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Egypt on a Yacht

A 14-Day Tour : Cairo and a cruise on a Deluxe Dahabiya

Here's the best of Egypt : a good look at Cairo and a one week Yacht Felucca cruise
along the Nile, locally escorted .
All of the Deluxe Dahabiyas are Air Conditioned
Add a stay in London

 

Honeymoon in Egypt, Honeymoon Cruise, Belly Dance show

Combine with a Red Sea Live Aboard

 

Please click here if your prefer to book the Cruise ONLY without Cairo Stay
The Dahabias Photo Gallery
. Combine this Dahabiya Cruise in Egypt & an Africa Safari

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 1 - CAIRO Wednesday . Weekly in Cairo , year round
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. For Americans , please pay the $ 15 USD fee in cash upon arrival . 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 you after you clear the passport and customs formalities. Welcome fruit basket and Egyptian pastry, await you in your hotel room . Hotels : City Stars Intercontinental Ramses Hilton , Sonesta , Cairo Conrad or Grand Hyatt or similar .


 

 

 

DAY 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 the charming Naguib Mahfouz local restaurant ( or similar ) , o
n to the Citadel of Saladin, and Mohammed Ali Mosque, made of alabaster, then wander through the alleys of the legendary Khan El Khalili Bazaar district .

 

 

DAY 3 - Giza - Friday (BLD)
Today we drive to the edge of the desert , tour Giza major monuments : the Sphinx , the 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 a local restaurant at the Mena House or the Meridien Pyramids . On to the ancient capital of the Northern Delta Kingdom : Memphis, and the necropolis of Sakkara including the Step Pyramid. Dinner cruise is included tonight with a folk show ( on board the Hyatt cruise)

 

 



Day 4 - Saturday
-Cairo to Luxor and board your deluxe air conditioned Felucca
(BLD)
Very 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 ) .

Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed Dahabiya.

After 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 .  Rihana Dahabiya , Sonesta Dahabiya or Similar .

 

 

Day 5 - Sunday - Luxor - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
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.

 

 

 

 

Day 6 - Monday - Luxor to Esna - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna where your dahabiya will moor. Private guide to tour Esna Temple .

 

 

 

Day 7 - Tuesday - Edfu - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
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.

 

 

 

Day 8 - Wednesday - Kom Ombo - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
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.

 

 

Day 9 - Thursday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya moors overnight.

 

 

 

Day 10 - Friday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise (BLD)
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.

 

 

Day 11- Saturday - Aswan - Fly back to Cairo (B)
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out.
We bid farewell to the crew, we switch transportation modes and head for Aswan Airport and your flight back to Cairo and your hotel. Air fare is always included within Egypt, economy class , tax included . Hotels : City Stars Intercontinental Ramses Hilton , Cairo Conrad or Grand Hyatt or similar . If you wish to add Abu Simbel , please click here for flying same day in/out of Abu Simbel , or click here if you prefer to overnight in Abu Simbel

 

 

 

DAY 12 - CAIRO - Home Hosted Family Dinner in Cairo - Sunday (BL)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Lunch is served at a charming local restaurant at Khan El Khalili old district, followed by a leisurely walking tour of the Khan El Khalili12-Century District .
A complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals
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you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family ( T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town )


This evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! 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 your preferences.

 

 

 

DAY 13 - Cairo Fayoum - Monday (cBL)
On Desert Safari for the Day - Fayoum Oases - And you thought the Pyramids were old

The wilds of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue for hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains, oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.

Join us for a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place of camels, we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four Toyota Land Cruisers. Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel, and soon you’ll leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the drive toward the Oasis of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest. Hard as it is to believe, a great inland sea once covered these sands. It was a holy reserve of sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.

We’ll visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local artisans are on display.

Then it’s into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure! We’ll head alongside and across desert washes, between dunes, and over ancient lake beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales ( In Arabic : Wadi-El-Hitan) . Incredibly, these great mammals once thrived - almost forty million years ago- in waters surrounded by sands. We’ll stop and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside smaller sea creatures that remain in stone.
This valley was discovered in 1936 , by the German geologist George Schweinfurth in the northwestern corner of Wadi El-Rayan.

The valley provides evidence of one of the major changes in this mammal evolution has been declared by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. It is believed that these land based whales once had feet that may have helped them somewhat while ashore . A team from the University of Michigan discovered in the late 80's that these Zeuglodon whales did have rudimentary feet , this was a startling discovery , suggesting that whales of Wadi -El-Hitan had recently started living in water as well , these whales were not related to any of the whales we have today , rather a more slender body and may grow up to 75 feet long. Several skeletons of whales are exposed in the sand. George Schweinfurth named this extinct specie the Zeuglodon Isis Whales .

In the evening, you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included

 

 


DAY 14 - CAIRO/ Departure - Tuesday
(B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight. Bon Voyage.

Or add a foray into the Sahara: Three Days / Two Nights -
Private Desert Caravan

 

 

 

 

Rates are in USD $ . PER Person .

All year except the two weeks Easter season - Christmas/New Year's : Dec 20 - Jan 3 :

Rates are per person in USD $

Rate per person in triple : $ 4850.
Rate per person in double : $ 4975.
Rate per person in single : $ 7050.
Children : 2-12: Years of age: 10 % discount

 

Peak Season :   Easter ( 2 weeks ) & Christmas and New Year: Dec 20 - Jan 3

Rates are per person in USD $
Rate per person in triple : $ 5400.
Rate per person in double : $ 5515.
Rate per person in single : $ 7940.
Children : 2-12: Years of age: 10 % discount

 

 

 

Rate Includes:

 


 


  • Nile cruise shore excursions with all the guided sightseeing including all entrance fees, all as per itinerary .

  • Private Egyptologist and private car/driver for Cairo tour as listed including all entrance fees and lunch.

  • All meals on board the Felucca / Yacht / Dahabiya Nile cruise : Pre set meals as listed including B = Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast), L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  • Tea/ coffle and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise

  • All airfares within Egypt in "Y" class including tax .

  • Private air conditioned car /driver for all transfers within Egypt.

  • Deluxe hotel accommodation with tax & service charges.

  • Accommodation in a private cabin : Double or single on board The Dahabiya / Felucca / Yacht Nile Cruise with all meals and shore excursions .

  • A complimentary home hosted family dinner in Cairo.



Rate Does Not Includes:

  • Travel Insurance .
  • International air fare from / to your home country .
  • Personal expenses, including excess baggage or shipping charges, beverages, and personal charges in hotels for laundry, telephone, or other services.
  • Gratuities.
  • Optional Excursion.
  • Visa maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. For Americans , please pay the $ 15 USD fee in cash upon arrival . 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 you after you clear the passport and customs formalities

 

 

 

 

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Many visitors come to Egypt to fulfill their dream of sailing the Nile on board a private boat. These 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.

With 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.

Dahabbiyas / 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.

 

 

 

What to Pack:
Most of the year look forward to warm, even hot weather in Luxor & Aswan, morning & evenings are cooler. For Shore excursions, we suggest comfortable cotton & natural fabric lightweight clothing. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.  Lightweight comfortable & casual clothing. Swimsuits, sun hat.

 


 

Honeymoon in Egypt, Honeymoon Cruise, Belly Dance show
Come to Egypt and enjoy your private honeymoon or Anniversary cruise

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Telegraph
Peter Hughes
Saturday 13 May 2006

'Going with the flow'

...'The riad I found was not in the city but on the Nile. It's a dahabiya, a traditional, two-masted Nile sailing cruiser. Anywhere else it would be called a yacht. King Farouk had several. So if a riad is a small princely palace on land - now given over to holidaymaking - a dahabiya is a riad on the river...'

...'Mahogany panelled and with two faux-glass oil lamps swinging from the beams - a perfect touch for a sailing ship - the look was of a colonial club. Hercule Poirot could have popped up at any moment. There were button-back leather sofa and chairs, an antique bookcase and Scrabble, and tables where we ate when the weather was too chilly for the deck. The food was outstandingly good...'

...' While the big ships charged by as if permanently late, the El Bey moved at the same courtly pace as the Nile - slow enough to enable us to smell woodsmoke from the villages and watch the kingfishers hover. Under our isosceles sails we were as much a curiosity as the boys laying fishing nets and the women doing laundry, the donkey carts and buffalo. But it was the sight of some 40 huge cruise boats, moored in ranks, cheek by gunwale up to 10 deep, at the pretty little temple of Kom Ombo that made the greatest sense of dahabiya travel. The dahabiyas dont take you to sites different from the norm, but they do take you in irresistibly different style...'

...'The greatest compliment to the El Bey was that, for all the wonders of ancient Egypt, shown to us by our own guide, the part of the week my fellow passengers enjoyed most was the time on the river...'



 

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