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Duration: 11 days Visiting: Egypt
From grand colonnaded temples to bustling marketplaces and rural villages, where life exists much as it did thousands of years ago, a cruise along the Nile is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your very eyes.
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included, please ask about our great deals).
Cairo at leisure
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.
Meet your Egyptologist for a pre-tour briefing. Then journey out to Giza, to the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Venture inside one of the famous pyramids and marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx. The next stop is the Egyptian Museum, housing the priceless artefacts 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, as night falls, return to Giza to attend a magical Sound & Light Show at the world famous pyramids, which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza.
Fly to Luxor to join your cruise
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Visit 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. Then board your luxury cruise ship - one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. In the evening, enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.
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 BC, 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. On return to Luxor indulge in some leisure time before visiting the UNESCO designated Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1,400 BC, during Thebe's Golden Age, it’s a stunning sight at sunset.
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. Move on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh who ruled from 1,479 to 1,458 BC. Next, visit the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world and burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still here on display. Continue on to a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and set sail for Kom Ombo. At night, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party.
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.
Disembark and relax at Aswan
Sightseeing includes a visit to the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient Granite Quarries, where an unfinished obelisk still lies attached to the bedrock. Next, travel by motorboat to the beautiful Philae temple complex, moved stone-by-stone to its current location following the construction of the High Dam. Later, take a small boat ride along the banks of the Nile, looking out 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 afternoon check into the colonial-era Old Cataract Hotel. You are at leisure to explore or relax by the pool. As the sun starts to set, enjoy a traditional English-style high tea.
Return to Cairo
(Relaxed Start) With the morning free, perhaps take an optional experience by air to visit the amazing temples of Abu Simbel? Later, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo where the afternoon is entirely at leisure.
Visit the Citadel for breath-taking views over the city. It owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose great Alabaster Mosque you will visit next. Put your bargaining skills to the test at the Khan El Khalili bazaar.
Your tour comes to an end with transfers to Cairo Airport for your onward flight.
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.
Aswan (Scenic) - Egypt
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.