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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.
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.
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 terraces of the Old Cataract Hotel. Once on board 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, or maybe take an Bespoke 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, 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 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.
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 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.
Your trip 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.
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 (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.
Our guests rate us
1010 independent user reviews received during the past year.
19 March, 2019
Trip: From beginning to end everything was so well detailed and organised. Our hosts kept us informed every step of the way in Egypt. The drivers were exceptional. The guides - Hany and Khaled were the best in their fields of Egyptology, and enabled us to fully appreciate and understand the history and story of Egypt.The MS Tosca river boat was simply amazing with wonderful staff and food and anything you desire was 'no trouble'. The only thing I would say is that you need to find another hotel in Cairo, as the Conrad Hilton definitely lets you down in quality. The hotel staff were rude, the room was unclean, and the door didn't close properly. Not a very good impression for such an obviously quality trip. We actually changed our plans to finish our holiday at another hotel rather than return to the Conrad Hilton. The coordinator Mohammed arranged this for us and we were very appreciative. We had the trip of a lifetime - we met some wonderful people whom we now call friends, we saw things we have only dreamed of. So this holiday I would recommend to anyone. We only had 3 nights on the Tosca - next time we will book the entire 7 nights! Thank you :)
Service: Madeline Lewis was exceptional at organizing our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble and all questions were answered promptly and efficiently. Even when Madeline was unavailable, the other staff were more than able to help us with our inquiries. Very good service and left us feeling well taken care of.
19 March, 2019
Trip: The Itinerary covered everything so easily and very thoroughly. The tour guides were exceptional and the River Tosca boat was truly an experience we will travel with for a life time. The only thing I would change would be the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Cairo, it is very dated and the staff were very unfriendly, the room was also unclean. But this is not a reflection on Luxury Gold.
Service: Everything from start to finish was done professionally and without any hassle. Madeline was so helpful at every moment.
31 January, 2019
Trip: Itinerary was fine. The Tosca Nile cruise was a very good experience as was the Egyptologist Awel who was our Travelling Concierge.
Service: Luxury Gold Staff service was good. First Accomodation at Conrad Cairo was not a 5 star experience - level of customer service at this hotel was not a 5 Star experience. Extremely disappointing beginning to "Elegance of Egypt". Local staff were responsive though and we stayed elsewhere for our last night in Cairo.
21 January, 2019
Trip: We saw all we wanted to; our guide especially for the Cairo Museum was truly fantastic. He brought history alive for me and I was fascinated the whole time! The only less than luxurious thing was the Conrad. The taps leaked; the shower door leaked; there was dust in the corners. However, the Tosca was superb—clean, spacious, great food!
Service: They delivered! I was met at the airport and all was well.
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.
Service: I COULD NOT HAVE ASK FOR BETTER SERVICE. THE TRAVELING CONCIERGE(MOHAMED YOUSEF) DESIRES A PAY RAISE. I HAVE ALREADY TOLD MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT MY GREAT EXPERIENCE. i WILL BE USING LUXURY GOLD AGAIN FOR MY NEXT TRIP.