Explore Ancient Egypt

Luxor City, Luxor, Egypt

BP
Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
51 reviews
Oct 12 - 20, 2018
Group size: 10 - 16
Explore Ancient Egypt
Luxor City, Luxor, Egypt

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
51 reviews

Oct 12 - 20, 2018
Group size: 10 - 16

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for this bucket-list trip following our Red Sea liveaboard! Cruise down the Nile River on a floating hotel and learn more about the ancient sites and temples we stop at along the way. See the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.  We're cramming as much history and sight-seeing as we can into 1 spectacular week!


Luxor

As the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open-air museum." Here you will see the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor, and immediately opposite, across the Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the West Bank Necropolis, including the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.  


Nile River Cruise

The Princess Sarah II is a 5 star deluxe Nile cruise ship, the perfect way to explore the historic sites along the Nile. With 70 cabins, a spacious restaurant, a lounge and bar, a sun deck with swimming pool and more, this floating hotel is our home base for 4 nights. We'll have our own Egyptologist guiding us through Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.


Cairo

After we leave Aswan, we'll spend 3 nights in Cairo at the Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel, right by Giza and the Pyramids and Sphinx. We'll also visit the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin and Coptic Cairo before ending our journey.


Other Activities

One of our favorite activities that we added on last time was a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Spectacular!! We also had mint tea and tattoos in a Nubian village after swimming in the Nile near Aswan. There will be plenty of opportunities to pick up souvenirs and gifts too -- papyrus, alabaster, perfumed oils, spices, etc. It's a great place to get your holiday shopping done. 


Travel

We'll transfer from the liveaboard boat in Hurghada via private bus to Luxor on October 12th. From Luxor, we'll spend several nights on the Nile River cruise until we fly from Aswan to Cairo (flight not included, but we'll book it for you).  The tour ends on October 20th in Cairo, from where you can fly home.

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 8 nights accommodations
    1 night in Luxor, 4 nights on the cruise and 3 nights in Cairo
  • Transfers
    excluding domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo
  • Guided tours
    with licensed Egyptologists
  • Most meals
    as outlined in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Flights
    international flights to Egypt or domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo
  • Tips
    Tips for the excellent guides
  • Meals not specified

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in hotels and on cruise. 

$1425
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
only 3 left

 Double occupancy in hotels and on cruise.  

$1985
Deposit: $500

Itinerary

Friday, October 12th
Transfer to Luxor

Breakfast on the dive liveaboard boat. Transfer to Luxor. Overnight at Sonesta St. George hotel in Luxor. (B) 

Your Organizer


BP
Blue Planet Scuba
51 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
BP
An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
BP
This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
BP
COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
BP
Well organized, including from a CV19 safety perspective. Fun! I wasn't getting certified, but we had loads of wonderful dives. Turtles, Sharks, Scorpion Fish, all the tropicals, a wreck. It was wonderful to be diving again and have such splendid camaraderie after so many months of being dry at home. Plus, the Cenotes were breathtaking.
By Ren G for Certification Weekend in Mexico on 29 Jan, 2021
Hi Ren! We are so glad you had a wonderful time. It is always a pleasure to have you join us on trips. We are also incredibly happy that you felt safe and were very comfortable with our Covid-19 safety protocols. We hope to see you underwater again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Jan, 2021
BP
Show More Reviews

References

Hey! Please add me to the waitlist for the Indonesia trip in November! Thanks! Eran Patterson
By Eran P on 25 Nov, 2018