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From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

1. From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 : A representative will come at the chosen pick-up time to pick you up by car to go to the Nile cruise ship by a private A/C van. Get settled into your comfortable room. Relax on the ship and have a buffet lunch then at about 2:00 pm Your professional Egyptologist Guide meet you for your visit to the Karnak temple. Then take a felucca ride on the Nile. Enjoy refreshing breezes with a ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Along the way Enjoy an incredible outing with friends or family away from the stress of the big city and see a spectacular view of Luxor from the water. Next, you will move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, After finishing your tour, our guide will transfer you back to the ship at about 6:30 pm. At night you will enjoy dinner on board with an Egyptian Folkloric Show party/ Day 2: In the early morning get ready to have a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloon. Watch an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above . After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to th ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Horus (with a small group of . Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy a buffet lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: In the early morning, head with a group to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. Meet your guide at the temple and discover the twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, built into the mountainside under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After the visit, you will return to your Nile cruise ship to take your luggage to drop you off at your Aswan hotel. For an additional fee, you can finish your trip at the Aswan airport or the train station.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

2. From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile river on this cruise from Aswan to Luxor with a return transfer to Aswan. Take an overnight cruise aboard a 5-star ship on a river that is renowned for its historic importance, legendary status, and its natural elegance. Day 1: Head to the Abu Simbel temple, generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Ramesses II and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.  After your guided temple tour, set sail to the Kom Ombo temple, unique due to its dedication to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek and the falcon-headed god, Horus the Elder. Return to the ship for dinner as it continues to sail down the Nile. Day 2:  After breakfast, continue to Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, in a horse-drawn carriage. After visiting the temple, you’ll have some time to admire the river views from the sun deck before preparing for your departure to finish the trip in Luxor.

From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

3. From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Explore the Nile on this 4-day cruise from Aswan. See the historic town of Luxor, marvel at the temple of Kom Ombo, and discover Philae Island. Day 1 Meet your Egyptologist guide at your Aswan hotel and begin your adventure with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Next, hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, board your 5-star cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubians and the ancient Egyptians. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you enjoy the scenery. Spend the night on your cruise ship. Day 2 Enjoy breakfast on the ship before having free time to explore Aswan. Next, sail north before stopping at Komombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Hop back on your cruise ship to continue toward Edfu. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple dedicated to the god Horus. After exploring the temple, board the cruise and spend the night sailing north. Day 3 Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterward, disembark and drive to discover the secrets of Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, where the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Day 4 After breakfast, head off to visit the biggest temple in the world, Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Finish your tour in Luxor.

Luxor: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Aswan

4. Luxor: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Aswan

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 11:00AM from any location in Luxor. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Aswan Following breakfast on the morning of your final day, your tour will conclude in Aswan.

Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

5. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

From Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

6. From Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada on the first day and transfer in a private air-conditioned car to Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the great Karnak Temple with your professional guide, then drive over to the beautiful Luxor Temple. After your Luxor tour, check in to the cruise and get some rest. At night, discover Luxor's old market before an overnight cruise. On Day 2, be ready early in the morning for a fabulous tour of the West Bank. Get there by motorboat, then drive to the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple and take the opportunity to visit Howard Carter House, where the Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Return to the cruise and start sailing. Enjoy the views of Luxor's islands and local culture as you go, before passing Esna Lock and arriving in Edfu for the night. Early on the third day, visit Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Upon return to the boat, savor a drink on the sundeck as you cruise all the way to the town of Kom Ombo. Reach Kom Ombo around sunset and discover Kom Ombo Temple before spending the night on the boat. At around 5 AM on Day 4, it's time to visit some of the most important temples in the whole world: the Abu Simbel Temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Get some rest after your tour before exploring Aswan's old market at night. On the last day, head down the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to Philae Island Temple. Finally, visit the famous Aswan High Dam before being transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

7. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

Discover ancient Egypt on a 7-cruise down the Nile from Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, explore Edfu Temple, and marvel at the Temple of Isis. Day 1: LuxorAfter getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Spend the night on your ship, cruising down the Nile. Day 2: LuxorRise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom OmboArrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: AswanCruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam, which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time if you want to discover the city and its ancient market by yourself. Day 5: Abu SimbelArrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this historic temple complex. Day 6: AswanBegin the sailing journey back to Luxor. As you sail, take stunning photos of the Nubian islands and villages that you pass. Day 7: CruisingSpend the day relaxing on the ship as you sail down the Nile. Sleep overnight on the boat. Day 8: LuxorAfter breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

8. Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

Prepare for an epic day trip from Aswan to Luxor's most iconic sites including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon. Take to the sky on a sunrise hot air balloon ride and cruise the Nile on a felucca ride - all this in one incredible day. After pick-up from your Aswan hotel, travel the 3 hours to Luxor in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, your private Egyptologist guide greets you at a café where you can try the local tea. Rise above it all on a hot air balloon ride over the west bank of Luxor as the sun rises. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you quietly drift over the archaeological sites below. With your feet back on the ground, head to the Valley of the Kings to explore 3 important tombs. Decorated throughout with walls full of hieroglyphs, feel fully immersed in the world of Ancient Egypt as you learn about their beliefs in the afterlife. Staying on the west bank, your next stop is the infamous Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, featuring statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. She was the only female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Visit the Valley of the Workers at Deir el-Medina, where workers on the royal tombs would live. Here you can see the Temple of Deir el-Medina, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor. This is the only temple in Egypt where you can see carvings of the Final Judgement. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, there is time to enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile River before crossing to the east bank. Head to Karnak Temple, the largest temple in Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun and his family. Walk along the avenue of sphinxes to enter the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple where you are greeted by towering columns and decorated walls. Started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II, Luxor Temple is your next stop. Though smaller than Karnak Temple, the impressive site is no less intriguing. With massive statues of Ramses II flanking the entrance, the imposing temple speaks to the pharaoh's great power. At the end of your day trip in Luxor, return to your Aswan hotel or you can choose to stay in Luxor if you are traveling onwards from there.

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What people are saying about Aswan

This had a good combination of visiting monuments and taking a breather in the ship. First couple of days in Luxor and had a wonderful tour guide Samar.. and then we set sail covering monuments on the way to Aswan.. we were in a ship called Emilio.. one thing to call out is, not much of a difference between standard and Deluxe options except may be you are one floor higher. The ship was good and staff were friendly. Only at the restaurant they seem to be in a rush to clear out the plates.. Had Pola as the tour guide for remaining journey and he was great as well.. was very friendly.. for me Abu Simbel was the highlight. Arranged for additional places to cover in Aswan as the trip didn’t cover it. From before the trip beginning to the end.. Arwa the tour operator was staying on top of all things to make sure I’m having a good time which is worth mentioning here. All together met few really nice people on the ship and a memorable trip to cherish!

Remarkable cruise A 1st sequence with Asmaa our guide from Luxor who made us discover in particular Karnak and the Valley of the Kings - thank you Asma and congratulations for the spoken French learned in less than a year. Then relay taken by Osman, who continued and made us discover the wonders of Edfu, Kom Ombo, and an exceptional final at Abou simbel Bravo and thank you Osman Special mention to the organization of the cruise with a staff with little care (a surprise every day in our cabin with the folding of towels!) A huge thank you to the organization, Arwa in particular who allowed an express return from abou simbel (thank you drivers) to Aswan airport for us allow us to catch our plane. A huge thank you to everyone! You are a great team

On my tour of Egypt, this was the most magical experience. Although the organization was a bit messy, the tour operators were very communicative and made sure everything ran smoothly. They even went out of their way to ensure I got to my flight from Aswan. My tour guide Hassan, was knowledgeable and kind. He made sure I was comfortable which was very important as a solo female traveler. I stayed in the boat - Hapi. The staff and service was excellent. They were so friendly, kind and very attentive to all the needs of the guests. I would highly recommend this life changing experience!

We spent 4 wonderful days, both on the boat and when we made the visits accompanied by a guide who spoke French "Mehdi" at the top in his explanations and with a lot of humor. The Nile cruise is smooth and pleasant. The Emilio boat was a little run down but very well organized, with lovely staff and a very good buffet. Thanks to Arwa with whom we regularly communicated by Wathsapp for the organization of all these accompanied outings who was very responsive and very professional

Magnificent I recommend it 100x100 and always continuous contact with arwa who is always aware that everything goes well and they pick you up and take you