Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Day 2 Cairo at Leisure
Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Cairo Sightseeing
Begin your discovery of this timeless land with a visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza and enigmatic Sphinx. Walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar and Napoleon as you enter inside one of these extraordinary creations. Afterwards, visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures 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. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show – an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception)
Day 4 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. Now 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 on the terraces of the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on board your stylish and spacious cruiser, enjoy dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Signature Evening)
Day 5 Cruise to Kom Ombo & Edfu
The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take an optional experience by air to visit the amazing temples of Abu Simbel? 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. Now drift past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to dock at Edfu. As evening falls, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabeya Party. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening)
Day 6 Edfu Sightseeing & Cruise to Luxor
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. Then sit back and observe everyday life in rural Egypt as you float down-stream to Luxor. On arrival, visit the temple of Luxor, lost for centuries beneath the streets of the town. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 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. Continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rare female pharaohs. In the nearby Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian kings planned to meet their Gods in the afterlife. See how when you visit some of their tombs. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor to your final highlight, 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. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. (Buffet Breakfast)
Day 8 Depart Cairo
Your tour concludes after breakfast today. You are transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flights. (Buffet Breakfast)
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 aboard the MS Tosca is like a window to the heart and soul of this amazing country.
INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES
Nile Cruise: Enjoy a Signature Evening of dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and Galabeya party.
1 Welcome Drink (WR), 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 2 Signature Evenings (SE), 3 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.
3 night Nile cruise on the MS Tosca including all cruise boat gratuities.
Scheduled air travel Cairo/Aswan, Luxor/Cairo.
Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
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.