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Elegance of the Pharaohs

8 days with Luxury Gold by Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe. 

Day 2 Cairo at leisure
Welcome to Egypt. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, a former royal palace combined with twin towers and six acres of gardens.

Day 3 Cairo sightseeing
Meet your Egyptologist for a pre-tour briefing. Then journey out to Giza, to the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Venture inside one of the famous pyramids and marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx. The next stop is the Egyptian Museum, housing the priceless artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.(BB / WR)

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. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to the vast Hypostyle Hall, housing 134 giant decorated columns. Then board your luxury cruise ship - one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. Cruise to Dendera, one of the most culturally significant sites along the Nile. In the evening, enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.(BB / L / SE)

Day 5 On board the River Tosca
Visit the Temple of Hathor in the morning. Built in the 1st century BC it remains one of the best preserved temples in all 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 designated Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1,400 BC, during Thebe's Golden Age, it's a stunning sight at sunset.(BB / L / D)

Day 6 Disembark at Aswan
Disembark and check into the colonial-era Old Cataract Hotel. You are at leisure to explore, relax by the pool, or maybe take an optional experience by air to visit the amazing temples of Abu Simbel? Later, as the sun starts to set, enjoy a traditional English-style high tea.(BB / AT)

Day 7 Aswan – Cairo
(Relaxed Start) After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo where the afternoon is entirely at leisure.(BB)

Day 8 Depart Cairo
Sadly, your tour comes to an end today. There are transfers to Cairo Airport for your onward flight home.(BB)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
Exclusive Insights
  • Giza: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt - the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne, and precious jewellery of Tutankhamun's treasure.
  • Cairo: The full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne, precious jewellery; gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's treasure!
  • 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.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
Outstanding 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.
  • Nile Cruise: For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail on-board 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 the sun deck, pool and shaded cabanas offer an oasis of calm to relax and enjoy the ever changing scenery.
  • Aswan: The legendary Old Cataract hotel is named for its location at the spot where the river meets a granite barrier to create the first cataract of the Nile. Experience a luxurious blend of Victorian grandeur with an authentic Egyptian atmosphere.

All This Included
From grand colonnaded temples to bustling marketplaces and rural villages, where life exists much as it did thousands of years ago, a cruise along the Nile is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your very eyes.

Epicurean Dining
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.
  • Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Nile Cruise: Indulge in an evening of dinner and traditional Egyptian belly dancing.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 4 Lunches (L), 1 Dinner (D) and 3 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising.
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
  • An expert Insight professional multilingual Egyptologist/Travelling Concierge, will smooth your way throughout your journey. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom, it's Business Class comfort. (Alternate coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities or 40 seats, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 4 night Nile cruise on the MS Tosca (or similar) including all cruise boat gratuities.
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor, Aswan/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
Cruising: River Tosca
Aswan: Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
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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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