Cruise the Nile in style aboard the River Tosca, a recently built riverboat that allows its passengers to follow in the wake of Cleopatra and Tutankhamen as it ploughs down the world’s longest river. From spacious luxury suites, guests can watch thousands of years of history pass by as they travel through the fertile valley that supported one of the world’s great civilisations, from the Valley of the Kings near Luxor to the pyramids close to Cairo.
As well as providing a comfortable vantage view on the past, the very modern facilities on the boat ensure passengers enjoy the here and now, with spacious and extremely well appointed cabins. The River Tosca also allows guests to take full advantage of the desert sun, with a large sundeck and a swimming pool available for relaxation and refreshment. Indoors, there are more cossetting options in the massage room, and the library. Occasionally evening dining takes place on the deck under the stars, with perfumed aromas from the ship’s shisha pipes wafting past.
Food & Drink
1 restaurant, 1 bar
Massage room, gym
The excellent restaurant is happy to structure mealtimes to suit the excursions that have been planned. The food on offer tends to be a generous buffet of Western and Egyptian cuisines for breakfast and lunch, with good meze available at the latter; and very English afternoon tea is also served, on the covered portion of the top deck. Dinner is a formal affair, with four courses, again with a selection of Egyptian and international foods to choose from.
On alternate nights local performers – dancers, dervishes and musicians – come aboard to entertain guests. There are also Egyptian-themed nights, which involve staff musical performances and are followed by dancing.
The staff includes a masseuse trained in Western and Thai techniques, and there is also a gym with several exercise machines to chose from.
Such is the history of the surrounds that learning tends to occur on the frequent onshore excursions, accompanied by knowledgeable guides.
Guests can partake in numerous guided shore excursions, mainly involving visits to both well-known and less famous temples and tombs. There is at least one available daily, and early starts are common, in order to avoid the heat of the day.