Sailing to the Temples of the Nile

Overview

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 with a timeless way of life. The breathtaking royal tombs of the New Kingdom pharaohs, awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, the romantic ambiance of our private sailing vessel—they’re all on our unique odyssey amid the eternal wonder that is ancient Egypt.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Great Pyramids / Sphinx

In Cairo, we witness the power of the Great Pyramids, built by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure to stand for eternity. We’ll also explore the massive structure known as the Sphinx, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau, the fascinating Solar Boat on the south side of Khufu’s Pyramid, and the incomparable Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, with its amazing treasures of the young King Tutankhamen.

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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 the graceful Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile. In the Valley of the Kings, we explore magnificent tombs built for generations of pharaohs. One of them, the grand Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female pharaoh, merges with the sheer limestone cliffs around it as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. Embarking aboard our dahabiya, the L'Orient, we’ll settle into our air-conditioned cabins and set out for a five-day sail. Our vessel gives us access to lesser-known sites such as El-Kaab, the pre-Dynastic capital of Upper Egypt, as well as famed Nile-side temples including mammoth Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, who served as the protector and patron of the pharaoh. One evening, we head ashore for a candlelit barbecue at Maniha Island, and on another, we moor at Cobania Island for a visit with local villagers. At Aswan, we visit romantic Philae Temple, a pilgrimage site for thousands of years, and walk through the outdoor market.

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Days 10-11
Abu Simbel

We disembark and fly to Abu Simbel to see the colossal temples of Ramses II, carved into cliff faces in the 12th century BC and still radiating power across the landscape. Depart on Day 11 via Cairo, or join one of our trip extensions.

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Highlights

Highlights

Sail aboard the Lazuli III - L'Orient, 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

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6695  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
Lodging: 5 nights 5-star hotels, 5 nights aboard yacht with air-conditioned cabins
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Archaeology, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, River Cruising
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours

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