on a Dahabiya Yacht
1 - CAIRO -Wednesday - Weekly in Cairo
, year round - VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo
local representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport.
Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport
for : Australian, NZ, American, EU , Canadian & Japanese citizens.
You are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least
for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
will be issued upon arrival. As you exit the gate, you will
pass through a door or two , down some stairs , then walk for 2-5 minutes
, until you pass the duty free shops, at the end of a wide corridor
, you will see the security officers. There you will be met by a local
representative, who will be holding a sign with your name .
Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp
from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport
officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport
as you exit the passport control, into customs area, he will assist
you in collecting your luggage and clearing customs . After exiting
the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle)
to the hotel.
fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our
compliments. Sample Hotels or similar : Cairo Marriott , Hilton
, Cairo Conrad, InterContinental Hotels or similar
to the Four Seasons Hotel or the Mena House Oberoi ( Palace wing) ,
ok to mix and match stay between Four Seasons and Oberoi Mena House
hotels , rates as listed below.
2 - CAIRO - Thursday (BL)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum including
the " Mummies Room" .
Lunch is included at a local restaurant .
to Al-Azhar Park and El Darb El-Ahmar ,
then the Citadel of Saladin, and Mohammed Ali Mosque,
made of alabaster, then wander through the alleys of the charming Khan
El-Khalili Bazaar district.
Agha Khan Development Network The Azhar Park Project in old Islamic
Cairo and the Conservation and Revitalization of Darb al-Ahmar historical
treasures . Complimentary
Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (
T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town):
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo ! You'll be invited to
a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know
3 - CAIRO- GIZA - Friday (BL)
Today we drive to the edge of Cairo , we are now in Giza , stand in
awe in front of the Sphinx , and the mighty Pyramids of Giza,
complimentary short Camel ride is included, to allow you a photo with
the Pyramids in the background, time is limited , so please do not go
for what the camel driver tries to convince you , i.e. go for a long
ride around the Pyramids . Lunch is included at the Mena House , afternoon
tour of Memphis and Sakkara , including the Step Pyramid and the Nobles
Day 4 - Saturday - Cairo to Luxor and board
your deluxe air conditioned Felucca
early morning breakfast and transfer to Cairo Airport. Flight is included
in our rate, in economy class , tax included . Morning arrival at Luxor
. We'll meet you at the airport , and escort you to your
deluxe air conditioned Nile cruise felucca or dahabiya , Board Luxor
( or Aswan ) . Get ready for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously
lunch, excursion to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of
the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered
the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of
the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Overnight
moored on the Nile banks of Luxor. Sample Deluxe Felucca / Dahabiya
Sonesta Dahabiya , Rihana , or similar
5 - Sunday - Luxor - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
You will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak,
with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing
28 th Dynasty Luxor Temple. Overnight moored in Luxor.
6 - Monday - Luxor to Esna - On board your Yacht Nile
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to
Esna where your Dahabiya will moor
7 - Tuesday - Edfu - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved
Temple of Edfu. Overnight on board as we will look for an island in
the middle of the Nile where we moor.
8 - Wednesday - Kom Ombo - On board your Yacht Nile
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated
to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning
sun. Overnight moored beside a Nile island.
9 - Thursday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya moors overnight
. In the evening our local guide will call on you once again for a horse-drawn
carriage ride throughout Aswan and the local souks.
10- Friday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old
Dam (completed in 1902) and the ' unfinished obelisk', lying in situ
since the days of the Pharaohs. You will also visit the Philae Temple,
dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters
of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction ,
in the afternoon we'll have the opportunity to experience Egypt at its
most authentic, as we sail the Nile in a graceful Felucca, the age-old
sailing vessel of the river to visit Elephantine Island and the Botanical
nature lovers we include a tour of the Botanical Garden Island in Aswan
( while others will simply have you sail around the island without setting
foot on it !), then we go on to Gharb Sehail and tour some of the mini
nature protected Islands in the middle of the Nile with sandy beaches
and beautiful rare plants .
11- Saturday - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan (BL)
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out.
bid farewell to the crew, we switch transportation modes and head for
Aswan Airport and your flight to Abu Abu
Simbel , where you private guide awaits you , as well as your
own private chauffeur and private air-conditioned vehicle
In the larger temple,
colossal figures of Ramses are seated with the gods and attended by
his queen and daughters. The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen
Nefertari, who appears as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility,
symbolized by the benevolent cow. We explore these fine temple , admiring
their ancient aura and artistry, after which retire to a comfortable
hotel for our lunch , and refreshments. Then fly back to Aswan and the
Mövenpick Aswan Hotel or similar ( we will be using the Old Cataract
as well , as soon as it reopens. Remainder of the day at leisure in
will have a private air-conditioned vehicle
private chauffeur and private guide all the way except while on board
the Dahabiya ,
you will be part of the small group on board
( for a private guide on board the cruise, please add $ 250 USD per
12 - Sunday - Aswan - Fly back to Cairo and connect to Sharm el-Sheikh
( based on your preference) (B)
Breakfast and check-out.
Fly back to Cairo , where our local rep. will
be waiting for you and assist with the transfer to the connecting flight
to Sharm El Sheikh or Hurgada ( please advise your preference ) . Air
fare is always included : in business class ( when available based on
the plane's configuration) with
Hotels Deluxe category :
Sharm El Sheikh : Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh, Sonesta , Hilton
, Mövenpick or similar.
Hotels: Ultra Deluxe Category :
Sharm El Sheikh: Four Seasons or the Ritz ( Deluxe Suite- with
private plunge pool )
Hotels : Hurgada : Sahl Hasheesh Oberoi ( Suite)
DAY 13 - Sharm El-Sheikh , Monday (cB)
The day is yours to enjoy this unique desert beach resort. Relax by
the cerulean waters, take a camel ride at your option ,
and observe in the distance the steady line of ships heading to and
from the Suez Canal.
Sunset Camel Caravan or on Horse Backs :
A one hour caravan on camels, if you prefer to enjoy a one hour of horse
back riding, please do let's know, but in this case the horse ride will
not be into the Sahara . The camel caravan is fully escorted & guided
as well by local Bedouins through the desert and through the mountain
passes of El Aat mountain , we stop at the highest point in the valley
for a cup of tea with the Bedouin, take in the the evening charm of
the desert & nature before we head back to your hotel.
Seasons Sharm El-Sheikh : Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite
Ideal for families travelling together or for private entertaining,
Deluxe One-Bedroom Suites provide outstanding space for privacy and
relaxation. Each suite features its own terrace with a private plunge
pool, and partial views of the Red Sea and Resort courtyards and pathways.
One-Bedroom Suite features a private plunge pool on its own terrace,
furnished with a table and chairs, coffee table and built-in love seat.
The elegant living room offers a sofa bed, separate closet and an entertainment
centre with a television, DVD player and stereo system with CD player.
The bedroom offers a king bed, a "Bose" Wave radio/CD player
with MP3 player connection, a 107-centimetre (42-inch) LCD flat-screen
television and a walk-in dressing room with ample closet space.
The marble bathroom features a deep soaking tub, separate glass-enclosed
shower, large vanity and WC; a guest powder room with shower is located
off the living
Enjoy your deluxe suite with a private
plunge pool at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
14 - Sharm El Sheikh, Snorkel or Dive ( included) - Tuesday (B)
The Red Sea just off "Sharm" is replete with fascinating coral
and aquatic species unique to this area. With our compliments , please
enjoy exploring these wonders as you snorkel or scuba dive (for
which proof of certification is a must, 2 dives are included at Ras
Muhamed underwater reserve )
15 - Sharm El Sheikh - Wednesday (BLD)
After breakfast join us for
a half day tour to the Pharaoh's Island, with lunch. Saladin’s
Castle and Pharaoh’s Island
off the Sinai along the northern reaches of the Gulf of Aqaba lies one
of the more curious and scenic locales in this part of the world.
rulers of the Nile might once have held sway over these rocks and sand
and water of Pharaoh’s Island (or Coral Island, or Geziret Faroun).
More certain is that Crusaders established an outpost here, on the site
of a onetime Phoenician port, and erected a castle in 1115 A.D. to protect
pilgrims on the way to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai
wilderness. The island did double duty as a base from which to attack
Arab traders, which led to its capture by Saladin (or Salah El-Din).
The legendary Arab leader strengthened the fortifications, and his name
remains attached to the castle. Later, it was a Mameluke and Ottoman
have a treasured half-day opportunity to board a boat to visit this
rarely seen fortress island. We’ll motor northward from Sharm
El Sheikh, following the rocky coast, passing Bedouin travelers on camels,
and secluded beaches, with occasional sightings of desert foxes. At
Dahab or Nuweiba, we’ll embark for our short crossing to the island.
ashore, we’ll wander through the precincts of the reconstructed
castle, with its courtyard, storerooms, galleys, and dining rooms, and
appreciate the natural harbor that made this such a coveted outpost.
And we’ll take in the unusual offshore vista of the breathtaking
azure waters of the Gulf, backdropped by the grandeur of the mountains
of Sinai and a cloudless sky.
at your option, you can don scuba or snorkeling gear for a close encounter
with the world-famous underwater life of coastal Sinai: corals, reefs,
and schools of fish in every gradation of the rainbow, before we return
to our lodgings at Sharm El Sheikh.
Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Enjoy a seaside resort experience
unparalleled in the Middle East. Superb dining, spa, fitness, diving
and sports – and luxurious guest rooms clustered like a hillside
village above the shimmering drama of the Red Sea.
is included at a charming local restaurant .
16 - Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo - Thursday (B)
Breakfast and check-out, fly back to Cairo ( business class ) and your
Breakfast is always included daily at
your hotel. Fly back to Cairo and your hotel .
Hotels :Deluxe : J. W. Marriott , Sonesta
Cairo ( Suite) . Nile Hilton , Cairo Conrad or Grand Hyatt or similar
, or of course upgrade to the Ultra Deluxe : Four Seasons Hotel or the
Mena House Oberoi ( Palace wing) , ok to mix and match stay between
Four Seasons and Oberoi Mena House hotels , rates as listed below.
DAY 17 - CAIRO/ Departure - Friday (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
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Alexandria. All the dahabiyas are available
for private charter.
Rate Year Round ( Except Holiday season):
Armonia Dahabiya , Sonesta Dahabiya or similar
Rates are per person in USD $
Rate per person in triple : $ 5301.
Rate per person in double : $ 5515.
Rate per person in single : $ 7880.
Flying in economy class within Egypt.
Season : Easter ( 2 weeks ) , Christmas and New Year
( 2weeks) :
Please add % 15 to the listed rates.
Deluxe Rates are in USD $
Rates are PER Person
Sonesta Dahabiya, Armonia
Dahabiya or similar
Based on Four Seasons Hotel Nile View in Cairo
, Executive suite with Sofa Bed
or Mena House Palace Section, Pyramid view room ( subject to availability)
Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
Flying Business Class within Egypt
Rates are per person in USD $ :
Rate per person in triple : $ 7410.
Rate per person in double : $ 7660 .
Rate per person in single : $ 9580.
Season : Easter ( 2 weeks ) , Christmas and New Year
( 2weeks) :
Please add % 15 to the listed rates.
the First Class - Four stars Rates Please Click Here.
cruise shore excursions with all the guided sightseeing including
all entrance fees, all as per itinerary .
Egyptologist and private car/driver for Cairo and Abu Simbel
tours as listed including all entrance fees and lunch.
meals on board the DELUXE Felucca / Yacht / Dahabiya Nile cruise
: Pre set meals as listed including B
= Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast),
L = Lunch, D =
coffle and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise
airfares within Egypt in "Y" class including tax as
listed, for the " Ultra Deluxe ": Four Seasons and
Mena House category , it is in business class within Egypt .
Private air conditioned car /driver for all transfers within
hotel accommodation with tax & service charges.
Accommodation in a private cabin : Double or single on board
The Dahabia / Felucca / Yacht Nile Cruise with all meals and
shore excursions ( there is no triple occupancy cabin on board
Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to
your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport
( photos are not required ) .
Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens
such as : American, Australian, NZ , EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean
and Japanese citizens ,You are responsible for having your passport
in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival
in Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name,
and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed
to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim
your luggage, after you clear the passport and customs formalities
and exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort
you (private vehicle) to the hotel . Welcome fruit basket
& Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room in Cairo upon arrival
with our compliments
Does Not Includes:
air fare from / to your home country .
visitors come to Egypt to fulfill their dream of sailing the Nile
on board a private boat.
These Four Dahabbiya allow you to experience the Nile 's romance in
an intimate, privileged setting. These dahabiyas take you back in
time to a gentler, more gracious era.
the Nile in Royal Style Feluccas or Dahabiyas are the traditional
sailing vessel of much of the Mediterranean world, and the traditional
Nile felucca, or Dahabia, was the mainstay of travel in ancient Egypt.
shallow drafts, sails, and oars, feluccas could navigate not only
the great river, but the maze of canals threading through its banks,
with or without wind, reaching every part of the kingdom.
/ Feluccas long ago transcended their role as humble transports. They
held the ancient empire together, carrying troops, decrees, and the
very mystery of the pharaoh.
Along the way, we moor on un-inhabited Nile islands, whose virgin
landscapes have hardly changed throughout millennia. Wandering the
gardens and Nile islands is an idyllic pastime, and the perfect compliment
to your visits to Egypt 's matchless monuments.
The Dahabbiyas are beautifully crafted wooden ships, outfitted in
colonial style with oriental and Egyptian touches. The interiors boast
period furnishing, and each cabin has its own distinct style and interior
skilled river captain is on board at all times . A guide is at
your disposal to plan your itinerary and escort you through the
sites you choose to visit. The crew has completely separate quarters,
to ensure your privacy.
Reviews: What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
Original Message --------
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2:04 PM
Subject: We're Back!
We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very
good, and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of
a single thing we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the
highlight of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say
about Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could
not have done the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional,
courteous, and helpful, and always went out of his way to make sure
we were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist
guides, Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made our
visit so much better with their endless supply of information. We
wore out both days long before they did. We will definitely try
to come back to Egypt when we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize
what we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people.
And please find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melina