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Summary

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A 10-day tailor-made holiday combining Cairo and the Red Sea with a luxury Nile river cruise

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Cairo
  • 1 Night Aswan
  • 1 Night Nile
  • 1 Night Luxor
  • 3 Nights Hurghada

About

Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | River cruise

As a prelude, however, this 10-day luxury journey begins in Cairo, where you'll enjoy private tours of the ancient capital, Memphis, the earliest of the pyramids, the Step Pyramid, the Egyptian Museum and of course the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza. Then fly to Aswan and board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, one of the most luxurious ships on the Nile, for a three-night cruise to Luxor, calling at the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu. Finally, visit the Luxor and Karnak temples and the treasures of the West Bank, including the tomb of Tutankhamen, before driving to Hurghada for three nights relaxing on the Red Sea coast.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Cairo

Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel, the superb Fairmont Nile City Hotel, located on the banks of the Nile River with sweeping views of Cairo and the Pyramids in the distance. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.

Stay: Fairmont Nile City Hotel

Day 2
Cairo

Today's touring will take you to some of Cairo's most important historical sites, beginning at Memphis, the legendary city of King Memes, the first king of unified Egypt, which dates back to 3,100 BC. Next, your tour takes you across the Great Court of the Pyramid Complex in Sakkara to the Step Pyramid, the oldest of Egypt's 107 pyramids. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before spending an exhilarating afternoon exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which date back 4,500 years and were used as giant tombs for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.

Stay: Fairmont Nile City Hotel

Meals: B L

Day 3
Cairo

Your last day in Cairo begins with a visit to the Egyptian Museum where you'll soak up 7,000 years of history and see first hand the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. See the treasures of Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, solid gold sarcophagus and beautiful throne, before heading to lunch at Al Azhar Park in the heart of Islamic Cairo.

This afternoon you'll head to the Citadel, a vast medieval fortress, built by Salah El Din in 1176 on the limestone hills above the city. Next you'll visit the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, famed for its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration. Completed in 1363, its one if the finest mosques in Egypt. Your day ends with a tour of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Here, among the labyrinth of narrow lanes you'll find workshops and stalls selling all manner of handicrafts, including woodwork, glassware and leather goods, as well as perfumes, fabrics and other curiosities.

Stay: Fairmont Nile City Hotel

Meals: B L

Day 4
Aswan and Nile Cruise

Transfer this morning to Cairo International Airport where you'll board a flight to Aswan, followed by an optional excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II, Egypt's longest ruling pharaoh. At noon, you'll board the luxury Nile Cruise ship, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, an intimate river yacht moored in a private dock in Aswan. Enjoy lunch on board as you begin your journey along the Nile, followed by a visit to the Granite Quarries, which produced the majority of the hard stone used in the Egypt's famous pyramids and temples and still hold a giant, unfinished obelisk.

Tonight there's a cocktail reception with the ship's manager, who'll introduce you to the staff and onboard facilities. Spend a relaxing evening chatting to fellow guests and enjoying complimentary Egyptian wine and beer, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Stay: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Nile Cruise

This morning, after breakfast on board, you'll visit Philae Temple on the island of Agilika in Lake Nasser. Later, you'll have the chance to join an Egyptian cooking lesson on board while you cruise to Kom Ombo. After lunch, you'll arrive at the temple, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Enjoy a tour of the temple, where sacred crocodiles used to bask in ancient times, before rejoining the Sanctuary Sun and continuing to Edfu. Afternoon tea will be served on board before arrival at Edfu and the Temple of Horus, the largest and best-preserved pharaonic temple in Egypt.

Tonight you'll enjoy an Egyptian costume part on board, with the chance to dress up in traditional "galabeyas" and tuck in to a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by music and dancing.

Stay: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Luxor

Following a sumptuous buffet breakfast on board, you'll arrive in Luxor, where you'll disembark for a tour of the city, beginning with a Temple of Luxor on the city's East Bank. Next, you'll head to the Temple of Karnak, built over a period of more than a thousand years by generations of pharaohs. After lunch on board, you'll visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rock and filled with treasures for the afterlife. You'll also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the nearby Valley of the Queens.

Later, you'll head to Hatshepsut Temple, which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, merging with the soaring limestone cliffs that surround it. This extraordinary temple was built for Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's only female pharaoh. Return to the ship for afternoon tea, stopping along the way at the Colossi of Memnon. Tonight you'll enjoy a farewell gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving beautifully prepared gourmet cuisine. After dinner you'll be treated to a performance by a belly dancer and a whirling dervish show, a fitting end to an unforgettable cruise.

Stay: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Meals: B L D

Days 7-9
Hurghada

After breakfast, you'll leave the ship and transfer around four hours by road to Hurghada. Check into your hotel - the superb Sheraton Soma Bay - and spend the final few days of your holiday relaxing, soaking up the sun and swimming, diving and snorkelling in the warm, clear waters of the Red Sea.

Stay: Sheraton Soma Bay

Meals: B

Day 10
Departure

Transfer to the airport in Hurghada in time for your fight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,480 incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £2,480 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,870 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Return scheduled flights
  • Accommodation in hotels for 4 nights
  • 3-night Nile cruise
  • Private transfers
  • Touring and meals as per itinerary
  • Complimentary use of a VIP airport lounge in the UK (subject to departure airport and terminal)

Please note: supplements apply for travel over Easter, Christmas and New Year

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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