- Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx on a private guided tour
- Enjoy a cruise on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor
- The magnificent long sandy beaches of the Red Sea invite you to relax, swim, dive, snorkel and sail
Traces of the Pharaohs
A journey into the past
The grandiose pyramids, ancient temples and colorful royal tombs continue to impress. And our idea of “God and the world” contains more ancient Egyptian than many people realize.
Travel Egypt on the longest river in the world! With a Nile cruise you will get to know and love the country in a very special way. You spend the night on the ship and let yourself be comfortably sailed from one highlight to the next.
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
After landing at Cairo, a VIP Meet & Greet awaits you at the airport. You will be warmly welcomed by our local contact and transferred by private transfer to your hotel.
The afternoon is entirely at your leisure.
Day 2: Half day private tour to Cairo Pyramids & Sphinx
The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day remains of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built more than 4. 500 years ago as huge tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Cheops, Khafre and Menkaure, who were father, son and grandson. The pyramids are of truly monumental proportions, with the largest – the Pyramid of Khufu – built of over two million blocks.
Nearby is the enigmatic Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal headscarf, which workers may have modeled after King Khafre to guard his huge funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built, it was covered with sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared away the sand, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the “Dream Stele”, which was placed between the paws of the Sphinx by King Tuthmosis IV.
Hotel: Marriott Mena House - 2 Nights
Experience the wondrous beauty of the pyramids from the "Marriott Mena House", Cairo. Frequently visited by dignitaries and celebrities, this 5-star hotel offers travelers a taste of modern luxury. Located right at the foot of the Pyramids, hotel guests can walk to one of Egypt's most popular attractions.
Today, Mena House is one of the most famous hotels in Cairo and a true luxury hotel in Egypt. It stands out from other hotels with its impressive history, magnificent interiors, lush gardens and dining options.
Half day private tour to Cairo Pyramids and Sphinx
Day 3: Continue to the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
After breakfast, a transfer will take you back to the airport in Cairo and you will fly to Aswan. At Aswan airport you will be greeted by an A&K representative who will accompany you for check-in to the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.
After check-in, lunch will be served on board.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to sail around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sailboat) (weather permitting, life jackets provided).
Afternoon tea is served in the lounge while you enjoy the sounds of an oud trio. In the evening, you will be greeted by your boat manager and enjoy a selection of canapés as well as Egyptian wine and local beer. A gourmet dinner will be served on board.
Day 4: Philae & Kom Ombo
A buffet breakfast will be served on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on Agilika Island. Then visit the granite quarries that supplied the ancient Egyptians with much of the hard stone used for pyramids and temples, and where a huge unfinished obelisk still stands.
Enjoy lunch as you drive to Kom Ombo and visit the magnificent temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. During the drive to Edfu, you will be served afternoon tea.
Tonight a delicious dinner will be served followed by a movie night on board.
Day 5: Tempel of Khnum & Tempel of Horus
A buffet breakfast is served on board.
This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Esna. After lunch, an Egyptian cooking class will be held on board.
In the afternoon, your Egyptologist will guide you through the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum in Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the mud accumulated by centuries of annual Nile flooding and lies about nine meters below present-day street level.
Afternoon tea will be served during the drive to Luxor.
Tonight there will be a costume party “Egyptian Night” for all guests, where you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional Egyptian “Galabeyya”. For dinner there will be a rich buffet with Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for all.
Day 6: East and west banks of Luxor
Breakfast will be served on board.
This morning you will visit the Valley of the Kings. You will have the opportunity to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the Nile, you will pass the famous Memnon Colossi, known in ancient Greece for their haunting voices at dawn.
After lunch, your Egyptologist will guide you through the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun, and then on to the Temple of Karnak.
You’ll then return to your luxurious Nile cruise ship, where afternoon tea will be served in the lounge.
Tonight’s program includes a gala dinner with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet dishes, followed by a dervish show and belly dance performance.
Hotel: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV - 4 Nights
The boutique "Sanctuary Sun Boat IV" is decorated in a contemporary style with Art Deco influences. Modern facilities and cutting-edge technology on board are combined with sophisticated public areas with luxurious teak floors for an elegant finish.
The Presidential Suites offer magnificent views of the Nile during your cruise. With a spacious area of 38 m², the suites also feature an LCD screen with satellite reception and in-house movies for your personal preferences.
Full board and activities
Day 7: Transfer to Steigenberger Resort Alaya
After breakfast and check-out on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, a transfer will take you to the Steigenberger Resort Alaya (transfer approx. 4 hours).
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 8 till Day 13: Days at leisure
The beautiful long sandy beaches of the Red Sea invite you to relax, swim, dive, snorkel and sail. Many, varied possibilities await you. The colorful coral reefs and the variety of the underwater world are known all over the world and attract many divers. There is something for every vacationer – simply wonderful experiences in Egypt.
Hotel: Steigenberger Resort Alaya - 6 Nights
The five-star "Steigenberger Resort Alaya" enjoys a prime location in the heart of Madinat Coraya on one of the Red Sea's most fascinating coasts. The Steigenberger luxury resort is just 5 km from Marsa Alam International Airport and delights with a modern style, fabulous swimming pools and unobstructed sea views. Located directly on the beach, the resort is the perfect place for luxury travelers who want to spend a relaxing vacation surrounded by luxury and upscale service.
Deluxe Sea View swim up Room
The 70 m² Deluxe Swim-Up Room Sea View promises an unforgettable stay. Our guests can expect a range of special amenities and a fascinating view directly onto the Red Sea. In addition to direct access to the pool, this accommodation offers enough space for two adults to spend their luxury vacation at Steigenberger Resort Alaya.
Day 14: Home Journey
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to Egypt. A transfer will take you to Hughada Airport and you will fly back to Europe via Cairo.
- VIP Meet & Greet at the airport in Cairo
- 12 nights according to itinerary
- Meals, activities and transfers as per itinerary
- Flight from Cairo to Aswan
- Flight from Hughada to Cairo
- Private half day tour with guide to the Pyramids and Sphinx
- Taxes & Fees
- All International flights
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses & tips
- Additional optional excursions, activities and meals different from the itinerary
- Travel cancellation insurance