This trip combines time in Cairo to see the pyramids, sphinx and Egyptian Museum, with a 7-night cruise on the Nile on board a classic Dahabiya. These elegant and stylish boats provide one of the most enjoyable ways to travel on the Nile in comfort, as you travel slower and see more than on the large cruise boats.
Transportation: Air-conditioned vehicle, overnight sleeper train, deluxe Dahabiya
Meals: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 7 | Dinner: 9
Day 1: Arrive in Cairo
We meet you on your arrival in Cairo airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara tour
Your first tour provides an introduction to the history of pyramid building, with visits to Zoser's step pyramid at Saqqara and of course the 3 main pyramids and sphinx at Giza.
Day 3: Cairo - City tour. Sleeper train to Luxor
You head into central Cairo today to learn more about Pharaonic history in the Egyptian Museum. Other visits include the mosques and palaces in the Citadel, ancient churches in Coptic Cairo, and the busy shopping streets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. In the evening, you transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor (flight upgrades available).
Day 4: Luxor - Karnak and Luxor temples. Board Dahabiya.
After arriving in Luxor your first tour is to the huge temple complex at Karnak. After boarding your Dahabiya and settling in, your afternoon is free to relax and explore Luxor further. In the evening you visit Luxor temple before enjoying your first of many special meals on board.
Day 5: Luxor - West bank tour
This morning's tour heads across the Nile and explores several sites on the West bank including the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples and the Colossi of Memnon. As a private tour, this and all your sightseeing is flexible, and you could also visit the Ramesseum, Workers village, Valley of the Queens and other sites on the west bank if you wish. You also have the option this morning of a very special early morning hot air balloon flight.