Discover ancient Egypt’s most exciting sites: the awe-inspiring Pyramids and mysterious Great Sphinx of Giza; the majestic Temples of Karnak and Luxor; the splendidly preserved Temple of Edfu; and Wadi El Seboua, the “Valley of the Lionesses.”
The Nubian jewels you’ll find on this itinerary aren’t available on any of our other tours. Cruise on board Prince Abbas across stunningly beautiful Lake Nasser-the world’s largest artificial body of water. Along the way, encounter Nubian treasures and the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel-a 3,500-year-old complex displaying magnificent structures hewed from the rock during the rule of Ramses II and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Visit the impressive Aswan High Dam that created this remarkably remote and unspoiled lake in the 1960s. Then transfer to the River Tosca to discover all the wonders the great Nile River Valley has to offer.
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This trip provides the perfect blend of touring great Egyptian monuments, cruising Lake Nasser and the Nile River, and sightseeing in Cairo. It’s a real connoisseur’s delight of everything Egyptian—from famous cultural artifacts to unspoiled natural beauty.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott.
Begin today’s tour with a visit to the 12th-century Citadel of Salah al-Din for breathtaking views of Cairo. Next, visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. You’ll also have time to visit the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. In the afternoon, spend time at the famous Egyptian Museum.
Drive out to Memphis to admire the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I—the oldest in the world. You’ll then visit Giza, where you will see the enigmatic Sphinx and the magnificent Pyramids.
Fly from Cairo to Aswan where you’ll embark on your Lake Nasser cruise on board the Prince Abbas.
You’ll arrive at Kalabsha Temple during the morning. Originally built around 30 BC, Kalabsha is the largest preserved temple in Nubia. Afterward, relax on board for a full-day cruise on Lake Nasser as you travel to Wadi El Seboua.
In the morning, enjoy time at Wadi El Seboua, the “Valley of the Lionesses,” which was named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes that led to the Temple of Ramses II. In the afternoon, cruise to Amada where you’ll visit the oldest surviving temple in the Nubian region, the Temple of Amada.
During the morning, you will sail past the only major archaeological site to survive the Nile floods in Lower Nubia that followed after the construction of the Aswan High Dam: the Kasr Ibrim Fortress. You’ll reach Abu Simbel in the afternoon. This 3,500-year-old complex displays magnificent structures hewed from the rock during the rule of Ramses II and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Buried for decades in the sand, the site is impressively well preserved. In a remarkable feat of engineering, the temple was built so that the sun penetrates its inner confines only two days a year. On those two days, the four colossi of Ramses are basked in a solar bronze. When you look at the colossi, you’ll notice they’re wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, a symbol of dominance over the entire kingdom.
During the evening, you’ll experience the monuments lit in all their glory during a spectacular sound and light show. You will not want to miss this incredible display of history reflecting off of the massive stone monuments with laser lights and music.
In the morning, fly to Aswan. On arrival, visit the Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple. During the afternoon, you’ll board the River Tosca to sail along the Nile. Later in the evening, be treated to a traditional Nubian show on board.
You’ll sail to Kom Ombo, where you’ll visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods. Don your Galabeya for a fun-filled on board party, featuring traditional Egyptian music and activities.
In the morning, spend time at the Temple of Edfu, the best-preserved major temple in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period. You’ll then sail to Luxor, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the Temple of Luxor—one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt.
This is an exciting day filled with plenty of Egypt’s unforgettable historic sites. In the morning, visit the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Next, explore the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many illustrious pharaohs. Before flying back to Cairo, visit the Karnak Temple, the largest temple in the world, with its roof blocks supported by colossal columns that are 70 feet high. Fly back to Cairo later in the day and check in to the hotel.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.