9 days

Nile Valley Highlights

Nile Valley Highlights

Luxor's open air museum

Cairo Museum

Edfu and Komombo temples

Nile cruise

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo

Nubean Aswan

The Valley of the Kings

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  • The more you see of Egypt, the more you’ll want to explore! From the mighty pyramids of Giza to the riverside temples at Edfu, this nine-day journey is a great place to start.


    Why we love it

    • A day spent among the incredible Pyramids of Giza marks the beginning of a trip filled with highlights
    • Feel like you've stepped back in time as you take a horse-drawn carriage to Karnak
    • We highly recommend taking the opportunity to visit Tutankhamun's tomb during your free time at the Valley of the Kings
    • Rest, relax and watch life unfold on the banks of the Nile during a four-night river cruise. Your boat comes complete with pool and sundeck, and you'll enjoy plenty of fresh local fare
    • Lose yourself in the colours and smells of the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo and haggle for unique souvenirs


    Day 1 - Cairo

    • On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday.
    • The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Cairo - overnight sleeper train

    • The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
    • You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).
    • You will then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
    • Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
    • Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
    Sleeper Train
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Luxor

    • After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
    • You will be 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.
    • 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.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Valley of the Kings - Luxor - Nile Cruise

    • 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.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Nile Cruise (Edfu - Komombo)

    • 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.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Aswan

    • 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.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Aswan

    • You will disembark the cruise boat and check into your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to make your own discoveries. The visit to Abu Simbel will take place this morning for those who booked this option with your tour leader back in Cairo. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
    • A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island.
    • Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon - an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions.
    • Alternatively, you may just prefer to relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
    • In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the hospitality of your hosts as you dine out on some delicious local cuisine. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing and may even have the chance to perform some of the moves yourself!
    Hotel Basma or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 8 - Cairo

    • After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. You will head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum.
    • The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience - a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel. It's Cairo's finest area to practice your bartering skills!
    • You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market).
    • The beautiful 9th century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest, largest and arguably the most beautiful mosque in Egypt – the perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret both help to mark it out as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
    • Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas (dating to the 16th and 17th centuries AD). Once owned by an English army officer, the two houses contain a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia, offering you a great insight into Cairene life during the Ottoman period.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar

    Day 9 - Cairo

    • Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time.
    • Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Cairo.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour. Our tour leaders are all licensed as professional local guides.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, pyramids, Sphinx, Gayer-Anderson Museum, Ibn Tulun Mosque and Khan al-Khalili bazaar
    • Sightseeing: Karnak Temple; Philae Temple; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Hatshepsut; Colossi of Memnon; and Edfu and Komombo Temples.
    • Four nights on a comfortable Nile river cruise boat sailing from Luxor to Aswan, with sightseeing stops along the way.
    • Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak.
    • Transport by air-conditioned sleeper train in a private, two-person sleeping berth with beds and linen, an ‘airline-style’ dinner and breakfast, and toilet facilities located at the end of each carriage.
    • Flight between Aswan and Cairo with all transfers on Day 8.
    • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Meals unless specified
    • Drinks
    • Departure taxes
    • Travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Tips
    • Spending of a personal nature
    • Optional sightseeing
    • Departure transfer
  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Nile Valley Highlights

    Jim & Joy - United Kingdom, 10 Jan, 2014
    Overall Rating

    We cannot praise Hoda too highly. She created a really good group atmosphere & spirit and taught us a lot about Egyptian society in general and the changing role of educated women in particular. Her knowledge and presentation of Egyptian History both ancient & modern was really impressive and enjoyable.

    Nile Valley Highlights

    Alana - Australia, 13 Apr, 2013
    Overall Rating

    I would like to thank Peregrine for such a fantastic trip to Egypt. The itinerary was well thought out, and our local guide, Ola Samir was absolutely amazing!. She was extremely helpful in regards to a difficult situation we experienced upon arriving in Cairo, where our baggage was misplaced by the airline. Ola spent a great deal of her own free time in assisting us when our luggage was eventually found. Ola's knowledge of the different areas visited was fantastic, and her excellent sense of humor and personality made every day fun, and very informative. She is epatetic and approachable to all demographics. I would thoroughly recommend her as a guide for future tours. I am a Flight Centre Travel consultant in Brisbane, and will highly recommend Peregrine as the tour company to travel with. Thank you Ola Samir for an unforgettable trip, and thank you Peregrine for your amazing itinerary! I have had a fantastic holiday! Kind regards, Alana Moore.

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Trip Code PGNV
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Style: Small Group

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