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Elegance of the Pharaohs Winter

11 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. 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. 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. (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. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to the vast Hypostyle Hall, housing 134 giant decorated columns. Now 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. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 5 Cruising the Nile
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. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Cruising the Nile
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. Next visit the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world and burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still here on display. Continue to 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 Cruising the Nile
Visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo this 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. Now relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. Sightseeing here includes a visit to the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient Granite Quarries, where an unfinished obelisk still lies attached to the bedrock. Then travel by motorboat to the beautiful Philae temple complex, moved stone-by-stone to its current location following the construction of the High Dam. Now don your sunglasses beneath the white sails of a traditional Nile felucca and enjoy a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Later, 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 this evening, you are treated to a traditional Egyptian belly dancing performance. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 8 Disembark 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. (Buffet Breakfast, Afternoon Tea)
Day 9 Fly to Cairo
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo where the afternoon is entirely at leisure. (Buffet Breakfast)
Day 10 Cairo Sightseeing
Today visit the Citadel for breath-taking views over the city. It owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose great Alabaster Mosque you visit next. Put your bargaining skills to the test at the Khan El Khalili bazaar. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the Sound & Light Show that literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza. (Buffet Breakfast)
Day 11 Depart Cairo
Sadly, your tour comes to an end today. There are transfers to Cairo Airport for your onward flight home. (Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun’s treasures.
  • 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 the captain 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.
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. 

  • 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.
  • 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 3 Signature Evenings (SE), 4 Lunches (L) and 1 Dinner (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.
  • 4 night Nile cruise on the MS Tosca 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: Cabin onboard River Tosca
Aswan: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel
Cairo: Conrad Hotel
  • Prices based on Category 3 Cabins.
  • 23th December: Includes 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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