Egypt in Style
January 20 to February 02, 2020
Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, this is the perfect time for you to see Egypt, with its incredible monuments, temples, artifacts and history. Cruise along Lake Nasser to discover the seldom-visited Nubian temples and along the Nile witness time standing still evidenced by the rhythm of life along its banks. Visit all of the sites that one expects to see in an itinerary offering an overview of the history of the region. Stop in Edfu and Kom Ombo to see the remains of temples. Tour the west and east banks of ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor. Explore the local market in Aswan and the Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo for a slice of life both past and present. Of course, no itinerary would be complete without a stop at some of the oldest attractions in the world, the colossal pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. Let this superbly-crafted exploration of Egypt captivate you with the bountiful treasures of ancient times and the hospitality of modern natives.
Includes 5 nights Luxury private sailing yacht on the Nile
Sailing the Nile...aboard a Dahabiya
Also spelled (dahabeah, dahabeeyah, dahabiah, , dahabiyah and Dahabia) . These river-going sailboats were common in Egypt in the days of the monarchy (1880-1940s) when travelers loved to cruise the Nile in style. We've revived those elegant days, but with modern comforts and facilities. It is an original and peaceful option to navigate on the river Nile and discover the most singular places of the landscape in a more intimate setting while in absolute luxury, exploring some of Egypt’s ancient sites in the same manner as those nearly 100 years before you.
Tour cost per person in double occupancy (Air & Land from JFK): $4,995.00
Single Supplement: $1,200.00
Price based on a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 12 participants
Credit for not using the included air $950.00
Led by local Egyptologist/guide
Your tour does not include
Abu Simbel excursion
Entry visa (Currently $30.00 available upon arrival)
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants.
Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes.
Items of a personal nature (camera fees at sites, laundry, phone calls, emails, excess luggage, etc.), drinks, tips.
Travel protection insurance.
Gratuities to Drivers, Guides, porters, etc.,
Any increase to entrance fees imposed by government.
Your tour includes
International air from JFK using Egypt air including airport taxes and fuel surcharges.
Domestic flights within Egypt: Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/ Cairo.
5 nights’ accommodation at Marriott Cairo or similar on bed and breakfast basis
6 nights’ accommodation on the Queen Farida Dahabiya on full board basis
1 nights’ Sonesta Luxor hotel or similar
All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/C Coach.
All Entrance Fees as per the Program
Meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner). Bottled water during touring on bus.
English speaking Egyptologist/Guide on all touring days and in all sites.
View Tour Itinerary
Monday , Jan 20
US – Cairo
Depart the US to Cairo arriving the second day,
Tuesday , Jan 21
Arrive in Cairo
Arrive at Cairo International airport, meet and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Wednesday, Jan 22
Full day orientation tour of Cairo, stopping at Tahrir Square, site of the Egyptian Revolution of February 2011. Then visit Egyptian Museum, with its excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities. See the gold of King Tut& the Hall of the Royal Mummies, the resting place of Ramses II, his father Seti I, and Tuthmosis II, as well as the Mummies Room. After lunch, continue to Coptic Cairo: the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. (B,L)
Thursday , Jan 23
After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up for a full day of touring, starting with Cairo's iconic Giza pyramids, where the city meets the desert, then drive south along the river valley to Memphis, the once-resplendent capital of the Old Kingdom, where you will see the reclining statue of Ramses II, then drive a short way on to Saqqara, the burial place of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom and home of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures of its size. Return to your hotel (B,L)
Friday, Jan 24
Full day Islamic Cairo
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day tour of the city's finest Islamic sights, starting with the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, and the Alabaster Mosque of Khedive Mohamed Ali Pasha, then Sultan Hussein Mosque as well as the Islamic Museum and finally the medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, evening at leisure. Tonight, you will be transferred to an Egyptian home to have a special dinner meeting and interacting with local families and seeing how they live. (B, L,D)
Saturday, Jan 25
Cairo to Luxor
Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor, upon arrival head to visit Dier el-Madina; a small settlement 2 km west of the Nile. It was home to workers of the royal necropolis, also visit Nobles and Habu, an ancient site was associated with Amun in his form as a creator and fertility god, and was imagined to be the location of the primeval mound of creation. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B,L)
Sunday Jan 26
Luxor - Esna (Start cruising)
Morning at leisure to visit additional sites in Luxor, then drive to Esna where you will pass the Nile locks in order to embark on Queen Farida Dahabeya. After lunch, set sail toward the village of El Hegez, just north of Edfu, where you'll moor for the night, relaxing on deck and taking in the sights along the way. (B, L, D)
Monday, Jan 27
El Kab - Edfu - El Fuaza
Sail to El Kab, where you will disembark after breakfast to see the seldom-visited site of El Kab, with its vast pre-dynastic cemeteries, early New Kingdom tombs, and temple of Thoth. Return to your cruise and continue sailing to Edfu. Disembark and tour the Edfu Temple, the most complete example of pharaonic architecture. Set sail for the island of El Fuaza and spend the night. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, Jan 28
El Fuaza - Gebel El Silsila
After breakfast, set sail for El Ramadya and disembark to tour the village . Enjoy a leisurely lunch as you sail to the island of Besaw, where you will disembark to stretch your legs and explore a bit before continuing to Gebel el Silsila for the night. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, Jan 29
El Silsila - Meneha Island
Today, you will visit the Temple of El Silsila before setting sail for Meneha Island, where you will disembark to tour the small island before mooring for the night. (B, L, D)
Thursday, Jan 30
Kom Ombo – Kopania
Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple, unique in its dedication to two deities. The most spectacular of the river temples, Kom Ombo is honeycombed with crypts, secret passages, and tunnels under the floors, the source of the gods' human voices. Continue on the Nile to Daraw, where you will moor and take a local transport to its famous camel market, a great atmosphere, fascinating, and full of photo opportunities. Return to your Dahabeya and depart for Kopania on a leisurely five-hour sail on the scenic river. You will dine and overnight onboard near Kopania. (B, L, D)
Friday, Jan 31
Kopania – Aswan
Enjoy breakfast on your cruise while you sail towards Aswan. Start your visit by boat ride to explore Philae Temple (dedicated to Goddess Isis). Then visit the High Dam, followed by a relaxing short ride on a felucca (traditional sailing boat). In the afternoon free time to enjoy the Nubian baskets’ market or have a drink at the terrace of the Old Cataract Historical hotel. Overnight onboard (B,L,D)
Saturday, Feb 01
Aswan – Cairo
After breakfast, disembark and head to the domestic airport for your flight back to Cairo and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. (B)
Possible excursion to Abu Simbel Morning flight to Abu Simbel. The monuments on the bank of Lake Nasser south of Aswan were built by Ramses II. See the two temples excavated in the mountain by Ramses II to his wife Nefertari in the guise of the goddess Hathor, and to himself. They were moved when the High Dam at Aswan was built to avoid being flooded. Return to Cairo and check into the Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Sunday, Feb 02
Cairo – USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed