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Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

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13 Days from $3,799 per person

Cruise the Nile in a manner once reserved for queens and pharaohs. For 12 adventure-filled days, experience Egypt and the Nile’s most wondrous sites in style and luxury. Set sail on an eight-day voyage onboard the all-suite River Tosca

Wander amongst the towering ruins of the Temple of Karnak  and the entrancing Temple of Luxor. Visit temples dedicated to Hathor, Horus, and other mythological figures, and pay homage to the country’s first female ruler at the Temple of Hatshepsut. Follow in the footsteps of renowned scholars and explorers as you venture forth into the Valley of the Kings. Get acquainted with Nubian culture during a home visit with a local family, and enjoy an exhilarating ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile River sailboat.   This captivating itinerary begins and ends in Cairo, where you’ll visit the famous Egyptian Museum and its stupendous and unrivaled collection of pharaonic artifacts, including treasures recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Journey to Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and the timeworn, enigmatic Sphinx—iconic images that continue to amaze.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Cairo (not included).

  2. A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, situated along the banks of the river.

  3. Your tour of this historic city includes the Citadel of Salah al-Din, a massive 12th-century compound that was home to Egypt’s rulers for more than 700 years. Visit the Citadel’s Alabaster Mosque (Mosque of Muhammad Ali) and enjoy its incredible hilltop views of Cairo. You’ll also spend some time at the cavernous Egyptian Museum, home to a sublime collection of priceless treasures, including artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  4. Fly to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, where you’ll visit the world’s largest ancient temple complex—the Temple of Karnak—once buried under sand for a thousand years. The scale of this sprawling site is simply astonishing, with massive temples and statues and endless avenues of giant columns. Board the elegant River Tosca and cruise to Dendera, one of the most culturally significant sites along the Nile. This evening, there will be a Gala Reception and dinner onboard.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  5. The Temple of Hathor is an extraordinarily well-preserved site that was once the epicenter of the cult of Hathor, goddess of love, music, and other earthly delights. This beautiful temple has an ornate façade and richly decorated exterior walls, one of which has a rare bas relief of Cleopatra and the son she bore to Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before visiting the ancient, UNESCO-designated Temple of Luxor, an especially stunning sight at sunset.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Get an up-close view of the Colossi of Memnon—two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III—and visit the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs and its first female ruler. Continue on to one of the most famous archeological sites in the world—the Valley of the Kings—used for royal burials for nearly 500 years. The valley contains more than 60 tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still here on display. Back onboard, enjoy a festive Galabeya Party.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Kom Ombo is the site of a Greco-Roman temple dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek, and the falcon god, Horus the Elder. Several mummified crocodiles can be seen inside this unusual double temple. After a scenic cruise to Aswan, take a small boat along the banks of the Nile, watching for colorful 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. This evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional Egyptian belly dancing performance.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Visit the Aswan High Dam—a marvel of modern engineering—as well as the towering Unfinished Obelisk, commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut but never completed. Explore the Philae Temple complex, moved from its original site and rebuilt on Agilika Island during the construction of the dam. Later, take a peaceful and scenic ride along the Nile in afelucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat with cushions and a canopy for shade (wind conditions permitting). Relax over refreshments at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan, a colonial-era gem that counts Winston Churchill and Princess Diana among its former guests. This famous hotel was depicted in Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery novel Death on the Nile. Back onboard, you’ll be thoroughly entertained by a Nubian show with live music.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. The front of the main temple has four gargantuan statues of Ramses II on his throne, each measuring nearly 70 feet high and discovered half buried in sand in 1813. This UNESCO-designated site was the focus of a daunting four-year rescue operation in the early 1960s—a multi-million dollar effort that saved the 3,500-year-old temples from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. The city of Edfu is best known for its remarkably preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. Built in 230 BC, it is the second-largest temple in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with walls that display compelling details about the religion and language of the country’s Greco-Roman period. Afterwards, relax onboard and take in the Nile’s timeless landscapes as the ship continues onward to Luxor.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. Disembark the ship and transfer to the Luxor airport for your return flight to Cairo. Check into the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, and enjoy some free time before tonight’s Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza—a wonderfully colorful introduction to these ancient wonders and the sophisticated culture that created them.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  12. Venture forth to the UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the ancient capital of Memphis, which includes a number of exceptional monuments: a huge statue of Ramses II; the Alabaster Sphinx; the necropolis of Sakkara, site of the famous step pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid on earth; the Great Sphinx; and the three Pyramids of Giza, together considered the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  13. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast

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Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded category 4 Suite. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. 

All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for flights detailed in the day-by- day itinerary are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of June 14, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

Length: 236 ft / Width: 46 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 82 / Staff: 60

Suite: 2 (651 sq ft) / Staterooms: 39 (313-335 sq ft) / Rivers: Nile River

The intimate 82-passenger, all-suite River Tosca provides a relaxing and comfortable setting for guests as they cruise the legendary Nile River and explore its most wondrous cultural sites. The vessel features a stylishly adorned lounge with full-service bar, cozy library, restaurant, fitness room, massage room, and an expansive Sun Deck with shaded cabanas and a swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip.

Staterooms

Suite

All beautifully appointed suites feature a French balcony, and custom-made beds draped with the finest bed linens. Added conveniences include a vanity and make-up mirror, generous built-in closets, a hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, iPod® docking station, and flat-screen television with satellite channels. Private bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower, and are stocked with thick towels, cozy robes, his and her slippers, and soothing bath amenities.

Category 1

All beautifully appointed suites feature a French balcony, and custom-made beds draped with the finest bed linens. Added conveniences include a vanity and make-up mirror, generous built-in closets, a hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, iPod® docking station, and flat-screen television with satellite channels. Private bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower, and are stocked with thick towels, cozy robes, his and her slippers, and soothing bath amenities.

Category 2

All beautifully appointed suites feature a French balcony, and custom-made beds draped with the finest bed linens. Added conveniences include a vanity and make-up mirror, generous built-in closets, a hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, iPod® docking station, and flat-screen television with satellite channels. Private bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower, and are stocked with thick towels, cozy robes, his and her slippers, and soothing bath amenities.

Features & Amenities

Beautifully appointed riverview suites feature a French balcony, custom-made bed draped in the finest linens, and private marble bathrooms.

This elegant and sophisticated ship features enticing public areas and stylish amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, massage room, and a Sun Deck with cabanas where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 

Reception

Pool

Sun Deck

Restaurant

Bar

Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Egypt must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. U.S. citizens visiting Egypt will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. We suggest bringing a combination of credit and debit cards on your trip. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM or debit card to withdraw Egyptian pounds at local banks in Egypt.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and shawl or scarf.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered at religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Splendors of Egypt and the Nile
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Service rating : I have used Grand European for several trips and have never been disappointed.
Product : There were good and bad experiences with this trip. Uniworld's main drawing card for trips is that it is all inclusive. This was the assumption I had when booking the trip. I was very unhappy when I discovered that this did not include trips to Egypt - - false advertising? ? ?
When all was said and done the trip was great, the crew on the ship could not have done more to make the trip comfortable. Our guide, Akram, was great. His knowledge of Egyptian history was exceptional.
Uniworld - clean up your advertising! ! ! !
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. Yes, there are a few excursions that are still optional and not included. We apologize for any confusion. We have sent your comments to Uniworld for immediate review. We're happy to see that you enjoyed Egypt despite this miscommunication.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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