Lovers of myth and mystery will be enchanted by the sites encountered on this journey. Many of Egypt’s cities and towns developed along the Nile, so a luxurious cruise onboard the River Tosca is like a window into the heart and soul of this amazing country.
Giza: 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.
Cairo: During your visit to the Egyptian Museum with your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.
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 Aswan.
Aswan: During your visit to Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, witness one of Queen Hatshepsut's unfinished obelisk.
Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae is the amazing Temple of Isis. Board a motorboat to get there.
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.
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, the ram-headed Khnum.
Luxor: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple of Luxor and marvel at this ancient monument.
West Bank: See the mighty 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.
Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
Luxor: Catch your final glimpse of the Nile onboard your included flight back to Cairo.
Cairo at leisure.
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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
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.(Breakfast)
Your journey concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight.(Breakfast)