exoticca_logo

Call us toll-free now

Book with an expert for free:

1-888-488-0592

Prefer us to call you? Drop your number in the box:

Phone

Call us anytime. 24/7

premium-care-flex-icon

Included.

Free cancellation for any reason.See more
picture-icon

View 14 photos

Full-Board Nile Cruise & Great Pyramids

Egypt in 13 Days, 11 Nights in Destination

From

$3,549

$2,299

/person

-35%

Emma, Travel Expert

Emma
Travel crafter

An extended tour through the incredible cities, monuments and cultures of Egypt! Walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs at the Great Pyramids and take in the sights of the Nile on a 7-night full-board river cruise.

Trip Highlights

  1. map-pin-check-icon
    Aswan
  2. map-pin-check-icon
    Cairo
  3. map-pin-check-icon
    Esna
  4. map-pin-check-icon
    Giza
  5. map-pin-check-icon
    Luxor
  6. map-pin-check-icon
    Nile River

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

Availability

  1. Departures available until December 2025

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers from + $420

  4. WHAT'S THIS?

Categories available

  1. superior included

  2. luxury from + $300

  3. WHAT'S THIS?

Book with an expert for free:

1-888-488-0592

asta-logo-horizontal

Exoticca is a member of ASTA

Select a day to go to next step

arrow-down-circle-icon

Previous

Next

arrow-down-circle-icon
July 2024
August 2024
September 2024
October 2024

Categories Available:

superior

From $2,299

Selected

  • 4 nights in Superior category hotels.
  • 7 nights on board the Nile Cruise.
check-icon
luxury

From $2,599

  • 4 nights in Luxury category hotels
  • 7 nights on board the Nile Cruise

Accommodation: 11 Nights

Itinerary

Walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a fascinating city and cruise experience in Egypt. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids in Cairo and unearth the history behind the iconic Valley of the Kings. Spend an unforgettable  7 nights under the stars on a Full-Board Nile River Cruise and delight in the magical Temples of Luxor, the sights of Aswan, atmospheric Kom Ombo and eternal Edfu.

1st Day: US - Night on board

arrow-icon

It's time to unearth the secrets of Ancient Egypt and get to know the vibrant culture of Egypt's most emblematic cities and sights. Arrive at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Cairo *. Night on board.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

 

2nd Day: Cairo

arrow-icon

Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5162 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 3 Excursions

Active

See more
Optional
Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 4 Excursions

Active

See more

3rd Day: Cairo

arrow-icon

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the only remaining ancient Seven Wonders of the World Today. Head to the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and dedicated to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Afterwards, continue to the amazing Great Sphinx, the symbolic guardian of the pyramids. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore Cairo at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Memphis and the necropolis of Sakkara.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

* Optional excursion to Memphis and Sakkara: Visit Memphis, once the place of residence of the Egyptian pharaohs. See the stepped pyramid, built by Imhotep and explore the complete funeral complex of Mastabas. Continue to Mit Rahina to visit the open-air museum and explore the necropolis of Sakkara.

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5162 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Great Pyramids, Sphinx & Temple of the Valley Excursion

Active

See more
Optional
Memphis & Sakkara Excursion

Active

See more

4th Day: Cairo

arrow-icon

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will learn about the roots of the Egyptian civilization and pharonic history during a visit to the legendary Egyptian Museum. In the afternoon, we recommend taking an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel,* home to the breathtaking Alabaster Mosque. Overnight stay in Cairo. 

* Optional Saladin Citadel excursion: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage and walk through the Coptic Neighborhood.
 
Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!
 
Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5162 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Visit to the Egyptian Museum & Bazaar Khan el Khalili

Moderate

See more
Optional
Saladin Citadel Excursion

Active

See more

5th Day: Cairo - Luxor

arrow-icon

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor*. On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next seven nights on a full-board basis. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of ruined temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure.We recommend an optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show.** Dinner and overnight on board.

The order of the excursions and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights, traffic and other logistical reasons. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.

**Optional Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show: Visit the largest open-air museum in Egypt, the Karnak Temple in Luxor. Discover the secrets behind the temple's ancient name, Thebes, and explore its significant monuments.  As you wander through the ruins of this once great complex, you will be guided by the voices of the pharaohs who built this site to honor their god Amon. Watch as the temples and statues come to life with the clever use of special effects , relive the times of the ancient pharaohs with their customs and rituals as they recount the dramatic history of ancient Thebes.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Luxor & Karnak Temples Tour

Active

See more
Optional
Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show

Light

See more

6th Day: Luxor - Esna

arrow-icon

Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the Pharaohs between the 18th and 20th Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep IIIIn the afternoon the cruise will set sail towards Esna where you will cross the famous Esna Lock that allows the boat to sail up the Nile towards the Nile cataracts rapids. Overnight on board.

Please note: The excursion to the Valley of the Kings includes visits to three tombs. Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun is not included but, if you are interested in visiting, you can buy a ticket to see this tomb at the site during your visit.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Memnon Colossi Excursion

Active

See more

7th Day: Esna

arrow-icon

Full-board on board. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a day at your leisure. Watch the scenery float by and soak up the amazing panorama from the cruise boat as you drift along the Nile. The Nile provides life, water and works for over 80% of the population making for fascinating scenes as you travel along. Gain a real insight into the life of everyday Egyptians and take advantage of the sundeck to haggle with the local vendors who float alongside the cruise boat in their rowing boats, trying to sell their wares. Overnight on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

8th Day: Esna - Aswan

arrow-icon

Full-board on board. Today, enjoy a tour of Aswan to uncover the sights of this fascinating city. Explore the famous granite quarry, where the building blocks of many of ancient Egypt's monuments were produced. Next, board a traditional felucca, a typical fishing boat, to sail around the Nile cataracts, admiring the stunning scenery and natural islands in the narrowest parts of the river. Afterwards, return to the ship and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend exploring the souks of Aswan or relaxing in a local cafe with a traditional water pipe. Overnight on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Granite Quarry Visit in Aswan

Moderate

See more

9th Day: Aswan

arrow-icon

Full-board on board. This morning, we recommend an optional visit to the amazing temples of Abu Simbel.* Today, it's time to discover the impressive High Dam of Aswan,  the world's largest embankment dam, which was built during the 1960s. This mighty Dam is so important because it helps to controls flooding, generates power, and improves navigation across the Nile. The rest of the day is free at your leisure to relax and enjoy the Nile scenery at your own pace. Overnight on board.

Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

* Optional excursion to the Island of Philae: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

Please note: If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel, you will depart from the ship at approximately 3 a.m. to make the most of the coolest and quietest part of the day. This way, you can fully experience Abu Simbel without the crowds and avoid sightseeing in high temperatures.

 Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Visit the Old & New Dams of Aswan

Active

See more
Optional
Abu Simbel Excursion

Active

See more
Optional
Island of Philae

Active

See more

10th Day: Aswan - Kom Ombo

arrow-icon

Full-board on board. Set off for Kom Ombo, arriving in the late afternoon. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important source of life in Egypt. Overnight on board.

Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Highlights of Kom Ombo Tour

Active

See more

11th Day: Kom Ombo - Luxor

arrow-icon

 Full-board on board. Disembark the ship and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to the magnificent Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the famous, falcon-headed Egyptian god, Horus. Considered to be one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt it is said that the temple was built upon the battleground of a mythical fight between the gods Seth and Horus. Explore the atmospheric temple ruins as you trace the footsteps of the Pharaohs. Return to the ship and continue sailing north to Luxor. Overnight on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chateau Lafayette Nile Cr... or similar
tripadvisor rating

56 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Temple of Edfu & Luxor Highlights Tour

Active

See more

12th Day: Luxor - Cairo

arrow-icon

Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to Luxor airport for a short flight back to the capital of Cairo. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free to enjoy a wander around the bazaar to pick up some last-minute souvenirs, indulge in delicious Egyptian cuisine or simply relax at your own pace. We recommend rounding it off with an evening tour of Cairo with dinner and a show*Overnight stay in Cairo.


*Optional Cairo by Night: we take a walk around the most beautiful corners of Cairo (Tahrir Square, Zamalek, Cairo Tower and the Opera House) before heading to the restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with an Egyptian show. We will finish the evening with a visit to the famous Mirror Café.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5162 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Cairo by Night

Moderate

See more

13th Day: Cairo - US

arrow-icon

Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

 

Included activities

Included
info-icon

All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Great Pyramids, Sphinx & Temple of the Valley Excursion

Included activity for day 3 in Cairo

Visit the Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history, before admiring the craftsmanship of the legendary Great Sphinx and exploring the Temple of the Valley!

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

more information
Included

Visit to the Egyptian Museum & Bazaar Khan el Khalili

Included activity for day 4 in Cairo

Trace the history of ancient Egypt at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, home to countless riches from antiquity which represents more than 4000 years of history, culture and art. Afterwards, explore Khan El-Khalili neighbourhood and its historic bazaar.

Duration 02:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included
info-icon

All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather, and local conditions. This schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by the guide or driver.

Luxor & Karnak Temples Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Luxor

Explore Luxor Temple and visit the legendary Karnak Temple complex, home to a vast array of ruined temples, chapels and other ancient buildings. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about life and culture in Ancient Egypt!

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

more information
Included
info-icon

All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Memnon Colossi Excursion

Included activity for day 6 in Luxor

Explore the Valley of the Kings, home to the tomb of Tutankhamon! It is here that the most powerful and influential kings of Ancient Egypt were buried. After touring the site, continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut and visit the incredible Colossi of Memnon.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

more information

Show more

Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
info-icon

Important: Please avoid booking the activities included in this package separately.

Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 3 Excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Add 3 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See Karnak Temple like never before with the Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel and visit the Island of Philae.

Physical rating:

Active

more information
Optional
info-icon

Important: Please avoid booking the activities included in this package separately.

Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 4 Excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Add 4 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel, visit the ancient Island of Philae in Aswan and take an excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.

Physical rating:

Active

more information
Optional
info-icon

All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Memphis & Sakkara Excursion

Suggested activity for day 3 in Saqqara

Visit ancient Memphis and the nearby necropolis of Sakkara. See the stepped pyramid of Djoser, built by Imhotep, and explore the complete funeral complex of Mastabas. Continue to Mit Rahina to visit the open-air museum.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

more information
Optional

Saladin Citadel Excursion

Suggested activity for day 4 in Cairo

Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage and walk through the Coptic Neighborhood.

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

more information

Show more

The price includes

  • premium-care-icon
    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Cairo - US.
  • Domestic flights: Cairo - Aswan, Luxor - Cairo. *
    more information
  • 4 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels and 7 nights on board the Nile Cruise. **
    more information
    See hotels included
  • 4 breakfasts and Full-Board on board the Nile Cruise.
  • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
    more information
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • 7-night Nile Cruise.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required)* drinks, tips** and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

** Please note: Mandatory tips of $55 per person for the Nile Cruise are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Egyptian culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

Please note that this circuit, which includes 7 nights on board a cruise ship, begins and ends in the same city. You will leave from Luxor, travel through the Nile and return back to Luxor allowing you to enjoy the cruise and the included and optional activities in a more relaxed manner.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination.

Please note the following luggage allowances for your internal flight
  • Checked luggage allowance is between 21-23 kg (46-50 lbs)
  • Hand luggage (carry-on) allowance is 8 kg (17 lbs)

For travellers arriving in Egypt on a Thursday, please note that the flight the following day from Cairo to Aswan usually departs early in the morning, so you will be required to leave for the airport before dawn.

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** Please note that if you arrive on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the cruise will begin and end in Aswan and the order of the itinerary will be reversed. All included and optional activities will still take place as planned. If you arrive on a Friday or Saturday, the cruise will begin and end in Luxor and the order of the itinerary will be reversed. All included and optional activities will still take place as planned.

*** Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!

**** This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Egypt! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.  

Please note: Please be aware that the ship's Wi-Fi connection is dependent on satellite coverage and that there are sections of the cruise in which Wi-Fi will not be available. High-speed Wi-Fi is available to use in port only, for an extra fee of $8 USD per day.

IMPORTANT: This trip is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.
However, please note that this tour can be taken privately. There will be a private guide and a specifically designed itinerary to ensure maximum enjoyment. The excursions will be taken via alternative routes with ease of access and the pace will be dictated by the passenger.
To take part in the private tour it is required that the person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a dedicated person at all times, to assist in any necessary situations, such as getting in and out of the transport vehicle, on excursions, and so on.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport with at least six months validity. One passport page required.

  • Visa

    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country or you can obtain an e-visa.

  • Currency

    Egyptian Pound.

  • Language

    Arabic.

  • Electricity

    220 V. European plug.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers coming from the U.S.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 02:00.

  • Other useful information

    Egypt has a desert climate with mild winters and very hot summers.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://egypt.travel/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

Triple room: In general, triple rooms will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

Pay in installments

Pay only 60% today to reserve your trip.

Pay the rest in installments depending on your departure date

Exoticca Travel Stories

Creating unforgettable memories, one traveler at a time

Want to hear from us?

  • check-icon

    The best deals on travel

  • check-icon

    Exciting promotions

  • check-icon

    Expert travel tips