Experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt, then dive the fantastic Red Sea!
We'll begin our fully-escorted tour in Cairo with the Giza Pyramids, followed by the Egyptian Museum and Islamic Cairo. You'll stay at the fabulous Mena House hotel with a view of the Pyramids. Then we'll fly to Aswan to board a luxury river cruise ship, the Sonesta Moon Goddess, for a four-night adventure down the Nile accompanied by our own English-speaking Egyptologist, stopping along the way at stunning temples built on the banks of the river. Our cruise ends in Luxor, where you'll be amazed by the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of Kings, and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
"All Egypt is the gift of the Nile." - Herodotus
Travel with us to experience Egypt in comfort, safety, and style!
- The Great Pyramids of Cheops (Khufu) – The Great Pyramid is situated in Giza and is one of the Seven Wonders on the World. Cheops, the second Pharaoh of the IVth Dynasty, built it. It once rose to a height of 146 meters. Owing to natural wear and tear, however, its present height is 137 m.
- The Sphinx – The Sphinx is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt. It stands as a guardian of the ancient necropolis.
- The Egyptian Museum, including the golden mask of King Tutankhamen
Aswan to Luxor Nile Cruise Highlights:
The Temple of Karnak
Built in the 20th century B.C., it is the biggest of the ancient Egyptian temples and was the seat of the god Amun, and the administrative capital of the country. A visit to the temple begins at the sacred quay, decorated with a Nilometer showing flood levels of the Nile and then passes through an avenue, bordered by statues of ram-headed sphinxes, to the temple itself. Inside the temple there is an open courtyard with a smaller temple on the left-hand side. Then there is a large hypostyle hall, built during the reigns of Seti I and Rameses II, containing 134 pillars, twelve of which are topped with capitals in the form of open papyrus flowers.
The Luxor Temple
Built by Amenhotep III as a private residence for god Amun, but Rameses II later added statues of himself to either side of the temple: two seated and two standing. Inside there is an open coutyard built by Rameses II, comprising a pillared colonnade; and a second courtyard by Amenhotep III with pillars decorated with papyrus designs. The Luxor Museum contains a remarkable collection of ancient Egyptian sculpture found during the course of restoration at the Karnak and Luxor temples.
The Valley of the Kings
This site contains a large number of tombs of the Kings and Pharoahs, including the tombs of: Seti I, Rameses II, Horemheb and Tutankhamun, which was the only tomb to be discovered intact.
The Temple of Edfu
This temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and is the largest and most complete of the different temples situated along the banks of the Nile. It is located in the city of Edfu. It was a center of the cult of Horus.
The Temple of Kom Ombo
The double temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and its inscriptions contain references to the Ptolemies and to the Roman Emperors, Domitian, Trajan, and Caracalla.
The tour dovetails perfectly as a pre-trip to our Red Sea liveaboard and includes your flight between Cairo and Aswan, air-conditioned coach transfer from Luxor to Marsa Ghalib, and flight from Hurghada back to Cairo if required.
Non-diving partners or friends joining us only for the land tour and Nile cruise will fly from Luxor back to Cairo on October 27, or are free to spend extra nights in Luxor.
Travel to Egypt
- From North America, depart on Friday night, October 19, non-stop from JFK on EgyptAir, a Star Alliance member airline, to arrive in Cairo on Saturday morning, or book one of the many flight options via Europe departing Friday or Saturday - whatever is convenient for you.
- You can arrive anytime on October 20 or very early on the morning of October 21 (many flights via Europe arrive late at night). You will be met by the local tour director and transferred to your hotel.
- After the liveaboard, plan to depart Hurghada directly after 1:30 pm on November 3, or after 5 pm from Cairo.
- Additional hotel nights can also be arranged for early arrivals or longer stays.
- E-mail us for assistance with international flight selection. We'll help you find the best option online for your flights.
Liveaboard Diving on board Red Sea Aggressor
October 27 - November 3, 2018 (Saturday – Saturday): including 6 days of four dives a day.
Land Tour of Egypt
- October 20 (Saturday) Arrive Cairo anytime today. Hotel overnight.
- October 21 (Sunday) Full day tour of Ancient Cairo and Memphis including Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, plus the step pyramid of Saqqara and
the Alabaster Statues of Ramses II in Memphis.
Hotel overnight. Welcome dinner at Abou el Cid restaurant.
- October 22 (Monday) Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum including the treasures of King Tut, then visit Citadel of Saladin, Mohamed Aly Alabaster Mosque, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga Church and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Lunch included.
- October 23 (Tuesday) Flight to Aswan and embarkation on Nile Cruise ship. Afternoon view of the Elephantine Island by felucca (sailing boat) & the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Overnight in Aswan on the ship.
- October 24 (Wednesday) Visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel ($300). Afternoon visit to the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haroeris. Late afternoon sail to Esna to cross the Lock and arrive Edfu for overnight on the boat.
- October 25 (Thursday) After breakfast visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu then sail to Luxor.
- October 26 (Friday) After breakfast cross to the West Bank of the Nile: Visit Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon guided tour of the jaw-dropping Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor and optional sound and light show.
- October 27 (Saturday) Breakfast, check out and transfer to Marsa Ghalib to board Red Sea Aggressor.
Itinerary subject to modification.
- Three nights Cairo (October 20-22)
- 2 full day guided tours of Cairo and environs, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaar (dinner at own expense)
- Tourist site entrance fees
- Breakfast daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner included on Nile cruise)
- 4 night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor, including meals and guided sightseeing
- Domestic airfare within Egypt (Cairo to Aswan and Hurghada to Cairo), airport meet & greet and all required transfers, including Luxor to Marsa Ghalib (departure port for the liveaboard)
- English speaking guide throughout
- International airfare to and from Cairo (arrive anytime on October 20; hotel check-in 2 p.m.)
- Red Sea Aggressor liveaboard October 27 - November 3, 2018 ($1799)
- Optional excursion to Abu Simbel if desired ($300)
- Egyptian Visa ($25 upon arrival)
- Travel Insurance (required for this expedition)
- Two dinners in Cairo
- Any additional hotel nights
- Single rooms on the tour are available for a supplement of $500, or we are happy to match you with a roommate.
A $500 deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 90 days prior to departure.