day 1:explore the greatness of the Egyptian civilization absolutely in Luxor, Aswan & Abu simbel. our Egyptology tour guide will pick you up on time from Aswan train station,airport or any hotels in Aswan where we going to drive down to the Nile to take motor boat to get to philae island temple.listen well to your tour guide who will inform you by details the history of the great temple, drive over to visit the famous high dam. after the fabulous tour check in your cruise and have your open buffet lunch .after some rest you can discover the old famous market of Aswan and enjoy the atmosphere of Aswan which is full of Nubian culture. over night cruise.
day 2:Around 4 am be ready for the fabulous tour to visit Abu simbel temples. back to the cruise which will start to sail towards komombo.small boats, Nubian culture, natural islands, beautiful views all over the way to komombo. around sun set time visit komombo temple. over night cruise.
day 3:Early morning enjoy a wonderful tour by horse and carriage to visit Edfu temple. back to cruise and continue sailing. enjoy your drink on sun deck. it is great chance to take unique photos of the real nature all over way to esna. pass esna lock. get to Luxor and visit Luxor temple by night.
day 4:today you going to discover the great luxor city.
After breakfast we will drive down to the Nile where we going to visit the most ancient and important temples in whole the world valley of the kings which famous by the great tombs such as tut ankh amun tomb. move to visit the magnificent temple of queen Hatsheput,your tour guide will tell you many attractive story of the queen while you visit her temple. it is great chance to be at the west bank to visit the famous carter house the famous English man who discovered Tut Ankh Amun treasures, after the great tour drive over to the east bank of luxor where we going to visit the biggest temple in whole the world Karnak temple.after the great day tour in luxor.transfer to luxor airport,train station or any hotels in luxor for final departure
No regrets in booking this Nile Cruise tour with services as advertised
, Jun 2019
Booked this 5D4N Nile Cruise tour for two from CupidEgypt company as it was the cheapest and best value tour including Abu Simbel we could find online prior to our visit. Was a bit skeptical to book initially as there was no review. Viator sent me the confirmation email which included a phone number to contact the agency. It took a while initially before receiving reply from manager of the company, Hany as the phone number was one of his employee's. Hany responded well to all our inquiries through Whatsapp throughout the whole tour with good manner and prompt response. This tour included 4N stay in cruise, 3 buffet-meals/day (from lunch on 1st day to breakfast on last day), transportation to attraction sites in AC minivan. Entrance fee, tips/baksheesh (custom in Egypt) plus drinks were not included.
Our cruise Renaissance was slightly old but clean and had friendly staffs. Housekeeping was available daily and towels were replaced in a creative manner. A very old fashioned hair dryer was available in the bathroom. Hot water was available for shower but water pressure could sometimes be very low. No mineral waters were supplied. Restaurant was located at the basement with following meal time: breakfast 7.30-9am, lunch 1-2pm, dinner 7-8pm. Drinks were available to buy. Tips for cruise staff was collected on check-out in an envelope (EGP30 per person/night).
CupidEgypt company had contracted individual local tour guides to give us a tour. It was supposed to be group tour but as we were the only customers it turned out to be a private tour except in Luxor where some visitors joined us. Entrance fees were not included and if you are under 30 and have a valid student card, you can receive 50% discount in all the attractions except Aswan Dam.
A big thank you to all the tour guides we had, Mena and Mickel (Aswan), Ahmed (Kom Ombo), Samy (Edfu) and Mohammed (Luxor). They were all friendly and informative. We visited all the attractions as below:
Day 1 – High Dam & Philae Temple (motorboat included)
Day 2 – Abu Simbel (3am departure & no tour guide) & Kom Ombo (cruise only stopped for 1 hour)
Day 3 – Edfu (5am departure + horse & carriage included)
Day 4 – Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple
Day 5 – Valleys of the Kings (Ramesses IV, Ramesses IX & Merenptah with optional visit to Tutankhamen tomb), Queen Hatschepsut Temple & Colossi of Memnon
Overall very satisfied with this tour as it delivered what it promised. Would highly recommend for budget travelers and students!