Do you want to live a unique and unforgettable experience aboard a 5-star cruise ship to navigate the Nile and discover the wonders of Egypt? From Luxor to Aswan, the land of the pharaohs offers a skilful mix of East and West
Do you want to live a unique and unforgettable experience aboard a 5-star cruise ship to navigate the Nile and discover the wonders of Egypt? From Luxor to Aswan, the land of the pharaohs offers a skilful mix of East and West. Treat yourself to a vacation in the bustling capital of Cairo, where modernism mixes with the majestic pyramids.
Thanks to your Egyptologist guide you will return rich in memories of this incredible civilization and its prestigious monuments that give way to breathtaking landscapes! You certainly won’t be disappointed with your Nile Cruise from Cairo ! Navigating gently on the Nile you will go to the discovery of Pharaonic Egypt.
Below is a summary of the essential places not to be missed:
As soon as you arrive at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The city of Cairo is a gigantic capital, but at the same time fascinating and intoxicating and full of places to visit. The first stop you can do includes a visit to the three pyramids of Giza: Cheops, Chefren and Menkaure, whose construction remains a mystery. Then it will be the turn of the great Sphinx, responsible for the surveillance of the necropolis. Also during the day visit of Saqqara, funeral complex where the first step pyramid was built. Opportunity to watch the sound and light show at the Pyramids in the evening. The second day you can go to the discovery of Egyptian antiquities at the most famous museum in the world, home to the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamun. In the afternoon visit the Saladin citadel containing many architectural gems such as the famous Mohammed Ali mosque. Finally, you can spend some free time in the Khan el Khalili bazaar, a maze of shops and stalls teeming with people, before heading to the hotel for dinner.
Flight to Luxor and transfer to the ship
As soon as you arrive you can immediately visit the Karnak temple. The site covers more than 2 square kilometers and was once the richest temple in Egypt and the main place of worship. Dedicated to the gods Amun, Mout and Khonsou it consists of three main temples, small closed temples and several outer temples. The three main temples are surrounded by huge brick walls. At the end of the visit, you can reach the sacred lake which is located outside the main hall where there is also a large statue of a scarab dating back to King Amenhotep III, used for purification. Afternoon and part of the night dedicated to navigation to Assouan.
In the morning visit the Philae temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple was saved from the waters during the construction of the Aswan Dam. It was dismantled and transported to a nearby islet. The work was conducted with the participation of UNESCO, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the Archaeological Services of Cairo, in 1974, for two years. It remains the best preserved temple in Egypt. In the afternoon, you can go on a discovery of one of the most fascinating parts of the Nile as you stroll around Elephantine Island aboard a felucca, a traditional Egyptian boat. Aswan, the beautiful “Nubiana” is renowned for its souks, the most beautiful in Egypt.
After enjoying the covered markets of Aswan, you can arrange a visit to the Abu Simbel temple, the famous temple of Ramesses II and Nefertari. Excavated in the mountain, the large temple pays homage to Ramesses II, with four colossal statues of which they bear his effigy that frame the entrance. Inside, other statues of the pharaoh depicted in the guise of the god Osiris, frescoes illustrating the military conquests and religious rites performed by Ramses II. After the visit you will return to Aswan to embark again and go to Kom Ombo during the night.
The temple of Kôm Ombo overlooking the Nile is dedicated to the two deities: Sobek, the crocodile god and Haroeris, the falcon-headed god. The ruins of the temple of Kôm-Ombo constitute one of the most picturesque places in ancient Egypt. Built immediately on the banks of the Nile, this sanctuary enjoys an exceptional location and offers a very beautiful view of the palm grove that surrounds it.
Returning to Luxor
Returning to Luxor you absolutely cannot miss the visit of the west bank and go to the discovery of the Valley of the Kings: the royal necropolis houses about sixty tombs of sovereigns, carved into the rock, sometimes carved, finely drawn and painted. Seen from the outside, they look just like cavities, but once inside, these tombs are fascinating. The visit continues to the temple of Hatshepsut. Photo stop in front of the Colossi of Memnon.
This is just a quick guide to some of the places you can visit on a Nile Cruise. But if you want to know more, then we recommend that you book your cruise on the Luxor and Aswan Travel website via the following link:
A Cairo-based tour operator specializing in Egypt travel and you certainly won’t be disappointed. The proposed cruises are carried out with 5-star quality ships, equipped with very comfortable cabins with air conditioning, fridge, TV, shower and the service on board is super professional, with very rich buffets.