A Nile Cruise & Stay offers a mixture of breathtaking sights, sounds and culture combined with a relaxing break by the Red Sea. There’s no better way to experience the wonders of this ancient and varied land.
Savour the sights on a fully-guided itinerary
Cruises operate weekly, all year round, and includes an expertly guided itinerary with 10 FREE excursions. You will explore the major sights, from Luxor and the magnificent city of Thebes and Valley of the Kings, on to the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo, and Edfu – one of the best preserved temples in Egypt – before reaching Aswan and its spectacular High Dam, the starting point for the return journey.
Our modern custom-built ships are floating hotels equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities. All the cabins are exterior ones, so you have the best possible view on your journey through Egypt. Our hotels offer a wide choice of dining and leisure facilities, in a variety of locations from vibrant resorts to tranquil sandy bays.
After early morning pickup from your central Luxor hotel or cruise ship, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the launch site on the west bank of the Nile River. On arrival, enjoy a light pre-flight snack and refreshments, and meet your expert pilot and ground crew.
Next, listen to a comprehensive safety briefing and step inside the balloon’s sturdy basket with your pilot and several other passengers. Then, feel your adrenaline surge as the brightly colored balloon rises into the still-dark sky for your approximate 30 to 45-minute flight. Soak up the jaw-dropping, aerial views just as the sun peeps over the east bank of the Nile River.
Hot Air Balloon ride Over Luxor
Watch as the light illuminates the surrounding mountains and buildings of Luxor, and be sure to capture the unforgettable scenes on camera. Look to the east to see the pillars of Karnak Temple greet the morning sun, and then turn west to admire Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple cast in the glow of dawn. View the Colossi of Memnon rising from the nearby fields, and in the distance, take in the Valley of the Queens, nestled in the craggy mountains.
Then, if the wind conditions are right, float over the Ramesseum, the impressive funerary temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, and gaze down at its pylons, statues and courtyards.
As you fly, a ground support van and crew will follow your balloon, and will be there when you land. After a safe touchdown, step back onto land and receive your personal flight certificate and souvenir.
Finally, drive back to Luxor where your experience ends with a drop-off at your hotel or ship in time for breakfast and your morning tour departures.
A.M you will be picked up from your Hotel or Nile Cruise in Luxor by your licensed tour guide and be transferred by private A/C vehicle to the West Bank where you will visit the Valley Of The Kings where many kings are buried, namely: King Tutmosis I, Tutmosis III, Tut-Ankh-Amon, King Ramssess VI, King Mrenptah and AmonhotepII.
This will be followed by a visit to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only pharaonic woman who reigned ancient Egypt. You will then continue your day to The Colossi of Memnon which are remains of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant on the East Bank (drinks are extra) and will last for one hour, before moving to visit Karnak Temple. This is the greatest example of worship in the history of Luxor.
Your tour will end by visiting the Temple of Luxor, built by two Pharos in different dynasties. Later you will be driven back to your hotel or Nile Cruise in Luxor or Even transfer to Luxor airport.
Depart your Luxor hotel or Luxor river port by minivan and journey to the west bank of the Nile River. As you travel, listen as your guide tells tales about the Valley of the Kings, the mountain-cut royal necropolis of the capital of Thebes that once stood on the site of Luxor. If you have any particular areas of interest, let your guide know. Your commentary and itinerary can be tailored to your preference. Soak up views of the rugged mountains and, on arrival, enjoy a brief stop at the valley’s visitor center. Then, explore the inner rock-cut chambers and tunnels. Guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the tombs, but your guide will describe what to look for before you enter. Walk through colorful, hieroglyph-covered corridors and see painted chambers that once contained the remains of ancient Egypt’s rulers. If you wish, pay an additional cost direct to enter the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Next, drive to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a vision of geometrical colonnades hewn into a Cliffside. Learn about the temple’s history and life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Stroll around the courtyards and terraces, and admire the statues and hieroglyphics that adorn them.
Then, stop for photos at the Colossi of Memnon: two towering statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, that once stood at his now long-gone funerary temple. Hear the stories and legends that surround the statues, and inspect the Roman-era graffiti engraved in the stone. Before your tour ends, perhaps take the opportunity to visit an alabaster factory and, if you wish, purchase some hand-cut pieces as souvenirs.
After you finish your day tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel or your Nile cruise in Luxor.
Your expert Egyptologist Tour Guide will pick you up from your Luxor Train station / Airport / Hotel or Nile Cruise. Then start your half day tour to the temple of Karnak, the largest temple ever built in Egypt, The complex construction started during the reign of Senusret I (1971–1926 BC) in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC), covers almost 2000 years of the Egyptian History. Enjoy walking through the fantastic avenue of sphinxes with Lion’s body and Ram’s head, then the Great Pylons, the great hypostyle hall with 134 columns, the obelisks, the sanctuary of Philip III arrhidaeus of Macedon, The Akh Menu of Tuthmosis III (1479–1425 BC) and the sacred lake. And then enjoy free time to explore the great temple at leisure .
Continue to visit Luxor temple, located in Luxor city center, marked the other end of the Sphinx Avenue extended between Karnak temple and Luxor temple. Luxor temple was built by Amenhotep III (1386 to 1349 BC) and Ramses II (1290 –1223 BC) while other pharaohs like Tutankhamon, Hormohep and Alexander the great added to the Temple’s construction. After a fantastic guided tour to Luxor temple enjoy free time at leisure.
Later on, you will be transferred to your place of choice in Luxor East bank (Train station / Airport / Hotel / Nile Cruise).