Nile Odyssey: From Ancient Temples to Mediterranean Bliss

9 Nights

Embark on a captivating journey through Egypt’s ancient wonders and natural beauty with our “Nile Odyssey: From Ancient Temples to Mediterranean Bliss” tour package. Sail along the Nile on a luxurious dahabeya, exploring iconic sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Philae Island, and the Valley of the Kings. Immerse yourself in Nubian culture, indulge in the tranquility of the Mediterranean coast, and capture the essence of Egypt’s timeless allure in a single trip.  Designed with a little extra time to relax or explore on your own. As always, this itinerary can be customized to meet your needs and interests.

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

Private VIP immigration assistance and transfers to Cairo upon arrival. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight Cairo.

Day 2: Egyptian Museum and Cultural Delights

Take a walk through Egypt’s gilded history by visiting our two newest museums.

Begin your adventure by exploring the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, home to an impressive collection of ancient artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the National Museum of Civilization.  Immerse yourself in the rich history and marvel at the intricately crafted statues, royal mummies, and captivating relics.

Featured Experience: Indulge in an authentic Egyptian Bedouin meal in the Sahara desert savoring traditional flavors and aromatic spices that will tantalize your taste buds. 

Day 3: Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara - Ancient Wonders Unveiled

Touch history’s greatest monuments.

Embark on a thrilling journey to witness the legendary Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre, and Pyramid of Menkaure. Marvel at the mysterious Sphinx, an enigmatic guardian of the necropolis. Afterward, venture to Saqqara, home to the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest pyramid in Egypt, and explore the complex of ancient tombs.

Featured Experience: Private time at the feet of the Sphinx. 

Day 4: Aswan to Luxor Dahabeya Cruise - Nubian Culture and Tranquil Sailing

Set sail in an ancient sailboat on the Nile for the next part of your adventure.

Fly to Aswan and embark on a luxurious dahabeya cruise, a traditional sailboat, to journey along the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. Begin with a visit to Philae Island, home to the stunning Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Nubian culture by visiting a local Nubian village, where you can interact with the friendly locals and learn about their traditions and way of life.

Featured Experience: Set sail on the Nile aboard your dahabeya, enjoying the serene beauty of the river and the surrounding landscapes as you relax and unwind on deck.

Day 5: Kom Ombo and Edfu - Temples of Divine Significance

Free time late afternoon.

Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the unique Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Horus. Continue sailing to Edfu and explore the Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt, boasting impressive hieroglyphics and detailed reliefs.

Featured Experience: Engage in an intimate evening storytelling session on the dahabeya, where you’ll hear captivating tales about ancient Egyptian mythology and history.

Day 6: Aerial Perspectives and Ancient Wonders

Wake up early for a thrilling hot air balloon ride over Luxor, witnessing the sunrise and enjoying breathtaking aerial views of the city, the Nile, and its surrounding ancient monuments. Afterward, explore Luxor’s East Bank, including the sprawling Karnak Temple Complex, dedicated to the Theban triad of gods, and the majestic Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated at night.

Featured Experience: Enjoy a private dinner on the banks of the Nile.  There’s nothing better than an evening dining under a twinkling night sky by the light of a campfire. 

Day 7: Journey Through Ancient Thebes

Free late afternoon and evening.

Delve deeper into Luxor’s ancient wonders by exploring the West Bank. Visit the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were laid to rest in elaborately decorated tombs. Discover the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, an architectural marvel, and marvel at the Colossi of Memnon, two towering statues that have guarded the Theban necropolis for centuries.

Featured Experience: Participate in a private guided meditation amidst the tranquil surroundings of the ancient temples, connecting with the spiritual energy of the land.

Day 8: Cairo - Discovering Old Cairo

Fly from Luxor to Cairo.  Check into luxury Cairo accommodations. 

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Old Cairo. Visit the historic Coptic Quarter, exploring ancient churches, synagogues, and mosques. Discover the Hanging Church, the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Stroll through the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where you can haggle for unique souvenirs and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Featured Experience: Enjoy a traditional Egyptian meal with a local family, indulging in authentic flavors and experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals.

Day 9: Alexandria - Mediterranean Elegance and Ancient Legacies

Embark on a day trip to Alexandria, a coastal gem with a blend of ancient history and Mediterranean charm. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry as you visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a modern-day marvel paying homage to the legendary ancient library. Explore the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, an underground necropolis that intertwines Egyptian, Greek, and Roman influences. Stroll along the picturesque Corniche and indulge in delicious seafood, basking in the city’s relaxed atmosphere.

Featured Experience:  Delve into the fascinating world of underwater archaeology with a visit to the Alexandria National Museum. Discover the treasures and artifacts recovered from the sunken cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, providing a captivating glimpse into the ancient submerged world beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 10: Departure

Check-out of the hotel. Private transfers to Cairo International Airport for departure flight.

Bid farewell to Egypt as you depart from Cairo, taking with you memories of ancient wonders, cultural treasures, and the warm hospitality of the Egyptian people. Depart with a renewed appreciation for the rich history and captivating beauty of this remarkable country.

Please note this is a sample itinerary and can be modified to fit your preferences. Services related with domestic flights and cruises must be checked and scheduled according to the airlines’ and cruises’ timetables on the specific day/s of travel. All shared tour options must be checked for availability.

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