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- All gratuities for ship's staff and crew
- Breakfast at hotel in Cairo
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard daily. Standard ship menu.
- Cruise accommodation in well-appointed river view suites
- Flights between Cairo and Luxor
- Gala Reception on embarkation day
- Hotel Accommodation at the Nile Ritz Carlton (4 nights)
- House wine, local beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served during lunch and dinner onboard.
- Onboard fitness center, spa, an expansive Sun Deck with shaded cabanas and a swimming pool
- Scheduled arrival and departure transfers in Cairo and in Luxor
- Ship wide Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Shore excursions and performances as specified in the cruise itinerary
- Beverages offered on board outside of standard inclusion
- Communication, satellite telephone charges
- International Air, unless expressly paid for
- Passenger laundry
- Personal expenses
- Trip Insurance
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Spend twelve days exploring Egypt with Like-Minded couples!
This captivating itinerary begins and ends in Cairo. For 12 adventure-filled days, experience Egypt and the Nile’s most wondrous sites in style and luxury. Wander amongst the towering ruins of the Temple of Karnak, the world’s largest ancient religious complex, and the entrancing Temple of Luxor. Explore the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty. Visit the famous Egyptian Museum and its unrivaled collection of pharaonic artifacts. Journey to Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Adventure in absolute Luxury aboard The River Tosca
The River Tosca perfectly captures the warmth and style of Egypt, taking guests on a culturally enriching adventure down the Nile in absolute luxury. The all-suite River Tosca was rated by the Egyptian government as the No.1 ship on the Nile, and for great reason. Elegantly designed with wood finishes and cozy public spaces, relax on the sprawling Sun Deck with shaded cabanas and a swimming pool. The stylish lounge is decorated with local wares and every space is inspired by the region in which it sails. It is home to as much wonder as the river it cruises on.
Enjoy an exciting Itinerary which includes:
You will visit the Egyptian Museum, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East it houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza, the largest Egyptian pyramid and served as the tomb of pharaoh Khufu, who ruled during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. Also the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World. Visit the Great Sphinx of Giza a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. You will get to check out the Valley of the Kings (Ancient Burial Site for the Pharaohs), garnered significant attention following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
You will also be able to tour The Luxor Temple, site of the Ancient City of Thebes. It’s a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city constructed approximately 1400 BCE.
Want more adventure? You can extend your journey and spend some time in Jordan!
Explore Petra, the ancient desert city carved into solid rock. Float in the buoyant, restorative waters of the Dead Sea. Visit the Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre of Amman. Discover the Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash, founded by Alexander the Great.
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Arrive at Cairo International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the stunning Nile Ritz-Carlton. (transfer time approx. 45 min - 1hr)
Featured Excursions: Your local expert will show you the 12th-century Citadel of Salah al-Din, the beautiful Alabaster Mosque and an unsurpassed collection of priceless artifacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king Tutankhamen at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Your tour of this historic city includes a visit to the Citadel of Salah al-Din, a massive compound containing mosques and museums and offering breathtaking views of Cairo. Founded in the seventh century by Arab conquerors, the Fatimid dynasty rulers made Cairo their capital and named it al-Qahira ("the Victorious"). The great sultan Salah al-Din built his citadel in the 12th century as a government center and bulwark against invading armies of Crusaders. Located high above the eastern end of Cairo on El-Moqattam Hill, the citadel was the home of Egypt's rulers for more than 700 years and is one of the oldest attractions in the city.
Mosque of Muhammad AliAfter the Ottoman ruler Muhammad Ali seized power in the 1800s, he restored the walls of the citadel and built numerous palaces, schools and government buildings inside. His masterpiece was the great Alabaster Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which you'll have an opportunity to visit. Its two slender minarets were Muhammad Ali’s declaration of independence from Istanbul, as Ottoman law decreed that only a sultan could build a mosque with two minarets. The mosque's expansive Turkish-style interior is lit by a beautiful array of lamps suspended from the intricately decorated ceiling.
Egyptian Museum CairoYou'll also visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, established in 1900 and by far the most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities and pharaonic treasures in the world. Located in the heart of Cairo, the museum displays an astonishing number of objects. Ancient Egyptian history began with the founding of the Old Kingdom around 3100 BC and lasted 3,000 years, until Alexander the Great conquered the country in 332 BC and ended the rule of the pharaohs. The museum's galleries are laid out in roughly chronological order as you move clockwise along the ground floor.
Cairo, Fly to Luxor
Flights to Luxor depart early in the morning to optimize tour scheduling. After a short flight to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, you can stroll through the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns of the magnificent Temple of Karnak.
Featured Excursion: Temple of Karnak
Prepare to be amazed at 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.
Later, you'll board the elegant River Tosca and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Before dinner onboard this evening, guests will be treated to a folkloric dance performance. A local band of dancers, in traditional costumes representing different Egyptian districts, will perform a Whirling Dervish show. This evening, you’ll revel in a Welcome Reception and Dinner onboard.
Dendera, Cruising the Nile River, Luxor
Featured Excursions: Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings
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. And that's just the beginning—you'll also visit the temple of one of Egypt's rare female pharaohs, Hatshepsut, 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.
After dinner onboard tonight, guests will enjoy a Galabeya Party with music, dancing and singing by crew members. Guests are encouraged to bring their own Galabeya clothing.
Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride
Kom Ombo, Cruising the Nile River, Aswan
In the morning, visit Kom Ombo Temple dedicated to a crocodile god (don't miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area).
Later in the afternoon, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel Aswan, a colonial-era gem that counts Winston Churchill and Princess Diana among its former guests. This famous hotel was depicted in Agatha Christie's acclaimed mystery novel Death on the Nile.
Featured Excursion: Philae Temple
The highlight today is the beautiful Philae Temple complex, originally situated on the island of Philae. It was painstakingly transferred to the island of Agilika after the construction of the Aswan High Dam to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, a daunting UNESCO-funded endeavor that took 10 years to complete. The three principal monuments on the island all date from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods—the Kiosk of Trajan, the Temple of Hathor and the Temple of Isis.
In the afternoon, you'll also take a boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca sailboat.
After dinner onboard this evening, you'll be treated to an enchanting Nubian show featuring traditionally attired performers, live music and dancing.
Aswan, Cruising the Nile River, Edfu
Spend the day at leisure or join us for an optional excursion to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
Optional Excursion: Abu Simbel
Fly to Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. The former's facade is dominated by four 70-foot tall statues of the pharaoh. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
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 share all sorts of fascinating insights about this significant cultural site and show you the façade bearing the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt. Later, savor the Nile's majestic scenery as the ship cruises to Luxor.
Luxor (Disembark), Fly to Cairo
Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Flights to Cairo depart early in the morning to optimize tour scheduling. Then, check in to your luxury hotel where you'll have time to relax before dinner.
Optional Excursion: NMEC Royal Mummies Museum
Featured Excursions: Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza with small pyramid entry, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit
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. You'll have a thrilling opportunity to view the pyramids from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur.
Step Pyramid of King DjoserVenture forth to Ancient Memphis, the capital of Egypt's Old Kingdom and now a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a number of extraordinary monuments. You'll see the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx, as well as the Step Pyramid of King Zoser (or Djoser) in nearby Sakkara, the oldest pyramid in the world and the prototype for all subsequent pyramids. The ancient architect and sage Imhotep initially designed the pyramid as a single story, then later added five more levels and covered the structure with a shell of fine limestone. In front of the pyramid, Imhotep built a stone structure containing a wooden box with two peepholes; peer inside and you'll see a life-size painted statue of King Zoser. The peepholes were created to allow the king's ka (life spirit) to communicate with the outside world.
Great Sphinx of GizaAt the Giza Necropolis, the face of ancient Egypt—the Great Sphinx—awaits your visit. With the body of a crouching lion and the head of a man, it is the largest monolith statue in the world. Experts believe that the Sphinx (known to the early Arabs as Abu al-Hol, "Father of Terror") was built in the 26th century BC during Khafre's reign, perhaps as a portrait of the pharaoh himself. Unfortunately, much of this monument has either eroded or been deliberately destroyed over the years. Some of its facial features are no longer intact, such as the beard and the nose—the latter of which was not shot off by Napoleon's soldiers, as widely believed, but chiseled away many centuries earlier. A number of excavations in modern times have removed the sand that built up around the Sphinx over the centuries and kept much of it buried. Despite its timeworn condition, the Sphinx still kneels gracefully as it has for thousands of years, looking toward the east with an enigmatic smile.
Great Pyramids of GizaToday you'll also visit the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. Beholding these legendary structures up close lets you appreciate their stone masonry and awe-inspiring architectural precision. Until as recently as the 19th century, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids—Khufu—was the tallest building in the world; when it was completed around the 26th century BC, it stood about 50 stories high.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Cairo International Airport (approx. 45 min - 1hr) for your flight home.
What to Wear:
Dressing modestly is recommended as a show of respect for the culture and customs of the Egyptian people. In particular, women should ensure that shoulders are covered and legs are concealed at least to the knee on all shore excursions throughout this itinerary.
Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. On the ship, outlets that accommodate both 110V and 220V appliances are available in the suites. In the hotels, dual-voltage appliances or a voltage converter will be needed. In addition, you will need a two-round-pin-type plug adapter. It is also recommended to have a three-flat-pin-type plug adapter as some locations may allow the option for both type of adapters.
Passports are required for this event. Your first and last name, including suffixes such as "Sr", "Jr", "III", etc. for men, listed on the reservation must match your passports. If they do not, please let us know ASAP so we can have the names corrected before submitting them to the charter company.
Note: It is important to check the expiration date on your passport to confirm that it will still be valid at least six (6) months after your travel dates. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.
An Entrance Visa is required for US citizens to enter Egypt. The Visa cannot be included in the package price. You can obtain a Single entry visa by going online to www.visa2egypt.gov.eg.
At least 60 days prior to the event, you must provide us with your complete flight itinerary including the airport, airline, flight number, date and time along with the Record Locator/Airline Confirmation Number for both your arrival and departure so that we can make the necessary transfer arrangements. Please confirm your flight itinerary before sending it to us.
There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel insurance offers you coverage for unforeseen problems such as, an unexpected financial change or scheduling conflict, a cancelled flight or a serious illness.