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Elegance of the Nile Winter

13 days with Luxury Gold by Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Day 2 Cairo at Leisure
Welcome to Egypt - a mystical and timeless land, where ancient and modern 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 Insight Egyptologist, head for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids at Giza and their guardian Sphinx. Your tour of Cairo with a Local Expert includes entry to also go into one of the Pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis; famous capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. 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, Welcome Reception)
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 time 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 overnight on-board at Dendera. In the evening, enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
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 World Heritage Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1,400 BC during Thebe's Golden Age; it's a stunning sight at sunset. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 6 On board the River Tosca
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. Then on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh who ruled from 1,479 to 1,458 BC. 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 here on display. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and set sail for Kom Ombo. At night, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively Galabeya party. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 7 On board the River Tosca
Visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo in the morning, 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. Then relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. After a scenic cruise to Aswan, 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. Back on-board in the evening, you will be treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 8 On board the River Tosca
In the evening, 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, stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie with a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on board your stylish and spacious cruiser, savour dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Signature Evening)
Day 9 On board the River Tosca
(Relaxed Start) The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take an optional 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. At lunchtime, 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 changed little 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 On board the River Tosca
Start off with an early morning horse and buggy ride from the ship to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth, this well-preserved temple is the second-largest in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your cruise and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages as you float downstream 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 tour concludes with transfers to Cairo Airport. (Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Aswan: Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • 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.
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
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.

  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and Galabeya party.
  • Cruising: Enjoy an evening of dinner and traditional Egyptian belly dancing.
  • Cruising: Enjoy a signature evening of dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
  • Included Quality Dining: 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Signature Evenings (SE), 7 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners (D), plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising. Departures on tour for New Year's Eve enjoy a festive celebration dinner.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 7 night Nile cruise on the MS Tosca including all cruise boat gratuities.
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor, Luxor/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Tosca
Luxor: Sofitel Winter Palace
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
  • Prices based on Category 3 Cabins.
  • 23th December: New Year's Eve Dinner on board the River Tosca.
  • There are no triples available on the cruise.
  • The above prices include Internal airfares.
  • 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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