• The Best of Egypt with Nile Cruise

  • The Best of Egypt with Nile Cruise

  • The Best of Egypt with Nile Cruise

  • The Best of Egypt with Nile Cruise

Delve into Egypt's historic treasures and cruise the majestic Nile River on a luxury cruise.

Days: 9 | From: $7,650/per person

  • Includes hand-picked accommodations at best in class luxury hotels
  • Expert private guides and Egyptologists make history come alive
  • Cruise the Nile on a luxury vessel
  • Choose from a range of unique, optional tours and local experiences

Journey through time to Ancient Egypt as you explore temples and artifacts from this influential age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids and the watchful Sphinx, wander the halls of antiquity at the Egyptian Museum, and take in the sites and sounds of traditional markets. Follow the Nile to beautifully preserved temples and the Valley of the Kings as you sail along the banks of this famed waterway. Culminate your journey with a flight to Abu Simbel for a visit to this iconic temple.

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At a glance

  • Cairo
    3 nights: Discover the wonders of Cairo: Sakkara, the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the Egyptian Museum. Marvel at the intersect of ancient and modern in the old bazaars and winding streets of the city with your private guide.
  • Nile River Cruise: Luxor to Aswan
    4 nights: Set sail on the Nile through beautifully preserved ancient sites, from Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, visiting ancient temples along the shores of this famed waterway; then it's onward to Abu Simbel.
  • Cairo
    1 night: Spend a final night in this vibrant metropolis.

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Egypt

Arrive to Cairo. This vibrant metropolis is home to some of the most iconic and evocative travel destinations on earth, from the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx to Sakkara and the Egyptian Museum. Your VIP airport assistant will guide you seamlessly through customs and deliver you to your waiting driver, who will chauffeur you into the heart of the city.

Accommodations: St. Regis Cairo, 3 nights

The St. Regis hotel sits right in the heart of Cairo, offering outstanding views of the Nile River. The hotel emphasizes exquisite, personalized service and attention to detail with the famed St. Regis Butler service. The property features seven restaurants and bars.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

The Pyramids of Giza

Your private Egyptologist guide will whisk you away to the plateau of Giza to visit one of the wonders of the world: The Great Pyramids. This must-see site has been enrapturing travelers for centuries. Opt for a classic camel ride for a unique perspective on the area or enquire about a tour that enters one of tombs hidden beneath. Visit Sakkara, the site of the great Necropolis of Memphis and the capital of this Old Kingdom, before getting up close and personal with the watchful Sphinx. Spend the afternoon wandering the wonderous galleries of the famous Egyptian Museum, filled with treasures and artifacts left behind by ancient civilizations.

Accommodations: St. Regis Cairo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Cairo in-depth

Dive into the wonders of Cairo with your private guide. Today you’ll switch gears and explore modern Islamic Cairo. Tour the citadel of Salah-el-Din and Mohamed Ali Mosque in the Old City, then proceed to Ibn Tulun Mosque, with its airy interior and minaret with sweeping city views. The last stop for today is Sultan Hassan Mosque. Completed in 1363, this mosque has been the home of several different Islamic schools of thought, as well as a mausoleum. Conclude the day with a stroll through the famous Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

Accommodations: St. Regis Cairo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Cruise the Nile: From Cairo to Luxor

Take a short flight to Luxor to seek out the temples and landscapes of the Nile River. Your private guide will be waiting to take you to your cruise ship, where you can settle in to your luxury suite. Enjoy lunch aboard, then venture out on the East Bank of the Nile to explore the incredible Karnak Temple, with its forest of towering columns, statues and hieroglyphs. A visit to Luxor Temple and an optional exploration of the Luxor Museum round out your afternoon before you return to the ship for an evening of food and entertainment on the Nile.

Accommodations: Luxury Nile Cruise, 4 nights

Cruise the Nile River in style on a luxury vessel that suits your individual taste. Select from our carefully curated portfolio of vessels, from traditional Dahabiya sailing boats to larger cruise ships, each with their own style and flair guaranteed to make your Nile Cruise a highlight of your trip to Egypt. Iconic sightseeing with your private guide is followed by afternoons lounging on the sundeck, fine dining, a range of wellness activities, and plenty of relaxation in your sumptuous cabin or suite. Talk to one of our Africa Specialists about our range of luxury Nile cruises.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:

Along the Nile: Luxor to Esna

Set out for the Valley of the Kings as your private guide takes you to the West Bank of the Nile and the many tombs and treasures buried there. Marvel at the sheer size of the Colossi of Memnon, tour the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and explore the secrets and stories of fascinating royal tombs. Each tomb has something special to offer as they reveal their art and hieroglyphs, making ancient Egypt come alive before your eyes with the help of your expert guide. Afterward, return to the ship and begin navigating toward Esna, where you will dock for the evening.

Accommodations: Luxury Nile Cruise, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:

Journey South to Aswan

Observe the gently gliding feluccas and fishermen of the Nile as you disembark at Edfu. Your private guide will take you to the Temple of Horus, the largest sanctuary built during the period of King Ptolemy and one of the best preserved sites of ancient Egypt. Stop for refreshments before continuing on to Kom Ombo, the huge temple complex dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harocies. Return to the boat for lunch and take in the passing scenery as you make your way toward Aswan.

Accommodations: Luxury Nile Cruise, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:

Antiquities of Aswan

Marvel at the unfinished Obelisk, frozen in time in the bustling ancient city of Aswan. Enjoy local cuisine and tour the Philae Temple, which was moved piece by piece and entirely reconstructed on the island of Algikia during the building of the Aswan High Dam. In the afternoon, relax on a traditional felucca sailing boat and feel the wind in your hair as you tack back and forth in the current of the Nile. Return to your suite on board for a last evening on the river.

Accommodations: Luxury Nile Cruise, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:

Aswan to Abu Simbel

Disembark from your luxury cruise and take a short flight to magnificent Abu Simbel. Set on the shores of the man-made Lake Nasser, the colossal temple of Ramses II is one of the most iconic sights in Egypt. Wander at the feet of imposing statues and imagine the might of the reign of Ramses II. Later this afternoon, return to Cairo, where your private driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel for your final night in Egypt.

Accommodations: Marriot Mena House

Located in Cairo, this hotel offers uninterrupted views out over the Giza Plateau and the Great Pyramids. The hotel is an oasis of calm in the city, surrounded by over 40 acres of lush gardens, and features a pool, spa, fitness center. Originally built in 1869, this historic property offer several room categories, many with a full views of the pyramids right out the window.

Day 9:

Farewell Egypt

After breakfast, your private guide will take you to Cairo International Airport, where you say your goodbyes and connect with your flight home or to your onward destination.

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated, best in class hotels to fit your individual travel style.

  • Arrange a hot air balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings for a whole new perspective on the treasures of Egypt.

  • Incorporate the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of the Whales or a trip to ancient Alexandria, on the shores of the Mediterranean, for an even deeper journey through the highlights of Egypt.

  • Consult with your Vaya Specialist and expand your trip to combine with another destination on the continent for a truly in-depth look at Africa.

  • Spend some time on the pristine beaches of the Red Sea, snorkeling, diving or simple enjoying some down time in the sun.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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