7 Night Classical Nile Cruise Itinerary
Departing every Monday throughout the year
UK – Luxor – Depart from UK, fly directly to Luxor. On arrival transfer to your chosen ship (approx. 20 minutes) for a seven – night cruise. A welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead will take place either this evening or the following morning, depending on your flight arrival time.
Luxor – Edfu / Esna – An early morning start crossing over to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, (for an extra charge you can visit the Tomb of Tutankhamen), Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Valley of the Queens and Colossi of Memnon. (This whole morning tour takes approximately 5 hours.) On arrival back at the boat, a buffet lunch will be served and the boat will sail for Esna. The afternoon can be spent relaxing on the sundeck while watching the varied local life on the river and its banks. Afternoon tea will be served on the sun deck. After dinner, there’s a small informal cocktail party where the management of the boat is introduced to everyone. At some stage during the evening the boat will pass through the lock at Esna then dock overnight in Edfu 3-4 hours later.
Edfu / Esna – Kom Ombo / Aswan – Wake up at leisure and after breakfast, visit the Temple of Edfu. Afterwards, there is time to roam the local market where you will be able to prepare for this evening’s Galabeya Party. Back on board the boat lunch will be served as the boat sails to Aswan. This wonderful journey takes approximately 10 hours and gives you chance to take a dip in the plunge pool, read a book or simply enjoy the view. In the evening there will be a Galabeya party, where everyone dresses up in traditional Egyptian costumes for dinner and party games. Late that night the boat will dock in Aswan for a stay of two nights.
Aswan – Morning visit to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and then by boat to the Temple of Philae. In the afternoon sail by felucca around Kitchener’s Island and its Botanical Gardens. After dinner, tonight’s entertainment will be an Egyptian style ‘Treasure Hunt’.
Aswan - Today can be spent either at leisure or on optional excursions. The most popular excursion is to the Temple of Abu Simbel which is available by coach or by air. In the afternoon an optional excursion to a Nubian Village via camel or boat can be arranged. In the late afternoon the boat will sail to Kom Ombo and a visit to the Ptolemaic Temple usually takes place that evening. Dinner, evening entertainment and overnight on board.
Aswan – Luxor – The day is spent at leisure as the boat heads to Luxor arriving later that evening. After dinner, enjoy the delights of a traditional belly dancer.
Luxor – The day can begin with an optional hot air balloon trip giving you a bird’s eye view of the magnificent wonders of the West Bank and the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, join a morning visit to Temple of Karnak, the papyrus museum and the traditional perfume shops of Luxor. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Luxor; afterwards there is ample opportunity to explore the markets of Luxor for souvenirs and gifts. That evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple.
Luxor – UK – Disembark for your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or to your hotel if you’re extending your stay.
Please note: Itinerary shown is indicative since order of sites visited may vary according to scheduling.