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Elegance of the Nile Winter 2018-2019

13 days with Luxury Gold by Insight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Flights to Begin Your Journey
Your escorted Journey begins on Day 1. Please make sure your flights arrive on or before this day (not included).

Day 2 Cairo at leisure.
Welcome to Egypt - a mystical and timeless land, where the ancient and modern world live side by side. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your elegant hotel.

Day 3 Cairo sightseeing.
After meeting your Luxury Gold Egyptologist, head for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids at Giza and their guardian Sphinx. Your exploration of Cairo with a Local Expert includes entry to also go into one of the Pyramids. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. Nearby lies Memphis; famous capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, return to Giza as night falls to attend a magical Sound & Light show at the world famous pyramids, which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza!(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 4 Fly to Luxor to join your cruise.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Visit Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man, constructed over a period of 1,500 years. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to stand in awe among the huge columns of the vast Hypostyle Hall. Then board your luxury cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. Journey down river to Dendera. In the evening, enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

Day 5 The Temple of Hathor and Luxor.
Visit the Temple of Hathor in the morning. Built in the 1st century B.C., it remains one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt and contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian, the son of Julius Caesar. Cruise back to Luxor for some leisure time before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1400 B.C. during Thebe's Golden Age, it's a stunning sight at sunset.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 6 The West Bank and Valley of the Kings.
Travel by air-conditioned coach to the West Bank of the Nile. Stop for photos at the Colossi of Memnon – these gigantic twin stone statues of Amenhotep III once guarded his mortuary temple. Venture on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh who ruled from 1479 to 1458 B.C. Then head to the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still on display. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. At night, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

Day 7 A Felucca around Kitchener’s Island.
Stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Back on-board, relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. In the evening, you will be treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 8 Aswan, Philae Island and high tea.
Sightseeing includes a visit to the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient Granite Quarries, where one of Queen Hatshepsut's obelisks lies abandoned in the bedrock. Cross the Nile by motorboat to the well-preserved Philae temple complex, moved stone-by-stone to its current location following the construction of the High Dam. Next, take a small boat along the banks of the Nile, watching for colourful native birds as you travel to a small Nubian village. Visit the traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality as you learn more about the area's unique culture. In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on-board your stylish and spacious cruiser, savour a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)

Day 9 Relax upon the Nile to Kom Ombo.
The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take an Bespoke Experience by air to Abu Simbel? These fabulous temples were carved out of the cliff side by Rameses II and later transported, in an amazing feat of modern engineering, out of the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Later, visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both the crocodile-headed Sobek and the Falcon God, Horus the Elder. In this sacred place near the riverbank, captive crocodiles were worshipped in life and mummified after death. In the afternoon, begin your return voyage along the Nile, lined by a green ribbon of fertile land, with the arid desert beyond. The river continues to play a vital role in everyday life. In scenes that have hardly changed for centuries, local residents swim, bathe, work and play along its shores, while water-buffalo graze in nearby fields.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 10 From Esna to Luxor.
Start off with a visit to Esna Temple. Situated in the centre of Esna, this fascinating and highly decorated temple is dedicated to the ram-headed God Khnum, the God of creation. Then visit Esna Lock before sitting back and observing everyday life in rural Egypt as you float down-stream to Luxor.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 11 Luxor.
Check into your famous hotel built to attract the nobility of Europe. Over the years it has been home to Howard Carter, Jane Fonda, King Farouk as well as many crown princes and princesses. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 12 Return to Cairo.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to your stylish hotel in Cairo. Once in Cairo, enjoy incredible hilltop views over the city from the imposing Citadel of Salah El Din. This massive 12th century compound was home to Egypt's rulers for more than seven hundred years. Visit the sublime Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, with its highly ornate interior, before putting your bargaining skills to the test at the Khan El Khalili bazaar. Continue to the Egyptian Museum to admire the priceless treasures recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 13 Depart Cairo.
Your travels conclude with transfers to Cairo Airport.(Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Sakkara: See the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall. Dendera: Visit the Temple of Hathor and see the rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian. West Bank: Visit the Colossi of Memnon. Kom Ombo: Learn about the only temple in Egypt that is dedictaed to two gods. Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk. Esna: Visit Esna Temple, dedicated to the God of creation. Cairo: Sightseeng includes a visit to the Citadel along with Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque and a visit to the Khan El Halili bazaar.
All This Included
The Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt’s history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries. Now it’s your turn to be inspired as ancient history and spiritual wonders are revealed at every turn.

Exceptional Dining
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an evening of dinner and traditional Egyptian belly dancing.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy a signature evening of dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 3 Dinners (D) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with bottled water, tea or coffee.
Signature and Highlight Hotels
  • Cairo: Overlooking the magnificent River Nile, the Conrad Cairo is centrally located and offers premium rooms, elegant dining and 24-hour entertainment with a glamorous International Casino.
  • Luxor: The opulent five-star Winter Palace Luxor blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. Set amid luxuriant tropical gardens, this hotel offers the perfect retreat after a busy and exciting day exploring.
  • Cruising: For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail aboard the deluxe all-suite River Tosca. Experience old-world elegance, blended with modern amenities and comfort. The spacious suites are tastefully designed with marble bathrooms. Outside on the sun deck, the pool and shaded cabanas offer an oasis of calm to relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery.
VIP Experiences
  • Cairo: At the Egyptian Museum, with your Local Expert, gaze upon upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun’s treasures.
  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • Aswan: Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.
  • Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae is the amazing Temple of Isis travel by motorboat to get there.
Additional five Star Services
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
Cruising: River Tosca (or similar)
Luxor: Winter Palace Luxor
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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