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For millennia the iconic sights of Egypt have held visitors in their sway, from the pyramids of Giza to the dazzling colours of the Pharaoh's tombs. The country that gave birth to the world's first great civilisation has an unrivalled legacy that has been attracting tourists for thousands of years. Ancient sights abound, from the Temples of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings and of course, the incomparable River Nile. Home to the evocative white sail of the felucca, here you can board a luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat and cruise the mighty waterway in style.

Egypt is a veritable melting pot of ancient history. The country that gave birth to the world's first great civilisation has an unrivalled legacy and has been attracting tourists for thousands of years. Wandering around Cairo is a treat in itself, although make sure you allow plenty of time for the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, with its remarkable Mummies Room and the treasures of Tutankhamun.

North of Cairo is Egypt's second city, Alexandria, the location of the legendary lighthouse that was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and Egypt's most important port.

In western Egypt, Siwa is one of the country's most interesting regions. Here ancient traditions have been preserved, and the area is replete with beautiful rock formations and iridescent salt lakes. In Luxor, arguably the world's greatest open air museum, you can explore the Temple of Karnak and the colossal Valley of the Kings. Alternatively, see the surreal rock formations of the White Desert, dive among the colourful corals of the Red Sea or simply soak up the sun on Egypt's sandy beaches.

Egypt with A&K

When it comes to the Land of the Pharaohs, we have heritage. Real heritage. It might not stretch back to Tutankhamun but over 30-plus years offering luxury Egypt holidays Abercrombie & Kent has established eight offices across the country, employing 400 knowledgeable staff. This makes a difference. A huge difference. When Cairo descended into the chaos of the Arab Spring and airlines temporarily abandoned the city, A&K's experienced team threw the rulebook out of the window, using unrivalled contacts to charter a private plane to London. The escape was made.

Most of the time, of course, we're dealing with Egypt's historic, cultural and scenic drama, rather than its political. Our brilliant guides - many of them expert Egyptologists and archaeologists - bring ancient civilisations back to life before your eyes, providing exclusive insider access to private tombs, temple openings and current excavations. They reveal the secrets of Giza's monolithic pyramids, the Museum of Antiquities' treasures and The Valley of the Kings, along with iconic temples including Karnak and Hatshepsut.

And then there's the Nile. Nobody offers a luxury Nile cruise like A&K with dedicated in-house specialists and four of the best, most elegant boats on the river. Your journey between Aswan and Luxor blends history with style, serenity and divine landscapes.

And you're just starting. You can sail on vast Lake Nasser, tour the surreal White Desert, and relax on the Red Sea coast with its translucent ocean and exquisite coral. Need more? There's Alexandria's Italianate cornice kissing the Mediterranean, and the remote western oasis of Siwa. Egypt is generous with its riches.

But A&K takes you beyond the blockbuster sites. Our guides happily share vignettes of daily Egyptian life. It might be Mohammed's favourite coffee house, falafel joint, or even belly dancer: the legendary Dina appears, often unannounced, at random Cairo nightspots. If you're happy with a 3am appointment, so are we.

Arrival location:

Cairo

Departure Location:

Luxor

Included in your experience:

The above prices include international economy air fare, and internal flights. Subject to availability

Ground Transportation, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Cairo Welcome to the world's oldest tourist destination! Feel instantly amid the action at the Fairmont Nile City, which sits on the banks of the mighty river, with views of the bustling capital and the distant Pyramids.
    Fairmont Nile City Hotel
  • Day2 - 3
    Cairo Take a trip back in time, first to the ruins of Memphis, to see the stepped pyramid at Sakkara - the oldest stone structure in the world. Then visit the mysterious Sphinx and the colossal pyramids at Giza, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World standing intact and a masterstroke of ancient engineering. Meals: Breakfast
    Fairmont Nile City Hotel
  • Day3 - 4
    Cairo Cairo is a city of infinite riches - some 120,000 of which lie within the matchless Egyptian Antiquities Museum, including ancient mummies and the spoils of Tutankhamun. Beyond, you'll find treasures lurking everywhere: down the narrow alleys of medieval Cairo, at the imposing hilltop Citadel, within the city's splendid mosques and amid the maze-like Khan el Khalili Bazaar - the place to haggle for local crafts. Meals: Breakfast
    Fairmont Nile City Hotel
  • Day4 - 5
    Cairo/Luxor A short flight south transports you to Luxor, capital of the Upper Nile, a city of ancient temples, horse-drawn fiacres and balloon flights at dawn. The luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat (III or IV) is docked and ready - your home for the next seven nights. A chilled juice and a warm welcome awaits you on board. Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day5 - 6
    Luxor/Dendarah/Luxor There's no better way to get a feel for Ancient Egypt than from the Nile - floating past riverbanks dotted with palms and donkey carts, it's as if the past 2,000 years haven't happened at all. This is particularly true of this stretch of the cruise, an off-the-beaten-track glide along beautiful river-scapes to the Ptolemaic Temple at Dendarah, a wonderfully preserved site complete with underground passages and towering hieroglyphics. Tuck into afternoon tea on the trip back to Luxor, before a gourmet dinner, accompanied by traditional Egyptian dance. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day6 - 7
    Luxor/Kom Ombo Today, sail south past the lively market and ancient temple at Esna en route to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the largest and best-preserved in Egypt dedicated to the falcon-headed god. It's a good place to gen up on your hieroglyphics before retiring to the sun deck and enjoying a tasty Egyptian supper. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day7 - 8
    Kom Ombo/Aswan Aswan is your next port of call. Visit the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island - moved brick by brick to its current location in the 1970s, after the construction of the Aswan Dam. Then relax on the Sun Boat, perhaps taking a dip in its plunge pool or retiring to the outdoor bar to watch the sun sink into the Nile. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day8 - 9
    Aswan There's a lovely laidback vibe in Aswan. Soak it up on a wander around the aromatic souq or under the riverside palms. Then switch briefly to a smaller vessel - a traditional, single-sailed felucca - for an afternoon drift amid Aswan's islands, to see ruins, Nubian villages and the Botanical Gardens' exquisite blooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day9 - 10
    Aswan/Kom Ombo Turn north once more, bound for Kom Ombo, where 300 crocodile mummies have been found, and where the mighty temple is jointly dedicated to Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. Tonight, an Egyptian banquet awaits. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day10 - 11
    Kom Ombo/Luxor Docking back in Luxor is far from the end of your journey: some of the country's most important sites are still to be seen. Join an Egyptologist for a humbling walk through the temple complex of Karnak to see its Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of 134 gargantuan columns, some 21m tall. After lunch, cross to the Nile's West Bank. Here, descend into the richly coloured tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens and feel tiny at the imposing cliffside Temple of Hatshepsut. Then, bid a final farewell to the Nile with a proper send-off dinner back on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
  • Day11
    Head to the airport for your short flight back. Meals: Breakfast
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