Women only holiday, cruising the River Nile, Egypt

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Cruising on the River Nile, Egypt

Egypt - Nile Cruise and Sahara

Imagine yourself relaxing next to a pool under the hot Egyptian sun, cool drink in hand, on the deck of a beautiful cruise ship - casually watching life on shore pass by, as we float from one amazing place to the next. Sounds good, doesn't it!

Egypt is a country that just has to be visited to be believed, and really is a must on any travelers list. The legacies left behind in the form of incredible temples, pyramids and artifacts created by the Pharaohs and other ancient peoples will leave you absolutely speechless, especially in places like Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Cairo.

What better way to experience these treasures than on board a cruise ship on the Nile! We begin our trip as "land-lubbers" in Cairo and Aswan, taking in the sights and mingling with the locals, before boarding our beautiful boat for a very "cruisey" holiday.

Egypt Highlights

  • visiting the amazing Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Cairo: exploring the bustling bazaar of Khan el Khalili, and visiting the incredible Egyptian museum
  • Luxor: the Valley of the Kings, Mummification Museum, Hatshepsuts Temple, Karnak and Luxor Temples
  • Aswan: we take a sunset felucca trip on the Nile, visit a Nubian village, the fascinating Nubian Museum, the bustling souq, and watch a beautiful sunset from a Nubian restaurant
  • Abu Simbel: see it to believe it: Ramses II temple and Neferatiti's Temple
  • cruising in style down the Nile on board a beautiful ship

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Red Sea and Sinai - if you have some time AFTER this trip, how about joining us in the Sinai (part of Egypt), a beautiful, desert peninsula surrounded by the tropical waters of the Red Sea. We will spend a few days doing some lovely hikes in the desert wadis (valleys) near St Katherines village, go on safari to explore the desert with local Bedouins and learn about their culture, and relax in the seaside town of Dahab, where there is world-class snorkelling. This is a very special, authentic and personal trip! Just email us for more information and cost.

Trip Itinerary

Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt

Day 1 Cairo

Welcome to Africa's biggest city, with over 20 million inhabitants! You will be met at Cairo airport and transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to relax and get used to the heat or take a stroll and visit some of the sights nearby. Dinner at hotel.

Meals - D

Day 2 Cairo

Cairo is an incredible city with so much to see and do, so we have a pretty full day today: our first stop today is Memphis and the cemetery of Saqqara, famous for deceased Pharaohs, generals and sacred animals. We visit the Step Pyramid and other interesting sights.

The afternoon takes us to the infamous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, situated on the edge of the city. It is quite fantastic to actually be there in person and to try to imagine how these things were built. If you like, you can try out a camel ride here. There will also be some time for some relaxing shopping nearby - exotic perfumes and papyrus are just some of the wonderful things you can buy.

Tonight we have dinner at an Arabesque restaurant to sample typical Egyptian food - after dinner a coffee reader will read your cup to see what your future holds . . .

Meals - B,L,D

Mummy, museum, Egypt

Day 3 Cairo - Aswan

This morning we take in the amazing sights at the Egyptian Museum, a treasure-trove of Egyptian antiquities. We will have a delicious lunch to sustain us for the afternoon.

Next we go to the Citadel, former home to Egypt's rulers. At the Citadel we visit a mosque and take in the grand views of Cairo. There might be time for a bit of shopping before we board our overnight train to Aswan, dinner on board.

Meals - B, L, D

Aswan, Egypt

Day 4 Aswan

We arrive in Aswan and get taken to our hotel out on an island in the middle of the Nile, and then take a leisurely lunch on the Corniche, overlooking the Nile. The afternoon sun is very hot, so you have time out to swim or rest, until things cool off a little.

In the evening we go to the Nubian Museum to learn about how the temples of Abu Simbel were rescued from being forever hidden under the waters of Lake Nasser, behind the High Dam. We have a wonderful sunset dinner from a vantage point overlooking the Nile.

Meals - all B, L, D

Camel riding, Egypt

Day 5 Aswan/Abu Simbel

This morning we take a boat to a Nubian village. In former times Nubia was the land that lay between Aswan and Khartoum - Nubians are distinctively different to Arabic Egyptians, being tall and black.

If you would like to ride a camel, you can hop off the boat and ride across the sand along the banks of the Nile to the village. After a look around this colourful village we have lunch in a Nubian home. If you like you can get a temporary henna tattoo from a local Nubian lady.

Once again you have a free afternoon to avoid the heat of the day - swim, relax, or whatever you like! When in Aswan, a felucca trip is a must - and one of the best ways to enjoy the balmy Egyptian sunset is on a felucca, sailing on the Nile (optional).

Tonight we get up very early to take the 3.30am convoy to the amazing Abu Simbel, a real highlight of the tour.

Meals - B, L, D

Weaver in the souq, Egypt

Day 6 Aswan

We arrive back at the hotel from Abu Simbel around midday - thus you have a free day to do as you please. It is fun to go into town and visit the souq (market) full of all sorts of exotic goodies like spices, scarves, jewellery and much more.

Even if you don't want to buy anything, the atmosphere is great, and you will also meet lots of locals here . Stop off in someone's shop and have a cup of tea and a chat! You can also take a horse and cart ride around town if you don't want to walk.

Meals - B

Cruising the river Nile, Egypt

Day 7 Nile Cruise - Aswan to Luxor

Today we board our beautiful cruise ship after breakfast and check into our rooms. We visit some more local sights, like the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch on board.

If we are lucky there may be a belly-dancer on board to give us a lesson on how to swing those hips and get that belly moving! During the night we set sail for Kom Ombo.

Meals - B, L, D

Sailing on the river Nile, Egypt

Day 8 Nile Cruise - Kom Ombo

It is just bliss cruising along on the Nile, watching Egyptian life, as we sail past villages and fishermen and women washing clothes in the Nile. We visit the temple of Kom Ombo, or more precisely the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile God.

Our local guide will give us an interesting explanation about the hieroglyphics and history. We continue sailing on to Edfu, where we visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon God, and the most completely preserved Egyptian temple. Dinner on board.

Meals - B, L, D

Nile cruise, Luxor, Egypt

Day 9 Nile Cruise - Luxor

Just when you might think you have seen enough temples and tombs to last you a lifetime, we visit the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, and the infamous Valley of the Kings. See where the Kings of Egypt were once mummified and laid to rest with all their treasures. Amazing. Lunch on board.

In the afternoon we visit the incredible temples of Karnak and Luxor. You will be gob-smacked by the huge columns at Karnak, and by the fascinating history of Luxor temple, having been home to both Muslims and Christians.

In the evening it is highly recommended to visit the Mummification Museum (optional), where you will see not only mummified humans, but also cats, crocodiles, monkeys and other animals, and learn about the fascinating mummification process.

Meals - B, L, D

Sunset over the River Nile, Egypt

Day 10 Luxor - Cairo

Disembarkation after breakfast and morning flight to Cairo. We spend the afternoon at Khan el Khalili Bazaar, shopping for exotic treasures, soaking in the atmosphere, the spicey smells and the unusual sights. Time for a coffee/karkade/tea in a café to do some people-watching.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 11 Cairo - White Desert

We leave Cairo early, stopping for a short break on the 365km drive before continuing on to Bahariyya, an oasis town in the Sahara desert, where we have a leisurely lunch. Time for a little adventure! In the afternoon we begin our jeep safari into the spectacular Western Sahara - the desert changes dramatically at every turn - we visit the "black" desert, some natural springs, an old oasis, crystal mountain and the beautiful white Aqqabat dunes. Our guide cooks us a tasty meal over the camp fire as the sun sinks behind the mysterious white rock formations. The night is spent sleeping out in the White Desert under a wonderfully, starry African sky. Life does not get much more exotic than this!

Meals - B, L, D

Quiet village, Egypt

Day 12 - White Desert - Bahariyya

Waking up in the Sahara is truly magic - not an everyday experience! We complete our jeep safari in the desert, then back to Bahariyya for lunch. There is time to relax for a couple of hours during the heat of the day at our hotel in Bahariyya, before heading off around 5pm to watch the sun set over the desert from a fantastic vantage point. There will also be time to take a dip in the natural springs at the hotel.

Meals - B, L, D

Quiet village, Egypt

Day 13 - Bahariyya - Cairo

We complete our visit in Bahariyya with a visit to the local tombs and the museum containing the famous Golden Mummies. We then have lunch and head back to Cairo for our farewell dinner.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 14

Sadly it is time to leave this unique country, but the wonderful memories will linger for a long time. Transfer to airport and fly home!

Meals - B

Next trip to be advised . . . . .

Sahra-Ji, Australia

"The highlight for me was definitely the night in the desert - such an amazing experience. I also loved the camel ride and getting to meet the locals. I felt I was able to get a feel for the culture too - this is something I have found lacking on other tours I have done " (Egypt)

Sahra-Ji, Australia

"The best way to see Egypt in the heat!"

Monica, Switzerland

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