on a Yacht
The 14-Day Version : Cairo , The White Desert and a dahabiya
Here's the best of
Egypt : a good look at Cairo and a Five Day
Dahabiya cruise along the Nile , a Foray into the Western Sahara
and even includes Dendera Temple , Abydos Temple and the Abu Simbel
to Egypt and enjoy your honeymoon or Anniversary on a Dahabiya Nile
Rihana Dahabiya. Yasmina Dahabiya. Haya Dahabiya . Oum Koulthom Dahabiya
Compare with the 14 day without the Sahara Camping
1 - CAIRO - Sunday - Weekly in Cairo ,
local 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 and
exit the terminal, then our local representative will escort you (private
vehicle) to the hotel .
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with
our compliments. Sample Hotels or similar : J. W. Marriott
. Cairo Marriott , Hilton , Cairo Conrad ,Intercontinental or similar
2 - CAIRO - Monday (BLD)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum including
the " Mummies Room" ,
and King Tut's Gold Treasure Room . Lunch is included at a charming
local restaurant: Naguib Mahfouz or one of the restaurant at Hadaik
El-Azhar ,on to the Citadel of Saladin, and Mohammed Ali Mosque,
made of alabaster. Conclude your tour with a walking tour of Khan El
- Khalili Bazaar and Muizz LedeenAllah medieval districts. Return
to the hotel and get ready for dinner tonight at El Zitouni restaurant
at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza .
Restaurant offers authentic Egyptian food , you can order up shish barak
and finish it off with homemade keshta ice cream . Take a seat in the
main dining area and enjoy stunning views of the Nile or settle into
one of the contemporary wood alcoves for a more intimate option. An
extensive buffet display situated near the open kitchen .
3 - CAIRO - El Bahariya Oases- Tuesday (BLD)
Early morning departure before sunrise to be able to watch the sunrise
over the Sahara.
We board a private four wheel vehicle and proceed west on the Sahara
Highway, ( 180 Kilometers from Cairo to El Bahariya), visiting Qaser
Sleim , Alexander Tomb and Museum of Golden Mummies . Lunch and Dinner
at the hotel : Desert Rose Eco Lodge in Bahariya , or Beshimo Lodge
or similar. Evening Bedouin folk show .
4 - White Desert - Wednesday (BLD)
After a morning tour of El Bahariya we head for the White Desert ( 180
Kilometers) , on the way we'll stop ay Crystal Mountain to marvel at
the different Shapes of Lime Stones , arrive Farafra Oasis , where we
will camp for the night.
( In a tent) , dinner will be camp style. This tour may not be suitable
for families with children who may not be used to camping, and the lack
of hotel amenities. Local Egyptian BBQ dinner at the White Desert.
OF COURSE no problem to provide vegetarian meals ( please alert us in
advance) . If
you prefer to stay at a hotel
then we 'll move back to El Farafra Oases and : Badawiya Hotel
5 - CAIRO - Thursday (B. Lunch Box. D)
Early morning camp style breakfast before sunrise, drive back to Cairo
( 380 Kilometers). Lunch box including bottled water and fruit. Remainder
of the day at leisure. Hyatt Dinner Cruise is included in Cairo .
6 - CAIRO- Luxor - Dendera - Abydos - Friday (BL)
Breakfast is included at the hotel in Cairo, then we board your flight
heading for Luxor, where at the airport , our local rep. will be waiting
for you with a sign in your name, then we drive inland to tour Denderah
Temple , tour is in an air-conditioned vehicle, with a chauffeur of
course as well as an English speaking guide / Egyptologist.
Dendera Temple is among the best preserved in Egypt. This temple as
a sight to hold. Indiana Jones would have felt at home, with the massive
stones & underground passages. We tour as well Abydos before we
head back to Luxor (lunch box included )
IN A DAY: We'll travel to Denderah to visit the Temple of Hathor,
one of the best-preserved in all of Egypt, and also one of the most
important. In the ancient beliefs, Hathor was the consort of the god
of daylight, ruler of the west, and protector or the underworld. In
the manner of wise desert wayfarers, we'll leave before dawn to take
advantage of cool temperatures. Our air-conditioned vehicle will take
us through timeless Nile side villages, where life revolves around the
irrigation and harvest of crops. Finally, we'll reach the temple precincts.
We'll take note of the unusually deep tombs, and pass under the celebrated
Zodiac, in a chapel dedicated to Osiris. (Denderah is the traditional
site of his rebirth.) Our full day will also include a visit to Abydos,
traditional home of Osiris, god of the underworld, and a stopping point
on the journey of wayfaring souls. We'll enjoy a box lunch with bottled
water included . Reach Luxor late afternoon and your hotel in Luxor
. Dinner is included at the hotel in
Sample Deluxe : Steigenberger Nile View room, or the Old Winter Palace
, Nile view room , or Al-Moudira Hotel on the West Bank (please advise
your preference at the time of booking ) .
Day 7 - Saturday - Luxor and board your Dahabiya
breakfast our local rep. will escort you to your
deluxe air conditioned Nile cruise felucca or dahabiya , Board Luxor
( or Aswan ) . Welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin with our
compliments . After lunch ( all your meals on board do include : one
small bottle of water for each guest plus tea /coffee) , after lunch
we head out for the afternoon tour of Karnak and Luxor temples:
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. In the evening your
guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Luxor
and the water front. Sample
Deluxe Felucca / Dahabiya : Rihana , Yasmina , Haya Dahabiya or similar
8 - Sunday - Luxor - Deir El Medina- Madinet Habu - King Tut's Tomb.
On board your Yacht Nile Cruise .(BLD)
Today we tour the West Bank to visit to the burial places of the Pharaohs
- the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb
of Tutankhamen in 1922. WE INCLUDE entrance fees to King Tut's
Tomb. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the temple
of Medinet Habu,
the Ancient Workers Village at Deir El Medineh, the first known
"Workers Village" these were the true creative heroes who
built the temples & tombs for the mighty Pharaohs of the Nile Kingdom.
El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different perspective
on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir
el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of
Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives
us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed
and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be
the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement
in its tour and cruise programs, brief stop at Colossi of Memnon, before
we head back to the Dahabiya and sail to Esna .
9- Monday - Private Tour to Esna Temple - Edfu - On
board your Nile Cruise (BLD)
This morning , we have arranged for a private guide and private vehicle
for a quick tour of the hidden gem , the Esna Temple , still half buried
beneath the village square . As soon as you are back on board , your
Dahabiya 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 we moor or maybe near Ramady Village.
10- Tuesday - Kom Ombo -Aswan - On board your 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
sun, then enjoy a leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya
moors for tonight. In the evening you 'll enjoy Sound and Light show
at Philae Temple.
11- Wednesday - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Fly back to Cairo-
(Breakfast and lunch box )
Disembarkation After Breakfast: Check-out after breakfast. 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. We head
Aswan Airport and your flight to Abu Simbel .
Fly over Lake Nasser, watching the sky lighten and the sacred sun rise
above the horizon. We reach the great temples where your
" Private guide", Private driver and
Private air-conditioned vehicle await
In 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 temples , admiring
their ancient aura and artistry, after which we head for Abu Simbel
Airport and fly back to Cairo
, air fare is always included in economy class with all taxes . In Cairo
, we 'll assist of course with your transfer to your hotel.
hotels : City Stars Inter.continental . J. W. Marriott , Cairo Marriott
, Cairo Conrad or similar .
12 - Thursday - Cairo (BLD)
Today we drive to the edge of the Sahara and Giza : Tour includes the
Sphinx , the Pyramids of Giza, complimentary short Camel ride
is included, to allow you a photo opp 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 the Mena House . On to Memphis , Sakkara and the Step
Pyramid. We return to your hotel late afternoon. Dinner is included
at La Bodega Restaurant, or similar .
13 - CAIRO - Friday (B)
Full day at leisure , enjoy Cairo as you wish or maybe do your last
minute shopping. .
DAY 14 - CAIRO/ Departure - Saturday (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
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Dahabias Photo Gallery
. Sample Deck plan for some of the Dahabbiya's
. All are available for private charter . Compare
with the Ultra Deluxe Version based on Four Seasons or Mena House Palace
Dahabiya , Yasmina or Haya Dahabiya ( or similar) Nile cruise
shore excursions with all the guided sightseeing including all
entrance fees, all as per itinerary .
Egyptologist and private car/driver for Cairo and Abu Simbel tours
as listed including all entrance fees and lunch.
meals on board the DELUXE Felucca / Yacht / Dahabiya Nile cruise
: Pre set meals as listed including B =
Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast),
L = Lunch, D = Dinner
coffle and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise
airfares within Egypt in "Y" class including tax as
Private air conditioned car /driver for all transfers within Egypt.
hotel accommodation with tax & service charges.
Accommodation in a private cabin : Double or single on board The
Dahabiya / Felucca / Yacht Nile Cruise with all meals and shore
Rihana Dahabiya or similar:
Ramses Hilton. Semiramis Inter.Continental or similar:
Rates in USD $
Rate per person in double : $ 6516.
Rate per person in single : $ 8050.
Season : Easter season ( 2 weeks ) , Christmas and New
Year season ( 2weeks) :
Please add : % 15 to the listed rates
Dahabiya or similar :
Guide - Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle - Private Chauffeur for
all the Cruise Shore Excursions.
The Four Seasons Hotel - Nile View Superior room
Flying Business Class within Egypt :
( Aswan -Abu Simbel flights ( plane configuration) are only in economy
class ) .
per person in USD $ :
Rate per person in double : $ 8,210.
Rate per person in single : $ 9,644.
Season : Easter season ( 2 weeks ) , Christmas and New Year
season ( 2weeks) :
Please add : % 20 to the listed rates
Does Not Includes:
air fare from / to your home country .
Visa : please pay the $ 15 in cash upon arrival, no photos required
. Visa maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited
number of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean
and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport
in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival
Reviews: What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
Original Message --------
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2:04 PM
Subject: We're Back!
We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our
weeklong detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours
were very good, and short of heading out to the islands, I can't
think of a single thing we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far
the highlight of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't
about Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could
not have done the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional,
courteous, and helpful, and always went out of his way to make
sure we were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist
guides, Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made
our visit so much better with their endless supply of information.
We wore out both days long before they did. We will definitely
try to come back to Egypt when we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize
what we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people.
And please find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride.
Adrian & Melina