You’ll be swept away by romantic history and powerful legends as you explore this magnificent land with your professionally trained and educated Egyptologist.
Spend time in Cairo where the ancient and the modern coexist in perfect harmony. Come face to face with the mysterious Sphinx that for thousands of years has been kneeling gracefully and looking thoughtfully towards the East. See the sole surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza. Explore the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of King Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Traverse the Nile on board the River Tosca, and let yourself be whisked away to magnificent sites: Karnak Temple – known to the Egyptians as “The Most Perfect of Places”; the Temple of Hathor – one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt; the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious pharaohs were buried; Kom Ombo, the temple dedicated to two gods; and romantic Philae Temple.
Who will enjoy this cruise:
Lovers of myth and mystery will be enchanted by the sites encountered on this journey. And photography buffs will have plenty of opportunities to photograph Egypt’s plentiful temples and grand monuments.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott.
On your first day in Egypt, you’ll be guided by your Egyptologist to some of Egypt’s most iconic sites. Travel to Giza where you’ll see the very face of ancient Egypt – the enigmatic Sphinx-as well as the magnificent Pyramid of Khufu-one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your final stop of the day is the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of Pharaonic treasures, including artifacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen by archeologist Howard Carter.
In the morning, you will fly to Luxor, where you’ll walk through the magnificent Temple of Karnak with its avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns. This vast complex, situated about two miles from Luxor Temple, was built and expanded over a 1,300-year period. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders.
Eighty thousand laborers took part in its creation during the 19th dynasty alone. After seeing the temples, a motor coach will take you to the banks of the Nile to board the River Tosca. You’ll then set sail for beautiful Dendera.
During the morning, you will encounter Dendera’s Temple of Hathor, dedicated the cow goddess Hathor, who was believed to possess the power of healing. The temple was built between 125 BC to 65 BC and is one of the best preserved of its kind in Egypt. It contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra with her son Caesarion, fathered by Julius Caesar. After visiting the temple complex in Dendera, you will cruise the Nile to Luxor, where you can enjoy some free time in the afternoon before an early evening exploration of the ancient Temple of Luxor. The temple was built by different Pharaohs over hundreds of years, beginning in the 14th century BC.
The entire Luxor Temple complex is truly stunning at night, when its awesome beauty and mysterious power can best be enjoyed.
Board your motor coach and travel to the West Bank of the Nile to see the two gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Next, take in the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s 18th-dynasty pharaoh, who was one of a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. You’ll continue on to the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious Pharaohs were buried, including the young boy king, Tutankhamen, whose mummified body still lies in its final resting place. Filled with a sense of wonder, you’ll return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo. Along the way, enjoy a Galabeya party with Egyptian music.
Visit the impressive double-temple of Kom Ombo, the only one of its kind dedicated to two gods. You’ll then go to the Aswan High Dam, where you will see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Then you will travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, which rises from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, return to Aswan to sail in a traditional Nile felucca around Aswan’s Botanical Gardens. Back on board the ship, enjoy a typical Nubian folkloric show with a live band playing Nubian music.
Disembark the River Tosca. Before flying back to Cairo, you have the option of spending the morning at leisure in Aswan or joining us on an optional excursion to the magnificent Temple of Abu Simbel. This 3,500-year-old complex displays magnificent structures hewn from the rock during the rule of Ramses II-the longest ruling Pharaoh-and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.