Home to one of the oldest and most influential civilizations on the planet
Egypt is a treasure trove of history and culture
Egypt occupies the northeast corner of the African continent. It is bordered by the Mediterranean in the north and the Red Sea in the east. Egypt welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the beguiling desert and lush delta, and with its long past and welcoming, story-loving people.
Home to one of the oldest and most influential civilizations on the planet, Egypt is a treasure trove of history and culture. From the capital, Cairo, to the Nile Delta, the country is home to iconic ancient sights including the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Abu Simbel. Additionally, Egypt’s Red Sea coast offers ample opportunities for relaxing, swimming and scuba diving on some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs.
With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. The old saying that Egypt is the gift of the Nile still rings true. Luckily for visitors, the river is also the perfect place from which to see many of the most spectacular ancient monuments, which is one reason why a Nile cruise remains such a popular way to travel.
Day 1: Athens to Cairo
Meeting at “Eleftherios Venizelos” in Athens and Flight to Cairo. Arrival and meeting with our office representatives at the airport, transfer and arranging at our hotel. For the evening, we recommend a two-hour cruise to the Nile, a floating dinner restaurant, where we will watch the impressive traditional show, while sailing along the Nile and enjoying the night-lighted, bustling nightlife of Cairo. Overnight stay at our hotel.
Day 2: Cairo - Luxor Cruise Valley of Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossians
Breakfast and morning flight to Luxor. Transfer and arrangement on the cruise ship where we will stay in the coming days. We start our tour of Necropolis, the West Bank of the Nile, the valley of the Kings. Here is the tomb of Tut Anh Ammon. We continue with the shepherd temple of Hatshepsut and finish with the gems of Memnon. Go to the imposing temples of Karnak where we will walk the 134-columned pillars, the holy and divine ponds. Afternoon tour at the Temple of Luxor, which once joined to an avenue of sphinxes and statues. Lunch and dinner on board. Optional attendance at “Sound and Light in Karnak”. Walk to the traditional souks of Luxor.
Day 3: Esna - Edfu
Cruise After breakfast our luxurious cruise ship, we will sail for the Esna Dam and continue our cruise to the green Nile shores, arriving at Edfu. A tour of the Ptolemaic temple, dedicated to the god Chora (Geraki), the most well-preserved temple in Egypt. Lunch and dinner on board.
Day 4: Comombo - Aswan
Cruise Breakfast and cruise to Comombo, arrival and guided tour of the Ptolemaic and very impressive temple of God of Krokodoulou, Sobek. Lunch and dinner on board. Sailing for Aswan, arrival at night, overnight stay.
Day 5: Aswan - Cairo
Breakfast and in Aswan we will go to the Aswan’s Small and Big Dam, the granite mines with the unfinished obelisk and the boating in the well-preserved Tribal Temple. After lunch we will start with the scenic corks for a walk in the Nile. Optional camel ride and optional boat trip to a Nubian village, where we will admire the island of Kitchener with the Botanical Gardens, the Elephantine Island, and the Mausoleum of Agha Khan. Late afternoon we’ll fly for Cairo or the next morning. (if the morning flight is selected, the overnight will be on the cruise ship).
Day 6: Cairo Museum - Pyramids - Old Cairo - Han El Halili
After breakfast, we start with our guide to get to know Cairo. We will start from the center of Cairo, where we will visit the famous archaeological museum. During our visit to the old Christian Cairo, we will visit the Monastery complex of St. George in the 4th century. We continue to Giza to visit the imposing pyramids of Heopos, Hefrinos and Mycerninos and the imposing Sphinx, the guardian of the necropolis to the west of the Nile. Visit to perfume and papyrus manufacturing laboratories. After our meal in Cairo’s luxury restaurant, we will visit the famous East Bazaar, Han El Halili with the labyrinthine narrow streets and surrounding streets. Return to our hotel late afternoon. Overnight rest.
Day 7: Alexandria
After breakfast, we will depart for Alexandria. First stop will be Agios Savvas (Old Patriarchate)and the new Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Then we will go for a walk in the famous gardens of Montza. There we will admire the Farak palace externally and lunch at the nice Salamlek beachfront restaurant. We continue for the new Library of Alexandria with guided tours and leisure time indoors and outdoors. Before we take the road of our return, we will be the place where the Lighthouse of Alexandria was – today a castle. Late afternoon return to Cairo.
Day 8: Cairo - Athens
Breakfast and some free time in the city. Transfer to the airport, return flight to Athens