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From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

1. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Aswan in the early morning, then sets out on the journey to the famous Abu Simbel Temples. Along the journey, listen to your expert guide share fascinating facts and stories about Ancient Egypt and the Abu Simbel Temples. Arrive at the temples, which are one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Location. Dating back to 1244BC, the temples are an incredible example of life in Ancient Egypt and allow you the chance to retrace the steps of history. As you admire the temples, learn about their fascinating journey from the River Nile, where they once sat for 3000 years before being moved in a remarkable feat of engineering in the 1960s. Spend about one hour wandering around temples, exploring this ancient location with your expert guide, and snapping incredible photos for your holiday album. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the journey back to Aswan and reminisce about the memories you’ve made.

From Luxor: 2 Nights, 3 Days Luxury Nile Cruise

2. From Luxor: 2 Nights, 3 Days Luxury Nile Cruise

Take a journey from Luxor to Aswan aboard a luxury 5-star boat that includes all meals and guided visits to some of Egypt’s most iconic and well-preserved temples along the Nile River.  Day 1 Start the first day of your multi-day cruise with a hotel pick up from your Luxor accommodation around 7:00 AM. Before boarding your boat, you will go on a guided tour to the iconic Valley of the Kings in Luxor.   Visit and go inside the 3 most important tombs of the ancient kings, seeing the many inscriptions and hieroglyphics that decorate them. Next, be led to the Hatshepsut Temple, which is a beautiful funerary temple of the important queen of Egypt, whose political power changed the state of Egypt at that time. Follow your guide as you continue onwards to explore the city of Habu to witness the Temple of Ramses III, one of the greatest temples of the Twentieth Dynasty. Snap pictures of the impressive Memnon statues and end up at the Karnak Temple, which is the most important and largest in the city of Luxor. After your history-filled tour, you will be taken to board your cruise at around 1:00 PM, in perfect time to enjoy the first meal of your river journey. Once you have settled in, make sure to go up to the roof of the boat to enjoy the enchanting scenery. Watch as the small boats, Egyptian villages, and natural landscapes sail by.  Day 2 After breakfast, take a horse carriage ride to visit Temples of Edfu Horus. Marvel at these well-preserved religious palaces and the imposing sandstone structures of Horus. Return to the boat for lunch, before heading out once again to see the Kom Ombo Temple. Learn about the structures of the temple and why it was built in honor of two great Nile divinities. Day 3 After an early morning check-out from the boat, take your luggage and grab a quick breakfast and before being picked up to visit the Abu Simbel temple. On this small-group tour you will also discover the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari. These twin temples were built from the mountainside in the 13th century BC under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  Finish the tour around 1.30 PM and then be taken to your accommodation in Aswan or to the city’s train station or airport.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

3. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

Visit the Abu Simbel temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, on this day trip from Aswan. Waste no time waiting in line with skip-the-line entrance tickets, and take a guided tour of the complex with a professional guide. After pickup from your hotel in Aswan early in the morning, drive approximately 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest to Abu Simbel in an air-conditioned bus or private car, depending on the tour option you select. Once there, meet your guide, then discover two of the most renowned temples in Egypt, one dedicated to Ramses II and the other to his favorite wife, Nefertari. Skip the lines to access the site and explore the temples constructed in the 13th century B.C. Admire the gigantic facade of the Ramses II temple that represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The facade is 119 feet (36 meters) wide and 100 feet (32.5 meters) high, and the statues are each 67 feet (20.4 meters) high. Enter the interior of the temple via a 185-foot (56.4-meter) man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms. The most remarkable feature of the temple of Abu Simbel is that the construction is oriented in such a way that twice a year, the morning sun shines through the length of the inner temple and illuminates the statues of the four gods seated at the end of the cave. After your tour, return to Aswan and get dropped off at your hotel around noon.

From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

4. From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

• Day 1: Aswan Discover Egyptian culture by sailing the Nile on a 5-star cruise. Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up on time to start the tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Drive over to where you'll hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, check in to your cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubian and the Egyptian. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you cruise along the beautiful waters. Stop at Komombo to visit the temple and then enjoy an overnight stay aboard the boat.  • Day 2: Edfu - Esna - Luxor Enjoy breakfast on the ship and then sail over toward Edfu for a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple. Head back to the boat and sail to Esna, passing through Esna Lock. Glide toward Luxor where the cruise will dock overnight.  • Day 3: Luxor Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterwards, continue on a drive to discover the secrets of the Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, in which the famous English man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Take some time to relax on the boat before heading off to visit the biggest temple in the world: Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise.  • Day 4: Luxor - Departure After breakfast, end service in Luxor.

From Cairo: Sleeping Train Transfer to Aswan and Luxor

5. From Cairo: Sleeping Train Transfer to Aswan and Luxor

Take a convenient sleeping train from Cairo to Aswan or to Luxor and back with a guaranteed reservation. Your accommodation on the train includes dinner and breakfast the next day. First, book your tickets and receive them at your hotel when you arrive in Egypt. On the day of travel, head to the station at least 30 minutes before your departure time. At Giza Station, there are a few small shops to buy snacks or water, as well as a small restaurant. On the platform, the small numbers hanging from the platform canopy indicate the approximate location of the wagons. So, if you are in Wagon #6 on your ticket, line up by the #6 sign. Wait for the green and white-colored sleeping train to arrive which has the words 'Sleeping Car' stenciled on the side. Board the train and find your accommodation. Enjoy the comfortable 10 to 13-hour journey with dinner and breakfast served. Feel the satisfaction of waking up in an entirely new region of Egypt, refreshed and ready to begin the next portion of your trip.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

6. From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile river on this cruise from Aswan to Luxor with a return transfer to Aswan. Take an overnight cruise aboard a 5-star ship on a river that is renown for its historic importance, its legendary status, and its natural elegance. Day 1: Be picked up in the late morning from your accommodation in Aswan. Drive to the boarding point and embark on your five-star cruise. Store your luggage in your room and sit down to a delicious lunch as you sail down the river. Look for local birds and see riverside towns as you make your way down the river. Watch the sunset and enjoy an onboard dinner a with a variety of options. Rest in your room for the night. Day 2: Wake up and have the option to watch the sunrise over the Nile before partaking in a scrumptious breakfast with coffee. Have some time to admire river views before preparing for your departure in Luxor at 4:00 PM. Meet your driver and return to your accommodation in Aswan.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

7. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

Day 1: Luxor After getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see sights such as the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Later, head back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading out to explore the city of Luxor and its old market. Day 2: Luxor Rise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture whilst on-board. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo Arrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: Aswan Today, cruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time to discover the city and its ancient market. Day 5: Abu Simbel Arrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this temple complex, one of the most important in the world. Day 6: Aswan Today, begin the journey back to Luxor, visiting Nubian islands and villages that you will pass whilst cruising. Day 7: Cruising Spend the day at your leisure onboard the boat, cruising back to Luxor. Day 8: Luxor After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

8. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

Spend a full day taking a guided tour of one of the most magnificent sites in Eygpt: the Abu Simbel temples. In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Aswan and take you to the airport. From there, head towards the most magnificent landscape of ancient Egypt. These massive rock reliefs are considered the grandest and most beautiful temples commissioned during Ramses’ reign, and some of the most beautiful in Egypt. This iconic site is situated on the western banks of the Nile and was dedicated to Ramses the Great and his queen Nefertari. Accompany your guide on an exploration of these temples and learn fascinating historical facts about the site, including the reason why they were dismantled and re-located in the 1960s. Twice a year, a beautiful phenomenon takes place: witness the sun shining into the holy sanctum which lights up the colossal statues of Ptah, Amun, Ta, and Ramses. In the interior, discover 1000 years of temple arts, petroglyphs, and hieroglyphs. You’ll also explore the many other small and large temples located in the area.   After you’ve taken in the magnificence of this site to the fullest, your guide will drop you off at the Abu Simbel Airport for your return to your accommodation in Aswan.

Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

9. Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 11:00AM from any location in Luxor. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Aswan Following breakfast on the morning of your final day, your tour will conclude in Aswan.

Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

10. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 127 reviews

The Nile Cruise is a must-do and we could not have asked for a better overall experience! Our trip was organised by Sheba Travels and all our pick-up/transfers and excursions were co-ordinated by Taghreed. She was prompt and communicative which made for a hassle-free trip. A shout-out to our guides : Ghada at Luxor - who managed to fit in so much as we had less time due to our train arriving late, Mohammed in Kom Ombo - who was excellent and so informative, and Abu in Abu Simbel - who directed us through the temples efficiently so we weren't stuck in a queue for ages! We were disappointed by our guide in Edfu, which we communicated to Taghreed. Our on-board experience too was superb! The cabins were comfortable and we were delighted to be so close to the water! The staff on-board were helpful, the buffet meals were good. Most of all we loved spending time on the sundeck - chilling with a drink by our side, discovering the landscapes of Egypt as we cruised down the beautiful Nile! ❤️

Summary: Excellent Nile Cruise by Real professional people. My Review: I was a bit afraid at first to book this tour because of the bad reviews but everything was completely different! Since the beginning of the tour, the pick-up up was on time by the driver Mohamed. We caught the train on time and the train was on the VIP class with air conditioning. Seats in the train were comfortable not like what the other people said!! The hot air balloon in Luxor was UNFORGETTABLE and our room was AT THE TOP. Our guide in Luxor "Taghreed" she was really excellent guide with a big experience she was able to answer all my questions about the Egyptian history and this made me really pleased. Nothing to complain about. The tour from A to Z was perfectly organized. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

The only problem I had was not knowing when I would get my hands on my tickets. I kept writing until the agency in Cairo got in touch via WhatsApp. I got the tickets brought to the hotel. The train ride was great. Train clean and security at the station took care of us and the other foreigners. Food on the train was ok too. Schafner a nice unobtrusive person. A nice experience.

Well, the train is old and the rooms are seedy. The real train costs 85 dollars and here they charge €100 and the difference is that they take your tickets wherever you want. I recommend buying the bills on the official website, which is exactly the same, only here they adorn it more

Excellent Organized Cruise! We had a Lot of fun in Luxor and Aswan. Thanks again for the reliable services, It was unforgettable experience ❤️!