Through Desert to Nile Cruise

Overview

Trip Duration

13 Days – 12 Nights

Trip Operates

Daily

Route Map

 

Combine the most famous travel activity in Egypt “Nile Cruise” with a new travel activity “White Desert Safari” during the tour we will experience desert safari, camping under sky, 4x4 jeeps, Nile cruise and sleeper train for transportation between north and south, all are available at our professionally designed tour, which after finishing you will be experienced in the Egypt’s ancient history, and natural sites

Program Itinerary Summary
Day 1

Arrive to Cairo and met by Stylish Holidays representative and transfer to hotel in Cairo for overnight

Day 2

Visit Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo and continue to visit great Pyramids of Geza and Great Sphinx
Afternoon free time at leisure or optional tour
Overnight at hotel in Cairo

Day 3

Transfer by Air conditioned vehicle to the Bahariya Oasis passing by the wonders of the Black Desert and Crystal Mountain. Arrive to White desert and exploration
Overnight at tents in the desert

Day 4

Visit tomb of Hannantiu and Bahareya Museum
Overnight at hotel in Bahareya Oasis

Day 5

Transfer from Bahareya to Cairo and head towards Giza train station for overnight train to Aswan

Day 6

Arrive Aswan early morning and visit High Dam, temple of Philae and Unfinished Obelisk
Transfer to Nile cruise and embarkation onboard
Afternoon we will spend free time in Aswan
Overnight onboard of Nile cruise

Day 7

Sail to Kom Ombo and visit Sobek temple in Kom Ombo, sail to Edfu and visit the Hours temple in Edfu
Sail to Luxor, cross Esna lock and sail up Luxor
Overnight onboard of Nile cruise

Day 8

Visit West bank monuments including Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and colossi of Memnon
Afternoon free time in Luxor
Overnight onboard of Nile cruise

Day 9

Visit Karnak temple and Luxor temple in East Bank of Luxor
Transfer to Luxor train station for overnight train to Cairo

Day 10

Arrive Cairo early morning and visit Sakkara and Memphis
Afternoon we will visit Citadel of Salah El Din and Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque
Evening free time in Cairo
Overnight at hotel in Cairo

Day 11

Check our from hotel and transfer to Cairo airport for final departure

Sightseeing Highlights

Egyptian Museum

Great Pyramids

Great Sphinx

Bahariya Oasis

crystal mountain

Aqabat

White Desert

camp in the desert

Tomb of Bannantiu

Temple of Alexander the Great

Bahariya Museum

Sleeper Train

Temple of Philae

Agilika Island

High Dam

Lake Nasser

Unfinished Obelisk

Nile cruise

Temple of Kom Ombo

Temple of Horus

Valley of the Kings

Temple of Hatshepsut

Colossi of Memnon

Karnak Temple

Luxor temple

Saqqara complex

Saladin Citadel

Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque

Khan El Khalili

Memphis

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo - Arrival

Stylish Holidays representative will be waiting for you at Caro airport to assist you through custom formalities and luggage area, and then will transfer you to your hotel in Cairo for check in and overnight

Day 2: Cairo

Breakfast at hotel, then we will join Stylish Holidays guide to a day tour to see the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities hosting the largest collection of Pharaonic displays in the world including the treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun and the Royal mummies' hall. This is besides many other exhibitions form different Pharaonic periods.
After that, we will have our lunch en route at local restaurant, and then proceed to the Pyramids of Giza, the most popular monument in the whole world, built by the pharaohs from the period starting from 2590 BC to 2480 BC. You will have the chance to explore the wonders of the Great Pyramid, the largest Pyramid ever constructed in Egypt which was built by King Cheops in 2589 BC, then we will se the Great Sphinx
Later, we will return back to our hotel and overnight in Cairo

Day 3: Cairo – Bahariya Oasis – White Desert

After having breakfast at hotel, we will check out and join our guide heading towards the Bahariya Oasis, 365 kilometers to the South West of Cairo.
We will have our lunch at Bahariya Oasis, later we will start our exploration using 4X4 jeep, and on our way we visit the crystal mountain, one of the most famous attractions of the white desert. This Egyptian Western desert wonder consists of large quartz naturally formed crystals inside many rocks and stones creating a startling magical scene.
We proceed afterwards to reach the Aqabat, or the difficult passage, which is an interesting section of the white desert hosting the famous twin peaks, the ideal landmark for all the travelers in the white desert.
Our last stop of the day is the most interesting as we visit the internationally famous White Desert, the most important attraction in the Western Desert of Egypt, covering a surface area of around 3000 kilometers. It consists of bizarre chalk white rock formations that were once the surface of a shallow sea that covered this area in prehistoric times. The rocks create all sorts of shapes like mushrooms, animals, and strange looking sculptures. All this area has become a natural protected area during the last few years.
At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing barbeque party, and spend the night in our comfortable camp

Day 4: White Desert – Bahariya Oasis

We leave our camp and go for more exploration in the desert, and we will see the Tomb of Bannantiu, discovered by Ahmed Fakhry in 1938, which is a richly decorated tomb of a man who served both as a priest and a prophet during the 26th dynasty. This tomb is carefully painted and colored with scenes of the afterlife with the Sun God Re starting his journey. Our next visit will be to the Temple of Alexander the Great built by the great Macedonian king and army leaders during his famous visit to Siwa in 331 BC. The ruins of this temple, discovered by Ahmed Fakhry, the most famous archeologist who excavated monuments in the Western Desert,  contains two sandstones chapels with bas reliefs displaying Alexander presenting offers to the gods Horus and Amun Re.
Our next stop will be at the Bahariya Museum which was established in 2005 and displays the local customs and traditions being practiced in the region.
After that we will back to our hotel in Bahareya for overnight

Day 5: Bahariya Oasis - Cairo – Sleeper Train

After having breakfast at our hotel, we will check out and head back to Cairo
When we arrive to Cairo we head to Giza train station, to take sleeper train to Aswan
We overnight onboard of sleeper train to Aswan

Day 6: Sleeper train – Aswan – Nile Cruise

Arrive to Aswan in the morning and we then start our tours by riding a small water boat to the Temple of Philae. This fabulous temple dedicated to the goddess Isis was constructed as one of the finest examples of the combined architecture of ancient Egyptians and the Greco-Romans styles. This temple, due to the construction of the High Dam was all covered with water until it was relocated in its present day location in the Agilika Island by the UNESCO project that took 8 years from 1972 to 1980 to be completed       
Our next visit will be to the High Dam, built by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s to reserve the Nile Water that was lost every year in the artificial Nasser Lake. The High Dam, which was viewed as an architectural miracle at the time, also generates a lot of the electricity consumed in Egypt
Afterwards we will go to visit the famous Unfinished Obelisk, a gigantic granite obelisk dating back to the Pharaohs New Kingdom. If this huge obelisk was completed it would have weighed more than 1197 tons. This will be a marvelous chance to understand how the ancient Egyptians were capable of building such gigantic structures.
Later, we will embark onboard of our Nile cruise, we will have lunch onboard of Nile cruise, and have free time after noon for relaxing or exploring Aswan on our own
Later, the cruise will sail to Kom Ombo
Dinner and overnight onboard of Nile cruise

Day 7: Nile Cruise – Kom Ombo – Edfu – Esna

After having the breakfast onboard, we will visit the amazing Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to two gods; Horus, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. The Greco-Roman temple is famous for its matchless location overlooking the Nile. Construction work of the temple started in the 2nd century BC by Ptolemy VI and was completed during the reign of Ptolemy XII during the 1st century AD.
The Nile cruise will continue sailing to Edfu, where we will visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. This temple is the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt. The building work of the temple started during the reign of Ptolemy III in 237 BC and the construction continued until 80 BC. The temple includes wonderfully decorated walls and stone capitals. We will use a horse drawn carriage to reach the temple
Later, we return to our Nile cruise and the boat continue sailing to Luxor via Esna lock
Dinner and overnight onboard of Nile Cruise

Day 8: Nile Cruise – Luxor

We will enjoy our breakfast onboard of Nile cruise, and then start touring the wonders of the West Bank of Luxor.
We will start our visits by the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of the Pharaonic New Kingdom. Starting from 17th dynasty, the Pharaonic Kings tried to hide their royal tombs from robbers. This was why they began to dig their tombs deep inside a Theban mountain that has a natural pyramid structure. These tombs have the finest colored decorations with the famous tomb of Tut Ankh Amun discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 and many other royal tombs belonging to the kings of the 18th and the 19th dynasty.
Later, we will visit the amazing mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. This temple was constructed by the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut (1473 – 1458 BC) as a unique structure rising from the desert in the shape of imposing terraces. This temple was used as a monastery in the Christian era. This is why it is famous for the name "El Deir Al Bahry", or the Western Monastery.
Later, we continue to see the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. These two 18 meters high statues are the only remaining items of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. During the roman era, music was heard coming out of one of the statues that were attributed, by the Greeks, as the legendary figure of Memnon greeting his mother Eos in one of the Greek myths
Afternoon we will spend free time in Luxor to explore the city or go with one of our optional tours available in Luxor  
We return back to our Nile cruise for dinner and overnight

Day 9: Nile Cruise – Luxor – Sleeper train

After having our breakfast onboard of the Nile cruise, we check out and go to see the Luxor temple, and continue to see the Karnak Temple, the largest religious Pharaonic structure ever built in the world. The kings of the Pharaohs staring from the 11th dynasty (2055 – 1985 BC) began adding their mark, one after the other, to this huge complex of Pharaonic temples. The Karnak temple includes the breathtaking hypostyle hall of the god Amun built by Ramses II in 1244 BC, the sacred lake of god Amun, and many more attractions
Later, we will be transferred to Luxor train station for sleeper train back to Cairo
Dinner and overnight onboard of sleeper train

Day 10: Sleeper train – Cairo

We arrive Cairo early morning, and go directly to explore Saqqara complex, the necropolis of the third dynasty of the Pharaonic Old Kingdom. This rich archeological site hosts a number of pyramids, with the startling step Pyramid of Djoser built in 2665 BC, which is the oldest proper pyramid ever built in Egypt and the most ancient rock structure built in the history of humankind. Saqqara also has many richly decorated tombs. Then we proceed to visit Memphis
Later, after lunch at local restaurant en route, we will visit Saladin Citadel, built by the great Ayoubid king and warrior, Salah El Dine Al Ayouby between 1176 and 1183 AD to protect Cairo and Egypt against the foreign attacks. This citadel became the seat of the power in Egypt for a very long period afterwards. And we will hae a chance to visit the startling Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque lactated inside the citadel. Mohamed Ali, who is considered the founder of Modern Egypt, decided to build this amazing mosque between 1830 and 1848 AD to look like the great mosques built by the Ottomans in Istanbul, like the famous Aya Sofia Mosque
After that, we will head to Khan El Khalili, the largest and most famous touristic market in the world. This bazaar, built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign
After we finish our exploration, we head to our hotel for overnight in Cairo

Day 11: Cairo – Final Departure

After breakfast at our hotel, we will check out from our hotel and transferred to Cairo airport for final departure flight

 

Notes
Sailing schedule is subject to change without prior notice due to navigational circumstances, but all sites will be maintained

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Prices & Dates

 

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Package includes
  • 3 nights at hotel in Cairo with breakfast
  • 1 night at hotel in Bahariya with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at camp in White Desert with all meals
  • 3 nights onboard of Nile cruise with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights onboard of sleeper train with breakfast and dinner
  • Lunches during desert safari
  • Beverages during desert portion of the tour: Mineral Water, Juice, Tea, Coffee
  • Professional English speaking escort through the trip
  • Professional English speaking guide (other languages are available) for all tours mentioned in itinerary
  • Meet and assist service and round trip transfers as per itinerary
  • Private air conditioned minibus for all transfers and tours
  • 4x4 Cars for desert portion of the tour
  • First Aid Kit and Emergency Gas/water Tanks
  • Safari Equipment: Tents, Mattress and Ice Box
  • Taxes and service charge
  • Assistance of Stylish Holidays throughout the trip
Package excludes
  • Airfares
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Tips
  • Beverage during meals
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any items not mentioned in itinerary

 

 

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Optional Tours

Cairo Optional Tours ↓

Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceImmerse yourself further into Egypt's history with an unforgettable visit to the famous Egyptian Museum. Follow this with a visit to Cairo's most popular Islamic attractions, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and Citadel of Salah El Din

Luxor By Sleeper Train

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWhile in Cairo, do not miss a chance to visit the most important city in Egypt, take a sleeper train to Luxor and visit the most important sightseeing and board a sleeper train back to Cairo at the end of the day

Famous Bazaars & Suburbs at the ancient Cairo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWhile in Cairo and have free time, do not miss to visit El Ghoriya. It’s a very famous District in Egypt and it is located in El Gamalia area (the centre of the fatimid Cairo), and this is where many of the most important historical streets, mosques, and historical features meet up

Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church & Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceDiscover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians during a tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. Learn about Christian life in Egypt

Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceStep back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the necropolis of Sakkara and the former capital, Memphis. With your own private Egyptologist guide to lead the way on this private tour, you can determine the amount of time you'd like to spend at each of the sites you'll visit.

Alexandria Day Trip

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceTake a fascinating private tour to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern and is famous for its Roman remains. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 312 B.C., and was the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt.

Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceTake a leisurely private tour of Cairo's most famous sites: the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. You'll see Cairo's most famous attractions in one day.

Islamic & Coptic Cairo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceA mixing say of sightseeing of the Islamic and Coptic sites in Cairo. You will see Salah El Din Citadel where Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque lies, also Al Gowhara palace built by Mamluks and Ottmanian, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Garry Anderson Museum and then to Coptic Cairo including Al Mo'allaka church, St. Sergius and finally the Coptic Museum

Sound & Light Show at Giza Pyramids

Dinner Cruise Belly DancePay a visit to Sound and Light spectacular Show of the Giza Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus and enjoy the history of the ancient Egyptians. The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the city ...

The Pharaonic Village

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceThe Pharaonic Village is an experience like no other. The instant you begin sailing down the canals that circuit through the island you are immersed totally in the Egypt of history and legend. Everywhere you look, you will find more and more of the sights and sounds of ancient Egypt, until finally you could believe that you have truly traveled through time to a distant and glorious past.

Luxor Optional Tours ↓

The East Bank

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceA short tour to Luxor’s East Bank temples will gave you a great example of the old ancient Pharaohs live and warship. Karnak Temples, the greatest example of worship in history. And the Temple of Luxor which was dedicated to Amoun- Ra.

Nile Cruise trip to Dendara Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceEnjoy a one Day Nile Cruise trip to Dendara Temple. Sail from Luxor to Dendara along Nile river by boat to see the well preserved Temple of Hathor, Temple of Isis and Coptic Basilica

Full day Tour in Luxor

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceCover all Luxor major sites in one day, where you will visit the East bank and West bank monuments like Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut also known as El Dier El Baharai temple.

Day trip to Edfu and kom Ombo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceGet excited by our daily excursions to the to Edfu and Kom Ombo by horse carriage to visit the majestic temple dedicated to Horus and then transfer to see to the Temple of Kom Ombo standing on high grounds overlooking the Nile.

Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExperience the beauty of the Temples of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you to a journey into Ancient Egyptian history at the Karnak Temples, the greatest example of worship in history and was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu.

Luxor to Dendara & Abydos

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceCover all Luxor major sites in one day, where you will visit the East bank and West bank monuments like Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut also known as El Dier El Baharai temple.

Trip to Cairo by flight

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceDo not miss a blissful day sightseeing tour in Cairo while in Luxor. To cover the most attraction of Egypt, you should visit Cairo, which includes Great Pyramids of Giza, The mighty Sphinx, the Unique Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo Coptic churches, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

The West Bank

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExplore Valley of the Kings which is magnificent in its grandeur of architecture, Valley of The Kings containing the masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian tombs and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only Pharaonic woman who reigned ancient Egypt

Aswan Optional Tours ↓

Felucca trip in the Nile

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceSail on the Nile as ancient Egyptians, using a felucca to experience one of the most famous ways to sail on the Nile River in Aswan. The felucca is a traditional sailing boat made of wood that is used especially for river sailing. They are especially popular along the Nile River in Egypt.

Kalabsha Temple & Nubian Museum

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceHave a spectacular trip to the temple of Kalabsha, dedicated to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god. And enjoy visiting the Nubian museum which houses thousands of beautiful monuments dating to different eras and built over an area of 50,000 square meters

Camel Market of Darau

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceMake a completely different experience while in Aswan and watch the one of the world's largest gathering of camels, known as the “Ship of the Desert”, at the Camel Market in Darau. The Darau Camel market takes place every Tuesday. Different people heading to the market to purchase healthy & cheap meat. You will find different foreigners & tourists who have travelled from all over the world to visit this famous market

Nubian Museum Aswan

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceInterested in Nubian culture, need to know more about the Nubian civilization, then you should pay a visit to the Nubian Museum, which displays thousands of Nubian antiquities that would have been lost under the waters of Lake Nasser after constructing High Dam of Aswan

St. Simeon Monastery

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceSpend a sensational day tour to St. Simeon Monastery which is located on a hill in the desert on the west bank of the Nile River in Aswan. It is one of the largest and best-preserved Coptic monasteries in Egypt. Most of the construction is said to have taken place during the 7th century and the site was historically significant for Nubian Christians

Nubian Village by felucca

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExplore the Nubian Village in Aswan by strolling through shady alleys and gardens is a wonderful way to experience life on modern Elephantines. At Nubian house, the owner serves tea, sells Nubian handicrafts, and can arrange live music and dancing or henna 'tattoos' with local women.

Kom Ombo & Edfu

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWhile in Aswan, expand your sightseeing to Kom Ombo and Edfu cities, which have remarkable temples. Kom Ombo Temple, which stands on a high ground overlooking the River Nile. Then onto Edfu Temple which is dedicated to god Horus and it considered the best preserved cult temple in Egypt.

High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWatch the modern engineering miracle of the famous High Dam in Aswan. And watch the ancient engineering miracle or building the Obelisks. After that pay a visit to the elegant temple of Philae dedicated to goddess Isis, goddess of magic.

Sound & Light Show at Philae

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceThe spectacular Sound and Light Show at Philae temple will help you to imagine how the life has been thousands years ago! You will know about it through the legendary Sound & Light Shows which are played at Philae temple, its historical & culture values are simply beyond description, latest lighting laser and projection technologies are utilized to visualize mysteries of the pharaonic civilization, every year hundreds of thousands attend these magnificent spectaculars to relive the legand.

Kalabsha Temple Aswan

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceEnjoy a half day tour to visit Kalabsha temple, which lies on the west bank of Lake Nasser, which is dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus and the Nubian god Mandulis

Contact Information

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