After diving the fantastic Red Sea, experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt on our private LGBT Nile cruise, limited to just 16 guests!
From the Red Sea liveaboard, we'll be transferred across the desert to Luxor, where you'll be amazed by the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of Kings, and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. There we'll board a luxury river cruise ship, the brand-new Aggressor Nile Queen, for a five-night adventure down the Nile accompanied by our own English-speaking Egyptologist, stopping along the way at stunning temples built on the banks of the river. Our cruise ends in Aswan, site of the Temple of Philae and the High Dam. From Aswan, you'll have the option of flying to Abu Simbel before returning to Cairo to fly home or visit the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Islamic Cairo
"All Egypt is the gift of the Nile." - Herodotus
Travel with us to experience Egypt in comfort, safety, and style!
Luxor to Aswan Nile Cruise Highlights:
The Temple of Karnak
Built in the 20th century B.C., it is the biggest of the ancient Egyptian temples and was the seat of the god Amun, and the administrative capital of the country. A visit to the temple begins at the sacred quay, decorated with a Nilometer showing flood levels of the Nile and then passes through an avenue, bordered by statues of ram-headed sphinxes, to the temple itself. Inside the temple there is an open courtyard with a smaller temple on the left-hand side. Then there is a large hypostyle hall, built during the reigns of Seti I and Rameses II, containing 134 pillars, twelve of which are topped with capitals in the form of open papyrus flowers.
The Luxor Temple
Built by Amenhotep III as a private residence for god Amun, but Rameses II later added statues of himself to either side of the temple: two seated and two standing. Inside there is an open coutyard built by Rameses II, comprising a pillared colonnade; and a second courtyard by Amenhotep III with pillars decorated with papyrus designs. The Luxor Museum contains a remarkable collection of ancient Egyptian sculpture found during the course of restoration at the Karnak and Luxor temples.
The Valley of the Kings
This site contains a large number of tombs of the Kings and Pharoahs, including the tombs of: Seti I, Rameses II, Horemheb and Tutankhamun, which was the only tomb to be discovered intact.
The Temple of Edfu
This temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and is the largest and most complete of the different temples situated along the banks of the Nile. It is located in the city of Edfu. It was a center of the cult of Horus.
The Temple of Kom Ombo
The double temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and its inscriptions contain references to the Ptolemies and to the Roman Emperors, Domitian, Trajan, and Caracalla.
Optional Abu Simbel:
Visit the stunning temple of Abu Simbel, an entire mountain face moved above the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the Aswan High Dam.
- The Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) – The Great Pyramid is situated in Giza and is one of the Seven Wonders on the World. Cheops, the second Pharaoh of the IVth Dynasty, built it. It once rose to a height of 146 meters. Owing to natural wear and tear, however, its present height is 137 m.
- The Sphinx – The Sphinx is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt. It stands as a guardian of the ancient necropolis.
- The Egyptian Museum, including the golden mask of King Tutankhamen
The tour dovetails perfectly as a post-trip extension to our Red Sea liveaboard and includes air-conditioned coach transfer to Luxor from Marsa Ghalib.
Space on the Aggressor Nile Queen is limited to just 16 guests, so divers coming from the Red Sea Aggressor receive first priority. If space is still available after the liveaboard has filled, it will then be offered to our non-diving partners or friends.
Liveaboard Diving on board Red Sea Aggressor
September 28 - October 5, 2019 (Saturday – Saturday): including 6 days of four dives a day.
Aggressor Nile Cruise Itinerary:
- October 5 (Saturday):
Breakfast, and transfer to Luxor from Red Sea Aggressor. Afternoon guided tour of the jaw-dropping Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor.
- October 6 (Sunday):
Visit Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon.
- October 7 (Monday):
After breakfast visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Cross the Lock and sail to Esna. This is a great place to buy a traditional galabeya to wear tomorrow!
- October 8 (Tuesday):
Gebel Silsileh and El Bashier Island. Nile swim and Bedouin Dinner.
- October 9 (Wednesday):
Visit the Kom Ombo Temple dedicated to two gods, Haroeris and the Crocodile God Sobek, then sail to Aswan.
- October 10 (Thursday):
Visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel.
Disembark Nile cruise here in Aswan and fly to Cairo. Overnight Cairo.
- October 11 (Friday):
Tour of the Giza plateau featuring the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara, back to the hotel, evening pickup from the hotel for dinner at Abou El Sid. Overnight Cairo.
- October 12 (Saturday):
Tour of the Egyptian National Museum where you will be amazed by King Tut's treasures, followed by the Citadel of Saladin & Mohamed Ali Mosque. Spend the afternoon at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, then experience sunset at Al Azhar Park overlooking the "City of a Thousand Minarets" as the evening call to prayer resonates throughout the city. Dinner at Studio Misr. Overnight Cairo.
- October 13 (Sunday):
Depart for home.
Itinerary subject to modification.
- Five-night Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, including meals and guided sightseeing.
- Three nights hotel in Cairo, double occupancy, and sightseeing
- Tourist site entrance fees
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on cruise. Daily breakfast, two lunches, and two dinners in Cairo.
- Airport transfers, and transfer from liveaboard in Marsa Ghalib to Nile cruise in Luxor.
- English speaking guide throughout
- International airfare to Hurghada or Marsa Alam prior to liveaboard and domestic airfare from Aswan to Cairo
- Red Sea Aggressor liveaboard September 28 - October 5, 2019 ($1899)
- Optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel if desired ($295)
- Egyptian Visa ($25 upon arrival)
- $80 port fee, payable on board
- Travel Insurance (required for this expedition)
- Any additional hotel nights before the liveaboard or in Cairo
A $500 deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 90 days prior to departure.
Travel to Egypt
- From North America, you can fly non-stop from JFK on EgyptAir, a Star Alliance member airline, to arrive in Cairo on Friday morning and connect to Luxor that evening or the next morning, or book one of the many flight options via Europe - whatever is convenient for you.
- Plan to depart from Cairo on Sunday, October 13.
- Additional hotel nights can also be arranged for early arrivals or longer stays.
- E-mail us for assistance with international flight selection. We'll help you find the best option online for your flights.