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Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

1. Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

Your River Nile experience begins with pickup from your hotel within Cairo City, then heads to Maadi where your traditional felucca boat awaits you. Find your seats aboard the boat and sit back and relax as you leave the marina and start your trip along the world-famous River Nile. Spend a delightful 2-hours cruising along the river, admiring incredible views of the surrounding landscapes and locals going about their day. As you watch the scenes unfold along the river, learn about how Old Cairo has adapted to modern times, and how traditions and culture have developed here. While you sail, enjoy a delicious and authentic Egyptian meal, bursting with colorful flavors that represent the local way of life. There are 3 options available for the trip, the breakfast option which runs from 10am to 12pm, the lunch option which runs from 12pm to 4pm, and the dinner option which runs from 6pm to 8pm. During the breakfast cruise, dine on traditional ful stew, falafel, feteer, honey, cheese, tomato, salad, and soft drinks. On the lunch and dinner cruises, guests are served a selection of meat samosas, meat and vegetable tagine, tahini, salads, grilled chicken, kofta, and more, as well as a sweet dessert and soft drinks.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

2. 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.

Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

3. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street. After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day as per your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis. You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

4. The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

Discover the river Nile as you cruise its waters in a traditional Felucca. Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and travel to the Nile pier in downtown Cairo and spend a day sailing down the same river Cleopatra did so many centuries ago. Enjoy a relaxing daytime cruise and let your hand glide along the Nile’s surface as you bathe in the warm Egyptian sun. Choose to take the cruise later on in the day and experience a spectacular sunset over Cairo from the deck or your boat, or alternatively hop on board the Felucca after the sun has set and observe Cairo’s buzzing nightlife from the river.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

5. 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.

Cairo: Pyramid Tour, Boat Ride and Lunch at Cafelucca

6. Cairo: Pyramid Tour, Boat Ride and Lunch at Cafelucca

Depending on the time slot you’ve selected (8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, or 11 AM), you will be picked up from your hotel at the arranged time. Find your seats aboard a modern vehicle and sit back as you start your adventure to the three Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Visit the Valley Temple where priests mummified the dead body of King Chephren. From there, get a close look at the majestic Sphinx. Benefit from the opportunity to take pictures with the legendary guardian standing by the huge funeral complex with its lion body and the head of King Chephren. Your guide can assist you with the posing to ensure you’ll get the best experience. Then it’s time to transfer back to Cairo city center for your Nile sailing cruise. Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour lunch cruise on a traditional felucca boat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the lunch cruises, guests are served a selection of meat samosas, meat and vegetable tagine, tahini, salads, grilled chicken, kofta, and more, as well as a sweet dessert and soft drinks. After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

From Cairo: Tanis and Bubastis with Traditional Lunch

7. From Cairo: Tanis and Bubastis with Traditional Lunch

Discover the history of Egypt on this private day trip to Tanis and Bubastis. Combine the old with the new as you eat lunch at the modern Suez Canal shipping lane.  Meet your Egyptologist tour guide in the morning and relax on the scenic drive to Tanis in an air-conditioned minivan with free Wi-Fi. Uncover the secrets of Tanis which was the biblical site of Zoan in the ancient land of Goshen where Moses was found in the Nile marshes. Explore the capital of the capital of the 21st and 22nd dynasties, during the reign of the Tanite kings of Egypt's. Admire the ancient ruins of the temple of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. Drive to Bubastis which is also known as Per-Bast as it is the religious center for the feline goddess Bast. Have some time to see the temples for King Teti and Pepi the first. Finally, drive to Cairo to have a delectable local lunch amd return to your accommodation in Cairo.

Luxor: Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing

8. 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.

Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

9. Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 You will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Cairo train station, where you will board an overnight train to Luxor.  Day 2 Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a 4-star hotel to have some rest until the hot air balloon time. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs.  Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch.  You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat.  Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of 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 to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to check out and take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan station to travel back to Cairo by train.

Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

10. Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

Get picked up from your hotel at 8 AM, then begin your excursion with a visit to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Then, proceed to the Great Sphinx which dates back to the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren. Next, continue on to visit the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art and is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Admire over 250,000 genuine artifacts, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen's collection of treasure, gold, and jewelry. Read about how these marvels were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s. After this, get transferred back to your hotel at around 4 PM to rest for a while, take a shower, and get ready for the night ahead. At 6 PM, get picked up from your hotel and head to the pier to begin your 2-hour Nile cruise. Enjoy a night on the Nile as you take in the sights of Cairo. Savor a delicious dinner on board as you watch a belly dancing and a folkloric show. Be delighted by the Chef's menu along with a selection of Egyptian favorites, all made with fresh ingredients. At the end of this memorable dining experience, get transferred back at around 10:30 PM where your tour ends.

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What people are saying about The Nile

I had an unforgettable two days with Emy, an absolute expert Egyptologist & guide! I can’t say enough about the unforgettable things that I saw & learned in a short time. A private driver picked me up and dropped me off at the Cairo airport, which was very convenient & safe. Day 1 started at the Great Pyramids. Emy was an excellent guide, & also a pro photographer! We continued to the great Sphinx, pyramids at Sakara, Memphis, & lunch at a lovely local place. The sound & light show at the pyramids is definitely worth seeing! On day 2, we saw the citadel/mosque & did some shopping. She knew of trusted places for authentic Egyptian things! Another great lunch at a local restaurant & then on to the Egyptian Museum for the King Tut exhibit, & finally the bizarre; More time at both of these places would have been great. Skip the dinner cruise on the Nile; Terrible food, cheesy show, overrated. Emy is amazing and I can’t Thank her enough for the wonderful hospitality and memories!

This was the most wonderful and romantic cruise we have ever done. First of all it is a private tour, so you have the lovely cafelluca boat all for yourself / your group. Then, we had a delicious traditional Egyptian dinner on board, including 3 variety of meat (kofta, beef and chicken), tahini, rice, salad and 3 types of dessert. The cruise last 2 hours, sailing along the river Nile. The crew allowed us to choose the music and even asked us if we were happy with the speed of the boat. The ambiance is extremely relaxing, romantic and cozy. Engy took good care of us, from the pick up at the hotel to the drop off, being very kind and polite. We definitely recommend this trip as it is a truly unforgettable experience.

I cannot recommend this experience enough. Ahmet was our guide and by the end he felt like part of our family. Everything was so well organized and on time. Omar experienced so many amazing things in Egypt and saw more than we could have asked for. Ahmet was so knowledgeable and proud of Egyptian history. He made our experience infinitely better with his humor and thoughtfulness. We never felt rushed or pressured to go see any attractions. This has been the trip of a lifetime for us and I cannot recommend this tour enough. The pictures are incredible and Ahmet will take the most amazing pictures for you. If you’re looking for a tour please consider this option - you won’t regret your choice!

A fantasy journey that I loved very much, Mrs. Iman is wonderful, accurate at the time, helpful, thank you, Mr. Mustafa was with me throughout the trip, he made me feel safe, thank him, Mr. Karim was in contact and always asked

Esraa was amazing and so knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and would highly recommend this excursion.