In the Wake of Cleopatra

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, lesser-known sites like Nekhbet, abode of the vulture goddess, and 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 / Sphinx

In Cairo, we witness the grandeur of the Pyramids of Giza, which are the monumental tombs of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure and their queens. We’ll also see the lion-headed Great Sphinx, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau, and the fascinating Solar Boat Museum next to the Great Pyramid. In the incomparable Egyptian Museum, our visit brings us to the golden 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

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 along the valley of the Nile. We 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 Lazuli III-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 mammoth 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 trip extensions.

Highlights

Highlights

Travel aboard a traditional Nile sailing vessel with air-conditioned, en suite cabins
Experience Egypt indepth with the cultural insights of our superb Egyptologist guide
Discover magnificent temples from Luxor to Aswan
Fly over, then visit the cliff-side temple of Ramses at Abu Simbel
Extend your trip to Jordan or Alexandria

Details

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

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