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From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

1. From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada on the first day and transfer in a private air-conditioned car to Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the great Karnak Temple with your professional guide, then drive over to the beautiful Luxor Temple. After your Luxor tour, check in to the cruise and get some rest. At night, discover Luxor's old market before an overnight cruise. On Day 2, be ready early in the morning for a fabulous tour of the West Bank. Get there by motorboat, then drive to the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple and take the opportunity to visit Howard Carter House, where the Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Return to the cruise and start sailing. Enjoy the views of Luxor's islands and local culture as you go, before passing Esna Lock and arriving in Edfu for the night. Early on the third day, visit Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Upon return to the boat, savor a drink on the sundeck as you cruise all the way to the town of Kom Ombo. Reach Kom Ombo around sunset and discover Kom Ombo Temple before spending the night on the boat. At around 5 AM on Day 4, it's time to visit some of the most important temples in the whole world: the Abu Simbel Temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Get some rest after your tour before exploring Aswan's old market at night. On the last day, head down the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to Philae Island Temple. Finally, visit the famous Aswan High Dam before being transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

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Luxor: Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing

2. Luxor: Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing

The experience begins with pickup from your Luxor hotel at around 6:00 PM and transfer down to the River Nile. Hop onboard your boat for an evening on one of the most famous rivers in the world. Be escorted to your table then enjoy a delicious meal while listening to the sound of traditional Egyptian music. After dinner, watch a mesmerizing belly dance show as well as entertaining folk performances. By the end of the meal you’ll have a better understanding of Egyptian culture as well as unforgettable vacation memories.

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Aswan to Luxor 4-Day Nile Cruise from Cairo

3. Aswan to Luxor 4-Day Nile Cruise from Cairo

Day 1: Head to Cairo railway station to board the overnight train to Aswan. Day 2: Upon arrival at Aswan, meet your tour representative at the railway station and begin your journey. Firstly, visit Aswan High Dam then the Philae Temple. Board your Nile cruise where you will be served lunch and afternoon tea. Sail to Kom Ombo and enjoy a dinner and overnight feast onboard. Day 3: After breakfast, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Board the sailboat and head to Edfu. After lunch, visit the Temple of Horus and the Cross Esna Lock. Sail to Luxor and spend the night on board with dinner included.  Day 4: Enjoy breakfast on your cruise while crossing the West Bank to tour the Valley of the Kings and dive into the Kings' Tombs, Ramssess III, Ramssess IV & Merneptah Visit the unique temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. See the Colossi of Memnon. Relax with afternoon tea. Then have dinner and stay overnight on board. Day 5: Breakfast will be served on board before disembarking the cruise ship. Visit the East Bank of the Nile, the Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor. At the end of your trip, you will be returned to the railway station to catch the overnight train back to Cairo.  Day 6: Arrive in Cairo and be dropped off at your accommodation. 

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

4. 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.

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Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

5. Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

Day 1: Start with pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Aswan. First, visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Then proceed to the amazing High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 to protect the surrounding regions from the annual Nile floods. Next, make your way to check-in for the cruise and set sail at approximately 2:00 PM. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise and arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo in time for sunset. This beautiful temple was built to worship the gods Sobek and Horus. Continue sailing till Edfu where the cruise will stop for an overnight stay. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for breakfast before enjoying a horse and carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This ancient temple houses important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which tells of the conflict between Horus and Seth. Return to the cruise ship for afternoon tea while sailing towards Luxor. Pass through Esna lock along the way before arriving in Luxor at 7:00 PM. Day 3: On the third day venture to the Valley of the Kings just outside the city of Luxor. Explore the site with your guide and wander through the Royal Tombs. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. Queen Hatsheput was the first Pharaonic woman to rule Egypt. Next, see the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, which was dedicated to the God Amun and his wife, Mut. Walk through the giant pillars of the famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Karnak Temple also features the oldest peace treaty known to historians, which was signed by the Hittites and the Egyptians. The Egyptian version of the treaty was preserved on a wall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Next, see the majestic Luxor Temple and the Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon. You will then be transferred to the airport or railway station for your final departure.

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From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

6. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

Day 1: Luxor After getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see sights such as the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Later, head back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading out to explore the city of Luxor and its old market. Day 2: Luxor Rise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture whilst on-board. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo Arrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: Aswan Today, cruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time to discover the city and its ancient market. Day 5: Abu Simbel Arrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this temple complex, one of the most important in the world. Day 6: Aswan Today, begin the journey back to Luxor, visiting Nubian islands and villages that you will pass whilst cruising. Day 7: Cruising Spend the day at your leisure onboard the boat, cruising back to Luxor. Day 8: Luxor After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

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Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

7. Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 11:00AM from any location in Luxor. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Aswan Following breakfast on the morning of your final day, your tour will conclude in Aswan.

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Luxor: 4-Night 5-Star All-Inclusive Nile Cruise

8. Luxor: 4-Night 5-Star All-Inclusive Nile Cruise

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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From Marsa Alam: 4-Day All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

9. From Marsa Alam: 4-Day All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

Day 1 – Marsa Alam to Aswan   After pickup from your hotel in Marsa Alam, you’ll be transferred to Aswan to board your Nile cruise. Start with a delicious lunch on board and head off to visit the High Dam, a rock-filled dam at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. Then, see the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, which contain an unfinished obelisk. Finally, visit the Philae Temple Complex, which was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in the 1960s. After dinner on board, enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show.   Day 2 – Abu Simbel and Kom Ombo   Your first highlight of day two will be a visit to the temples of Abu Simbel, two structures carved out of a sandstone cliff by the orders of King Ramses II. Admire the 66-foot seated figures of Ramses and the smaller structures around its feet. After lunch, continue on to visit the Kom Ombo temples, an unusual double temple constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty. After some free time to explore, reboard the boat to cruise to Edfu. After dinner on board, enjoy an Egyptian galabeya party, wearing traditional Egyptian robes.     Day 3 – Edfu to Luxor   Start day three by visiting Edfu temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt. The inscriptions on its walls have provided important insight into language, myth, and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt. Enjoy lunch on board while you sail to Esna, where you can enjoy some free time in the afternoon.   Day 4 – Disembarkation in Luxor, transfer to Marsa Alam   In the morning, visit the West Bank of the Nile, an area that contains some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Visit the Valley of the Kings, a valley where rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. See the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, considered one of the most important monuments of ancient Egypt. Finally, see the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of a seated Pharoah Amenhotep III. After lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor, visit the Karnak Temple Complex, a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, and other buildings. Finish your tour with a visit to the Luxor Temple, where many of the pharaohs of Egypt were crowned.   Then, you’ll be driven back to Marsa Alam, admiring Egypt’s landscapes along the way.

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From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Coptic Nile Cruise

10. From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Coptic Nile Cruise

• Day one Get picked up in the morning from the bus station, train station, or your hotel in Aswan. Begin your experience with a visit to the Monastery of St. Simeon in Aswan, one of the oldest Coptic Orthodox monasteries. The monastery appears as if carved from rock, as if it were an extension of the nature around it. Following the visit, head to the cruise ship for check-in and lunch. Then visit Aswan's Cathedral of Angel Michael, the largest Coptic cathedral outside of Cairo and an interesting work of design. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight.  • Day two Have breakfast early and head off to visit the High Dam, the Incomplete Obelisk, and Philae Temple. Return to the boat for lunch and to sail to Kom Ombo, where you will set off for a guided visit of the Church of the Martyr Margirgis St. George, one of Christianity's most famous martyrs. Next, proceed to the Church of the Virgin and Angel Michael, which once belonged to the Latin Catholics and now to the Coptic Orthodox. Explore the church and the drawings and paintings contained within. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight while completing the sail to Edfu.  • Day three Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you to the Church of the Virgin Mary in Edfu, known as the "Church of the Apparition," where Virgin Mary appeared on August 21, 1982. Head back to the boat for the rest of the day on deck while sailing to Luxor.  • Day four Wake up for breakfast and check out from the boat. Take your bags with you as you meet your guide to visit the Monastery of Saint Pachomius. Dating back to the fourth century AD, it is one of the main monasteries built by St. Anba Pachomius "father of the company." Proceed to the Monastery of the Saints, located on Mount El Tod. This monastery houses the bodies of St. Anba Beshay, St. Anba Besantaas, and Anba Source, all saints who lived in the area and sanctified the monastery with their pure prayers. After the visit, your guide will take you to a local restaurant for lunch and then your tour will conclude at around 4:00 PM with a transfer to the airport or train station in Luxor.

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What people are saying about Luxor

We took a 4 night cruise with Blue Shadow cruise boat from Luxor to Aswan. We were amazed by incredible sceenery seen from the boat and unique historical sites along the route. It is the best way to explore southern Egypt. Our guide Ahmed made sure we had an unforgettable experience. Visits to all sites were well organized by transport from the boat. We didn't wait anywhere in line to enter any site, which was a delight. All meals were included in this trip and food on the boat was very good with good variaty each day. We would highly recommend Nile cruise to anyone visiting Egypt.

Our guide Ramzy was very knowledgeable, we learnt a lot about Egyptian history with him. He was always there for us and made sure that we didn’t have any problems. I would totally recommend him to our family and friends. Just be aware that you have to do a lot of tipping, it seems is the way it works here. But apart from that the quality of the tour is excellent.

At Blue Shadow, very friendly staff who warm welcomes you and greets you everytime. Everybody paying attention to every detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Really felt at home. Our guide Ahmed has always keen to give detailed information and aswers every question. Really enjoyed it!

Very good experience. Zaher was a great tour guide with extensive knowledge and ability to answer any questions. The tour was well organized for the best sights and also has excellent staff and food on board. Would recommend.

Very good cruise....definitely recommend it.....Staff very helpful....