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Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

1. Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 11:00AM from any location in Luxor. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Aswan Following breakfast on the morning of your final day, your tour will conclude in Aswan.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

2. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

Day 1: Luxor After getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see sights such as the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Later, head back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading out to explore the city of Luxor and its old market. Day 2: Luxor Rise 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 whilst on-board. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo Arrive 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: Aswan Today, cruise 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 to discover the city and its ancient market. Day 5: Abu Simbel Arrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this temple complex, one of the most important in the world. Day 6: Aswan Today, begin the journey back to Luxor, visiting Nubian islands and villages that you will pass whilst cruising. Day 7: Cruising Spend the day at your leisure onboard the boat, cruising back to Luxor. Day 8: Luxor After 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.

Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

3. Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 You will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Cairo train station, where you will board an overnight train to Luxor.  Day 2 Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a 4-star hotel to have some rest until the hot air balloon time. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs.  Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch.  You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat.  Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus.  You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time.  Day 4 In the early morning you’ll head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to check out and take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan station to travel back to Cairo by train.

Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

4. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

5. Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

Day 1: Start with pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Aswan. First, visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Then proceed to the amazing High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 to protect the surrounding regions from the annual Nile floods. Next, make your way to check-in for the cruise and set sail at approximately 2:00 PM. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise and arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo in time for sunset. This beautiful temple was built to worship the gods Sobek and Horus. Continue sailing till Edfu where the cruise will stop for an overnight stay. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for breakfast before enjoying a horse and carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This ancient temple houses important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which tells of the conflict between Horus and Seth. Return to the cruise ship for afternoon tea while sailing towards Luxor. Pass through Esna lock along the way before arriving in Luxor at 7:00 PM. Day 3: On the third day venture to the Valley of the Kings just outside the city of Luxor. Explore the site with your guide and wander through the Royal Tombs. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. Queen Hatsheput was the first Pharaonic woman to rule Egypt. Next, see the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, which was dedicated to the God Amun and his wife, Mut. Walk through the giant pillars of the famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Karnak Temple also features the oldest peace treaty known to historians, which was signed by the Hittites and the Egyptians. The Egyptian version of the treaty was preserved on a wall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Next, see the majestic Luxor Temple and the Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon. You will then be transferred to the airport or railway station for your final departure.

From Luxor: 2-Day Private Trip to Edfu, Aswan and Abu Simbel

6. From Luxor: 2-Day Private Trip to Edfu, Aswan and Abu Simbel

• Day One Following prompt pickup from your hotel in Luxor, head off with a licensed tour guide for a two-day trip to Kom Ombo, Edfu, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. Enjoy the drive towards the historic Temple of Horus in Edfu, listening to Egyptian history and ancient mythology on the way. Upon arrival at the Temple of Horus, explore the sandstone structures which depict Horus, also known as the God of Protection.  Next, head towards the Temple of Kom Ombo, built in honor of the deities at the eastern part of the River Nile. Learn about the structure of this temple and how it was built in tribute to Horus and Sobek, two of the great deities of their time. After sightseeing, you will have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Aswan and then enjoy a splendid shopping experience, after which you will be dropped off at your hotel in Aswan (booked by you, not by the tour operator) for an overnight stay. • Day Two Get picked up from your hotel in Aswan and journey through the Temple Complex of Abu Simbel. Admire the massive rock temples upon arrival. After the temple visit, proceed to Aswan to enjoy a delectable lunch. Once you have had your lunch, move on to visit the Aswan High Dam. Later, head towards the Philae Temple, located near the Aswan Low Dam. You will be dropped off at your hotel/railway station/airport in Aswan at the conclusion of your two-day tour. Alternatively, opt for a transfer back to Luxor.

From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

7. From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada on the first day and transfer in a private air-conditioned car to Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the great Karnak Temple with your professional guide, then drive over to the beautiful Luxor Temple. After your Luxor tour, check in to the cruise and get some rest. At night, discover Luxor's old market before an overnight cruise. On Day 2, be ready early in the morning for a fabulous tour of the West Bank. Get there by motorboat, then drive to the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple and take the opportunity to visit Howard Carter House, where the Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Return to the cruise and start sailing. Enjoy the views of Luxor's islands and local culture as you go, before passing Esna Lock and arriving in Edfu for the night. Early on the third day, visit Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Upon return to the boat, savor a drink on the sundeck as you cruise all the way to the town of Kom Ombo. Reach Kom Ombo around sunset and discover Kom Ombo Temple before spending the night on the boat. At around 5 AM on Day 4, it's time to visit some of the most important temples in the whole world: the Abu Simbel Temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Get some rest after your tour before exploring Aswan's old market at night. On the last day, head down the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to Philae Island Temple. Finally, visit the famous Aswan High Dam before being transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

From Luxor: Private Day Trip to Edfu and Kom Ombo

8. From Luxor: Private Day Trip to Edfu and Kom Ombo

Discover two magnificent temples — the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo — on a full-day private tour from Luxor with a licensed professional guide. Choose whether to conclude your tour in the city of Aswan, or return back to Luxor at the end of the day. Meet your driver/guide at your hotel lobby in Luxor and begin your journey to Edfu. On the way, receive your guide's full attention and be enlightened by tales of the ancient mythology of Egypt to pique your interest and enhance your understanding. Once in Edfu, enjoy an enthralling visit to the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus, the god of protection. In accordance with the mythology of Egyptian gods, explore the site where Horus sought revenge upon Seth, the god of chaos, for murdering his father, Osiris. Next, take a 1.5-hour drive to the Temple of Kom Ombo, built in devotion to the divine deities overlooking the east side of the River Nile. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great divinities: the falcon-headed Horus or Haroeris, and the crocodile-headed god of fertility, Sobek. After spending a marvelous hour walking around the temple, it will be time for a lunch break in the city of Aswan. From here, either be dropped off at your hotel in Aswan or set off on the return journey to your accommodation in Luxor, depending on the tour option you select.

From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

9. From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

After pickup from your hotel in Aswan, you’ll head to the port with your expert guide to begin your trip down the Nile. Departing in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out from your luxurious quarters, or to hang out by the pool, catching a glimpse of the Nile’s lush flora and diverse fauna with lunch. Around sunset, you’ll arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo, dating back to 180 BCE. Amble through the stately columns, learning of the complex religious significance that the building holds, paying tribute to 2 gods simultaneously. Afterwards, you’ll hop back on board for dinner, arriving in Edfu for the night where the boat will dock. After breakfast, you’ll head out to the Temple of Edfu, a shrine to the god Horus, and one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Hop on a horse and carriage ride around the grounds before heading back onto the cruise for some time to relax. Arriving in Luxor that evening, you’ll gaze at the city’s lights from the water as you settle in for dinner. After breakfast the next morning, the cruise will end in the bustling and historic city of Luxor.

From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Coptic Nile Cruise

10. From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Coptic Nile Cruise

• Day one Get picked up in the morning from the bus station, train station, or your hotel in Aswan. Begin your experience with a visit to the Monastery of St. Simeon in Aswan, one of the oldest Coptic Orthodox monasteries. The monastery appears as if carved from rock, as if it were an extension of the nature around it. Following the visit, head to the cruise ship for check-in and lunch. Then visit Aswan's Cathedral of Angel Michael, the largest Coptic cathedral outside of Cairo and an interesting work of design. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight.  • Day two Have breakfast early and head off to visit the High Dam, the Incomplete Obelisk, and Philae Temple. Return to the boat for lunch and to sail to Kom Ombo, where you will set off for a guided visit of the Church of the Martyr Margirgis St. George, one of Christianity's most famous martyrs. Next, proceed to the Church of the Virgin and Angel Michael, which once belonged to the Latin Catholics and now to the Coptic Orthodox. Explore the church and the drawings and paintings contained within. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight while completing the sail to Edfu.  • Day three Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you to the Church of the Virgin Mary in Edfu, known as the "Church of the Apparition," where Virgin Mary appeared on August 21, 1982. Head back to the boat for the rest of the day on deck while sailing to Luxor.  • Day four Wake up for breakfast and check out from the boat. Take your bags with you as you meet your guide to visit the Monastery of Saint Pachomius. Dating back to the fourth century AD, it is one of the main monasteries built by St. Anba Pachomius "father of the company." Proceed to the Monastery of the Saints, located on Mount El Tod. This monastery houses the bodies of St. Anba Beshay, St. Anba Besantaas, and Anba Source, all saints who lived in the area and sanctified the monastery with their pure prayers. After the visit, your guide will take you to a local restaurant for lunch and then your tour will conclude at around 4:00 PM with a transfer to the airport or train station in Luxor.

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4.4 / 5

based on 62 reviews

The Nile Cruise is a must-do and we could not have asked for a better overall experience! Our trip was organised by Sheba Travels and all our pick-up/transfers and excursions were co-ordinated by Taghreed. She was prompt and communicative which made for a hassle-free trip. A shout-out to our guides : Ghada at Luxor - who managed to fit in so much as we had less time due to our train arriving late, Mohammed in Kom Ombo - who was excellent and so informative, and Abu in Abu Simbel - who directed us through the temples efficiently so we weren't stuck in a queue for ages! We were disappointed by our guide in Edfu, which we communicated to Taghreed. Our on-board experience too was superb! The cabins were comfortable and we were delighted to be so close to the water! The staff on-board were helpful, the buffet meals were good. Most of all we loved spending time on the sundeck - chilling with a drink by our side, discovering the landscapes of Egypt as we cruised down the beautiful Nile! ❤️

Summary: Excellent Nile Cruise by Real professional people. My Review: I was a bit afraid at first to book this tour because of the bad reviews but everything was completely different! Since the beginning of the tour, the pick-up up was on time by the driver Mohamed. We caught the train on time and the train was on the VIP class with air conditioning. Seats in the train were comfortable not like what the other people said!! The hot air balloon in Luxor was UNFORGETTABLE and our room was AT THE TOP. Our guide in Luxor "Taghreed" she was really excellent guide with a big experience she was able to answer all my questions about the Egyptian history and this made me really pleased. Nothing to complain about. The tour from A to Z was perfectly organized. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

Cruise itself was really nice (good food, friendly staff) but tour system was so complication which was mixing with other tour group and it changed every day(even two time a day) so you need to ask your tour company what time they will take you one by one

Excellent Organized Cruise! We had a Lot of fun in Luxor and Aswan. Thanks again for the reliable services, It was unforgettable experience ❤️!

Highly recommended. The organization and communication with the agency was perfect at all times.