Explore the Nile by private dahabiya, a traditional two-masted Nile sailing yacht that hosts just 10 guests—it's a dream journey for travelers. With our expert Egyptologist, we sail from Luxor to Aswan, discovering stunning pharaonic monuments including Nile-side Kom Ombo, with its crocodile motif, and experiencing fascinating Nile settings where bigger vessels can't go. The royal tombs of the New Kingdom pharaohs, awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, and a romantic sailing vessel make this an unforgettable odyssey through ancient Egypt.
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
In Cairo, we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, then witness the majesty of the Pyramids of Giza, the monumental tombs of the pharaohs and their queens. Nearby, we'll visit the lion-bodied Great Sphinx, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau.
We fly to Luxor, where the all-powerful Theban pharaohs built elaborate monuments in the valley of the Nile. We'll walk amid the stone columns of the stupendous Temple of Karnak and visit graceful Luxor Temple. In the Valley of the Kings, we explore magnificent tombs, including the grand Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous female pharaoh. Embarking aboard our dahabiya, with its air-conditioned cabins, our five-day sail gives us access to lesser-visited sites as well as famed Nile-side temples including Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god, Horus. One evening, we enjoy a candlelit barbecue at Maniha Island, and on another, we moor at Cobania Island for a visit with villagers. At Aswan, we visit romantic Philae Temple, a pilgrimage site for thousands of years.
Our last visit is to Abu Simbel, the colossal temples of Ramses II, carved into cliff faces in the 12th century BC and still an imposing sight today. Depart on Day 11 via Cairo, or join one of our extensions.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Minimum fee: $600 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-3 (3 nights)
Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was converted into a hotel in the 1880s. It has hosted sultans, pashas, royals, and statesmen during more than a century as one of the world's grand hotels. People love...
Day 4 (1 night)
Days 5-9 (5 nights)
Day 10 (1 night)
This hotel has a great location—near the airport and the downtown business district, so it's close to everything, including good shopping. Guest rooms are clean and spacious, and there are 11 restaurants and bars, so you're sure to find one to suit your taste. Enjoy a cocktail on the poolside...
Our home base for five nights is the 100-foot dahabiya L'Orient, a traditional Nile sailboat built at the end of the 19th century and completely refitted in 2003. She is air conditioned and has two decks and four double or twin cabins and one suite with private baths. The L'Orient is sail-powered only, but will use motor-boat assistance in cases of low wind. Public spaces on L'Orient include an interior lounge and a large shaded deck where meals are served. There are electrical outlets in the cabins for charging batteries. (You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter). Meals are on board the L'Orient. Bottled water is available on board as well as tea and coffee. A selection of imported wine and beer is available for purchase. There is no corkage fee for trip members who bring their own.
"One of our best of 8 Wilderness trips."
Palo Alto, CA
"Everything was just perfect! I couldn't have imagined a better trip. The food was amazing, the service, the guide, the group, the hotels, the boat, the pace, the sites, the villages, the Nile! Thank you so much for an incredible trip!"
"I am still in shock and awe! It was truly a trip of a lifetime."
"This was a wonderful experience in all aspects—the accommodations, the places visited, the pace, the people we met, the boat and crew...everything."
"Did I say how much I loved the sailboat?"
Los Altos, CA
"The trip was a glorious combo of mind-boggling temples, sailing on the Nile, and lovely hotels, all with an interesting fun group."
"Would take this trip all over again! Sailing the Nile was priceless."
"We had a fantastic time on the trip. So much history—and such great guides! Really enjoyed sailing on the dahabiya, a special way to see the Nile Valley."
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Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.