Elegance of the Pharaohs - Insight Vacations

Elegance of the Pharaohs (Luxury Gold - Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Egypt

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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.

  • Rejoice at a sunset Afternoon Tea in colonial English-style at the Old Cataract hotel in Aswan
  • Enjoy 4 nights of luxuriously cruising the Nile
  • Marvel at the ancient wonders of Cairo, Luxor, Kom-Ombo and Aswan

  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 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.

  3. Day 3

    Cairo sightseeing

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  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. 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.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  10. Day 10

    Cairo sightseeing.

    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.

  11. Day 11

    Depart Cairo

    Your tour comes to an end with transfers to Cairo Airport for your onward flight.




  • 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.
  • Cairo: At 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 of Tutankhamun's treasure.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Explore with an Egyptologist, visiting the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
  • Aswan: Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.


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


  • Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Dendera: Visit the Temple of Hathor and see the rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian.
  • Luxor: Visit the Temple of Luxor - a designated UNESCO site.
  • 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.
  • Kom Ombo: Learn about the only temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods.
  • Aswan: See Aswan's High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk.
  • Cairo: Sightseeng includes a visit to the Citadel along with Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque and a visit to the Khan El Halili bazaar.


  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an on-board Gala Reception and dinner.
  • Nile Cruise: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Nile Cruise: Indulge in an evening of dinner and traditional Egyptian belly dancing.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Included Quality Dining: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 1 Welcome Drink (WR); plus 4 Lunches (L), 1 Buffet Dinner (D) and 3 Signature Evenings (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising.


  • 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 on-board 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.
  • Aswan: The legendary Old Cataract hotel is named for its location at the spot where the river meets a granite barrier to create the first cataract of the Nile. Experience a luxurious blend of Victorian grandeur with an authentic Egyptian atmosphere.


  • 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/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with included airport transfers.
  • A 4-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.



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.

Sofitel Old Cataract

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.

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