Days
5
Price from
$885NZD

Discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt in the best fashion – with a river cruise down the Nile. Travelling independently and with the benefit of local guides, you’ll begin in Luxor and make your way through some of Egypt’s most renowned sights, such as Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Edfu. Your five-day trip comes to an end in the charming town of Aswan.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.


Start
NIle Felucca, Egypt
Finish
Aswan, Egypt
Country
Egypt
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure
Code
PGLAX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why we love this trip

  • Uncover the marvels, mythology and mystery of Ancient Egypt, including the tombs of iconic pharaohs

  • Witness the temple at Edfu - one of the best-kept temples of Egypt

  • Soak up the sights and sounds of the Nile from the comfort of a cruise boat - an experience in itself

  • Bask in the laidback atmosphere of Aswan and interact with locals in Nubia

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. Other seasons in this trip:

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. Cabins are ready by approximately 12pm.
Later in the day you will a take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak - one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years.
Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karnak Temple
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings.
It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it.
Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
You will return to the boat and enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the 'Other Information' section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Hatshepsut Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning finds you moored near Edfu, an excellently-preserved temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon-headed god. You will disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre.
Returning to the cruise boat, you will continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights - desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.
Arriving at Komombo, your short walk around the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will arrive in Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow).
It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day will be free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it.
The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Dusk is when the waterfront comes alive with families out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Philae Temple
Optional Activities
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus & entrance fee (price from per person - minimum 4 passengers) - USD90
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return flights and entrance fee (book with www.egyptair.com - prices from approx) - USD320
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You disembark the cruise boat, where your tour ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to either the airport, railway station or an Aswan hotel for your ongoing arrangements.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Riverboat

Accommodation

Cruise boat (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Karnak Temple
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Philae Temple

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