Elegance of the Nile

Start: Cairo Finish: Cairo

Visiting: Cairo, Giza, Memphis, Luxor, Aswan, Esna


Duration: 10 Nights

Tour Operator: Luxury Gold


Prices From: $5350

Tour Overview

The father of African rivers 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. The banks of this great river served as the stage for the evolution and decay of advanced ancient civilisations in the ancient world. Now it is your turn to be inspired as history and spiritual wonders are revealed at every turn.

Highlights

  • iconNile Cruise: Enjoy dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
  • iconGiza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • iconDendera: Visit the Temple of Hathor and see the rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian.
  • iconLuxor: Catch your final glimpse of the Nile onboard your included flight back to Cairo.
  • iconKitchener'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.
  • iconKarnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • iconLuxor: Visit the Temple of Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • iconCairo: During your visit to the Egyptian Museum with your Egyptologist, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.
  • iconNile Cruise: Enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner.
  • iconValley 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.
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icon Day 1: Cairo at leisure.

Accommodation: Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Cairo.

Welcome to Egypt - a mystical and timeless land, where the ancient and modern world live side by side. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Mena House Hotel, your luxury five-star accommodation for the next two nights. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll be treated to the same luxuries, and striking views of the pyramids from the private balcony of your room. Freshen up before joining your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

icon Day 2: Cairo sightseeing.

Location: Cairo, Giza, Memphis

Accommodation: Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Giza.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, join your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, who will guide you as you delve into the country’s fascinating history. Head for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great Pyramids of Giza. Venture inside the Pyramids and visit their guardian Sphinx. Built for Pharaoh Khufu between 2560 and 2540 BCE, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world until 1311. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. Nearby lies Memphis, the famous capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Later, return to Giza as night falls to attend a mesmerising Sound & Light Show at the world-famous Pyramids.(Breakfast)

icon Day 3: Join your cruise in Luxor.

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Wake early and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Famed for its ancient treasures and the grandeur of its monuments, this beautiful city is a treasure trove for those looking to delve further into Egypt’s grand history. On arrival head to Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man. This striking complex was constructed over a 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. Later, board your luxury cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. The all-suite River Tosca provides a relaxing and comfortable setting for guests as they cruise the legendary Nile River. Featuring a stylishly adorned lounge, with full-service bar, a cosy library, restaurant, fitness rooms and swimming pool, you’ll take in the sights in the utmost luxury. In the evening, enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 4: The Temple of Hathor and Luxor.

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Head to the Temple of Hathor in the morning. Built in the 1st century B.C., it remains one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian, her son with Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before an exclusive, after hours visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1400 B.C. during the Golden Age of Thebes, the temple complex blends in seamlessly with surrounding city.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 5: The West Bank and Valley of the Kings.

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Travel 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. Venture on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh who ruled from 1479 to 1458 B.C. It has only recently been reopened after years of reconstruction. Next, head to the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and the burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still on display. Later, experience a warm welcome as you meet a local family and take a tour of their village. As you stroll through the streets, hear stories of local life and the importance of family contribution, ensuring all members of the village are looked after. Part of this is the baking of traditional sun bread, where each group of families in the village will have their own bakery oven. A member from each group is chosen to be the assigned baker to provide bread to the community. Watch as the family demonstrates the bread making process and enjoy a taste of the delicious bread, paired perfectly with a cup of warm tea. In the evening, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party. Perhaps ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on where to buy your own traditional Egyptian gown?(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: A Felucca Around Kitchener’s Island.

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine

Visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo, 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, begin your return voyage along the Nile. Back on board, relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. Stretch out on a Nile felucca, a traditional sailboat, for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Known for the Aswan Botanical Garden and its tropical plants and palm trees, this petite island is less than a kilometre long. Later, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. In the evening, you will indulge on dinner aboard the ship, before you are treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance.(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 7: Aswan and High Dam.

Location: Aswan

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Sightseeing today 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. Revered by locals, it was moved stone-by-stone to its current location to avoid being ruined by rising water levels, following the construction of the High Dam. Next, take a small boat along the banks of the Nile with the birdman of Aswan. Keep a look out for colourful native birds as you travel to his 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. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a cup of tea, great company and a breathtaking sunset. Once on-board your stylish and spacious cruiser, savour a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Relax upon the Nile.

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take a Locally Available 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. In the afternoon, begin your return voyage along the Nile river, lined by a green ribbon of fertile land and watch the arid desert beyond pass you by. The river continues to play a vital role in everyday life. In scenes that have hardly changed for centuries, residents swim, bathe, work and play along its shores while water buffalo graze in nearby fields.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: From Esna to Luxor.

Location: Luxor, Esna

Accommodation: River Tosca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Start your day with a visit to Esna Temple. Situated in the centre of Esna, this fascinating and highly decorated building is dedicated to the ram-headed God Khnum, the God of creation. Built between 180 and 45 BC, you can still see the well-preserved carvings that the Romans added in the 3rd century AD. Later, sit back and observe everyday life in rural Egypt as you float downstream to Luxor, often referred to as the world’s greatest open air museum. In the evening, you’ll indulge on a delicious Celebration Dinner on the River Tosca.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: Luxor to Cairo.

Location: Luxor, Cairo

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning fly to Cairo where you’ll visit the towering Alabaster Mosque, commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. 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. Next, wander the streets of Khan el-Khalili, a major souk in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo, where you will be dazzled by the colourful and lively atmosphere. Visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Check into your famous hotel built to attract the nobility of Europe, the Four Seasons at the First Residence.(Breakfast)

icon Day 11: Depart Cairo.

Location: Cairo

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers, as you wake early for your transfer to Cairo Airport.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.

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    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. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary 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.

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    Luxury Gold requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Saturday Oct 02, 2021

Nights

10

Available

17

$5425.00

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Saturday Oct 09, 2021

Nights

10

Available

5

$5425.00

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Saturday Oct 23, 2021

Nights

10

Available

7

$5450.00

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Saturday Oct 30, 2021

Nights

10

Available

15

$5350.00

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