9. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel
Discover ancient Egypt on a 7-cruise down the Nile from Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, explore Edfu Temple, and marvel at the Temple of Isis.
Day 1: LuxorAfter getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun.
Spend the night on your ship, cruising down the Nile.
Day 2: LuxorRise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat.
Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture. Arrive at Esna in the evening.
Day 3: Edfu - Kom OmboArrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.
In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides.
Day 4: AswanCruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam, which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time if you want to discover the city and its ancient market by yourself.
Day 5: Abu SimbelArrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this historic temple complex.
Day 6: AswanBegin the sailing journey back to Luxor. As you sail, take stunning photos of the Nubian islands and villages that you pass.
Day 7: CruisingSpend the day relaxing on the ship as you sail down the Nile. Sleep overnight on the boat.
Day 8: LuxorAfter breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.