discover Nubian traditions with village locals. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup from your hotel in Aswan, then set off on your journey with your professional guide who will enlighten you with interesting facts throughout your tour. Upon arrival at the majestic Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, roam around to experience this classical and sacred site to the core. After exploring the temple, head to the Nile River, which has had an incomparable role in developing Egyptian civilization. Cruise down the river to the Nubian village situated opposite Soheil Island, close to the Aswan Dam pass. Once there, trace out the different aspects of traditional life and culture in the village by meeting native people. To understand more, wander among the houses in lush palm groves and admire their varied colors: sky blue, yellow, pink, and more. Spend some time shopping for some delightful handcrafted gifts before sailing back along the River Nile. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Aswan.

From Marsa Alam: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

6. From Marsa Alam: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Begin your tour on Day 1 with pickup from any location in Marsa Alam at 6 AM. Drive to Aswan in an air-conditioned car with a representative, in case you need any help. Upon arrival in Aswan, meet your tour guide and head first to the Aswan High Dam, then take a motorboat to Philae Island. After your Aswan tour, check in to the cruise. Once onboard, get ready to snap great photos of both sides of the River Nile. Find out about both Nubian and Egyptian cultures, and see small boats, Nubian people, and villages all around you. Drink your tea on the sundeck as the cruise sails. Stop at Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple, then enjoy an overnight stay on the boat. On Day 2, sail over toward Edfu. Enjoy a wonderful experience by horse and carriage to visit Edfu Temple before heading back to the cruise and sailing on to Esna. Pass Esna Lock and continue to Luxor where the cruise will stop overnight. On Day 3, discover the Valley of the Kings and listen to your guide's detailed explanations about its history. Then, visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple and find out her secrets. Make a stop in Howard Carter House, where the famous Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Head back to the cruise and enjoy some time to relax before visiting the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple. Pay a visit to the beautiful Luxor Temple before spending the night on the cruise. After breakfast on Day 4, disembark the cruise and get transferred back to your original starting location in Marsa Alam.

Aswan: Boat Trip to the Nubian Village

7. Aswan: Boat Trip to the Nubian Village

Experience the Nubian lifestyle on this boat tour to The Nubian Village on the west bank. Discover the unique architecture, cheerful colors, and peculiar culture and traditions of its people. Begin with a pickup from your hotel/hostel then, board a boat and sail down the Nile with your guide to visit one of the villages. Once you arrive, enjoy the landscape, the beautiful nature of Aswan, and the vivid colors of the Nubian houses. Learn about the Nubian culture and traditions and walk in the streets of the Nubian Village to see the Nubian houses. Visit one of the Nubian houses to take a closer look at the Nubian daily life, enjoy a traditional drink and see the crocodiles they keep as pets in a safe basin inside their houses. After this eventful day, sail back to your hotel/hostel.

Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

8. Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

Prepare for an epic day trip from Aswan to Luxor's most iconic sites including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon. Take to the sky on a sunrise hot air balloon ride and cruise the Nile on a felucca ride - all this in one incredible day. After pick-up from your Aswan hotel, travel the 3 hours to Luxor in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, your private Egyptologist guide greets you at a café where you can try the local tea. Rise above it all on a hot air balloon ride over the west bank of Luxor as the sun rises. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you quietly drift over the archaeological sites below. With your feet back on the ground, head to the Valley of the Kings to explore 3 important tombs. Decorated throughout with walls full of hieroglyphs, feel fully immersed in the world of Ancient Egypt as you learn about their beliefs in the afterlife. Staying on the west bank, your next stop is the infamous Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, featuring statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. She was the only female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Visit the Valley of the Workers at Deir el-Medina, where workers on the royal tombs would live. Here you can see the Temple of Deir el-Medina, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor. This is the only temple in Egypt where you can see carvings of the Final Judgement. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, there is time to enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile River before crossing to the east bank. Head to Karnak Temple, the largest temple in Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun and his family. Walk along the avenue of sphinxes to enter the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple where you are greeted by towering columns and decorated walls. Started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II, Luxor Temple is your next stop. Though smaller than Karnak Temple, the impressive site is no less intriguing. With massive statues of Ramses II flanking the entrance, the imposing temple speaks to the pharaoh's great power. At the end of your day trip in Luxor, return to your Aswan hotel or you can choose to stay in Luxor if you are traveling onwards from there.

Aswan: Private Nile Boat Cruise and Botanical Garden Visit

9. Aswan: Private Nile Boat Cruise and Botanical Garden Visit

Your River Nile adventure begins with pickup from your Aswan hotel in the late afternoon. Head down towards the river then hop on board your private boat for the evening and set sail along the infamous waters of the Nile. Arrive at the first stop of the tour, the Botanical Gardens on Lord Kitchener Island, home to an array of plants that were imported from all over the wold in the 1800s. Enjoy some free time to stroll around the gardens, admiring the majestic palm trees that line the walkways including the Sabal Palm and Phonic Palm as well as Ficus trees and other beautiful bougainvillea trees. Head back to the boat and continue along the Nile, watching the sunset and the sky change color. Sail around Elephantine Island, a tiny island home to ancient ruins and temples, then glide past the Mausoleum of Aga Khan built in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo.

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What people are saying about Aswan

We took a 4 night cruise with Blue Shadow cruise boat from Luxor to Aswan. We were amazed by incredible sceenery seen from the boat and unique historical sites along the route. It is the best way to explore southern Egypt. Our guide Ahmed made sure we had an unforgettable experience. Visits to all sites were well organized by transport from the boat. We didn't wait anywhere in line to enter any site, which was a delight. All meals were included in this trip and food on the boat was very good with good variaty each day. We would highly recommend Nile cruise to anyone visiting Egypt.

All the activities described in the program have been delivered in a timely manner. The guide assigned to the group of travelers speaking English was very knowledgeable and helpful to assist in unforeseen events (PCR test to be taken without notice). Additional activities are suggested without any obligation to take them (extra cost).

Cruise itself was really nice (good food, friendly staff) but tour system was so complication which was mixing with other tour group and it changed every day(even two time a day) so you need to ask your tour company what time they will take you one by one

Had good service on the boat, trips to the different temples were on the early side but very beautiful! Had a good guide who spoke good English which made the whole trip very enjoyable.

It was great and very well organised! Everyone was extremely supportive! We’ve seen a lot of stunning place! Ramzy, our tour guide, was awesome!