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Elegance of the Nile (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 13 days Visiting Egypt

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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.

  1. Day 1 Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight (not included, please ask about our great deals).

  2. 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.

    Hotel: Conrad Hotel, Cairo

  3. 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. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. Nearby lies Memphis; famous capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. 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!

    Hotel: Conrad Hotel, Cairo

    Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception

  4. Day 4 Cairo – Luxor – Join 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.

    Hotel: River Tosca (or similar)

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening

  5. Day 5 The Temple of Hathor and Luxor

    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.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 The West Bank and Valley of the Kings

    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. Venture 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 on display. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. At night, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening

  7. Day 7 A Felucca around Kitchener’s Island

    Stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Back on-board, relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. In the evening, you will be treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening

  8. Day 8 Aswan, Philae Island and high tea

    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, 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. In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, 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.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening, Afternoon Tea

  9. Day 9 Relax upon the Nile to Kom Ombo

    (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. Later, 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. In the afternoon, 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 hardly changed for centuries, local residents swim, bathe, work and play along its shores, while water-buffalo graze in nearby fields.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 From Esna to Luxor

    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.

    Hotel: Cruising

    Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. 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.

    Hotel: Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor

    Buffet Breakfast

  12. Day 12 Luxor – 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.

    Hotel: Conrad Hotel, Cairo

    Buffet Breakfast

  13. Day 13 Depart Cairo

    Your tour concludes with transfers to Cairo Airport.

    Buffet Breakfast

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.
  • 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.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Cruising: 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.
  • 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 7 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 4 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.
  • Luxor: The opulent 5-star Winter Palace blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. Set amid luxuriant tropical gardens, this hotel offers the perfect retreat after a busy and exciting day exploring.

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.
  • 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.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
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  • 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Trip

    2/14/2017 Jane Danis, Madison (WI), United States

    We were treated like royalty on our Elegance of the Nile trip! Egypt is a dream for many and this trip was truly a dream come true. Our tour guide Tommy in Cairo and our tour guide on the Nile cruise AymanTamawy were absolutely the best! They were extremely knowledgable. Everything went very smoothly from the moment we were picked up at the Cairo airport until the day we left and were dropped off there. The drivers were so friendly and our ship Tosca was beautiful and roomy. The food was incredible and all the waitstaff were great. The archheological sites were breathtaking and a must see--pictures do not do them justice! I would go again!! Everyone must see Egypt and this tour was top of the line.

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