Spendors of Egypt & the Nile River Cruise
12 days from Cairo to Cairo
With Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
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, the world’s largest ancient religious complex, 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, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty. You will 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.
An enchanting land of marvels, myths, and wonders old and new, Egypt is an extraordinary destination no culturally curious traveler will want to miss.
DAY 1: Cairo - transfer to the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza.
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.
DAY 3: Cairo, Fly to Luxor - (Embark) Cruising the Nile River, Dendera - 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.
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 site.
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. 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.
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.
DAY 7: Aswan - 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. 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.
DAY 8: Aswan, Cruising the Nile River, Kom Ombo, Edfu - day at leisure.
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 show you the façade bearing the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt.
DAY 10: Luxor (Disembark), Fly to Cairo - Four Seasons Hotel at Nile Plaza - Enjoy free time in the city before attending a sensational Sound and Light Show at the pyramids of Giza.
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. After seeing the pyramids from afar last evening, you’ll have a thrilling opportunity to view them from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur.
DAY 12: Depart Cairo
TO CHECK OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST:
✓ Cruise the Nile
✓ Egyptian Museum
✓ Afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile.
✓ Mummified remains
✓ A temple of one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs
✓ Valley of the Kings
✓ A 12th century citadel
✓ Bird-watching excursion along the Nile
✓ Mummified crocodiles
✓ Temples of Karnak, Hathor and Luxor
✓ Tea with a Nubian family
✓ Ride in a felucca—a traditional Egyptian sailboat
✓ Hieroglyphic inscriptions
✓ The enigmatic Great Sphinx