- Cruise along the Nile aboard the Flâneuse du Nil, a traditional dahabieh boat with just seven cabins, which can be fully privatised to accommodate up to 14 passengers
- Accompanied by an expert local guide, visit some of Egypt’s most famous ancient sites including the temples of Karnak, Edfu, Horus, Kom Ombo and Philae
- Get a taste for life on the Nile with visits to Egyptian and Nubian villages
- Enjoy a day exploring Aswan
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With its spectacular pharaonic ruins and gigantic pyramids, Egypt is a destination that thrums with ancient history. The country’s shining jewel is the Nile River, a shimmering thread that connects some of Egypt’s most famous sites. The best way to experience this remarkable country is on a serene cruise along the Nile onboard a luxurious boat.
On this eight-day adventure in Egypt, cruise along the Nile onboard the Flâneuse du Nil, a traditional dahabieh sailing boat. You will begin in Luxor, where you will get to explore the Karnak Temple Complex and the Valley of the Kings before setting sail towards Aswan. Along the way, you'll visit some of the country's most important ancient sites including the Temple of Horus,
FLIGHT TO LUXOR
Your Egypt adventure begins today with a five-hour international flight to Cairo followed by an hour-long domestic flight to Luxor. You will be met on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel where you will be able to freshen up and enjoy a leisurely dinner before hitting the hay, ready for the first full day of your Egypt adventure tomorrow.
YOUR NILE CRUISE BEGINS
Accompanied by an expert local guide, set off bright and early today to visit the temples of Karnak. This vast site, spread across 250 acres, is home to the grandest building from antiquity. From here, you’ll cross over to the west bank of the Nile and spend the rest of the morning exploring the Valley of the Kings, home to magnificently decorated tombs that tell the story of their journey through the afterlife. A highlight of your private tour is the tomb of Ramses VI, which is 380ft long and filled with spectacular hieroglyphs and paintings.
Esna is your next stop, where you will board the Flâneuse du Nil, a supremely comfortable and elegant dahabieh (traditional sailing boat), which will be your floating home for the remainder of your trip. Enjoy lunch on board before setting sail and beginning your cruise along the Nile, arriving in El Hegz at the end of the day.
VISIT THE TEMPLE OF HORUS
After breakfast on board, set off to visit the ancient archaeological site of El Kab, accompanied by your expert guide. Located on the east bank of the Nile, this is one of the oldest settlements of Upper Egypt and is home to ruins of ancient temples, tombs and cemeteries, as well as a sacred lake, which is contained within thick mudbrick walls.
Return to the boat for lunch then find a shady spot on deck and watch life on the Nile unfold around you as you spend the day cruising the river. Along the way, stop at Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, one of the largest and best-preserved monuments in Egypt. Accompanied by your guide, pass through the enormous gateway, which is guarded by two huge granite statues of Horus as a falcon, and discover the site’s impressive columns, temples and hieroglyphs. Afterwards, return to the boat and continue sailing to the island of El Ramady.
TOUR OF GEBEL SILSILA
Begin today with a visit to an Egyptian village on the island of El Ramady and if you have time, you might enjoy a short walk around the island. Then return to the boat and continue sailing to Gebel Silsila, a monument located in the southern Nile Valley on a narrow section of the river, flanked by steep sandstone cliffs.
Disembark from the boat to explore the site, which was once a sandstone quarry used to source materials for temples across Egypt. On the west bank, you’ll find the most eye-catching monuments, including shrines, chapels and rocks carved with inscriptions. Return to the boat and continue your voyage along the Nile towards Kom Ombo.
TEMPLE OF KOM OMBO
Today you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. This is a unique site as it is dedicated to not one, but two gods – Horus and Sobek, the local crocodile god. As you walk around the temple, your guide will point out the site’s perfect symmetry and twin entrances which are designed to celebrate both gods equally. Return to the boat for lunch on board then continue sailing to Herdiab.
SAIL TO ASWAN
Disembark the boat in the morning and head to the traditional Nubian village of Kobanai. As you walk around the village, your guide will tell you about the Nubian people who inhabited Upper Egypt and were massively displaced during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the creation of Lake Nasser. Return to the boat for a tasty lunch on board before spending the rest of the day sailing to Aswan, arriving in the early afternoon, where the Flâneuse will dock on the west bank shortly after crossing beneath the Aswan bridge.
From here, set off to visit the Temple of Philae which is located three miles south of Aswan on Agilka Island. The Temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis - the universal mother and wife of Osiris – is home to spectacular bas-reliefs and frescoes, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in all of Egypt. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and your final night aboard the Flâneuse du Nil.
DAY AT LEISURE IN ASWAN
After breakfast, you will disembark from the boat and be privately transferred to your hotel in Aswan where you will spend the night. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. After your busy itinerary so far, unwind with a relaxing afternoon by the pool or if you fancy exploring Aswan, we can arrange for you to visit Elephantine Island, home to a number of impressive ancient ruins, and take a tour of the Nubian Museum.
Sadly, your Egypt adventure has come to an end. You will be privately transferred to the airport in good time for your flight to Cairo, followed by your international flight home.
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Introduction To Egyptian Hieroglyphs
In the company of a private guide specialising in hieroglyphs, learn about this ancient form of figurative writing which consists of characters representing various natural and man-made objects such as plants, humans and animals.
The Temples Of Abu Simbel
Venture into the heart of Nubia on a day trip from Aswan to discover the world-famous temples of Abu Simbel. Built to glorify the great pharaoh Ramses II, the temples are built into two sandstone hills facing the Nile. Bathed in African light, this grand temple was designed to display the power of the pharaoh over the people. This is a truly mythical site which you can discover in the company of an expert guide on a private tour.
Stay In Cairo
We can include a short stay in Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, before or after your Nile cruise. Visit the city’s famous sites, including the pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum, and set off on a walking tour of the city with a local guide to experience the city’s buzzing energy.
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