Ultimate Egypt

Cairo | Aswan | Luxor | Abu Simbel | Nile River Sail (15 Days)

This relaxed-pace Egypt itinerary takes you on a journey through modern and ancient Cairo, the Pyramids, the wonders of Luxor, and down the Nile River in elegance and style on a traditional Egyptian double-masted sailboat called a dahabiya.

  • Marvel at the astounding Great Pyramids of the Giza Plateau
  • See the treasures of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum
  • Browse the wonderfully chaotic lanes of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar
  • Wander the brightly-painted Nubian villages around Aswan
  • Discover the massive temples at Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II
  • Admire incredible temples and tomb paintings in Luxor’s ancient valleys
  • Sail the Nile on an intimate dahabiya to hidden places
  • Take time to explore ancient sites and daily modern life along the Nile River
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Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo and private transfer to your hotel. Cairo
Day 2 Guided tour of Ancient Egypt, including Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. Cairo
Day 3 Guided tour of Cairo, including the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Sala El-Din, Old Cairo and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Cairo
Day 4 Cairo markets and food tasting tour. Cairo
Day 5 Fly to Aswan and transfer to your hotel. Guided tour of local Nubian villages, including traditional tea and a boat ride. Evening Sound-and-Light-Show at the Temple of Philae. Aswan
Day 6 Day trip to the temples of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. Aswan
Day 7 Guided tour of the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries. Transfer to your hotel in Luxor. Time at leisure.  Luxor
Day 8 Guided tour of Luxor’s East Bank temples, then visit the Luxor Museum. Luxor
Day 9 Guided tour of Luxor’s West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Luxor
Day 10 Transfer to Esna and embark on your 5-night dahabiya boat journey up the Nile. Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Khnum. Nile Sail
Day 11 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Nekhbet at El Kab and Temple of Horus at Edfu. Nile Sail
Day 12 Dahabiya sail: swim in the Nile and take a walk in the desert. Nile Sail
Day 13 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Horemheb and ancient sandstone quarries. Nile Sail
Day 14 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Nile Sail
Day 15 Disembark the boat in Aswan. Fly back to Cairo for departure.  

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