Enjoy beautiful Nile Valley scenery as you cruise down the River Nile on a 5-day cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Visit the temples of Karnak, Edfu, and more. Explore the Valley of the Kings, and soak up the luxury on board your 5-star cruise boat.
What to Expect
This 5-day luxury cruise on the Nile River, from Luxor to Aswan, is the perfect way to see many of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt on one journey. Visit the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, take in the splendors of the Kom Ombo Temple, dance the night away to on board entertainment, and much more.
Day 1: Departures from Luxor (Saturday, Monday, or Thursday)
On arrival in Luxor, meet your tour representative for the start of your tour of the West Bank.
Luxor has often been called the world's greatest open-air museum, and the number of preserved monuments are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Strolll around the ruins at the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, used primarily for the burials of pharaohs. Admire the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon, and the mortuary temples of the Temple of Hatshepsut.
You will board your 5-star Nile River cruise boat in time for lunch, and enjoy afternoon tea as you relax before an evening dinner and belly dance show.
Day 2: Luxor - Esna
After breakfast, tour the East Bank of Luxor and visit the Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhotep III from Nubian sandstone. You will also visit the other great monument of the East Bank, Karnak Temple, said to be the 2nd most visited site in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza.
Enjoy lunch on board, and set sail for Esna. Afternoon tea will be served, and in the evening you can dance the night away to a disco party.
Day 3: Edfu – Kom Ombo
Today you will tour Edfu, site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. Visit the temple and ancient settlement, known in Roman times as Apollinòpolis. Then, set sail for Kom Ombo as you enjoy lunch on board.
Disembark to explore Kom Ombo Temple, located on a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles are said to have basked in the sun. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek, and the falcon-god Haroeris.
Return to your boat for an on board dinner and galabeya party. Overnight on board in Kom Ombo.
Day 4: Aswan
Sail to Aswan to see the High Dam and the Granite Quarries, as well as the Temple of Philae. Dedicated to the love goddess Isis, the temple is only accessible by boat and was turned into a church of St. Stephen under Emperor Justinian.
Lunch will be served on board your cruise boat, and you can sail by traditional felucca around Kitchener's island and Elephantine Island. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served back on board as you spend an overnight on board in Aswan.
Day 5: Aswan - Departure
Following breakfast, disembark for the transfer to Aswan Airport. An optional trip to Abu Simbel by plane can be arranged on request.
- 4 nights cruise accommodation based on full board (excluding drinks)
- All tours by air-conditioned transportation
- English-speaking Egyptologist guide
- Entrance fees (excluding inside Tutankhamun's Tomb at the Valley of the Kings
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls etc.)
- Any optional tours
Know Before You Go
• Cruise ships sailing from Luxor:
Thursday: M/S Alyssa, M/S Semiramis, MS Amwaj, M/S Suntimes or similar
Saturday: M/S Princess Sarah, M/S Emilio, M/S Blue Shadow, M/S Concerto or similar
Monday: M/S Amarco, M/S Dolphin, M/S Royal Esadora or similar