UK - Cairo
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Swiss Inn Pyramids Hotel (4T), our base for four nights.
Fifteen minutes’ drive from our hotel are the extraordinary Pyramids of Giza, the last surviving wonder of the ancient world, more than 4,500 years after their completion. Mystery still surrounds the pyramids’ exact purpose, construction methods and the baffling accuracy of measurement, alignment and workmanship that they demonstrate. Our Egyptologist guide will explain what is known as we admire the ‘Great Pyramid’ of Khufu, comprising some two million colossal blocks of stone; the Pyramid of Khafre and the third, smaller Pyramid of Khephren. Nearby, the majestic Sphinx looks enigmatically on.
At leisure in Cairo, with the opportunity to join one of the locally-guided optional excursions to the Egyptian Museum and Citadel.
A full day excursion from Cairo reveals the treasures of Alexandria. Egypt’s attractive Mediterranean port city was founded by Alexander the Great and the power base of Cleopatra, whose royal palace now lies submerged in the bay. This was also the location of the legendary Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the now lost Library of Alexandria, the largest in the ancient world, whose fame is reflected in the hi-tech, 21st century Bibliotheca Alexandria. We make stops at Pompey’s Pillar and the Roman amphitheatre, and enjoy some free time to wander the lively Corniche.
Day 5 - Cairo - Luxor
We transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Luxor, transferring upon arrival to our comfortable Presidential Nile Cruises (4T) vessel.
Day 6 - Luxor - Edfu
At the ‘open-air museum’ of Luxor the number and preservation of ancient monuments is unparalleled anywhere in the world. This is the site of the famous city of Thebes, capital of Egypt at the height of the empire’s influence. We head out to explore the West Bank, beginning at the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were buried from the 16th to the 11th century BC. Our guide introduces a few of the most impressive tombs and you may also choose to enter the plainer, ‘cursed’ Tomb of Tutankhamun (extra charge). We also visit the Valley of the Queens, the impressive mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, before returning to the ship. We sail to Edfu and overnight.
Day 7 - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
There can be few more serene and romantic ways of passing time than gliding down the Nile on a river cruiser. We sail to the fascinating Greco-Roman double-temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the falcon-headed Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. We return to the ship, ready to set sail southwards to Aswan.
Day 8 - Aswan - Temple of Philae
Today pays tribute to ancient and modern feats of architectural engineering, with visits to the 111m-high Aswan High Dam, and the Temple of Philae, perhaps Egypt’s most beguiling and beautiful, not least for its setting on an island in the river. We also take in the Nubian Museum, a stunning showcase of Nubia’s history, art and culture, including horse armour.
Day 9 - Aswan - Edfu
Take the opportunity to explore the laid-back Nubian city of Aswan independently before an afternoon of relaxation aboard our vessel, as we sail to Edfu. Alternatively, choose to take an optional excursion by bus or plane to legendary Abu Simbel. We dock overnight in Edfu.
Day 10 - Edfu - Luxor
We continue the return journey along the Nile to Luxor.
Day 11 - Luxor
This morning we visit two astonishing temples on the East Bank of the Nile - Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Karnak in particular is absolutely awe-inspiring; a complex of more than 100 hectares (larger than some ancient cities) with immense pylons and obelisks, tranquil lakes and sanctuaries and the Hypostyle Hall, where 134 soaring columns, each with a diameter of more than 3m, are arranged in perfect geometric rows, all covered in exquisite hieroglyphs.
Day 12 Luxor - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.