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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: Selected Tuesdays
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday

Day 1 - Tuesday
  Meet, assist & arrival transfer to the Mena House, a beautifully restored palace hotel.  Welcome drink in the shadow of the Pyramids.
Day 2 - Wednesday
  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 - Thursday
  Today explore Old Cairo's Coptic Churches (including the Hanging Church),  Roman Fortress and the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue.  Later visit the famous Egyptian museum to view the glittering treasures of the Pharaohs.  Then join in the hustle and bustle of the lively Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B)
Day 4 - Friday
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 5 - Saturday
Luxor : embark on Dahabiya cruise
  Today embark on a boutique Dahabiya sailing vessel (constructed with sails) from which you will explore the Nile in a leisurely and stylish manner.  Visit the temple complex of Karnak and the Luxor Temple built in the 14th century by two kings - Amenophis III and Ramses II.  Overnight on the West Bank. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Sunday
Luxor - Esna : CRUISE
  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 7 - Monday

Esna - Edfu : CRUISE

  Sail towards Edfu, one of the best preserved temples of the Greco-Roman era, dedicated to Horus.  Arrive at the temple by horse and carriage.  Moor overnight beside Al Ramady island. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Tuesday
El Sheikh Fadl Island : CRUISE
  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 9 - Wednesday
Aswan : CRUISE
  Arrive to Aswan, the heard of Nubia early morning. After breakfast take a boat to 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 10 - Thursday
  Farewell 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 11 - Friday
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. This afternoon walk along Al Moez Street viewing the magnificent Islamic architectural heritage and medieval houses that date from the Fatimid and Mameluke Eras.  Re-energise with a refreshing drink at Fishawy Cafe amidst Khan El Khalili Bazaar.  Finish the tour by Bab Zwella and tent makers. (B)
Day 12 - Saturday
  Departure transfer to the Airport
Oberoi Mena House               Sofitel Legend Old Cataract                            Cairo Marriott                                      Dahabiya cabin


  • Deluxe accommodation
  • 3 nights Oberoi Mena House
  • 1 night Old Winter Palace
  • 1 night Sofitel Legend Old Cataract
  • 1 nights Cairo Marriott (or similar)
  • Air conditioned transfers & transportation
  • 5 night Dahabiya Cruise
  • Daily breakfast and all meals on Dahabiya
  • Small group sightseeing with professional English-speaking local guides including an Egyptologist in Cairo
  • Small group sightseeing on Dahabiya
  • Domestic flights
  • Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • The Innovative Travel Egypt Travel Notes



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