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Jewels of Egypt, the Nile and Lake Nasser

Discover ancient Egypt’s most exciting sites: the awe-inspiring Pyramids and mysterious Great Sphinx of Giza; the majestic Temples of Karnak and Luxor; the splendidly preserved Temple of Edfu; and Wadi El Seboua, the “Valley of the Lionesses.”

Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt

The Nubian jewels you’ll find on this itinerary aren’t available on any of our other tours. Cruise on board Prince Abbas across stunningly beautiful Lake Nasser-the world’s largest artificial body of water. Along the way, encounter Nubian treasures and the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel-a 3,500-year-old complex displaying magnificent structures hewed from the rock during the rule of Ramses II and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Visit the impressive Aswan High Dam that created this remarkably remote and unspoiled lake in the 1960s. Then transfer to the River Tosca to discover all the wonders the great Nile River Valley has to offer.

Who will enjoy this cruise:

This trip provides the perfect blend of touring great Egyptian monuments, cruising Lake Nasser and the Nile River, and sightseeing in Cairo. It’s a real connoisseur’s delight of everything Egyptian—from famous cultural artifacts to unspoiled natural beauty.

Day 1

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott.

Day 2

Begin today’s tour with a visit to the 12th-century Citadel of Salah al-Din for breathtaking views of Cairo. Next, visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. You’ll also have time to visit the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. In the afternoon, spend time at the famous Egyptian Museum.

Day 3

Drive out to Memphis to admire the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I—the oldest in the world. You’ll then visit Giza, where you will see the enigmatic Sphinx and the magnificent Pyramids.

Day 4

Fly from Cairo to Aswan where you’ll embark on your Lake Nasser cruise on board the Prince Abbas.

Day 5

You’ll arrive at Kalabsha Temple during the morning. Originally built around 30 BC, Kalabsha is the largest preserved temple in Nubia. Afterward, relax on board for a full-day cruise on Lake Nasser as you travel to Wadi El Seboua.

Day 6

In the morning, enjoy time at Wadi El Seboua, the “Valley of the Lionesses,” which was named after the great Avenue of Sphinxes that led to the Temple of Ramses II. In the afternoon, cruise to Amada where you’ll visit the oldest surviving temple in the Nubian region, the Temple of Amada.

Day 7

During the morning, you will sail past the only major archaeological site to survive the Nile floods in Lower Nubia that followed after the construction of the Aswan High Dam: the Kasr Ibrim Fortress. You’ll reach Abu Simbel in the afternoon. This 3,500-year-old complex displays magnificent structures hewed from the rock during the rule of Ramses II and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Buried for decades in the sand, the site is impressively well preserved. In a remarkable feat of engineering, the temple was built so that the sun penetrates its inner confines only two days a year. On those two days, the four colossi of Ramses are basked in a solar bronze. When you look at the colossi, you’ll notice they’re wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, a symbol of dominance over the entire kingdom.

During the evening, you’ll experience the monuments lit in all their glory during a spectacular sound and light show. You will not want to miss this incredible display of history reflecting off of the massive stone monuments with laser lights and music.

Day 8

In the morning, fly to Aswan. On arrival, visit the Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple. During the afternoon, you’ll board the River Tosca to sail along the Nile. Later in the evening, be treated to a traditional Nubian show on board.

Day 9

You’ll sail to Kom Ombo, where you’ll visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods. Don your Galabeya for a fun-filled on board party, featuring traditional Egyptian music and activities.

Day 10

In the morning, spend time at the Temple of Edfu, the best-preserved major temple in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period. You’ll then sail to Luxor, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the Temple of Luxor—one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt.

Day 11

This is an exciting day filled with plenty of Egypt’s unforgettable historic sites. In the morning, visit the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Next, explore the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many illustrious pharaohs. Before flying back to Cairo, visit the Karnak Temple, the largest temple in the world, with its roof blocks supported by colossal columns that are 70 feet high. Fly back to Cairo later in the day and check in to the hotel.

Day 12

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Egypt Nile Cruise

Splendors of Egypt and the Nile

Spend time exploring breathtaking Karnak Temple-the largest temple complex ever constructed-with its avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic temples. Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Hathor, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Wander around the Temple of Hatshepsut, which rises majestically out of the surrounding limestone cliffs, and the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious pharaohs were buried.

Enjoy four nights in captivating Cairo, where you’ll be taken to the famous Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of Pharaonic treasures as well as the remarkable artifacts recovered from the tomb of King Tut. Journey to Giza to pay homage to the mighty Pyramids and the very face of ancient Egypt, the Sphinx. Get ready to gaze in awe at the extraordinary creations that define Egypt – a land of complexity, marvels, and mythology.

Who will enjoy this cruise:

Those who want to experience the splendors of ancient Egyptian history in a relaxed and refined way via cruise ship, with ever-changing scenery and frequent stops at ancient wonders.

Day 1

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott.

Day 2

Your tour of this historic city begins with the 12th century Citadel of Salah al-Din for breathtaking views of Cairo. Muhammad Ali Pasha restored the walls of the Citadel and built numerous palaces, schools, and government buildings in the 19th century. His masterpiece was the great Alabaster Mosque, which you’ll visit next. In the afternoon, explore the wondrous Egyptian Museum.

Day 3

Fly to Luxor in the morning. Before boarding the River Tosca and sailing to Dendera, you’ll visit the Temple of Karnak. This vast complex was built and expanded over a 1,300-year period. It’s the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders.

Day 4

In the morning, you’ll encounter the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, which contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarion. The cruise then returns to Luxor, where you’ll enjoy leisure time before an early evening exploration of the ancient Temple of Luxor which is truly stunning at night.

Day 5

Board a motor coach to travel to the West Bank of the Nile where you’ll see the two gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Next, visit the Temple of Hatshepsut; considered to be one of the most successful pharaohs of Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut accordingly required an immaculate tomb. Built into the face of steep cliffs at the basin of a valley, the site is unique among the landmarks of Egypt. From here, you’ll go to one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, the Valley of the Kings. The valley was used for royal burials from approximately 1539 BC to 1075 BC and contains over 60 tombs. Much of our understanding of Egyptian mythology has been garnered from these ancient chambers. Filled with a sense of wonder, you’ll return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo, all while enjoying a Galabeya party.

Day 6

In the morning, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. After exploring the temple with your Egyptologist, continue your Nile cruise to Aswan, where you will discover the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries. See the enormous Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple. During the afternoon, sail in a traditional Nile felucca around Aswan’s Botanical Gardens. In the evening, you’ll be entertained by a Nubian folklore show on board your ship.

Day 7

Enjoy High Tea at the famous Aswan Movenpick Hotel. Back on board the ship, be treated to another Nubian show with a live band playing Nubian music.

Day 8

This will be your day to relax on board the River Tosca. As you journey north on the Nile to Edfu, you’ll see the picturesque environs of Kom Ombo once more from the ship. The evening hosts another fun-filled Galabeya party.

Day 9

In the morning, you’ll visit the well-preserved Temple of Horus, also known as the Temple of Edfu, which is dedicated to the falcon god. Later, while enjoying lunch on board, take in the peaceful Egyptian scenery en route back to Luxor.

Day 10

Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Check in to the Cairo Marriott, and then in the evening, attend the magical Sound and Light Show that illuminates the ancient history of the Pyramids of Giza.

Day 11

Today, you will be taken to the very face of ancient Egypt, the enigmatic Sphinx and the magnificent Pyramids – all of which will leave a lasting impression for years to come.

Day 12

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Egyptian Adventure with Uniworld

With Uniworld’s carefully crafted pre- and post-cruise optional land packages, you can spend even more time in world-class destinations-all while getting even more value out of your international airfare. Uniworld offers three exciting optional land packages to add to your Egypt river cruise and tour program.

Amman and Petra, Jordan

Explore two legendary cities in Jordan. Amman, the capital of Jordan, looks out over 19 hills and enchants visitors with its thriving art scene and pleasant Mediterranean climate. Petra, built around 100 BC, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. These cities are rich in culture and provide the ideal addition to your Egypt program.

Jerusalem, Israel

The perfect extension to your Egypt trip is Israel and its holy city of Jerusalem. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem draws pilgrims from diverse religious backgrounds and mesmerizes them with its many ancient and sacred sites.

Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt

Add more time in Egypt with an extension to Cairo and Alexandria. These two cities are very different, yet both will allure you with their inspiring cultural scenes; delightful local wares and rich histories. Cairo, the capital of Egypt, captivates visitors with its minarets, domes, spectacular museums, and ancient tombs. And Alexandria – Egypt’s second-largest city, known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” – enchants visitors with its Mediterranean flair and its history as the site of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony’s romantic saga.

Egypt: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

The Great Waterways and Rivers of Russia and Ukraine

Volga-Baltik Waterway exploration with Viking

The Volga-Baltic Waterway

Six years after founding St. Petersburg, efforts began to connect the city with Russia’s interior using the existing rivers and lakes between the new capital and Moscow. More than 200 years later, with the completion of major canals in the 1930s and modernization in the 1960s, you can now journey easily between the two great cities. Towns that were long hidden behind the Iron Curtain are now accessible, their impressive monasteries, churches, museums and kremlins, restored and open to the public. Your cruise follows the Volga-Baltic Waterway, an intricate system of lakes, rivers, reservoirs and canals that links the Volga with the Baltic Sea. The Waterway’s course follows the Neva River, a canal along the shore of Lake Ladoga, the Svir River, a canal along the shore of the Lake Onega, the Vytegra Canal to Lake Beloye the Kovzha River and the Sheksna River, for a total length of about 700 miles.

The Neva River

Is a short river, around 43 miles long, that flows from Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, through St. Petersburg into the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Along its route, small settlements and dachas (villas) dot the banks and in many places life has changed little over the centuries. Lake Ladoga is Europe’s largest lake, stretching 124 miles in length and 75 miles wide into northern Russia and the Kaelian forests. It is known for its contrasts: deep waters in the north and craggy islands, but shallow in the south with sandy beaches. Because the lake’s surface lies frozen during winter, it served as a road during the WWII siege of Leningrad, enabling transport of supplies into the city and providing a means for refugees to escape, hence its nickname “Street of Life.”

The Svir River or “Blue Way”

Flows 140 miles from Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest freshwater lake, into Lake Ladoga. Rich in fish, including salmon and trout, the river is surrounded by lush pine forests. Lake Onega has more than 50 rivers feeding into it, and there are over 1,300 islands in the lake, including Kizhi Island with its famous open-air museum of wooden architecture. Natural beauty and wildlife contribute to the attraction of the Onega region, the lake is renowned for its misty sunrises and beautiful autumn colors.

The Vytegra Canal

Has more than eight locks and eight hydroelectric power stations. Dense forests shroud the banks, interrupted by picturesque villages with brightly painted wooden houses. The Vytegra region is famous for lumber production and logging barges and sawmills are common sights.

Kovzha River

Connects the Vytegra Canal with Lake Beloye. There are some places where the forest was flooded long ago and only the skeletons of trees project from the water. The Kovzha flows into Lake Beloye (White Lake).

The Sheksna River

Flows out of Lake Beloye. The name Sheksna is derived from the Finnish language and means “the tributary covered in sedge.” The Volga River. At nearly 2,500 miles long, the Volga is Europe’s longest river. From its source in the remote Valdai Hills it winds its way towards Yaroslavl, eventually flowing into the Caspian Sea. The river enjoys mythological status, having been serenaded and honored in poems, paintings and music.

The Dnieper River

The Dnieper, called Dnipro by Ukranians, is Europe’s third-longest river after the Volga and the Danube. It is 1,420 miles long, rising in Russia’s South Valdai Hills. For about 70 miles it forms the border between Belarus and Ukraine and becomes a Ukrainian river when it flows into a reservoir called the Kiev Sea. The city of Kiev, one of Europe’s oldest cities and capital of Ukraine, sits at its southern outflow and spreads along both riverbanks.

With its tributaries and canals, the Dnieper has long been an important transportation route, connecting the north to the south. For the Ukrainian people, the Dnieper is also an important supplier of hydroelectricity for the cities along its banks. It irrigates farmland, and is loved by anglers for its rich fishing. The river valley is home to numerous archaeological sites, some more than 5,500 years old. The town of Tripolye takes its name from the archaeological finds dating from the Bronze Age to the Tripolye culture of fourth to second century BC.

Viking River Cruises: Testimonials for Russia & Ukraine

Paris and the Heart of Normandy River Cruise

What could be more magical than spending time in the City of Light? Perhaps Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, and the unfolding beauty of Normandy, which are equally inspiring. Add a memorable visit to historic Rouen and the Normandy beaches – site of the allied D-Day landings, and this perfectly-crafted 8 day journey offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Viking pride river cruiser on Seine

DAY 1 PARIS

From Paris airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time in France’s lovely capital, or depending upon your arrival time, join our ‘Welcome Walk’ to get to know this beautiful city.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 PARIS

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the famous sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter. See the Cathedral of Notre Dame and drive along the Champs Elysees, past the Louvre and Opera House. Your afternoon is free to shop or further explore the city. Why not visit the artists’ district of Montmartre, or take an optional tour to the Louvre? A former royal residence, it is one of the world’s largest museums, housing an impressive art collection, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3 GIVERNY AND VERNON

From Vernon, enjoy a short drive into the countryside to the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet lived for many years and where he created his famous gardens that were the inspiration for his masterpieces. Visit the artist’s home and stroll through the gardens with the instantly recognisable Japanese Bridge and water garden. After lunch, explore the charming town of Vernon with its Gothic church and half-timbered houses.

Included excursion: Monet Foundation excursion touring the home and gardens of Claude Monet.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 ROUEN

A morning sailing along the Seine past the beautiful scenery of Normandy takes you to the region’s historic capital of Rouen. Enjoy a walking tour through the old town centre where you see the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, so often painted by Monet, and the ornate 16th-century astronomical clock. See the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred. Enjoy free time in lovely Rouen. Your ship remains docked overnight, so you are free to explore more if you wish.

Included excursion: walking tour through medieval city.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 NORMANDY BEACHES

Few sights are more moving than that of the beaches of Normandy and the American Military Cemetery, both of which feature on this full-day tour. Visit Omaha Beach and see Gold Beach and Juno Beach, as well as WWII landmarks, including the Arromanches Debarkment Museum. Enjoy dinner on board and relax, or take an evening stroll.

Included excursion: Normandy beaches excursion, including American Military Cemetery.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 LES ANDELYS

Spend a relaxing morning cruising to the small town of Les Andelys, where you can tour the impressive ruins of Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold. The afternoon brings more scenic sailing through northern France to the pretty waterfront town of Conflans.

Included excursion: escorted walk to Chateau Gaillard.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 CONFLANS AND PARIS

Join a guided walk through the lovely town of Conflans, named for its position at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. See the Market Square, Tower of Montjoie and the Church of Saint Maclou. Or take an optional tour to the magnifi cent Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. Arrive in Paris in the evening, with time to explore Paris at night.

Included excursion: guided city walk.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 PARIS

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Paris airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

Paris and the Heart of Normandy

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