Itinerary Highlights
    • Combine two historic hotels in Luxor and Aswan and sail aboard the Steam Ship Sudan, following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie
    • Contemplate everyday life along the Nile and explore magnificent sites and unknown temples
    • Relax on the banks of the Nile in your final destination, the beautiful city of Aswan

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Travelling along the Nile is, in our opinion, a rite of passage. This ten-day Egypt adventure begins in Cairo, before heading to Luxor for a day spent exploring the ancient Temple of Luxor and Karnak Complex. You'll then hop aboard the stunning Steam Ship Sudan, just as Agatha Christie once did. Here is where your true Egyptian experience begins. Sail up to Qena to see the Karnak Temple, the holy city of Abydos and past the Hathor Temple in Dendera before returning to Luxor. The Valley of the Kings is next on the itinerary, followed by a trip through the famed Esna Lock before ending up sunset-watching in Edfu for dinner. Along with stunning sunsets, Edfu also boasts a beautiful temple dedicated to Horus and his family,
which you will get to explore before journeying aboard the Steam Ship Sudan to Kom Ombu to take a look at its unique temple. Sail your way along the Nile with a stop at Elephantine Island and the Temple of Philae before ending up in the ancient city of Aswan for one last hit of age-old Egyptian culture before your flight home.


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Arrive in Cairo

Your Egyptian adventure begins with a five-hour international flight from London to Cairo. Upon arrival this evening, you’ll be whisked through customs and privately transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.


From Cairo to Luxor

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel this morning, before stepping out to discover the city. You’ll have time to wander the historic sites of Cairo or delve into the ancient world at the impressive Egyptian Museum of Cairo. To get a taste of the city’s vibrant atmosphere, the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar is the place to go. However you choose to spend your morning, after lunch, head back to the hotel before hopping in a private transfer back to Cairo airport for an hour-long domestic flight to Luxor. You’ll receive a warm welcome on arrival from our Concierge and be privately transferred to your hotel, where you'll be able to freshen up and enjoy dinner before hitting the hay.



After waking up in the ancient city of Luxor, you'll head to the Steam Ship Sudan (which incidentally is owned by our parent company, Voyageurs du Monde), where your idyllic adventure on the Nile begins. Get settled in your cabin before enjoying a delicious lunch on board, followed by an afternoon spent discovering the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak Complex, one of the world's largest sacred monuments, including the temple of the sovereign god of Karnak - Amun - which was built nearly two thousand years ago between the Middle Kingdom and the later Ptolemaic era. Then visit the Temple of Luxor, the most elegant of the Ancient Egyptian buildings built under Amenhotep III. Return to the boat and set sail towards Qena, north of Luxor. This part of the Nile, where few cruise ships go, is lush and picturesque and offers stunning coastal views over which you can enjoy your first Egyptian sunset along the Nile. Tuck into your first dinner aboard the steamship before spending your first night sleeping in true Egyptian luxury.



It’s an early start this morning as you disembark the boat and make the two-hour drive to Abydos. The holy city of Abydos is a city of Osiris, king of the underworld and God of the afterlife and has been drawing visitors since the Ancient Egyptian era. The temple, which dates back to the time of Seti I, is a wonder to admire, with large colourful engravings whose exquisite execution marks the birth of Ramesside art. On the way back to the steamship, stop off at the Dendera Temple and the spectacular Temple of Hathor, goddess of joy and love, protector of women and also nurse to the pharaohs. The remains of the ancient city of Dendera are particularly well preserved and you’ll be able to see intricately decorated chapels, columns topped with cow heads, and terraces and roofs boasting splendid views of the Upper Egypt countryside. Head back to the boat for lunch, before spending a beautiful afternoon sailing back towards Luxor.



Another early start this morning, but a truly worthwhile one as you head to the Theban Necropolis – a land of mysteries believed to be the domain of the god Osiris. You’ll be able to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you'll find hypogea (underground tombs) belonging to many pharaohs of the New Empire, as well as the Valley of the Queens where the royal wives are buried, and the Valley of the Nobles. You can also visit the Temple of Ramses III in Medinet-Habu, which is almost entirely preserved and is a perfect example of funeral temples from the Ramesside dynasty. Head back to the steamship for a languid lunch before setting sail for Esna Lock, before continuing onto Edfu under the star-filled sky. Enjoy another delicious dinner on board before heading to bed.



This morning you’ll explore the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, his wife Hathor and son Harsomtous and one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Return to the steamship for lunch on board and sail to Kom Ombo just in time for sunset. In the evening, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, a very special place within Egypt thanks to its dedication to two deities: the god Horus, with the head of a falcon and the god Sobek, with the head of a crocodile. Enjoy dinner on board and an overnight at the quay in Kom Ombo.



Today is the day you will set sail for Aswan, the gateway to Nubia. Large sandy banks slowly replace the cultivated lands along the Nile as you enter the area where civilisation once ended. Since the third century, Elephantine Island has been a major trading centre as Nubia (meaning gold in Nubian) boasts rich land, providing Egypt not only with gold but also with soldiers, sought-after timber and precious ivory. In Aswan, you’ll be able to visit the Philae Temple complex, which is a sanctuary to Isis, the goddess of marriage, fertility and medicine who ruled over life, death and the underworld, and one of the most important places in Egypt and Nubia until 550 AD. Enjoy some time exploring Aswan before dinner and the optional ‘Light and Sound’ show in Philae.


Discover Kitchener's Island

Leave the beautiful Steam Ship Sudan behind after breakfast and transfer to your hotel in style on a traditional felucca with a stop at Kitchener’s Island. Named after the former British consul in Egypt, who transformed this desert islet into a lush botanical haven, the island offers stunning views over the western bank of the Nile and the desert beyond. This island and felucca excursion will last around two hours, so you’ll arrive at your hotel for the next couple of nights this afternoon. Located on the banks of the Nile, overlooking Elephantine Island, your historic hotel exudes style and luxury. Relax in the outdoor pool or indulge in afternoon tea, followed by dinner and maybe a cocktail or two.


Explore Aswan

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel while admiring views over the Nile. It’s the final full day of your holiday, so take the reins and explore the historical delights that Aswan has to offer. From sublime amphitheatres and bustling souqs to the Unfinished Obelisk and the Great Mosque, Aswan is brimming with history just waiting to be discovered. After a day soaking in the ancient world, return to your hotel to wine and dine in one of the restaurants. Enjoy the balmy evening as you watch the final Egyptian sunset of your trip and sip a drink on the terrace.

DAY 10

Home Time

Sadly, your Egyptian adventure comes to an end today. Make sure your bags are packed as it’s time for a private transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Cairo before hopping aboard your international flight back to the UK.

A la carte


You can book hieroglyphic classes, cooking classes with the boat chef and more.


Lake Nasser is the world's largest man-made lake and it is known as one of the best freshwater fishing spots. The lake is home to many species, including tigerfish, yellowfish, catfish and the famous Nile perch, which can reach record sizes (up to 200 lbs!)


186 miles from Aswan, in the heart of Nubia, stand the temples of Abu Simbel. Built to honour the great pharaoh Ramses II, they were carved out of two sandstone hills that face the Nile. Bathed in African light, this magnificent site enhanced the pharaoh's power in the eyes of the people from the south, over whom Egypt asserted its supremacy.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £4,840 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £5,600 per person.
  • International flight
  • Domestic flights from Cairo to Luxor and Luxor-Aswan
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Welcome and assistance at the airports
  • Private transfers included in the itinerary
  • Overnight stay in Luxor at Sofitel Winter Palace in a double room with garden view and breakfast
  • Cruise aboard Steam Ship Sudan (6 days/5 nights), double cabin, full-board and tours included
  • Overnight stay in Aswan at Sofitel Legend Cataract (Nile Wing) in a double room with Nile view with breakfast
  • Afternoon tea at Sofitel Legend Cataract
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Our local Concierge service

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