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Classic Nile Cruise tour

Classic Nile Cruise

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Short Description

This classic Nile Cruise tour spends a week travelling up and down the mighty River Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Along the way, you'll visit all the major sites from the comfort of a 5-star deluxe Nile cruiseboat

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary on 5-star deluxe cruiseboat
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all the sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Luxor, transfer to cruise boat
We welcome you on your arrival in Luxor, and transfer you to the cruise boat. Cabins are available from around 2pm onwards. After you settle in, we introduce you to your Egyptologist guide who will accompany you on the cruise and be your private guide for all the sightseeing trips. The rest of the day is free to relax and have a look around Luxor centre.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement (EGTMNC)

Day 2: Luxor, Karnak & Luxor temples
You start your exploration of Egyptian ancient history today with tours to two important Pharaonic temples. Firstly you visit Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world, and then the impressive Luxor temple situated right in the centre of Luxor. In the afternoon the boat leaves Luxor and sails south to the locks on the Nile at Esna where you overnight.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 3: Esna, Edfu & Komombo temples
You visit the small Esna temple this morning before sailing further south, past Edfu temple and on to Komombo. While on the river you can enjoy watching rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river while you relax on the sun-deck.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sail to Aswan, then Philae temple
You sail on to Aswan today where the Nile is at its most picturesque. After mooring in town, you visit the beautiful island temple of Philae by boat and your Egyptologist continues his explanations of the development of Pharaonic culture and customs.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Aswan, felucca trip & Abu Simbel option
You have a free morning today to explore Aswan's markets and walk along the Corniche on the banks of the Nile. Alternatively you can take an optional early morning tour to see the temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel. One of Egypt's main highlights, these temples were completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded. In the afternoon we take you on a felucca sailboat trip around some of the islands on the Nile.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Abu Simbel overland

Day 6: Sail back towards Luxor, Komombo temple
The boat heads north again today as you leave Aswan and stop to tour the riverside temple at Komombo en-route back to Luxor.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Luxor, west bank tour
You start early this morning to avoid the crowds and the extreme heat in the middle of the day, which particularly at the Valley of the Kings can be oppressive. We tour the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, visit the unique tiered temple to Queen Hatchepsut, and explore the impressive Medinat Habu temple with its colourful hieroglyphics before returning back to Luxor via a stop to view the Colossi of Memnon. Your afternoon is free in Luxor to do some last shopping in the bazaar or visit one of the good local museums. You can also do a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile today.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Luxor, tour ends with transfer to airport
Your tour finishes today and your time is free until we transfer you to Luxor airport for departure.
OVERNIGHT:
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MEALS:
Breakfast

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  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (USD 25 available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
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