Sailing Down the Nile

| March 21 – 27, 2022

An iconic trip in every way, a cruise down the Nile in Upper Egypt should be on everyone’s bucket list. Starting in Luxor with its awe-inspiring Karnak and Luxor temples, and the West Bank with the Valley of the Kings, we board our private “dahabeyya” (sailboat) and begin the cruise towards Aswan. 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. After reaching Aswan, we will visit the impressive Abu Simbel temple as well as some colorful Nubian villages, and the iconic Old Cataract Hotel.

As an optional two days at the beginning, this trip also includes  visits to the Dandara and Abydos temples. 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 north of Luxor; but they are certainly well worth the detour.

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Detailed Itinerary

March 19 (Optional)
Optional pre-trip:Arrival in Luxor and transfer to Abydos and checkin. Visit of of the mysterious Abydos temple.
March 20 (Optional)Optional pre-trip: Visit of the remarkable and very well preserved Dandara temple before heading to Luxor and checking in at the Winter Palace Hotel.
March 21
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.
March 22
Optional sunrise hot air balloon over Luxor. Morning visits of the West Bank including Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of the Kings, before boarding the dahabeyya and sailing.
March 23 24 25
Sailing towards Aswan including visits of the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo, as well as overnights and private dinner in quiet spots on the Nile.
March 26
Arrival in Aswan and early morning excursion to Abu Simbel. Lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel before a sunset visit by motorboat to the Nubian villages.
March 27
Visits of the Temple of Philae and the High Dam in Aswan before departure.

Price Options

Price:

– US$ 2025 per person in double occupancy.

– US$ 2650 per person in single occupancy (only 1 single occupancy cabin available).

– US$ 2525 per person in double occupancy at the Suite (1 suite 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 Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor.
– Dinner in Luxor.
– All-inclusive full-board dahabeyya cruise (5 nights).
– All private tours with an expert guide.

– Excursion to Abu Simbel and the Nubian villages.
– Lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel.

Price Does Not Include:

– International airfare from your point of departure to Luxor and from Aswan.

– Optional lunch at the Old Cataract Hotel.

– Optional hot air balloon flight in Luxor.
– Anything not specifically mentioned above.
– Travel insurance.

– Visa processing.

– Tips

Payment and Terms

Trip Status: This trip will be open for reservation starting December 1 2021.

Group Size: Minimum 10   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)

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 6 by Feb 21.
2- Trip will be cancelled if the minimum group size is not reached by Jan 31 1. All down payments will be returned.
3- Cancellation after a group of 10 is formed and deposits are made is subject to a 15% cancellation penalty.

4- Cancellations after Jan 21: 25% penalty.

5- Cancellations after Feb 21: 40% penalty.
6- Maximum penalty is 15% if the group size does not drop below 10 guests.

Cancellations due to COVID-19 issues will be handled on a case by case basis, as the situation requires. All effort will be made to minimize any penalties.