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.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.