In the Wake of Cleopatra

Sailing to the Temples of the Nile


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Pyramids of Giza / Grand Egyptian Museum / Sphinx

In Cairo, we visit the incomparable new Grand Egyptian Museum, which counts among its wonders the golden treasures of the young King Tutankhamun. We then witness the grandeur of the Pyramids of Giza, the monumental tombs of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure and their queens. Nearby, we’ll visit the mysterious lion-bodied Great Sphinx, the protector of the pyramids, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau.

Mena House
Cairo, Egypt
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Days 4-9
Luxor / Karnak / Valley of the Kings/ Sailing the Nile / Aswan

We fly to Luxor, a city built on the site of ancient Thebes. The all-powerful Theban pharaohs showed their prowess by building elaborate monuments here and in the valley of the Nile. We’ll walk amid the stone columns of the stupendous Temple of Karnak and visit graceful Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile. In the Valley of the Kings, we explore magnificent tombs, including the grand Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh. Embarking aboard the L’Orient, with its air-conditioned cabins, our five-day sail gives us access to lesser-visited sites such as El Kab, the pre-Dynastic capital of Upper Egypt, and 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.

Days 10-11
Abu Simbel

At Abu Simbel, we see the colossal temples of Ramses II, the most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom. The temples were carved into cliff faces in the 12th century BC and are still an imposing sight today. Depart on Day 11 via Cairo, or join one of our extensions.



Travel aboard a traditional Nile sailing vessel with air-conditioned, en suite cabins
Experience Egypt in depth with the cultural insights of our superb Egyptologist guide
Special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefertari, considered the most exquisitely decorated in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens
Extend your trip to Jordan or Alexandria


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $7595  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
Lodging: 5 nights deluxe hotels, 5 nights aboard yacht with air-conditioned cabins
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, River Cruising, Small Boat and Yacht Cruising
Trip Level:

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