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Splendours of Egypt & the Nile River Cruise

Voyage on the world’s most famous river and follow in the footsteps of explorers and adventurers from previous centuries. Discover the Valley of the Kings and wander the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Karnak and the mystical Temple of Luxor.

Visit Cairo with its internationally acclaimed Egyptian Museum and travel to Giza, the location of the ancient pyramids and Sphinx. Select sailings on the vessel River Tosca offer unique activities and adventures for younger travellers.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: S.S.Sphinx, River Tosca
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
£5,444pp
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Splendours of Egypt & the Nile River Cruise Itinerary

This 11-night cruise explores the famous River Nile with the promise of culture, heritage, and history on every bend in the river. Enjoy expertly guided excursions, luxury accommodation, and award-winning cuisine whilst journeying amongst some of the world’s oldest and most memorable antiquities.

Day 1

Cairo

Arrive in Cairo and spend the day exploring Egypt’s first city. Guests can add an extra night to their cruise and discover Alexandria and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Egypt’s largest and most significant burial site. There is also an expedition to the Montazah Palace Gardens, Pompey’s Pillar, and the National Museum, plus free time to explore.

Day 2

Cairo

Explore the old quarter of this ancient and fascinating city. A guided excursion visits the 12th-century Citadel of Salah-al-Din, the home of Egypt’s rulers for more than seven centuries, with breathtaking views over Cairo. The tour also includes the Alabaster Mosque, with its Turkish-style interior, and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Day 3

Cairo – Luxor – Dendera

Take a short flight from Cairo to Luxor, where guests have the option of a guided excursion to the UNESCO-designated Temple of Karnak, which is actually a complex of several temples and halls on a truly astounding scale with gigantic columns and magnificent stone sphinxes. Embark your vessel in the evening for a Gala Reception and dinner with a band of local dancers performing an iconic Whirling Dervish show.

Day 4

Dendera – Luxor

Before the vessel leaves Dendera, guests can visit the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty. This temple is one of the best preserved in all of Egypt. There is also a tour of the Temple of Luxor with its distinctive pink granite obelisk. Built around 1400 BC, the temple complex is at its most mystical at sunset when the light falls, and the buildings are infused with a golden glow.

Day 5

Luxor – Kom Ombo

Discover the Valley of the Kings about four miles from the west bank of the Nile, where the mummified remains of the boy king, Tutankhamun, are on display. There is also an excursion to the Colossi of Memnon, giant twin statues standing eighteen metres tall and originally guarding a long dismantled mortuary temple. Another highlight is the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to a female pharaoh, a rarity in ancient Egypt and also unusual as it is made of limestone instead of sandstone. Return to the vessel and enjoy a Galabeya party with traditional Egyptian music, singing, and dancing.

Day 6

Kom Ombo – Aswan

Guests visit the Kom Ombo Temple, unusually dedicated to two gods, the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus the Elder. The remains of 300 mummified crocodiles found in the area are displayed in the temple. Then follows a scenic cruise to Aswan, where there is the option to take a small boat trip on a bird-watching excursion. See herons, kingfishers, vultures, sunbirds, and other wildlife that thrive in the marsh grass along the riverbanks.

Day 7

Aswan

From the ancient to the ultra-modern, Aswan is home to the famous Aswan High Dam, a magnificent feat of engineering completed in the 1970s. The Aswan Dam has a reservoir size five times that of the Hoover Dam. Take a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, moved from its original site on the Island of Philae during the construction of the dam, a project that lasted ten years. There is also a boat trip on a traditional Egyptian felucca with its iconic triangular sails, followed by afternoon tea at a colonial-era hotel with an impressive Visitor’s Book, also the filming location for Agatha Christie’s famous mystery novel, ‘Death on the Nile.’

Day 8

Aswan – Edfu

Guests can take a short flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel, two ancient temples moved in their entirety to accommodate the construction of the Aswan Dam, a collaborative project undertaken by UNESCO and the Egyptian government. This Masterpiece Collections experience offers a guided tour of the two temples, one of the most famous sites in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza, with their huge and instantly recognisable figures of Ramesses II and his wife, Nefertari.

Day 9

Esna – Luxor

Visit the ancient cultural site of the Temple of Esna with an experienced Egyptologist who will share fascinating insights into one of the greatest and last temples ever built, highlighting the façade with Egypt’s last known recorded hieroglyphic inscriptions. Located on the west bank of the Nile, the temple is a short walk from the ship. There is also an optional excursion as part of the Masterpiece Collection to see a light show in Luxor that details the history of Thebes in words, music, and illuminations. Walk in the footsteps of Egypt’s pharaohs around the Karnak Temple with a wholly immersive spectacular that finishes at the Sacred Lake.

Day 10

Luxor – Cairo

Disembark in Luxor and then fly to Cairo. A Masterpiece Collection experience offers travellers the opportunity to tour The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) with its incredible Hall of Mummies. An expert guide brings to life the dawn of Egyptian civilisation with fascinating and educational commentary from ancient times to the present.

Day 11

Luxor – Cairo

Explore Ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. There is a wide array of extraordinary monuments, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx at the Giza Necropolis, the largest monolith statue in the world.

Day 12

Cairo

Depart Cairo. Guests can extend their stay by another night and take a sightseeing expedition to Alexandria. The Masterpiece Collection experience visits the Montazah Palace Gardens, the National Museum, Pompey’s Pillar, and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Egypt’s largest and most important burial site.

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11 Nights
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Splendours of Egypt & the Nile River Cruise

  • Cairo
  • Cairo – Luxor – Dendera
  • Dendera – Luxor
  • Luxor – Kom Ombo
  • Kom Ombo – Aswan
  • Aswan
  • Aswan – Edfu
  • Esna – Luxor
  • Luxor – Cairo
£5,444pp Est. Price per person
  • S.S. Sphinx & River Tosca  

Splendours of Egypt & the Nile Cruise Review

“We are first-time cruisers, but because most of the concentration of the population of Egypt is along the banks of the River Nile, we decided the best way to see the country was on a river cruise, and we were not disappointed. We saw so much, and there’s no way you could have easily replicated the quality content of this cruise with an equivalent land trip. The ship was remarkable, so luxurious, with five-star cuisine and plenty of regional influences. There was on-board entertainment as well, so all in all, a totally immersive experience and definitely the best way to visit the wonders of Egypt.”

Andy and Jen Hutchinson, Isle of Wight

Splendours of Egypt & the Nile FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

I know the cuisine on board is international and with plenty of Egyptian dishes, but I’m on a restricted diet for medical reasons. How will this work?

Discuss your dietary requirements with our friendly booking team when you make your reservation, and our gourmet chefs will create daily dishes to suit your needs. On-board cuisine is flexible and tailored to local and regional menus and offers daily vegetarian and vegan options.

Do I need a Covid vaccination before I travel?

We discuss all vaccination protocols with guests when they make a reservation, as other immunisations may be recommended for travel to certain areas. Our advice is always in line with national protocols and the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO). All staff on the ship are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Are visas required for this cruise?

Passengers will require a visa to join the cruise and must arrange this in their home country before travel. Our expert booking team can chat through the basics when you make your reservation. Always allow plenty of time for your visa application to be processed, especially during busier times of the year.

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