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Cairo to Aswan - Example 10 Day Tour
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Explore a mutitude the world's greatest archaeological sites in Egypt. Travel with Egyptologists, stay in the finest hotels, and sit in first class when cruising the Nile aboard a luxuriously-outfitted riverboat.  Visit all of the must-see attractions, including the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Karnak Temple near Luxor, the Ramses II-built Abu Simbel, and the rarely-visited tombs of Seti I and Nefertari. As you journey through Egypt, you will arrive at the Nile's banks, and you will take a closer look at everyday life there. Egyptians are also quite diverse, with vibrant culture and vibrant optimism.
Enjoying sunset over the Nile in Luxor, EgyptThe pyramids of GizaProfile of the Great Sphinx of GizaTemple Of Kom OmboFelucca Nile cruiseAswan, EgyptEntrance of Luxor Temple, EgyptView of the Karnak temple in the eveningKarnakCleopatra River CruisesDahabya Nile River Cruise
  • Discover Egypt's pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel
  • Admire the dramatic architecture of the Temple of Dendera
  • Walk around the contemporary town of Esna
  • Sail through the longest river in the world, the Nile
  • Stay in the finest hotels and aboard a luxuriously-outfitted riverboat
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, a representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Modern, air-conditioned coaches will take you to your hotel in Cairo, and your representative will ensure a smooth hotel check-in. 

Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast, visit ancient Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt. Continue your tour, drive to the area of Saqqara and see the oldest step pyramid and some of the ancient tombs in the area. After leisure, have your lunch in a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that countless writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza. During the tour, have a chance to climb inside one of the pyramids, visit the sphinx, and enjoy a camel ride.

Day 3: Cairo | Fly to Luxor

After an early breakfast, visit the Citadel of Salah El Dein, the 19th-century mosque of Mohamed Ali, and the local market of Khan El Khalili. 
Afterward, drive to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The museum has a remarkable collection of antiquities, including the treasures of the child pharaoh, Tutankhamon.

Transfer to the airport for a one-hour domestic flight to Luxor in the afternoon. Upon arrival at the airport in Luxor, a private transfer drives you to your hotel along the river. In the evening, explore Luxor on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. There is also the chance to join an optional tour in the Karnak Sound & Light show.

Day 4: Luxor

After breakfast, visit some of the sites of Luxor on the west bank. The King's Valley, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and Noble's tombs display daily life activities from thousands of years ago. A whole morning of cycling might be used to complete this sightseeing tour.

Take a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant and drive back to the hotel for an afternoon break.

An early evening tour of Luxor Temple, located in the heart of Luxor. The temple is full of good, intense, fun, and exciting things in the evening, which gives a great perspective on ancient Egyptian art. This evening guided tour will bring out highlights you do not see well in sunlight. After this tour, walk with your guide to a nearby cafe for a taste of the local cafe culture.

Day 5: Esna | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and visit Karnak Temple, the most magnificent temple ever built in Egypt. Drive to Esna and embark on Dahabya for a luxurious stay. Enjoy your lunch on board while sailing. 

In the afternoon, a walking tour through one of the villages. This afternoon stroll will introduce you to village life in modern Egypt's rural society and learn about the local customs they follow. Take your dinner and overnight on board your cruise. 

Day 6: Edfu

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A leisurely morning while sailing and having breakfast and lunch on board. This morning, sailing the river would seem like being in a time machine. The scenery had not changed for millennia. There hasn't been much development in this area of the river, and the landscape appears to have not changed much over the years.

Visit Edfu temple in the afternoon. It is one of the best-preserved monuments in Egypt and a highly significant part of an annual pilgrimage and festival celebrating the sacred marriage of the gods Hathor and Horus. An overnight docking on a Nile island for quietness and serenity away from all the cruise traffic.

Day 7: Silsila | Faris

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, take a chance to walk through another village and visit a traditional local farmer's mud house. Discover the joy of eating breakfast in the home of a farmer's family.

Continue sailing towards Silsila quarries after the village visit. Visit Hormheb's temple at Silsila and hike to the hilltop for a stunning view of the sunset. Visit the town of Faris in the afternoon, where you will walk through fields and visit local artisans. Enjoy your dinner and spend the night on board in Faris.

Day 8: Kom Ombo | Aswan

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Ptolemaic era, dedicated to two gods—hawk-headed Haroeris and crocodile-headed Sobek, and the Nile Crocodile museum, annexed to the temple. Back on board and sailing towards Daraw. Visit the market of Daraw for another walking or camel-riding adventure. This market is Egypt’s main domestic animal trading center, where you will see livestock traded.

Stand on deck as you approach Aswan, a glorious location on the Nile, backed by hills, with granite rocks protruding from the riverbed and sailboats (called feluccas) plying the water. 

Day 9: Aswan | Dismbark

After breakfast, disembark and head to Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the High Dam. After a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant, drive to Aswan, where you will spend the night.

Note: For an optional private tour of the temples of Abu Simbel, please arrange it in advance. 

Day 10: Fly to Cairo | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport in Aswan and fly to Cairo for your flight back to your home.


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  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Entrance Fee to Places of Visit and Monuments.
  • All transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicles
  • Guided tours with a Professional Egyptologist
  • 14% VAT Tax
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International Flights
  • Entry visa to Egypt : $25 per person
  • Domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor - Aswan to Cairo $220 per person subject to change according to availability


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