Pyramids, Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel
Egypt’s mesmerizing history will immerse you in 5000 years of narrative only in 8 days, starting with the earliest pyramids. This Egypt tour will reveal Egypt from the inside. You’ll travel from ancient Cairo to Aswan, then take a trip to the majestic Temples of Abu Simbel before board your luxurious Nile cruise, Salacia, that will take on a journey on the Nile River starting from Aswan and leaving you in Luxor, giving you the chance to explore all that’s in between.
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
- Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
- All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Domestic flight ticket Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast
- Accommodation for 1 night in Aswan including daily breakfast
- Accommodation for 3 nights on 05 star Superior Nile Cruise on full board
- All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Tours)
- All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing Memphis Tours group
- Local English-speaking tour guide during your trips
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- Meals at hotel, Nile cruise and during your tours as mentioned in the itinerary
- Bottled water during the trip
- Portage when needed
- All service charges and taxes
- International Airfare
- Entry visa to Egypt
- Any optional tours
- Personal spending
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
Welcome to the mystical lands of Egypt, where the Pharaohs ruled for thousands of years. Upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport, your tour manager will meet and assist you and then you will be escorted through the bustling streets of Cairo in an exclusive air-conditioned vehicle. Once you reach your chosen hotel according to your accommodation plan whether it will be overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza like Hilton Pyramids Golf Hotel or tucked in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, like the luxurious boutique hotel Le Riad Hotel de Charme Cairo, your tour manager will assist you with your check-in and double-check your itinerary with you to establish and confirm all the pick-up times for all your activities during your trip.
Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Pyramids and Islamic Cairo
After enjoying a delicious wholesome breakfast at your hotel, your personal guide will take you to the Giza Plateau to start your journey by marveling at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Walk or take a camel over to the iconic Sphinx and Valley Temple. After your pyramids visit, you’ll go for lunch at an authentic Egyptian restaurant and then head over the Egyptian Museum, in the heart of historic Downtown Cairo, overlooking the infamous Tahrir Square. After relishing over the magnificent ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures, you will be driven through Old Cairo to arrive at the historic Islamic Cairo area where you will explore the vibrant, meandering, treasure-filled alleys of Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s oldest bazaar, if there is time.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Valley Temple, Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo, Khan El Khalili.
Day 3: Fly to Aswan & Aswan Sightseeing
Today, you will be leaving Cairo and head out to the colorful and cheerful city of Aswan. You will meet your tour manager early in the morning at your hotel where he will accompany you to Cairo Airport to catch your flight to Aswan. Upon landing in Aswan, you will be assisted and whisked away in an exclusive air-conditioned vehicle to visit the famous High Dam, the majestic Philae Temple devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor, and the massive Unfinished Obelisk, still resting on its side in the stone quarries of ancient Egypt. After your visits, you will head back to your hotel in Aswan.
Overnight in Aswan.
Visits: High Dam, Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk.
Day 4: Abu Simbel Tour
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, your tour manager will pick you up from your hotel to board a modern air-conditioned coach for a trip to the spectacular Temples of Abu Simbel with a small group. Constructed by Ramses II, the two Temples of Abu Simbel, with their unique style, are considered to be the masterpieces of ancient Egypt. They reflect the glory and grandeur of the New Kingdom.
The Egyptian government and UNESCO decided to co-operate in order to save these two temples from the flood that threatened to submerge them because of the Aswan Dam.
The Temples of Abu Simbel are dedicated to the four universal gods Ptah, Re-Her-Akhtey, Amun-Re, and to Ramses II himself. The great Temple of Ramsses II is also called the Sun Temple of Ramesses II. The Temple of Queen Nefertari is also called the Temple of Hathor who was the wife of the Sun God, so in a symbolic way, the two Temples, that of Ramsses II and that of Nefertari bring Ramesses II, Nefertari, Hathor, and the Sun God together as one.
After this mind-blowing visit, you will be escorted to board your luxurious cruise, Salacia Nile cruise, in Aswan.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Abu Simbel.
Day 5: Kom Ombo and Edfu
Enjoy your first breakfast on board your cruise as you sail to Kom Ombo, enjoying the Nile’s breeze while eating. Touch down on the shores of Kom Ombo and walk through the town of Kom Ombo among the locals of the town until you arrive at the unusual Kom Ombo temple with its two identical entrances, hypostyle halls, and sanctuaries. After your visit, head back to your cruise where you will enjoy an appetizing lunch while sailing to your second stop of the day, Edfu.
Upon arrival, head out and visit Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved temples of the Greco Roman era, that of Horus at Edfu. Enjoy a magnificent experience as you take a horse-drawn carriage ride back and forth to the temple and marvel at Upper Egypt’s local life. Pass through the slow-paced, rural life of the local farmers and fishermen. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking lush, fertile landscapes dotted with banana and date palm trees.
Return to your cruise after finishing up in Edfu. Enjoy some afternoon tea and a leisurely ride to Esna. As the day comes to an end, enjoy a warm, delicious dinner surrounded by the calm, serene water of the Nile River.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Esna.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple.
Day 6: Luxor - West Bank Sightseeing
Start your day with a mouth-watering breakfast as you sail to Luxor. Upon arrival, head out and start exploring the shining city of Luxor. First, you will hit the West Bank where you will visit the Royal Cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, the Valley of the Kings, then head to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom during the 15th century BCE at Deir El-Bahari. Finish the day as you marvel at the towering Colossi of Memnon. After finishing your visits at the West Bank, return back to your cruise where you can relax and take advantage of the amazing facilities of your cruise; enjoy some afternoon tea, get a massage, de-stress in the Jacuzzi. End the day with an appetizing dinner on board.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Royal Cemetery, Valley of the Kings, Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon.
Day 7: Luxor - East Bank Sightseeing & Fly Back to Cairo
Enjoy your last morning on your cruise with yet another delicious breakfast surrounded by the calm waters of the Nile. After breakfast, disembark your cruise and your Nile journey. Your tour manager will accompany you to your last visit on your trip, East Bank. Upon arrival, visit the ancient Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Once you are done with the last attraction in Luxor, you will get whisked away through the streets of Luxor to Luxor Airport to catch your flight back to Cairo where you will be met upon arrival and get transferred to your hotel for your last night in the Land of Pharaohs.
Overnight in Cairo.
Visits: Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple.
Day 8: Final Departure & Flying Back Home
Enjoy a deliciously prepared breakfast at your hotel and then head out and roam the street of the beautiful capital, Cairo. Spend some free time at your leisure; buy some souvenirs for your friend back home, chat up with some locals, or have some Egyptian tea at a local café. As your flight nears, you will be transferred through the streets of Cairo to Cairo International Airport for your final departure back to your homeland.
Amazing tour. Highly recommended!
Absolutely wonderful experience. All guides were so friendly and knowledgeable and I felt cared for and looked after the entire trip. We had a very intimate/small tour group which was perfectly organised. All information of the trip was clear stated and shared far in advance.
The Memphis Tour team was fantástic, mainly the guide Maria. Highly recommend them for all your Egypt tour. Very good experience.
Just returned from my 8 days vacation. Thank you very much Memphis Tours for my wonderful vacation in Egypt. We had the best vacation ever. From my first communication with travel agent who planned and organized this trip to the last driver that dropped us off to the airport. You all made my vacation very smooth and enjoyable.
It was a once in a lifetime experience! We saw some incredible sights, met wonderful people and enjoyed what the country had to offer. The people in Egypt were so welcoming and friendly. The sites were all mervolous! We were glad we opted to this package as it included Abu Simbel as well (it is definitely my favourite spot in Egypt, after the pyramids tho). Our tour guide was just awesome, he was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about the Egyptian history.
I am very glad I chose this package because it included Abu Simbel. I'd have to say that it definitely my favourite attraction in Egypt and I cannot wait to go back again.
We had an amazing time in Egypt. We went in August so the weather was a bit hot but not unbearable. But I think next time I would in cooler months. But the trip itself was fantastic and we enjoyed every aspect in it.
The weather was a bit hot at the pyramids. And the entry way was a bit crowded.
We had a wonderful trip to Egypt planned by the local travel specialists. We saw everything we had hoped to see and enjoyed our vacation to its fullest.