DAY 1: UK - Luxor.
Depart from Gatwick or Manchester to Luxor. Transfer to your cruise boat. Set sail for Esna.
DAY 2: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan.
The day begins with an included visit to the 2,000 year-old Temple of Horus, an elongated structure made up of halls and chambers with well preserved story-telling interior decorations. In the afternoon you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built in 250 BC, before re-joining the boat to sail to the pleasant Nile-side town of Aswan for an overnight stay.
DAY 3: Aswan.
In the morning visit the famous 111 metre tall Aswan High Dam, a major feat of engineering, as well as the Old Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple, the 'Pearl of Egypt', moved brick by brick to make way for the dam. Afternoon at leisure offering a chance to explore Aswan and optional city tour.
DAY 4: Aswan - Luxor
In the morning why not take our optional plane excursion to the magnificent, 3,200 year old temple of Abu Simbel? Carved out of a mountainside it is one of the best preserved and most magnificent temples in Egypt, which took 25,000 workers 25 years to complete. After lunch, you'll sail by felucca to visit the botanical gardens. Evening sailing to Luxor.
DAY 5: Luxor.
Today you will sail back to Luxor.
DAY 6: Luxor.
Morning visit to the West Bank including the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Marvel at the glorious legacy of the ancient Egyptians, a vast network of burial chambers for the pharaohs. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 7: Luxor - Karnak.
An included morning excursion takes you to the wonderful temples at Luxor and Karnak. They may be shadows of their former selves, but as you wander around the vast statues, towering columns and decorated walls that remain, you will appreciate their original ornate grandeur. There's also the chance to see an optional sound and light show in Karnak.
DAY 8: Luxor.
After lunch, you'll disembark from your cruise boat and transfer to Luxor airport for your flight to the UK, or by air-conditioned coach to your chosen resort hotel.