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Nile Treasures Unveiled: An 11-Day Cairo and Dahabiya Cruise Adventure

Embark on an immersive Egypt 11-day Cairo and Dahabiya cruise adventure. Seamlessly weaves together the captivating allure of Cairo and the serene tranquility of a 7-night Dahabiya Nile Cruise. This meticulously designed journey is not merely a tour. It’s an exploration that encapsulates the very essence of Egypt’s grandeur.

Begin your 11-day Egypt expedition (Cairo stay & Dahabiya Nile cruise) in Cairo. Stand face-to-face with the imposing Pyramids of Giza, their golden flanks kissed by the desert breeze. Get lost in the vibrant labyrinth of Khan El Khalili bazaar, haggling for treasures amidst the city’s infectious energy. Stand mesmerized before the awe-inspiring artifacts in the Egyptian Museum, each piece whispering tales of forgotten dynasties. Every step through the vibrant streets is a pilgrimage through time, forging connections between the past and the vibrant present.

Sail the Nile like a pharaoh for 7 nights:

Fly from Cairo to Luxor to begin your 7-night Dahabiya Nile cruise from Luxor up to Aswan. Glide serenely up and down the Nile aboard a traditional Dahabiya, the gentle current carrying you past timeless landscapes. This intimate Dahabiya cruise transcends mere transportation, offering an experience where luxury intertwines with history. Picture yourself reclining on the deck, the rhythmic murmur of the Nile beneath, and the timeless landscapes unfolding around you.

Temple hopping in Luxor and Aswan, marveling at the architectural genius of Karnak, Luxor Temple, Edfu, and Kom Ombo. Soak in the golden hues of a desert sunset, painting long shadows across the Valley of the Kings.

In both Cairo and aboard the Dahabiya, the spotlight is on you—your curiosity, your rhythm, your cherished moments. As we meander through the timeless waterways, you will witness not only the historical marvels but also the everyday life along the Nile, portraying a comprehensive tapestry of Egypt’s multifaceted beauty.

So, join us on this 11-day exceptional journey, where the focus is not just on Cairo and the Dahabiya cruise. these are the gateways unlocking the heart of Egypt’s rich history and unparalleled beauty. Let’s traverse the sands of time and the calm waters of the Nile, creating memories that resonate as echoes of an unparalleled adventure. Welcome to 11 days promising a harmonious blend of discovery and relaxation within the embrace of Egypt’s captivating landscapes.

Price Includes

  • Meet & assist service upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles
  • 5-star standard hotel in Cairo on a Bed and Breakfast basis for 03 nights
  • Dahabiya Nile cruise on a full-board basis for 07 nights
  • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 07 lunches, and 07 dinners
  • Water, soft and hot drinks on the Dahabiya Nile cruise
  • Hotel picks up and drops off
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Licensed Egyptologists tour guides
  • All service charges and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Arrival visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks when not included
  • Any optional tour

Children Policy

  • Children from 0 – 2 years get 70% off
  • Children from 3 – 5 years get 60% off
  • Children from 6 – 11 years get 50% off
  • Children from 12 years are considered adults
Highlights of this Egypt 11 Day Tour: Cairo & Dahabiya Nile Cruise
  • Visiting the only ancient wonder still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu when you visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the giant Sphinx
  • The fabulous contents of the impressive Egyptian Museum
  • Ponder over the ancient Egyptian afterlife and underworld at the magnificent tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Sailing the peaceful Nile River like a pharaoh from Luxor to Aswan on a luxury small boat, Dahabiya Nile cruise for seven nights
  • The largest temple in the world, Karnak Temple in Luxor
  • The beautiful Temple of Philae in Aswan, the Pearl of Egypt
  • Visit the most intact temple in Egypt, the Temple of Horus in Edfu
Itinerary
Egypt 11 Day Tour: Cairo & Dahabiya Nile Cruise

Day 1 Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

Touch down in Cairo, the vibrant heart of Egypt, and embark on an 11-day adventure brimming with ancient wonders and Nile serenity. Your journey begins at Cairo International Airport, where a friendly representative from “Egypt Best Vacations” will greet you with a warm smile and assist you with navigating arrival formalities.

Bypass the hustle and bustle, and let your dedicated guide handle the visa process. Settle comfortably into your private transfer and relish the anticipation as you journey towards your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind and soak in the city’s electrifying energy.

Day 2Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara

Your 11-day journey through Egypt’s timeless treasures bursts into life as your expert guide greets you at your hotel. With anticipation buzzing in the air, prepare to be awestruck by the iconic Giza Plateau.

Standing before the Great Pyramids of Giza – Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure – is an experience that transcends mere sightseeing. These colossal testaments to human ingenuity and ambition have captivated imaginations for millennia. Stand face-to- face with their breathtaking grandeur.

Feel the desert sun warm your skin as you marvel at the Sphinx, its enigmatic gaze seemingly piercing through time. Learn about the enduring mysteries surrounding this iconic monument. Ponder the secrets it whispers on the desert wind.

But the wonders of the day don’t end there. Journey next to Saqqara. A sprawling necropolis home to the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, considered the prototype for all the majestic pyramids that followed. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this architectural marvel. Step back in time to the dawn of pyramid construction.

As the sun dips below the horizon, transfer back to your hotel. Reflect on the awe-inspiring encounters of the day, and let the anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead fill your heart with excitement.

Day 3Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel and Khan El-Khalili

Immerse yourself in the captivating story of Egypt. Start with a treasure trove of history at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Within its grand halls, over two floors brim with hundreds of artifacts. Each whispering tales of pharaohs, dynasties, and a civilization that stretches back millennia.

From majestic statues and intricate sarcophagi to everyday objects and stunning jewelry. Witness the daily lives, beliefs, and artistic prowess of ancient Egyptians come alive. Let your imagination soar as you wander through galleries dedicated to different eras, tracing the evolution of this remarkable civilization.

Next, embark on a journey through time at the historic Citadel. A powerful fortress built by Saladin in 1172 to defend Cairo against the Crusaders. Explore its imposing ramparts, and peek into the opulent palaces. Stand captivated by the panoramic views of the city sprawled below. Within the Citadel walls, marvel at the majestic White Mosque of Mohammed Ali Pasha, its alabaster facade gleaming under the sun. Discover the intricate blend of Ottoman and European architectural styles, and step into a sanctuary of serene beauty.

As the day draws to a close, lose yourself in the labyrinthine lanes of Khan El-Khalili, the largest bazaar in the Middle East. This vibrant tapestry of sights, sounds, and smells is a sensory feast for the soul. Haggle for unique souvenirs, and discover hidden gems amidst the colorful stalls. Soak in the infectious energy of this timeless marketplace.

Finally, it’s time to trade the bustling city for the serene embrace of the Nile. Transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor, where your magnificent 7-night Dahabiya Nile cruise awaits to whisk you away on a journey of timeless wonders.

Day 4Karnak and Luxor Temples

Awaken to the gentle rhythm of the Nile aboard your Dahabiya as the golden hues of dawn paint the sky. Savor a delicious breakfast on the sundeck, the cool breeze carrying the whispers of ancient tales. Today, you embark on a journey through time at Luxor, the legendary “City of a Hundred Gates.”

Your first stop: the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple, the largest religious complex ever built in the world. Step through the towering pylons, their hieroglyphics whispering stories of pharaohs and forgotten gods. Wander through the Hypostyle Hall, its forest of colossal columns reaching towards the heavens, their silent echoes carrying the weight of centuries.

Marvel at the Precinct of Amun-Re, the heart of the complex. Imagine the grand ceremonies that once unfolded within its sacred walls. Trace the footsteps of pharaohs as you explore the Avenue of Sphinxes, their weathered faces guarding the secrets of the past.

Next, journey to the majestic Luxor Temple, a magnificent architectural masterpiece bathed in the golden light of midday. Witness the intricate reliefs adorning its walls, depicting scenes of battles, offerings, and religious rituals. Stand in the vast courtyard, once the stage for grand festivals. Let your imagination transport you back to the vibrant era of the New Kingdom.

Reflect on the significance of the Theban Triad, Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, whose divine presence permeates both Karnak and Luxor Temples. Feel the weight of history in every stone, every inscription, and every breath of air.

Return to your Dahabiya for a leisurely lunch and a delightful dinner. Savor the flavors of authentic Egyptian cuisine while enjoying the serene Nile vistas. Overnight in Luxor, lulled by the gentle rhythm of the river and the whispers of ancient dreams.

Day 5Kings Valley, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon

Fuel your adventures with a delightful breakfast aboard your Dahabiya, watching the golden sunlight dance on the rippling Nile. Today, Luxor’s West Bank beckons, a realm teeming with ancient treasures waiting to be unearthed.

Delve into the mysteries of the Valley of the Kings, a hidden necropolis nestled in the shadow of the Theban Hills. Descend into the labyrinthine tombs, their colorful walls adorned with intricate scenes of deities, offerings, and the afterlife journeys of pharaohs. Each tomb whispers a unique story, offering a glimpse into the beliefs and aspirations of these ancient rulers.

Stand in awe before the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent architectural marvel rising from the desert sands. This tiered masterpiece, dedicated to the powerful female pharaoh Hatshepsut, showcases the architectural genius of its era. Climb the ramps and terraces, marvel at the vibrant reliefs, and soak in the breathtaking panoramas of the valley below.

As the sun climbs higher, pay homage to the enigmatic Colossi of Memnon, two colossal statues guarding the entrance to a long-lost temple. Feel the weight of millennia in their weathered faces, and listen for the haunting “singing” they were once said to emit at dawn.

With hearts full of wonder and minds brimming with knowledge, return to your Dahabiya. Set sail southward towards Esna, the gentle current carrying you along the Nile’s majestic ribbon.

Optional tour: Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor

Day 6Esna - El Kab - Edfu

Awaken to the soft murmur of the Nile and the call of exotic birds as you enjoy breakfast on your Dahabiya’s sundeck. Today, the ancient city of Esna beckons, its rich history intertwined with the majestic Nile.

Embark on a short walk through the charming streets, the warm Egyptian sun gracing your skin. Soon, you will find yourself standing before the Temple of Khnum, a magnificent ode to the ram-headed creator god. Explore its colonnades adorned with intricate reliefs, each scene whispering tales of creation, fertility, and the divine forces that shaped the universe.

Return to your Dahabiya and set sail towards El-Kab, the ancient Nekheb. While you glide along the Nile’s shimmering ribbon, savor a delicious lunch and bask in the ever-changing scenery.

Upon reaching El-Kab, journey through time by exploring its grand tombs, carved into the cliff face overlooking the river. Witness the vibrant murals depicting scenes of daily life, religious rituals, and the enduring legacy of its ancient inhabitants.

Your Dahabiya sets sail once more, this time towards the majestic Edfu. Anticipation fills the air as you approach this legendary city, home to one of Egypt’s most awe-inspiring temples. 

Upon arrival, a traditional horse-drawn carriage awaits to whisk you away to the Temple of Horus. Prepare to be awestruck by its sheer scale and impeccable preservation. Step through the monumental pylons, their hieroglyphics shimmering in the moonlight, and wander through the Hypostyle Hall, its towering columns reaching towards the star-studded sky.

Settle in for a peaceful overnight stay in Edfu, your dreams filled with visions of winged deities and monumental wonders.

Day 7Edfu - Gabal El Silsilah - Kom Ombo

As the first rays of dawn paint the Edfu temple in golden hues, set sail once more on your Dahabiya, the Nile’s gentle current carrying you deeper into Egypt’s heart. Today, your journey takes you to El-Silsilah, a land where time seems to stand still amidst the echoes of ancient labor.

Upon arrival, disembark and prepare to step back millennia at the sandstone quarry of Gabal Al-Silisilah. Imagine the tireless work of ancient artisans, their chisels etching into the ochre cliffs, extracting the very blocks that would become the majestic temples of Karnak, Luxor, and beyond. Feel the weight of history beneath your feet as you explore the labyrinthine quarries, their walls whispering tales of sweat, perseverance, and the ambition of pharaohs.

After a visit to this extraordinary testament to human ingenuity, return to your Dahabiya for a well-deserved lunch. As you sail towards Kom Ombo, savor the sights of the ever-changing Nile landscape, dotted with verdant islands and ancient ruins bathed in the afternoon sun.

Kom Ombo awaits, its skyline dominated by the imposing silhouette of the twin Temple of Horus and Sobek. Disembark and prepare to be mesmerized by this unique architectural marvel, dedicated to both the falcon god Horus, protector of kings, and the crocodile god Sobek, lord of the Nile. Explore the temple’s mirrored sanctuaries, each adorned with intricate reliefs depicting offerings, rituals, and the harmonious balance between these powerful deities.

Next, delve into the fascinating world of the Crocodile Museum, its exhibits shedding light on the Nile’s ancient residents and their significance in Egyptian mythology and culture. As dusk paints the sky in fiery hues, return to your Dahabiya for a delicious dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in Kom Ombo. 

Day 8Kom Ombo - Camel Market - Aswan

Awaken to the Nile’s gentle rhythm and a steaming breakfast on your Dahabiya’s sundeck. Today, your journey takes an unexpected turn, venturing beyond the temples and tombs to delve into the vibrant heart of Egyptian culture.

Set sail towards Daraw, a charming town nestled on the Nile’s bend, where a unique spectacle awaits. If fortune favors you and the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, prepare to be captivated by the bustling energy of the Daraw Camel Market.

Step into a vibrant tapestry of sights and sounds as hundreds of camels arrive in caravans from the vast Sudanese plains. Imagine the journey they’ve endured, traversing scorching deserts under the watchful gaze of nomadic herders. Witness the skilled hands of traders haggling over prices, their voices blending with the guttural calls of the camels, creating a symphony of ancient commerce.

Return to your Dahabiya for a leisurely lunch. As you sail onwards towards Aswan, let the afternoon sun bathe you in warmth and the rhythm of the Nile lull you into a state of serene contemplation. By nightfall, you’ll arrive in Aswan, the vibrant gateway to Nubia.

Day 9Aswan Tour

Today, your journey delves into the heart of Aswan, unveiling its captivating tapestry of history, engineering marvels, and divine beauty. First, stand in awe before the Aswan High Dam, a colossal testament to human ingenuity. Feel the power of the tamed Nile coursing through its turbines, its life-giving waters nourishing the land and shaping the destiny of generations. Learn about the dam’s intricate construction, its impact on the environment, and its enduring legacy as a symbol of progress.

Next, embark on a boat trip to Philae Island, a jewel nestled amidst the sparkling waters of Lake Nasser. Here, amidst lush vegetation and serene tranquility, the Temple of Isis rises like a phoenix from the depths. Marvel at its intricate reliefs, depicting myths and rituals dedicated to the powerful goddess of magic and resurrection. Feel the whispers of ancient prayers echoing through the colonnades, and imagine the vibrant ceremonies that once unfolded within its sacred walls.

As the sun climbs higher, head to the captivating granite quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk. Imagine the colossal scale of this abandoned project, destined to become the largest obelisk ever erected, yet frozen in time amidst its creation. Trace the chisel marks left by ancient stonemasons, and ponder the stories etched into the silent monolith. This testament to human ambition and the unpredictable whims of fate offers a powerful insight into the grandeur and vulnerability of ancient Egypt.

As dusk paints the Aswan sky in fiery hues, return to your Dahabiya.

Optional tour: Nubian Village Tour 

Day 10Fly back to Cairo

Breakfast and disembarkation. Transfer to Aswan Airport to fly back to Cairo. Transfer from Cairo Airport to your hotel for final night of your Egypt 11-day Cairo and Dahabiya cruise adventure.

Optional tour: Tour to Abu Simbel Temples

Day 11End of your Egypt 11-day Cairo and Dahabiya cruise adventure

As the Nile whispers its final goodbyes and the sun paints the Aswan sky in fiery hues, it’s time to bid farewell to the magic of Egypt. Your 11-day Cairo and Dahabiya cruise odyssey through Cairo’s vibrant pulse and the Nile’s serene embrace comes to a bittersweet end.

Transfer to Cairo Airport, carrying memories etched in your heart and souvenirs tucked away in your bags. Yet, even as departure beckons, a touch of longing lingers. The temples whispering ancient tales, the Nile’s shimmering ribbon under the desert sun, the warmth of Egyptian hospitality – these echoes will forever resonate within you.

Egypt holds a thousand untold stories, each waiting to be unearthed. Who knows, maybe your next chapter in this captivating land is just around the corner, waiting to be written with the golden ink of adventure.

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