Through Desert to Dahabeya

Overview

Trip Duration

15 Days – 14 Nights

Trip Operates

Daily

Route Map

 

From the magnificence of Great Pyramids of Giza, and desert secrets to the mysteries of Philae temple in south Egypt, this tour encompasses the highlights of Egypt. We will enjoy a walking through sand dunes as well as the Kings Valley. Our tour will take us from Cairo to southern part of Egypt through western desert, we will also have a change to live like an ancient Egyptian onboard of a selected Dahabeya sailing boat, which allows exploration of more remote regions and less visited temples.

Program Itinerary Summary
Day 1

Meet and assist at Cairo airport and transfer to hotel in Cairo for overnight

Day 2

Visit Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Giza and sphinx
Overnight at hotel in Cairo

Day 3

Transfer to Bahareia Oasis and visit Valley of Golden Mummies and water sources in oasis
Overnight at hotel in Bahareya Oasis

Day 4

Using 4x4 cars, drive to the white desert, on the way visit Black desert, Crystal Mountain and reach White desert
Overnight at camp in the desert

Day 5

Exploration in White desert and drive to Dakhla Oasis, visit El Qasr and Deir El Hajar
Overnight at hotel in Dakhla Oasis

Day 6

Drive from Dakhla Oasis to Kharga oasis, and visit Temple of Hibis the Bagawat cemetery and Kharga Museum
Overnight at hotel in Kharga Oasis

Day 7

Travel from Kharga Oasis to Luxor and upon arrival to Luxor, visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temples
Afternoon free time in Luxor
Overnight at hotel in Luxor

Day 8

Visit Valley of the Kings, temple of Queen Hatshepsut and colossi of Memnon in Luxor West bank
Transfer by A/C coach to Esna to board Dahabeya. Start sailing and visit El Kab enroute
Overnight onboard of Dahabeya

Day 9

Sailing on the Nile with visits to Edfu temple
Overnight onboard of Dahabeya

Day 10

Sailing down the Nile and visit Gebel El Silsila, Hormoheb Temple and ancient stone quarry. Later we visit Kom Ombo Temple
Overnight onboard of Dahabeya

Day 11

Sailing and visits to Daraw and El Kopania to explore local Nubian people
Overnight onboard of Dahabeya

Day 12

Sail to Aswan, disembarkation from Dahabeya and visit Aswan High Dam, temple of Philae and unfinished Obelisk
Afternoon free time in Aswan
Overnight at hotel in Aswan

Day 13

Availability for optional trip to Abu Simbel
Transfer to Aswan train station for overnight sleeper train to Cairo

Day 14

Arrive early morning to Cairo, and visit Sakkara, and Ciatdel of Salah El Din including Mohamed Ali Mosque
Enjoy a free time at Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Transfer to hotel for overnight in Cairo

Day 15

Check out from hotel and transfer to Cairo airport for final departure

Sightseeing Highlights

Tahrir Square

Egyptian Museum

Pyramids of Giza

Great Sphinx

Bahariya Oasis

Golden Mommies

Black Desert

Crystal Mountain

White Desert

Farafra oasis

Dakhla Oasis

El Qasr

Deir El Hajar

Temple of Hibis

Temple of Nadura

Museum of Kharga

Karnak Temple

Luxor Temple

Luxor West bank

Kings' Valley

Queen Hatshepsut Temple

Colossuses of Memnon

Sailing Dahabeya

El-Kab

temple of Horus

Gebel El Silsila

Horemheb Temple

Kom Ombo temple

Daraw

El Koubania

High Dam

Temple of Philae

unfinished Obelisk

felucca ride

Sakkara complex

Pyramid of Djoser

Saladin Citadel

Alabaster Mosque

Khan El Khalili

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Cairo

Meet and assist at Cairo airport by Stylish Holidays representative, and transfer to our hotel in Cairo for overnight

Day 2: Cairo

Breakfast at hotel, and then we will start our first visits in Egypt to the Egyptian Museum, and the most famous attractions in the world
We will drive through Cairo till we reach El Tahrir Square, where we will visit the Egyptian Museum hosting the largest collection of Pharaonic displays in the whole world including the startling treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun and the Royal mummies' hall, this besides many other exhibitions form different Pharaonic periods
Later, we will go to have our lunch en route to Giza, then we will reach the Pyramids of Giza, the most popular monument in the whole world, built by the pharaohs from the period starting from 2590 BC to 2480 BC, and after that we will see the Great Sphinx
At the afternoon, we will return back to our hotel for free time for relaxation or go to explore Cairo by night with one of Stylish Holidays optional tours in Cairo
Then, we will spend the overnight at hotel in Cairo

Day 3: Cairo – Bahariya Oasis

Breakfast at hotel, and then we will leave our hotel in Cairo and move towards Bahariya Oasis. Many sources of water make the oasis as a green island in a sea of sand. We will discover the sources of hot water, the palm tree alleys and the famous exhibition of the famous Golden Mommies
Later, we will have dinner at our hotel in Bahariya and overnight

Day 4: Bahariya – White Desert

We will enjoy our breakfast at Bahareya hotel, and then we will start our trip to White desert, on our way we will discover the Black Desert (according to the black basalt rock) and the Crystal Mountain. We will explore the White Desert and we will admire innumerable limestone formation shaped by the wind.
Later, we will setup our camp for first desert tent overnight after dinner

Day 5: White Desert - Dakhla Oasis

Early morning, we will have our breakfast at the camp, and prepare our cam and continue moving in the desert, we will see the native museum and then we proceed towards the most beautiful oasis of the Western Desert, Dakhla Oasis. We will visit El Qasr and Deir El Hajar, the ‘Monastery of stones’, a temple dated from the Roman emperors and later occupied by Christian monks.
Later, we will arrive to our hotel in Dakhla for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Dakhla Oasis – Kharga Oasis

We will have our breakfast at hotel in Dakhla Oasis, and continue towards Kharga Oasis. We will visit the Temple of Hibis, Bagawat cemetery and the Museum of Kharga
Later, we will reach our hotel in Kharga for dinner and overnight

Day 7: Kharga Oasis – Luxor

Breakfast at our hotel and our journey continues through the desert towards the Nile River. We will arrive to Luxor afternoon, and head direct to explore the most important landmarks in Luxor the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple
Later, we will check in at hotel in Luxor and have free time for an optional tour to explore Luxor city, or relaxation at hotel
We will spend our night at hotel in Luxor

Day 8: Luxor – Esna – Dahabiya Sailing – El Kab

Today after breakfast, we will cross Nile river to the Luxor West bank, where we will explore the major sites and monuments, we will start with Kings' Valley, then continue to Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossuses of Memnon. Later, we will be transferred to Esna, where we will find our Sailing Dahabeya waiting for us, we will embark onboard and the anchor will be lifted and the Dahabiya will glide silently across the Nile. The first stop is about 15km down the Nile at El-Kab. This was once a glorious city, but is now a city of ruins and rubble and a reasonably intact city wall. After we have a chance to look around, we will board our boat again, and continue sailing on to a small island for the night.

Day 9: Dahabeya Sailing – Edfu

After breakfast onboard, the ship will continue sailing to Edfu, and we will go to visit the best preserved cult temple in Egypt. The monumental temple of Horus, built in honour of the God with the falcon's head, is easily as impressive as the world famous temple of Karnak in Luxor. Later, we will return back to Dahabeya, and continue sailing on the Nile
We will have dinner and overnight onboard

Day 10: Dahabeya Sailing – Gebel El Silsila – Kom Ombo

Breakfast onboard and we continue sailing along the Nile again. After a while the ship will moor at the excavation site 'Gebel El Silsila' and the temple of Pharaoh Horemheb. Also, we will visit an ancient stone quarry where colossal stones were cut out for the temple of Karnak. After lunch onboard the ship we will sail on to one of the highlights of this Nile sailing tour, the majestic temples of Haroeris and Sobek at Kom Ombo. After our exploration at Kom Ombo temple, we will return back to our boat and continue sailing
At night, we will have dinner and overnight onboard

Day 11: Dahabeya Sailing - Daraw – El Koubania

We will enjoy our breakfast and continue sail towards the town of Daraw. Stroll through the town's dusty streets that lead to the colorful and lively markets. Later, we will return back to our boat and continue sailing to El Koubania, where we can meet the Nubians and find out more about their way of life. Later, we continue our way sailing with Dahabeya towards Aswan
We will enjoy our dinner and overnight onboard of Dahabeya

Day 12: Dahabeya Sailing – Aswan

After breakfast, we will sail till we reach Aswan, and we disembark the Dahabeya and transfer to our hotel in Aswan
Later, we will have a tour in Aswan to visit the High Dam, Temple of Philae and unfinished Obelisk
Afternoon, we will have free time in Aswan for relaxation or go for an optional tour in Aswan to explore more attractions
We will spend our night at hotel in Aswan

Day 13: Aswan – Sleeper train

After breakfast at hotel, we will have a felucca ride around islands in Aswan
Or we can have an optional trip to Abu Simbel, to explore the majestic temple of Ramsis II in Abu Simbel
At the evening, we will be transferred to Aswan railway station for an overnight sleeper train to Cairo

Day 14: Sleeper train – Cairo

We arrive to Cairo early morning, and then we will go for a tour to see more ancient Egyptian sites, we will start by Sakkara complex, the necropolis of the third dynasty of the Pharaonic Old Kingdom. This rich archeological site hosts a number of pyramids, with the startling step Pyramid of Djoser built in 2665 BC, which is the oldest proper pyramid ever built in Egypt and the most ancient rock structure built in the history of humankind. Also, there are many richly decorated tombs.
Later, we will go back to Cairo, and we will have our lunch en route back to Cairo. We will go after that to see Saladin Citadel, built by the great Ayoubid king and warrior, Salah El Dine Al Ayouby between 1176 and 1183 AD to protect Cairo and Egypt against the foreign attacks. The citadel became the seat of the power in Egypt for a very long period afterwards. Also, we will see the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali lactated inside the citadel. Mohamed Ali, who is considered the founder of Modern Egypt, decided to build this amazing mosque between 1830 and 1848 AD to look like the great mosques built by the Ottomans in Istanbul, like the famous Aya Sofia Mosque
After that we will go to Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the largest and most famous touristic market in the world. It was built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign, is the best place to shop for Egyptian gifs and souvenirs to take home from Cairo.
Later we will return back to our hotel for free time and overnight

Day 15: Cairo – Final Departure

After breakfast at hotel, we will check our and go to Cairo airport for final departure flight

 

Notes
Sailing schedule is subject to change without prior notice due to navigational circumstances, but all sites will be maintained

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Prices & Dates

 

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Package includes
  • 3 nights at hotel in Cairo with breakfast
  • 1 night at hotel in Bahareya Oasis with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at camp in White desert with all meals
  • 1 night at hotel in Dakhla Oasis with breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at hotel in Kharga Oasis with breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at hotel in Luxor with breakfast
  • 4 nights onboard of Dahabeya Nile cruise with all meals
  • 1 night at hotel in Aswan with breakfast
  • 1 night onboard of sleeper train Aswan/Cairo with dinner and breakfast
  • Lunches during desert safari
  • Beverages during Dahabeya and desert portion of the tour: Mineral Water, Juice, Tea, Coffee
  • Professional English speaking escort through the trip
  • Professional English speaking guide (other languages are available) for all tours mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sites as per itinerary
  • Meet and assist service and round trip transfers as per itinerary
  • Private air conditioned minibus for all transfers and tours
  • 4x4 Cars for desert portion of the tour
  • First Aid Kit and Emergency Gas/water Tanks
  • Safari Equipment: Tents, Mattress and Ice Box
  • Taxes and service charge
  • Assistance of Stylish Holidays throughout the trip
Package excludes
  • Airfares
  • Entry Via to Egypt
  • Beverage during meals
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Any personal expenses

 

 

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Optional Tours

Cairo Optional Tours ↓

Sound & Light Show at Giza Pyramids

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Sakkara & Memphis

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The Pharaonic Village

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Famous Bazaars & Suburbs at the ancient Cairo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWhile in Cairo and have free time, do not miss to visit El Ghoriya. It’s a very famous District in Egypt and it is located in El Gamalia area (the centre of the fatimid Cairo), and this is where many of the most important historical streets, mosques, and historical features meet up

Azhar Mosque and Islamic Sites

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExplore the major Cairo Islamic mosques and monuments including El Azhar, the first Islamic University, Al Mouayyed Mosque, Bab Zuweila which was built under the supervision of Badr Al Dein Al Gamal, Al Hussein Mosque, and Beit El Sehimy the unique Islamic house.

Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan and Khan El Khalili

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceLook beyond the pyramids and pharaohs, and discover the Citadel of Salah el Din, Sultan Hassan and Khan el-Khalili Bazaars. This tour will give you a deeper insight into the rich history that is Egypt.

Egyptian Museum

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceThe second most frequently visited and certainly one of the most important attractions in Cairo is the Egyptian Museum. You will find the fabulous collection of King Tutankhamun and monuments from all periods of Egyptian history, from the pre historic era to the Greco-Roman period

Islamic & Coptic Cairo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceA mixing say of sightseeing of the Islamic and Coptic sites in Cairo. You will see Salah El Din Citadel where Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque lies, also Al Gowhara palace built by Mamluks and Ottmanian, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Garry Anderson Museum and then to Coptic Cairo including Al Mo'allaka church, St. Sergius and finally the Coptic Museum

Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceTake a leisurely private tour of Cairo's most famous sites: the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. You'll see Cairo's most famous attractions in one day.

Felucca on the Nile

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceGet away from Cairo traffic and noise and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cairo from different view by sailing on board of a felucca on the Nile River; you will be charmed by the wonderful view of Cairo at night.

Luxor Optional Tours ↓

Trip to Cairo by flight

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceDo not miss a blissful day sightseeing tour in Cairo while in Luxor. To cover the most attraction of Egypt, you should visit Cairo, which includes Great Pyramids of Giza, The mighty Sphinx, the Unique Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo Coptic churches, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExperience the beauty of the Temples of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you to a journey into Ancient Egyptian history at the Karnak Temples, the greatest example of worship in history and was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu.

Nile Cruise trip to Dendara Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceEnjoy a one Day Nile Cruise trip to Dendara Temple. Sail from Luxor to Dendara along Nile river by boat to see the well preserved Temple of Hathor, Temple of Isis and Coptic Basilica

The East Bank

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Luxor to Dendara & Abydos

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceCover all Luxor major sites in one day, where you will visit the East bank and West bank monuments like Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut also known as El Dier El Baharai temple.

Full day Tour in Luxor

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceCover all Luxor major sites in one day, where you will visit the East bank and West bank monuments like Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut also known as El Dier El Baharai temple.

The West Bank

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExplore Valley of the Kings which is magnificent in its grandeur of architecture, Valley of The Kings containing the masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian tombs and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only Pharaonic woman who reigned ancient Egypt

Day trip to Edfu and kom Ombo

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceGet excited by our daily excursions to the to Edfu and Kom Ombo by horse carriage to visit the majestic temple dedicated to Horus and then transfer to see to the Temple of Kom Ombo standing on high grounds overlooking the Nile.

Aswan Optional Tours ↓

Camel Market of Darau

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High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWatch the modern engineering miracle of the famous High Dam in Aswan. And watch the ancient engineering miracle or building the Obelisks. After that pay a visit to the elegant temple of Philae dedicated to goddess Isis, goddess of magic.

Sound & Light Show at Philae

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceThe spectacular Sound and Light Show at Philae temple will help you to imagine how the life has been thousands years ago! You will know about it through the legendary Sound & Light Shows which are played at Philae temple, its historical & culture values are simply beyond description, latest lighting laser and projection technologies are utilized to visualize mysteries of the pharaonic civilization, every year hundreds of thousands attend these magnificent spectaculars to relive the legand.

Nubian Museum Aswan

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceInterested in Nubian culture, need to know more about the Nubian civilization, then you should pay a visit to the Nubian Museum, which displays thousands of Nubian antiquities that would have been lost under the waters of Lake Nasser after constructing High Dam of Aswan

Kalabsha Temple & Nubian Museum

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St. Simeon Monastery

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Felucca trip in the Nile

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceSail on the Nile as ancient Egyptians, using a felucca to experience one of the most famous ways to sail on the Nile River in Aswan. The felucca is a traditional sailing boat made of wood that is used especially for river sailing. They are especially popular along the Nile River in Egypt.

Nubian Village by felucca

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceExplore the Nubian Village in Aswan by strolling through shady alleys and gardens is a wonderful way to experience life on modern Elephantines. At Nubian house, the owner serves tea, sells Nubian handicrafts, and can arrange live music and dancing or henna 'tattoos' with local women.

Kom Ombo & Edfu

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceWhile in Aswan, expand your sightseeing to Kom Ombo and Edfu cities, which have remarkable temples. Kom Ombo Temple, which stands on a high ground overlooking the River Nile. Then onto Edfu Temple which is dedicated to god Horus and it considered the best preserved cult temple in Egypt.

Kalabsha Temple Aswan

Dinner Cruise Belly DanceEnjoy a half day tour to visit Kalabsha temple, which lies on the west bank of Lake Nasser, which is dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus and the Nubian god Mandulis

 

 

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