Egypt, land of the pyramids and pharaohs, mysterious tombs and temples, and more than 5,000 years of history. One of the most spectacular sightseeing destinations in the world. Travelers have been marveling at Egypt's antiquities for thousands of years. Today a visit to Egypt is much more than just an immersion in past glories. The clamorous present is ever present, mud-brick villages sprout TV antennae, stone and glass high-rise buildings tower over ancient monuments

In addition to the great monuments of the Nile Valley, an Egyptian itinerary is also likely to include diving along the Red Sea coast or a desert trek to remote oasis or the Sinai. The hub of transportation and most likely your first and last stop in the country remains Cairo, a city which never fails to make a strong impression

Nearly all of Egypt is desert, but the small part which isn't, the valley of the Nile River is vital to the nation (95% of the population lives within a few miles of the Nile's banks).

Abu Simbel Information

Abu Simbel is the location of the most famous temple of Ramses II. The most spectacular aspect of this temple is its setting in the solid rock above the banks of the Nile River between the First and Second Cataracts. Ramses II built the Great Temple to honor himself and the gods of the state. The four seated statues of Ramses are about 20 meters in height and at the feet of Ramses stand the statues of his favorite children 

The temples were cut from the rock and shifted to higher ground in the early 1960's as the waters of Lake Nasser began to rise, following completion of the Aswan High Dam.

The Small Temple was probably completed ahead of the Great Temple and is dedicated to Ramses favorite wife, Nefertari. At the entrance stands six 33 feet high rock cut statues, two of Ramses and one of Nefertari.

Inside, Nefertari’s temple has a single pillared hall, with carved Hathor heads on top of the pillars. On the sides facing the center of the hypostyle, Ramses is shown enraged at his enemies and offered before various gods, while Nefertari is shown graceful and slender, with hands raised.


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 Aswan Information

Aswan is located south of Luxor and has an African atmosphere. The pace of life here is slow and relaxing and days can be spent strolling up and down the Corniche watching the sailboats, or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating fresh fish. It is possible to view the spectacular sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel or enjoy Nubian dancers and music at night.

Sites of Aswan

  • Aswan lies on the east bank of the Nile. Relax here, visit a few mosques or the bazaar which runs along the Corniche.

  • Ferial Gardens

  • Nubian Museum

  • Aswan Cemetery - with tombs from the Fatimid period

  • Unfinished Obelisk - East of the cemetery is the gigantic Unfinished Obelisk  and just to the south of this, two Greco-Roman sarcophagi and an unfinished colossus remain half buried in the sand 

  • Elephantine Island, which is timeless, with artifacts dating from pre-Dynastic times onward.  This is the largest island in the area

  • Kitchener's Island was named after the British general Haratio Kitchener, who was sent to Egypt in 1883 to reorganize the Egyptian army. The island is known for its garden and the exotic plants Kitchener planted there and which continue to flourish to this day

  • Tomb of Mohammed Shah Aga Khan who died in 1957.  Known as the Tomb of the Aga Khan, it is beautiful in its simplicity. A road from there leads back to the Coptic Monastery of St Simeon, built in honor of Amba Hadra, a local saint

  • Old Aswan Dam, which was expanded but unable to control the Nile for irrigation.



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High Dam  


Philae Temple


Elephantine Island


Kitchener Island


Botanical Gardens


Nubian Museum


Unfinished Obelisk


Cairo Information

Cairo, known as the 'City of Minarets' is a must on any visit to Egypt. Cairo is a colorful bustling city, with a blend of ancient and modern, with excellent bars, an incredible selection of shopping, leisure, culture and nightlife. Cairo comes alive at night, which is the best time to shop, eat delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, or simply watch the world go by from a pavement cafe. You can dine in a floating restaurant on the Nile, sample an apple-flavored shisha water pipe at a coffee-shop or see oriental dancers and cabarets at a luxury hotel.

Sights of Cairo

  • Pyramids - One of the wonders of the world

  • The Sphinx of Giza - truly spectacular!

  • Egyptian Museum - full of Egyptian history, a must on everyone's itinerary

  • Shopping - Khan el-Khalili souk, largely unchanged since the 14th century Particular good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass, copperware, leatherwork, glass and ceramics. Famous street markets, like Wekala-al-Balaq offers fabrics including Egyptian cotton. There are also many modern shopping malls in Cairo

  • Camel Market - makes a fascinating trip though I don't think you'll want to buy

  • The Cairo Tower - A trip to the top of The Cairo Tower, a modern 187 meter-high tower with far reaching views of the city from all sides, topped by a revolving restaurant. is worth experiencing

  • The Cairo Opera House complex, houses several galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, restaurants and concert halls. Listening to Arabic music under the stars in the open-air theatre, is a magical experience

  • Sound and Light show at the Pyramids, with a dramatic fusion of light and music recounting the story of antiquity

  • Cairo Zoo and the Botanical Gardens

  • Nile Trips - Take a trip on the River Nile in a felucca

  • Golf - When you need a break from city life, try a round of golf at the Mena House course overlooking the Pyramids

  • Horse racing at the Gezira Club

  • Horseback rides from the Giza Pyramids to Sakkara.


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Egyptian Museum


Royal Mummy Room




Coptic Museum


Islamic Art Museum


National Museum of Egyptian Modern Art


Solar Boat Museum


Cairo Tower




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Entrance to Giza Pyramids Area


Entry to Great Pyramid


Entry to 2nd Pyramid


Entry to 3rd Pyramid


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El Gouna Information

El Gouna is situated 20 minutes north of Hurghada on the Red Sea and offers a cosmopolitan town centre with a selection of fine bars. The hotels on offer in El Gouna are of an exceptional standard and are built to blend in with the dramatic location of deserts, mountains and the beautiful Red Sea. El Gouna rests between 10 kms of scenic beachfront and the dramatic backdrop of the Eastern Desert Mountains, it boasts unique and diverse award-winning architecture and is spread across a myriad of islands inter-linked by beautiful lagoons

El Gouna has its own 18 hole USPGA championship golf course designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates architectural firm, and offers the widest range of leisure possibilities in the entire Red Sea area. Many national and international film companies shoot films in El Gouna because of its unique character and outstanding beauty. 

If you are looking for something to do other than just relax on one of El Gouna's beaches, there are numerous interesting, exciting and fun excursions for you to discover, including desert trips with Bedouin's where you can experience camel riding, jeep safari's and horse riding.

El Gouna town offers a few shops and some local restaurants and bars in front of a beautiful marina. There is also a Go Cart track which can be a fun afternoon out!

If you prefer to explore the beautiful Red Sea and are a non diver, why not try a daily boat excursion. snorkel, swim, walk, or just relax in the sun on an uninhabited island.

Hurghada Information

Hurghada, known in Egypt as Ghardaga, was at one time just a simple fishing village, but now, with it's crystal clear waters, untouched reefs and a multitude of ship wrecks, it has become one of the best Egyptian tourist destinations. Hurghada offers more than 20 km of pristine beaches and can satisfy the needs of every visitor and is  well known for it's spectacular landscape of colorful mountains and canyons, these can be explored by taking desert safari's on camels, horses or even by quad bikes and 4 x 4 vehicles

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is located 25 minutes south of Hurghada in a small bay and is ideal for those looking for complete relaxation. If you are looking for some sightseeing and shopping, plenty of excursions are available to keep you entertained; if not just relax in Egypt's finest hotel in the Red Sea.

El Gouna is situated 20 minutes north of Hurghada on the Red Sea and offers a cosmopolitan town centre with a selection of fine bars. The hotels on offer in El Gouna are of an exceptional standard and are built to blend in with the dramatic location of deserts, mountains and the beautiful Red Sea.

Luxor Information

Luxor in ancient times was known as “ the city of a thousand gates” and was once the playground of the Pharaohs and the site of Egypt’s capital. Luxor is unique among the cities of the world. Wherever you tread, you feel you are experiencing the past and the present at one and the same time. There is hardly a place in the city that does not have a relic that tells of the splendor of the Ancient Egyptians several thousand years ago.

Sites of Luxor

  • Luxor Temple was built by the two Pharaohs, Amenhotep II and Ramses II. The temple was dedicated to Amun-Ra, whose marriage to Mut was celebrated annually, when the sacred procession moved by boat from Karnak to Luxor Temple

  • Karnak Temple includes many singular temples, dedicated to Amun, his wife (Mut), and heir son Khonsu. Since the Arab conquest, it became known as Al-Karnak, which means the fort. If visiting Karnak Temple it is wise to take in The Sound and Light Spectacle which uses words, light and music to tell the story of the temple. The programme is presented twice daily in Arabic, English, French and German

  • The Luxor Museum is another major attraction worth visiting on the east bank, it is situated between the temples Luxor and Karnak. It houses pharaonic relics from Luxor and nearby areas

  • Valley of the Kings and Queens, located on the west bank, with more than 400 tombs and temples. The tombs of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens are the two tombs, ordered by the kings and queens of the New Kingdom to be carved in the rock-faces of the valley so as to safeguard them against grave robbers. The tomb is composed of several rooms and corridors leading to the Burial Chamber. The most important of these tombs are Tut-Ankh-Amun, Ramses Ill, Seti I, Ramses VI, Amenhotep II, Hur-Moheb, Tuthmosis III. The chief tombs of the Valley of the Queens are Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses II

  • The Colossi of Memnon is the only remnant of a temple commemorating Amenhotep II, these statues are 19.20 metres high. When they suffered cracks, and were said to sing, the Greeks named them after Memnon the legendary hero who was killed in the Trojan Wars


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Colossi of Memnon


Valley of The Kings - 3 tombs only


Tomb of King Tutankhamen - when open


Deir al-Bahri ( Temple of Queen Hatshepsut )


Medinat Habu ( Temple of King Ramses III)


Valley of the Queens (excluding Tomb of Queen Nefertari)


Tomb of Queen Nefertari - when open


Temple of Seti I


Luxor Museum


Mummification Museum - Photo ticket


Mummification Museum - no flash


Mummification Museum - video permit


Luxor Temple


Temples of Karnak


Sound & Light show at Temples of Karnak (evenings only - check with staff for schedules)


North & South of LUXOR

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Edfu Temple


Kom Ombo Temple


Nile Cruises Information

The River Nile encompasses centuries of history, with monuments from deep in the South, Northward to Cairo and beyond. The Nile is the longest river in the world and from its principal source, Lake Victoria in east central Africa, the Nile flows north through Uganda, Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of 5584 km

In pre-historic times forests covered the river banks when the river was just a vast swamp composed of rushes, papyrus and weeds. However, due to the thousands of years of human intervention, the Nile throughout Egypt flows through green fields, looking much like a rich, well cultivated European plain

A cruise on the Nile aboard one of our luxurious cruise ships
is like taking a tour through an Egyptian Museum and retracing the journeys taken by the great Pharaohs, such as Tutankhamen 

Cruises begin in Aswan or Luxor, covering a distance of 200 km. A highly qualified and knowledgeable Egyptologist travels with you throughout your journey to provide insights and a comprehensive understanding of the ancient kingdoms

Esna Lock Closure

Itineraries and boats can change at short notice and your final itinerary will be confirmed upon arrival in Luxor. Cruise boats are often moored alongside one another restricting views from some cabins. Domestic flight tickets for the optional Abu Simbel excursion are issued locally. and timings cannot be given in advance or guaranteed.

During the closure of Esna Lock (approx  01-16Dec 04), cruise boats will be positioned at the Esna side of the lock.  This will incur longer journeys to/from Luxor
for sightseeing and arrival/departure transfers. Any departure between these dates will be affected

Sahl Hashish Information

Sahl Hashish is located South of Hurghada in a small bay, and is ideal for those looking for complete relaxation. If you are looking for some sightseeing and shopping, there are also plenty of excursions available to keep you entertained, such as:

Coptic Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul
Hidden away in the barren cliffs of the Eastern Desert, these Coptic Christian monasteries are the oldest in Egypt. Built during the 4th century AD, they represent the beginning of the Christian monastic tradition   

Giftun Island
Located north of Sahl Hashish is Giftun Island and is known for it's vibrant coral reefs and exotic species of marine life  
Desert Safari's
Drive off into the desert, to the south of Hurghada and experience panoramic and breathtaking views of the Red Sea mountain ranges, also take in Bedouin local life, camel riding or quad biking

Sharm El Sheikh Information

The region of Sharm El Sheikh is located on the eastern shore of the southern most tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea and is made up of a series of bays with outstanding coral reefs off shore making it a Mecca for divers from around the world. There is a range of good quality hotels in the area and all offer easy access to the lively resort of Naama Bay which has shops, bazaars, restaurants, bars and nightlife

Apart from superb diving, there are many other sporting activities on offer including golf, tennis and either horse or camel riding. There are trips into the desert on horse back or by camel as well as by jeep. Quad biking in the desert is also a popular pastime. The little town of Sharm El Sheikh is worth visiting for a taste of old Egypt with its spice shops, shisha cafes and sugar cane juice stalls. Sharm also makes a good base from which to explore the nearby mountains and desert, and with access to St Catherine's Monastery, the Colored Canyon and a number of beautiful National Parks there is always something new and interesting to discover


Last Updated ( 13 June 2016 )

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