Project Egypt: Eclipse Nile Cruise One
Price: £TBA / $TBA
Duration: 8 Days from 30th July 2027
Highlights: Luxor, 7 night Nile Cruise, West Bank sightseeing (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon), East Bank sightseeing (Luxor and Karnak Temples), Eclipse (Luxor), Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan sightseeing (Philae Temple, felucca ride to Elephantine and Kitchener Islands)
Includes: See below Day 8 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions
Day 1 (30th July 2027) - Arrival in Luxor
Arrive in Luxor and board your full board Nile cruise vessel. Luxor, on the site of ancient Thebes, is on the East bank of the Nile and was the pharaoh's capital at the height of their power. It is described as the world's greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived in this ancient city.
Day 2 - West Bank sightseeing (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon)
Visit the West Bank of Luxor, stopping en route to see the towering Colossi of Memnon. Explore the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari with your Egyptian guide. The Valley of the Kings contains the rock-cut tombs of 62 of ancient Egypt’s rulers and houses the famous tomb of Tutankhamun amongst others. There will be a chance to visit Karnak again this evening for the optional Sound and Light show.
Day 3 - East Bank sightseeing (Karnak and Luxor Temples)
Today explore the East Bank and the fascinating city of Luxor and visit Luxor and Karnak Temples. Luxor Temple is largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramsses II the Great (whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance) and is also home to the small 'hanging' Mosque of Abu al-Haggag. The vast Karnak Temple Complex comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Its construction began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. Today we will be holding a pre-eclipse briefing with our astronomy team.
Day 4 - Eclipse Day
Today is a very special eclipse day - for some a once in a lifetime experience. The maximum duration of totality will be observed in Egypt, approximately 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Luxor and will last 6 minutes and 22 seconds. After the eclipse set sail upstream to Esna.
Day 5 - Today visit Edfu and Kom Ombo
Today visit Edfu, a flourishing Greek city in ancient times commonly known as Apollinopolis Magna, after the chief God Horus-Apollo. Here visit The Temple of Horus considered to be the best-preserved temple in Egypt. Sail onwards to Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple dedicated to two deities, Sobek and Horus.
Day 6 - Arrive in the beautiful city of Aswan
Arrive in the beautiful city of Aswan. A chance in the early morning to take an optional flight to visit Abu Simbel Sun Temples. This afternoon visit Philae Temple and take a felucca ride to Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. Philae in Greek or Pilak in ancient Egyptian, meaning ‘the end,’ defined the southernmost limit of Egypt. The temple at Philae was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in the 1960s but fortunately the temple was rescued by a joint operation between the Egyptian government and UNESCO and relocated on the Island of Agilika.
Day 7 - Cruising back to Luxor
Begin the majestic journey back to where we started and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way back to Luxor. Spot rock carvings en route and simply enjoy the serenity of life along the banks of the Nile as you glide by - simply magical!
Day 8 (6th August 2027) - Join your return flight or perhaps extend your stay
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?
Tour Price £TBA / $TBA per person*
*Please note you can reserve a space on this tour by paying a 'Save a Space' deposit (£50/$65 per person) but all itineraries will be costed in early 2025 and prices advised
The price is for the tour from cruise check-in on Day 1 to cruise check-out on Day 8.
Full board accommodation is provided on the cruise boat throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation, flights, trains, and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary (if applicable) are included. Some excursions are offered on an optional basis closer to the tour departure date (the word 'optional' is used to describe these).
Nile Cruise - Please note that slight changes to the operation of the Nile Cruise may be necessary depending on sailing conditions and any updated Government regulations but all inclusions would be offered.
Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender - this is known as 'twin share' accommodation.
A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of £TBA / $TBA.
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner approximately 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
Airport transfers and assistance are included on arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the International flight package offered by our flight partner. If you choose to arrange your own International flights, then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day.
You will find further details about what to expect on the Project TSE2027 FAQ page here.