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The Nile Encompassed
Holiday Length: 12 days
Departs: Contact Innovative Travel
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Type of Holiday: Private Holiday & Cruise

The definitive Nile cruising experience combining the wonders of the monuments of Upper Egypt between Aswan and Luxor, and the hidden treasures of Lake Nasser including Abu Simbel.  The Pyramids and the wonders of Cairo cap off your Nile and Egypt experience.

Day 1- Saturday: Cairo
Arrival transfer to your Pyramids area hotel.  Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2  - Sunday:  Cairo
Full day tour to Memphis, Sakkara, the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. (B)
Day 3 - Monday: Cairo - Luxor

Fly to Luxor and board your cruise ship. Excursion to the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Tuesday: Luxor - Edfu

West Bank exploration including the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hathesput and Colossi of Memmon. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Wednesday: Edfu - Aswan

Visit to the Edfu Temple site.  Horse drawn carriage ride to and from the Temple.  Afternoon visit to the Kom Ombo Temple known for its murals, bas relief and fine Nile views.  Continue to Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day 6  - Thursday: Aswan

Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser, the re-sited Temple of Philae dedicated to the Goddess Isis and the granite quarries.  Afternoon Felucca sail around Kitchener Island. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Friday: Aswan

Disembark this morning after breakfast and transfer to your Lake Nasser Cruise boat.  Visit Kalabsha Temple and the Kiosk of Kertassi.  (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Saturday:
Aswan - Wadi El Seboua - Amada

Visit Wadi El Seboua Temple and the Temple of Dakka.  Visit the Greco Roman Temple of Meharakka.  Sail to Amada. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Sunday:
Amada - Kasr Ibrim - Abu Simbel

Visit the Temple of Amada, Hemi-spoes of Derr and the Tomb of Penout.  Sail on to Kas Ibrim. View the citadel of Kasr Ibrim - a relic of Nubian culture.  Sail to Abu Simbel and visit the Temples. (B,L,D)
OPTIONAL Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel Temples
Day 10 - Monday: Abu Simbel - Aswan

Visit the temples to watch the spectacular sunrise.  Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan.  Remainder of the day at leisure. (B) 
NOTE: the cruising programmes on Lake Nasser may be 3 or 4 nights depending on cruise schedules & class of travel)

Day 11 - Tuesday: Aswan - Cairo



Early flight to Cairo for a full day excursion.  This morning visit the Egyptian Museum where you can view the treasures from te Tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamen.  Continue to the Citadel which dominates Cairo's skyline.  Visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque commissioned by Mohammed Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.  Tour ends with a visit to the 14th century Khan Eli Khalii Bazaar. (B)
Day 12 - Monday: Cairo departure
Departure transfer to the airport. (B)


  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Private transfers with A/C transportation
  • 7 or 8 night cruise
  • 4 nights Cairo accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • All meals on cruise
  • Private guide and sightseeing in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing on the cruise
  • Domestic flights

NOTE : cruise schedules may operate in reverse.  Cruise itinerary confirmed based on season & day of travel




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