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Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

1. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street. After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day as per your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis. You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

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Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

2. Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

Get picked up from your hotel at 8 AM, then begin your excursion with a visit to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Then, proceed to the Great Sphinx which dates back to the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren. Next, continue on to visit the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art and is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Admire over 250,000 genuine artifacts, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen's collection of treasure, gold, and jewelry. Read about how these marvels were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s. After this, get transferred back to your hotel at around 4 PM to rest for a while, take a shower, and get ready for the night ahead. At 6 PM, get picked up from your hotel and head to the pier to begin your 2-hour Nile cruise. Enjoy a night on the Nile as you take in the sights of Cairo. Savor a delicious dinner on board as you watch a belly dancing and a folkloric show. Be delighted by the Chef's menu along with a selection of Egyptian favorites, all made with fresh ingredients. At the end of this memorable dining experience, get transferred back at around 10:30 PM where your tour ends.

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Luxor: Half Day Motor Boat Ride with Banana Island Visit

3. Luxor: Half Day Motor Boat Ride with Banana Island Visit

Your local tour leader will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Nile side of Luxor, where your boat is waiting for your journey. Sailing down the peaceful waters of the majestic Nile River, see the imposing Luxor Temple on the East Bank and the pink hills of the West Bank go by, an inspiring and incredibly relaxing experience you’ll never forget.  Experience the peace and tranquility of the Nile water that has been the lifeblood of Egypt since the times of the pharaohs. Enjoy a drink during your boat ride. The boat will sail north of Luxor to an island covered with banana plantations. The boat will sail to the Banana Island, an island covered with banana plantations. Have a relaxing time enjoying the beautiful scenery on a short exploratory tour.  Enjoy a refreshing cup of traditional Egyptian tea and some of the sweetest, most delicious bananas you have ever tasted. Continue sailing and watch the sun set slowly over the Luxor West Bank, take in the scenes around you as you sail along the Nile.

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Old Cairo Half Day Tour And Nile Dinner Cruise

4. Old Cairo Half Day Tour And Nile Dinner Cruise

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza to visit both Coptic and Islamic parts of old Cairo. First, you will go to the Sultan Hassan Mosque, which is one of the largest and most important medieval mosques in the world. Next, you will explore Coptic Cairo, visiting the Babylon fortress and the St. Sergios Church dating back to the 4th century, where the holy family took refuge. Saving the best for last, your tour will end with a 3-hour Nile cruise with dinner. An evening cruise on one of the Nile boats is a wonderful opportunity to spend and look at Cairo's skyline at night. During the evening, you will find both local and international cuisine options at an open buffet. In addition, you will watch a belly dance show, listen to Arabic songs and music, along with a Tanoura show while indulging in your delicious meal. Spend an evening in the open air, enjoy the good food, the unique entertainment and the magnificent views of the banks of the Nile.

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Cairo: Pyramid Tour, Boat Ride and Lunch at Cafelucca

5. Cairo: Pyramid Tour, Boat Ride and Lunch at Cafelucca

Depending on the time slot you’ve selected (8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, or 11 AM), you will be picked up from your hotel at the arranged time. Find your seats aboard a modern vehicle and sit back as you start your adventure to the three Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Visit the Valley Temple where priests mummified the dead body of King Chephren. From there, get a close look at the majestic Sphinx. Benefit from the opportunity to take pictures with the legendary guardian standing by the huge funeral complex with its lion body and the head of King Chephren. Your guide can assist you with the posing to ensure you’ll get the best experience. Then it’s time to transfer back to Cairo city center for your Nile sailing cruise. Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour lunch cruise on a traditional felucca boat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the lunch cruises, guests are served a selection of meat samosas, meat and vegetable tagine, tahini, salads, grilled chicken, kofta, and more, as well as a sweet dessert and soft drinks. After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Cario: Baron Empain Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

6. Cario: Baron Empain Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Skip the ticket lines and explore the iconic Baron Empain Palace without having to wait. Choose the option including a guided tour, and discover this monument with an experienced guide. Enjoy fast access to one of the city’s must-see attractions, located in the heart of the Heliopolis neighborhood. Wander through the beautiful palace and relax in the gardens. Admire the architecture inspired by Hindu temples. Benefit from the services of a professional photographer to record your trip, available as an add-on.

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Luxor: West Bank Private Tour and Felucca Ride

7. Luxor: West Bank Private Tour and Felucca Ride

Start your day with pickup from your hotel or cruise ship. Hop in an air-conditioned car with your guide and visit the west bank of Luxor. Your guide will tell you the history of Egyptian civilization, as you make your way to the Valley of the Kings. This site was built for the tombs of the pharaohs and nobles of the state and was known as the Great Royal Funerary City. Visit the tomb of Queen Nefertari, the largest and most prominent cemetery in the Valley of the Queens. Then, see the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a memorial temple in Deir el-Bahari. Next, visit the city of Habu, which shows the greatness of ancient Pharaonic architecture. Enjoy a short break for lunch in a local restaurant before visiting the Ramsium Temple. The temple includes huge statues of Ramses II, as well as inscriptions and decorations. See the great statue of Memnon, which is all that remains of a temple in memory of the Pharaohs. At the end of your tour, take a beautiful felucca tour on the Nile, while enjoying some tea. After, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel or cruise ship.

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From Cairo: Tanis, Bubastis, and Suez Canal Day Trip

8. From Cairo: Tanis, Bubastis, and Suez Canal Day Trip

Discover the history of Egypt on this private day trip to Tanis and Bubastis. Combine the old with the new as you eat lunch at the modern Suez Canal shipping lane.  Meet your Egyptologist tour guide in the morning and relax on the scenic drive to Tanis in an air-conditioned minivan with free Wi-Fi. Uncover the secrets of Tanis which was the biblical site of Zoan in the ancient land of Goshen where Moses was found in the Nile marshes. Explore the capital of the capital of the 21st and 22nd dynasties, during the reign of the Tanite kings of Egypt's. Admire the ancient ruins of the temple of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. Drive to Bubastis which is also known as Per-Bast as it is the religious center for the feline goddess Bast. Have some time to see the temples for King Teti and Pepi the first. Finally, drive to Ismalia to have a delectable local lunch on the banks of the Suez Canal. Return to your accommodation in Cairo.

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What people are saying about The Nile

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Superb experience! Or how to discover the essentials of Cairo in two days ... Jasmin, French-speaking, was an excellent guide to make us discover on a 1st day the Egypt of the Pharaohs: Memphis, Saqqara, the Valley of the Kings, Keops ... all this with a high level of historical knowledge, great precision, attention. The 2nd day we dedicated it to Cairo with the Citadel of Salaheddine, the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, obviously the Egyptian Museum to finish by the souks. If between the two you add a dinner cruise on the Nile, which also offers a quality show, you will have very quickly covered all that this city and its region can offer. Another special mention to our very professional guide Jasmin and to Karim, a punctual, careful, attentive and pleasant driver.

Ahmed was the perfect host during our dinner on the Nile cruise ! He picked us up early because we asked if we could possibly stop somewhere before dinner. He was able to take us to that place then still made it on time for the dinner. He was so kind and gracious. He waited with us while we ate our dinner, helped us take pictures and just made sure we had an overall good time. This was the best experience ever !

We had a very nice and educational day, the guide was very nice and gave us a lot of his knowledge about the history of Egypt without overwhelming us, the driver was very professional and safely brought us to all the excursion destinations all day; especially Lunch was good and varied. In the evening we enjoyed the boat trip with dinner; the guide was also nice and helpful.

the wonderful experience I had during 3 days spent with the guide Mohammed. we felt safe all the time and not evenfor a moment I did'nt fel like doing this as a debit but as a passion. I warmly recommended this trip. I visited more goals than presented. Thousands of thanks.

Very good alternative. I had a spectacular guide, who enriched me with many interesting facts about ancient Cairo; and he accompanied me on the cruise on the Nile, making a very entertaining tour with a fairly pleasant meal.