Join Playbill Travel for 12 adventure-filled days, and experience Egypt and the Nile’s most wondrous sites in style and luxury. Before we set sail, we have two pre-cruise nights at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel, followed by a private, chartered flight to Luxor before we board the River Tosca and the S.S. Sphinx. After our exciting eight-day voyage, we’ll fly back to Cairo on a private, chartered flight, followed by two post-cruise nights at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel.After embarking in Luxor, we are set to visit Dendera, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Edfu and Esna, where we’ll wander amongst the towering ruins of the Temple of Karnak, the world’s largest ancient religious complex, and the entrancing Temple of Luxor. We’ll visit temples dedicated to Hathor, Horus, and other mythological figures, and pay homage to the country’s first female rules at the Temple of Hatshepsut. Upon returning to Cairo, we’ll visit the famous Egyptian Museum and its stupendous and unrivaled collection of pharaonic artifacts, including treasures recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, and journey to Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and Sphinx – iconic images that continue to amaze.
As always, Playbill Travel will bring along a wonderful lineup of Broadway talent to wow us with their incredible talent, both in Cairo at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel and on the River Tosca and the S.S. Sphinx.
Kom Ombo, Egypt
Ports of Call
On a round trip from Cairo, Playbill Travel passengers will experience the enchanting land of marvels, myths, and wonders old and new, and see first-hand that Egypt is an extraordinary destination no culturally curious traveler will want to miss.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, with a name that means "the victorious city." It is located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river's delta in northern Egypt and has been settled for more than 6,000 years, serving as the capital of numerous Egyptian kingdoms.
Shore Excursions in Cairo
- Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum
- Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza
- Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit
Once the center of the ancient world, Luxor is the most important destination for any visitor interested in ancient Egyptian history. This outdoor museum has the largest collection of historical monuments in Egypt, distributed throughout the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak north of Luxor, and Thebes on the west side of the Nile. The Luxor area of Upper Egypt was the Thebes of the ancient Egyptians - the capital of Egypt during the Middle and New Kingdoms. Today it is famous for its temples. Next to Cairo, this is the city holding the most impressive Pharaonic monuments. And they're bountiful too. Valley of the Kings, the Theban Necropolis and Karnak are all a few miles away from the city of Luxor.
Shore Excursions in Luxor
- Temple at Karnak
- Temple of Luxor
- Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings
Dendera is a little city in Egypt on the west bank of the Nile, home of the Temple of the Goddess Hathor. Similar to the other temple sites in Egypt, the presently standing complex at Dendera marks the location of a very old holy place. An indication off the antiquity of the temple site is given by the astronomical alignment of the main temple to Gamma Draconis before 5000BC. Early texts refer to a Pre-dynastic temple that was rebuild during the Old Kingdom, and further developed by New Kingdom pharaohs including Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, and Ramses II and III.
Shore Excursions in Dendera
- Temple of Hathor
Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). About 30 miles north of Aswan is the Temple of Kom Ombo built on a high dune overlooking the Nile River. Ptolemy VI built the temple in the 2nd century BC but Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. Augustus built the outer enclosure and part of the court around 30 BC.
Shore Excursions in Kom Ombo
- Kom Ombo Temple
Aswan is a beautiful city located in Upper Egypt. It was once the gate to Africa and an important ancient trade center. Aswan today offers beautiful natural scenery in addition to numerous sights of interest. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts, or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
Shore Excursions in Aswan
- Bird watching boat ride and tea with a Nubian family
- Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple
- Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan
Edfu was a flourishing city in Ancient Times. Today, the most important monument in the city of Edfu is the Temple of Horus, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and preserved temples in Egypt. The origins of the Temple probably date back to the Second Intermediate Period, but the actual Temple only dates back to Ptolemaic times. The work of construction began during the reign of Ptolemy III (about 237 BC) and was finished during the reign of Ptolemy IV. Some other additions were made by other Ptolemaic Kings, and Roman Emperor Augustus. The construction of this Temple and its additions, inscriptions, and relief’s took about 180 years!
Esna was the ancient city of Senat, called Latopolis by the Greeks. The “city of the fish” where the Nile perch was worshipped. Today Esna is very famous for its river barrage and as a result, Esna is a stopover for most of the cruise boats. The Esna Temple, which was buried beneath its own debris for many centuries, is located in the center of town, close to the Nile River.
Shore Excursions in Esna
- Temple of Esna