Sailing Down the Nile

| November 25 – December 1, 2022

An iconic trip in every way, a cruise down the Nile in Upper Egypt should be on everyone’s bucket list. We start with a couple of days in Nubia in Aswan, where we will visit the colorful Nubian villages, the iconic Old Cataract Hotel, and of course the impressive Abu Simbel temple. We then board our private “dahabeyya” (sailboat) and begin the 4-day cruise towards Luxor. Along the way, we visit several ancient Egyptian temples while enjoying the serene rural landscapes rolling slowly by, and even stopping in a couple of spots to take a dip in the Nile. We end  with a night in Luxor to visit  the awe-inspiring Karnak and Luxor temples, and the West Bank with the Valley of the Kings.

As an optional two days at the end of this trip,  we can arrange visits to the Dandara and Abydos temples north of Luxor. These are some of the most well preserved and impressive Ancient Egyptian temples, yet are always missed by the regular tourist cruise route due to their location outside the main circuit; but they are certainly well worth the detour.

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Detailed Itinerary

November 25
Arrival in Aswan, and checkin at the BenBen Hotel in Nubia, overlooking the Temple of Philae. Relaxing afternoon by the pool, before dinner at a Nubian restaurant.
November 26Early morning excursion to Abu Simbel. Lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel before a sunset visit by motorboat to the Nubian villages.
November 27
Visit of the Temple of Philae and the Aswan High Dam, before checking in our dahabeyya and beginning our sailing down the Nile.
November 28 29
Sailing towards Luxor including visits of the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo, as well as overnights and private dinner in quiet spots on the Nile.
November 30
Arrival in Luxor and checkin at the Winter Palace Hotel. Visits of the Karnak and Luxor temples, then dinner at an Egyptian restaurant before taking a stroll in the souk.
December 1
Optional sunrise hot air balloon over Luxor. Morning visits of the West Bank including Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of the Kings, before heading to the airport for departure.

Optional extension: transfer to Abydos and checkin. Visit of the mysterious Abydos temple.

December 2 (Optional)
Visit of the remarkable and very well preserved Dandara temple before heading back to Luxor and departure.

Price Options

Price:

– US$ 1950 per person in double occupancy.

– US$ 2550 per person in single occupancy (only 1 single occupancy cabin available).

– US$ 2150 per person in double occupancy in the Suite (2 suites available).

Price for the optional pre-trip 2 days: US$ 750 per person in double occupancy.

Price Includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop-offs in Luxor and Aswan.
  • Accommodation at the BenBen Hotel in Nubia, Aswan (2 nights)
  • Accommodation at the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor (1 night)
  • Lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel
  • Excursion to Abu Simbel and the Nubian villages.
  • All-inclusive full-board dahabeyya cruise (3 nights).
  • All private tours and entrance fees with an expert guide.
  • Dinner in Luxor.

Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare from your point of departure to Aswan and from Luxor.
  • Dinners in Aswan.
  • Optional hot air balloon flight in Luxor.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned above.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa processing.
  • Tips

Payment and Terms

Trip Status: This trip is open for reservation.

Group Size: Minimum 8   Maximum 14  Guests

Payment Options

All guests:

1- Cash payment in USD, or

2- Bank transfers to a bank outside Lebanon (please enquire about bank details)

For guests residing in Lebanon:

20% of the payment can be made in LBP cash at the USD market rate.

The remaining amount must be settled by one of the methods above.

Terms

  1. To confirm your spot, a down payment of 50% is requested. Balance is due by October 1.
  2. Cancellation after Aug 1 and after a downpayment is made is subject to a 25% penalty unless a replacement guest is found.
  3. Cancellations after September 25: 50% penalty.
  4. Cancellations after October 25: 100% penalty.

Every effort will be made to minimize any penalties. No penalties if a replacement guest is found.