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Duration: 8 days Visiting: Egypt
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included, please ask about our great deals).
Cairo at leisure
Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
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.
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. Next, 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 before you, 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.
On-board the River Tosca
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. Then, 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.
Esna Temple and the Temple of Luxor
Start 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.
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.
Your tour concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight.