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From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

1. From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 : A representative will come at the chosen pick-up time to pick you up by car to go to the Nile cruise ship by a private A/C van. Get settled into your comfortable room. Relax on the ship and have lunch then at about 2:00 pm Your professional Egyptologist Guide meet you for your visit to the Karnak temple. Then take a felucca ride on the Nile at sunset. Enjoy refreshing breezes with a ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Along the way Enjoy an incredible outing with friends or family away from the stress of the big city and see a spectacular view of Luxor from the water. Next, you will move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, After finishing your tour, our guide will transfer you back to the ship at about 6:30 pm. At night you will enjoy dinner on board with an Egyptian Folkloric Show party/ Day 2: In the early morning get ready to have a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloon. Watch an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above . After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to th ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: In the early morning, you’ll head (with group of people) to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After the visit, you will return to your Nile cruise ship to take your luggage then go to the train station in Aswan.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

2. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

Visit the Abu Simbel temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, on this day trip from Aswan. Waste no time waiting in line with skip-the-line entrance tickets, and take a guided tour of the complex with a professional guide. After pickup from your hotel in Aswan early in the morning, drive approximately 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest to Abu Simbel in an air-conditioned bus or private car, depending on the tour option you select. Once there, meet your guide, then discover two of the most renowned temples in Egypt, one dedicated to Ramses II and the other to his favorite wife, Nefertari. Skip the lines to access the site and explore the temples constructed in the 13th century B.C. Admire the gigantic facade of the Ramses II temple that represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The facade is 119 feet (36 meters) wide and 100 feet (32.5 meters) high, and the statues are each 67 feet (20.4 meters) high. Enter the interior of the temple via a 185-foot (56.4-meter) man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms. The most remarkable feature of the temple of Abu Simbel is that the construction is oriented in such a way that twice a year, the morning sun shines through the length of the inner temple and illuminates the statues of the four gods seated at the end of the cave. After your tour, return to Aswan and get dropped off at your hotel around noon.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

3. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Aswan in the early morning, then sets out on the journey to the famous Abu Simbel Temples. Along the journey, listen to your expert guide share fascinating facts and stories about Ancient Egypt and the Abu Simbel Temples. Arrive at the temples, which are one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Location. Dating back to 1244BC, the temples are an incredible example of life in Ancient Egypt and allow you the chance to retrace the steps of history. As you admire the temples, learn about their fascinating journey from the River Nile, where they once sat for 3000 years before being moved in a remarkable feat of engineering in the 1960s. Spend about one hour wandering around temples, exploring this ancient location with your expert guide, and snapping incredible photos for your holiday album. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the journey back to Aswan and reminisce about the memories you’ve made.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

4. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

Spend a full day taking a guided tour of one of the most magnificent sites in Eygpt: the Abu Simbel temples. In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Aswan and take you to the airport. From there, head towards the most magnificent landscape of ancient Egypt. These massive rock reliefs are considered the grandest and most beautiful temples commissioned during Ramses’ reign, and some of the most beautiful in Egypt. This iconic site is situated on the western banks of the Nile and was dedicated to Ramses the Great and his queen Nefertari. Accompany your guide on an exploration of these temples and learn fascinating historical facts about the site, including the reason why they were dismantled and re-located in the 1960s. Twice a year, a beautiful phenomenon takes place: witness the sun shining into the holy sanctum which lights up the colossal statues of Ptah, Amun, Ta, and Ramses. In the interior, discover 1000 years of temple arts, petroglyphs, and hieroglyphs. You’ll also explore the many other small and large temples located in the area.   After you’ve taken in the magnificence of this site to the fullest, your guide will drop you off at the Abu Simbel Airport for your return to your accommodation in Aswan.

From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

5. From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 Get picked up in the morning from your hotel in Aswan. Begin your experience with your professional guide and head off to visit the High Dam which is the world's largest embankment dam, was built across the Nile in Aswan Next, head to the Incomplete Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan Visit the Philae Temple which was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period) by Motor boat. Finally, you will go to the ship for accommodation and lunch in the early afternoon. At night you will enjoy dinner on board. Day 2 Rise early in the morning to visit one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. Upon arrival your tour guide escort you around the site, explaining more about its fascinating history. After finishing, you will return to the ship to have lunch and begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival at Kom Ombo, you will visit the temple on a guided tour. At the end of your day, you will return to the ship for dinner. Day 3 Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head to Edfu Temple by horse carriage. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt, the city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek. Return to the ship for dinner and your final night onboard. Day 4 Wake before sunrise to get ready for your balloon flight. Check out from the room and leave your luggage at the reception of the ship. Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise balloon ride. After landing, head to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Howard Carter House, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and finally, Luxor Temple. Return to the ship to pick up your luggage. Be dropped off in Luxor in the afternoon at the train station or your hotel.

From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

6. From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

• Day 1: Aswan Discover Egyptian culture by sailing the Nile on a 5-star cruise. Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up on time to start the tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Drive over to where you'll hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, check in to your cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubian and the Egyptian. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you cruise along the beautiful waters. Stop at Komombo to visit the temple and then enjoy an overnight stay aboard the boat.  • Day 2: Edfu - Esna - Luxor Enjoy breakfast on the ship and then sail over toward Edfu for a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple. Head back to the boat and sail to Esna, passing through Esna Lock. Glide toward Luxor where the cruise will dock overnight.  • Day 3: Luxor Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterwards, continue on a drive to discover the secrets of the Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, in which the famous English man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Take some time to relax on the boat before heading off to visit the biggest temple in the world: Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise.  • Day 4: Luxor - Departure After breakfast, end service in Luxor.

From Cairo: Sleeping Train Transfer to Aswan and Luxor

7. From Cairo: Sleeping Train Transfer to Aswan and Luxor

Take a convenient sleeping train from Cairo to Aswan or to Luxor and back with a guaranteed reservation. Your accommodation on the train includes dinner and breakfast the next day. First, book your tickets and receive them at your hotel when you arrive in Egypt. On the day of travel, head to the station at least 30 minutes before your departure time. At Giza Station, there are a few small shops to buy snacks or water, as well as a small restaurant. On the platform, the small numbers hanging from the platform canopy indicate the approximate location of the wagons. So, if you are in Wagon #6 on your ticket, line up by the #6 sign. Wait for the green and white-colored sleeping train to arrive which has the words 'Sleeping Car' stenciled on the side. Board the train and find your accommodation. Enjoy the comfortable 10 to 13-hour journey with dinner and breakfast served. Feel the satisfaction of waking up in an entirely new region of Egypt, refreshed and ready to begin the next portion of your trip.

From Luxor to Aswan: 5-Day 5-Star Guided Nile River Cruise

8. From Luxor to Aswan: 5-Day 5-Star Guided Nile River Cruise

• Day 1: Nile Cruise with Visit to East Bank Upon arrival to Luxor Airport or railway station, meet your tour representative and start your adventure. Transfer to the port and embark on the Nile Cruise, enjoying your first lunch onboard. First, visit the beautiful monuments of ancient Egypt with a guided tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Discover the Complex of Karnak Temple, the largest temple in the world, and the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple. Later, enjoy dinner onboard and an overnight stay in Luxor. • Day 2: Visit West Bank Enjoy your breakfast onboard the Nile Cruise. Visit the West Bank of Luxor and tour the Valley of the Kings. Dive into the tombs of famous Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only female ruler, who ruled Egypt for 20 years with wealth and peace. Next, sail to Edfu via Esna. There, enjoy your lunch onboard and then savor a relaxing afternoon with an afternoon tea and an amazing dinner proceeding an overnight stay in Edfu. • Day 3: Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan Tour After your breakfast onboard, visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt. Stop for a lunch break, where you can grab some food and enjoy an afternoon tea onboard during the sail to Kom Ombo. After lunch, visit the Temple of two gods, Sobek and Haroeris, in Kom Ombo. Sail to the beautiful city of Aswan and spend the night onboard with dinner included (stay overnight in Aswan). • Day 4: High Dam, Philae Temple, & the Unfinished Obelisk After breakfast on board, start your journey by visiting the High Dam — an incredible wonder of engineering. Take a motorboat to the Philae Temple, the most famous site of Aswan, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Finally, make your way to the Unfinished Obelisk to gaze into history via its massive pillars. Return to the cruise ship for lunch and enjoy your afternoon tea later on. Relax and eat dinner onboard and enjoy an overnight stay in Aswan. • Day 5: Last Day Cruise Breakfast will be served onboard the cruise before disembarking. You will then be transferred to the Aswan Airport or railway station with the assistance of your tour guide.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

9. From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile river on this cruise from Aswan to Luxor with a return transfer to Aswan. Take an overnight cruise aboard a 5-star ship on a river that is renowned for its historic importance, legendary status, and its natural elegance.  Day 1: Head to the Abu Simbel temple, generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Ramesses II and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.  After your guided temple tour, set sail to the Kom Ombo temple, unique due to its dedication to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek and the falcon-headed god, Horus the Elder. Return to the ship for dinner as it continues to sail down the Nile. Day 2: After breakfast, continue to Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, in a horse-drawn carriage. After visiting the temple, you’ll have some time to admire the river views from the sun deck before preparing for your departure.

Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

10. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Aswan

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Hassle free! Everything from A to Z was well organized, all drivers we met were on time! Our room on the ship was really nice, modern, well decorated and the staff of the ship was very friendly and always available to help. Sunrise hot air balloon was incredible, we flew over some historical sites and words can't express how amazing was the view from the sky! All guides were speaking fluent English, Informative & they had great knowledge. Also, the company agent " Mark" was available 24/7 to help and answer my questions if I had!! Really impressive, Excellent experience, Nice people, well organized cruise, reliable and professional cruise agency!! Definitely I will recommend it to anyone. Everything was literally perfect!!! Everything went smoothly! Thanks again for the lovely experience!

It was amazing! since we got picked up from our hotel until we finish, everything was perfectly organized! Tour guides were friendly and always checking that we were enjoying & also they helped us with taking some photos:)! Our room in the cruise was excellent! Drivers in Luxor and Aswan were punctual and always arriving at the exact scheduled time. Whatsapp chat support was quick to response! 10 out 10 experience, would recommend for sure! Thanks!

an excellent guide, educated, without wanting to sell you anything, or participate in various scams. Due to the experiences of previous days with other tours, we notified the agency that we did not want any more scams. Thank you

Thanks to this all-inclusive package, it was a very good experience, an unbeatable treatment both by the company and by our guide, Mohammed. Thank you very much!!

Simple and efficient, the cabin is clean and we slept very well. The controller assigned to our car was very available and considerate.