9-day culture trip Cairo, Alexandria & Nile Cruise
Egypt at your fingertips
Egypt has stunning landscapes to impress even the most experienced traveler, which will take your breath away. Egypt is famous for its phenomenal history: ancient pyramids and temples that dot the Nile are nowhere in the world like Egypt. From the great pyramids to the stunning Red Sea coast - there are countless historical and cultural sights to visit. But have you considered choosing
Egypt for your next vacation? Here is the best adventure travel, culture trip & journey to enjoy in Egypt.
The most pleasant and fascinating way to experience Egypt is on board of Nile cruise, which sails down the Nile in a pleasant and peaceful mood. From the Cruise Ship you can observe the stunningly beautiful land and a scenery that takes place on land just a few meters away.
On the Cruise Ship we will make stops at the main sightseeing along the river and in that way also get an insight into the life and daily life of the local Egyptians. On this Nile cruise you will experience a large part of the fantastic Egyptian history together with our professional guide & Egyptologist, who will accompany you on the entire Nile cruise. you will get the most out of experiencing Egyptian history.
Cairo, Alexandria & Nile Cruise Program in details
Arrive to Cairo airport, meet and assist, the Egyptian museum and lunch
We will start our amazing round trip in the wonderful land Egypt by visiting Cairo Museum which is considered the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. The museum displays an extensive collection spanning from the Predynastic Period to the Greco-Roman.
Among the museum’s unique collection are the burial treasure of Yuya and Thuya from the valley of the kings, the treasures of Tanis, the Narmer Palette, which is showing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first Pharao of the first royal family and dynasty.
The Egyptian Museum also houses the splendid statues of the great kings Cheops, Chephren, and Menkaure, the builders of the Giza three pyramids. An extensive collection of papyri, sarcophagi and jewelry, among other objects, completes this uniquely expansive museum.
check in the hotel at the pyramids area.
At night oriental dinner and sound and light show at pyramids
Day 1: Arrival - The Egyptian Museum & Lunch
Day 2: Full day Memphis, Saqqara, Giza pyramids & The Sphinx and lunch
The Giza Plateau, which house the three largest and most famous pyramids in the country and the world, were built for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Memphis, once was the capital of the country.
Sakkara Cemetery, which is one of the most important connections we have to the history of ancient Egypt, where you can see, among other things, the pyramid Djoser: the oldest of Egypt's large and most famous pyramids.
Our guide and Egyptologist will take you almost 5,000 years back to the land of the pharaohs. (Entry to Cheops pyramid and a Camel ride up to your choice).
At night Cairo by night and dinner cruise on the Nile River
Day 3: Full day Alexandria and lunch
Driving to Alexandria early morning by bus, visiting The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which is built on a magnificent site alongside Alexandria's ancient harbor in the historic center of the city.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is major library and cultural center on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.
After our stop at the new library, we will drive to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, which is a historical archaeological site.
This extensive complex of impressively decorated tombs dates from the Roman Era around the 2nd century AD; however, the complex was significantly expanded and it was used though the 4th century AD. It contains a large number of graves, including a mass grave of animal and human remains.
Then we will have lunch at one of the most famous seafood restaurants in whole the country, where you are seated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
After lunch we will end our day with visiting Sultan Qaitbay fort, which was built in 1477 AD.
It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Day 4: Traveling to Luxor
Check out and the citadel on the way to the airport
East Bank - Karnak Temple - Luxor Temple
After arrival to Luxor, we will check in on board on the Nile cruise ship. After lunch, we first visit the most famous and unique Karnak Temple, which is definitely one of the most extraordinary temples in the world, as it is still in an incredibly good condition, even though it has stood for thousands of years - so with a little imagination, you will easily find yourself back in the past, when the temple stood in all its glory.
You will have some time to stroll around where you can visit the entrance area and get an impression of how the huge pylons were built. Walk down the Sphinx Avenue, where on both sides there are rows of chrysanthemums (sphinx with ram's head), experience the hypostyle hall with its more than 100 large but well-preserved columns, admire the hieroglyphs and paintings, visit the sacred lake, and take a look at the different chapels, temples and statues.
And if you feel like it, you can find the sacred scarab close to the lake.
Next, we will take a short horse- carriage ride through the city, looking at modern Luxor with its fine houses and shops, and the old quarters and their narrow streets and market.
We end the horse- carriage ride at the sacred Luxor Temple, where you will not only experience pharaonic ruins - also Alexander the Great, the Romans and the early Christians left their mark on this place and expanded, altered and modified the ancient buildings according to their needs, or erected new buildings. You also do not want to avoid the Muslim touch - a mosque stands in Ramses II's courtyard.
Day 5: Luxor west bank - Hot air balloon ride - Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut's Temple of Death - Memnon Colossi
It is possible to try a hot air balloon ride in the morning, on the west bank, where you can fly with the birds while watching the new day rise up below.
Early in the morning we drive to the west bank of Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings where the pharaohs were buried from the 18th dynasty until the 20th dynasty, after leaving the Memphis area. Here you can access the tombs and experience the colorful paintings and stories written with hieroglyphs, on the walls.
Then we drive to Queen Hatshepsut's Temple of Death. She was one of the most fascinating rulers of ancient Egypt, a female pharaoh who proved her ability to rule successfully over an empire, and finally she also created an architecturally extraordinary temple of death for herself, with three terraces separated by colonnades, a hypostyle hall and many statues, paintings and reliefs. Here you can see reliefs from the transport of the obelisks to Karnak, as well as the birth of Queen Hatshepsut. Reliefs on the south side of the middle terrace show the Queen's expedition to the land of Punt, which was known for their incense.
Before driving back to our ship, we stop at the 3400-year-old Memnon Colossi, the huge statues of Amenhotep III that once stood guard in front of his now non-existent valley temple, which was once larger than the Karnak
Day 6: Kom Ombo – Edfu Temples
Edfu Temple - Kom Ombo Temple
After breakfast on board, we drive by horse-drawn carriage to Egypt's most well-preserved temple, the Temple of Horus in Edfu. It is the most intact Pharaonic temple in Egypt. The tower-like pillar of the temple was erected by Ptolemy IX and here you can see a few beautiful statues of the falcon god Horus. Experience the beautiful sacrificial hall here, and enjoy the sight of the many beautiful and elaborate reliefs on the walls. When we have finished the temple, we drive back to our cruise ship, and continue our sailing trip towards Kom Ombo.
In the afternoon we anchor in Kom Ombo, and together we go in and visit Egypt's only double temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. The architectural masterpiece features double, perfectly symmetrical elements with twin entrances, courtyards, columns and shrines that are probably expressions of a kind of double priesthood. The temple stands on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where the sacred crocodiles in ancient times lay and baked in the sun on the banks of the Nile, and one can therefore see a small museum with crocodile mummies.
When the trip is over, we sail on towards Aswan while enjoying our last dinner on board.
Day 7: Aswan High Dam - The Unfinished Obelisk - Philae Temple - Nubian Village (Extra trip)
Then we have reached Aswan, and after breakfast we visit the great Aswan Dam, one of the largest feats in architecture and engineering in the 20th century. From the dam there is a magnificent view of Lake Nasser, which is the world's largest man-made lake.
The huge water reservoir that has formed behind the dam extends 550 km south and all the way into neighboring Sudan. The whole area was formerly home to well over 40,000 people from Nubia and Sudan who were relocated in connection with the dam construction.
Then we drive to the small port, from where we will sail out on Lake Nasser and visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the important Egyptian goddess Isis.
The temple was saved from flooding in connection with the construction of the Aswan dam by UNESCO, which through an 8-year project reconstructed the temple stone by stone at its current location.
After lunch we will enjoy another boat trip on the Nile, this time in a felucca. There is also the opportunity to experience an extra boat trip between the stone hills and the islands in the Nile, to the Nubian Village, where we visit the Nubians and play with the crocodiles.
Day 8: Aswan No excursion is planned this day. Visit to the Abu Simbel Temples (optional):
After breakfast we check out from our lovely Nile Cruise boat then drive directly to Abu Simbel, where we visit the world's most impressive monument - Abu Simbel, where four giant statues of Ramses II, 22 m high, are carved out of the mountain, forming the entrance to an impressive temple.
The inner part of the temple was carved into the rock, with a length of more than 60 meters, and is beautifully decorated with columns, colorful reliefs and figures carved into the rock.
A short distance away is a small temple dedicated to his favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. Please note that here you see something unique in Egyptian art - the statues of the king and queen that adorn the facade are equally tall.
Then we drive back to Aswan and check in our hotel in Aswan
With Ramses Travel Egypt & Red Sea Packages we will discover Egypt together.
Travel back in history - from Ancient Egypt all the way to the present.
We will answer all your questions.
With us, everyone will have an unforgettable experience as well as
a fantastic round trip that
you won't want to return home from
The Price includes:
- Domestic airline tickets
- Accommodation in 5 stars hotels & Cruise Ship.
- All meals
- All excursions and entrance tickets
- Professional tourist guide & Egyptologist.
- Egyptian visa
The Price does not include:
- International airline tickets
- Tipping for all staff
- Travel and health insurance
- Cancellation insurance
- Other not specified