River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 ARRIVE IN CAIRO.
Welcome to Cairo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 CAIRO.
Guided sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts at the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM. See Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures, an exciting first encounter with the splendor of three millennia of Egyptian civilization. Next, depart for GIZA. Take a close-up look at the enigmatic SPHINX and the daunting Great Pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. (B)
Day 3 CAIRO–LUXOR. EMBARKATION.
Board your flight to Luxor, where you will embark your cruise ship to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing features visits to KARNAK TEMPLE and LUXOR TEMPLE. (B,L,D)
Day 4 CRUISING: LUXOR–EDFU.
This morning, guided sightseeing focuses on the VALLEY OF KINGS & QUEENS on the West Bank of the Nile, where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendor in crypts cut into the cliffs. Sixty-two royal tombs have been uncovered so far, of which only the tomb of Tutankhamun was nearly inviolated when discovered in 1922. Visit DEIR EL-BAHRI, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple, before returning to your ship where a Captain’s welcome cocktail party awaits you. Sail to Edfu. (B,L,D)
Day 5 CRUISING: EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN.
In Edfu, visit the TEMPLE OF HORUS with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Built in the time of Cleopatra about 2,000 years ago, it is recent by Egyptian standards and beautifully preserved. Have lunch on board and continue your leisurely cruise down Egypt’s river of destiny. Dock at Kom Ombo for a short walk to visit its bluff-top TEMPLE dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods. You can haggle for bargains in the local market. This evening, enjoy a Galabeya party on board. (B,L,D)
Day 6 CRUISING: ASWAN.
Marvel at the gigantic Aswan HIGH DAM, completed in 1970. Next, stop at the ancient GRANITE QUARRIES to see the famous unfinished obelisk and visit the PHILAE TEMPLE OF ISIS, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. Highlight is [LF] a FELUCCA SAIL around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. A Nubian Folklore Show is the perfect way to celebrate your Nile Cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 7 DISEMBARKATION. ASWAN.
After disembarkation, enjoy some free time in Aswan. An optional excursion to stunning Abu Simbel is available. (B)
Day 8 ASWAN–CAIRO.
Board your flight to Cairo. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 9 CAIRO.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
CAIRO Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids in Giza
CAIRO-LUXOR By air
LUXOR Guided sightseeing, visit the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and Queens
EDFU Guided visit of Temple of Horus
KOM OMBO Guided visit of the temple
ASWAN Guided sightseeing, visit the High Dam, the unfinished obelisk, and the Philae Temple of Isis; [LF] Felucca sail around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan
ASWAN-CAIRO By air
All This Included
If you’ve dreamed of standing at the foot of the great pyramids, now is the time to escape to Egypt. Peruse the treasures of King Tutankhamun in Cairo, and answer the riddle of the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Fly to Luxor and embark on a Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the Karnak and Luxor Temples, and join in guided sightseeing at the Valley of the Kings and Queens on the Nile’s West Bank—site of noble crypts where the pharaohs rest in splendor in the cliff sides. Visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone falcon statue, built 2,000 years ago during the age of Cleopatra. You’ll see fascinating sights before your Nile River cruise is complete, including a bluff-top temple to worship crocodile and falcon gods, the unfinished obelisk of the granite quarries of Aswan, and the Temple of Isis recovered from the submerged island of Philae. Take an excursion on a Felucca sail boat for a view of Kitchener’s Island and the mausoleum of Aga Khan. Fly back to Cairo and conclude your vacation with a farewell dinner to celebrate your guided tour of Egypt.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 6 three-course dinners: welcome and farewell dinner in Cairo
Motorcoach, flight Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo, Nile cruise. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Headsets throughout the tour.
Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
Professional tour director, local hosts, and local guides
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mayfair
Cairo: Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Aswan: Moevenpick Resort Aswan
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Cairo:
in single room $202, in twin $123, in triple $123
[LF] refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the MS Mayfair.
Includes Airport Transfers and Visas.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $260. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Cario. Air prices were effective on March 13, 2019 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save, Welcome Back Credit, Second Tour discount and Small Group discount.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.