Save $250CAD Per Person - Elegance of the Pharaohs

    Exclusive Offer | 2022 Departure | Cairo to Cairo | Offer expires July 31, 2021

    Save $250CAD Per Person - Elegance of the Pharaohs with Insight Vacations

    Price: $8,955CAD Per Person

    (Twin prices are per person, based on Cairo Deck Grand Suites for cruising portion and include port charges.)

    Savings: $250CAD Per Person - Exclusive Savings

    Departure Date: March 19, 2022

    Photo: Group viewing hieroglyphics on Insight Vacations Elegance of the Pharaohs Journey

    Inclusions:

    VIP Experience

    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple of Luxor after hours for an exclusive VIP visit and marvel at this ancient monument.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Giza: With your Egyptologist, 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.
    • Sakkara: Witness the Step Pyramid of King Zoser that dates back over 4,700 years.
    • Memphis: Led by your Travelling Concierge, explore this ancient capital and see the magnificent statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx.
    • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
    • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
    • Dendera: Visit the Temple of Hathor and see the rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian.
    • Luxor: Visit the Temple of Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • West Bank: See the might Colossi of Memnon, guarded by two giant seated figures of Amenhotep III.
    • Valley Of The Kings: Discover one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and visit the burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still on display.
    • Kitchener's Island: Stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Known for the Aswan Botanical Garden and its tropical plants and palm trees.
    • Aswan: During your visit to Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, witness one of Queen Hatshepsut's unfinished obelisk.
    • Philae Island: Travel by motorboat to the island of Philae and visit the Temple of Isis, which appears to rise from the waters.
    • Aswan: Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.
    • Luxor: Catch your final glimpse of the Nile onboard your included flight back to Cairo.
    • Cairo: Sightseeing with your Travelling Concierge includes a visit to the Citadel along with Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque and a visit to the Khan El Halili bazaar. During your visit to the Egyptian Museum with your Egyptologist, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery - Tutankhamun’s treasure.


    Photo: Map of Elegance of the Pharaohs Itinerary

    Itinerary:

    Day 1: Cairo

    Welcome to Egypt - a mystical and timeless land, where the ancient and modern world live side by side. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Mena House Hotel, your luxury five-star accommodation for the next two nights. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll be treated to the same luxuries, and striking views of the pyramids from the private balcony of your room. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a welcome drink at the hotel.

    Hotel Stay: Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Giza - As far as hotels go, there are few that compare to the five-star Mena House Hotel. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll have the opportunity to bask in its storied history, while still benefiting from its modern luxury. Wake up to stunning views of the pyramids from the balcony of your decadent room.

    Day 2: Cairo

    After meeting your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, head for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids at Giza and their guardian Sphinx. Your exploration of Cairo with your Egyptologist includes entry into one of the Pyramids. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. Nearby lies Memphis; famous capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. As night falls, attend a magical Sound & Light show at the world famous Pyramids, which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza!

    Breakfast

    Hotel Stay: Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Giza

    Photo: Couple admiring the ancient wonder of Karnak Temple in Egypt with no crowds or people around.

    Day 3: Join Your Cruise in Luxor

    Wake early and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Famed for its ancient treasures and the grandeur of its monuments, this beautiful city is a treasure trove for those looking to delve further into Egypt’s grand history. On arrival head to Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man. This striking complex was constructed over a period of 1,500 years. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to stand in awe among the huge columns of the vast Hypostyle Hall. Later, board your luxury cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious in Egypt. The all-suite River Tosca provides a relaxing and comfortable setting for guests as they cruise the legendary Nile River. Featuring a stylishly adorned lounge, with full-service bar, a cozy library, restaurant, fitness rooms and swimming pool, you’ll take in the sights in the utmost luxury. In the evening, enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner.

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Wine

    Cruise Overnight: River Tosca - For the ultimate in luxury and refinement, set sail aboard 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.

    Day 4: The Temple of Hathor and Luxor

    In the morning, visit the Temple of Hathor. Built in the 1st century B.C., it remains one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian, the son of Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of Luxor for a VIP, after-hours visit. Founded in 1400 B.C. during the Golden Age of Thebes, the temple complex blends in seamlessly with surrounding city.

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Wine

    Cruise Overnight: River Tosca

    Day 5: The West Bank and Valley of the Kings

    Travel to the West Bank of the Nile. Stop for photos at the Colossi of Memnon – these gigantic twin stone statues of Amenhotep III once guarded his mortuary temple. Venture on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh who ruled from 1479 to 1458 B.C. Next, head to the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and visit the burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still on display. Later, experience a warm welcome as you meet a local family and take a tour of their village. As you stroll through the streets, hear stories of local life and the importance of family contribution, ensuring all members of the village are looked after. Part of this is the baking of traditional sun bread, where each group of families in the village will have their own bakery oven. A member from each group is chosen to be the assigned baker to provide bread to the community. Watch as the family demonstrates the bread-making process and enjoy a taste of the delicious bread, paired perfectly with a cup of Egyptian tea. In the evening, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party.

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Wine

    Cruise Overnight: River Tosca 

    Photo: Two women enjoying the sunset over the Nile River while enjoying cocktails at the Cataract Hotel

    Day 6: A Felucca around Kitchener's Island - Relaxed Start

    Visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon god, Horus the Elder. In this sacred place near the riverbank, captive crocodiles were worshipped in life and mummified after death. Then, begin your return voyage along the Nile. Back on board, relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. Stretch out on a Nile felucca, a traditional sailboat, for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Known for the Aswan Botanical Garden and its tropical plants and palm trees, this petite island is less than a kilometre long. In the evening, you will indulge on dinner aboard the ship, before you are treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance.

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Wine/Afternoon Tea

    Cruise Overnight: River Tosca

    Day 7: Aswan and High Dam

    In the morning, your luxurious cruise experience comes to an end. Sightseeing today includes a visit to the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient Granite Quarries, where one of Queen Hatshepsut's obelisks lies abandoned in the bedrock. Cross the Nile by motorboat to the well-preserved Philae temple complex. Revered by locals, it was moved stone-by-stone to its current location to avoid being ruined by rising water levels, following the construction of the High Dam. Next, take a small boat along the banks of the Nile with the birdman of Aswan. Keep a look out for colourful native birds as you travel to his 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 afternoon your luxurious cruise experience comes to an end. Later, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel.

    Breakfast/Afternoon Tea

    Hotel Stay: Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan - Perfectly placed on the banks of the River Nile, the Old Cataract Aswan is a 5-star luxury hotel in a 19th-century Victorian palace that contrasts sophisticated interiors against a Nubian Desert backdrop. Enjoy luxurious amenities like the revitalizing spa or an infinity pool that appears to cascade into the river.

    Day 8: Back to Cairo - Relaxed Start

    In the morning you will board to flight back to Cairo. Why not head on a Locally Available Experience by air to Abu Simbel? These extraordinary temples were carved out of the cliff side by Rameses II and later transported, in an amazing feat of modern engineering, out of the rising waters of Lake Nasser. In the evening, check into your famous hotel built to attract the nobility of Europe, the Four Seasons at the First Residence.

    Breakfast

    Hotel Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

    Day 9: Cairo 

    After breakfast, enjoy a city tour where you will visit the towering Alabaster Mosque, commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. Enjoy incredible hilltop views over the city from the imposing Citadel of Salah El Din. This massive 12th century compound was home to Egypt's rulers for more than seven hundred years. Visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Next, head to Khan el-Khalili, a major souk in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo, stock up on local goods and put your bargaining skills to test.

    Breakfast

    Hotel Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

    Day 10: Cairo - Depart

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers, as you wake early for your transfer to Cairo Airport.

    Breakfast

    Don't miss the breathtaking sights of Egypt. Offer expires July 31, 2021!

    Terms And Conditions

    $8955 includes savings of $250 off exclusively for your Travel Advisor. Must be booked by July 31, 2021 and only applies to March 19, 2022 departure of Elegance of the Pharaohs. Twin prices are per person, based on Cairo Deck Grand Suites for cruising portion and include port charges. Gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge, Drivers, Airport Escorts or Nile Cruise Crew. Departures with less than eight guests will be provided with a different Travelling Concierge on land and on the cruise. The above prices include internal return economy airfares Cairo to Luxor. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Advisor at time of booking to assess your requirements. This itinerary offers Locally Available Experiences available on trip in local currency. Offer applies to March 19, 2022 departure of Elegance of the Pharaohs only. Can not be combined with other offers. Travel Advisor please quote PPLG-TTAND250 at time of booking to receive savings.

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