Explore gay Egypt in style with this magical cruise down the River Nile. Join like-minded travellers to experience Egypt’s most exciting landmarks, including the Karnak and Luxor Temples and the Valley of the Kings. Relax on board the ship and spend the last two nights of this gay group trip in a luxury hotel in the nation’s capital, Cairo.
After arriving at Cairo airport you’ll be transferred to Mena House Hotel. Equipped with picturesque gardens, terraces, fine restaurants and stunning views of the pyramids, it’s the perfect place to begin your gay group trip. The following day after breakfast you’ll visit the pyramids, Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, as well as the iconic Sphinx. You can also look forward to seeing the solar boat of King Chephren and entering the Valley Temple. In the evening expect spectacular views, as you attend the Sound and Light performance at Giza.
This morning we’ll be flying to Luxor, where you’ll visit the Temple of Karnak, known for being the largest religious building in the world. After enjoying some sightseeing, you’ll be taken to the harbour to board the SS Karim. Here, you’ll begin your 7-night cruise down the River Nile. All meals are included once you’re on board. Relax on the boat while taking in the vast surroundings, before making stops at several iconic locations.
Disembark the ship this morning to explore the Roman double temple, dedicated to Sobek and Haroeris. In the afternoon we’ll be docking at the enchanting town of Aswan, where we’ll stay for the next two days. Don’t miss out on the bazaar where you’ll find Nubian spices, handicrafts and other charms.
Today you’ll arrive at the West Bank on a traditional Egyptian boat, called a felucca. Upon arrival you’ll hop on a camel and visit the abandoned 6th century Coptic monastery of Saint Simeon. Nestled in the hilltops, views of the stunning golden desert will surround you. After you’ve taken in some sights we’ll travel to the Aswan Botanic Garden on Kitchener Island. Sunset will be spent on a small boat as we cross the reservoir to the temple island of Philae. Experience another Sound and Light show before returning aboard the ship for the night.
As we remain in Aswan for the day, you’ll have the choice of a tour around Aru Simbel, or exploring the Aswan’s bazaar at your own leisure. The guided tour includes a 30-minute flight to view the rock tombs. If you’ve chosen the excursion, you’ll return to Abu Simbel to visit the Aswan High Dam. We’ll also visit the unique unfinished obelisk, before returning to Luxor to enjoy the ship’s amenities. Join your fellow travellers for afternoon tea aboard the ship and take in the beautiful scenery as we remain docked in Kom Ombo.
Today will be spent sailing along the Nile for the most part. Look out for the Sugarcane farms, as we sail down the serene river. If you’d like, take the opportunity to stroll through a local Egyptian market before returning to dock at Luxor.
Look forward to more sightseeing today, as we start at the Tombs of Nobles; Discover the ornately decorated walls, depicting everyday life in Egypt 3000 years ago. Later, we’ll explore the Valley of the Kings, where we’ll inspect tombs including Tutankhamun’s. Refuel after sightseeing with a traditional Egyptian lunch, before departing for a trip to the Ramesseum. Later, we’ll return to Luxor to visit its famous temple.
After departing the SS Karim you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Cairo, where you’ll be staying.
Start your day with a guided tour of Cairo, including a visit to alabaster Mohammed Ali Mosque on the citadel. Later you’ll visit the Gayer-Anderson House, former home of Great Britain’s last pasha and film set for ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. Look forward to touring the Egyptian Museum later today, where you’ll find the jewels of King Tutankhamun. Tonight you and your fellow travellers will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your last night in Egypt.