Elegance of Egypt - Insight Vacations

Elegance of Egypt (Luxury Gold - Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 8 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 on-board the River Tosca is like a window to the heart and soul of this amazing country.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. 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. 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.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Cairo

    Your tour concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight.




  • 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 recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.


  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.


  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae is the amazing Temple of Isis. Board a motorboat to get there.


  • Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk.
  • Kom Ombo: Learn about the only temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods.
  • Esna: Visit Esna Temple, dedicated to the God of creation.
  • West Bank: Visit the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
  • Valley of the Kings: Venture to the Necropolis where many Pharaohs were laid to rest, including Tutankhamun.
  • Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.


  • 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.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and afternoon tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR). While Cruising: 3 Lunches (L), 1 Buffet Dinner (D) and 2 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee.


  • 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 on the sun deck, the pool and shaded cabanas offer an oasis of calm to relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery.


  • An expert Insight professional, multilingual Egyptologist/Travelling Concierge will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with an on-board restroom (alternative coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (available for groups of 8 or more).
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are 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.
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary airport transfers available from and to Cairo Airport on arrival and departure days, or when additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Scheduled air travel between Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo with included airport transfers.
  • A 3-night Nile cruise on the MS Tosca (or similar).
  • Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.



Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
1021 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 01 January, 2019


    Trip: I said it above. Guides must not repeatedly tell customers how much tip must be given to drivers n guides.

    Service: It was good. Guides spoke decent English. Guides were knowledgeable. Arrangements made were good. Flight times were v early - should not be on Gold standard. Annoying that most guides repeated advised us, just how much tip should be left for the driver n guide. Unnecessary to repeatedly request for the same.

  • 18 December, 2018


    Trip: saw as much as we could see given the allowed

    Service: yes i would recommend the trip to everyone

  • 27 November, 2018


    Trip: Well organised and explained

    Service: Efficient and friendly

  • 13 November, 2018


    Trip: First day from airport the tour begins ... A snack should be provided otherwise makes for a long day without eating .

    Service: Very good

  • 18 October, 2018


    Trip: Too many activities on the day we flew to Luxor

    Service: Great tour guide, very informative and personable. Great itinerary, meals and accommodation. Over all very good value for money.

  • 30 May, 2018


    Trip: The itinerary left nothing to guess. it was true to its word.


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