Travel back in time sailing past Ancient Egyptian temples on this four-day cruise on Lake Nasser. Explore Abu Simbel, Kalabsha and more on this unforgettable tour!
Lake Nasser Cruise: 4 Days from Aswan
At 10 am on the first day of your Lake Nasser adventure, we'll pick you up from your hotel in Aswan and take you to the shore near Abu Simbel to board the comfortable cruise ship moored nearby. Once we've settled in on board, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch to build up our strength ready for our afternoon's activity.
After eating, we'll embark on a guided tour of the Abu Simbel temples, a lasting monument to the 13th century BC Pharaoh Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari. We'll discover the enormous rock temples, originally carved into the mountainside over 3,200 years ago and moved to this location in the 1960s when Lake Nasser was created with the building of the Aswan Dam. Following our guided tour, you'll have free time to explore at your own pace, before we meet back up again to have dinner with a light and sound show in Abu Simbel. Watch in awe as the colossal sculptures of Ramesses are illuminated with fascinating projections.
We'll then head back to the boat after a full day to relax ready for the next day.
Having eaten an energising breakfast in the boat's restaurant, we'll sail to the ancient citadel of Qasr Ibrim. As well as learning all about the history of the strategically-placed fortress, we'll visit the nearby Temple of Amada. Did you know that this is the oldest Egyptian temple in Nubia, built around the 15th century BC? We'll also make stops at the Temple of Derr and the Tomb of Pennut. The latter, a mausoleum belonging to a wealthy governor under Ramesses IV, hides numerous unresolved mysteries... intrigued? At the end of our guided visits of these ancient sites, we'll return to the ship for lunch and to continue cruising on Lake Nasser.
On the third day of your cruise, we'll drop anchor next to the ruins of Wadi es-Sebua, which translates as the Valley of the Lions - you'll soon see why as we approach the temples of this archaeological site. We'll delve into ancient Egyptian history visiting the Temples of Dakka and Mahrraqa, two ancient sanctuaries where you'll get to learn all about the Egyptian gods they were dedicated to. We'll conclude this day enjoying the delicious gastronomy on board the cruise ship as we sail towards Aswan.
We'll eat our breakfast while watching a spectacular sunrise over the Aswan Dam. Then, after a memorable start to the final day of our cruise, we'll disembark to explore the Temple of Kalabsha. Here, at the biggest Egyptian temple to be moved and one of the best examples of the ancient civilisation's architecture, we'll try to uncover the secrets hidden in the different areas of the complex, like the Temple of Qertassi. At the end of our guided tour, we'll transfer you to your hotel in Aswan, or if you'd prefer, three hours before the departure of your flight, we can drop you off at the airport in Aswan so you can check in and go through security without hurry.
What's the cruise ship like?
Our four-day cruise on Lake Nasser will take place aboard the Nubian Sea or a similar boat.
Note on prices
The indicated price per person is based on two people sharing a double cabin. Single travellers must pay an individual supplement, and children over 12 years old must pay as adults.
Important: accommodation in Aswan before the cruise
This four-day cruise on Lake Nasser begins on a Friday, on which day you'll be picked up from your hotel in Aswan at 10 am. We therefore recommend that you spend the night before (Thursday night) in Aswan, so that you are centrally located for pick up for the first day of your cruise. Accommodation in Aswan is not included in the price of the tour. Please bear in mind that if you plan to arrive in Aswan on the Friday, you may not arrive in time and risk missing boarding time for the cruise.
Want to spend longer on the cruise?
If you've got an extra day to spare on your trip to Egypt, why not spend an extra day on the cruise, booking our Five Day Cruise on Lake Nasser.
From 20th December to 2nd January (Christmas), and during Easter, refunds will not be available in the event of cancellation.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
3 nights' full board accommodation on the cruise ship on Lake Nasser.
All entrance fees, excursions and guided tours as described in the itinerary.
English speaking guide on tours.
Accommodation in Aswan the night before the cruise.
When to book?
You can book up until 36 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Not wheelchair accessible.
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- No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Do I need to get a Covid PCR test to be able to return to my home destination from Egypt?
A - First, check the policies of your home country. If you do need it, we will take you to a local clinic and there you'll be able to have your test done. The approximate cost is 80 euros per person, which you'll have to pay on the day of the test.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
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