Day 1: Cairo
On arrival at Cairo airport, you'll be transported in an air-conditioned vehicle to your Cairo hotel 5-star accommodation.
Day 2: Cairo
After breakfast, be driven to the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, a must for any first-time traveler to Egypt. After lunch, visit Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, exploring more than 5,000 years of history. Following your time at Memphis, head to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, one of the oldest pyramids of Egypt.
Day 3: Cairo – Aswan
After an early breakfast, drive to the airport for your flight to Aswan, the starting point for a 3-night, 5-star cruising adventure on the Nile. The cruise tour guide will take you to visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries, and the magnificent Philae Temple, which was dedicated to the fertility goddess Isis. Enjoy lunch and dinner onboard the ship.
Day 4: Aswan – Esna
Cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the unusual double temple that's dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Horus. Continue to Edfu and explore the Temple of Horus, the largest and best-preserved temple to combine both Pharaonic and Ancient Greek classical styles, then continue to Esna. Enjoy three meals on board your ship.
Day 5: Esna - Luxor
Cruise from Esna to Luxor, the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. On arrival, join your cruise guide on a tour of the West Bank. Visit the Valley of the Kings, a vast city of the dead where magnificent tombs were filled with treasures by generations of pharaohs Next, you'll drive to the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's few female pharaohs, and stand at the feet of the iconic Colossi of Memnon. Enjoy three meals on board your ship.
Day 6: Luxor - Cairo
After breakfast aboard your ship, you may wish to opt for a hot-air balloon ride over the treasures of Luxor's West Bank. You'll also enjoy a guided visit to the East Bank's architectural standouts, the magnificent temples of Luxor and Karnak. Transfer to the airport in an air-conditioned vehicle for the short flight from Luxor to Cairo on EgyptAir, and check back in to your Cairo hotel.
Day 7: Cairo
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the iconic Egyptian Antiquities Museum, with its trove of treasures, many salvaged from the sites you've just visited. After lunch at a local restaurant, it's time to discover UNESCO-listed Old Cairo, visiting the Citadel of Saladin and the historic Christian and Islamic monuments of the Old City. No visit to Cairo would be complete without trying your haggling skills in the Khan el-Khalili and strolling along Mu'Izz li-Din Allah street.
Day 8: Depart
After breakfast at your hotel, check out and be transferred to Cairo airport for your flight home.