Elegance of Nile

Elegance of the Nile (Winter 2019-20)

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 luxury cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. In the evening, enjoy an on-board 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 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 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.

  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 an 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, 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. In the afternoon, 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.

  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

  • 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: At the Egyptian Museum, with your Local Expert, gaze upon upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun’s treasures.
  • 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, and Esna Lock.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Nile Cruise: Enjoy an on-board 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.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned coach with onboard restroom and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling. See Notes in the pricing panel for exemptions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
1012 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 March, 2019

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    Trip: All the right sites and local colors

    Service: Everything well except the wine beer mixup

  • 13 March, 2019

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    Trip: a perfect blend of all that Egypt has to offer - we were kept busy, but not rushed. personally i would have preferred longer at the museum because it was amazing, but there was so much to see, i understand the limited time. cruising the Nile was brilliant and we got to see so much. all the included extras were wonderful, the felucca in Aswan was a favourite and high tea at sunset at the cataract hotel. beautifully done. Too much to mention but all of it good.

    Service: quite good, except for the confusion over drinks on board ship. we had been told they would be free with dinner but then we were told we had to pay. after a few days it was resolved and they gave them to us free - but it caused a bit of hassle with the crew etc. the luxury gold travel director was amazing throughout and looked after that and everything else beautifully. he was totally the best director i have ever travelled with, knowledgeable, kind, organised , funny and patient. gave us a truly luxury experience.

  • 13 March, 2019

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    Trip: So much history and everything we saw was just amazing. Our egyptologist Hazem was the best guide we have ever had on any tour. Very knowledgeable and personable.

    Service: We were lead to believe when we booked with our travel agent that wine and beer were served with lunch and supper so until this issue was resolved we couldn't relax. For the price we paid for this trip it should be included. Fortunately outcome was in our favour otherwise rating would not be this high. This issue aside it was an excellent experience and would recommend to others.

  • 07 March, 2019

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    Trip: Good itinerary except that I think if there is an optional tour there should be something offered if you don't do optional.

    Service: Great small group and great tour guide

  • 01 March, 2019

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    Trip: Except the day in the Winter Palace Hotel, that day was a waste. Did not accomplish anything.

    Service: Friendly and quick.

  • 01 March, 2019

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    Trip: Superb service by everyone!!!!!!!

    Service: Absolutely; we are very pleased in choosing Luxury Gold. We already have recommended it to friends.

  • 27 February, 2019

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    Trip: Great selection of sights - basically most of the best of what Egypt has to offer. Very interesting to learn about the history of this country and the birth of our civilization. It is amazing what the Egyptians accomplished thousands of years ago.

    Service: Superb tour of the Nile region of Egypt - I highly recommend this tour.

  • 22 February, 2019

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    Trip: Gudes and excursions were great. The internal flights from Cairo to Luxor on Egypt Air were miserable. The flights were always 1 to 2 hours late, they misplaced my wife checked luggage it didn't arrive for several hours later. Our excursion to Abu Simbel was canceled because the Egypt Air flight was canceled after we sat at the airport for 3 hours, so we missed that experience We did get a refund for the cost of that flight.

    Service: The trip was good and enjoyed it very much. The Egyptologist was excellent. I would not recommend Luxury Gold to others, because while on the Nile river cruise ship Tosca, those of us with Luxury Gold didn't have sodas, wine and beer included with the meals, while the Uniworld passengers did have sodas, wine and beer included with their meals at no extra charge. It was embarrassing to have to sit with a group during dinner and be the only one at the table to receive a bill at the end of the meal. It got so that I only had water with meals. I do not call that a gold experience. I might use Luxury Gold again because I really enjoyed the excursions and the guides.

  • 22 February, 2019

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    Trip: Mostly satisfying, could do with less visits to shops.

    Service: A bit disappointed with the hotel we stayed at in Cairo ( Conrad Cairo). Although the guides were excellent, at times he had another group that joined at a later time to look after so we were without a guide for some of the tours. We had many drivers throughout which made tipping complicated.

  • 07 February, 2019

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    Trip: Because they exceeded our expectations.

    Service: It was excellent service. Meeting us, directing us in the entire trip. They were friendly, cleanness, service and punctuality. I couldn't have asked any more else. I think they surpassed my expectations.

  • 09 January, 2019

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    Trip: The tour was exhausting. Too many 7 am starts, not enough “down” time to rest and interact with other guests.

    Service: They did well taking care of us when we decided to leave the cruise because of illl health, but let us down in the small details. (There was a cost involved in changing our plans but they didn’t tell us what it was until we got in the van to go to the airport, then informed us we needed to pay in cash because the agent didn’t have a card reader.)

  • 26 December, 2018

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    Trip: Very good..................

    Service: Great customer attitude

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