Sailing Down the Nile

| December 3 – 9 2023

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

December 3
Arrival in Aswan, and checkin at the BenBen or Moevenpick Hotel. Relaxing afternoon by the pool, and dinner.
December 4
Easy morning, before proceeding to lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel (optional), followed by an afternoon visit by motorboat around the protected area in the Nile in Aswan and to the colourful Nubian Villages.
December 5
Option 1:Early morning (5 AM – 3 hours drive) excursion to Abu Simbel. Option 2: Visit of the nearby temple of Philae and the Aswan High Dam. After the visits, transfers and check in our private dahabeyya and beginning of the sailing down the Nile.
December 6
Sailing towards Luxor including visits of the temples at Edfu and Esna, as well as overnights and private dinner in quiet spots on the Nile.
December 8
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 9
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.

Price Options


Small Group of 7 to 8:

– US$ 2550 per person in double occupancy.

– US$ 3700 per person in single occupancy.

– US$ 3150 per person in hybrid occupancy (single in hotels, double on the boat).

Price will be adjusted (lowered) for a larger group (more double occupancy).

Price Includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop-offs in Luxor and Aswan.
  • Accommodation at the BenBen Hotel in Nubia, or the Movenpick Aswan (2 nights) Bed and Breakfast.
  • Accommodation at the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor (1 night) Bed and Breakfast.
  • Excursion to Abu Simbel and the Nubian villages.
  • All-inclusive full-board dahabeyya cruise (3 nights 4 days).
  • All private tours and entrance fees with an expert guide.

Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare from your point of departure to Aswan and from Luxor.
  • Dinners in Aswan.
  • Lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel.
  • Dinner in Luxor.
  • Alcohol consumption on the boat.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned above.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa processing.
  • Tips

Payment and Terms

Trip Status: This trip is open for reservation.

Group Size: Minimum 7   Maximum 12  Guests

Payment Options

All guests:

1- Cash payment in USD, or

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


  1. To confirm your spot, a down payment of 50% is requested. Balance is due by September 15.
  2. Cancellation after September 1 and after a downpayment is made is subject to a 25% penalty unless a replacement guest is found.
  3. Cancellation after September 15: 50% penalty.
  4. Cancellation after November 1: 100% penalty.

Every effort will be made t0 minimize any penalties. No penalties if a replacement guest is found.