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Elegance of the Nile

Operated by: Luxury Gold

11 Days from $5,545 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tour director with two guests at pillars, Egypt

Countries Visited

Egypt ...more Egypt

Locations Visited

Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Karnak, Colossi of Memnon, Kitchener's Island, Aswan, Philae Island, Edfu, Esna ...more Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Karnak, Colossi of Memnon, Kitchener's Island, Aswan, Philae Island, Edfu, Esna
  1. Day 1 Cairo at Leisure

    Your private chauffeur awaits to take you to your Pyramid view room at Cairo’s five-star Mena House Hotel. Conclude your day toasting to your Egypt luxury tour.

    hotel Mena House Hotel, Giza.
  2. Day 2 Giza Sightseeing

    Journey into the ancient world with your Egyptologist. Step up close to the Pyramid of King Zoser, the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. This evening, enjoy a mesmerising Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mena House Hotel, Giza.
  3. Day 3 Join your Cruise in Luxor

    Delve into Egypt’s history in Karnak. Stroll the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Board the River Tosca for your luxury Nile cruise.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  4. Day 4 The Temple of Hathor and Luxor Cruise

    Visit the Temple of Hathor. Join a yoga class or meet the River Tosca's Captain. Visit the Temple of Luxor for an after-hours VIP tour.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  5. Day 5 The West Bank and Valley of the Kings

    Venture to the Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Watch a local family bake traditional sun bread which you’ll savour over Egyptian tea. Tonight, join a galabeya party.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  6. Day 6 A Felucca Around Kitchener’s Island

    Visit the double-temple of Kom Ombo. Enjoy a private sail around Kitchener's Island or shop Aswan Market. Sit down for afternoon tea at the famous Old Cataract Hotel before tonight’s belly dancing performance.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  7. Day 7 Aswan and High Dam

    Marvel at the Aswan High Dam, ancient Granite Quarries and the Philae temple complex. Join the birdman of Aswan for a cruise and Nubian-style hospitality. Tonight, dine on Egyptian classics accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and music.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  8. Day 8 Relax upon the Nile Relaxed Start

    Relish a relaxing morning or view Abu Simbel’s fabulous temples. Learn about the powerful women in Egypt’s history from an Egyptologist or how to make the perfect Egyptian cocktail.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  9. Day 9 From Esna to Luxor Relaxed Start

    A local historian unveils Egypt’s treasures at Esna Temple before you set sail to Luxor. Enjoy your last evening aboard the River Tosca.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel River Tosca.
  10. Day 10 Luxor to Cairo

    Visit the Alabaster Mosque and the Citadel of Salah El-Din. Tempt your senses at Khan El Khalili bazaar and view treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun at the Old Egyptian Museum.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence.
  11. Day 11 Depart Cairo

    Your luxury tour from Cairo ends in style with a private transfer to Cairo Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Elegance of the Nile Luxury Tour Map
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Lunch (L)
  • 7 Dinner (D)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Luxor: Meet the boat captain in his engine cabin and learn about how he sails through the Nile and how knowledge has been passed down through generations.
  • Luxor: While cruising participate in a relaxing yoga class on the sundeck as you pass by Luxor temples.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Kitchener's Island: Cruise on the Nile in an elegant wooden felucca as the winds ease you around the botanical vistas of Kitchener's Island. Admire the lush greenery of the Island of Plants as your drift through the afternoon aboard your traditional vessel.
  • Aswan: Visit the lively Aswan Market and shop for local products. Traders sell a wide variety of Egyptian and African goods such as dried hibiscus flowers, Ancient Egyptian souvenirs, spices and carpets.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Kom Ombo: Learn about the roles of powerful women in Egypt’s history from an Egyptologist, including famous leaders such as Queen Cleopatra, Queen Hatshpsut and Nefertiti.
  • Kom Ombo: Relax on the sundeck for a cocktail demonstration and sample a delicious drink made from local herbs and ingredients, some of which have been used since the time of the pharaohs such as Sugar Cane Juice and Roselle.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : You will be escorted by one of our fine Travel Concierges and certified Egyptologist, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • : 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. See Notes in the pricing panel for exemptions.
  • : 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. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary port transfers are included when cruise travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Exceptional Dining

  • Luxor: Visit a family home and witness the making authentic Egyptian sun bread.
  • : Don your finest traditional Nile Valley galabeya for a night of dancing and games on the river. Enjoy a relaxed Egyptian dinner and take the opportunity to unwind and spend an informal evening with your Travel Concierge and cruise companions.
  • Aswan: Enjoy afternoon tea on the shaded terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel as you gaze over the waters of the Nile River. Soak up the afternoon as Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, and Agatha Christie have done before you.
  • : Enjoy a Restaurant Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show.

Journey Highlights

  • Giza: Join your Egyptologist to explore the impressive city of Giza, where you meet the enigmatic Sphinx and proceed deep inside one of the Pyramids. Admire the hieroglyphs etched on the walls and the covert chambers where great pharaohs met their gods.
  • Saqqara Necropolis: Accompany your Egyptologist to see the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first pyramid that the Egyptians built, more than 4,700 years ago. It was designed by the architect, Imhotep, to honour his much-respected King, whom it is named after.
  • El Omraniya: Watch in wonder as the Pyramids of Giza are brought to life against the night sky by a mesmerising presentation of sound and light. Hear the ancient tales of Egypt as these spectacular monuments are illuminated by giant scale projections.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man. The most important place of worship in Egypt for nearly 800 years, Karnak is an extraordinary sight, presided over by the archaeologically magnificent Temple of Amun.
  • Dendera: Visit the magnificent Temple of Hathor, one of the best preserved temples in all Egypt. Explore the complex to see rare images of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian and witness the Dendera Light, which some historians believe depicts an ancient electric lightbulb.
  • West Bank: Pause to view the spectacular Colossi of Memnon. These enormous twin statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III sit 60 feet above the plain and dominate the landscape with their 720-tonne masses. Gaze upon the breathtaking scene they create.
  • Valley of the Kings: Venture to the Necropolis with your Egyptologist and discover the resting place of many Pharaohs. See the royal tombs and visit the Temple of Hatshepsut with its pillared porticoes and vibrant reliefs, making it one of the world’s most striking architectural masterpieces.
  • Valley of the Kings: Follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs as you walk into the Valley of the Kings and explore the magnificent burial chambers of Egypt’s ancient rulers.
  • Kom Ombo: Arrive at Kom Ombo on the banks of the Nile, a unique double temple that is dedicated to two gods. See the mummified crocodiles that were in honour of Sobek and the identical temple made for Horus, the falcon-headed god.
  • Aswan: Marvel at the monumental engineering of Egypt, ancient and modern. See the 3500-year-old unfinished obelisk of Hatshepsut, an unrivaled example of the advanced construction of the Pharaohs, and take in the Aswan High Dam, responsible for creating the enormous Lake Nasser.
  • Aswan: Visit the traditional home of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality as you learn about life in the small village. Discover the deeper meanings behind the bright colours and painted symbols of the remarkable dwellings.
  • Philae Island: Cross the Nile by motorboat and visit the immaculately preserved Philae temple complex. Walk amidst the ancient columns of this Nubian monument site, rescued from devastation by UNESCO when it was moved stone by stone from the flood plains of the Aswan High Dam.
  • Esna: Visit the well preserved Esna Temple, dedicated to the god of creation, the ram-headed Khnum. Parts of the temple were built during different eras and it appears this was the first shrine built during the reign of Thuthmosis III.
  • Cairo: Go sightseeing with your Travel Concierge to visit the medieval citadel and Muhammed Ali Pasha's distinctive Alabaster Mosque. Then venture into the dazzling Khan El Halili bazaar, where stained glass lamps sit alongside handmade carpets and the aroma of traditional spices fills the air.
  • Cairo: Walk through the Egyptian Museum in the company of your Travel Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, who will guide you through the most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world, including the priceless ancient treasures from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Luxury Hotels

  • Cairo: For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail onboard 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.

Personalize your day

  • Luxor: Meet the boat captain in his engine cabin and learn about how he sails through the Nile and how knowledge has been passed down through generations.
  • Luxor: While cruising participate in a relaxing yoga class on the sundeck as you pass by Luxor temples.
  • Kitchener's Island: Cruise on the Nile in an elegant wooden felucca as the winds ease you around the botanical vistas of Kitchener's Island. Admire the lush greenery of the Island of Plants as your drift through the afternoon aboard your traditional vessel.
  • Aswan: Visit the lively Aswan Market and shop for local products. Traders sell a wide variety of Egyptian and African goods such as dried hibiscus flowers, Ancient Egyptian souvenirs, spices and carpets.
  • Kom Ombo: Learn about the roles of powerful women in Egypt’s history from an Egyptologist, including famous leaders such as Queen Cleopatra, Queen Hatshpsut and Nefertiti.
  • Kom Ombo: Relax on the sundeck for a cocktail demonstration and sample a delicious drink made from local herbs and ingredients, some of which have been used since the time of the pharaohs such as Sugar Cane Juice and Roselle.

VIP Experiences

  • Luxor: Approach the Temple of Luxor along the Avenue of Sphinxes and see the ancient stones on your special after-hours visit. Look to the top of the remaining Pylon of Ramses II and step into the ancient monument.

Well-being

  • : Our customised luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customised luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Dates & Prices

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Reviews
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Kathleen Guntzviller
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Service
Customer service was excellent. COVID prevented our trip a year ago, but our rep called as soon as travel started to re-book us. Two weeks before our trip, he called with the news that due to low numbers we were being switched to a different boat, with a major upgrade. Luxury all the way!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like everything went brilliantly! We couldn't be more pleased. Thank you for your comments and for your repeat business.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Vacation
Due to lower than usual travel numbers, there were only 4 of us in our travel group. The local tour company met us at all airports and provided wonderful concierge service. Our tour director, Mohamed Yousef, was fantastic—professional, personable and attentive to detail. The riverboat and our grand suite were luxurious. The staff on the riverboat worked hard to provide phenomenal service during our cruise. We felt safe, comfortable and welcome for the entire trip. Visiting the ancient sites and cruising the Nile was unbelievably grand.
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