Sailing


The world’s longest river and its extraordinary monuments, the stunningly fertile valley and the barren beauty of the surrounding desert, the light and heat, and the joy of slow travel in a superfast world all add up to one of the highlights of a trip to Egypt, or anywhere in the world.

Long Cruises

Cairo Day 1

  • Check in
  • Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure.
  • Dinner & overnight

Cairo Day 2
  • Day free at leisure. (optional tours are available upon request)
  • Overnight in Cairo

Cairo Day 3
  • Check in
  • Day free at leisure.(optional tours are available upon request)
  • Back to the boat for dinner & overnight.

Cairo Day 4
  • Sail to Beni Sweif by 12:00 noon time Enjoy the beauty of the Nile while having Lunch.
  • Afternoon free at leisure
  • Overnight on board

Minya Day 5
  • Day at leisure while sailing to Bani Hassan.
  • Overnight on board

Minya Day 6
  • After breakfast it is time to visit the rock-cut tombs of Bani Hassan.
  • Join the boat at Malawy to sail to Tel el Amarna.
  • Back to ship for sailing to Abu Korkas to visit Tuna el Gabal & Ashmunein.
  • Overnight on board

Assiut Day 7
  • After Breakfast visit Tel El Amarna.
  • Sail to Assiut
  • Overnight.

Sohag Day 8
  • Sail to Sohag and pass the bridge then sail to El Balyana.
  • Overnight on board.

Sohag Day 9
  • Early morning visit Abydous and Denderah temples by bus then back on board the boat at Naga Hamadi.
  • Sail to Luxor & overnight

Luxor Day 10
  • After breakfast it is time to focus on the West Bank of Luxor hosting the great valleys of the Kings & Queens guarded by the two huge Colossi of Memnon, in addition to the famous temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Back on board for lunch.
  • Dinner and overnight in Luxor

Luxor/Esna Day 11
  • After breakfast, visit the East Bank of Luxor : the Karnak and Luxor temples.
  • Dinner and overnight while sailing to Esna

Esna-Edfu/Kom ombo Day 12
  • After breakfast visit Esna temple then visit the huge temple dedicated to the God Horus in Edfu.
  • Lunch on board.
  • Dinner and overnight while sailing to Kom Ombo

Aswan Day 13
  • After breakfast, visit the unusual double temple of Sobek.
  • Visit the gigantic high dam, unfinished Obelisque and splendid Philae temple.
  • Dinner and overnight on board.

Aswan Day 14
  • A.M. optional excursion to Abu Simbel
  • P.M. Enjoy more beauty of the Nile by felucca to visit the botanical garden.
  • Dinner and overnight on board.

Aswan Day 15
  • Check out after breakfast.

Aswan Day 1
  • Check in before lunch.

Aswan Day 2
  • A.M. optional excursion to Abu Simbel
  • Afternoon visits to the gigantic high dam, unfinished Obelisque and splendid Philae temple.
  • P.M. Enjoy more beauty of the Nile by felucca to visit the botanical garden.
  • Dinner and overnight on board.

Kom Ombo/Edfu Day 3
  • A.M sail to Kom Ombo to visit the unusual double temple of Sobek.
  • Lunch on board, sailing to Edfu dinner and overnight.

Edfu/Esna/Luxor Day 4
  • A.M visit the huge temple of Horus in Edfu then sailing to Esna to visit the temple then sailing to Luxor.
  • Dinner and overnight in Luxor

Luxor Day 5
  • After breakfast it is time to focus on the West Bank of Luxor hosting the great valleys of the Kings & Queens guarded by the two huge Colossi of Memnon, in addition to the famous temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Dinner and overnight in Luxor.

Luxor/Quena Day 6
  • A.M visit the East bank Luxor and Karnak temple then sailing to Quena
  • Dinner and overnight in Quena

Sohag/Assiut Day 7
  • Visit Abydous and Denderah temples by bus then back on board the boat at Naga Hamadi.
  • Enjoy the day sailing to Sohag
  • Dinner & Overnight on board

Assuit Day 8
  • Enjoy the full day on board at leisure while sailing to Tel el Amarna.
  • Dinner & Overnight on board.

Minya Day 9
  • Visit Tel El Amarna.Sail to Malawy to visit el Ashmunein & Tuna el Gabal.
  • Join the boat at Abu Korkas to Sail to Bani Hassan
  • Overnight on board
  • Visit Tel El Amarna.
  • Sail to Malawy to visit el Ashmunein & Tuna el Gabal.
  • Join the boat at Abu Korkas to Sail to Bani Hassan
  • Dinner & Overnight on board

Minya Day 10
  • In the morning it is time to visit the rock-cut tombs of Bani Hassan.
  • Sail to Beni Sweif.
  • Dinner and overnight on board

Beni Sweif Day 11
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Nile while sailing to Cairo.
  • Afternoon free at leisure
  • Overnight on board in Cairo

Cairo Day 12
  • Day free at leisure. (optional tours are available upon request)
  • Dinner & Overnight on board

Cairo Day 13
  • Day free at leisure. (optional tours are available upon request)
  • Dinner & Overnight on board

Cairo Day 14
  • Day free at leisure. (optional tours are available upon request)
  • Dinner & Overnight on board

Cairo Day 15
  • Day free at leisure. (optional tours are available upon request)
  • Check out

Cairo Day 1

Arrive Cairo and our rep will meet you with sign of your name and help you to go through visa department then collect bags and transfer to hotel, at the hotel you will check in and overnight at hotel.

Including:

  • Airport transfer

Not including:

  • Entry visa, cost 25 $ per person
  • Fast track services at the airport will cost you both 10 Euro, hotel accommodation

Cairo Day 2

After breakfast our guide will meet you at the hotel reception
AM tour starts if you willing to visit inside the great pyramid (not included in the tour), visit the three pyramids of Giza, chance to go inside one of the pyramids if you want you just pay and guide will give you enough time to do that, move to the panoramic area at the pyramids plateau, take photos and move to the valley temple to see the famous sphinx and the temple you will finish and go to the next visit at Sakkara, start the visit by Sakkara museum, new nice museum with very well display will take short walk around it and move by bus to the step pyramid in Sakkara, will be chance as well to see TI pyrmid or other tombs which explain the daily life during their days
finish and move to Memhis, will be chance to stop at one of the local restaurants for lunch if you want to do that please let me know so I can book for you or even the guide can help you and stop for tea or small lunch.
visit the open museum of Memphis, nice visit to see one of the big status of Ramses the second, the visit is easy go not too much walking involve.
tour finish and back to hotel, night at hotel.

Including:

  • entrance fees to pyramids of giza, Sakkara, Memphis, guide, transport

Not including:

  • going inside any of the pyramids in Giza or to Solar boat museum, Mereruka tomb in Saqqara,lunch
  • hotel accommodation or dinner, sound and light show

Cairo Day 3

our guide will start the tour after breakfast, check out of the hotel and bus journey to down town start the tour with the Egyptian museum, entrance to museum is included but you may want to see the mummies room or the basement of the museum and those are not included.
Visit to museum will take 2 hours, then move to visit the citadel of Sladin and famous Mohamed Ali mosque, nice place to see panoramic view for Cairo and the area around the citadel, next to the citadel sultan Hassan and El-Rafie mosques both are nice and example of the late islamic time mosques, which are still using till now and were the mosques for the royal family.
After the visit you will go to another old part of cairo which is the commercial area during the fatimid time (Khan El-Khalili) may you can have food at the famous Naguib Mahfouz restaurant.
Evening Depart to airport and fly to Luxor, arrive Luxor and our rep will meet you at the airport and transfer you to hotel, check in at the hotel and overnight.

Including:

  • entrance fees to museum, citadel, Sultan Hassan and Refaie Mosques, transport, guide, transfers

Not including:

  • Lunch
  • hotel accommodation

Luxor Day 4

Full day visit to Abydos, travelling from Luxor to Qena and to Abydos, arrive after 3 hours, visit the temple in almost one and half hour or two hours, nice temple with excellent inscraptions best temple in Egypt, also the tour will be very interesting, may you can set in local coffee shop and have a drink and enjoy the local atmospher for a moment.
Drive back to Qena and see Dandera temple still nice temple but different periods of time, the Zodiac is very signaficate at this temple.
Back to Luxor late after noon early evening, if you looking for nice place to eat outside the hotel, sofra restaurant is the one you will enjoy in all Luxor.

Including:

  • Transport and guide, entrance fees at Abydos and Dendera

Not including:

  • Lunch & dinner
  • hotel accommodation

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Luxor Day 5

Another travelling day to see other temples and tombs near by Luxor, drive back to Esna, temple of Esna is nice temple but may be because not many tourists visit it and the effect of the ground there is bad but the temple is nice with very nice colors on the ceilling then travel back to Luxor see El-Mouala tombs, very nice with some colors again same type of El-Kab or bani Hassan tombs at El-Maniya are picturing daily live activites .back to Luxor, eveing in Luxor.
visit Luxor temple and Mumfication museum

Including:

  • Transport and guide.
  • entrance fees at Esna and El Moala.
  • Luxor temple and mumfication museum.

Not including:

  • hotel accommodation
  • Lunch & dinner

Luxor Day 6

Today will be visits in Luxor itself, I will recommend to see the west bank of Luxor to see Madient Habu temple is nice, tombs of the artsian (workers) tombs and tomb of one of the nobles.
back to Luxor and check in cruise boat
After Lunch visit Karnak and Luxor temples.
Dinner and overnight on board of cruise boat.

Including:

    • Transport and guide

entrance fees at Madient Habu, workers tombs only noble tombs (one site), Luxor and Karnk temples

  • Cruise boat 4 nights with full board accommodation

Not including:

  • Drinks on the boat

Luxor Day 7

Again visit to West bank see valley of the kings, 3 tombs, Hatshepsut temple and colossi of Memnon, the visit finish around midday and back to the boat, Lunch in Board and set sail to Edfu, evening cross Esna Lock, will be nice game with felucca men trying to sale things for you when you are waiting to cross Esna lock,
dinner and overnight on board

Including:

    • Transport and guide

entrance fees at Valley of Kings Hatshepsut

  • accommodation on cruise boat

Not including:

  • Drinks on the boat

Cruising Day 8

Early morning visit to Edfu temple by horse carriage car going through the little town of Edfu, temple is nice and I think is unique temple and may be 3rd beautiful temple after Abu Simbel and Abydos, after the visit back to the boat and sail to Kom Ombo.
Lunch on board and afternoon visit to Kom Ombo temple, nice two temples but the best thing about them are the location of the nile and the crocodile museum After the visit back to the boat and sail to aswan
Dinner and overnight on board at Aswan.

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • entrance fees at Edfu, Kom Ombo temples
  • accommodation on cruise boat

Not including:

  • Drinks on the boat

Aswan Day 9

I will recommend in this day to see Phalie temple, the granite quarry and the high dam, back to the boat for Lunch and afternoon felucca ride around islands of Aswan, back to the boat
Dinner on board

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • entrance fees at Phalie, quarry, high dam
  • accommodation on cruise boat

Not including:

  • Drinks on the boat

Abu Simple Day 10

Check out of the cruise and Abu Simbel visit by bus start from aswan 3 hours driving to the temple, arrive there 2 hours visit and followed by lunch on local restaurant, then 3 hours back to Aswan, today you can pay around 400 LE per person and get lunch at old cataract hotel
PM transfer to aswan airport, and flight back to Cairo, arrive Cairo and flight to Alexanderia, transfer to hotel
overnight at Alexanderia hotel

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • Entrance fees at Abu simbel temple
  • Transfer in Aswan & in Alexanderia

Not including:

  • Lunch

Alexandria Day 11

After breakfast visit the catcombs, pompy,s pillar and Roman Thatear, Qiatbay forteress, Library, overnight in Alexanderia

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • Entrance fees at Cata combs, pompy,s pillar and Roman Thateare, Qaitbay fort, Library

Not including:

  • Lunch

Fayoum Day 12

After breakfast In Fayoum visit Karanis museum, Hawara Pyramid, Maydoum Pyramid and if time allow you can visit Dahshor pyramid in the way to cairo,
over night in Cairo

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • Entrance fees Karanis , Hawara,Maydoum

Not including:

  • Lunch

Cairo Day 13

After breakfast visit the coptic quarter with the coptic museum, Transfer to Cairo airport for final departure

Including:

  • Transport and guide
  • Entrance coptic museum

Not including:

  • Lunch

10 days tour to see all highlights of Egypt and enjoy the most amazing attractions of Egypt

 

Day 1

Arrival

Arrives to Cairo airport, meet and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel in Cairo

Day 2

Cairo

Begin the day with one of the real highlights of any visit to Egypt, a visit to the three pyramids of Giza.
While once located in remote desert, they now touch the suburbs of modern Cairo.
No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, your first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your tour leader is able to expertly explain the facts and myths behind these three mammoth works of art. You will also visit the mysterious Sphinx with its lion’s body and man’s face.
Time permitting there might be the chance to see inside one of the two smaller pyramids, take a ride around the pyramids on camel back or visit the fascinating Solar Boat Museum with displays on one of the pharaoh’s funerary barges - it may just be the oldest boat in existence! (NB. Extra entrance fees apply to all of these sites/activities)
There will be time to grab a quick lunch before our afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum. With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the display can be a bit daunting.
Your Tour Leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own, including a chance to visit the famed Mummy Room where you can view the ancient remains of some of Egypt’s most important rulers. (NB. Extra entrance charges apply)
Train to Aswan
In the evening we transfer to the railway station to board our overnight train to Aswan. Accommodation on the sleeper train is in comfortable twin-share bunk-bed compartments with lockable doors. The beds convert into seats when not in use and luggage is stored under the bottom bunk. Bedding is provided and there is a small wash basin with soap and a towel provided. Shared toilet facilities are at the end of each carriage. A simple “airline style” dinner is provided, but most guests prefer to eat before boarding the train. Non Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase and there is a bar car for socializing. In the morning you will be brought a simple continental style breakfast around two hours before arrival.
Estimated Travel Time:
Cairo to Aswan, 12hrs (overnight train

Day 3

Aswan

Arrive to Aswan, transfer to hotel, check in and later visit classical sites of Aswan which are Philae temple, granite quarry in Aswan and the high dam, after visit back to hotel, Evening is free to get ready for early morning start.

Day 4

Abu Simble bus option

If you have purchased the Temple of Abu Simbel Overland Theme Pack, you will visit the temple on Day 4.
Leaving Aswan at around 4am you travel deep into the desert to the site of these enormous temples, on the shores of Lake Nasser. You can spend around two hours at the temples and then return to Aswan by about 2pm. The round trip drive is around 5 hours. Later on evening visit to the Nubian village and enjoy the rest of the evening with the Nubian friends, back to hotel for backing and get ready for tomorrow exciting felucca safari

Day 5

Felucca trip one night (support boat with toilets)

Today board our feluccas to spend the day out on the river and a night under the stars. All meals are provided by our Nubian crew. Drinks, including beer, wine, water and soft drinks are available for you to purchase.
Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own).
Please note that the Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.
Overnight on board our felucca

Day 6

From the feluccas to Luxor

Our felucca journey concludes at the town of Kom Ombo where we visit the famous Kom Ombo Temple.
In a scenic location, right on the banks of the Nile, Kom Ombo was dedicated to the Crocodile God and you can still view the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile, which was worshipped here thousands of years ago.
We travel by private bus to Luxor, stopping on route at the town of Edfu to explore it's fascinating temple. In the middle of a bustling village, Edfu Temple is the most completely preserved temple in all of Egypt. On arrival in Luxor this afternoon, we check-in to our hotel and the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore. Why not hire a horse and carriage (calèche) and take yourself off for an orientation tour. Perhaps take a wander through the bazaar or just relax at a cafe with a small, strong local coffee.
Estimated Travel Time:
Kom Ombo to Luxor, 4 hrs (private van)

Day 7

Half day west bank Luxor

it's time to cross to the West Bank and travel by "Egyptian Mercedes", otherwise known as a donkey! Be amazed at the mammoth eighteen-metre high Colossi of Memnon, which are all that remain of an ancient temple.
Descend down the narrow rock-hewn corridors and experience the magnificent decoration and design of the tombs of the Pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. Testament to the power of the queens in ancient Egypt, the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.

Free time around Luxor and karnak temples

Enjoy your free time, exploring all Luxor has to offer. Karnak Temple was the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, you can't help but be awed by the massive columns and painted hieroglyphs. Luxor temple, located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor is spectacularly lit in the evenings and well worth a visit. Choose to learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world's only Mummification Museum, and the small but beautifully presented Luxor Museum, is also well worth a visit. over night train to Cairo then transfer to Alexandria


Day 8

Alexandria

We have plenty of time to explore all the incredible sites this ancient city has to offer. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331BC, Egypt's only Mediterranean city is characterized by a distinctly European atmosphere and refreshing sea breezes.
Fort Qaitbay was considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the fifteenth century AD.
Situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of Pharos Island, it was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the fourteenth century there was a very destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed and the fortification you see today was built in its place.
Our next visit is to Pompey's Pillar. The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus.
Next we head to the Catacomb of Kom El-Shoqafa. These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (second century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion.
Our final stop is the new Alexandria Library. The Ancient Library of Alexandria was probably the largest and certainly the most famous of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major centre of scholarship, at least until the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. The old library was destroyed in a fire around the first century BC. The magnificent new Library was opened in 2002 very near the site of the ancient one.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the city's many outdoor seaside restaurants this evening.
Overnight two nights in Alexandria.
Estimated Travel Time:
Cairo to Alexandria, 4 hrs

Day 9

Wadi El-Naitroun stop

On our return to Cairo we will make a stop at the monasteries of Wadi Natrun.
The history of the Wadi and its importance to Coptic Christians dates back to the fourth century AD and they constitute some of the earliest Christian monasteries in the world. Please note that you should be modestly dressed this morning with shoulders and knees covered for our visit to the monastery of st., Bishoi and learn about the Coptic Christians, arrive Cairo and check in hotel, evening free.

Day 10

Checkout & leave

After breakfast transfer to airport and tour finish