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Elegance of Egypt (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Egypt

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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.

  1. Day 1

    Cairo at Leisure

    Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. 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. 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.

  4. Day 4

    Kom Ombo to 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.

  5. Day 5

    On board the River Tosca

    Start off 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 visit Esna Lock before sitting back and observing 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.

  6. 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. See how when you visit some of their tombs. Continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rare female pharaohs. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to Luxor for 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.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Cairo

    Your tour concludes after breakfast today. You are transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flights.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • 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: Gaze upon the most recognizable 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.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor 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.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • 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.
  • 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 3 Lunches (L), 1 Dinner (D) and 2 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising.

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Cairo: Overlooking the magnificent River Nile, the Conrad Cairo is centrally located and offers premium rooms, elegant dining and 24-hour entertainment with a glamorous International Casino.
  • Cruising: For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail aboard 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 the sun deck, pool and shaded cabanas offer an oasis of calm to relax and enjoy the ever changing scenery.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • 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.
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