Close up bust of Tutankhamun at Karnak Temple in Egypt

Traditions & Temples of the Nile: A Pharaoh’s Journey on a Dahabiya

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Giza, Cairo, Memphis, Luxor...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

Relive the journeys of the pharaohs by cruising down the Nile in a luxurious dahabiya; a golden sailboat imbued with romance and mystery. Serene and salubrious, this 11-day Egypt cruise tour connects the legendary wonders of the Nile with the charming sights of Nubian villages and palm-studded islands. You disembark into astonishing temples and tombs, float on into a realm of old-world grandeur, and recreate the authenticity of ancient Egypt.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend eight days sailing up and down the Nile in a traditional dahabiya golden boat, an elegant vessel that celebrates the old-world ambiance and romance of the river
  • Dock right next to ancient temples and disembark onto some of the world’s most exquisite historical sites
  • Cruise through the lush palm-studded islands and gardens of the Nile, then jump off to explore exotic souks and serene Nubian villages
  • Admire all the life along the riverbank, with mud brick houses juxtaposed with memoirs to the pharaohs
  • Discover the fabulous remains of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the world’s greatest City of the Dead
  • Journey through the mystical temples of Luxor and Karnak, where intricate details come together on a staggering scale
  • Gaze over the pyramids of Giza and discover the other famous monuments around Cairo, such as Memphis and Saqqara
  • Hot air balloon above the Valley of the Kings and take in the remarkable scale of Luxor’s West Bank

Detailed Description

The world’s contemporary opulence has its roots in the Egyptian pharaohs and kings. These rulers redefined notions of luxury, building extravagant tombs laced with gold and treasures, extravagantly dreaming the pyramids. They traveled in golden sail boats, which would later be known as dahabiya (an Arabic word for “golden boat”). When archaeologists and noblemen began exploring Egypt in the 19th century, they also used these historic vessels for transportation. And in the 21st century, the old-world dahabiya has been rediscovered, offering a unique insight into the atmosphere and legends of the River Nile.

This exclusive tour celebrates the time of the pharaohs. Cruise up and down the Nile in a luxurious dahabiya, the vessel of old-world nobility brought up to date with modern comforts and amenities. Your journey along the banks of the ancient waterway, past mud-brick houses and three-millennia-old temples, donkey carts, and memoirs to the country’s magnificent past. Using wind power, you cross to palm-studded islands and Nubian villages along the banks, onwards past opulent tombs to remarkable oases seemingly frozen in time. A journey along the River Nile always takes visitors back in time. With a dahabiya, the journey really celebrates the grandeur of yesteryear and evokes the ambiance of Egypt’s ancient rulers.

Start with three nights at a hotel overlooking the pyramids in Giza. You explore the unforgettable sights in and around Cairo, such as enchanting Memphis, the first pyramid of Saqqara, and the surreal collection in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Fly to Luxor and board the dahabiya for lunch, before an intimate tour of the temples of Luxor and Karnak. The next day features the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, completing the discovery of Luxor’s astonishing open-air museum. For mystical temples and intricate details, there is nowhere in the world quite like the monuments of Luxor.

It takes three days to cruise upriver to Aswan. A dahabiya is smaller than the modern luxury ships, enabling it to dock in places that most cruises have to miss out. You disembark straight into the astonishing temples and spend the night besides tiny island frozen in time. You’ll spend two nights docked in Aswan, visiting sleepy villages and immersing yourself in its exotic atmosphere. There’s serenity in this desert oasis, one that complements the rhythm of the cruise. Set off back to Luxor, stopping at a new collection of iconic sights and historical monuments. With the dahabiya as your vessel, the delights of the Nile really come to life, and you uncover an Egypt that’s far beyond the typical tour bus trail.

Starting Price

$3,427 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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