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Duration: 7 days Visiting: Egypt
Cairo at leisure.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure as tomorrow you begin your journey into the ancient world. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a welcome drink at the hotel.
In the morning, meet your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, and begin your discovery of this timeless land. Start a visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, where you venture inside and visit the enigmatic Sphinx. Afterwards, visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. 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 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 terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on your stylish and spacious cruiser, enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music.
Kom Ombo to Edfu.
The morning is at leisure to relax or explore. 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, which are 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, sit back and observe everyday life in rural Egypt as you float downstream to Luxor. Visit the Temple of Luxor as the sun sets.
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. Visit some of their tombs, then continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rare female pharaohs. Next, visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Return to Luxor for your final highlight, Karnak, the largest temple complex 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 journey concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Cairo.
Cairo (Traditional) - Egypt
As far as hotels go, there are few that compare to the five-star Mena House Hotel. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll have the opportunity to bask in its storied history, while still benefiting from its modern luxury. Wake up to stunning views of the pyramids from the balcony of your decadent room.
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.
Cairo (Traditional) - Egypt
Perfectly located on the western bank of the Nile, the Four Seasons at the First Residence puts you at the heart if it all. Enjoy elegance in both service and style, with rooms featuring stylish colonial décor and an open-air, rooftop pool offering stunning city views.