Best of Greece and Egypt with Nile Cruise
The cradle of all civilization
Between the two, Greece and Egypt offer more history than many hundred countries combined. In 11 nights, experience the jaw-dropping natural beauty and magnificent man-made wonders of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Cairo and the Nile River.
- Tour Athens’ top attraction: the Acropolis! You’ll also visit its sister museum showcasing treasures from the historic site.
- Explore the clifftop monasteries of Meteora and be greeted by traditional Greek hospitality.
- Cruise the Nile on a 4-night adventure taking you to countless important sites nestled along the river.
- Gaze up in wonder at the Temple of Edfu, considered to be one of the most beautiful and preserved temples in Egypt!
- Cap off an exciting vacation by visiting a Wonder of the World: the Great Pyramids of Giza.
- Both Greece and Egypt are known for their ancient treasures, from the Parthenon to the Pyramids of Giza. In 11 nights, get a crash course on Greek and Egyptian culture and history!
Fly into Greece’s capital of Athens, a city that’s equal parts modern metropolis and open-air museum. Discover the Acropolis and the adjoining Acropolis Museum on a tour, then head out on a 2-day adventure to Delphi and Meteora. Back in Athens, don’t miss the charming Plaka district and bustling Syntagma Square.
From Athens, fly to Cairo and spend one night in the capital before flying to Luxor for your 4-night Nile River cruise! Aboard a luxurious ship, cruise the Nile and explore the famous temples and tombs that straddle it: Luxor, Karnak, Kom Ombo and Edfu. End your trip in Cairo, where you’ll have a full-day tour taking you to the Pyramids, the largest bazaar in the Middle East and more!
Welcome to Greece’s historic capital of Athens! Once you arrive and settle into your hotel, start exploring the city on foot. Since 2004, the 2.5-mile long Archaeological Promenade at the foot of the Acropolis has made the city center much more walkable and reduced the notorious traffic congestion.
Transfer to Athens hotel
On an included tour, explore the famous Acropolis and its sister museum housing the archaeological findings uncovered from the Acropolis.
Later, visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone theater structure located at the base of the Acropolis. The theater was built during Roman times around 161 A.D. by the Roman philosopher, teacher and politician Herodes Atticus in memory of his late wife. Live performances are still held there today.
At night, head to the charming neighborhood of Plaka for a traditional Greek meal of moussaka, a Mediterranean casserole layered with ground meat, bechamel, eggplant and potatoes.
Athens Morning Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis
Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.
On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.
On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.
Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.
Enjoy breakfast, then depart for your tour to Delphi located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. After your tour, check into your hotel in Kalambaka.
Visit to the Archaeological Site of Delphi
During the 6th century BC, Delphi was the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Today you will have the chance to explore the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo once spoke. You will also visit the Treasury of the Athenians and the Delphi Museum, which hosts valuable pieces of art like the famous bronze Charioteer.
*Please note: children under 5 years old are not permitted on this Tour
Visit the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora today! After lunch at a local restaurant in Kalambaka, return to Athens bypassing Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae where you will stop to visit the memorial of Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans.
Visit to Meteora
Prepare to feast your eyes on one of Greece’s most majestic world wonders! The word Meteora translates literally to “middle of the sky” or “suspended in the air,” a fitting description for the monolithic pillars that dominate the landscape.
Check in to Athens hotel
Enjoy a unique and breathtaking scenery with ageless Monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, which stand between the earth and sky sprinkled atop the massive rocks.
Say goodbye to Greece as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo! Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by a representative who will be holding a sign with your name. After transferring to your hotel, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)
Fly to Cairo!
Transfer to Cairo hotel
Today, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, meet a representative and transfer to your Nile Cruise. Settle into your room and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch, enjoy a half-day tour taking you to the Karnak and Luxor temples!
Transfer to Cairo airport (CAI)
Fly to Luxor!
Transfer to cruise ship – Based on Availability
1. MS Monaco
2. MS Jen Mojito
3. MS Monte Carlo
Guided tour of Karnak Temple and Temple of Luxor (half-day)
Discover Karnak, a great temple of Amon Ra known during the Middle Kingdom period as Ipt-Swt, which means the Selected Spot. It was also called Pr-Imn, which means the House of Amon. At the entrance, you will find a ram-headed avenue of Sphinxes, which was built to protect the Temple. There are 20 rams on each side, and as you cross this pylon, it takes you into an Open court, whose dimensions are 325-feet long by 250-feet wide, built during the 22nd Dynasty, and containing rows of bud papyrus columns.
You’ll then head to the Temple of Luxor, among the most beautiful temples in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine (This was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak Temple, which was the northern house of Amon Ra). The temple runs close and parallels the river Nile from north to south, and it was constructed on the site of a small temple of Amon, built by kings of the 12th dynasty.
Wake up to the glittering Nile River, enjoy breakfast on board, then take a tour of the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the ship for lunch as you sail towards Edfu.
Guided tour of the West Bank, including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon
Enjoy a tour of the West Bank! Your first stop is the Valley of the Kings. The first king of the New Kingdom, Ahmose of the 18th Dynasty, built a pyramid-like structure at Abydos, which may or may not have been his original tomb. The Valley, known as Biban el-Muluk, “doorway or gateway of the kings,” or, the Wadyein, meaning “the two valleys,” is actually composed of two separate branches. The main eastern branch, called TA set aat, or “The Great Place,” is where most of the royal tombs are located, and in the larger, The Valley is hidden from sight, behind the cliffs, which form the backdrop to the temple complex of Deir el-Bahari.
Next stop: the Temple of Hatshepsut! The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Queen’s architect, Senenmut, designed it and set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the Peak of the Thebes, the “Lover of Silence,” where lived the goddess who presided over the necropolis. His daughter became pharaoh, her father Tutmose I circulated the legend that the God Amon became the father of Hatshepsut and therefore she is half a God. She was married twice unfortunately and her second husband and stepbrother Tutmose III hated her so much that he had all pictures and inscriptions of her destroyed after she died.
Your final stop brings you to the Colossi of Memnon. These two, gigantic figures of Amenhotep III were originally situated in front of his Mortuary temple which was destroyed for unknown reasons. The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 70-feet tall and represents King Amenhotep III seated on his throne, wearing the Nimes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead.
Today, visit the Temple of Edfu, the most well-preserved temple of Ancient Egypt, renowned for its gigantic pylons. You’ll also visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. After your tour, have lunch on board and sail to Aswan.
Guided tour of The Temple of Horus (Edfu) and Kom Ombo Temple (Sobek)
On this tour, visit the Temple of Edfu and Kom Ombo Temple. Edfu was the 2nd Nome of Upper Egypt and the center of the cult of a triad of Gods, which consisted of Horus of Behdet, Hathor, and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy. Edfu was known as “Apollo polis Magna” because the Greeks identified Horus with their God Apollo. Construction began during the reign of Ptolemy III (about 237 BC) and was finished during the reign of Ptolemy IV.
You’ll then sail to Kom Ombo and visit Kom Ombo Temple. The temple is unique in one respect: it is dedicated to two gods, and the entire temple holds two perfectly symmetrical sections. The sanctuary to the left is dedicated to the falcon-headed sky god Harwer (also written Haroeris), or Horus the elder and his family.
In Aswan, explore the High Dam, constructed in the 1960s to tame the mighty waters of the Nile, and Philae Temple, one of Nubia’s most important monument sites. You’ll also get to experience sailing on a felucca, a traditional sailboat used on the Nile.
Guided Tour of the Aswan High Dam & Philae Temple
Located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall.
You’ll then visit Philae Temple, dedicated to Goddess Isis and constructed on the beautiful island of Philae. Philae the modern day name is Greek but the ancient Egyptians called the island P-aaleq which amongst other definitions has the dual meaning of “end” and “creation.”
Felucca ride in Aswan, around Agha Khan & The Elephantine Island
Enjoy a relaxing ride on a felucca, a traditional sailboat found on Egypt’s Nile. Feel the river breeze as you sail around Elephantine, an island forming part of the city of Aswan, and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan.
Your Nile Cruise ends today. Head to Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo where you will spend your final two nights. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own – you might want to check out Cairo Citadel or the Mosque of Muhammed Ali.
Transfer to Aswan airport (ASW)
Fly to Cairo!
Transfer to Cairo hotel
Cairo Sightseeing Tour, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El-Khalili Bazaar (full-day, with lunch)
Begin your tour at the famous Great Pyramid of Giza! Giza is the main part of a complex that included two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu’s wives, an even smaller “satellite” pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small Mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles. One of the small pyramids contains the tomb of Queen Hetepheres (discovered in 1925), sister and wife of Snefru, and the mother of Khufu.
The next stop takes you to the Lord of the Sphinx. The word sphinx, which means “strangler,” was first given by the Greeks to a fabulous creature which had the head of a man and the body of a lion. In Egypt, there are numerous sphinxes, usually with the head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion. The head and face of the sphinx certainly reflect a style that belongs to Egypt’s old kingdom and to the 4th dynasty in particular.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Egyptian Museum. Your Egyptologist will escort you on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of history, as this famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts (more than 145,000 items on display). Highlights include the famous Tutankhamen collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus, and the Royal Mummy room, which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.
Your final stop takes you to the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. Reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East, it was originally founded as a watering stop for Caravanserai in the 14th century. As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets, you will find workshops and stalls selling all kinds of items from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfume, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.
Your Greece-Egypt vacation ends today. At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to Cairo airport for your flight home.
Transfer to Cairo airport (CAI)