Sailing to the Temples of the Nile

In the Wake of Cleopatra

Egypt

11 Days

From $8,595

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    Explore the Nile by private dahabiya, a traditional two-masted Nile sailing yacht that hosts just 10 guests—it's a dream journey for travelers. With our expert Egyptologist, we sail from Luxor to Aswan, discovering stunning pharaonic monuments including Nile-side Kom Ombo, with its crocodile motif, and experiencing fascinating Nile settings where bigger vessels can't go. The royal tombs of the New Kingdom pharaohs, awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, and a romantic sailing vessel make this an unforgettable odyssey through ancient Egypt.

    Arrive: Cairo, Egypt

    Depart: Cairo, Egypt

    Highlights

    • Travel aboard a traditional Nile sailing vessel with air-conditioned, en-suite cabins
    • Experience Egypt in depth with the cultural insights of our superb Egyptologist guide
    • Special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefertari, considered the most exquisitely decorated in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens
    • Extend your trip to Jordan or Alexandria

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      In Cairo, we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, then witness the majesty of the Pyramids of Giza, the monumental tombs of the pharaohs and their queens. Nearby, we'll visit the lion-bodied Great Sphinx, carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau.

      We fly to Luxor, where the all-powerful Theban pharaohs built elaborate monuments in the valley of the Nile. We'll walk amid the stone columns of the stupendous Temple of Karnak and visit graceful Luxor Temple. In the Valley of the Kings, we explore magnificent tombs, including the grand Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous female pharaoh. Embarking aboard our dahabiya, with its air-conditioned cabins, our five-day sail gives us access to lesser-visited sites as well as famed Nile-side temples including Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god, Horus. One evening, we enjoy a candlelit barbecue at Maniha Island, and on another, we moor at Cobania Island for a visit with villagers. At Aswan, we visit romantic Philae Temple, a pilgrimage site for thousands of years.

      Our last visit is to Abu Simbel, the colossal temples of Ramses II, carved into cliff faces in the 12th century BC and still an imposing sight today. Depart on Day 11 via Cairo, or join one of our extensions.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in deluxe hotels and yacht with air-conditioned cabins
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Visa fees
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Mena House

      Cairo, Egypt

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was converted into a hotel in the 1880s. It has hosted sultans, pashas, royals, and statesmen during more than a century as one of the world's grand hotels. People love...

      Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa

      Luxor, Egypt

      Day 4 (1 night)

      The Hilton Luxor has an ideal location set right on the water's edge of the Nile. With floating feluccas in the distance and the sound of rustling palms in the breeze, guests can enjoy relaxing guest rooms with comfortable beds and access to garden terraces or in some cases private...

      L'Orient

      Days 5-9 (5 nights)

      A traditional Nile sailboat of the style built at the end of the 19th century, the 120-foot L'Orient is the perfect vessel for observing life along the Nile. She features two decks, with two double and two twin cabins that have private bathrooms and air-conditioning, as well as two air-conditioned...

      InterContinental Citystars Cairo

      Cairo, Egypt

      Day 10 (1 night)

      This hotel has a great location—near the airport and the downtown business district, so it's close to everything, including good shopping. Guest rooms are clean and spacious, and there are 11 restaurants and bars, so you're sure to find one to suit your taste. Enjoy a cocktail on the poolside...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 1+, Easiest, according to our trip grading system. It is a cultural and archaeological adventure with day walks exploring the fascinating ruins and wonderful towns in this ancient and modern land. Please note that we have several early morning starts, especially on days with air travel.
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      Egypt's climate is hot and dry most of the year. During the winter months (Dec-Feb), average daily temperatures are in the upper 60s°F on the Mediterranean coast and in the 80s°F in Aswan. In spring and fall, daytime temperatures can get up to the 90s°F. It can be quite cool in the evening, especially when on the Nile River (and please note: there is no heat aboard the L’Orient). From January through March, the temperature is cooler, down to the 50s°F and 60s°F during the day, and dropping much lower at night, sometimes into the low 40s°F. Egypt has a very dry climate, which makes a temperature of 80°F feel much cooler than it would in a humid, tropical climate.

      Our home base for five nights is the 100-foot dahabiya L'Orient, a traditional Nile sailboat built at the end of the 19th century and completely refitted in 2003. She is air conditioned and has two decks and four double or twin cabins and one suite with private baths. The L'Orient is sail-powered only, but will use motor-boat assistance in cases of low wind. Public spaces on L'Orient include an interior lounge and a large shaded deck where meals are served. There are electrical outlets in the cabins for charging batteries. (You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter). Meals are on board the L'Orient. Bottled water is available on board as well as tea and coffee. A selection of imported wine and beer is available for purchase. There is no corkage fee for trip members who bring their own.

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      Client Testimonials

      "One of our best of 8 Wilderness trips."

      Ed K.

      Palo Alto, CA

      "Everything was just perfect! I couldn't have imagined a better trip. The food was amazing, the service, the guide, the group, the hotels, the boat, the pace, the sites, the villages, the Nile! Thank you so much for an incredible trip!"

      Ginger P.

      Boulder, CO

      "I am still in shock and awe! It was truly a trip of a lifetime."

      Jane K.

      Portland, OR

      "This was a wonderful experience in all aspects—the accommodations, the places visited, the pace, the people we met, the boat and crew...everything."

      Mark R.

      Boston, MA

      "Did I say how much I loved the sailboat?"

      Martha D.

      Los Altos, CA

      "The trip was a glorious combo of mind-boggling temples, sailing on the Nile, and lovely hotels, all with an interesting fun group."

      Mary D.

      Cloverdale, CA

      "Would take this trip all over again! Sailing the Nile was priceless."

      Ruth M.

      Kernersville, NC

      "We had a fantastic time on the trip. So much history—and such great guides! Really enjoyed sailing on the dahabiya, a special way to see the Nile Valley."

      Steve H.

      Verona, WI

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The Philae temple complex has lured pilgrims for thousands of years; during the 19th century these ruins were one of Egypt's most legendary tourist attractions. Next we visit the granite quarries that supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. Here we see the famous and huge &quot;unfinished obelisk.&quot; On this 100-foot-long block of stone, three sides were completed except for the inscriptions. Today it lies where the stonemasons abandoned it, still partly attached to the parent rock and with no indication of what it was intended for.<\/p><p>Lunch is on board, after which we enjoy our choice of two options: a walking tour of Aswan's colorful outdoor market or a visit to the Nubian Museum, with its thousands of objects celebrating the culture and civilization of the Nubian region from prehistoric times to the present. 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The figures radiated power, dominated the landscape, and with their ceaseless stares, subjugated all who dared to enter Egypt. In modern times, the temples of Abu Simbel were threatened by the waters that would rise with the completion of the High Dam at Aswan, and a campaign to save them was organized by UNESCO. The temples were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece, and reassembled in a new position above the water. The massive job took two years to complete (1966-1968). At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 60 feet in height, gazing across the desert. Inside the entrance to the temple is an impressive hall. Flanked with statues of Ramses II, it leads to the vestibule, and finally to the innermost Sacred Sanctuary. The Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses' favorite wife, Queen Nefertari, is fronted by six massive standing statues, each 30 feet high. 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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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