Early booking offer: up to 10% off selected 2023 departures: save up to £770 pp – ends 31 Aug

Highlights

  • Visit Egypt’s most iconic sites with included excursions led by expert Egyptologists
  • Stay in elegantly appointed staterooms enjoying full river views
  • Indulge on regionally inspired dishes and locally sourced ingredients with all meals & drinks included
  • Explore Cairo in-depth with visits to the old Citadel, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and the pyramids at Giza
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile

This in-depth exploration of Egypt’s famed River Nile pairs luxurious Cairo stays with an all-inclusive river cruise aboard either Uniworld’s gorgeous S.S. Sphinx or the elegant River Tosca, where riverview staterooms offer a welcome retreat between included shore excursions. Explore the splendours of the ancient world as you sail round-trip from Luxor, discovering ancient temples, ruins and tombs along the way – all guided by knowledgeable Egyptologists. Whilst aboard you’ll enjoy gourmet meals inspired by local dishes, traditional experiences including a felucca ride and world-class service that will attend to every need. 


Day 1

UK to Cairo

Enjoy included UK airport transfers and lounge access before your flight to Cairo, where an included transfer will see you to the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Nile. Stylish, well-appointed rooms provide a peaceful retreat to relax and unwind throughout your stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure enjoying river views or lounging by the refreshing outdoor pool.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo or similar


Day 2

Explore Cairo's historic centre

After breakfast, you’ll be greeted by your expert guide and whisked away on a tour of Cairo’s history and storied past. Begin your tour with a visit the the Citadel of Salah Al-Din, a massive compound containing mosques, museums and scenic views over Cairo, before you’ll enter the citadel’s masterpiece, the great Alabaster Mosque, where it’s Turkish style interior is lit beautifully by hanging lamps that adorn the ceiling. You’ll also visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, where an impressive collection of Egyptian artefacts are on full display, some which are over 3,000 years old. Explore Egypt’s history in chronological order through the museum's many halls, setting the stage for the sites you’ll visit along the River Nile.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo or similar

Breakfast included

sunset over the old citadel of Cairo with the Salah Al Din Mosque centre

Old Citadel, Cairo


Day 3

River Nile Cruise

After enjoying breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile. You’ll start with a visit to the magnificent Temple of Karnak, where you can stroll the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns, admiring the achievements of many generations of ancient builders. After exploring the three main temples, you’ll head to the banks of the River Nile and board either the gorgeous S.S. Sphinx or the elegant River Tosca – two beautifully designed and styled Uniworld ships. This evening you’ll be treated to a gala reception and your first of many included gourmet meals.

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

elegant Nile river view stateroom aboard S.S. Sphinx Uniworld Cruise ship with blue walls, lush sheets and detailed wooden touches

French Balcony Stateroom, S.S. Sphinx

Sun deck aboard River Tosca Uniworld River Cruise ship with white lounge chairs and blue small plunge pool on the Nile River

Sun deck & pool, River Tosca


Day 4

Temples of Hathor & Luxor

This morning you’ll rise to Nile views from your elegant and luxurious stateroom, where bespoke decor, artisan craftsmanship and the finest Egyptian cotton sheets combine to create an inviting oasis on the river. After breakfast, you’ll meet your expert Egyptologist who'll guide you through the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty and one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt. And, you'll also visit the Temple of Luxor, which lies on the ancient site of Thebes, the once flourishing capital of Egypt. 

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

sunset over the columns, statues and ruins of Luxor Temple, Egypt

Luxor Temple


Day 5

Colossi of Memnon & Valley of the Kings

This morning enjoy river views from the sun deck as you prepare for a day full of ancient sites and old kings. You’ll start the day with visits to the two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, better known as the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs. Afterwards, head to one of the most famous Archeological sites in the world, the Valley of Kings, where the mummified remains of king Tutankhamen were found. This evening don your traditional galabeya and enjoy a festive party featuring traditional Egyptian music and locally inspired cuisine.

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Giant statue of King Amenhotep II at the Colossi of Memnon Egypt

Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

aerial shot above the red rock valley and temple of the Valley of thing Kings near luxor, Egypt

Valley of Kings

colourful egyptian hieroglyphs on a column at the valley of kings luxor

Egyptian hieroglyphs


Day 6

Kom Ombo & Nile excursion

After breakfast, you’ll start the day with a visit to the Kom Ombo Temple which was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. Follow your Egyptologists through the temple as they point out interesting scriptures, relics and even mummified crocodiles which are on display. Head back to the ship for lunch and the chance to lounge on the sun deck and swim in the refreshing pool, as you casually cruise into Aswan. On arrival, you’ll board smaller boats and discover the unique bird species that live along the banks of the Nile before arriving at a traditional village, where you can enjoy tea with a local family and a true example of Nubian hospitality. 

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

large limestone temple build for Kom Ombo near Aswan along the River Nile

Temple of Kom Ombo

Sun deck aboard S.S. Sphinx Uniworld River Cruise ship with white lounge chairs and blue small plunge pool on the Nile River

Sun Seck, S.S. Sphinx


Day 7

Felucca rides and death on the Nile

Today will be full of adventure and history as you explore the sites around Aswan, beginning with a stop at the Aswan high dam to marvel at the modern engineering feat before visiting the nearby unfinished Obelisks and the Philae temple, which was remarkably relocated during the dam’s construction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you’ll sail aboard a felucca, a traditional Egyptian boat and experience the way in which locals navigated the river for centuries. Later, relax over afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract hotel, a colonial-era gem which has played host to numerous celebrities and royals, and was famously depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel, Death on the Nile.

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

sunset with four traditional felucca Egyptian sailboats on the River Nile

Felucca Ride


Day 8

Day at leisure & option excursion

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the old city of Aswan at your own pace, or optionally, speak to our experts about adding on a half day tour to the ancient sites at the Temples of Abu Simbel. On this option excursion you'll enjoy a scenic flight south to Abu Simbel, where you’ll witness the impressive efforts of the Egyptian government and the UNESCO organisation, who dismantled and relocated the temples of Egypt’s most celebrated king, Ramses II. Explore the temples in great detail with an Egyptologist before returning to Aswan and rejoining the group.

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

colourful upholstered bench in luxury lounge area aboard Uniworld S.S. Sphinx on the River Nile Cruise

Lounge area, S.S. Sphinx

Entrance to Temple of Abu Simbel with massive egyptian statues guarding the entrance

Option excursion to Abu Simbel

Egyptian waiter serving cocktail to western tourist aboard River Tosca River Nile Cruise

World-class service


Day 9

Temple of Esna

After enjoying breakfast, you’ll be greeted by your Egyptologist who’ll walk you through a local market to the Roman Temple of Esna, which was one of the last temples ever built in Egypt. And, at the foot of its facade you’ll find the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded. In the afternoon you’ll return to the ship and head up river towards Luxor, savouring the majestic scenery along the River Nile.

Stay: S.S Sphinx or River Tosca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Hierogryph columns adorning a dark hall inside an egyptian temple, temple of Esna

Temple of Esna

ancient Egyption hieroglyphs on the temple walls of Esna

Temple of Esna Hieroglyphs


Day 10

Return to Cairo

Enjoy a final breakfast aboard your luxury River Nile ship and say goodbye to the excellent team on board before a short transfer and return flight to Cairo. After settling into your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo or similar


Breakfast included


Day 11

Ancient pyramids

Saving the best for last, you’ll embark on a bucket-list visit to Egypt’s treasured pyramids, where you’ll have the chance to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur. Begin with ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to famed statue of Ramses II, the Alabaster Sphinx and the step pyramid of king Zoser. Continue on to Necropolis where you’ll lay eyes on the iconic Great Sphinx, which still kneels gracefully as it has for over a thousand years, before a final stop will see you discover the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Giza, with it’s awe-inspiring architecture and impressive size. 

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo or similar

Breakfast & Dinner included

famous egyptian pyramids of Giza with sand dunes, ancient pyramids and a camel walking in front.

Pyramids of Giza


Day 12

Return to UK

After breakfast, head to the airport with your included transfer before your flight back to the UK, where a chauffeur will see you home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"As one of the world's most ancient rivers, the River Nile is best explored at a leisurely pace with time to visit the ruins, temples and tombs without having to rush. That's why the extend cruise aboard Uniworld's elegant Nile ships and time in Cairo are a fantastic combination. What's more, you'll enjoy included Egyptologist-led excursions, all meals, local beverages and bespoke experiences throughout."

David Warne

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Early booking offer: up to 10% off selected 2023 departures: save up to £770 pp
Offer ends 31 August

Guide price from £4,890 pp incl. flights

2022 low season from from: £5,620 pp incl. flights
2022 high season from from: £6,220 pp incl. flights
2023 low season from from: £4,890 pp incl. flights — save up to £530 pp
2023 high season from from: £5,250 pp incl. flights — save up to £770 pp

Early booking offer: up to 10% off selected 2023 departure dates

Limited availability for 2022 departure dates

Includes:

    • Complimentary UK return chauffeur transfers*
    • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
    • Return scheduled flights from the UK to Cairo
    • 4 nights in Cairo at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza (or similar) with daily breakfast
    • 7-night Nile cruise in a riverview stateroom aboard either SS Sphinx or River Tosca depending on cruise date
    • All meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
    • Complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served during lunch and dinner onboard
    • 9 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking trained Egyptologists
    • All transfers between airport, hotels and ship

    *Terms & conditions apply 

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