Elegance of Nile

Elegance of the Nile (Summer 2019)

Duration: 12 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

    Cairo at leisure.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. 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 your elegant hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Cairo sightseeing.

    After meeting your Luxury Gold Egyptologist, head for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids at Giza and their guardian Sphinx. Your exploration 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 2700 B.C. 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!

  3. Day 3

    Join your cruise in Luxor.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Visit Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man, 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. Then board your luxurious river cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a gala reception and dinner.

  4. Day 4

    The Temple of Hathor and Luxor.

    Enjoy a drive from Luxor to visit 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, the son of Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1400 B.C. during Thebe's Golden Age, it's a stunning sight at sunset.

  5. Day 5

    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 1479 to 1458 B.C. Then 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. 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.

  6. Day 6

    A Felucca around Kitchener’s Island.

    Stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Back onboard, 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.

  7. Day 7

    Aswan and High Dam.

    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 a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Relax upon the Nile.

    The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take a Bespoke 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, 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. In the afternoon, 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.

  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    Return to 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.

  12. Day 12

    Depart Cairo.

    Your travels conclude with transfers to Cairo Airport. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, 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.
  • Sakkara: Witness the Step Pyramid of King Zoser that dates back over 4,700 years.
  • Memphis: Led by your Travelling Concierge, explore this ancient capital and see the magnificent statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Cairo: Board your included flight to reach Luxor.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • Dendera: Visit the Temple of Hathor and see the rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian.
  • Luxor: Visit the Temple of Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • West Bank: See the might Colossi of Memnon, guarded by two giant seated figures of Amenhotep III.
  • Valley 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.
  • Kitchener'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.
  • Aswan: During your visit to Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, witness one of Queen Hatshepsut's unfinished obelisk.
  • Philae Island: Travel by motorboat to the island of Philae and visit the Temple of Isis which appears to rise from the waters.
  • Aswan: Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.
  • 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, the ram-headed Khnum, as well as Esna Lock.
  • Luxor: Catch your final glimpse of the Nile onboard your included flight back to Cairo.
  • Cairo: Sightseeing with your Travelling Concierge includes a visit to the Citadel along with Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque and a visit to the Khan El Halili bazaar.
  • Cairo: During your visit to the Egyptian Museum with your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an evening of dinner and traditional Egyptian belly dancing.
  • 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.
  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 7 Dinners (D) all with bottled water, tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 21 Dec includes an additional New Year's Eve Highlight Dinner in Cairo and 28 Dec includes a New Year's Eve Highlight Dinner onboard the Nile Cruise.

LUXURY 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 on the sun deck, the pool and shaded cabanas offer an oasis of calm to relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery.
  • Luxor: The opulent five-star Winter Palace Luxor 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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.
  • From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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. Complimentary, private 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.

Accommodation

 

Conrad Cairo

Cairo (Traditional) - Egypt

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.

River Tosca.

River Tosca (Cruise) - Egypt

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.

Winter Palace Luxor

Luxor (Historic) - Egypt

The opulent five-star Winter Palace Luxor 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.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 December, 2018

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    Trip: Everything in the itinerary was interesting but if we were to do it again we wouldn't do the light show at the pyramids.

    Service: The tour guides were excellent, we were looked after from the moment we landed till the moment we had to fly back home.

  • 28 November, 2018

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    Trip: Go to Egypt. I guarantee it's not what you read in the news. The culture, the history, the food- be open to it. It will amaze you.

    Service: Everything went perfect. Trip was fabulous. Would highly recommend Luxury Gold.

  • 10 November, 2018

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    Trip: The overnight and full day are not required in Luxor

    Service: Fantastic service at sights and on the Tosca

  • 31 October, 2018

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    Trip: The biggest problem encountered was the lack of Senior amenities. Climbing stairs without assistance, walking long distances without resting places, crowds pushing and bumping into one made the efforts of this trip a hazard.

    Service: The staff on board the ship went the extra mile to make one feel welcome. The food was always presented with a flourish that made it interesting and inviting.

  • 28 October, 2018

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    Trip: Cruise and locations visited were superb

    Service: Terrible location of Conrad hotel in Cairo, Marriott pyramids, Mena house, would had been luxury gold. service was excellent, but constant askimg for tips, when it was understood it was included in the package, was unprofesional an misleading, We phoned Insight costumer help line and talked to coustumer expert. twice to confirm that alcohol package was included on the River Cruise, when we arrived we were told it was not included. Very desappointed. We were very impresed by our Egyptologyst and drivers, their commitment and service were five stars. Cruise, service and facilities were also 5 stars.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very in-depth, amazing explanations from Wael our Egyptologist, The Nile cruise fulfilled all our dreams and expectations. The Tosca ship was beautiful and we were treated like royalty. The entire crew get 10/10. Bus drivers got us to each destination safely despite all the traffic and road conditions

    Service: Being met by a concierge at the airport and assisting us through customs was really appreciated after a long flight also explaining what to do. Having our own Egyptologist was amazing we got exceptional service from him.

  • 20 June, 2018

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    Trip: Very thorough coverage of the attractions.

    Service: The guide meeting us at the airport and guiding through customs was excellent, saved time and confusion. The luxury hotels were not up to expectation. Non smoking rooms seem to puzzle the staff, particularly in Cairo. Our tour guides were excellent. Egypt is very much more of an adventure experience than we had expected, but we adjusted after 2 or 3 days

  • 13 June, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was excellent except for the last day in Cairo. This one day put a dampener on the whole holiday. People should have more choice with what happens on the last day. I do not consider racing around Cairo in a minibus straight from the airport with all my baggage the hight of luxury!

    Service: Customer service was excellent. Everything was excellent except for the last day when we flew from Luxor to Cairo. We immediately went on tour straight from arriving at Cairo airport and before checking into our hotel, our bags were carted around with us in the mini bus. This was not a nice way to end a wonderful holiday. I believe customers should be given the choice on the last day of either checking in at their hotel and relaxing or racing about Cairo. Except for the museum, I found the Bazaar and Citadel uninteresting and would gladly have traded it for some downtime at the hotel. As an aside I think this holiday could be much improved in the future after the new museum in Giza is completed. Customers could stay overnight in Giza instead of Cairo, say at the Menahouse. This would save the rather arduous drive back and forth from Cairo and is a no brainer!

  • 13 June, 2018

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    Trip: We saw all those magnificent icons that we have been dreaming about for years, with the most informative helpful guide by our side each step of the way - thank you Ayman

    Service: From the moment we stepped off the plane until the day we departed, we were looked after with the highest care and consideration, not withstanding the plane being delayed and arriving well after midnight. At every step of our fabulous trip, there was someone there to ensure that all the little details were looked after - thank you.

  • 04 May, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was a good mix of sites things to do and down time

    Service: My wife and I had an experience that is unmatched - wonderful trip We would do it again. Highly recommended - staff was the best

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