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    This special holiday harks back to the golden age of travel, when travel was as much about the experience and style as the sites.  Embark on your Dahabiya journey and get a sense of travel in the 1920's.  Relying on the natural Nile river currents, our Dahabiya will sail you back in time to a gentler, gracious era.  This is a unique experience.  You'll interact with the local people and spend some nights in front of forgotten temples or secluded islands.  Before and after your cruise stay in some of Egypt's most prestigious and historic hotels: the Mena House and the Marriott in Cairo, and unwind for a night in Aswan at the magnificent Old Cataract Hotel. 
Egypt in Style
   
Holiday Length: 12 days
Departs: Wednesday
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday
   

ITINERARY  
Day 1
Cairo
  Arrival transfer to the Oberoi Mena House, a beautifully restored palace hotel superbly located adjacent to the Pyramids.  Your welcome drink is served in the bar with spectacular views over the Pyramids.
   
Day 2
Cairo
  After breakfast take a private tour of the Pyramide of Giza and the Sphinx with an Egyptologist guide.  Then explore the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramids of Sakkara.  This evening attend the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids. (B)
   
Day 3
Cairo - Luxor
  This morning fly from Cairo to Luxor.   Upon arrival transfer to the Sofitel Old Winter Palace, an historic British colonial era hotel located on the Nile Corniche.  This afternoon you have free time to explore the markets and savour the local atmosphere, or just relax at your hotel. (B)
   
Day 4
Luxor : embark on Dahabiya cruise
  Today embark on a boutique Dahabiya sailing vessel (constructed with sails) from which you will explore the Nile in leisurely style.  After lunch on board, visit the temple complex of Karnak and the Luxor Temple build in the 14th century by two kings - Amenophis III and Ramses II.  Overnight on the West Bank. (B, L, D)
   
Day 5
Luxor - Esna
  This morning visit the West Bank Necropolis, the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.
Proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch on board, set sail for Esna letting the wind dictate your speed of travel. Dine while sailing. Moor overnight on a nearby island and experience the tranquillity of the Nile. (B,L,D)

   
Day 6

Esna - Edfu

  Breakfast while crossing of Esna lock and sailing towards Edfu. After lunch visit Edfu Temple, one of the best preserved temples of the Greco-Roman era, dedicated to Horus.
Experience olde worlde travel as you are transported on a horse drawn carriage to the Temple. Dinner on board and moor overnight beside Al Ramady Island. (B,L,D)

   
Day 7
El Sheikh Fadl Island
  A relaxing day today. Breakfast on board while sailing to El Sheikh Fadl Island. Dine on the island and return on board for overnight sailing to Aswan. (B,L,D)
   
Day 8
Aswan
  Arrive to Aswan early morning. After breakfast visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction. Later visit the High Dam, the Old Dam and the 'unfinished Obelisk,' lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the atmosphere of Aswan and explore the market. Overnight in Aswan.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 9
Aswan
  After a leisurely breakfast on your Dahabiya disembark and transfer to the Sofitel Old Legend Cataract, one of Egypt's finest hotels built in 1899 for early European travellers.
Today you have time to relax and savour the superb views of the Nile and Elephantine Island. (B)
Optional visit to Abu Simbel.

   
Day 10
Aswan - Cairo
  Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Arrival transfer to the Marriott Hotel, a stylish converted palace surrounded by six acres of lush gardens, overlooking the Nile. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
   
Day 11
Cairo
  This morning take a private tour of Old Cairo's Coptic Churches (including the Hanging Church), Roman Fortress and the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue. Later, visit the famous Egyptian museum to see the golden treasures of Tutankhamun, with his jewel-encrusted sarcophagus. Then join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar and shop amidst truly amazing range of wares. (B)
   
Day 12
Cairo
  Departure transfer to the Airport
 
     
Oberoi Mena House            Sofitel Legend Old Cataract              Cairo Marriott                 Dahabiya cabin


INCLUSIONS











  • Deluxe accommodation
  • 2 nights Oberoi Mena House
  • 1 night Old Winter Palace
  • 1 night Sofitel Legend Old Cataract
  • 2 nights Cairo Marriott
  • Private transfers in A/C transport
  • 5 night Dahabiya Cruise
  • Daily breakfast, all meals on Dahabiya
  • Private Egyptologist guide and sightseeing in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing on Dahabiya
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance Fees
  • The Innovative Travel Egypt Travel Notes
NOTES

A small tug is available in the event of limited winds on the Nile.  Dahabiya's also operate Aswan to Luxor.  Shorter Dahabiya trips are available.  Private charters are available.

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