10 Perfect Days in Upper Egypt

Our Dahabiya Nile Cruise offer for the discerning traveller

SEEKING THE DAHABIYA NILE CRUISE YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

Are you seeking those special experiences and adventures that you’ll love to look back on?

We have exactly what you’re looking for.

We offer a whole range of options for Nile cruises and sailing cruises on our dahabiya ABUNDANCE – as well as this very special highlight.

Discerning travellers that choose to travel in the stylish ambience of our classic Nile sailing ship can enjoy an individually tailored program on the Nile.

We organize tours tailored to your personal wishes and needs – and can often make the impossible happen.

Don’t delay! Join us for an unforgettable journey down the Nile, to tombs and temples from the eras of the pharaohs, and explore their past and present with the best tour managers and guides in the country. Travel in the footsteps of historic explorers and adventurers! Immerse yourself in the fascinating panoramas from the deck of our sailing ship, while the Nile Valley glides past in all its multi-faceted, colourful variety.

We guarantee you will experience an unforgettable Nile cruise with us!

Prices are available on request.

LINE-UP FOR 10 PERFECT DAYS

Day 1 - Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple

Day 2 - Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, Valley of the Queens

Day 3 - Hot air balloon (option), Deir el Medina, Medinat Habu, Tombs of the Nobles, Option: day trip to Dendera and Abydos

Day 4 - Board the dahabiya ABUNDANCE in Esna, visit the Khnum Temple of Esna

Day 5 - Sail, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, plantation walk

Day 6 - Visit Gebel el Silsila, Temple of Kom Ombo

Day 7 - Sail, camel market in Daraw

Day 8 - Sail, visit Aswan, unfinished obelisk, High Dam, Temple of Philae, Option: Day Trip to Abu Simbel

Day 9 - Elephantine Island

Day 10 - Return to Luxor, sound and light show in Karnak Temple

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Philae Temple Aswan Dahabiya Nile Cruise

DAYS 0-1

Your best holiday in Egypt begins

Welcome to Luxor! We collect you from the airport or train station in Luxor and take you to your hotel, where you can recover from your journey.

Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile


Next day, our qualified guide will collect you from your hotel. Together you will visit the stunning Temple of Karnak, known to the pharaohs as “The Most Selected of Places”. It was here, today at the heart of modern Luxor, that the country’s greatest holy place was located. Generations of pharaohs honoured the triple deity of Amun, Mut and Khonsu over two millennia, erecting magnificent structures, statues and obelisks in the gods’ honour; they often demolished older buildings in the process and reused them as building material. The place has a monumental splendor and silent grandeur that cast a spell over every visitor.

The next stop is the Temple of Luxor, linked to the more important Temple of Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes almost 2.5 kilometers long. Built by Amenophis III to honor the Theban triple deity of Amun, Mut and Khonsu, the temple can look back over a millennium of history. It still stands today amid the lively bustle of modern Luxor. A mystical place where past and present merge and resonate in a symphony of time.

After this eventful first day crammed with new impressions, our guide returns you to your hotel.

Extra available

Add a perfect finale to your first day at the Nile!

Romantic Sunset Cruise

In the afternoon, take a sunset cruise in our felucca A NEW LIFE.

Highlights

DAY 2

Explore the west bank of the Nile and its ancient sites

Today’s program is packed with temples and tombs – naturally with our expert tour guide. Your first stop is the legendary Valley of the Kings. For over 5000 years this remote desert valley was the final resting-place of the pharaohs, including the famous “child king”, Tutenkhamun, and Ramses the Great. Labourers assiduously excavated deep tunnels into the rock while artists ornamented walls and ceilings with mythological scenes in glowing colours, designed to ensure the deceased ruler’s safe passage into the underworld. You too can climb down into the mysterious twilight world of these tombs and breathe the air of the past.

Your journey continues to the magnificent terraced Temple of Hatshepsut, a highlight of any visit to Egypt. You will be mesmerized by the sheer monumentality of this temple complex, hewn into the rock face. The detail and power of the carvings and images will amaze you – visit the enormously corpulent queen of the Land of Punt and her subjects dwelling in grass huts, or immerse yourself in the colourful underwater world of the Red Sea, teeming with turtles, rays and fish.

We then visit the Valley of the Queens, the final resting-place for the wives of the pharaohs as well as the princes and princesses and their loyal nurses and teachers. It was also the site of the tomb of Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Ramses II. Recently reopened to the public, it is a stunning experience for any visitor to Egypt.

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Explore one of the most famous tombs, with truly exceptional paintings & colors!

Tomb of Nefertari

In the Valley of the Queens, you can explore the tomb of Nefertari for 20 minutes. QV66 is the tomb of Nefertari, the Great Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. It was discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904. It is called the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
The paintings and colors in this tomb are truly exceptional.

Highlights
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Queens
  • Option: Tomb of Nefertari

DAY 3

West Thebes – plenty more to discover on the west bank of the Nile

You have two options for today. Choose your favourite way of discovering more of Egypt.

Option 1

Hot-air balloon ride

Balloon flight and ancient Egypt

Enjoy the breathtaking view on your balloon flight & discover more vivid depictions of life in ancient Egypt afterwards.

We collect you from your hotel early in the morning and bring you to the launch site for the balloon ride. As soon as you leave the dusty Egyptian earth below you, the views will take your breath away. The Theban mountains soar majestically from the morning mist; the plain is strewn with temples of the Pharaohs and countless tombs of high officials, which riddle the rock face with holes like a Swiss cheese. After the balloon ride, we return you to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, our guide will take you to the ancient artisans’ village of Deir el Medina, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Tombs of the Nobles, where life in ancient times is captured like an untouched time capsule.

Option 2

Visit the spectacular temples of Dendera and Abydos to the north of Luxor in the Qena Governorate, ...

Full day tour in Egypt's fascinating history

...naturally accompanied by our guide.

The famous Temple of Hathor at Dendera has a whole lot more to offer visitors than many other Egyptian temples. Descend into the gloomy temple crypts decorated with enigmatic reliefs, or climb to the lofty heights of the temple roof. The fascinating Dendera Zodiac in the temple portico transports you on a millennia-old journey through the constellations of the zodiacal band and their decans.

We then arrive at Abydos: Steeped in legend, it was the main centre of the cult surrounding the god Osiris – the only Egyptian god to die a violent death – and was highly sought after as a burial place. Seti I and his son, Ramses II, built magnificent temple complexes here containing fascinating wall artworks. Follow the mysterious posthumous conception of Horus, son of Osiris, and trace the fate of the pitiful ruler of Kadesh, who fell into the River Orontes during the eponymous battle with Ramses II and was dragged out and stood on his head by his troops to allow the water to drain from his lungs. Come with us on an amazing voyage of discovery!

Highlights
  • Choose your option:
  • Hot-air balloon flight, Deir El Medina, Habu Temple, Valley of the Nobles
  • Full day tour to Dendera and Abydos

DAY 4-8

Cruise along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan

The fourth day sees us beginning our journey from Luxor to Aswan on our elegant dahabiya, ABUNDANCE.

We collect you from your hotel and drive to Esna, around 45 minutes away, where our ship is anchored.

But before we hoist the sails, we will visit the Khnum Temple of Esna. Despite its sleepy atmosphere, it is unjustifiably overshadowed by its more monumental cousins. Only the portico of the original temple building remains, but its 24 columns over 13 metres in height with lotus-leaf capitals are a highlight of pharaonic architecture. Let your gaze drift higher and drink in the beauty of this luxuriant stone vegetation.

After marvelling at these wonders of the ancient world, you are ready for your magical cruise.

Highlights
  • Your Nile cruise begins!
  • Khnum Temple of Esna
  • First night on the dahabiya

DAY 5

The second day of your Nile cruise on the dahabiya ABUNDANCE

Today we sail to Edfu, where you will encounter a temple dating back to the end – and, simultaneously, the culmination – of an architectural tradition spanning over 3 millennia. This pharaonic temple was dedicated to Horus, the falcon god, celebrated here in many text and image cycles. Explore the many chambers and halls with us and marvel at the immensity and magnificence of these monuments.

You now have time to digest your impressions on the deck of our ship while the Nile Valley glides past. We soon arrive at the wadi of Shatt er-Rigale, where you can stroll through lush green palm groves on the very fringe of the barren, inhospitable desert. We will anchor in Gebel el Silsila.

Highlights
  • Waking up on our dahabiya ABUNDANCE
  • Edfu
  • Wadi Shatt er-Rigale

DAY 6

3rd day on the dahabiya – Visit to Gebel el-Sisila and Kom Ombo

The chain of sandstone cliffs at Gebel el Silsila was used as a gigantic quarry, where tons of stone were chiselled for many of the pharaonic temples we have already visited on our dahabiya tour. But this was also the location of numerous shrines and cult buildings, including the famous Great Speos of Pharaoh Horemheb and the fascinating Nile chapels from the New Kingdom, once chosen to be inundated by the Nile in the annual flooding.

Our next stop is the Temple of Kom Ombo, picturesquely located on a bend of the Nile.The exceptionally beautiful double temple of Kom Ombo, construction of which began in the Ptolemaic dynasty, was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. Sobek was celebrated by the burial of countless mummified crocodiles, whose astonishingly well-preserved bodies are on display today in a museum.

Highlights
  • Gebel El Silsila
  • Kom Ombo

DAY 7

4th day on the dahabiya – Camel market in Daraw

In the small town of Daraw we visit the famous camel market, where hordes of camels from Sudan are sold to the highest bidders. An ideal location to study unfamiliar cultures and traditions associated with trading and selling. We leave the bustling market and take a stroll through the town.

Highlights
  • Camel market in Daraw
  • Stroll through the village of Daraw

DAY 8

Today, our Dahabiya Nile Cruise sails to Aswan

After a final substantial breakfast on our dahabiya ABUNDANCE, Captain Mohammed and his crew bid you farewell. We take you to your hotel in Aswan where you can check in.

But fortunately, your magical journey along the Nile is far from over; there is plenty more to enjoy. Upcoming highlights include the Unfinished Obelisk, the spectacular Aswan Dam and the idyllic Temple of Isis on the island of Philae.

Unfinished Obelisk

Our first destination is the famous Unfinished Obelisk, which was ordered by Pharaoh Hatshepsut. It was originally to be hewn from Aswan granite, but cracks in the stone prevented this truly monolithic relic from ever being completed to plan. Today it lies at the heart of a gigantic quarry and breathes a unique fascination all of its own.

Aswan Dam

We will then visit the Aswan Dam. 111m high, it was built between 1960 – 1971 and has restrained the turbulent Nile floods ever since.

Temple of Philae

Our next stop was the centre of a spectacular rescue operation in the not-too-distant past – the Temple of Philae, idyllically located on an islet in the Nile. After the construction of the Aswan Dam the temple was submerged in the waters of the Nile practically all year round. Today almost all the former temple buildings have been relocated to higher ground on an island and attract thousands of visitors every year.

Extra available

Another option to design the day after disembarking from our dahabiya

Watch the sunrise above Ramses Temple

Rise early and take a car to Abu Simbel to watch the sunrise above Ramses Temple

Optional excursion:

After a very early start, take an air-conditioned limousine to Abu Simbel. After a three-and-a-half hour drive, you will arrive in time to enjoy sunrise over the temples of Abu Simbel. There in the remote Nubian desert far from his mother country of Egypt, Ramses II built enormous monuments for himself and his wife Nefertari. This unparalleled double temple carved from the rock is guarded by truly gigantic statues of the deified couple and contains fascinatingly lifelike depictions of the Battle of Kadesh fought between Ramses II and the Hittites.

Highlights
  • Aswan
  • Isis Temple on Philae Island
  • Unfinished obelisk
  • High Dam
  • Optional: Abu Simbel

DAY 9

After leaving the dahabiya, immerse yourself in Nubian life and culture on the lush island of Elephantine

This day excursion takes you to the small island of Elephantine, with its exclusively Nubian population.

Stroll through narrow lanes and palm groves and visit the archaeological site with its many temples and the Nubian Museum.

Highlights
  • Elephantine Island
  • Nubian Village
  • Nubian Museum

DAY 10

The grand finale of your magical trip down the Nile

You decide whether to travel back to Luxor by train or air-conditioned car.

Extra available

The perfect finale for your 10 perfect days on the Nile

Sound & Light Show

Enjoy the sound and light show in Karnak Temple

You then have the option of visiting the Sound and Light Show held every evening at the Temple of Karnak.

Afterwards we return you to your hotel.

But your journey down the Nile need not end in Luxor.

A host of further experiences are available – such as:

Just ask us. We make everything possible!

What's next?
  • Sound and Light Show in Karnak Temple
  • 3 exciting days in Cairo
  • Swimming & diving in the Red Sea

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