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Until sold out prior
12 days from Cairo to Cairo
per person share twinin a French Balcony StateroomFlights are additionalDepart 04 May 24
Cruise the Nile in a manner once reserved for queens and pharaohs
Experience the most amazing locations in Egypt and the Nile in elegance and luxury for 12 days jam-packed with adventures. Explore the magnificent remnants of the Temple of Karnak, the biggest prehistoric religious complex in the world, and the captivating Temple of Luxor. Explore the Valley of the Kings, the ancient resting place of Egyptian aristocracy, following along the footsteps of famous academics and explorers.
✔ 7 night cruise on the S.S. Sphinx (or the River Tosca)
✔ 4 nights accommodation in Cairo
✔ All meals onboard, 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
✔ Complimentary beverages including house wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea will be served during lunch and dinner onboard
✔ 8 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English speaking trained Egyptologists
✔ Captivating onboard local entertainment
✔ Captain's welcome reception and dinner
✔ Flights between Cairo and Luxor
✔ Gratuities for onboard personnel
French Balcony from $9,099 per person share twin
Suite from $13,599 per person share twin
Grand Suite $14,599 per person share twin
Royal Suite $16,899 per person share twin
Day 1: Cairo
Arrive at Cairo International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza or to the stunning Nile Ritz-Carlton (or similar).
Day 2: Cairo
The ancient quarter of Cairo is intense—the colors, the sounds, the density of people—and it’s likely been this way for thousands of years. Your local expert will show you a 12th-century citadel, the beautiful Alabaster Mosque and an unsurpassed collection of priceless artifacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king Tutankhamen.
Featured Excursion: Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum
Day 3: Cairo, fly to Luxor (embark) Cruising the Nile River, Dendera
Prepare to be amazed at the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and absolutely astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. This evening, you’ll revel in a Welcome Reception and Dinner onboard.
Before dinner onboard this evening, guests will be treated to a folkloric dance performance. A local band of dancers, in traditional costumes representing different Egyptian districts, will perform a Whirling Dervish show.
Temple at Karnak
Day 4: Dendera, Cruising the Nile River, Luxor
Like its twin shrine, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor stands on the site of ancient Thebes, the once flourishing capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It was built over hundreds of years and even in ruins it is still an extraordinary place. You’ll also visit the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty.
Temple of Hathor
Temple of Luxor
Day 5: Luxor, Cruising the Nile River, Kom Ombo
The word “colossal” will take on a whole new meaning after today’s excursion to the gigantic twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. And that’s just the beginning—you’ll also visit the temple of one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs as well as the Valley of the Kings, used as a royal burial place for nearly 500 years and where the mummified remains of Tutankhamen are on display.
After dinner onboard tonight, guests will enjoy a Galabeya Party with music, dancing and singing by crew members. Guests are encouraged to bring their own Galabeya clothing.
Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings
Day 6: Kom Ombo, Cruising the Nile River, Aswan
After visiting a temple dedicated to a crocodile god today (don’t miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area), hop aboard a small boat for a bird-watching excursion along the Nile.
Kom Ombo Temple
Bird-watching boat ride
Day 7: Aswan
Today is an epic day, filled with wonders from start to finish. You’ll visit a marvel of modern engineering—the Aswan High Dam—as well as the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, which was moved from one island to another back in the 1970s. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also take a ride in a felucca—a traditional Egyptian sailboat—and enjoy afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile.
After dinner onboard this evening, you’ll be treated to an enchanting Nubian show featuring traditionally attired performers, live music and dancing.
Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Temple of Isis
Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan.
Day 8: Aswan, Cruising the Nile River, Edfu
Spend the day at leisure or join us for an optional excursion to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
Day 9: Esna, Cruising the Nile River, Luxor
On today’s excursion, you’ll learn how the Temple of Esna was buried under debris for many centuries and is one of the last great Egyptian temples ever built. Your Egyptologist guide will share all sorts of fascinating insights about this significant cultural site and show you the façade bearing the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt.
Later, savor the Nile’s majestic scenery as the ship cruises to Luxor.
Temple of Khnum
Day 10: Luxor (disembark cruise), fly to Cairo
Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Then, check in to your luxury hotel where you’ll have time to relax before dinner.
Day 11: Cairo
It’s a day of Bucket List Moments today as we venture to Ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of amazing monuments to see—including the enigmatic Great Sphinx. You’ll have a thrilling opportunity to view the pyramids from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur.
Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza with small pyramid entry, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit
Day 12: Depart Cairo
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Cairo International Airport for your flight home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension in Jerusalem.
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PRICES: All prices are per guest in New Zealand Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. All applicable discounts are applied sequentially. Fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Additional restrictions may apply. If you have booked air travel and/or a cruise package that includes air travel through Uniworld River Cruises, the price of your entire package will be guaranteed at the time of making the initial payment required by it. For current pricing, please refer to our website.
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For all guests booking air travel through Uniworld River Cruises, promotional or otherwise, an additional non-refundable deposit of NZ$500 per person, unless otherwise stated, is required at the time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final.
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