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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Cairo at leisure.
Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure as tomorrow you begin your journey into the ancient world. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a welcome drink at the hotel.
Day 2 Cairo sightseeing.
In the morning, meet your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, and begin your discovery of this timeless land. Start a visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, where you venture inside and visit the enigmatic Sphinx. Afterwards, visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Later, drive to the Pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show, an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.(Breakfast)
Day 3 Fly to Aswan to join your cruise.
Board your plane for a morning flight across the desert to Aswan. Visit the Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, where one of Queen Hatshepsut's obelisks lies abandoned in the bedrock. Then 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, stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca for a peaceful ride around Kitchener’s Island. In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on your stylish and spacious cruiser, enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music.(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4 Kom Ombo to Edfu.
The morning is at leisure to relax or explore. At lunchtime, set sail for the temple at Kom Ombo – a glorious sight as you approach by river. Unique in Egypt, it's dedicated to both the falcon-headed Horus and the crocodile god, Sobek. Then, drift past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to dock at Edfu. As evening falls, don your galabeyas, which are traditional Egyptian attire, for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 Esna Temple and the Temple of Luxor.
Start 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 sit back and observe everyday life in rural Egypt as you float downstream to Luxor. Visit the Temple of Luxor as the sun sets.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 Luxor sightseeing and Cairo.
Across the Nile, to the west of the city, lies the necropolis of ancient Thebes. Stop for a photo of the Colossi of Memnon; these two giant seated figures of Amenhotep III once guarded his mortuary temple. In the nearby Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian kings planned to meet their gods in the afterlife. Visit some of their tombs, then continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rare female pharaohs. Next, visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Return to Luxor for your final highlight, Karnak, the largest temple complex 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. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo.(Breakfast)
Day 7 Depart Cairo.
Your journey concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight.(Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Nile Cruise: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and afternoon tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
Luxor: Visit a family home and witness the making authentic Egyptian sun bread.
Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 3 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) all with bottled water, tea or coffee.
Giza: 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.
Cairo: During your visit to the Egyptian Museum with your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.
Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
Cairo: Board your included flight to reach Aswan.
Aswan: During your visit to Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, witness one of Queen Hatshepsut's unfinished obelisk.
Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae is the amazing Temple of Isis. Board a motorboat to get there.
Kitchener's Island: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft as you cruise around Kitchener's Island.
Kom Ombo: Learn about the only temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods.
Esna: Visit Esna Temple, dedicated to the god of creation, the ram-headed Khnum, as well as Esna Lock.
Luxor: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple of Luxor and marvel at this ancient monument.
West Bank: See the mighty Colossi of Memnon, guarded by two giant seated figures of Amenhotep III.
Valley of the Kings: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist as you venture to the Necropolis where many Pharaohs were laid to rest. See the royal tombs and visit the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
Luxor: Catch your final glimpse of the Nile onboard your included flight back to Cairo.
Cairo: As far as hotels go, there are few that compare to the five-star Mena House Hotel. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll have the opportunity to bask in its storied history, while still benefiting from its modern luxury. Wake up to stunning views of the pyramids from the balcony of your decadent room.
Luxury Cruising: For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail on 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.
Cairo: Perfectly located on the western bank of the Nile, the Four Seasons at the First Residence puts you at the heart if it all. Enjoy elegance in both service and style, with rooms featuring stylish colonial décor and an open-air, rooftop pool offering stunning city views.
All This Included
Lovers of myth and mystery will be enchanted by the sites encountered on this journey. Many of Egypt’s cities and towns developed along the Nile, so a luxurious cruise onboard the River Tosca is like a window into the heart and soul of this amazing country.
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges and certified Egyptologist, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to overnight river cruise and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
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. See Notes in the pricing panel for exemptions.
From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold 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.
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Complimentary, private port transfers are included when cruise travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.
Included in the price
Intra Tour Air Cairo to Aswan
Intra Tour Air Tax Cairo to Aswan
Intra Tour Air Luxor to Cairo
Intra Tour Air Tax Luxor to Cairo
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View)
Cruising: River Tosca
Cairo: Four Seasons at the First Residence
International travel often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
Please contact the consulate/embassy and family doctor for further details on medical vaccinations that may be required for specific countries.
A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date is required.
If travellers have not booked their flights with Luxury Gold Vacations, flight details must be provided at least 60 days prior to departure.
Internal Flights - Luggage allowance is limited to 1 suitcase per person (maximum of 23kg/50Ibs) and 1 hand luggage per person (maximum of 7kg/15lbs). Full passport details are required prior to final payment.
Smaller motorcoaches without toilet facilities may be used.
Day 1: Welcome Drink at the hotel
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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