Our amazing 8 Day Cairo to Aswan tour, including a Nile cruise, will make all your dreams of an Egyptian holiday come true. This tour combines not only the best and most beloved sites in Cairo, but introduces you to the ancient wonders of Upper Egypt and the Nile River Valley.
You will explore the famous Great Pyramids of Giza complex, including the Sphinx, as well as tour the Egyptian Museum, and of course discover the magic of the old bazaar at Khan El-Khalili in Islamic Cairo.
An exciting train ride to Aswan in a comfortable private sleeper car will transport you to the charm of Upper Egypt where you will be amazed by the beauty of this beloved city on the Nile and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise up the Nile River with stops at Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor. This 8-day tour is a carefully curated excursion that will check off every box on your Egyptian holiday dream list.
After receiving a warm welcome from your Secret of Egypt Tour Leader at Cairo International Airport, you will be accompanied in a comfortable vehicle to your 5-star hotel and the tour manager will help you with check-in. Before leaving you to relax for the evening, he will review the itinerary and confirm pick-up times for the following day.
Unwind and enjoy a complimentary welcome drink at the hotel, and settle in for a good night’s rest.
You’ll start your day with a 5-star breakfast, after which you will check out of the hotel and your tour guide will greet you and escort you in a comfortable air-conditioned car to kick-off your Cairo tour. You will visit some of the most well-known and beloved historical attractions in and around the city.
First stop will be the incredible Egyptian Museum near downtown’s newly renovated Tahrir Square. Your tour guide will guide you through the many rooms full of tens of thousands of ancient artifacts on display. The Treasures Room is surely one of the most spectacular highlights of the museum. King Tutankham’s sealed tomb was first entered in the early 20th century and found fully intact, including all the incredible artifacts buried with him to take to the afterlife.
The next stop is the world-renowned Pyramids of Giza, Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, as well as the Sphinx and the lesser known yet intriguing Valley Temple. The largest of the Giza pyramids, The Great Pyramid, is the only one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing.
Once you’ve finished marveling at the beauty of the Giza Pyramids complex, you will enjoy a lovely lunch at a nearby restaurant. Take the opportunity to rest and refuel for the afternoon’s adventures.
Your tour guide will accompany you to the Giza Railway station to board a comfortable private sleeper car where you will enjoy dinner and a relaxing overnight ride to Aswan.
Day 3 of your tour will start with your arrival at the Aswan Railway Station where a friendly Travel Advisor tour leader will be waiting for you. He will greet you and escort you to the lovely Nile cruise where you will spend the next 3 nights. Once you have settled into your cabin, your tour guide will take you on a lovely afternoon tour of Aswan.
First you will go to the Aswan High Dam, and from there you will visit the lovely Temple of Philae, built for the goddess Isis and the goddess Hathor. Lastly, you will marvel at the Unfinished Obelisk. Your tour manager will return you to the cruise ship where you will enjoy a delicious dinner onboard and spend a peaceful night on the water in Aswan.
Today begins the magical cruise down the Nile which will get underway while you are enjoying a delicious breakfast onboard. Relax and enjoy the ride as the ship glides along on the way to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival at Kom Ombo you will go ashore to witness the spectacular twin temples in one, dedicated to both the falcon god Horus and the crocodile god, Sobek.
Next stop will be Edfu, home of the Temple of Horus. During the leisurely cruise to Edfu, you will be served a delicious and refreshing lunch. Upon arrival at Edfu, your tour guide will accompany you through the bustling town of Edfu to the Horus Temple, known as the best-preserved temple in Egypt. It’s an incredibly beautiful and unforgettable structure.
After exploring the Horus Temple, you will return to the ship and enjoy afternoon tea as it sets sail for Esna, your final destination for the day. Dinner will be served onboard, and you will spend the night on the peaceful waters at Esna.
A peaceful breakfast will be served to you this morning as you enjoy a slow and leisurely sail to Luxor. At Luxor the adventure begins as your group will be shuttled to the Luxor West Bank for today’s incredible sightseeing. First you will journey to the Valley of the Kings; then you will marvel at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; and finally, you will end the day at the massive and incredible Colossi of Memnon.
After this action-packed day, you will be escorted back to your cruise where you will enjoy lunch, dinner and the remainder of the day at your leisure. You will spend a restful and peaceful night on the water at Luxor.
Two spectacular temples await your visit after you’ve enjoyed one last breakfast on the cruise. The Luxor East Bank is home to the impressive Karnak Temple and the lovely Luxor Temple. The Karnak Temple was once a massive complex of temples within an ancient city. It is considered one of the largest worship sites ever uncovered and preserved.
Once you’ve had time to explore both of these must-see sites, you will be escorted by the Secret of Egypt tour leader to the Luxor Railway Station where you will board another sleeper train to Cairo. Dinner and a good night’s rest will be the order for the end of Day 6.
Today is a travel day, so after breakfast on the train and arrival at the Giza Railway Station, your Cairo tour leader will again meet you and take you to the comfortable hotel where you will spend the final night of your tour.
Since today is a free day, your tour manager can recommend some local sites that you might enjoy, or you can relax and recharge by the pool at your 5-star hotel for the day.
After taking breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and meet your tour leader who will escort you to the Cairo International Airport for your departing flight.
The staff at Secret of Egypt is positive that you will have an unforgettable 8-day tour of Cairo, Aswan and the Nile Cruise, and it is our hope that you will return in the future.