Itinerary Highlights
    • Glide up the Nile aboard a traditional dahabieh cruise boat, visiting ancient temples and Nubian villages along the way
    • Visit some of ancient Egypt’s most important sites, including the islands of Aswan, Kom Ombo and the Valleys of Kings and Queens
    • Round off your adventure with a few days of coastal rejuvenation on the idyllic Red Sea

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Combine the cultural treasures of the Nile River with the coastal delights of the Red Sea as you journey through Egypt. Your adventure begins in enchanting Aswan, where you’ll have a couple of days to explore ancient archeological islands, get a taste for local Nubian cuisine and enjoy some riverside relaxation before setting sail up the River Nile to Luxor. This chapter of the journey takes place onboard the Flâneuse du Nil, a traditional dahabieh boat with just seven cabins. Along the way you’ll be stopping off at some of the Nile’s most important sites, such as the temple complex of Kom Ombo, the sandstone quarries of Gebel el-Silsila and the 3,000-year-old Neolithic settlement of Esna.
Continue discovering the treasures of ancient Egypt in Luxor with a horseback ride to impressive temples, a walking tour of an old Nubian settlement in the heart of the city, and visits to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Round off your journey through Egypt with a few days of coastal relaxation on the idyllic turquoise shores of the Red Sea.


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Hello Egypt

Your grand Egyptian adventure starts today with a seven-hour flight to Aswan via Cairo. Head to the airport, whizz through security and relax in the airport lounge as you await departure. A private driver will be waiting for you on arrival in Aswan to whisk you off to your first hotel: a collection of authentic Nubian homes nestled along the banks of the River Nile, where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. Reaching the guesthouse is an adventure in itself – you’ll sail thirty minutes down the Nile, admiring wading birds, kingfishers and other migratory birds as you go. The collection of mud cottages pay homage to the villages once occupied by the great families of Lower Nubia, while also providing comfort to travellers settling into life in Egypt. Spend the rest of today savouring your new Egyptian environment with some riverside R&R, before sampling the finest local specialties at dinner this evening.


Island Hopping in Aswan

Rise and shine, it’s your first full day in Egypt and you’ll want to make the most of it. After a hearty breakfast this morning you’ll be met by a knowledgeable local guide, who’ll be leading you on a sailing journey around the beautiful islands of Aswan. Your first stop is the fascinating archaeological park on Elephantine Island, which boasts two nilometers (ancient pillars used to measure the Nile’s water level), a small museum and the temple and sanctuary of Satet, which dates back to the Ptolemaic era. Continue on to a well-preserved Nubian village that was built to accommodate communities displaced after the construction of the High Dam. From here, hop across to Sehel Island to discover the Famine Stela, a hieroglyphic inscription detailing a seven-year period of drought and imploring Hapi – the ancient god of the annual flooding of the Nile – to bring back the waters of the Nile. Round off the day’s adventure with a traditional Nubian lunch in a charming local restaurant. The rest of today is then yours to play with. We can arrange for you to spend the afternoon discovering the majestic riverside temples of Abu Simbel with a private guide, or you can continue exploring Aswan at your own pace.


Set Sail Up The Nile

Wave goodbye to your charming Nubian hotel as you continue your travels along the Nile River. Your first stop this morning is Agilka Island to visit Philae, a temple complex dedicated to the God mother Isis, the goddess of healing and magic. The sanctuary is one of the most beautiful of its kind, owing to its well-preserved bas-reliefs, frescoes and capitals (engraved pillars). After an informative stroll around the site, climb aboard the Flâneuse du Nil, a traditional dahabieh boat with just seven cabins, which you’ll be calling home for the next two nights. Sail up the river to Kom Ombo, a temple nestled on a promontory dedicated to two deities: the falcon god Horus and Sobek, the lord of crocodiles. This unusual double temple stands out for its remarkable symmetry and romantic setting overlooking the Nile. Continue on to Gebel el-Silsila, a narrow sliver of the Nile that’s home to sandstone quarries on both sides. The sandstone quarried here was used to build the temples of Thebes, Denderah, Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Enjoy an evening of delicious Egyptian food and some nighttime stargazing on the top deck before curling up for a good night’s rest.


Visit a Neolithic Settlement

After breakfast in the renowned restaurant of the Flâneuse du Nil and some relaxation on the top deck, soaking in the morning hum of life on the Nile, head out to visit the Speos of Horemheb. This remarkable site displays a sandstone temple built directly into the rock, flanked by stele chapels that dedicated offerings to the pharos Seti I, Ramses II, Merenptha and Ramses III. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail up to the remains of Elkab, a 3,000-year-old Neolithic settlement surrounded by a mud brick enclosure. Continue to Esna to dock up and enjoy another evening of delicious food on board the boat.


Horse Ride Through the Countryside

Step off the Flâneuse du Nil and reacquaint yourself with life on dry land as you’re privately transferred to the majestic city of Luxor. On arrival in the city, check in for two nights in a fabulous 1920s hotel built to accommodate archaeologists. The atmosphere here thrums with a delightful hustle and bustle, while archaeologists, artists and travellers from all walks of life flock to the nearby Western Necropolis of Thebes and Valley of the Queens. After settling in and freshening up, you’ll be met by a private guide, who’ll be leading you on a horse riding adventure through Luxor’s enchanting countryside to the Medinet Habu Temple. Enjoy strolling through the grounds of one of Luxor’s most impressive temples, which, dedicated to pharaoh Ramses III, was built to restore the grandeur of Egypt during the New Kingdom (1570-1050 BC). The rest of today is then yours to spend as you please. You could head back to your hotel to enjoy some R&R, or we could arrange for you to continue temple-hopping your way through Luxor with visits to the temples of Karnak and Luxor.


Luxor Walking Tour

Take a short break from the temples of ancient Egypt, and spend today exploring the scenic and cultural delights of Luxor in the company of a clued-up local guide. This is a great way to get off the city’s traditional tourist loop and discover its lesser-known architectural and cultural heritage, as well as its contemporary local initiatives. Begin your walk with a visit to New Gourna, a village designed by Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy to replace Old Gourna, a town that had become overrun with tomb raiders during the rise of Egyptology. Hassan was commissioned to mirror the look and feel of the original settlement, using traditional Egyptian materials and local construction techniques. The result? A charming mud-brick settlement in the heart of lively Luxor. The walking tour continues with a deep dive into the city’s artisan culture. Start with a visit to a bustling palm-wood workshop, the most popular material for local furniture. Continue on to the pottery school of El Gourna, which celebrates the teachings of traditional pottery making, an art that was trampled by the rise of the alabaster industry. Enjoy lunch in an archeological base on the west bank of Luxor, where you can meet archaeologists working on the surrounding archaeological sites. Spend the rest of today savouring life in Luxor with a free-spirited stroll around the hotel’s neighbourhood. We could also arrange for you to spend your final afternoon in Luxor discovering the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Sethi I.


Temple Hop to the Red Sea

Your adventure across Egypt continues today with a temple-hopping journey to the serene shores of the Red Sea. Begin your sightseeing morning with a private visit to the Theban Necropolis, a ritualistic burial site on the west bank of the Nile. Continue on to the Valley of the Kings to discover the underground tombs of almost all the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Nearby is the Valley of the Queens, where certain royal wives were buried, including Nefertari (the wife of Ramses II), who was lovingly known as ‘she for whom the sun shines’. Round off your morning of temple-hopping with a visit to Deir el-Bahari, the grand funeral temple of Hatshepsut, a female king of Egypt during the 18th dynasty (1473–1458 BC). This temple contrasts with the classic ancient Egyptian form of funerary structures with its long ramps and porticos (a large porch with pillars). Here you can admire paintings, reliefs and partly-preserved monumental structures, and bask in the splendour of ancient Egypt. After the visit, hop into a private vehicle and sit back, relax and enjoy the desert views as you are driven to Marsa Alam, a beautiful resort town nestled on the turquoise shores of the Red Sea. On arrival, check in to a luxurious beachfront hotel for three nights and spend the rest of today settling into your new coastal environment. Enjoy a stroll through the surrounding botanical gardens before heading to the beach for sunset.

DAYS 8 & 9

Coastal Relaxation

Spend two days enjoying some serious coastal R&R in beautiful Marsa Alam. Move effortlessly from the hotel’s pool to the delightful waters of the Red Sea, read your book under the shade of a straw parasol and enjoy the hustle and bustle of bars and restaurants at the local marina in the evening. When you’re ready for a bit of action, don a mask and snorkel and observe the colourful fish, superb corals and pelagic species that reside in the waters of the well-preserved Elphinstone Reef. You are also within striking distance of the sweeping Egyptian desert, which is never short of adventurous offerings…

DAY 10

Farewell Egypt

Sadly the time has come to hang up your archeologist hat for the last time and embark on the journey home. After breakfast this morning, you’ll be collected at your hotel and privately transferred three-and-a-half hours to the airport in Hurghada, where you’ll catch a six-hour flight back to the UK.

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Depart from Aswan and journey three hours south to Abu Simbel, a grand temple complex located in the heart of Nubia. Built to glorify the prestigious pharaoh Ramses II, these temples were dug inside two sandstone hills facing the Nile. The temples demonstrate the cult role of pharaohs in ancient Egypt, who were considered privileged interlocutors between the gods and men. After the visit, settle in for a delicious Nubian lunch at a charming inn built using ancestral Nubian architectural methods.


Head off in the company of a private guide to visit the Karnak, a temple complex built during a period of nearly 2,000 years from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period. The site is home to a plethora of fascinating sights, including the temple of the tutelary god, a processional avenue lined with criosphinxes (ram-headed sphinxes) and a hypostyle room full of engraved pillars. There is also the Temple of Mut, which, recently opened to the public, honours the maternal vulture-headed mother goddess of the same name. Continue on to Luxor Temple to walk down the impressive processional colonnade, leading to a grand sanctuary featuring six colossi of Ramses II. The temple was built in honour of Amon, the god of air and one of the eight primordial Egyptian deities. After the abandonment of the ancient cult, other religious buildings were built within the enclosure, including churches and mosques.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,650 to £4,520 per person.*

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,900 per person.*

*Please note that for safety reasons, children under the age of six are not permitted on board the Flâneuse du Nil
*Boat maintenance occurs in June.
*If you would like to privatise the boat, please contact us for pricing.

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