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Price Details: Please review Refund Policy below to learn how you may Cancel for Any Reason with AuthentAssure Trip Protection. A $25 per person nonrefundable booking fee is charged at time of reservation.

Inclusions: Deluxe accommodations throughout, breakfast daily, meals per itinerary (full board on your cruse); domestic air, transfers, tours and sightseeing as referenced in itinerary; gratuities for guides.

Exclusions: International airfare, visa fees, optional activities, meals not stated in itinerary, personal items and phone calls, spa services.

Disclaimer: Rates are based on a minimum number of 12 travelers and subject to change due to fluctuations in currency. Activities, special guests, properties and itinerary are subject to change. We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance and emergency medical evacuation to protect against injury, illness and unforeseen circumstances in the destination. Certificates / product vouchers not applicable when booked via a third party.

Trip Overview

Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to Egypt, and you’re waiting for the right time.  We invite you to consider a private trip with family and friends, customized to your schedule and interests.

This program is based around a 7-night Nile River cruise onboard the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau luxury dahabiya, a traditional small sailing cruiser offered on a private basis for an intimate group of only 12 travelers.

If Egypt is on your bucket list, and you prefer to see all the sites along the Nile with plenty of time to absorb it all, definitely review this itinerary in detail!

Featured Hosts

Malaka Hilton

Malaka Hilton

Malaka Hilton has been identified by Travel + Leisure magazine as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003.

Points of Interest

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The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids of Giza were constructed about 2500 BC with blocks of limestone from the plateau and from the Turah hills on the outskirts of Cairo.The Great Pyramid of Cheops alone covers 13 acres of land. Ponder the fascinating mystery of their existence and explore the ancient burial chambers within. Option to enter the Cheops Pyramid (Must reserve in advance.)

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Necropolis of Sakkara

The Step Pyramid of King Zoser at Sakkara is the oldest known of Egypt’s 107 pyramids & the first freestanding stone structure in the world. In the area, the tombs belonging to the nobles of the past show the beauty and excellence of Ancient Egyptian art on their walls and give an insight in the daily life of Ancient Egypt.

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The Sphinx

Visit the Valley Temple, housing the mysterious Sphinx, located in what was once a quarry to the east of Chephren’s pyramid. One theory suggests this Pharaoh’s workers shaped the body into a lion and gave it their king’s face, as a guardian of the necropolis.

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Temples of Abu Simbel

Built by the Great Ramses II, Egypt’s longest ruling pharaoh, Abu Simbel is one of the most recognizable images in the country. Actually two temples, namely the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, fronted by the four colossal statues of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to Ramses’ favorite wife Queen Nefertari.

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The Tombs at El Kab

Fewer than one percent of travelers who visit Egypt come to see the tombs at El Kab. They have spectacular color inside, and walking through the village on the way there is a wonderful local experience.

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Dier El Madina

Valley of the Noble’s tombs, Dier El Madina, the site of a very special workman’s village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings & the Temple of Hatshepsut. 

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Temples of Karnak & Luxor

The Temple of Karnak was built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. Proceed with your Egyptologist guide on a tour of the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun.

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The West Bank of Luxor

Visit Valley of the Kings, with its royal tombs, King Tut's tomb, Ramses the Six. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of Madinat Habu and on the way back stop at the Colossus of Memnon.

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Itinerary

  1. Arrive in Cairo - VIP Meet & Assist

  2. Amazing Day In Cairo

    Private lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass
    Visit The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
    Lunch overlooking the Pyramids at Khan El Khalili, located at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel
    Guided Visit of Egyptian Museum
    Cairo By Night: Dinner and VIP Tour

  3.  Islamic Cairo and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar

    Visit the ancient Citadel and Islamic Cairo
    Enjoy a set lunch at Naguib Mahfouz, located nearby.
    Explore the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, the largest market in the Middle East
    Evening Sound and Light Show

  4. Abu Simbel Excursion, Arrive in Aswan

    Fly to Abu Simbel, routed through Aswan
    Visit the Temples of Abu Simbel dedicated to Ramses II and his favorite wife Queen Nefertari
    Return flight to Aswan  to board The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau
    Visit Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk
    Felucca Ride & Sundowner at the Old Cataract Hotel

  5. Exploring The Land of Gold in Aswan 

    Visit to Spice market followed by visit to Nubian Museum
     Take a caleche to the Aswan Night Market for a fun evening of shopping

  6. Sail To Kom Ombo &  Selsela Temple

    Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek
    Afternoon visit to Selsela Tombs and Ancient Quarry

  7. Sail to Edfu, El Kab and Esna

    Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu
    Afternoon visit rock-cut tombs and village at El Kab
    Sail to Esna to dock for the evening

  8. Touring in Esna, Sail to Luxor

    Walk ashore to visit the market and Temple at Esna
    Pass through the locks at Luxor
    Arrive to Luxor

  9. Visiting the Temples in Luxor

    Visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak

  10. Explore the West Bank of Luxor

    On the West Bank of Luxor, explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens.

    Visit The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt's Only Female Pharaoh

    Visit the Temple of Medinet Habu

  11. Return to Cairo

    Fly Luxor to Cairo, where you have one final night to shop, dine and rest before your international departing flight

    Ask about options such as bellydancing lessons, golf at the Pyramids, a cooking class and more.

  12. International Departures

Accommodations

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

This stunning hotel provides an oasis of comort amidst the frenzy of Cairo's bustling streets.

The 366 guest rooms and suites offer panoramic views across the Nile to the island of Zamalek and beyond, or towards the 12th-century Citadel.  Dining and shopping on property is punctuated by a great after-hours venue for cocktails and live music.

Reflecting the vibrancy of modern Cairo, the airy interiors feature natural wood finishes and stylishly comfortable furnishings. Most accommodations have a private outdoor terrace for relaxing or dining, and all have triple-glazed windows to ensure that interiors remain cool and quiet.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a bespoke dahabiya - a traditional sailing boat comprised for 12 passengers, offering a royal suite and a junior suite in addition to  four cabins.  Zeins extended open spaces include a beautiful upper deck, an Arabian-themed sun deck and an opulently styled dining area.

Each of the cabins is decorated in its own original style with influences drawing from Egypt’s history, culture and geography.  All cabins feature a Nile view, are fully air-conditioned with individual controls, and have LCD televisions with satellite connection and private bathrooms with shower and hairdryer. International telephone access is available through the reception.

Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, Cairo

Built around a stunning landscaped atrium, Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, Cairo offers visitors to Cairo the ultimate in luxury and service. The hotel is located five minutes away from Cairo International Airport. Ideally suited to the business traveler, this quiet leafy suburb provides respite from and easy access to the bustling center of Cairo and its plethora of tourist attractions.

Landscaped gardens, indoor plants, fountains, rivers, water passages, wooden pontoons, stone pillars, sand walls, and sun louvers for guaranteed ventilation and natural lighting are just a few examples of the elements of the universe and the states of change.

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