Visit Cairo and cruise the Nile in ultimate comfort and style.
The holiday begins with 3 nights in Cairo staying at the Mena House Hotel, one of the most unique hotels in Cairo. With a rich and colourful history and surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the great Pyramids of Giza. Using Mena House as your base, explore the extraordinary sites of Cairo, the best introduction point for a journey on the Nile.
Luxor is home to some of Egypts greatest temples and sites, explore both the east and west banks of the city taking in the Valley of the Kings and the splendours of Karnak Temple to name a few. Stay at the wonderfully atmospheric, riverfront hotel Sofitel Old Winter Palace.
A Nile cruise offers the perfect platform from which to access many of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures. There are many boats to choose from but few compare to the Oberoi Zahra. Spend seven days gently cruising from Luxor to Aswan, visiting ancient temples and sites en route with plenty of time to relax by the pool while life on the Nile floats past.
Your Nile cruise ends in the picturesque city of Aswan, where the Nile ends and Lake Nasser begins. Spend a few days exploring the Nubian villages and river islands of Aswan whilst staying at the Sofitel Old Legend Cataract, perched above the Nile.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
what is included
what is excluded
PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.
Fly London to Cairo
Cairo is a bustling, cosmopolitan city and the largest in Africa. It is a city whose celebrated highlights tell of a fascinating history. Most notable are the ancient pyramids of Giza, but others include Coptic churches, Islamic monuments and world class museums. History lives on through the bazaars and cafés that thrive in the city and haven't changed for centuries.
You will be staying at Mena House, Bed & Breakfast
Full day sightseeing of Memphis, Saqqara and GizaAt the site of Memphis, visit the ancient capital that was a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. See the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis, the colossal statue of Ramses II and an exquisitely carved Alabaster Sphinx.At Saqqara, see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. The walls of the tombs of the nobles of the past are a great example of the beauty and excellence of Ancient Egyptian art and insight into daily life in Ancient Egypt.The Great Pyramids at Giza are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – even 2,000 years ago they were one of the the world’s greatest tourist attractions. Also visit the solar boat museum and the Sphinx.
Half Day Visit to the Egyptian Museum of AntiquitiesThe museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD, including thousands of statues, jewels and artefacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt. Admire the amazing treasures of the young king, Tutenkhamun, including his famous mask made out of solid gold and in a perfect state of preservation. There are 12 rooms filled with treasures from King Tutenkhamun’s tomb, which was discovered in 1922 virtually untouched.
Islamic Cairo tourVisit Islamic Cairo, the graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums.
Fly Cairo to Luxor
LuxorEmbark the Oberoi Zahra, settle in and enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon visit the impressive Temples at Karnak and the Luxor museum. Dinner back on board and overnight in Luxor.Located on the east bank of the Nile, Luxor is gateway to the 'world's largest open air museum'. The Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Hatshepsut Temple and the Karnak Temple are all within easy reach. So too are the feluccas and cruise boats that sail the Nile - back and forth from Aswan offering a relaxed way to explore Egypt's fascinating history.
You will be staying at The Oberoi Zahra, Full board
QenaBreakfast, then transfer to the West Bank, to explore the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings with its royal tombs, King Tut's tomb and Ramses "the Six". This is followed by a visit to the temple of Madinat Habu and on the way back to the cruise boat stop at the Colossus of Memnon. You will then sail to Qena, before having lunch on board. Time to relax before visiting the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, the Goddess of Music, Love and Joy. Dinner and overnight in Qena.
LuxorEarly morning sailing to Luxor. After breakfast visit the West Bank to see the Tombs of the Nobles and Dier El Madina, the site of a very special workman’s village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Lastly, visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt. Lunch followed by time at leisure. This afternoon visit the graceful Luxor Temple. Before dinner this evening there will be a cocktail reception with live music at the club lounge. Overnight in Luxor.
EdfuBreakfast on board before a leisurely sailing to Edfu. Early this evening visit the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to Horus the Falcon God. Considered the best preserved temple of the Ancient world, it is also the second largest after Karnak. Dinner on board and overnight in Edfu.
AswanEarly morning sail to Aswan before breakfast. This afternoon visit the High Dam and Philae temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.
AswanSail to Kom Ombo temple before breakfast. One side of the temple is dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World. The other side is dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris, also known as Horus, the Elder. Return to the boat and sail to Aswan. This afternoon visit the Botanical Gardens by Felucca, located on Kitchener's Island. Before dinner this evening there will be a sound and light show. Overnight in Aswan.
AswanBreakfast on board followed by an optional visit to Abu Simbel, the famous temple of Ramses II and his favourite wife Nefertari. Return back to the cruise boat where the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the souks of Aswan. This evening there will be a farewell cocktail reception with entertainment. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.
AswanOne last breakfast on board before disembarking.Aswan is gateway to the desert, Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel. As far south as it is possible to go before encroaching on the desert or Sudan, Aswan enjoys a slow pace of life and is home to many Nubians. Sights and activities abound and cruises on Lake Nasser to visit the monuments relocated on its shores are highly recommended.
You will be staying at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Bed & Breakfast
Spend the day at leisure
Fly Aswan to Cairo
Fly Cairo to London
Phone: +44(0) 1285 651 010
Phone: +44 (0) 1285 651 010
+44(0) 1285 651 010
+44 (0) 1285 651 010
Tailor-Made Holiday Ideas
Highlights of Egypt including a Nile Cruise
10 days from £1,895pp
View Holiday Idea
Egypt - Alexandria & the Western Desert
11 days from £2,595pp
Egypt - Nile and Nasser Cruising
14 days from £2,195pp
Can’t find what you’re looking for?
Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom