In the Wake of Cleopatra

Sailing to the Temples of the Nile


This is a traveler’s dream journey: exploring the Nile by private dahabiya, a traditional two-masted Nile sailing yacht that hosts just 10 guests. With our expert Egyptologist, we sail from Luxor to Aswan, discovering stunning pharaonic monuments including Nile-side Kom Ombo, with its crocodile motif, and lesser-known sites like Nekbet, abode of the vulture goddess. We’ll bring you to fascinating out-of-the-way places where bigger vessels can’t go, including tranquil Nile farming villages. The royal tombs of the New Kingdom pharaohs, awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, and a romantic sailing vessel—they’re all on our unique odyssey through ancient Egypt.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Pyramids of Giza / Sphinx

In Cairo, we witness the grandeur of the Pyramids, built to stand for eternity by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. We’ll also explore the massive Sphinx, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau, the fascinating Solar Boat Museum next to Khufu’s Pyramid, and the incomparable Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, with its treasures of the young King Tutankhamun.

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

Flying to Luxor, we walk through the forest of stone columns at stupendous Karnak Temple and visit graceful Luxor Temple. In the Valley of the Kings, we explore magnificent tombs including the grand Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female pharaoh. Embarking aboard the Lazuli III, with its air-conditioned cabins, our five-day sail gives us access to lesser-known sites such as El-Kab, the pre-Dynastic capital of Upper Egypt, as well as famed Nile-side temples including mammoth Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god, Horus. One evening, we enjoy a candlelit barbecue on an island in the Nile, 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

Fly to Abu Simbel to see 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 trip extensions.



Travel aboard a traditional Nile sailing vessel, complete with air-conditioned cabins and en-suite facilities
Experience Egypt in-depth with the cultural insights of our superb Egyptologist guide
Discover magnificent temples from Luxor to Aswan, and see the great temple of Ramses at Abu Simbel
Extend your trip to Jordan or Alexandria


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
Lodging: 5 nights deluxe hotels, 5 nights aboard yacht with air-conditioned cabins
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Archaeology, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, River Cruising
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours