Experience the magic of this luxury tour in Egypt with an educational journey from Cairo to Luxor, Dandara, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, exploring the country’s most iconic sites and relaxing in comfortable accommodations, like historical hotels, Nile Dahabiya, making it your home for a four-night cruise along the Nile. Dahabiya is based on an original Dahabiya from the late 18th and early 19th century and is built in colonial style. The heart of this traditional two-masted sailing boat is the half-shaded sundeck. It’s the perfect place to lie in a wooden deck chair and lazily watch the landscape gliding by. Down below is a nice living area, a salon, eight cabins, and one suite. The cosy salon has a small library with books about the Nile and Egypt. With its comfortable sofas, it’s the perfect setting to end the day. Swap stories, share experiences, read a book, or play a backgammon game while enjoying a Turkish coffee or a cup of mint tea.
Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1 * Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your luxury hotel
DAY 2 * Visit the Pyramids of Giza and Sakkara
DAY 3 * Cairo Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo.
DAY 4 * Cairo / flight to Luxor & visiting Karnak & Luxor Temples
DAY 5 * Dandara the Blue temple
DAY 6 * Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut temple
DAY 7 * Sailing to Edfu • Discover Edfu Temple
DAY 8 * Sailing & the Ancient quarry Gabel El Selsla
DAY 9 * Kom Ombo visit & sailing to Aswan
DAY 10 * Disembarkation, Temples of Philae & the unfinished Obelisk and Aswan High Dam
Day: 11 *Aswan Elephantine Island
DAY 12 * Fly to Abu Simbel
DAY 13 * Fly to Cairo
Day 14 * Welcome back home
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your luxury hotel.
Welcome to Cairo – Egypt's historical capital city of over 20 million residents. Upon arrival, you are met by our local representative as you enter the baggage claim area; look for a sign with your name. He will assist with your luggage and escort you to the waiting vehicle where your driver awaits. Transfer together to your five-star hotel, where you are assisted with the Check-in procedures for your three-night stay.
After breakfast, meet your Egyptologist this Morning and transfer to Giza plateau. You begin the full day's sightseeing to explore Egypt's most iconic image—the Pyramids—including the 4,600-years-old Great Pyramid, the only survivor of the only survivor the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built for the Egyptian King Khufu, it was the world's tallest man-made structure for more than 4,600 years. A staggering architectural achievement for any age, Khufu's Pyramid rises 480 feet from the desert sands and comprises more than two million stone blocks—some weighing as much as 90 tons. Walk up to the top of the Giza plateau to marvel at the sight of the three great pyramids: Cheops (Khufu), Chephren (Khafra), and Mykerinos (Menkaure). While we gaze at its grandeur, we can begin to understand why construction methods used by the Egyptians to build this ancient architectural wonder are debated to this day. We can ponder another mystery for the ages at the Sphinx, the enigmatic guardian of the Giza Plateau. Dated to about 2,500 B.C., the carved lion with outstretched paws and the head of a king in ancient Egypt's earliest known monumental sculpture. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. After Lunch, travel to Saqqara to tour the first stone structure ever built, King Zoser's famous Step pyramid, built a century before the Great Pyramid; Saqqara expanded to cover 3.7 miles from north to south 1 mile from east to west. As such, it is one of the largest and most important areas of ancient Egypt. Here you will also find the elaborate tombs of the Nobles featuring the multi-chromatic Hieroglyphs, and some have 32 chambers with scenes on the walls depicting ancient daily life from hunting in the marshes to listening to musicians play the Harp end the tour with the mysterious sarabium-puzzle. On our way back to the hotel, you may visit the handmade Carpet School where the excellent artistic work is being done. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
Overnight moored in Cairo hotel.
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Day 3 Cairo Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo.
After breakfast, meet your Egyptologist and head to the heart of Cairo city. Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, Home to the greatest Pharaonic treasures in the world, more than 25000 masterpieces. The museum's vast exhibits will lend context to our later discoveries as we trace the history of Egypt from Narmer to Cleopatra. A highlight is the life-sized, solid gold death mask (along with 1,700 more items) of the boy king Tutankhamen—and later in our journey, we'll see where Howard Carter discovered these priceless treasures in 1922. After our guided tour, there will be time to reflect on Egypt's illustrious pharaohs or wander the museum's side rooms to glimpse the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians. We'll also see nearby Tahrir Square, the focal point of an uprising that captivated the world in 2011. Lunch at a traditional Egyptian restaurant. This afternoon, heading to the old neighbourhood of Islamic Cairo, where you will find the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the best example of Islamic architecture in the whole Islamic world. Constructed in 1356 AD, the Mosque is truly breathtaking in its simplicity. Proceed to the most famous district in Egypt, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, in the heart of Old Cairo. Take a wonderful walk and stroll through the old Arab town. Along the way, you pass the fascinating Islamic architecture in all of the Middle East. After the visit, we return to the hotel for dinner and the evening relaxing.
Overnight moored in Cairo hotel.
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Day 4 Cairo / flight to Luxor Karnak & Luxor Temples
Upon arrival in Luxor, start one of the highlights of our Egypt adventure. To set your expectation for days ahead, a word Today, we journey back in time from Egypt's current capital, Cairo, to its ancient capital of Thebes. After refresh, we will explore the massive Karnak Temples with its huge hypostyle hall consisting of 134 columns and Labyrinth passageways. Be sure to circle to the gains of Scarab to ensure a long healthy life successful return to Egypt. The Karnak Temples complex was the ancient Ipet Sut (The Most Selected of Palaces), the main place of worship of the Theban Triad covered 200 acres. More than thirty Pharaohs contributed to the buildings; you could spend years wandering this amazing complex. We will also see (The sacred lake in Karnak) is an ancient Egyptian miracle and a supernatural engineering genius, Launch. Tonight, ending our day at the fabulous Temple of Luxor with the sun setting over the Nile. This Temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun Ra (king of the gods), his Wife Mut (mother), and their son Khonsu (the Moon God) Luxor temple has the miraculous Avenue of Sphinxes that stretches from Luxor temple to the Karnak temples for 3, 2 Km (2 miles). This Temple has been in continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day. Most of Luxor Temple dates to the New Kingdom period. Ramses the Great built the large Bylone and two obelisks (only one remains Today); towards the rear end is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great. During the Christian era, one of the hypostyle halls of the Temple was converted into a church. Then for thousands of years, the Temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of the town of Luxor. Eventually, in the 12th century, the Mosque of Sheikh Yusuf Abu AL Hagag was built over it. The Mosque was preserved when the Temple was uncovered and forms an integral part of the monument Today. After the visit, we return to the hotel for dinner and the evening relaxing.
Overnight moored in Luxor hotel.
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Day:5 Dandara the Blue temple
This Morning we start driving north for one hour, visiting The Temple of Dandara, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It was known as the "Castle of the Sistrum" or "Pr Hathor"— House of Hathor. Hathor was the goddess of love, joy, and beauty. Except for its supporting pillars, which had capitals sculpted in the image of Hathor and were defaced by the Christians, the walls, rooms, and roof are complete and extraordinarily well preserved. The stone steps of the spiral staircase are time worn but may still be used to ascend to the roof, where there is a small chapel decorated with Hathor-headed columns. Also, we see the first zodiac. In ancient times, Dandara was associated with healing. Patients who travelled there for cures were housed in special buildings where they could rest, sleep, and commune with the gods in their dreams. There is something special about this Temple: It bears Cleopatra and her son, whose father was Julius Caesar. It is possible that these celebrated rulers climbed the same stairs and contemplated the same landscape stretching out for miles below. Today, the place sings with the music of birds. Hundreds of them roost in small cracks and hollows in the walls, seemingly contemplating their carved likenesses in the hieroglyphic reliefs. There have been temples on this site ever since the Old Kingdom, but the present Temple was begun in the reign of Ptolemy VIII. The building we see Today was constructed and added to from about 116 BC to 34 A.D. In the afternoon, we will explore Luxor's districts and the people's lives by a private Horse-Drawn Carriage, one of the ancient means of transportation used now for excursions. You have the ride among the town districts, the local markets and Bazaars, the farming lands, the different hotels. Also, you will witness the great temples on the East Bank, "Luxor and Karnak" After this amazing tour, one of the ancient means of transportation but used now for excursions. Go to explore the districts of Luxor and the life of the people there. You have the ride among the rich and poor districts, the local markets and Bazaars, the farming lands, the different hotels like Winter Palace Hotel, a colonial-era 5-star luxury hotel located on the east bank of the Nile River in Luxor. Also, you will witness the great temples on the East Bank, "Luxor and Karnak" After this amazing tour, you will get back to your hotel, refurnish for dinner.
Overnight moored in Luxor hotel.
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Day: 6 Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple
This Morning after breakfast & check out, transfer to Luxor's West Bank to explore the incomparable Valley of the Kings. Tour various open tombs of the ancient Pharaohs and see where new excavations are taking place. Visit the Tomb of the famous Golden King Tutankhamun, who made Howard Carter' famous reputation by discovering the Tomb in 1922: Can you see anything!" Howard Carter's answer to Lord Carnarvon upon peering in Tutankhamun's Tomb Valley of the kings (26 November 1922) also visite the longest Tomb of the Famous king Siti the First father of the Pharaoh Rameses the second. Ending the royal cities by walking through the most mysterious Tomb of king Ramses the Sixth. Behind the Valley of the kings stands the beautiful Temple Queen Hatchepsut at Dier el Bahari, magnificently Situated at the foot of sheer cliffs fringing the desert hills. The Light coloured, almost white sandstone one of the temples stands out prominently against the golden yellow to light brown rocks behind commemorating one of Egypt,s most unique ancient Egyptian kings. End our great day by visiting the unforgettable Queen Nefertari' Tomb. You will be shocked to see the most special events available in Egypt Today- a view of Queen Nefertari' Tomb. Queen Nefertari was Ramses the Second's favourite wife. He carved for her to guarantee her eternal second life. First discovered in1904 by the Italian Egyptologist Ernesto Schiaparelli and then restored by Getty Museum in the 1990s. It is reputed to be the most beautiful of all the tombs. Then continue visiting to admire the 75 feet high, 1000 tons' statues of Amenhotep, the 3rd The Colossi of Memnon, as they sit like giant sentinels overlooking the massive banks of the Nile 3400 years old. These massive sandstone statues once flank the entrance of the lost mortuary temple of Amenhotep the third, but now stand virtually alone is a field that the Temple has eroded over the last 3400 years. Returning to the hotel for Lunch. Afternoon Cultural City Tour in Luxor by Horse-Drawn Carriage, one of the ancient means of transportation but used now for excursions. Go to explore the districts of Luxor and the life of the people there. You have the ride among the rich and local people's districts, the local markets and Bazaars, the farming lands, the different hotels like Winter Palace Hotel, a colonial-era 5-star luxury hotel located on the east bank of the Nile River in Luxor. Also, you will witness the great temples on the East Bank, "Luxor and Karnak" After this amazing tour, we will have a short drive to Esna to your Dahabiya for the following four days. After a relaxing lunch, settle into your room and spend time lounging on the sun deck as you watch the peaceful scenery of the NILE dinner Onboard.
Overnight moored Onboard Dahabiya
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Day: 7 Sailing to Edfu • Discover Edfu Temple
Have breakfast on board while sailing to Edfu, where you stop to visit the Temple of Edfu "Hours". after a short ride to the temples, this is your chance to study the exact layout of one of these fabulous pharaonic structures built on the site of an earlier temple, it was dedicated to the Sun God (Horus), (Hathor) of Dendera and their son the youthful (Harsomtus). According to the myth, Hours, who fought one of the great combats with Seth here, presented as a flying falcon in human form ahead of the falcon or the winged sun disk. The Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most complete and best-preserved ever; the reason is that the Temple had been submerged under the desert except for the very top of the pylon entrance. A small amount of stone had been removed from the exposed part, but it was found to be in near-perfect conditions when excavated. Enjoy the fun of haggling with the local merchants you walk from the Temple. Return to the Dahabiya enjoying sailing to Gebel Silsila Temple, Quarries.
Overnight moored in Edfu, Onboard Dahabiya.
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Day: 8 Sailing & Gebel el-Silsila- ancient quarry
After a leisurely morning sailing up the river, visit Gebel el-Silsila, an ancient quarry where the pharaohs excavated sandstone and limestone to build their temples. The site also houses numerous tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty.
Gather for a special barbecue dinner this evening on a nearby island.
Overnight moored in Kom Ombo, on-road Dahabiya
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Day: 9 Kom Ombo temple
After breakfast, we visit Kom Ombo, a riverside town surrounded by sugar cane fields, Home to Egypt's only double Temple shared by two Gods, Sobek and Haroeris. That is. Dramatically situated along a bend on the Nile, the beautiful Greco Roman Kom Ombo Temple features one side dedicated to the local crocodile god, Sobek (it is said that real crocodiles used to bask here). The other side honours the falcon god, Haroeris. The entire structure is unusual in that everything is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis: twin entrances, twin courts, and twin colonnades. Another unique feature of Kom Ombo is a series of engravings thought to be among the world's first representations of medical and surgical instruments. Return to the Yacht for the most beautiful town of Upper Egypt, Aswan.
Overnight moored in Aswan, onboard Dahabiya.
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Day: 10 Temples of Philae & the unfinished Obelisk and Aswan High Dam
This Morning, after breakfast and Disembarkation, we'll take a boat to the island Temples of Philae, the centre of the cult of the goddess Isis. Similar to the plight of Abu Simbel, this temple complex was moved to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Our discoveries include the Temple of Isis, whose courtyards flanked by granite lions and walls covered with fantastic relives. Continue to the Granite Quarries that supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stones used in building the Pyramids, Temples. The unfinished Obelisk has three separate sides, and the fourth one is still connected to the mountain. The Obelisk measures nearly 138 feet in length, 1200 tons in weight and it would be the largest single piece of stone ever handled if a flaw had not ever appeared in the granite. We continue visiting the worldwide famous Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 and finished in 1970. It contains 18 times the material used in building the big pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 long, 3215 thick at the base, and 364 tall. Today, it provided irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and the old Aswan Dam. The High Dam added a whole new aspect to Egypt and a new environment as well. The lake is some 500 miles long, and at times, it was the largest artificial lake, if not now Aswan.
Overnight moored in a hotel in Aswan
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Day: 11 Aswan Elephantine Island
After breakfast at the hotel, visiting Elephantine Island; Elephantine Island is one of Egypt's Nile islands, located in Aswan, with about 1500 meters in length from north to south and 500 meters in width; its height is about 12 meters, and the population of this island is 5800 people, the vast majority of whom are Nubians. They live in two villages in the centre of the island, namely the "Siw" and the village of "Koti", and most of them work in handicrafts, agriculture, and tourism. Nubian character in the streets Sandy and colourful scenery. The island was known in ancient Egyptian texts as "Abu," meaning the land of the elephant or ivory. The island still has one of the ancient Nilometer, as well the island was an important port for receiving African ivory extracted from the tusks of elephants. Then the Greeks called it "Elephantine", meaning elephant ivory, which is the island's name so far. The remainder of the day is yours to partake in the hotel's magical facilities or discover the local spices market of Aswan and final shopping on your own.
Overnight moored in a hotel in Aswan
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Day: 12 flies to Abu Simbel
This Morning, we'll travel to Abu Simbel to end our Time Machine Tour with the iconic temples seemingly carved into living rock by day and at night. The massive colossi of Ramses II were an expression of Egypt's might and its dominance over the Nubian kingdom. The Great Temples of Abu Simbel of Ramses the Second and his wife Queen Nefertari were miraculously saved from the inundations by the monumental effort of Unesco and the world community and ranked among the most stupendous monuments of Ancient Egypt. Both temples were carved during the reign of Ramses the second (1290 1224BC) to mark the 30th anniversary of accession. The larger temples were dedicated to Amun Ra of Thebes and RaHor Akhty of Heliopolis, the principal divinities of Upper and Lower Egypt, and Petah of Memphis and the defied Ramses himself were worshipped here. The Small Temple was dedicated to Goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari, who was as well defined. Lunch then a free afternoon till the spectacular sound & Light show, then dinner.
Overnight moored in Abu Simbel hotel.
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Day 13 * flying back to Cairo
After breakfast & check out, we will take the flight back to Cairo. Arrival Cairo drives to our hotel for Morning at leisure, Lunch, and final shopping. Afternoon Farewell dinner.
Overnight moored in a hotel in Cairo
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Day: 14 Welcome back, Home
After breakfast this morning, at a time per coordinate with the Cairo representative, meet and transfer to the Cairo International Airport for your flight home, with romantic memories and leaving behind new friends always grateful for your coming and wishing you the best.
Marriott Mena House – Cairo
While touring bustling Cairo, spend leisure time and evenings amidst the luxurious and modern comforts of Marriott Mena House, located just 45 minutes outside of the city. The property offers glorious panoramic views of the pyramids, 40 acres of lavish gardens, four restaurants and lounges, a heated outdoor pool, a health club, and a full-service spa (additional fees for services).
Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1869, Mena House served as a private residence until 1886 when it was opened to the public as a hotel. It has hosted various visitors, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, sofa and chair, cable/satellite LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, alarm clock, mini-fridge, safe, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, and en suite marble bathroom with sundries and hairdryer.
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam
Originally constructed as a visitor’s palace, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino has provided guests with royal treatment for decades. Modern guestrooms offer luxury bedding, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Many have balconies with garden, city or Nile views. Luxury hotel suites feature generous layouts, kitchenettes and fireplaces. Perks like free breakfast, afternoon tea and dessert. Enjoy on-site amenities including a 24-hour gym, outdoor lap pool, a spa and an elegant casino. Several of our 14 dining options are set in our lush gardens. Wedding and conference planners appreciate our hotel's versatile and unique event venues and proximity to some of the world’s most famous sites, including the Pyramids, Sphinx and Cairo Tower. Be transported to the Egypt of 1869 when you step into the lobby of our 5-star luxury hotel in downtown Cairo. Visit Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino, where you'll be treated like royalty.
This prestigious hotel is a stunning example of Victorian architecture; this prestigious hotel is a short walk from Luxor Temple and features high-standard facilities. Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor has a history of hosting royalty and celebrities throughout the years. The interior features grand staircases, high ceilings and lounge areas appointed with antique furniture and beautiful flower arrangements. As can be expected, Winter Palace's restaurants have a historical reputation to keep up to. Relax and socialize as you enjoy French cuisine with the latest fusion dishes from around the world. The pool scene is stunning and has the vibe of a private oasis with surrounding palm trees. A variety of convenient services are also offered at Winter Palace to deliver a memorable and stress-free holiday.
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Hotel
Step into the legendary site where King Fouad once entertained, and Agatha Christie sipped cocktails: the 5-star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Hotel. In the Nubian Desert on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine Island, the majestic hotel sits on a pink granite cliff overlooking the world's longest river. With its legendary guest list of royals and dignitaries, this ravishing hotel is both ideals for romantic getaways and a perfect venue for small summits and corporate meetings. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of the magnificent Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, a world of fascination awaits you. Elephantine Island and the Aswan Museum are at your feet. The Rock Tombs of Amarna, where ancient Egyptian nobles are buried, are close to the hotel. Aswan city centre is a stroll away. Other attractions to tempt you during your stay: the Nubian Museum, the Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk... then return to indulge in French and oriental cuisine and wines.
Nile Dahabiya, making it your home for a four-night cruise along the Nile. Dahabiya is based on an original Dahabiya from the late 18th and early 19th century and is built in colonial style. The heart of this traditional two-masted sailing boat is the half-shaded sundeck. It’s the perfect place to lie in a wooden deck chair and lazily watch the landscape gliding by. Down below is a nice living area, a salon, eight cabins, and one suite. The cosy salon has a small library with books about the Nile and Egypt. With its comfortable sofas, it’s the perfect setting to end the day. Swap stories, share experiences, read a book, or play a backgammon game while enjoying a Turkish coffee or a cup of mint tea.
Seti Abu Simbel Lake Resort
Located at the foot of the Grand Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Hotel offers views of Lake Nasser. It offers a landscaped pool area, luscious gardens and Nubian-style accommodation. All accommodation at Abu Simbel offer views of a garden or Lake Nasser. Each room offers a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a wardrobe. The suite includes a living room with a sofa. The bathroom is fitted with a shower and hairdryer. Guests can have their pick of sumptuous cuisine at the hotel’s main restaurant that offers both fine oriental and international buffets specialities. Toshka serves à-la-carte specialities, while the Pool Bar offer cocktails and mocktails. Many on-site activities can be carried out during guests’ stay, including table tennis and billiards available at an added fee. Children can enjoy swimming in the children’s pool located on upper levels. Seti Abu Simbel Lake Resort is within a 500 m walk from town. Abu Simbel Airport is a 3 km drive away from the hotel. A free airport shuttle is available.
Le Méridien Cairo Airport Hotel
Le Méridien Cairo Airport Hotel offers 350 guest rooms, 24-hour reception service and a dining experience. Enjoy a hearty and healthy meal at our exotic speciality restaurants, coffee bar, or sports bar. Or take some time off at the executive lounge, fitness centre, and swimming pool. The hotel's Business Center, which includes five meeting rooms with a total area of 750 square meters, will provide ample space for your next function. For those extraordinary occasions, the Grand Lotus Ballroom will accommodate the capacity of 2000 of your guests. As a guest, you can experience a unique cultural opportunity by using your complimentary Guest Pass to several events at Darb1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center, located in Old Cairo. The hotel also provides services for ease of travel. The property contains a retail store with personal items, jewellery, and gifts.
1 pax: 9299$
2 pax: 7250$ per person
3 pax: 6530$ per person
4 pax: 6245$ per person
5 pax: 6040$ per person
6 pax: 5900$ per person
7 pax: 5800$ per person
8 pax: 5750$ per person
9 pax: 5690$ per person
10 pax: 5645$ per person
Single Sup : 2000$
We have more than thirty years of experience.
We specialise in small groups that start from six to ten guests.
We are guiding the Alumni of the universities of Berkeley, Connell, TCU.
Our team of Egyptologists and lecturers have more than 20 years of experience.
We have a Certificate of insurance covering life and Covid amounting to 50,000 $
exploring the country’s most iconic sites and relaxing in comfortable accommodations, like historical hotels, Nile Dahabiya, making it your home for a four-night cruise along the Nile. Dahabiya is based on an original Dahabiya from the late 18th and early 19th century and is built in colonial style. The heart of this traditional two-masted sailing boat is the half-shaded sundeck. It’s the perfect place to lie in a wooden deck chair and lazily watch the landscape gliding by. Down below is a nice living area, a salon, eight cabins, and one suite. The cosy salon has a small library with books about the Nile and Egypt. With its comfortable sofas, it’s the perfect setting to end the day. Swap stories, share experiences, read a book, or play a backgammon game while enjoying a Turkish coffee or a cup of mint tea.