12-Day Travel Package Cairo, Nile Cruise & Red Sea
In Egypt, 2/3 of the world's monuments and sights are found. But there are also many other wonderful things and attractions in the country. It is, among other things, there is the Red Sea, with its 5-7000 year old colorful coral reefs and fish in all colors. Dolphins, manatees and turtles - in short. A paradise below sea level for snorkelers and divers.
If you want to combine your beach holiday in Hurghada with a little cultural travel as well as Nile Cruise, then join us on this trip. You will Visit the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo then you will fly from there to Aswan, enjoying unforgettable Sailing trip on the holy Nile River on a fancy Nile Cruise Ship.
From the ship you will watch the stunningly beautiful land and a scenery that takes place on land just a few meters away.
From Luxor, we will drive to Hurghada, where it is possible to purchase various excursions, to experience snorkeling or diving in the Red Sea, and reveal its secrets. Or take on a Jeep Desert Safari to the Bedouins.
12-day trip Cairo, Nile Cruise & Hurghada in details
Day 1: Arrival at Cairo & Dinner Cruise
Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you through the necessary procedure. Then we will start our round trip. We will drive to the hotel where you will be accommodated. Then we will enjoy Sailing Cruise Ship for a 2-hour trip, as you will discover the beauty of the capital city by night.
Enjoying a wonderful view of Cairo illuminated by the glaring city lights as you taste a special open buffet dinner. Enjoy a belly dance show, Arabic songs and music, along with a tanoura show while delighting in your endless meal.
This amazing Arabian night experience ends with
a drop-off at your hotel.
Day 2: Giza Pyramids - Saqqara - Memphis
After breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive
to the Giza Plateau, where one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Pyramid of Cheops) stands, and we will also greet
the Sphinx. After the pyramids we have lunch (Egyptian food), at a very nice restaurant by the Pyramids, before we drive to Saqqara.
We first drive to Saqqara, which was once used as the
royal necropolis for the ancient capital of Memphis.
Sakkara houses countless royal pyramids, including Djoser's world-famous step pyramid, built more than 4,600 years ago. Then we drive to Memphis, where you can experience the ruins of the ancient city as well as the large colossal
statue of Ramses II. Then the trip goes back to the hotel, where the rest of the day is at your disposal.
Lunch will be taken at the hotel.
Day 3: Egyptian Museum - Salah El Din Citadel - Coptic Cairo - Khan El Khalili Bazaar
After breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive you to the Egyptian Museum. The museum houses the world's oldest heritage, with 122,000 treasures, including Tutankhamun's grave equipment and his gold mask.
Afterwards, we visit Salah El Din Citadel, where we will also see the Alabaster Mosque.
After lunch at a fine restaurant in the city, we drive to the Coptic Cairo.
Where we will visit the oldest church in Egypt where, Jesus and virgin Marry stayed a while during their short visit in Egypt.
And Ben Ezra Synagogue which is located in the neighborhood.
Then we drive to the old town where 1001 Night's Adventures originate and we will sense the atmosphere as we take a walk through the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
Flying to Aswan in the Evening - Overnight in Aswan
Day 4: Aswan High Dam - The Unfinished Obelisk - Philae Temple - Nubian Village (Extra trip)
Now we reach the beautiful city of Aswan, where we will visit the great Aswan High Dam, one of the largest feats of 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 5: Kom Ombo – Edfu Temples
Early in the morning we will sail towards Kom Ombo.
In the morning after breakfast, we embark 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 we have finished the temple, we drive back to our cruise ship, and continue our sailing trip towards Edfu.
After lunch, in the afternoon 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 Luxor.
Day 6: 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
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 Temple.
Day 6: Luxor east bank - Karnak - Luxor Temples
After lunch, we will visit first the famous Karnak Complex,
a large open-air museum that was built over a period of more
than a thousand years. Experience the amazing hypostyle hall with the giant pillars and large obelisks erected by
Thutmose I and Queen Hatshepsut.
Next, we visit the Luxor Temple, which was built under
Amenhotep III and was dedicated to the gods Amun,
his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Here you can also experience an old church and a mosque built
on top of the temple.
After the visit, we take a short horse-drawn 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.
Day 7: Departure & Bus trip to Hurghada
From Day 7 till Day 12
No excursions are planned these days.
It is possible to buy various excursions - Sea trips, including Snorkeling & diving
or to explore the eastern
desert with its
visiting the Bedouins
All Inclusive food & beverages
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
Hurghada is the pearl of the Red Sea
It was founded in the early 20th century as a small fishing village. Today, however, it has become the leading tourist destination on the Red Sea coast and an international center for water sports, such as windsurfing and sailing to deep sea fishing and swimming, but above all snorkeling and diving
There are 24 islands near Hurghada that offer all kinds of fun and excitement.
Take a day trip to Giftun Island to snorkel, diving and fishing for a barbecue, or see the Red Sea from a submarine!
When you are not at the sea you can shop, relax in the luxury resort towns or safari to explore the Red Sea mountains on camelback or in jeep.
Hurghada offers golden desert mountains, a sparkling blue sea with colorful fish and corals as well as hotels as large as small villages, with everything the heart can desire in comfort.