Nile Cruise & Cairo

8 days from £3,195pp

Includes flights, accommodation (full board on cruise), tours & guides (see below).

Overview & Highlights

Explore the wonders of Egypt via the River Nile on this luxury small group tour.

Visit Giza’s pyramids before taking a flight to the ancient town of Aswan, where Agatha Christie wrote her novel Death on the Nile. Here you will board one of the country’s premier luxury cruise vessels, the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, for a four-night, five-star river cruise to Luxor.

Throughout the journey, you will explore ancient sites with an expert Egyptologist, who will regale you with tales of pharaohs, kings and a pantheon of exotic gods.

The elegant Sanctuary Nile Adventurer has just 32 cabins, offering a luxurious, relaxed cruise on the Nile. Decorated in a contemporary style, the ship’s design combines modern Egyptian culture with seven thousand years of heritage. Add gourmet cuisine as well as sightseeing experiences with the country’s most experienced Egyptologists, this is a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.

Enjoy the extensive sun deck areas, with their elegant teak floors, with private cabanas around the pool area, the perfect spot for relaxing while taking in the scenery.

  • Luxury small boat with Pharaonic and modern Egyptian influence
  • Choice of four night itineraries, led by best Egyptologists
  • Award-winning chefs on board
  • All cabins have a Nile view and are air-conditioned
  • 32 cabins including two junior suites and two presidential suites
  • Tour ancient temples alongside expert Egyptologists
  • Ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island
  • 5-star hotel accommodation
  • Explore Cairo & the Pyramids
Jules Croucher

“Egypt has been a must see destination for cultural travellers since the 19th century. Anyone with a keen interest in ancient history will be wowed by a country full of an extraordinary number of spectacular archaeological sites. Visit bustling Cairo, the celebrated pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, before boarding a luxury riverboat to discover the magnificent temples, timeless ways of life and stunning desert scenery along the Nile valley.”


5-star accommodation; Flexible – extensions, room & flight upgrades available; Direct international flights with Egyptair;
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles; Experienced local Egyptologists
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners; Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
Welcome dinner on Day 2; Full-board accommodation on 4-night cruise
Optional upgrade to Main Deck cabin from £75 per person

Small group size – average 14 people (max 18)

Itinerary is subject to change due to opening hours of some historic sites. The cruise will operate using the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer.

  • Day 1: Arrive Cairo.
  • Day 2: Visit the pyramids of Giza and enjoy evening welcome meal. elit.
  • Day 3: Fly to Aswan to begin your 4-night Nile cruise aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, ride a traditional felucca sailboat around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting).
  • Day 4: Motorboat ride to see the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Then visit quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. Back aboard, partake in an Egyptian cookery lesson, then visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek.
  • Day 5: This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Return to your boat in time for lunch and continue cruising to Esna. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guides you round the Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum in Esna.
  • Day 6: Explore the imposing Temple of Luxor alongside your expert Egyptologist. Continue to the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. You also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Day 7: Fly to Cairo this morning. After lunch at leisure, visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East and home to a wide variety of pharaonic antiquities.
  • Day 8: Transfer to Cairo airport and fly home (or extend your journey)

This itinerary can be tailored to your exact requirements, should you prefer to have a bespoke (non group) itinerary. There are many Nile cruise options available and we can add extra hotel nights or perhaps extend your holiday to relax on the Red Sea coast?

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“A life time dream was achieved to travel to Egypt and see everything I possibly could. Thank you so much for arranging this for me. Totally blown away by the Pyramids, Tombs and Temples. Can’t recommend a holiday to Egypt enough!”

Victoria M

Let us begin the journey that will create memories to last a lifetime.