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Splendours of Egypt & the Nile

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FREE Private UK Chauffeur Service*

Shore excursions & land tour included*

Luxury hotel stays in Cairo at the Four Seasons*

Complimentary Drinks, Gratuities & Wi-Fi*

Cruise Overview

  • Duration 11 nights
  • Departs 30 Sep 2023
  • Sails from Luxor, Egypt
  • Ship S.S. Sphinx
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1838169

Your Itinerary

Fly from London to Cairo, Egypt Sat 30 Sep 2023

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

Two night hotel stay in Cairo, Egypt Sat 30 Sep 2023

Upon arrival, transfer to the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza for your two night hotel stay, including breakfast

Cairo, Egypt Sun 01 Oct 2023

The ancient quarter of Cairo is intense – the colours, the sounds, the density of people – and it’s likely been this way for thousands of years. Your local expert will show you a 12th century citadel, the beautiful Alabaster Mosque and an unsurpassed collection of priceless artefacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king Tutankhamen (B)

★ Featured Excursion - Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque & Egyptian Museum

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor Mon 02 Oct 2023

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor

Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Luxor, Egypt Mon 02 Oct 2023

Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Prepare to be amazed as you enjoy a tour of the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. Your local guide is a trained Egyptologist with fascinating insights to share.

Later, transfer to the port and embark the 5★ S.S Sphinx and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Uniworld’s new super ship will offer three gourmet dining rooms, a private dining room and an al fresco dining experience, a swimming pool, massage room and 42 gloriously appointed suites. Egyptian artwork, fabrics and hand-carved furnishings on board will bring the beauty of this region to life on board.

Enjoy a Gala Reception and dinner on board this evening (B, L, D)

★ Featured Excursion - Temple at Karnak


Dendera, Egypt Tue 03 Oct 2023


The impressive Temple of Hathor at Dendera was dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty. The temple dates to Egypt’s Ptolemaic era, when the heirs of Alexander the Great ruled over Egypt and adopted Egyptian culture and religion as their own.

★ Featured Excursion - Temple of Hathor

Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Luxor, Egypt Tue 03 Oct 2023

Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Return to Luxor for some time at leisure before visiting the ancient Temple of Luxor. The Temple of Luxor stands on the site of ancient Thebes, the once flourishing capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It was built over hundreds of years and even in ruins it is still an extraordinary place (B, L ,D)

★ Featured Excursion - Temple of Luxor

Kom Ombo

Luxor – Cruising the Nile River – Kom Ombo, Egypt Wed 04 Oct 2023

Kom Ombo

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 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 (B, L, D)

★ Featured Excursion - Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple & Valley of the Kings

Aswan, Egypt

Kom Ombo – Cruising the Nile River – Aswan, Egypt Thu 05 Oct 2023

Aswan, Egypt

After visiting a temple dedicated to the crocodile god today (don’t miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area), hop aboard a small boat for a birdwatching excursion along the Nile (B, L, D)

★ Featured Excursion - Kom Ombo Temple & bird watching boat ride and tea with a Nubian family

Aswan, Egypt

Aswan, Egypt Fri 06 Oct 2023

Aswan, Egypt

Today is an epic day, filled with wonders from start to finish. You’ll visit a marvel of modern engineering – the Aswan High Dam – as well as the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, which was moved from one island to another back in the 1970s. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also take a ride in a felucca – a traditional Egyptian sailboat – and enjoy afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel ‘Death on the Nile’. After dinner on board this evening, you’ll be treated to an enchanting Nubian show featuring traditionally attired performers, live music and dancing (B, L, D)

★ Featured Excursion - Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple

★ Featured Excursion - Boat ride in a traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan


Aswan – Cruising the Nile River – Kom Ombo – Edfu, Egypt Sat 07 Oct 2023


Spend the day at leisure or join an optional excursion to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel (B, L, D)

Esna, Egypt

Esna – Cruising the Nile River – Luxor, Egypt Sun 08 Oct 2023

Esna, Egypt

On today’s excursion, 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, savour the Nile’s majestic scenery as you cruise to Luxor (B, L, D)

★ Featured Excursion - Temple of Esna

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo, Egypt Mon 09 Oct 2023

After breakfast, disembark in Luxor, Egypt and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

Two night hotel stay in Cairo, Egypt Mon 09 Oct 2023

Cairo, Egypt

Upon arrival, transfer to a luxury hotel for your two night stay, including breakfast. (D)

Cairo, Egypt Tue 10 Oct 2023

It’s a day of Bucket List Moments today as you venture to Ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of amazing monuments to see – including the enigmatic Great Sphinx. After seeing the pyramids from afar last evening, you’ll have a thrilling opportunity to view them from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur (B)

★ Featured Excursion - Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Wed 11 Oct 2023

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to London (B)

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)


Fly from Cairo, Egypt to London Wed 11 Oct 2023

What's included *

  • Exclusive Fares with Incredible Savings
  • Free Private UK Chauffeur Service, up to 75 Miles Each Way, for Deluxe French Balcony Staterooms & above
  • Return flights from London (regional and premium class flights may be available on request) and overseas transfers, including flights within Egypt
  • Four night land tour including LUXURY HOTEL STAYS at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, including breakfast
  • Full board cruising on board the brand new 6★ S.S Sphinx
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served during lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gratuities INCLUDED on board & on shore
  • 42 Elegantly appointed stateroom & suites with luxurious amenities
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • Fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on select excursions
  • Services of a dedicated Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager
  • Services of an experienced Egyptologist
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 30th June 2022 and receive a FREE John Lewis gift card worth up to £75

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French Balcony (233 sq ft - 21.6 sq m).

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Deluxe French Balcony (285 sq ft - 26.5 sq m).

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Suite (344 sq ft - 32 sq m).

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Grand Suite (430 sq ft - 40 sq m).

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The Ship - S.S. Sphinx

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The S.S. Sphinx offers two gourmet dining venues, a swimming pool, massage room and 42 gorgeously appointed suites. This Super Ship offers an authentically immersive onboard experience, with bespoke decor by local artisans and materials sourced regionally—such as fine Egyptian cottons, marble and hand-carved blonde wood—to highlight Egyptian craftsmanship while minimizing our carbon footprint.

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  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
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Uniworld River Cruises FAQs

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Uniworld river cruise ship?

If travelling aboard one of Uniworld's sailings departing prior to 31st December 2022 all guests will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required at the time of embarkation until further notice. Guests under 12 will be exempt but will need to provide a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of travel. 

Is there a dress code on board?

The dress code on board is smart casual. Uniworld River Cruises recommend wearing comfortable clothing and packing for a range of weather conditions.

Do Uniworld cater for special diets?

Uniworld River Cruises cater for most dietary needs (e.g. low fat, low calorie, gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian) as long they are alerted in advance. Please call us prior to sailing so we can inform Uniworld River Cruises.

Is there Wi-Fi on board?

Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Can I book shore excursions once on board?

Additional shore excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager once on board.

Can I smoke on board?

Smoking is permitted on board each ship but restricted to the sun decks only. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes.

How do gratuities work?

Gratuities are included in the price of your Scenic river cruise.

Last Updated: 21/03/2022

* Terms & Conditions

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Booking conditions of Uniworld and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Exclusively reduced fares are applicable on select sailings, savings is based on two adults sharing. Flights may be indirect. Regional flights may incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Free one-way Business Class flight upgrade is applicable to select 2023 departures. Drinks are included with lunch and dinner as stated and subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Tours are subject to change. Please notes itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may be affected by water levels, closures due to public holidays or other uncontrollable factors which may require travel by motor coach. Order of sightseeing tours may change throughout the itinerary. Please note, itinerary is subject to change. 6★ all-inclusive refers to the cruise element only. Hotel stay star ratings are ROL Cruise classified. Where a hotel is named this is subject to availability. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner.  Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and supplements may apply. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. Other flight sector in Economy. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.

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