Ultimate Egypt

Cairo | Luxor | Nile River Sail | Aswan | Abu Simbel (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
  • 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
  • Wander the brightly-painted Nubian villages around Aswan
  • Discover the massive temples at Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II
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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 Luxor and transfer to your hotel. Guided tour of Luxor’s East Bank temples, then visit the Luxor Museum. Luxor
Day 6 Guided tour of Luxor’s West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Luxor
Day 7 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 8 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Nekhbet at El Kab and Temple of Horus at Edfu. Nile Sail
Day 9 Dahabiya sail: swim in the Nile and take a walk in the desert. Nile Sail
Day 10 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Horemheb and ancient sandstone quarries. Nile Sail
Day 11 Dahabiya sail: visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Nile Sail
Day 12 Disembark the boat in Aswan. 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 13 Day trip to the temples of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. Aswan
Day 14 Guided tour of the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and Granite Quarries. Aswan
Day 15 Fly from Aswan to Cairo for departure.  

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