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From Cairo to Luxor: 6 Best Ways to Get There

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Home to some of the country's most famous sights including the colorful tombs of the Valley of The Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the colossal Temples of Karnak, Luxor is top of most people's hit list when it comes to Egypt travel itineraries.

It's no surprise then that many visitors head straight to this world-famous historic site, once the power-center of the Middle Kingdom pharaohs, after their time spent exploring Cairo .

Fortunately several options for getting from Cairo to Luxor are available for travelers.

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  • From Cairo to Luxor by Train
  • From Cairo to Luxor by Sleeper Train
  • From Cairo to Luxor by Nile Cruise
  • From Cairo to Luxor by Airplane
  • From Cairo to Luxor by Flight Day Tour
  • From Cairo to Luxor by Bus

1. From Cairo to Luxor by Train

Medinat Habu Temple on Luxor's west bank

Several trains run daily between Cairo's Ramses Train Station and Luxor Railway Station from 8am to 11pm. If you're staying at a hotel in Giza, you can also board all the same services to Luxor at Giza Railway Station.

There are two train types: The "Special" class trains (five services daily) have newer rolling stock and more comfortable carriages.

The "Spanish" class trains (four services daily) are cheaper and older.

All trains offer a drink and food trolley service that rattles through the carriages intermittently throughout the journey, but it's a good idea to bring along snacks and a picnic meal.

The first class carriages in both come with roomier seats and better bathroom facilities, so are well worth shelling out for. First class tickets range from 151EGP (US$9.60) to 255EGP (US$16.30) depending on the train.

Travel time between Cairo and Luxor is supposed to be around 10.5 hours but is more typically around 12.

You definitely want to try and bag a window seat, as one of the great joys of train travel along this route is watching the lush Nile-side countryside of green fields and date palms passing by. Take one of the two morning trains to make the most of the view.

If you're planning to travel on one of the overnight services, note that both types of trains are seater only. There are no sleeper carriages.

This is the most popular method of public transport to Luxor for Egyptians, as well as foreign visitors, so try to book train tickets at least a few days in advance.

The major downside of train travel along this route is that unfortunately, some staff at both Ramses Train Station and Luxor Railway Station will attempt to refuse foreign travelers tickets on these trains and will tell you that you are only allowed to use the (much more expensive) sleeper service. This dates from a previous official travel restriction, which has since been revoked by the government.

If you are having trouble booking a train ticket, most hotels can send someone to the station to do it for you for a small fee. You can also now book online tickets on the Egyptian National Railways website .

2. From Cairo to Luxor by Sleeper Train

Row of ancient sculptures of criosphinx in Karnak Temple, Luxor

The Watania Sleeper Train is a slice of old-fashioned rail travel .

It departs every evening from Ramses Train Station in Cairo at 7.45pm (and 20 minutes later at Giza Station) and travels overnight to arrive in Luxor at 6.15am.

Tickets can be purchased from the Watania Sleeper Train office at Ramses Train Station, or you can book online .

It's best to book a few days in advance. It costs US$84 for a bed in a two-bed cabin or, if you're a solo traveler and don't want to share a compartment, US$126 for a single cabin. There is also a seater-only carriage with good-sized seats that can recline. A seater-only ticket costs US$42.

All tickets can only be booked using credit cards, US dollars or Euro. The ticket price includes both dinner (with a choice of chicken, beef, fish, or vegetarian) and breakfast.

The sleeper compartments are compact but tidy with a small washbasin and bunks that fold out from the wall. Bedding is provided, and the included meals are brought to you in-room.

Although tickets are rather expensive for the facilities provided, nothing can beat falling asleep on your bunk to the steady sway of the train tracks and waking up in the morning to the green fields of the Nile.

3. From Cairo to Luxor by Nile Cruise

Nile cruisers docked in front of Luxor Temple

The most luxurious way to travel from Cairo to Luxor is by Nile Cruiser.

Harking back to the early days of Egypt tourism, when European travelers first explored the country by boat, this slow cruise up the Nile River usually takes 12 days (including sightseeing days in both Cairo and Luxor while onboard).

This is a no-hassle and stylish sightseeing and transport all-in-one , stopping at all the important historic sites, such as Tell El Amarna and Abydos , along the way.

Only a few of the bigger Nile cruise operators, such as Mövenpick, operate this route, with sailings departing from Cairo once a month from February to June and September to November.

Prices, which include all meals and sightseeing tours as well as a range of on-board evening events, start from around US$700.

4. From Cairo to Luxor by Airplane

Hot air ballooning over Luxor's west bank

Egypt Air flies four times daily direct to Luxor International Airport from Cairo International Airport.

Flights take one hour, and ticket prices start at around US$145 in the high season from December to February. If you're traveling in low season, flight prices usually drop to around US$75.

Luxor flights depart from Cairo Airport's Terminal Three.

In minimal traffic conditions (before 7am and late at night) a taxi to Cairo Airport from the central city only takes around 30 minutes. At any other time of day, make sure to add in an hour for taxi transport time.

Luxor Airport is seven kilometers from central Luxor. There is no public transport into the center, so you need to either use one of the airport taxis or book a private transfer with your Luxor hotel.

5. From Cairo to Luxor by Flight Day Tour

Tomb interior in the Valley of the Kings

If you really have very little time up your sleeve, it is possible to take a day tour to Luxor from Cairo by flying there and back in one day.

If you want to do this, prepare for a very long day of between 12 and 15 hours door to door, and an early start. Most tours pick up from your Cairo hotel between 4am and 5am, and the return time to Cairo is around 7pm.

Also realize there is only so much you will be able to see of Luxor with just one day, so your sightseeing will be limited to the big-hitter sites: usually the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and maybe Medinat Habu Temple on Luxor's west bank and Karnak Temple and/or Luxor Temple on the east bank.

These tours normally include a private driver, who transfers you to and from the airport in Cairo, and a professional Egyptologist guide and driver in Luxor, who accompanies you from Luxor Airport for the day.

The Private Day Tour of Luxor by Air offers a solid itinerary for this style of tour. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairo hotel to Cairo Airport, return flight costs to Luxor, the services of an Egyptologist guide and driver for the entire time you're in Luxor, and lunch. The tour visits the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple for guided tours and includes a stop at the Statues of Memnon on the west bank, and guided tours of both Karnak and Luxor Temples on the east bank.

6. From Cairo to Luxor by Bus

Hatshepsut Temple on Luxor's west bank

Several bus companies run bus services between Cairo and Luxor.

The vast amount of services are overnight. Go Bus, Super Jet, and Upper Egypt Travel are the main companies operating this route.

Go Bus departs Cairo from their conveniently located office, just off Tahrir Square in the central city. Super Jet and Upper Egypt Travel buses leave from Cairo Gateway Bus Station, also in the central city.

All the bus companies arrive in Luxor at their individual offices, which are handily located in Luxor center, near the train station. Travel time is around 11 hours, and tickets cost between 195 EGP (US$12.45) and 430 EGP (US$27.45).

Buses stop every three hours or so for breaks at rather ramshackle highway service stations with bathrooms and restaurants. It's a good idea to bring plenty of snacks, though.

Note that even if you take a day service, you won't get many views on this route, as buses take the desert highway rather than following the Nile.

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Valley of the kings.

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Situated on the ancient site of Thebes, the Valley of the Kings is the ancient burial ground of many of Egypt's New Kingdom rulers, most famed collection tombs.

Hatshepsut Temple

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Hatshepsut temple is a reflection of the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II and was constructed alongside that 11th dynasty structure.

Karnak Temple

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Located on the east bank of the Nile, Karnak Temple Complex consists of a number of temples. Its name was given as in Arabic Karnak means fortified village.

Luxor Temple

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Where is Luxor Temple located?  This temple might be the greatest testament to why Luxor has earned its nickname, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum”.

Edfu Temple

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The Temple of Horus at Edfu is widely considered to be the most impressive of all of the Nile-side temples along the journey between Luxor and Aswan. It is a required stop by all of the cruise ships that make the trip, also stopping at Esna and Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo is located approx. 40 Km north from Aswan. The temple of Kom Ombo was built on the honor of two deities the crocodile-headed Sobek, and Haroeris.

Philae Temple

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Philae Temple one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam and you must ride a water taxi to the island to get to the ruins.

Aswan High Dam

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he High Dam was built 1960, and it was the most heralded part of President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s effort to develop Egypt for all Egyptians.

Day 1: Flight from Cairo to Aswan & Aswan Day Tour

Our representative will meet you at the lobby of your hotel in Cairo to transfer you to Cairo airport to take your flight to Aswan to start your Nile cruise from Cairo.

Upon arrival at Aswan airport, you will join your Egyptologist tour guide to discover the great city of Aswan, including The High Dam, which has been erected by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1960 AD to protect Egypt from the Nile flood.

After that you will enjoy sailing on the Nile River by a motor boat till reach Agilika Island, where you will visit Temple of Philae, which was erected during the Gaeco-Roman period and was dedicated to goddess Isis (mother of god Horus).

Finally you will be escorted to visit one of the marvelous sightseeing in Aswan, The Unfinished Obelisk, which was made out of red granite and was dedicated to god Amun Ra.

After finishing your day tour, you will transfer to your Nile cruise for check in and overnight.

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Day 2: koum oumbo & edfu.

Breakfast will be served on board your ship. After that you will join your Egyptologist tour guide to visit one of the most wonderful temples in Egypt, Temple of Kom Ombo, where the two gods Sobek & Haroeris were worshipped for a while. Get back to your ship and enjoy your lunch on the sun deck, watching the unique landscape of the great river Nile.

Afternoon, enjoy chariot riding to Temple of Horus in Edfu, which is considered to be one of the most well preserved temples in Egypt. After finishing your tour, you will be transferred back to your ship.

Enjoy relaxing on board your ship. Dinner will be served on board. At night Egyptian Folkloric Show party will be operated by staff on board.

Day 3: Luxor West Bank – Luxor ON

Breakfast on the Nile cruise. After that you will start your magical tour in Thebes, the sacred land by exploring the wet bank of Luxor including Valley of the Kings, which considers as the royal cemetery of the Theban kings and rulers of ancient Egypt, and the place where our Pharaohs were buried.

After that, you will proceed to visit Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. This temple is considered as one of the most wonderful examples of the Architecture in ancient Egypt, because it was totally carved inside the mountain.

At the end of the tour you will visit Colossi of Memnon, which is belonging to king Amenhotep III. After that you will return to your ship to have your lunch. Afternoon, free at leisure. Dinner and overnight on the cruise.

Day 4: Check out – Luxor East Bank

Check out after breakfast (at 08:00 AM). After that you will enjoy your tour discovering the East Bank of Luxor, including the most wonderful Karnak Temples Complex, which is considered to be the biggest complex construction in the world covering an area of a hundred.

Finish your lovely tour in Temple of Luxor,built by one of the kings of the 12th dynasty & completed by the well know king Ramses II.

After finishing your day tour, you will be transferred by private A-C van to Luxor airport to fly to Cairo.

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Book our 13 Day Cairo to Luxor Nile Cruise package and immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience onboard the Mövenpick MS Darakum river cruiser. Our Nile River cruises include world-class cuisine, world-class hospitality, and 5-Star amenities to make your cruise from Cairo to Luxor more magical than ever.

Explore Egypt’s most famous and most treasured Egypt attractions, including the Great Pyramids of Giza; the Sphinx; Valley of the Kings, and so many more. Relax out on the water as your sail from one destination to the next, following in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs before finally returning to Cairo for your journey back home.

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Day 1 – Arrival in Cairo and Cruise Embarkation

When you arrive at Cairo International Airport, your tour manager will be there to meet and greet you, and to offer any assistance you may need. They will escort you in a private air-conditioned vehicle, and they will make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible when you board the prestigious Mövenpick MS Darakum river cruiser for your 13 Day Cairo to Luxor Nile Cruise package.

After boarding, settle into your cabin, and then feel free to make use of the boat’s many amenities. In the evening you will enjoy your first delicious onboard dinner, and then the rest of the evening is yours. Tonight you will be sleeping onboard the vessel in Cairo.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Cairo Sightseeing Tour

Wake up to an excellent onboard breakfast, and then it will be time for a sightseeing tour that will see you visiting Cairo’s top two historical attractions. First, you’ll visit the Egyptian Museum where you can view thousands of ancient relics, including the treasures that were recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen. You can also view some real mummies which are on display in a special room known as the Mummies Room. However, in order to do so, you need to purchase a ticket onsite.

Next, your will be transferred to the Giza Plateau to view Egypt’s most iconic attraction, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Finally, after you have had ample time to explore the area, everyone will be transferred back to the Mövenpick MS Darakum for some relaxation time and some wonderful Takht (oriental music). Tonight will once again be spent on the water in Cairo.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3 – Day Long Cruise to Beni Suef

Most people go on vacation because they want to relax, and today is the perfect day to do just that. Once your ship departs from Cairo in the morning, it will spend the next 12 hours cruising to Beni Suef. Enjoy today as you wish, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner being served along the way. There will also be a very entertaining Guest Party, and tonight will see you sleeping on the water at Beni Suef.

Day 4 – Fayoum Excursion and Overnight at Beni Suef

Wake up and enjoy a wonderful breakfast onboard the ship, and then everyone will disembark for a truly memorable excursion to the Fayoum Oasis in modern air-conditioned vehicles. On arrival at Fayoum, you will have ample opportunity to explore the Dahshur Pyramids and the Meidum Pyramid. This is truly a remarkable opportunity to see some ancient relics which many tourists never get to see because most regular Nile River cruises only run between Aswan and Luxor.

After your visit to Fayoum, everyone will return to the Mövenpick MS Darakum, where you will have some time for relaxing, before finally sitting down to another excellent 5-Star dinner. Tonight, you will once again be sleeping onboard the vessel at Beni Suef.

Day 5 – Leisure Cruise to Minya

On day 5 of your Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise, the Mövenpick MS Darakum will make an early start and begin navigating its way to Minya, with a good breakfast served along the way. You have the entire day to yourself to enjoy as you wish. At around midday, lunch will be served, and then you have more free time until dinner is served in the early evening. There will also be a fun-filled Treasure Hunt game host onboard after dinner, and tonight will be spent on the water at Minya.

Day 6 – Sightseeing Tours to Nearby Attractions

Enjoy a good 5-Star breakfast onboard and then it will be time for everyone to disembark for a Minya excursion to Tuna El Gebel and Ashmunein. After this wonderful morning tour, you will return to the ship for a delicious lunch, and then it will be time for another outing, this time to visit four different ancient tombs: the Tomb of Baqet III, the Tomb of Khety, the Tomb of Amenemhet, and the Tomb of Khnumhotep II.

Your tour of the four tombs typically lasts for about one and a half hours, after which everyone will return to the boat. You will some time to relax and to freshen up, and then it will be time to sit down for another splendid onboard dinner. After dinner, you can enjoy a delightful Folkloric show on the boat, or you can simply have the evening to yourself. Tonight the ship will remain tied up at Minya.

Day 7 – Tel El Amarna Excursion and Cruise to Asyut

Once again, enjoy a fabulous breakfast onboard your luxury river cruiser, and then it will be time for yet another unforgettable excursion to an area known as Tell El Amarna. Once you disembark, you will board a luxury air-conditioned vehicle for the two-hour journey Tel El Amarna where you will then be able to visit and explore another five ancient tombs: the Tomb of Ahmose, the Tomb of Meryre, the Tomb of Pentu, the Tomb of Panehesy, and the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten.

You will also be visiting the Great Palace of King Akhenaten, the Small temple of Aten, and the great temple of Aten. The average visit to these sites lasts for about two and a half hours, after which you will board your tour bus again for the journey bake to your ship.

After boarding, the ship will depart, and it will later come to a stop on the water in front of the fascinating Prince Tawdrous Monastery, allowing you to admire this wonderful site from the water. The Mövenpick MS Darakum will remain tied up at this location at Asyut for the night.

Day 8 – Leisurely cruise to Sohag

Day 8 of your Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise is all about relaxing and leaving your troubles behind. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner onboard, and feel free to take advantage of the ship’s many world-class amenities. Alternatively, just enjoy the scenery and spend the day lounging around the pool on the vessel’s spacious sundeck. In the evening, there will also be a Black and White party onboard, and all passengers are encouraged to partake in the fun.

Day 9 – Sail to El Balyana and on to Qena

Wake up and enjoy a hearty onboard breakfast while the river cruiser makes its way to El Balyana. On arrival, you will disembark, and you will be taken to visit Abydos Temple for some great photo taking opportunities. You will then head back to the ship in time for lunch, and it will sail to Qena via the impressive Naga Hammadi Bridges, finally arriving in Qena in time for a good dinner.

After dinner, enjoy a fun-filled Contest Party, and be sure to get a good night’s sleep on the water at Qena

Day 10 – Temple Visit and Cruise to Luxor

After enjoying another good breakfast onboard the vessel, you will disembark for an excursion to the ancient Dendera Temple which is about a 20-minute drive away. This is another historical site which is off the main tourist trail, and it is certainly a place which is well worth visiting.

After your visit, you will be driven back to the boat, and it will then start navigating its way to Luxor, with lunch being served along the way. In the afternoon while you are sailing to Luxor, there will be an authentic Egyptian Belly Dancing Show onboard which all passengers are welcome to attend.

In the early evening dinner will be served, and the remainder of the night is free for you to enjoy the way you want to enjoy it before finally retiring for a good night’s sleep in the comfort of your luxury cabin while the boat is tied up at Luxor.

Day 11 – Full Day of Sightseeing at the West Bank

Day 11 of your Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise is going to be a busy day, so be sure to enjoy a good breakfast onboard in the morning. Once everyone has finished eating, you will be going on a tour of Luxor’s West Bank which is home to some of Egypt’s most famous ancient attractions, including Valley of the Kings, and Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple.

The whole day is dedicated to sightseeing, and you can expect to spend most of the morning strolling through the Valley of the Kings. This is an ancient necropolis, and home to more than 60 royal tombs, including the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

In the afternoon you will return to the ship for another great lunch, and then you will be taken to see and explore the magnificent mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Finally, you will head back to the ship again where you will have a bit of free time before sitting down to a wonderful 5-Star dinner. Enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish, and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on the water at Luxor.

Day 12 – Luxor East Bank Sightseeing and Fly to Cairo

Wake up to yet another smashing onboard breakfast, and prepare yourself for a morning of unforgettable discoveries. Today will see you going on an excursion to Luxor’s East Bank where you will be visiting two truly remarkable historical sites, Karnak Temple and Luxor temple.

Both sites will amaze you, but one will both amaze you and astonish you. Rather than just being one ancient temple, the Karnak complex is essentially the ruins of a sprawling ancient temple city. Construction was ongoing for more than 2,000 years, and the site covers thousands of square meters. It really is a sight to behold.

After your sightseeing tour, you will return to your cruise liner for lunch, and then it will be time for you to disembark. One of our tour managers will be standing by to meet and greet you, and they will then escort you to Luxor Airport where you will be boarding a flight back to Cairo.

When you arrive in Cairo, your assigned tour manager will meet you at the airport, and then you will be escorted to a luxury hotel in Cairo where you will be spending the last night of your 13-day Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise vacation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 – Transfer to Airport for Final Departure

Wake up and enjoy a lovely 5-Star breakfast at your hotel, and then it will soon be time for you to check out. At the agreed time, your tour manager will meet you, and they will then escort you to Cairo International Airport for your flight back home.

Your 13 day Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise vacation may be over, but you will board your flight knowing that you have one of the best vacations anyone could possibly hope for and you will have memories which will stay with you forever.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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What is included in your  13 Day Mövenpick MS Darakum  Cairo to Luxor  Nile Cruise  holiday

  • Meet and Greet Service – One of tour representatives will meet you on arrival in Cairo and again in Luxor, and another one will be there to bid you farewell when you depart from Cairo.
  • Full Personal Assistance – Our team of tour professionals will be available to offer assistance throughout the duration of your Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
  • All Transfers – All transfers are done in modern air-conditioned vehicles and are included in the price of your cruise.
  • Full Board – Your stay onboard the Mövenpick MS Darakum includes full board and lodging.
  • All Excursions – All excursions mentioned in the itinerary are included in the Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise price.
  • Entrance Fees – Any and all entrance fees to the various sites visited are included.
  • English Speaking Guide – A fully certified English-speaking Expert guide will accompany you on all excursions. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable, and visitors are encouraged to ask question during excursions.
  • All Service Charges and Taxes – The price of your Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise is inclusive of all taxes, services charges, and etc. With us, there are NO hidden charges along the way.

What is not included in your 13 Day Mövenpick MS Darakum  Cairo to Luxor  Nile Cruise  holiday:

  • Pre-Arrival and Post-Departure Travel – Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise price does not include travel to Egypt or onward travel from Egypt.
  • Tipping – Cairo to Luxor Nile cruise price does not include money for tipping guides, waitresses, waiters, and etc. Tipping is not required or expected, but always appreciated if you feel it is well-deserved.

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A unique long sailing tour From Cairo to Luxor takes you from the miracles of the Giza Pyramids and the shiny treasures of the Egyptian museum to sail amid the precious pharaonic temples. This Long Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor is a journey that dates back to ancient Egypt, to live like a pharaoh and transfer amid the majesty of ancient Egypt until arriving at the magnificence of Thebe, Luxor now.

This Long Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor is a perfect way to charmingly experience a long relaxing sailing that arrives you at most top Egypt attractions, starting from Cairo sightseeing to Minya, Sohag, Qena, and Luxor.

Each historical spot takes you to its fantastic to be in the heart of events of a great era of ancient Egypt. This Long Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor escorts you to Egypt Pyramids, Old Cairo, Tuna El Gabal, Bani Hassan Tombs, Tell Al Amarna, Abydos Temple, Dendera Temple. And also, Luxor’s top attractions; Luxor Temple , Karnak Temple , Hatshepsut Temple, and Valley of the Kings.

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Top-Rated Long Nile Cruise From Cairo To Luxor 2024/2025

Arrival at Cairo

Nile cruise embarking.

Our professional pickup service waits for you at Cairo airport to find your tour manager is on your flight arrival, ready to finalize all your airport formalities. After that, your luggage is carried on a private air-conditioned vehicle. Take your comfortable seat in this private vehicle. Then, with the accompany of your tour manager, arrive at the Nile Cruise. Your private tour manager finalizes your check-in procedures on the Nile Cruise. Spend a lovely time with the magical view of the Nile onboard your Nile Cruise.

Overnight In Cairo- Your Day Includes Dinner Meal.

Cairo pyramids day tour, giza pyramids – sphinx- saqqara pyramid- memphis - dahshour pyramids.

First of all, relish a tasty breakfast on board your Nile Cruise. After that, your private Egyptologist takes you on a journey amid pharaonic architectural genius while the mysteries of the pharaohs here and there; a spots full of the pharaohs’ magic and wonders. It is the Giza Pyramids Plateau to be in the heart of the golden era of ancient Egypt and its majesty. Visit the Great Pyramid of Khufu , Pyramid of Khafre , and Pyramid of Menkaure . You have the opportunity to visit the Khufu Pyramid from inside. And also, you meet six pyramids dedicated to the old kingdom queens and the Mortuary Temple of Khafre . Then, meet this legendary pharaonic guard and the puzzles around it, the Great Statue of the Sphinx . From panorama Pyramids where you take dazzling photos with this majesty of ancient Egypt, your pyramids tour ends. But still, your journey continues in the old kingdom of ancient Egypt.

At first, enjoy a delicious Egyptian lunch meal at a local restaurant view the Giza Pyramids. After that, your Egyptologist escorts you to the Saqqara pyramid to see the first limestone structure in the history of mankind, and the first form of the pyramid, The Step Pyramid of King Djoser.

Then, to the first capital in ancient Egypt and the open-air pharaonic museum, Memphis tour, where you meet giant pharaonic statues.

After that, you visit Dahshour Pyramids , where the first attempts of building a correct-formed pyramid were set, viewing the Bent Pyramid & the Red Pyramid .

Next, your Egyptologist accompanies you back to your Nile Cruise. Spend a relaxing night on board your Nile cruise with a lovely dinner meal.

Overnight In Cairo- Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Cairo sightseeing day tour, egyptian museum – old cairo day tour.

Firstly, have a delicious breakfast meal on board your Nile Cruise. After that, your Egyptologist escorts you to Tahrir Square, the heart of Cairo, to visit the Egyptian museum , wandering amid two floors teeming with the Pharaonic shiny artifacts and treasures, including Tut collection and rare artifacts.

Then, you return back to your Nile cruise for a relaxing time and lunch meal. After that, your Egyptologist escorts you to Old Cairo, crossing Babylon castle to visit the historical churches and walk in the same footsteps of the Holy Family to arrive at St. Sergius and Bacchus Church , then to the Hanging Church , and finally, Ben Ezra Synagogue .

After that, visit the first Islamic architecture was set in Egypt, Amr ibn al-Aas mosque .

Finally, your Egyptologist returns you back to your Nile Cruise for dinner.

Sail To Beni Suef

A fantastic day to spend a relaxing, unforgettable sailing for around 12 hours. Enjoy your day.

Overnight In Beni Suef - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Sailing to minya.

Another relaxing sailing day to Minya, this city that is full of majestic monuments and landmarks.

Overnight In Minya - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Minya attractions day tour, tuna el gabal & bani hassan.

Enjoy your breakfast meal. After that, your Egyptologist takes you to visit the ancient Egyptian gods in Tuna El Gabal amid dazzling ancient Egyptian Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Greco, and Roman designs. Your visit includes the necropolis of Khmun , the Tomb of Petosiris , the tomb of Isadora , and the sacred catacombs of Thoth .

After that, your Egyptologist returns you back to have your lunch meal on board your Nile Cruise.

Then, your Egyptologist escorts you to be amid the real pharaonic life, seeing accurate details of the pharaonic world via vibrant inscriptions that they had carved by their hands in the tombs of Bani Hassan . Your visit includes the Tomb of Baqet III , Tomb of Khety , Tomb of Amenemhet , and Tomb of Khnumhotep II . After that, your Egyptologist accompanies you back to your Nile Cruise for a dinner meal and a relaxing time.

Minya Sightseeing

Sailing to tel el amarna.

A charming morning in the heart of the Nile for a relaxing sailing to this ancient Egyptian capital that had witnessed a religious revolution by the leading of this great pharaonic king, Akhenaton. Tall Al Amarna that had changed the ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and caused great changes in ancient Egypt. A magical spot is full of monuments and ancient Egyptian homes and the Great Palace of King Akhenaten.

First of all, you have your breakfast, and then your Egyptologist escorts you to Tell El Amarna. Next, you return back to your Nile Cruise for a lovely sailing to Assiut.

From your Nile Cruise board, a beautiful landmark shines to enjoy seeing it while you are in the heart of the Nile; it is Prince Tawadros Monastery .

Overnight In Assyut - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Sailing to sohag.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the sailing, and a night party on your Nile Cruise board.

Overnight In Sohag - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Sailing to qena, temple of ramses ii at abydos.

Full day sailing to Qena, visit Abydos Temple by the accompany of your Egyptologist to witness the glory of this pharaonic temple with its unique architectural plan, the beauty of its bright inscriptions, the splendor of its vivid colors, in addition to the rare drawings.

After that, your Nile Cruise completes the sailing to Naga Hammadi Bridges.

Overnight In Qena - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Qena sightseeing day tour.

Firstly, have your breakfast and relish the sailing to Qena. After that, your Egyptologist escorts you to a magnificent pharaonic façade that takes you to the dazzle of ancient Egypt amid great statues, precious decorations, and inscriptions; it is the magic of Hathor city Dendera Temple .

After that, return back to your Nile Cruise for a lunch meal and a lovely sailing to Luxor.

Overnight In Luxor - Your Day Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals.

Luxor sightseeing day tour.

A day amid the majesty of Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital that includes one-third of the world monuments. From the magic of the west bank, Theben Necropolis, meet these great pharaonic royal tombs with their charming decorations in the Valley of the Kings and live an unforgettable time amidst the secrets of the pharaohs. Then, the glory of this magnificent temple that was carved in the heart of a mountain in a genius way appears amazingly to take you to the reign of this woman that ruled ancient Egypt powerfully; it is the Temple of Hatshepsut .

After that, the dazzle of the east bank of Luxor, where the daily life of the pharaohs was, attracts you to visit the largest temple in ancient Egypt, Karnak Temple . Next, you visit The Luxor temple and wander amid the eras of Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC), Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC), Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and Rameses II (1279-13 BC).

Finally, your representative returns you back to your Nile Cruise.

Departure Day to Home

The last day of this nile cruise from cairo to luxor itinerary.

Have a lovely breakfast in the morning on the Nile Cruise board. After that, your representative facilitates your check-out to go ahead to Luxor airport for the departure to home.

the itinerary package includes

  • Meet and assist from Cairo airport.
  • Two transfers from/to Cairo & Luxor airport via private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • 12-day full-board accommodation in a lovely Nile Cruise.
  • Transfers from your Nile Cruise to all sites and landmarks that are mentioned in the itinerary by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Egyptologist accompanies you throughout the itinerary to all the mentioned sites and activities.
  • 11 breakfast meals, 10 Lunch meals, 11 dinner meals.
  • Daily bottled water at the vehicle during the tour.
  • Drop off service at Luxor airport.
  • Taxes & service charges.

the itinerary package excludes

  • Entry Visa to Egypt.
  • International flight tickets.
  • Tickets and entrance fees to all the sites and landmarks in the itinerary.
  • Any sites/activities/meals do not be mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal needs & Tipping.

Tour Attractions and Highlights

  • The Giza Pyramids
  • Pyramid of King Cheops
  • Pyramid of Chefren
  • Pyramid of Menkaure
  • The Great Sphinx
  • Saqqara Pyramid
  • Memphis Egypt
  • Dahshur Pyramids
  • The Red Pyramid in Dahshur
  • The Bent Pyramid in Dahshur
  • The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Babylon Fortress
  • St. Sergius and Bacchus Church
  • The Hanging Church Cairo
  • Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Amr Ibn Al- Aas Mosque
  • Tuna Al Gabal
  • Bani Hassan Tombs
  • Amarna Project
  • Abydos Temple
  • Dendera Temple
  • Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Luxor Temple
  • Karnak Temple

Package Price

Start from $5247 $5772   / Person

Rates and Prices above are quoted in US Dollars per person in Double occupancy, Due to Covid 19 Triple Rates are not available. Single Supplement is 40% extra on double rate.

Rates Policy for Children

  • 0 - 2 Years are Free of Charge
  • 2 - 6 Years get 75% discount of adult tour rates.
  • 6 - 12 Years get 50% discount of adult tour rates.
  • 12+ Considered adult person
  • Our Rates policy for children above are applicable to children sharing rooms with their parents with Maximum 2 children per room.
  • In case your tour to Egypt includes domestic air flights, an additional charge may apply for child according to flight ticket rate.

Egypt United Tours Safety Precautions During Covid 19

  • All Our Staff are wearing face masks during tour and they are all checked daily for negative PCR Test
  • Checking Travelers’ Body Temperature upon arrival and departure.
  • Regular Daily Sanitizing for all our Transportations and vehicles.
  • Complementary Face-mask daily for all travelers.
  • For Accommodation we deal only the licensed hotels, Nile Cruises and tourism resorts which meet with the International health regulation for maximum occupancy of fifty percent.
  • We ensure keeping social distance during all our tours.
  • We provide hand free sanitizer for your use with all our staff.
  • Taking The necessary action immediately for travelers and team in case of any symptoms appears.
  • Follow up with all travelers 24/7 to ensure our clients health and safety.

Recommended things to pack for Egypt Trip

  • Hand Sanitizer - Comfortable Walking Shoes – Hat – Camera or good mobile – Sunscreen Cream – Sunglasses
  • If you plan your tip to Egypt in winter from November till March, a Jacket and worm clothes are a must, rest of the year comfortable cotton summer clothes are OK.
  • Six Month Valid Passport.

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Tour Deposit could be made by Bank Transfer to our company bank account, Western Union or Credit Card. Balance payment should be received on your arrival to hotel in Egypt.

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The Ultimate Guide to Nile Cruises from Cairo to Luxor!

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Are you ready for an unforgettable journey along the historic Nile River? A cruise from Cairo to Luxor is more than just a trip; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of ancient Egyptian civilization. Whether you seek the opulence of an ultra-luxury vessel or the quaint charm of a budget-friendly cruiser, this guide will help you navigate your options. Get ready to discover the best Nile cruises that cater to every style and budget, complete with cultural enrichment and unparalleled comfort.

Choosing Your Nile Cruise: From Ultra Luxury to Budget Options

Selecting the right Nile cruise can dramatically shape your Egyptian adventure. For those who desire the pinnacle of luxury, ultra luxury Nile cruises offer amenities such as spa services, gourmet dining, and plush accommodations, often aboard vessels like the prestigious MS Medea Nile Cruise. On the other end of the spectrum, budget-friendly cruises provide a more modest but equally enriching experience, allowing travelers to enjoy breathtaking views and historical tours without breaking the bank. Mid-range options offer a balanced mix of comfort and value, ensuring that every traveler finds a cruise that suits their needs while still experiencing the magic of the Nile.

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What to Expect on a 3-Day Nile River Cruise from Cairo to Luxor

A 3-day Nile cruise is a whirlwind of culture and history. From the moment you embark in Cairo, expect a packed itinerary that includes guided tours of iconic sites like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the new Grand Egyptian Museum. As you sail south towards Luxor, you’ll witness life along the Nile’s banks and visit ancient temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo. These cruises are perfect for those who want a snapshot of Egypt’s grandeur without committing to a longer voyage.

Highlights of the MS Medea Nile Cruise: Luxury on the Nile

T he MS Medea Nile Cruise is synonymous with luxury on the Nile. This vessel boasts elegant suites, a top-deck pool, and a sophisticated ambiance that caters to discerning travelers. Onboard, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, attentive service, and expertly guided excursions that bring the history of the Nile to life. Special highlights include themed entertainment nights that celebrate Egyptian culture, making the MS Medea not just a cruise, but a destination unto itself.

Planning Your Itinerary: Must-Visit Stops on Cruises from Cairo to Luxor

While each Nile cruise offers a unique journey, certain stops are essential for the full Egyptian river experience. Key locations include the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex, and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Between Cairo and Luxor, don’t miss the Temple of Philae in Aswan and the lesser-known but equally fascinating Dendera Temple near Qena. Each site offers a deep dive into Egypt’s rich tapestry of history, with knowledgeable guides providing insights that enrich your understanding of these ancient wonders.

Combining Culture and Comfort: The Best Cairo and Nile Cruise Packages

For the ultimate in convenience and cultural immersion, consider booking a package that combines Cairo tours with a Nile cruise. These packages often include all transfers, making the transition between Cairo’s urban excitement and the serene Nile seamlessly. They also allow for deeper exploration of Cairo’s historical sites, such as the Khan El Khalili bazaar and Coptic Cairo, before or after your cruise. With everything arranged for you, these packages are the perfect way to ensure a stress-free and comprehensive Egyptian adventure.

A Nile cruise from Cairo to Luxor is a bucket-list journey that offers an unparalleled glimpse into the past glories of ancient Egypt. Whether you choose a lavish cruise like the MS Medea or a more economical option, the memories of sailing the Nile will stay with you forever. Each cruise offers a blend of historical exploration, cultural experiences, and the joy of sailing one of the world’s most famous rivers.

Ready to set sail on the journey of a lifetime? Book your Ultimate Guide to Nile Cruises from Cairo to Luxor with loveegypttours today, and prepare to be captivated by the beauty and history of Egypt!

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5 Days Luxury Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor

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Indulge in luxury and immerse yourself in the captivating history of Egypt on our exclusive 5-day Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor. Sail along the majestic Nile River aboard a luxurious cruise ship, visit iconic landmarks, and witness the treasures of ancient Egypt in unparalleled comfort. With deluxe accommodations, personalized service, and a seamless itinerary, this cruise promises an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Book now for instant confirmation and embark on a journey of opulence and discovery!

Embark on a lavish adventure through time on our 5-day luxury Nile Cruise from Cairo to Luxor. Relax in opulent surroundings aboard a deluxe cruise ship as you sail along the legendary Nile River, stopping at iconic sites such as the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Valley of the Kings, and the magnificent temples of Luxor and Karnak. Enjoy personalized service, exquisite cuisine, and world-class amenities as you delve into the wonders of ancient Egypt. This exclusive cruise offers an unparalleled level of comfort and sophistication, ensuring an unforgettable journey through history. Secure your spot now and prepare for a luxurious escape like no other.

Highlights:

  • Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Marvel at the iconic pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and visit the enigmatic Sphinx.
  • Egyptian Museum: Explore the vast collection of ancient artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun, at the renowned Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
  • Luxor Temple: Visit the majestic Luxor Temple, adorned with colossal statues and intricate hieroglyphics.
  • Karnak Temple: Explore the sprawling Karnak Temple complex, featuring imposing columns, halls, and sacred lakes.
  • Valley of the Kings: Discover the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of Tutankhamun (optional).
  • Temple of Hatshepsut: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, an architectural masterpiece dedicated to the female pharaoh.
  • Colossi of Memnon: See the towering statues of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Temple of Luxor: Admire the grandeur of the Temple of Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun.
  • Temple of Karnak Sound and Light Show: Experience the mesmerizing sound and light show at the Temple of Karnak (optional).

Advantages:

  • Luxury Accommodations: Experience the epitome of luxury on a deluxe Nile cruise ship, featuring spacious cabins, fine dining, and upscale amenities.
  • Personalized Service: Enjoy attentive service from a professional crew, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout the journey.
  • Expert Guides: Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our experienced guides, who will provide fascinating insights into Egypt’s ancient history.
  • All-Inclusive Package: Relax and enjoy your journey with all meals, accommodation, and guided tours included in the tour package.
  • Customizable Itinerary: Tailor the tour to your preferences with our flexible options, including customizable pickup times and additional activities.
  • Instant Confirmation: Book now and receive instant confirmation, securing your place on this luxurious Nile cruise.

Itinerary :

Day 1: Cairo – Embarkation

  • Cairo to Luxor: Fly from Cairo to Luxor and embark on your luxury Nile cruise ship.
  • Luxor Temple: Visit the majestic Luxor Temple, known for its grandeur and intricate carvings.
  • Dinner and Overnight: Indulge in a gourmet dinner aboard the cruise ship and spend the night in Luxor.

Day 2: West Bank – Luxor

  • Valley of the Kings: Explore the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were laid to rest, including the tomb of Tutankhamun (optional).
  • Temple of Hatshepsut: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, an architectural marvel dedicated to the female pharaoh.
  • Colossi of Memnon: Marvel at the colossal statues of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Sail to Edfu: Relax onboard as you sail to Edfu.
  • Dinner and Overnight: Enjoy a delectable dinner and spend the night on the cruise ship.

Day 3: Edfu – Kom Ombo

  • Temple of Horus: Discover the Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt.
  • Sail to Kom Ombo: Cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the unique Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, dedicated to two gods.
  • Sail to Aswan: Continue sailing to Aswan and admire the scenic views along the Nile.
  • Dinner and Overnight: Delight in a sumptuous dinner and spend the night onboard the cruise ship in Aswan.

Day 4: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan

  • Optional Abu Simbel Tour: Embark on an optional excursion to Abu Simbel, home to the magnificent temples of Ramses II and Nefertari (additional cost).
  • High Dam & Philae Temple: Visit the impressive Aswan High Dam and explore the beautiful Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis.
  • Felucca Ride (Optional): Enjoy a serene felucca ride on the Nile or visit the Nubian Village (additional cost).
  • Dinner and Overnight: Return to the cruise ship for dinner and spend the night in Aswan.

Day 5: Aswan – Disembarkation – Cairo

  • Disembarkation: Check out from the cruise ship after breakfast.
  • Fly to Cairo: Fly back to Cairo and transfer to your hotel or the airport for departure.

Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairo
  • Domestic flights (Cairo – Luxor and Aswan – Cairo)
  • Luxury Nile cruise ship accommodation
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)

Exclusions:

  • Gratuities (recommended)

Pricing Information:

  • Adults: $1000 per person
  • Children (5-12 years old): $899 per person
  • Infants (0-4 years old): Free

Tips and Advice for Travelers:

  • Pack comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for warm weather and walking.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle during excursions.
  • Respect the local customs and traditions when visiting religious sites.
  • Keep a camera handy to capture the stunning landscapes and historic sites.

Trip Notes:

  • The tour operates year-round, subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • The order of the itinerary may vary to optimize the travel experience.
  • Additional activities and customizations can be arranged upon request.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required for some excursions and climbing stairs at certain sites.
  • Are there any additional fees or charges? No, the tour price includes all entrance fees, domestic flights, accommodation, and meals as mentioned in the itinerary. Optional activities may have additional costs.
  • Can I extend my stay in Luxor or Cairo? Absolutely! We offer customizable options to extend your stay in Luxor or Cairo. Contact us to discuss your preferences, and we will tailor the itinerary to suit your needs.
  • Is the cruise ship wheelchair accessible? Some cruise ships offer limited accessibility for wheelchair users. Please inform us in advance so we can provide suitable arrangements and ensure a comfortable experience.
  • Can I change the pickup time? Yes, we understand that travelers have different preferences. We offer flexible pickup times to accommodate your schedule. Contact our customer support to arrange a suitable pickup time.

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Cairo & cruise on the Nile: The Land of the Pharaohs (port-to-port)

Cairo - LUXOR - EDFOU - KOM OMBO - ASWAN - ESNA - LUXOR

Discover the hidden treasures of the Egyptian capital. From the Cairo Citadel to the bazaar district, learn all about the intellectual and cultural capital of the Arab world and its must-see Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then, discover ancient Egypt, the cradle of all civilizations, which has fascinated humankind forever. Since the dawn of time, explorers, diplomats, writers, and painters have used the fertile banks of the Nile as inspiration for their work. Even today, we still seek the answers to the mysteries found within the pharaohs' tombs. Over two thousand years of history are waiting for you on a cruise that promises exciting, spectacular, and unforgettable discoveries. Majestic temples, tombs, pyramids, and lively villages dot the Nile Valley landscapes from Luxor to Aswan. Wind down from your everyday grind and step way back in time on a cruise through Upper Egypt.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coptic Cairo and the historic city
  • Discover the Giza pyramid complex and Sphinx
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • The necropolis in Saqqara and the pyramid of Teti

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and the Treasures of Tutankhamen

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Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Cairo. If you arrive at the hotel before 7:00 p.m., your program will be: Guests are welcome to check in at our 4-star hotel beginning at 3:00 p.m. So that our local representative can assist you, make sure you have provided your flight arrival time.  After checking in at the hotel, you'll have dinner. You'll spend the night at the hotel.

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Full-day excursion included: Saqqara, one of the largest necropolises in Egypt, entry to the pyramid of Teti, the Giza pyramid complex, and the  Museum of Egyptian Antiquities(2).

You'll spend the night at the hotel.

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Full-day included excursion: The Citadel of Saladin, Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Hanging Church—built over the Babylon Fortress ruins—Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest in Egypt.

You'll spend the night at the hotel.

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Flight from Cairo to Luxor to board our ship.

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Excursion included: The Karnak Temple Complex.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising.

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Excursion included: The Temple of Horus.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Kom Ombo.

Join us for a presentation on ancient Egypt.

Excursion included: The Temple of Kom Ombo.

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Excursions included:

- The Philae Temple Complex and photo op at the Aswan Dam

- Local boat tour on the Nile, passing close to the island of Elephantine.

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Time on your own in Aswan.

Optional excursion: The amazing rock temples of Abu Simbel.(1)

The ship will cruise to Esna.

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We’ll spend the morning cruising. Join us for a presentation on modern Egypt.

Excursion included:  The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and Tomb KV11

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Excursion included:

- The Valley of the Kings and four of its tombs, including Seti I

- The Luxor Temple

Enjoy a show of traditional Egyptian entertainment.

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Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9 a.m. End of our services.

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These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility. There are no elevators on the ship, and many tours and visits are done on foot.

The ship is not a part of the CroisiEurope fleet.

(1) The Egyptian government can decide to close the roads to the Abu Simbel site at any time. Departure for the Abu Simbel excursion takes place very early in the morning. You must reserve this excursion before you leave for your cruise.

(2) If the Grand Egyptian Museum were to open, it would be scheduled to replace the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • The excursions may be modified or reversed for technical requirements or in case of cultural events. Please note that Egyptian authorities can unexpectedly close certain sites or museums. If this occurs, we will propose an alternative.
  • The excursions will take place by either air-conditioned coaches or small local boats.
  • The excursions are guided by an English-speaking Egyptologist. Passengers are equipped with audio guides for more comfort during the visits.
  • Certain places we will visit have very high levels of security. We cannot be held liable for any unforeseen closings, but we will commit to doing our best to ensure comparable substitute excursions.
  • Frequent traffic jams in Luxor and Cairo caused by intense traffic or religious events can disturb the sequence of certain excursions.
  • If necessary, the itinerary, stopovers or visits may be modified by the cruise company or our local representatives
  • There is no heating on board.
  • In Egypt, it is customary to cover your shoulders, head and knees while visiting religious sites.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor

There are a number of ways of getting to Luxor from Cairo including flights, buses, taxis, and even a Nile River cruise. The distance between these two cities is nearly 660 kilometers (410 miles) and the duration of your journey will depend on which mode of transportation you opt for. Though road-tripping or boarding a train are common options, they are time-consuming, so flying is the quickest route. However, if there are cities along Central Egypt you’d like to see, read on to find out which option effectively works for you.

Best Way to Get from Cairo to Luxor: Join a Tour

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Joining one of our organized tours not only cuts your planning and prep time, but also saves you the hassle of booking several separate excursions. On our 7 Day Cairo, Aswan and Luxor Package , you will take a luxurious train ride to Luxor from Cairo and stop at unforgettable attractions along the way. See Giza’s pyramids and Aswan’s incredible sites before reaching Luxor. Alternatively, our Luxor and Cairo 2 Day Tour will first show you Luxor’s many attractions and then transport you to Cairo. Adding this tour to the end of your Egypt vacation works best if your homebound flights depart from Cairo.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor by Bus

Busing to Luxor from Cairo is a nice option for those wanting to save money, but be aware that the ride will take you about 9-10 hours. While buses run daily – both inter-city and direct shuttles – and are relatively cheap, (starting at $15), Egypt’s busy and unpredictable roads should be taken into account.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor by Train

Another budget-friendly – and more comfortable – option is taking the train to Luxor. Though the journey is roughly 9 hours from Cairo, you’re guaranteed a more efficient route as you won’t be stuck on the busy roads. You’ll also admire great landscape views and the Nile River along the way. Trains function under the Egyptian National Railways and depart from Cairo’s Ramses Station, arriving in Luxor Railway Station in less than 10 hours. Overnight sleeper cars are available for a more comfortable transfer.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor by Car

Taxis and car rentals are definitely available in Cairo, but the trip can present many unforeseen complications. Be wary of hectic traffic and congested roads. Also note that road rules and driving culture in general will be very different than what you’re used to. Take precautions, expect lots of delays, as well as bumper-to-bumper traffic. Familiarizing yourself with local road laws – both written and unwritten – are a safe bet. Check out our full guide to keeping safe in Egypt for more tips.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor by Air

Flights are the fastest way to reach Luxor and can save you loads of time, however might be pricey. You can directly fly from Cairo International Airport with many airlines, including the country’s most popular, EgyptAir. Your flight will take just about an hour, but can cost you several hundred dollars. Some tourists opt for flying to Aswan from Cairo and sailing down the Nile to Luxor after.

How to Get from Cairo to Luxor by Cruise

A unique way to get to Luxor is via Nile River cruise, which offers you a relaxing, slow-paced, and scenic mode of travel. Most people fly to Aswan from Cairo, do some sightseeing, and catch a cruise to Luxor shortly after. The total amount of time averages to 3 days, depending on the cruise’s schedule. Sailing down the Nile directly from Cairo is available as well, but only if you book privately, which is costly and can take up to a week or longer to reach your destination.

So What’s the Best Way to Get from Cairo to Luxor?

From the many choices offered – buses, trains, planes, and Nile River cruise – the best option from Cairo to Luxor is via organized tour . This ends up saving you time and money in the long-run as all the planning and hassle is done by our team of experts. Flights are costly, buses take an exceptional amount of time, and while the cruise is enjoyable, the transfer in Aswan can be exhausting. You’ll want to see all there is to see in Luxor and enjoy a day tour of its ancient wonders. With us, you’ll experience the best service, explore brilliant destinations, and leave with unforgettable memories.

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Nile Cruises from Cairo

Nile cruises from Cairo offer immersive experiences, including private guided tours to iconic sites like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum, followed by an 8 to 15-day luxurious cruise along the Nile to Aswan or Luxor, ensuring unforgettable memories of Ancient Egypt in comfort and style.

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Nile cruises from Cairo

Nile cruises from Cairo  are the perfect choice for travelers who want a truly immersive Nile cruise experience. All of our existing cruises to and from Cairo also include private guided tours in Cairo. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum and more. Then board a 5-star river-cruiser for an 8 to 15 day cruise along the Nile to Aswan or Luxor.

With full board and lodging and professionally guided daily excursions,  Nile cruises from Cairo  are cruises never to be forgotten. Discover the soul of Ancient Egypt in absolute comfort and style.

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Nile Cruises from Cairo

For many years, Nile cruises from Cairo south towards Luxor were non-existent, but in 2015, they began again and are among the most popular trips booked by travelers from all over the world. Known as the “long cruise”, it is one of the few ways to take in some of the most notable sites from the Ancient Egyptian past in style and comfort. Actually, every day of a Nile cruise includes a major site, or two (or three!).

In fact, one travel expert in the region said this of the Nile cruises from Cairo, “The sites of the reopened section are smaller, quieter and more personalized and would be otherwise almost impossible to reach.

They include Tuna el-Gebel (the necropolis of the city of Hermopolis, sacred to Hermes), the former capital Tel el Amarna (built by pharaoh Akhenaten), Beni Hassan, Abydos and Denderah…As well as being chock-full of factual detail [cruise] tours thankfully allowed for time to absorb the sites and scenes.”

And because most Nile cruises from Cairo include at least one onboard expert (whether an Egyptologist, archaeologist, historian, and so on) offering lectures and guided tours, your experience is much richer. Additionally, even larger vessels contain relatively small groups, ensuring flexibility and far more attention from the crew and the staff.

THE SENSORY APPEAL OF NILE CRUISES FROM CAIRO

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Yet, there is also much to be said about the experience of sailing up the famed river and experiencing the landscape in such a direct way. It is really only Nile cruises from Cairo that allow you to hear the sounds of farmers singing to their cattle, kids splashing around at the shore, and the magical tunes of songbirds all along the journey. Wake before sunrise to see the whole world change or dazzle at the twinkling stars overhead as you dine or lounge on the upper deck of your ship.

Naturally, it is the sites you visit that make the cruise such a must for those who want to get the very most out of a visit to Egypt. Most of the cruises are meant to take you from or to Cairo and will be at least ten days or more. Some head downriver from Aswan and all of the way to Cairo, while some take a reverse route and head upriver from Cairo and to Luxor and Aswan. For those who wish to see Abu Simbel and the many Nubian sites preserved along the shores of Lake Nasser, a cruise can be added to the journey before or after the Nile cruise ends.

The long cruise to or from Cairo does include those lesser-known but essential sites that are such significant areas from the Ancient Egyptian past. If you begin at Cairo, your journey is likely to include a day or two of guided touring around the city. This will mean a visit to the Giza Plateau and such appealing spots in Cairo as the Egyptian Museum, the Khan el Khalili marketplace, and more. Once on board and sailing, a visit is likely to feature stops at:

  • Beni Suef  – The base from which you can pay a visit to the stunning pyramids at Maydoum and Dahshur. This includes the Red and Black pyramids, the oldest structures using the pyramid form.
  • Minya  – Close to Tuna el-Gebel, the boundary of Akhenaten’s famed city and the border area between Upper and Lower Egypt at Ashmunein. The tombs of the pharaoh and other royals are in this area, as well.
  • Tell el Amarna  – The actual capital during Akhenaten’s rule. He removed it from Luxor and established his unique period of worshipping a single god – the Aten – from here. Upon his death, it was abandoned and even partially destroyed. Yet tombs and some outlining structures of the great city remain.
  • Abydos  – The oldest city of Ancient Egypt is here and some of the art is still stunning to behold. Sites such as Sohag and El Balyana are also nearby and often featured in a day trip to the area.
  • Quena  – This is a not-to-be missed stop on Nile cruises from Cairo as it is home to the amazing Dendara Temple. Completed late in the Pharaonic era, it is thought to be one of the finest and most well-preserved temples remaining. It is also home to the much-debated relief known as the Dendara Light.

After that, you reach Luxor and spend days exploring sites such as the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and Deir el Bahri. There are also the East and West Banks of the river with its own array of famous temples (including the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes) and so much more. This area is also home to sites like the temples at Edfu and the dual temple of Kom Ombo. If heading to Aswan, sites such as Philae, the High Dam and so much more await.

Ranging in length from ten days to two weeks (or more), Nile cruises from Cairo encapsulate the magic that most envision the moment the words “Nile cruise” are spoken.

THE OPTIONS FOR NILE CRUISES FROM CAIRO

Unlike cruises from Luxor and southward towards Aswan, most of the Nile cruises from Cairo are on the more modern, luxury cruisers. Felucca and dahabiyah journeys don’t usually appear among the options, yet this does not mean a five-star journey is unavailable. In fact, most of the Nile cruises from Cairo are like premium hotels with fine food, beautiful accommodations, attentive service, and even options for spa or salon services, evening parties and events, entertainment and more.

Additionally, many Nile cruises from Cairo are all-inclusive, meaning that ground transport, entrance fees, and all but your pre-arrival and post-departure costs are included in your booking.

Setting sail to or from Cairo is a treat as it is one of the few ways to reach, enjoy and explore some of the most astonishing sites in Egyptian history. The first pyramids, the oldest cities and the most dazzling sights await you, making it an ideal time to book your Nile cruise from Cairo right away.

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How to Travel from Cairo to Luxor: Flight, Train, Boat...

After Cairo, Luxor will likely top your list to visit during your time in Egypt, as it is home to some of the most impressive temples in the entire country (the world-famous Karnak complex as well as the Luxor Temple), but it is also where you likely will start your exploration into the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.

From Cairo, Luxor is approximately 671 km (419 miles) away, and is also on the Nile river making it possible to do the trip either by train, by boat, or by airplane.

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  • 1. Cairo to Luxor by Airplane
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Traveling from Cairo to Luxor by Airplane (the recommended and easiest way)

  • Price: 75–100 US dollars
  • Duration: 1 hour flight, but 4–5 hours total (with transfer to airport, waiting at airport, etc)

Your easiest way to get from Cairo to Luxor would be a domestic flight . These cost around 70 to 100 US dollars for one way, depending on the time of year that you are booking for and how long in advance you book. The flight takes a total of about an hour, with most flights run by Egypt's national carrier, Egyptair.

Even taking into consideration that you would have to get to the airport, be there about 2 hours in advance, check-in your suitcases, and collect your luggage at the end, a domestic flight is still the most time-effective way to get from Cairo to Luxor, taking around 4–5 hours in total, and on top of that, it is the easiest way to travel, hence our recommendation. Booking a few months in advance can also take the price down to the lower end of the range , matching the price for a train ticket as listed below.

There are multiple flights a day (running as early as 6am and as late as 11pm ), so you can pick a time that works best for you. If you're on a tight schedule, an early or late flight will mean that your flight time avoids eating too much into your sightseeing time.

See our handpicked itineraries including Cairo for various durations: 5 days , 7 days , 10 days , 12 days , 14 days and 21 days ...

Traveling by Overnight Train from Cairo to Luxor (the cheapest way)

  • Price: 80–120 US dollars for a sleeper, 8–10 US dollars for a seat
  • Duration: around 10 hours

The overnight train from Cairo to Luxor from the Wataniya Sleeping Trains company is a good option if you are looking to save money, since it saves you a night in a hotel, making it overall the most cost-effective way to get from Cairo to Luxor. We recommend booking these tickets a few days in advance at least to secure a spot , and you can buy tickets online or at Ramses Train Station in Cairo, where the train departs from.

There are also some extremely cheap tickets for seats on trains between the two cities (8–10 US dollars), but we do not recommend these as the journey is a bit too long to sit . However, the option is there if you're traveling on a tight budget, or if you're unable to get a sleeper train ticket.

Most visitors opt to book in advance and pay around 80–120 US dollars (80 US dollars for a cabin containing two beds, and 120 US dollars for a private cabin) to be more comfortable and get some sleep in a sleeper berth so that they have the energy to explore Luxor the next morning.

There are a couple of sleeper trains depending on the day that you're looking to travel. One usually departs at 7.45pm and arrives at Luxor around 6am the next morning, and the second sleeper train departs at 9.10pm from Cairo and arrives in Luxor at around 8am . If you're happy to have a seat rather than a bed, there are many more departure times for trains leaving Cairo throughout the day.

Suggested reading: Top Places to Visit in Cairo

Traveling from Cairo to Luxor by Boat (the most picturesque way)

  • Price: 2,000–5,000 US dollars
  • Duration: 11–12 days

If you've got the time, you could travel from Cairo to Luxor by boat and see a lot of incredible things along the way. There are a huge variety of trips out there, so the prices do vary a lot depending on how luxurious you would like your boat to be, how many activities you'd like to do on the way, and what your preferences for food are. Do also keep in mind that these prices include accommodation, food, and entrance tickets to sights for the duration of the journey, hence they are a lot higher than other modes of transport.

The cruises generally take approximately 11 to 12 days, which usually includes a few days in Cairo to explore, a trip to Tuna el Gebel, Beni Hassan, Asyut (home to the Tomb of Meryre and Pentu as well as Akhenaten), Abydos Temple, and a tour through Luxor for a few days at the end too.

For more information about the Nile Cruise, read on: How to Plan a Nile Cruise in Egypt?

Not Recommended: Driving from Cairo to Luxor by Car or Taking a Bus

The journey from Cairo to Luxor by car would take approximately 8 hours , so this is also technically an option if you like driving and would prefer to rent a car to do so. We don't recommend this as your best option , because the roads are long, dark, often lacking in signs, and there is little to see on the way, nor much in the way of facilities such as gas stations or other road services should something go wrong with the car.

Driving in Egypt is also not going to be same as driving in Europe or in North America, with little adherence to traffic rules throughout the country but especially on empty highways and at night . Other cars often do not have their headlights on . While this method is not recommended, we did want to list the option in case anybody was thinking about it.

There are also buses driving the route between Cairo and Luxor overnight. While the drivers of these buses are likely more used to the conditions of driving in Egypt than a tourist would be, we still do not recommend taking these buses if it can be avoided . Taking the train is a safer, more comfortable, and quicker option, and is much less prone to traffic jams too! Those on a budget can opt for a seat instead of a bed on the train for an affordable journey.

Suggested reading: How Much Does It Cost to Travel in Egypt?

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If you'd rather not think about how to get from one stop on your trip to the next, Global Highlights can help you book your entire trip and take care of everything, including how to get from Luxor to Cairo on your transport method of choice.

Get in touch and let us know how long you're thinking of visiting, what you'd like to see, as well as your preferred method of transport, and we can take away the hassle of planning a trip for you so that you can sit back and enjoy your visit to both Cairo and Luxor.

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Cairo to Luxor long Nile Cruise

This Nile and Lake Nasser Cruise gives the experience of spending time on the Nile and then seeing the change of landscape on Lake Nasser. The trip starts in Cairo so the Pyramids, museum and Old Cairo can be seen before joining the Nile cruise boat. On this cruise you get to see the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor temple before sailing and seeing the real Egyptian village life as the boat sails towards Aswan.

There is time to spend in Aswan seeing Philae temple, the High Dam before going to the Abu Simbel temples. Then the trip joins the Lake Nasser cruise boat which sails back towards Aswan visiting Wadi El Seboua, El Dakka and Mehraka on the way. These sites can only be visited by boat. To book this holiday or to get it tailored to meet your specific needs get in touch today!

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  • 2 nights stay in Cairo at the Mena house Pyramid hotel B&B
  • 4 nights stay on the deluxe Movenpick Nile Cruise boat MS Lilly Full board
  • 3 nights stay on Lake Nasser Cruise boat 5 star MS Prince Abbas Full board
  • 17 Private Excursions escorted by our degree qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Lunches while in tours in Cairo
  • Internal flights
  • Return flights to Cairo from London
  • All transport, transfer, taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Small group guaranteed (12 people MAX.)
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Meeting at the airport, transfer by private A/C bus to the hotel.

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for exploration of the three pyramids of Giza and the sphinx have lunch by the pyramids then continue to explore the step Pyramids in SAKARRE then continue your tour to the amazing Cairo Museum the house of all the Ancient Egyptian treasures including King Tut Ankh Amon. Overnight Cairo.

After breakfast you will be transferred to Cairo airport to catch 1-hour flight to Luxor. Meeting at Luxor airport, transfer by private A/C bus to the Cruise boat. In the afternoon, Visit the biggest temple in Egypt Karnak then visit Luxor temple.

Visit the west bank of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the two colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna & cross the lock. Sail to Edfu and overnight.

Visit the temple of Horus one of the most complete architectures in Egypt dedicated for God Horus son of Osiris. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple of Sobek the Crocodile god then sail to Aswan and overnight.

After breakfast going in a tour to visit the high Dam passing by the old dam of Aswan, then takes a motorboat to cross the Nile to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt ISIS temple built on the Philea Island. In the afternoon enjoy sailing on the Nile on Felucca boat around the Botanical garden & Elephantine Island.

In the Morning, Disembarkation from the boat, transfer by private A/C bus to Aswan airport to take 30 Minutes flight to Abu Simbel. Meeting at Abu-Simbel airport and you’ll be transferred in private A/C bus to the boat. Check in before lunch.Visit the temples at Abu Simbel and overnight.

Sail to Kasr Ibrim Fortress and view from boat. Sail to Amada & Visit Amada Temple. Ed Deir and the Tomb of Penut. Return to the ship Sail to Wadi El Seboua. Overnight at Wadi El Seboua.

Visit Wadi El Seboua, El Dakka and Mehraka. Return to the ship Sail to Aswan and overnight.

Check out after breakfast. And go on a tour to visit Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali Temple and Kiosk of Ketassa. In the afternoon you will be transferred by private A/C bus to Aswan airport to catch your flight to London via Cairo.

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Getting from Cairo to Luxor

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Egypt travel How to get from Cairo to Luxor

There is a train from Cairo to Luxor or you can go by road, air, or water. Tourists normally take the night train from Cairo to Luxor, the night train is much more expensive than the day train. We wanted to take the train during the day. You can, of course, fly, go by road, or even travel by boat we’ll talk about those options too.

Tourists can take the day train from Cairo to Luxor and it’s better for two reasons, to save a few hundred dollars on tickets and to see the Nile Delta in daylight as you travel south.

Egypt Cairo to Luxor

Do you think Egypt was going to make saving money easy?

Not exactly, but we found the way to do it eventually and the train to Luxor was one of the best I’ve ever been on.

We’re safely arrived in Luxor in the most beautiful, and cheap, apartment (AirBnb works pretty well in Egypt but using Booking dot com or Agoda instead often saves you huge cleaning fees), and give or take one very sick child, yesterday worked out just fine. The day train allowed us amazing views and a glimpse into country Egypt, we were able to see how Egyptian farmers and smallholders live today.

The filth and pollution of Cairo gives way to peaceful green fields, mud-brick houses and towering sandy cliffs beyond as the train line follows the Nile Valley to the south or Upper Egypt.

Cairo to Luxor

Cairo is 504 km (314 miles) from Luxor. The road distance is 614.4 Km. Options for getting to Luxor from Cairo include boat, plane, night bus, night train or day train.

The drive from Cairo to Luxor takes approximately 8 hours. More on all of these options below.

We can tell you all about the day train and the struggle to get tickets as foreigners.

Driving with Ibrahim Cairo driver taxi

  • Luxor is on the site of Ancient Thebes and its necropolis.
  • It’s really pretty here on The Nile.
  • The Valley of The Kings and The Valley of the Queens are on the west bank
  • The Colossi of Memnon (Pharaoh Amenhotep) are there.
  • King Tutankhamun’s tomb, among others, is open to visitors
  • Karnak Temple is on the east bank.
  • There is plenty more to see and do here, a week wouldn’t be too long to stay.

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So far our Egypt trip has been a fascinating delight. We found an amazing little guest house overlooking the pyramids in Cairo, we’ve ridden camels to the sphinx , watched the sound and light show every night from our rooftop, toured the Egyptian Museum and Citadel of Cairo with a helpful guide, explored the ancient souks of Old Cairo and toured the places Jesus visited as a baby in Coptic Cairo.

We’ve had no fears relating to safety, other than in the crazy choking traffic. Most days we’ve ridden with our driver, Ibrahim going as far as the older pyramids at Saqqara and Memphis, south of Cairo.

Nothing has gone wrong, nobody has hassled us or ripped us off more than we were happy to be ripped off and everyone is having a fantastic time wallowing in Egypt past and present.

Long may that continue, but getting those train tickets was a headache and waking up on train day with a sick child wasn’t ideal.

They have a saying here

” It will cost you 5LE to get on a camel, 500LE to get off the camel”

We’ve been helped every step of the way by the Egyptian people and have had zero problems with touts.

Sure, they’re all out to make a buck and we are chief buck providers but it’s been nowhere near as intimidating or annoying as others describe. We’ve paid more than rock bottom for most things but we’ve been happy to pay.

There are very few western tourists but from what we’ve seen plenty of other nationalities are still visiting. We’ve seen coach loads of Chinese, Indians, Romanians, even Tanzanians.

It’s really interesting how diverse tourist nationalities are here and sure, some will get ripped off.

We met a British family who were charged $100 for a few photos on a camel. They were lovely folk and took it well, but they paid it, nobody forcibly extracted their money from their wallet.

If you think you’re being charged a fair price, pay, if not politely walk away. You need to bargain over everything and keep a sense of humour but stay smart, always ask the price first and if you feel uncomfortable with it, say no.

It’s about everyone being happy at the end of the day so don’t let it spoil your holiday and enjoy meeting the Egyptians, have a cup of tea and a shisha, they’re cool.

That said, we’ve only been here a week and Luxor is said to be the hassle capital of the world. If you come here as a single woman, you’re braver than me, but I do wander around alone and have had no problems.

The picture of the Nile, above, I took a 10-minute solo walk from our Luxor apartment while the men of the family stayed in their sick beds. Yep, 3 men down this morning.

Apartment in Luxor

Airbnb seems to work well for Egypt, we’ll be using them later in our trip too.

Cairo to Luxor, Buying Train Tickets

Tourists are not really allowed to buy day train tickets from Cairo to Luxor, but we found a way to do it. We’d done our research and already knew that it was hard, if not impossible, for tourists to buy tickets for the day train, but still we had a go.

Never believe everything you read online, always try for yourself. We gave it our best shot but there was no way the ticket woman at the station in Giza would allow us to buy the cheaper day train tickets.

So back to plan B, to get them online. This was plan B because the internet booking system only allows customers to buy 2 tickets at a time, to buy 4 we needed to create 2 accounts for 2 lots of 2 tickets.

Somehow we ended up with 2 seats in first class, 2 in second, but they were tickets for the day train, departing early from Giza station, Cairo.

We boarded at Giza station, all of the trains from Cairo’s Ramses Station stop at Giza and it was closer for us. All 4 of us sat first class and hoped for the best, maybe we’d have to pay for an upgrade, maybe 2 of us would have to move.

First-class was almost empty and when the ticket inspectors arrived they were cool with us sitting together, no extra charge, no problem.

At Cairo’s Giza train station, everyone went out of their way to help out the foreigners, from the first-class waiting room attendant to the station official. Nobody was hassling for tips, they just wanted us as tourists, to have a good experience. We think.

The train from Cairo to Luxor First Class

So the journey from Cairo to Luxor by train was fine, all of us sleeping frequently after that 2 am arrival and 4 hectic days of touring Cairo’s many sites.

When we could keep our eyes open we had a fascinating glimpse of rural Egypt. Simple rectangular mud-brick houses and walled compounds, shady shelters made from palm fronds and children riding donkeys.

Fields of alfalfa, wheat, onions and cabbages shaded by sparse date palms with mango orchards dotted between the fields.

After hectic Cairo the simple rural reality was a glimpse into the past, families surviving much as they do in our village in Romania , but in a climate as different as it’s possible to be.

Cairo to Luxor Train Facts

All of the below was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Things may have changed so you’ll need to check this for yourself.

The Night Train   Cost approx $80-$100  (1800 LE) for a sleeper, payable in US $ only at the station. Departs Cairo Ramses Station. 9 hours. Same price/ same ticket to Aswan.  Children 4-9 $70-$85.  5% booking fee online, 2 types of train give you 2 different prices but both are expensive.

The Day Train Cost approx  $11.50 First Class ( 202 LE). Bought online, 2 tickets only. We couldn’t buy these at the station, at all. 9 hours give or take. Second class is only a little cheaper, $6.50 and looked OK, first class was superb.

It’s also possible to take the bus or to fly to Luxor in just an hour.

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Egypt travel How to get from Cairo to Luxor

Cairo to Luxor by Bus

The easiest way for visitors to book the bus or coach from Cairo to Luxor is to use this company. We use them ourselves, we trust them. Check Cairo to Luxor bus availability and price here. The journey is approximately 10 hours and will involve travelling in the dark. We have taken buses like this in Egypt and they were good modern buses, but they do drive too fast for me.

A bus ticket from Cairo to luxor will cost $15 to $30 each, depending on the type of bus. The bus is therefor more expensive than the day train.

Cairo to Luxor by Air

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor, the flight time is about an hour and a ticket should cost roughly $70 US.

Book these flights here.

Cairo to Luxor by Taxi

You could take a private taxi from Cairo to Luxor, this is an expensive option costing in the region of $350 US. Organise your private taxi journey here.

Cairo to Luxor Day Trip

You can visit Luxor as a day trip from Cairo if you are very short of time. Your day will allow you to see all of Luxor’s main sites, enjoy lunch, and return to Cairo the same day. This is not a cheap option as travel is by plane, but to see Luxor, we think it would be well worth the cost. Book this day trip to Luxor from Cairo here.

Cairo to Luxor Distance

The distance from Cairo to Luxor is approximately 667km by road and 415 miles. The drive time is 8 hours plus depending on traffic. Traffic around Cairo can be very busy.

Cairo to Luxor by Nile Cruise

Most Nile cruises operate between Luxor and Aswan, Luxor is often the starting point for your Nile cruise. We have been unable to find a Nile cruise or boat trip from Cairo to Luxor, Egypt.

More On Train Travel in Egypt with a Sick Child

He was fine when the call to prayer woke us to our sunrise pyramid view in Cairo but the second we decided to go to breakfast he crumbled.

He’d had a bit of a sore throat and blocked nose for a couple of days but suddenly just went down. He couldn’t eat breakfast or even drink juice so we gave him the option of cancelling the train and staying another day.

He wanted to move on so we piled into Ibrahim’s taxi and headed for the station. We were ushered into a clean, cool and empty first-class waiting room where he seemed to get worse, nausea adding to his problems.

By train time he’d vomited and wasn’t looking good at all but the train was cool and comfortable and he slept most of the 9 hours to Luxor. Last night he still wasn’t well with a low fever, coughing, and extra nose bleeds just for fun.

He’s much better this morning, up and about, drinking lemongrass tea and watching YouTube videos.

Our travel with kids survival kit always includes plastic bags, toilet rolls, wet wipes, hand gel and chewable kids paracetamol for emergencies just like this.

Of course, we always carry water but even juice drinks weren’t tempting him yesterday.

We’re having a quiet day today to let him rest which he seems very happy with. His dad and brother are going down with the same bug too leaving me the last woman standing and general nursemaid.

There’s a pharmacy on the corner and our host can easily help us find a doctor if we need one. The beauty of independent travel is that we can take days off, there’s no tour schedule and no rush.

I remember years ago on a tour of the Nile, if you were sick, you missed out. If it was Valley of The Kings’ day, that’s just tough, your loss.  There are pluses and minuses to group holidays , sometimes they work in your favour, sometimes they don’t.

He’s on the mend, he’s a fairly unstoppable little soldier and tomorrow we’ll tackle Karnak or one of the other world-famous attractions of ancient Thebes and its necropolis . We’re loving Egypt so far.

Cairo and Luxor, Enjoy Egypt!

We hope you find our Egypt content useful, we loved visiting Egypt each time and we were quite pleased we managed to get that day train from Cairo to Luxor, it was a good experience and Luxor was very worth visiting. For more on Egypt visit our full Egypt travel guide and blog or maybe you’d like to read about some of the incredible and little-known places to visit in and around Cairo itself . You may be surprised

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Visiting the pyramids and the best view in cairo, the egyptian museum cairo, 61 thoughts on “getting from cairo to luxor”.

What’s the website link to purchase train tickets online? When I search, I get this error “E500099-No trips with this criteria”. Is there a different website you used?

I can’t remember, I’ll ask Chef when he’s here, he found the website and did all the train ticket bookings.

* sorry also how would I do a round trip? Would I have to buy a 2nd ticket?

I don’t know as we didn’t do it that way, we took the bus over to Hurghada and then the bus to Cairo / train to Alexandria. If it’s not in the post I can’t remember sorry, my husband would know but he’s not here to answer. Apologies, hope you figure it out.

Hello, what train type did you use? I’m in the national railroad site but I’m confused on which one to put or what you would suggest? I’m traveling with my family from Cairo to Luxor in about 2 weeks.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting the Covid test in Cairo for the flight back to the US? Thanks in advance.

I have no clue sorry!

@Manit Motwani, The best way is to ask at your hotel desk. They will have the doctor come to the hotel and do the test. The price is reasonable compared to getting a taxi etc.

The second is to hire a taxi and go to a specialty clinic they are available in several locations. Again ask at the front desk.

You can inquire about the cost before you make the decision as I have only done both as a single person not as a family. Be SURE you get the correct test though. At the time of this writing it is the PCR test.

The doctor at the hotel only takes cash but the clinic took my credit card. Ask ahead.

The test takes 24 hours but I did not get my results in hand for about 30 hours so make sure you have enough time before your flight.

I am currently on the train now from Cairo to Luxor. The 10 am departure AC1 train is actually not as comfortable as the one that leaves about an hour earlier. I didn’t realize it at the time because they are all listed on the Egyptian Rail website as AC1 but it’s definitely worth the extra 100 EGP to get on a newer train.

This particular train is quite dirty (dusty) and bringing some sanitizer wipes is a good call.

The seats have space but the train is packed. No one is wearing a mask and social distancing is not really a thing that is followed in Egypt I’ve noticed.

I wouldn’t say the ride is uncomfortable but I also would not do this again to save 100 EGP because for this long of a trip the conditions are less than satisfactory.

I booked my ticket online, it was no problem. There is a limit of tickets you are allowed per account but I only needed one. That went smoothly and the exchange online is much better than any atm or exchange I’ve found around Cairo.

Which class were you in? Our photos are of first-class I believe.

Hi Alyson, great blog, do you know what time the night train leaves, and i assume you buy the tickets at the rail station?

Is the price $80 – $100 you quote per person or for a private room on the train?

Thank you for your help/advice

We were sitting in regular train seats, not a room or cubicle of any sort.

Is it possible for you to share the airbnb u booked in Luxor, we are going in March and would love a clean cheap stay!

Ok, I will have a look , hang on… Pretty sure it was this one, or this could be the one on the next floor up. Either way, it was huge and very comfortable for a family. https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/9664899

Hey, thank you very much for this blog. You have helped so many people. I just want to ask how did you get the 11. 50usd day train ticket to Luxor? We would like to try that as sleeper train is so expensive. Thanks

Does it not say in the post Jessa? And in the comments also. So many people have done this and there have been conversations back / for on this page. I can’t remember off the top of my head, that’s why we write it down. My husband would know but he’s not here sorry.

Thank you so very much Alyson! This was indeed helpful.

Shivi, were you able to buy the day train to Luxor?

Hi Alyson just came across you blog , fantastic ???? We are planning to go to Cairo in 3 weeks , just booked with Sphinx Guest House based on your blog . . I also set up an account with Egyptian National Railway and was looking for an overnight train but not at the 80-100 Usd rate. Ifound a few options but am unsure if it’s the right one. Special Service OD Train # 2014 is 202.8 Le.. Does this sound correct to you? Also hoping we can catch at Giza station as it’s closer to hotel , when I was checking I chose Cairo , is this right.. Any insight will be appreciated , thanks

Hi Barb. Oh we love that place! It’s not luxury but that view is just the ultimate! We caught the train in Giza, correct, but there are two train stations, Giza station and El Giza station. I’m fairly certain it was Giza, check with Gouda. We went there by taxi, Mohammed dropped us off. We don’t know about the overnight ones sorry.

Can you please share to us the place where you stayed in Cairo and how to contact Ibrahim? It is my 1st time to come across your blog & it is so helpful! Thank you for sharing your experiences to us.

It’s in the post about Visiting the Pyramids Ken. A little guest house at the foot of the Gixa site. The owner, Gouda, organised Ibrahim for us and took care of everything. An absolute gent.

It’s February ‘2019 and my daughter and I are visiting Egypt in May. I would like to know how you found / connected with your driver Ibrahim?

The owner of our guest house in Giza arranged our driver. It’s in the visiting the pyramids post I believe.

I registered online with Egyptian National Railways but I cannot buy day time tickets as every single search gets returned with the message “No trips with this criteria”. I tried everything including different days, times, etc. but it is always the same. I did put that I was from Argentina so perhaps, once identified as a foreigner, it will not let me buy but since it asks you for document number I thought it best not to lie. Any suggestions for buying the tickets

It’s possible they’ve closed the loop hole, which would be very annoying. My husband is going to try to do it on his laptop now and see if it’s still possible.

He’s just done it, no problem. Only fill in the boxes with the red stars, rest can be blank. He didn’t need to enter a passport number.

Hi there . I am having the same problem the red star is on passport number when you go to set up a account I cant get past it please help me if you can I am looking at going on the 21/04/19 oh I am a ausie

As above, when my husband tried a week or two ago, it still worked fine.

Thanks heaps for getting back to me so quickly yes I worked it out if your dates are more then 2 weeks out it won’t work Again thank you so much for having this page and helping people

No worries, enjoy your trip.

I just came back from Cairo. I followed Allison’s instructions to buy the tickets on the internet for the day train from Cairo to Luxor and everything went very well. Nobody challenged that we were there.

Thanks for letting us know! Hope you had a great trip.

Alyson,great story and very useful information. Do you think the trip on a day bus will be safe?

If they allow tourist on there I would have thought so. I think I’ve done this trip years ago with an armed guard.

Hello, good read, thank you for the info. I was wondering, how much would an ordinary airbnb room cost?

They start at maybe under $20 and can go up and up to anything. Huge range, be it a room in somebody’s house, a hotel type room, an appartment, whole house, dorm, house boat, caravan, cave. You can find anything on AirBnb.

My husband and I will be traveling the 2nd week of May 2018 for a wedding and have few days after. If we have about 3 days left can we travel to Luxor and what else before retuning to Cairo. What are our must see sites. What will be the best way of traveling? Thanks,

Thanks for a very informative post. This was the most current ‘user info’ I found on the net about the Great mysterious train ticket conundrum -)

We plan to be there early next year. While casually interacting with my tentative host, when I asked if he could organise our tickets (specifically) in day train Cairo – Luxor, he replied that its ‘Illegal’ (though he will try). Do you think any legality involved there if foreigners book day trains ? And, wouldn’t the local agents buy us the day train tickets, at an additional charge ?

Also, did you explore the day bus travel options . The ‘Elite class’ appears reasonable and it would enable us to take in the local landscape through the day as well ?

It’s not illegal Shrei.

Hey Alyson Great blog & very timely for me. Not much current information around that i can find. We are currently in Egypt & I have tried to register for the online railway system. I’ve heard it takes a couple of days before you are fully registered & that you need a confirming email from them – was that your experience? Can you use e-tickets on the train? (as I will not be in a position to print them out) Appreciate any advice you could provide – thanks

Hi Patrece, we didn’t risk the e-tickets, we printed them in a computer shop on the street. We did have to register with the Egyptian rail service but we did it by phone and it didn’t take 2 days, it was pretty quick.

Hello , I just want to ask. How many hours is the travel time from Luxor to Cairo And Cairo to Sharm? is it safe to book online for the bus ticket.? Like Go Bus?

I can’t remember Mark sorry.

I am 68 year old and my wife 62 we are going to Egypt for 10 days nov 22 to dec 3 2017 for I can read little bit Arabic Is it possible to get cairo to Luxor ticket on from vending machine US credit card If not can someone will buy ticket for us from hotel if we pay him some tip We want to buy first class day train

I’m not American sorry, don’t know on the US Credit card and I’m sure your hotel people will try to help you, but they really don’t like foreigners getting the day train, we had to dodge that by getting the ticket ourselves.

Hi we are three single girls visiting Egypt for a week on November. Our itineraries are as of follows:

3 Days 2 Nights at Cairo which we already booked at the same guesthouse you did. And 3Days 2 nights Felucca ride, half day at Luxor then back to Cairo again. It’ll be a backpack travel so we are flexible. Im a bit hesitant seeing blogs of hassle and haggling although I am also curious how Egypt looks like and how to survive while we are there. We budget ourselves within 35 usd/per day excluding our accomodation, 130 usd 3d 2n felluca, sleeper train on our way to Aswan and 1st class train back to Cairo.

My issue is really safety. I am getting married next year and Im a bit skeptical although we had booked out tickets already. Any advise for us 3 women?

Thank you so much. Your blog has been a great help for us!

Hi Jai, Stick together, be smart and don’t be intimidated. Walk around like you own the place. Be confident and watch each others’ backs. Dress respectfully. I felt safe wandering alone in certain places, it was absolutely fine. Nobody touched me but I was hissed at a couple of times ( I think this is a compliment!). Be friendly, be nice, but don’t encourage attention. Sometimes you need just a firm “NO”. You’re in safe hands with Gouda at the Sphinx, he’s a gent and will take care of everything for you. He has a daughter, Yasmin, she usually serves breakfast, he’ll warn you about the Sphinx trying to sneak into beautiful ladies’ rooms at night 😉 Luxor is the hassle capital, but it’s not so bad. Watch your bags on the trains , lock them and secure them to something ( have a look at the anti theft bags here https://worldtravelfamily.com/best-anti-theft-bags-for-travel-and-travellers/ I know somebody who had a bag lifted on an Egyptian train, go first class if you can) The felucca…that would be more of a worry for me, but it’s 20 years since I last did that and I was with a group of 20 or so, plus reputable guide and a crew known to his company. Just be smart. I’m going to suggest booking through a company such as Get Your Guide, not because we’re affiliates ( choose to use our links or not) but because you’ll get a fixed price, more security and some comeback, nobody will want to lose their job if Get Your Guide employs tem, tourist dollar is hard come by in Egypt these days. Enjoy!

We’ve just booked our flights to Egypt and your blogs are going to be so helpful.

Like you said there isn’t much up to date information out there.

We are flying to Cairo on the 13th September and that’s as far as we’ve got so far so starting to plan our trip. We are thinking about heading to Dahab and staying there for a few weeks aswell.

We are really looking forward to it though and cannot wait to get there.

Hope you have an incredible experience @Finding. It was fantastic to finally share Egypt with the kids and almost all the Egyptians we met were lovely.

With only a week to go we have finally started doing more research. Always so last minute!!! is great to hear the people are nice. We have registered to the train website so at least that’s one thing done 🙂

You’ll be fine, just bring your best smiles 🙂

Thanks for the great info and important pictures. Which website did you use to buy the daytime train tickets that would depart from Giza?

Hello the site we used was the National Egyptian railways website. You need to register and it will only let you buy 2 tickets per registration. https://enr.gov.eg/ticketing/public/smartSearch.jsf

Can we buy a ticket from the vending machines at Cairo train station for travel to Luxor by day trains in the 1st class?

It depends what credit card you have, we had to use the ticket oice, the machines only accepted local cards.

I can’t believe the price difference on those trains, Alyson! My husband did the boat ride down when he was there, but that train looks awfully great to me. Also, I was reading this post this morning and suddenly it dawned on me that it was perfect timing, because I’m spending the day cooking all sorts of food for our monthly “Passport to Fun” trip to – get this, Egypt! I can’t believe the coincidence! So I now I really feel like we’re tucked in your back pockets today (although I hope we avoid the nasty bug part of it!). I just thought that was too cool, and I went back and edited my post to drive people over to your blog from mine, so I hope you see lots of new traffic! (The post goes live on Tuesday) Anyway, I just loved how that all worked out!

Thanks Lisa! I have so much more to write and so many photos! We’re off to Karnak at 6am so will be taking a siesta between about 10am and 4pm. It’s insanely hot. Should be able to get another one wrapped up. I was just lying in bed thinking how cheap it is here, cheaper than Thailand for sure.

Awesome! I can’t wait to see it all!

Keep strong, Alyson! Sounds like your men need a woman. Enjoy Luxor when all are up again!

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Get ready for the 8 days Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel tour package! Time to explore ancient Egypt, visit temples and tombs in Luxor and Aswan, enjoy a cruise on the Nile in style, be face to face with the Great Pyramids of Giza, walk around Cairo, and so much more. Allow yourself to be guided through the adventure of your life: Egypt!  

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  • Meet and assist service for arrival and departure
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  • All transfers and tours are in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo (bed and breakfast)
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Aswan (bed and breakfast)
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  • Domestic flights from Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
  • Meals as clarified in the itinerary
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  • All the tours mentioned in the tour itinerary
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  • English-speaking guides for all tours
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  • All service charges and taxes of the Cairo to Luxor Cruise Tour.
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  • Entry visa for Egypt
  • Any optional tours
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Itinerary :

Day 1: arrival in cairo.

It is the start of your 8-day Cairo to Luxor Cruise and Abu Simbel tour! You will be assisted at the Cairo International Airport upon your arrival. One of our representatives will be waiting for you, and you will be escorted in a private vehicle to your hotel. Once at the hotel, your tour manager will help you with the check-in and discuss your itinerary. Feel free to ask any questions at this point. After that, enjoy the rest of the day as you wish—a "Welcome Drink" on us.

Day 2: Cairo Sightseeing

On this day of the 8 days Cairo to Luxor Cruiser & Abu Simbel tour package you will have your breakfast at the hotel and straight after your tour guide will take you to the Giza necropolis, where you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining wonders on the ancient world, followed by the Sphinx and the Temple Valley. Next, it is time to visit the Egyptian Museum and its magnificent collection of more than 120.000 artifacts from the Pharaonic to the Roman-Greco periods. Let's visit Khan El Khalili in Old Cairo , one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East dated back to the XIV century. Enjoy the opportunity to buy souvenirs or simply sit down at the oldest cafe in Egypt and participate in the local life. Return to the hotel. 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3: Aswan Sightseeing

Day 3 out of the 8-day Cairo to Luxor Cruise & Abu Simbel Tour. After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Aswan. You will receive all the expected assistance upon your arrival in Aswan, and the tours start right away. You will visit the beautiful Philae Temple , dedicated to the goddesses Isis and Hathor. Next, take pictures beside the Unfinished Obelisk , a massive obelisk that would be the biggest in Egypt if finished. Overnight at your hotel in Aswan. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Abu Simbel Group Tour | Nile cruise

We are in the middle of the 8-day Cairo to Luxor Cruiser & Abu Simbel tour. Your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel after breakfast, and you will join a small group tour to Abu Simbel . The trip takes around 3h30 and will be done in a comfortable vehicle. You will be stunned by the beauty of these two temples carved into the rocks and built by Ramses II. The big temple is dedicated to the universal gods as to Ramses II himself, and the small one is dedicated to his wife Nefertari as the goddess Hathor. After this tour, you will be taken on your Nile cruise in Aswan. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

We hope you are having a great time during your 8 days Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel tour. On this day enjoy the breakfast on board while the ship sails to Kom Ombo . The Kom Ombo Temples are very singular ones because they are identical and symmetrical, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus. Next, let's sail towards Edfu . where will you enjoy very much visiting the Temple of Edfu , dedicated to Horus, because this is the best-preserved temple of all in Egypt. Return to the ship for leisure time while sailing to Esna. 

Day 6: Luxor Sightseeing

On this day of the 8 days Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel tour you will be in Luxor. After breakfast, visit the first Luxor attraction: the Valley of the Kings , the resting place of kings and princes - it contains tombs that impress by their good conservation state. Next, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , a temple with a unique design amongst all, exactly as the female pharaoh ordered it to be. You will stop by the Colossi of Memnon , two big statues of king Amenhotep III; there is a curious story behind their name that you should ask your tour guide about! Return to the ship to have lunch and the afternoon tea.

Day 7: Luxor Sightseeing | Return to Cairo

Get ready for more Luxor time on the 7th day of the 8 days Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel . Your cruise ends on this day, but enjoy the last breakfast on board. Your guide will accompany you to Karnak and Luxor temples . The first one is the largest ancient religious complex of the world and you will be impressed by its temples and the Hypostyle Hall, and the second is a magnificent temple dedicated to the god Amun. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to Cairo and be escorted to the hotel. 

Day 8: Final Departure

Unfortunately, this is the end of the 8 days Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel tour, but you for sure will leave with great memories! After breakfast at the hotel you can enjoy some free time. Then, it is time to say goodbye to Cairo. We will transfer you to the airport for your final departure and wish you a safe flight back home. 

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Your Egypt bucket list adventure starts here! Egypt , a land steeped in ancient history and rich culture, is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list . From the iconic monuments of Cairo to the winding Nile River, this captivating country offers a unique blend of awe-inspiring sights and immersive cultural experiences.

Having personally experienced the magic of Cairo and a mesmerizing Nile river cruise, here’s my expert guide, insider tips, and recommendations to help you plan an unforgettable Egypt vacation to this bucket list-worthy destination.

There are many reasons to visit Egypt and why it should be on your bucket list. Imagine standing in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, or gazing upon the enigmatic Sphinx, a testament to the ingenuity of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Beyond these iconic landmarks, Egypt offers a diverse array of experiences, from exploring bustling cities like Cairo to cruising along the mighty Nile River, witnessing remnants of ancient temples and tombs.

Egypt is also known for its welcoming people, delicious cuisine, and vibrant markets, making it an immersive cultural journey unlike any other.

Whether you’re a history buff, an adventure seeker, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of ancient wonders, Egypt has something to offer every traveler on an Egypt tour or Egypt vacation.

As the vibrant capital of Egypt, Cairo is a bustling metropolis that seamlessly blends ancient wonders with modern life. Here, you’ll find some of the country’s most iconic attractions, along with a lively cultural scene and a rich culinary heritage.

No visit to Cairo is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx . These ancient marvels, dating back over 4,500 years, are a testament to the ingenuity and engineering prowess of the ancient Egyptians.

For a unique experience , consider booking a camel ride to explore the Giza plateau and capture stunning views of the pyramids .

Beyond the pyramids, Cairo offers a wealth of cultural experiences. The Egyptian Museum is a must-visit, housing an unparalleled collection of ancient artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb .

For a taste of local culture, head to the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar , where you can haggle for souvenirs, sample delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.

For a comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Cairo, check out our article on things to do in Cairo Egypt .

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The mighty Nile River played a crucial role in the development of ancient Egyptian civilization, and today, it offers a unique way to explore the country’s rich history. A Nile River cruise is an unforgettable experience , providing a luxurious and convenient way to witness some of Egypt’s most remarkable ancient sites.

As you glide along the Nile, you’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic temples and tombs that have stood the test of time.

From the awe-inspiring Philae Temple Complex to the intricate carvings of Edfu Temple , each site offers a glimpse into the grandeur and sophistication of ancient Egyptian architecture.

One of the highlights of a Nile cruise is the chance to explore Luxor , known as the “world’s greatest open-air museum.” Here, you can delve into the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were laid to rest, and marvel at the stunning Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , a stunning example of ancient engineering carved into the cliffs.

Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to the comfort and luxury of a modern riverboat, complete with amenities such as spacious cabins, fine dining, and entertainment. It’s a truly immersive way to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Egypt’s ancient history is also brought to life through captivating performances, such as the whirling dervish dance, a mesmerizing spiritual ritual that dates back centuries. Consider attending a show to witness this captivating display of music, movement, and devotion.

See these ancient wonders come alive in this video:

When planning your trip to Egypt, timing is crucial. The best time to visit Egypt is during the cooler months, from October to April, when temperatures are milder and more comfortable for sightseeing. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • The shoulder seasons (spring and fall) offer the best balance of pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
  • Peak season brings more tourists, but if that’s your only option, be prepared for the crowds.
  • Summer months in Egypt can be scorching hot, so consider that if you’re particularly heat sensitive.

When planning your trip to Egypt, consider attending major festivals like Ramadan or national holidays, which can impact opening hours and crowd levels at popular attractions.

To help you, I’ve created a guide covering everything you need to know while Visiting Egypt During Ramadan: Insider Guide to Celebration .

Before embarking on your Egyptian adventure, it’s essential to understand the visa requirements and travel costs. Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Many countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at Egyptian airports, but it’s best to confirm and be prepared. The visa fee is generally around $25 USD.

As for the trip to Egypt cost is relatively affordable compared to other popular destinations. You can expect to spend around $50-$100 per day for a mid-range traveler, including accommodation, food, transportation, and entry fees to major attractions. Here’s a rough estimate of some common expenses:

  • Airfare: $500-$1,000 roundtrip from major U.S. cities
  • Mid-range hotel: $50-$100 per night
  • Budget hotel: $20-$50 per night
  • Meals: $10-$25 per day (street food and casual restaurants)
  • Transportation: $5-$10 per day (for taxis and public transport)
  • Entrance fees: $10-$25 per site (e.g., pyramids, temples, museums)

To save money, consider staying in budget-friendly accommodations. A wide range of options exist, from budget hostels to luxurious hotels. Eating at local street food stalls and local eateries is incredibly affordable, and you’ll find delicious meals for just a few dollars. When exploring attractions, transportation like local buses and taxis is budget-friendly. Consider a Nile Cruise package for an all-inclusive experience.

Here are some unique adventures that you must experience when traveling to Egypt.

  • Soar over Luxor in a hot air balloon for breathtaking views of temples and the Valley of the Kings at sunrise-a true bucket list moment!
  • Camel rides near the Pyramids are a popular choice, but it’s important to be aware of the ethical concerns. To learn more, check out this article, Why A Camel Ride in Egypt Commands a Conflicting Ethical Decision delves into this complex topic.
  • Immerse yourself in Islamic Cairo. Discover its rich history and architectural beauty at the magnificent Al-Azhar Mosque.
  • No trip to Egypt is complete without sampling the delicious local cuisine! Try  koshari  (a hearty mix of rice, lentils, and pasta),  falafel  (chickpea fritters), and don’t forget stuffed pigeon – an Egyptian delicacy.

Planning a trip to Egypt can raise a lot of questions, so we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your journey.

Egypt is generally safe for tourists, especially when traveling with a reputable tour company or guide. However, it’s always important to exercise caution, be aware of your surroundings, and follow the advice of local authorities.

For long-distance travel, consider taking domestic flights or booking a Nile River cruise. Within cities, taxis and public transportation are affordable and convenient options. Hiring a private driver or tour guide can also make navigating Egypt more comfortable.

While it’s possible to explore some sites independently, booking guided tours in advance can provide invaluable insights and ensure a smoother experience. Guided tours are highly recommended for complex sites like the pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and ancient temples.

It’s important to dress modestly when visiting religious sites or Islamic mosques. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Women may also want to carry a scarf to cover their heads when entering mosques.

No specific vaccinations are required for most travelers, but it’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider before your trip. Ensure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date, and consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. Bringing insect repellent and staying hydrated are also recommended.

Yes, most nationalities require a visa to visit Egypt. However, the process is relatively straightforward, and there are a couple of ways to obtain one:

Visa on Arrival: Citizens of many countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at Egypt’s international airports. The process involves filling out a form, paying a fee (typically around $25 USD, payable in cash), and having a passport valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.

E-Visa: For added convenience, many nationalities can apply for an e-Visa in advance through the official Egyptian government portal ([invalid URL removed]). The process is entirely online and typically takes a few days for approval.

Important Notes:

Specific Requirements:  Always double-check the visa requirements for your specific nationality, as there may be variations. Some countries may have additional requirements or longer processing times.

Visa Validity:  The most common tourist visa for Egypt is valid for 30 days. If you plan to stay longer, consider applying for a multiple-entry visa or inquire about visa extensions upon arrival.

Resources:  For official visa information and updates, visit the Egyptian government website or consult your nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate.

By following this expert Egypt travel guide, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and insider tips to plan an extraordinary journey through Cairo and the heart of ancient Egyptian civilization, Nile.

Egypt promises to leave a lasting impression and will surely capture your heart. So, pack your sense of adventure, embrace the rich culture, and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to this bucket list-worthy destination.

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