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Egypt and the Nile: the two are inextricably linked. Almost 2,500 years ago, Herodotus, looking back even then on 25 centuries of recorded history, wrote, “Egypt is an acquired country, the gift of the river.” The ancient Egyptians took advantage of their bountiful gift by building a civilization almost alien in its grandeur, ennobling the Nile’s banks with stunning monuments to their overweening sense of destiny. Even before the days of Herodotus, Egypt and its life-giving river were lodestones of the imagination, as they were to the great 19th-century traveler H. M. Stanley, who wrote, “To those who wish to be wise, to be healthful, to borrow real pleasure from a serious life, I would say, come and see the Nile.”
After good looks at the wonders of Cairo and Aswan, we spend seven days on a classic dahabeya, the kind of sailing ship that took Mr. Stanley and generations of thrilled Thomas Cook travelers their leisurely way down the Nile. No gyms, business centers, or room service, but a fine, sweetly dependable and comfortable vessel in which to, as Kipling wrote, “run the gauntlet before Eternity,” contemplating the timeless riverside life of this river, visiting the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the massive ruins of Kom Ombo, and, of course, Abu Simbel, sentinel of Eternity.
A Private Charter for Family and Friends: The itinerary included here can be customized according to your group's interests and needs. Adjust the route with more or less time in Cairo and Luxor, extensions to Alexandria, Sinai, Sharm el Sheikh and more. Please call us at (800) 777-8183 for further details or to reserve your private departure.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1: arrive Cairo
- Days 2 & 3: Cairo, the Pyramids, and much etcetera
- Day 4: fly to Abu Simbel, Aswan, board dahabeya
- Day 5: Aswan
- Days 6–9: sailing with village visits and ruin exploring (Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna)
- Day 10: Luxor
- Day 11: disembark and fly to Cairo
- Day 12: depart.