On this 10-day tour of Egypt, enjoy the sites by land and sea. Begin in Cairo to visit the pyramids and the Sphinx. Then, fly to Luxor for some sightseeing, before boarding a multiday cruise along the Nile, with stops in Edfu and Aswan. Then, disembark and fly back to Cairo to tour more of ancient Egypt, including the churches and mosques of Old Cairo, along with the old market of Khan El Khalili.

Highlights

  • Tour the famous, ancient pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza
  • Enjoy a cruise along the Nile River
  • Tour Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and more in Luxor
  • Visit Old Cairo churches and mosques and the Khan El Khalili old market

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Day Trip to the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Sakkara Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor Luxor
Day 4 Luxor West Bank Tour and Board Cruise Luxor
Day 5 Cruise - Luxor, Esna Lock, and Edfu Edfu
Day 6 Cruise - Edfu, Kom-Ombo, and Aswan Aswan
Day 7 Drive to Abu Simble Aswan
Day 8 Fly Back to Cairo Cairo
Day 9 Cairo - Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Cairo
Day 10 Departure From Cairo Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

Cairo
Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! At the Cairo airport, meet a travel representative who will assist you through customs and formalities. Then, head to your hotel for check-in. Get some rest after the long flight.

Day 2: Day trip to the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Sakkara

Giza Pyramids
The pyramids in Giza

After breakfast, visit the world-renowned pyramids (Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure), which are located in the necropolis of Giza.The pyramids and the Sphinx are considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Following the tour of the pyramids and the Sphinx, head to the necropolis of Saqqara to visit King Zoser, the Mastaba, and the Pyramid of Teti.

After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 3: Fly to Luxor

Luxor
Luxor

After breakfast, travel to Cairo International Airport and fly to Luxor. Upon arrival, a representative will provide assistance. Then, meet your guide and travel to the Eastern Bank to visit the Temple of Luxor. Then, tour Abuelhagag Mosque, followed by the Karnak Temples. Spend the night in Luxor, and enjoy the evening on your own.

Day 4: Luxor West Bank tour and board cruise

Hot Air Balloon in Luxor
Views of Luxor

Check out after breakfast and start your tour by visiting the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon.

Then, board your cruise, which includes accommodations for the next few nights.

Enjoy the Luxor Market and stay overnight (via cruise) in Luxor.

Day 5: Cruise - Luxor, Esna Lock, and Edfu

Edfu
Edfu

After breakfast, visit any sites you did not get to yesterday, and then sail to Edfu. Enjoy lunch and tea time from the sun deck and pass Esna Lock. Then, attend dinner and the Galabiya party onboard the cruise, with an overnight in Edfu.

Day 6: Cruise - Edfu, Kom-Ombo, and Aswan

Nile Cruise
Cruise along the Nile

After breakfast, disembark and travel by carriage to the Temple of Horus. Discover one of the most beautiful temples of the Ptolemaic era, which has experienced exceptional preservation. Enjoy the overview of Edfu, and then return to the cruise.

Next, sail to Kom-Ombo and have lunch. Then, visit the Temples of the Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Following the tour, return to the cruise and sail to Aswan. Then, attend dinner and a disco party on board, with an overnight in Aswan.

Day 7: Drive to Abu Simble

AbuSimble Temple
Abu Simble Temple

Have breakfast and then make your way to Abu Simbel temple by private vehicle. Here, there are two, majestic temples. Visit the Temple of Ramses II, the most interesting temple is the sanctuary, where there are four statues—including one of Ramses II—and the Temple of Nefertari. Then, make your way back to Aswan for check-in. Explore the area on your own and stay overnight.

Day 8: Fly back to Cairo

Egyptian Museum
Egyptian Museum

After breakfast, transfer to Aswan Airport to board a flight to Cairo. A travel representative will meet you at the airport. Then, enjoy more exploration of ancient Egypt. Visit the Egyptian Museum, and spend 2 hours on a guided tour learning the history, including lessons about King Tut and his golden mask.

Then, make your way to the hotel and enjoy the night on your own.

Day 9: Cairo - Full-day sightseeing tour

Views from Salah Al Deen Citadel
Views from Salah Al Deen Citadel

Today, start by visiting the massive, medieval Salah El-din Citadel and Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque. Explore this ancient fortress and its domed ceilings, suspended lights, and striking views of Cairo. Continue the exploration by visiting the Old Cairo churches, and then move to the Khan El Khalili old market. After the tour, enjoy your final night in Cairo at your leisure.

Day 10: Departure from Cairo

Farewell, Egypt!
Farewell, Egypt!

In the morning, enjoy breakfast. Then, check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport in Cairo. Board your flight home with fond memories of your visit to ancient Egypt. 

Map

Map of Egypt by Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days
Map of Egypt by Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days