Best of Egypt: Cairo with Nile Cruise

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Jeff Willy

  • Luxury Travel

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Cruises

  • Egypt

  • Cairo

  • River Cruises

  • History

Egyptian pyramids on a yellow sandy desert on a sunny day
Curator’s statement

Ancient Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with a rich history ranging from the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo to a variety of archaeological wonders along the Nile in cities such as Luxor and Aswan. Egypt has almost perfect weather year round, and can accommodate almost any budget. Interested in this guide or a custom one to fit your needs and travel style? Feel free to reach out!

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Days 1-3: Cairo

Egyptian mosque at night

You will start out your adventures in Egypt in Cairo with a stay at the Marriott Mena House, which has amazing views of the Pyramids of Giza from the balcony of your room. After you settle in, your daily excursions will include a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, a tour of The Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx and a camel ride with your own personal photographer.

Day 4: Luxor

low-angle view of stone pillars against a blue sky

Today you will fly from Cairo to Luxor and check into a hotel such as the Hilton Luxor Resort and spa (note: depending on the time of year and dates, Luxor and Aswan might be switched due to the cruise schedule). While in Luxor, located on the ancient site of Thebes, you will have a guided tour of the ancient monuments and temples in the area prior to setting off on your Nile Cruise.

Days 5-8: Cruise the Nile

boat on a river at dusk

Set sail on the award-winning and luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat, where all of your dining and excursions will be included as you sail from Luxor to Aswan (or Aswan to Luxor). During your trip, you will see a variety of famous sites such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Horus and Kom Ombo.

Day 9: Aswan

sail boat on a river on a sunny day

Your cruise will disembark at Aswan, where the largest Egyptian obelisk resides. Following your final tour of ancient temples, you will check in to a hotel such as the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for a relaxing evening. For shorter vacation packages, you can fly back to Cairo immediately following your last tour in Aswan.

Day 10-12: Cairo with Alexandria

ancient Egyptian crypt

As you arrive in Cairo after your Nile Cruise, you will stay on the Nile, where you can either fly out immediately or take a day trip north to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt. Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, sits on the Mediterranean Sea and has an excellent seafront Citadel museum.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Egypt.