1 - CAIRO Wednesday . Weekly
in Cairo , year round
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
hotel. Visa maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited
number of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean
and Japanese citizens. For Americans , please pay the $ 15 USD fee in
cash upon arrival . You are responsible for having your passport in
order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in
Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name you after
you clear the passport and customs formalities. Welcome fruit
basket and Egyptian pastry, await you in your hotel room . Hotels :
City Stars Intercontinental Ramses Hilton , Sonesta , Cairo Conrad or
Grand Hyatt or similar .
: All meals on board the Felucca / Yacht / Dahabiya Nile cruise
: and for rest of the program please check meal codes Pre set meals
as listed including B = Breakfast, (or cB,
Continental Breakfast), L = Lunch, D
2 - CAIRO - Thursday (BL)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum including
the " Mummies Room" . Lunch is included at the charming
Naguib Mahfouz local restaurant ( or similar ) , on
to the Citadel of Saladin, and Mohammed Ali Mosque, made
of alabaster, then wander through the alleys of the legendary Khan El
Khalili Bazaar district .
3 - Giza - Friday (BLD)
Today we drive to the edge of the desert , tour Giza major monuments
: the Sphinx , the Pyramids of Giza, complimentary short Camel
ride is included, to allow you a photo with the Pyramids in the background,
time is limited , so please do not go for what the camel driver tries
to convince you , i.e. go for a long ride around the Pyramids .
Lunch is included at a local restaurant at the Mena House or the Meridien
Pyramids . On to the ancient capital of the Northern Delta Kingdom :
Memphis, and the necropolis of Sakkara including the Step Pyramid. Dinner
cruise is included tonight with a folk show ( on board the Hyatt cruise)
Day 4 - Saturday -Cairo to Luxor and board
your deluxe air conditioned Dahabiya (BLD)
early morning breakfast and transfer to Cairo Airport. Flight is included
in our rate, in economy class , tax included . Morning arrival at Luxor
, where our local rep. will be meeting you at the airport with a sign
, and escort you to your
deluxe air conditioned Nile cruise dahabiya . Board Luxor ( or Aswan
Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously
lunch, excursion to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of
the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered
the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of
the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon.
moored on the Nile banks of Luxor. Sample
Dahabiyas : El Bey . Sonesta
Dahabiya, Rihana Dahabiya or Similar .
5 - Sunday - Luxor - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
You will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak,
with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing
28 th Dynasty Luxor Temple . Overnight
moored in Luxor .
6 - Monday - Luxor to Esna - On board your Yacht Nile
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to
Esna where your dahabiya will moor. Private guide for your tour of Esna
7 - Tuesday - Edfu - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved
Temple of Edfu . Overnight
on board as we will look for an island in the middle of the Nile where
8 - Wednesday - Kom Ombo - On board your Yacht Nile
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated
to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning
moored beside a Nile island.
9 - Thursday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya moors overnight.
10 - Friday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old
Dam (completed in 1902) and the ' unfinished obelisk', lying in situ
since the days of the pharaohs. You will also visit the Philae Temple,
dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters
of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.
11- Saturday - Aswan- Abu Simbel - (BLD)
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out. We
bid farewell to the crew, we switch transportation modes and head for
Aswan Airport and your flight to Abu Simbel . Air fare is always included
within Egypt, economy class , tax included .
In Abu Simbel :
Your private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private
Egyptologist will be waiting for you at the airport , proceed to : Tour
the mighty Temples of Ramses the Great & his Queen:
the larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with the
gods and attended by his queen and daughters.
The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears
as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the
benevolent cow. We explore these fine temple by ourselves in the quiet
of the morning, admiring their ancient aura and artistry, before we
head to your hotel, Seti or similar.
Lunch & dinner are included at the hotel.
Evening Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel, transfers & entrance
tickets are included.
: Seti First Hotel , Nefertari Hotel or similar .
If you prefer to fly in/out of Abu Simbel same day
, please click here
12 - Sunday - Abu Simbel - Fly back to Cairo (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. (For
guests interested in Photography) Rising before dawn, we drive to the
temples , watching the sky lighten and the sacred sun rise above the
horizon. We reach the great temples while the air is clean , clear and
cool, and the sun's light still golden ; just right for photographs.
After which and Just as planeloads of visitors arrive to throng the
temples we fly back to Aswan , and
connect with your flight back to Cairo and your hotel: Grand Hyatt ,
Sonesta , Conrad or similar . Air fare is always included within Egypt,
economy class , tax included . If
you prefer to fly in/out of Abu Simbel same day
, please click here
13 - CAIRO - Home Hosted Family Dinner in Cairo - Monday
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Lunch is served
at a charming local restaurant at Khan El Khalili old district, followed
by a leisurely walking tour of the Khan El Khalili12-Century District
A complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (
T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town )
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! You'll be invited to
a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know
14 - Cairo Fayoum - Tuesday (cBL)
Desert Safari for the Day - Fayoum Oases - And you thought the Pyramids
wilds of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue
for hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains,
oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.
us for a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place
of camels, we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four
Toyota Land Cruisers. Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel,
and soon you’ll leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the
drive toward the Oasis of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest.
Hard as it is to believe, a great inland sea once covered these sands.
It was a holy reserve of sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.
visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside
the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s
village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught
fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and
discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating
crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll
also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local
artisans are on display.
it’s into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure!
We’ll head alongside and across desert washes, between dunes,
and over ancient lake beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales
( In Arabic : Wadi-El-Hitan) . Incredibly, these great mammals once
thrived - almost forty million years ago- in waters surrounded by sands.
We’ll stop and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside
smaller sea creatures that remain in stone .
This valley was discovered in 1936 , by the German geologist George
Schweinfurth in the northwestern corner of Wadi El-Rayan .
The valley provides evidence of one of the major changes in this mammal
evolution has been declared by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.
It is believed that these land based whales once had feet that may have
helped them somewhat while ashore . A team from the University of Michigan
discovered in the late 80's that these Zeuglodon whales did have rudimentary
feet , this was a startling discovery , suggesting that whales of Wadi
-El-Hitan had recently started living in water as well , these whales
were not related to any of the whales we have today , rather a more
slender body and may grow up to 75 feet long. Several skeletons of whales
are exposed in the sand. George Schweinfurth named this extinct specie
the Zeuglodon Isis Whales .
the evening, you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land
transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser
with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included
15 - Cairo - AAAAH ! Finally a day at LEISURE ! Wednesday (cB)
day at leisure . Explore Cairo as you wish , maybe a chance last minute
16 - Alexandria- Thursday (BL)
Private air conditioned vehicle , private chauffeur at all times for
your transfer. Your Private guide will board the train with you on Cairo
On to Cairo Railway Station. Board the Express train Cairo Alexandria
- First Class, reserved seats, air-conditioned . Disembark at Sidi Gaber
Station in Alexandria
In Alexandria, once again: Private air conditioned vehicle , private
chauffeur at all times for your tours and transfer. Today is a very
Full day tour : The Museum, the Catacombs, the Roman Amphitheater and
Qayet Bey Fortress
built on the same site of the ancient wonder of the world : the famous
Alexandria Light House. A brief stop at " El Selsela" the
site of the Underwater reserve where Cleopatra Place was discovered,
as well as Caesar Kiosk. Lunch at a local restaurant , then its off
to the new site for the Alexandria Library before heading to your hotel
. In the evening , we will head to the city center for a leisurely walk
and maybe tea at one of the local cafes ( included with our compliments)
in Alexandria : Deluxe Helnan Palestine Deluxe Hotel or
Alexandria Four Seasons San Stefano .
17 - Alexandria- Friday (B. Lunch Box )
After breakfast, check out . Proceed to tour the local souks, and "zanket
Lunch box will be provided from your hotel in Alexandria. We
head south back to Cairo .
We stop at Wadi El Natroun monastery , where early Coptic Christians
retreated here to escape the Roman persecution in the 4th century AD.
The Egyptian Pope of Alexandria is always chosen from the Monks of wadi
El Natroun. Reach Cairo early evening and your hotel : Marriott , Semiramis
Intercontinental Hotel, Cairo Sonesta Hotel, or similar .
DAY 18 - CAIRO/ Departure - Thursday (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
Or add a foray into the Sahara:
Three Days / Two Nights - Private
are in USD $ .
PER Person . There is no triple occupancy
year except the two weeks Easter season - Christmas/New Year's : Dec
20 - Jan 3 :
Rates are per person in USD $
Rate per person in triple : $ 5500.
Rate per person in double : $ 5635.
Rate per person in single : $ 8200.
Season : Easter ( 2 weeks ) & Christmas and New Year:
Dec 20 - Jan 3
Rates are per person in USD $
Rate per person in double : $ 6005.
Rate per person in double : $ 6170.
Rate per person in single : $ 9597.
cruise on board the deluxe Air-conditioned Dahabiyas : Rihana Dahabiya,
Sonesta Dahabiya or similar , including all shore excursions with
all the guided sightseeing including all entrance fees, all as per
Egyptologist and private car/driver for Cairo and Abu Simbel tours
as listed including all entrance fees and lunch.
meals on board the Felucca / Yacht / Dahabiya Nile cruise : and
for rest of the program please check meal codes Pre set meals as
listed including B = Breakfast, (or cB,
Continental Breakfast), L = Lunch, D
coffle and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise
airfares within Egypt in "Y" class including tax .
Private air conditioned car /driver for all transfers within Egypt.
hotel accommodation with tax & service charges.
fee , visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for : American,
Australian, NZ , Canadian, Singaporean & Japanese citizens.
You are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least
for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
Accommodation in a private cabin : Double or single on board The
Dahabiya / Felucca / Yacht Nile Cruise with all meals and shore
excursions ( there is no triple occupancy cabin on board )
complimentary home hosted family dinner in Cairo.
Does Not Includes:
air fare from / to your home country .
expenses, including excess baggage or shipping charges, beverages,
and personal charges in hotels for laundry, telephone, or other
maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number
of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean and
Japanese citizens. For Americans , please pay the $ 15 USD fee in
cash upon arrival . You are responsible for having your passport
in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival
in Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name
you after you clear the passport and customs formalities
visitors come to Egypt to fulfill their dream of sailing the Nile
on board a private boat.
These Four Dahabbiya allow you to experience the Nile 's romance
in an intimate, privileged setting. These dahabiyas take you back
in time to a gentler, more gracious era.
shallow drafts, sails, and oars, feluccas could navigate not only
the great river, but the maze of canals threading through its banks,
with or without wind, reaching every part of the kingdom.
/ Feluccas long ago transcended their role as humble transports.
They held the ancient empire together, carrying troops, decrees,
and the very mystery of the pharaoh.