Nile Cruise from Aswan to Cairo Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival and Overnight in Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, the gateway to ancient wonders! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and settle in, preparing for the incredible journey ahead.
Day 2: Flight to Aswan and Darakum Nile Cruise Embarkation
After breakfast, we will catch a domestic flight to Aswan, where the mesmerizing Darakum Nile Cruise awaits. Embark on this luxurious vessel and settle into your comfortable cabin as we set sail on the legendary Nile River.
Day 3: Aswan City Tour to High Dam, Philae Temple, Nubian Museum & Nubian Show
Immerse yourself in the allure of Aswan as we explore its iconic landmarks. Our guided city tour will take you to the impressive High Dam, a marvel of modern engineering. Continue to the captivating Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, and marvel at its exquisite architecture.
Discover the rich heritage of the Nubian people at the Nubian Museum, where ancient artifacts and cultural treasures await. In the evening, indulge in the vibrant Nubian Show, a colorful celebration of music and dance that will leave you enthralled.
Day 4: Kom Ombo Temples Sightseeing and Sail to Edfu
Today, we sail to Kom Ombo, where a magnificent temple complex awaits. Explore the dual temples dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Horus, marveling at the intricate carvings and fascinating legends.
As the sun sets, we continue our cruise to Edfu, enjoying the picturesque scenery along the Nile. Relax on board, savor a delicious dinner, and prepare for the adventures that await.
Day 5: Visit Edfu Temple Then Cruise to Luxor
Awake to the wonders of Edfu and embark on a remarkable journey to the Temple of Horus. This remarkably preserved temple is dedicated to the falcon-headed god and offers a glimpse into the grandeur of ancient Egyptian architecture.
After the visit, we continue our voyage to Luxor, known as the "world's greatest open-air museum." Enjoy the serene ambiance as we cruise along the Nile, taking in the scenic beauty and anticipating the treasures that await in Luxor.
Day 6: Full Day Tour to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Karnak & Luxor Temples
Prepare for an awe-inspiring day of exploration as we uncover the treasures of Luxor's West Bank. Our first stop is the legendary Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were laid to rest in elaborately decorated tombs. Explore these majestic tombs and unlock the mysteries of the past.
Next, we visit the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut, an architectural marvel nestled against the cliffs. Admire the temple's grand colonnades and breathtaking reliefs that depict the life and achievements of the powerful Queen Hatshepsut.
Our journey continues to the vast Karnak Temple Complex, a monumental tribute to the ancient Egyptian gods. Wander through the towering columns and marvel at the intricate hieroglyphics that adorn the walls. Conclude the day with a visit to the Luxor Temple, an enchanting sanctuary that comes alive with a mystical atmosphere after sunset.
Day 7: Dandarah Temple Sightseeing and Cruise to Qena
Today, we embark on a captivating journey to the magnificent Dandarah Temple. Located on the west bank of the Nile, this temple complex is dedicated to the goddess Hathor and is renowned for its exceptional architecture and well-preserved ancient Egyptian artwork. Marvel at the intricate carvings, colorful frescoes, and the grand Hypostyle Hall as you delve into the rich history and mythology of this sacred site.
After immersing ourselves in the wonders of Dandarah, we continue our Nile cruise towards Qena. Relax on board, enjoying the gentle breeze and panoramic views of the Nile River. Indulge in delicious onboard meals and take advantage of the onboard amenities as we sail towards our next destination.
Day 8: Tour to Abydos Temple Then Cruise to Sohag
Our adventure continues as we set off on a tour to the awe-inspiring Abydos Temple. This ancient temple complex is dedicated to the god Osiris and is renowned for its intricate reliefs and captivating myths. Explore the beautifully preserved structures, including the famous Temple of Seti I, and delve into the ancient Egyptian beliefs and rituals.
After the tour, we return to our Nile cruise and continue sailing towards Sohag. Take this opportunity to unwind and enjoy the serene atmosphere onboard. Delight in the exceptional service and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Nile as we make our way to Sohag.
Day 9: Leisure Cruise to Sohag
Today is a day of relaxation and tranquility as we leisurely cruise towards Sohag. Take in the breathtaking scenery along the Nile, capturing picturesque views of the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy the onboard facilities, indulge in delicious meals, and embrace the serene ambiance as we navigate the river.
Day 10: Visit Tel El Amarna, Tuna El Gebel, Ashmunein & Overnight in Minya
Prepare for a day of exploration and discovery as we visit the remarkable sites of Tel El Amarna, Tuna El Gebel, and Ashmunein. Tel El Amarna is an archaeological site that was once the capital city of Pharaoh Akhenaten, offering insights into the religious and cultural reforms of ancient Egypt.
Next, we explore Tuna El Gebel, a necropolis with fascinating tombs and beautiful reliefs. Discover the intriguing history of this site as we uncover the secrets of ancient Egyptian burial practices.
Our final stop for the day is Ashmunein, an ancient city dedicated to the god Thoth. Explore the ruins and remnants of this once-thriving city, and marvel at the remnants of temples and statues that still stand today.
As the day comes to a close, we overnight in Minya, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible experiences of the day.
Day 11: Tour to Beni Hassan Then Leisure Cruise to Beni Suef
Embark on a fascinating journey to Beni Hassan, an archaeological site known for its rock-cut tombs dating back to the Middle Kingdom. Explore the intricate carvings and vivid paintings that adorn the tombs, providing a glimpse into the lives and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.
After immersing ourselves in the wonders of Beni Hassan, we continue our leisurely cruise along the picturesque Nile River, heading towards Beni Suef. Take this opportunity to relax on the sundeck, bask in the warm Egyptian sun, and enjoy the serene beauty of the surrounding landscapes as we sail towards our next destination.
Day 12: Maydom & Dahshur Pyramids Full Day Tour and Cruise to Cairo
Get ready for an extraordinary day of exploration as we embark on a full-day tour to the Maydom and Dahshur Pyramids. These lesser-known pyramids offer a unique and intimate experience, allowing you to marvel at the architectural wonders away from the crowds.
At Maydom, witness the famous Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III and discover the intriguing history and mysteries surrounding this ancient structure. Then, we venture to Dahshur, where you can admire the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid, both remarkable examples of early pyramid construction.
After the tour, we return to our Nile cruise and set sail towards Cairo, the vibrant capital of Egypt. Relax on board, savor a delicious dinner, and enjoy the serene ambiance as we make our way back to Cairo.
Day 13: Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum Tour & Onboard Entertainment
Prepare for a day filled with iconic wonders as we visit the legendary Giza Pyramids. Behold the magnificent Great Pyramid of Giza, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Khafre. Marvel at these ancient structures that have stood the test of time and continue to captivate the world.
Next, we delve into the fascinating history and treasures of the Egyptian Museum. Explore its vast collection of ancient artifacts, including the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of the pharaohs and gain a deeper understanding of Egypt's rich heritage.
In the evening, enjoy onboard entertainment as you relax and reflect on the incredible journey you've experienced. Indulge in delicious cuisine, mingle with fellow travelers, and create lasting memories as we sail towards our final destination.
Day 14: Disembarkation and Final Departure
Today marks the end of our unforgettable Nile Cruise adventure. After breakfast, we bid farewell to the luxurious cruise ship and disembark in Cairo. Our representative will assist you with your transfer to the airport for your departure, or you may choose to extend your stay in Cairo and explore more of the city's captivating attractions.
Take with you the cherished memories of ancient wonders, the gentle flow of the Nile, and the warmth of Egyptian hospitality as you continue your journey or return home, forever carrying the spirit of this extraordinary Nile Cruise experience.
Ms Darakum Nile Cruise Features:
- Cruise through ancient Egyptian history
- Spacious cabins
- Variety of shops
- Swiss quality service
- 5 star service and facilities
Movenpick Darakum Nile Cruise Facilities:
- Private bathroom with bath tub & Hair Dryer
- Remote control LCD television, music channels, Internal telephone
- Controlled air condition, safe deposit box
- Large panoramic windows.
- Large restaurant seating 142 guests
- Large and Luxurious Lounge & mini-bar
- Gift Shop
- Swimming pool
- Sun Deck with Recreation Area and Bar
- Reading & Playing room
Nile Cruise from Aswan to Cairo Inclusions
- Meet & assist at airport upon arrival and departure
- Airport transfers by private A/C vehicles
- Domestic flight tickets
- Accommodation in Cairo hotel based on bed & breakfast
- Movenpick Ms Darakum Nile Cruise on full board basis
- All Nile cruise trips sharing cruise group
- Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
- English speaking tour guide during trips
- Service charges and taxes included
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