Sphinx statues in a row in Karnak, Egypt | Jewels of the Nile, Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel Tour

Jewels of the Nile Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel (Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Egypt

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Dates & prices

The Great Pyramids, Karnak, Egyptian Museum, West Bank are all here, but this tour sets itself apart by also including the formidable temples of Abu Simbel.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive Cairo

    Welcome to Egypt – a land that abounds in ancient wonders and mysteries which have enthralled travellers for centuries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience

    In the morning, join your Tour Director, a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist, for a detailed pre-tour briefing. A guided visit of Giza shows you the enigmatic Sphinx and magnificent pyramids, the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included is a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! Then journey to Memphis, to view the colossal statue of Rameses II and Great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

  3. Day 3

    The Citadel and Egyptian Museum in Cairo

    Start the day with a vsisit to the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of pharaonic treasures, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Next visit Tahrir Square - the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests, leading to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Continue to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Complete you sightseeing with at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Board your Cruise Ship and the Temple of Abu Simbel

    (Relaxed Start) Transfer to the airport for your flight via Aswan, to the ancient Nubian lands near Egypt's southern border. On arrival, board your comfortable cruise boat on Lake Nasser. Get your camera ready for your visit to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, where you'll be confronted with four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock. The smaller Temple of Hathor is also guarded by six 10 metre statues. Spend some time exploring inside the 3,200 year old walls, depicting scenes of Rameses and the Gods. At night, experience the monuments lit in all their glory at the Sound & Light Show.

  5. Day 5

    Kasr Ibrim and Amada

    In the morning, cruise to the ancient ruined citadel of Kasr Ibrim, still occupying its original strategic high ground. Through desert lands and onto Amada, noted for having the oldest surviving structure on Lake Nasser - it also has some of the finest carvings of any Nubian temple. Explore the temple dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harrakte as well as visiting the Tomb of Penniut, deputy of Nubia. Sail on to Wadi El Seboua and in the evening enjoy a cocktail party and Nubian show.

  6. Day 6

    The Valley of the Lions

    Spend time in Wadi El Sebou and visit the 'Valley of the Lions', named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes which led to the Temple of Rameses II. There's time to relax and enjoy your superb cruise facilities as you continue on to exotic Aswan - where the Middle East overlaps with Africa.

  7. Day 7

    Cruise the Nile in style

    Disembark to Visit the Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus and dedicated to the local Fertility God, Mandulis. Cross over to the modern High Dam to visit the granite quarries where an unfinished obelisk still lies attached to the bedrock. Take a motorboat to the lyrical Temples of Philae, rising from the waters of the Nile. Later, catch the gentle breezes and river currents aboard a felucca; these traditional sailboats have plied the Nile since ancient times. As a special welcome, enjoy a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel before embarking your cruise ship.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising to Kom Ombo and Edfu

    (Relaxed Start) The morning is at leisure. Maybe take an optional experience to Abu Simbel, by air? These magnificent temples were cut from their hillside origin in the 1960's and repositioned above the waterline of the newly created Lake Nasser. Later, cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Continue past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to Edfu. Celebrate, Egyptian-style, in the evening, at a galabeya party and dinner.

  9. Day 9

    Cruising the Nile to Luxor

    After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the beautifully preserved Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. Witness the grandiose set of reliefs depicting the ritual in which Horus defeated his arch enemy, Seth. Sail through the Esna Lock and downstream to Luxor. On arrival, visit the temple of Luxor, lost for centuries beneath the streets of the town.

  10. Day 10

    To the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and flight to Cairo

    Drive over to the west bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. Your visit to the Valley of the Kings - burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs - includes venturing underground into some of the preserved royal tombs. Continue to the reconstructed Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the few female rulers in Ancient Egypt, before visiting a working bakery to witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor and the amazing temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendours is the vast Hypostyle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world. Later, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Cairo.

  11. Day 11

    Depart Cairo

    Your incredible journey comes to a close with a transfer to the airport.




  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasure.
  • Abu Simbel: Visit to the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.


  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 6 lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D) and 2 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising. 26 Dec departure enjoy a festive celebration dinner for for New Years' Eve. This will replace one of the included meals.


  • Cairo Marriott: The luxurious Cairo Marriott is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869. Facilities include health club, whirlpool and sauna.
  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.


  • An expert Insight professional multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • 3 night Lake Nasser cruise on MS Prince Abbas (or similar) and 3 night Nile cruise on MS Giselle or MS Sapphire or MS La Boheme (or similar) including all boat gratuities.
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel and Luxor/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
  • Deluxe Cairo hotel.
  • Smaller vehicles without toilet facilities may be used.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Nubian Village

A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colourfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life.

Adult Price: USD 27.00

Code: ASW0002

Sound + Light Show - Aswan

The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascinating history of Philae Temple is brought to life before your eyes through the magic of sound and light. The atmospheric temple setting, engaging narration by world-famous celebrities and moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience.

Adult Price: USD 42.00

Code: ASW0003

Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Cairo's illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Entertainment is provided in the form of a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. Not to be missed!

Adult Price: USD 73.00

Code: CAI0001

Sound, Light Show and Pyramids Of Giza

A spectacular evening performance in which the Sphinx relates Egypt's ancient and colourful history in stereophonic sound with full sound and light effects highlighting the majestic Pyramids at Giza.

Adult Price: USD 38.00

Code: CAI0002

Full Day Alexandria

Embark on a full day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Catacombs, Quayet-Bey Fortress and Pombey’s Pillar. Later, visit the Mosque of Abdul Abass and the gardens at Montaza surrounding a former palace of the Royal family. (Please note - This excursion is only available to guests who have purchased extra nights in Cairo before or after their tour).

Adult Price: USD 115.00

Code: CAI0003

Karnak Sound And Light Show

Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of colossal columns, you will be hearing the tales of these ancient places.

Adult Price: USD 42.00

Code: LUX0001



MS Prince Abbas or similar

Lake Nasser () - Egypt

Admire the beautiful scenery of Lake Nasser, discovering magnificent temples and tombs of the ancient world, as you cruise through ancient Egyptian history on the MS Prince Abbas.

MS MiriamMS GiselleMS La Boheme or similar

MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar)

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