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Classic Nile Sail - felucca

11 Day Culture Tour Nile Valley

Treasured culture, stunning scenery, turbulent history,  Egypt has the perfect set of ingredients for everyone, with an all year round hot climate, famous temples, pyramids, museums and shopping. Sailing the Nile in a traditional felucca is a great way to explore the river and the historical monuments scattered along it’s banks . Enjoy on board meals and picnics on the banks of the Nile. The River Nile was the main mode of transport in ancient Egypt, so all Pharonic landmarks are just a stones throw away from where we land & disembark. Visit visit Edfu Temple by horse carriage, one of the largest and most intact of Egypt’s monuments.

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ACCOMODATION

Multiple Comfort | Our recommend choice for all tours is the Comfort Style, which is generally in a 3* category. This style choice gives you comfortable hotels with good service and facilities, whilst keeping a local appeal. Our aim to to use only locally owned hotels whenever possible on this tour.        

Felucca | Overnight aboard a traditional felucca is an adventure. The felucca is parked on the banks of the Nile and the deck is turned into a communal sleeping area. Mattresses are provided and wind shields are wrapped around to protect from the wind, a mosquito net can also be provided. Some feluccas provide "toilets" although the more traditional boats require that the captain pulls over and directs you of where to relive yourself.  

TOUR IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITY

  • Egypt Local Impact | Embah is committed to the elements of responsible & sustainable tourism, working with locally owned Hotels & service providers, employing local drivers & encouraging trips hosted by the locals, all allow for revenue to be distributed directly within the community. Booking this tours or services with Embah you are guaranteed that it has been designed with a sustainable objective. 

    ·      Local Tour Leader Training| Most Egyptian Tour Leaders hold certification from the Syndicate of Tour Guides Egypt, which covers many aspects of the job as a classic tour guide. At Embah we take this training a step further with our In house training course that gives a more in depth and varied teaching, to enable our guides to work & deal in a multitude of regions & tour themes. These include the Eco Desert Guide course, established and funded by The Travel Foundation UK, International Tour Operator Tour Leading Courses, First Aid for both on land and water activities, PADI Snorkel Guide Certification and Healthy & Safety with Tour Risk Assessments. 


  • Upper Egypt Local Impact |
  • TITLE

    Classic Nile Sail - felucca

  • THEME

    Adventure,Culture

  • STYLE

    Comfort

  • EMBAH CODE

    CULT.EG.CNS-F.11

  • DURATION

    11 days, 10 nights

  • START & END

    Cairo ,Luxor ,Aswan

  • TRANSFERS

    Cairo airport return, all transfers outlined in itinerary, overnight sleeper train.

  • LODGINGS

    5 nights - comfort hotel, 3 nights - felucca boat, 2 nights - overnight train.

  • MEALS

    9 x Breakfast
    2 x Lunch
    2 x Dinner

  • GROUP SIZE

    Average of 8 persons

    (Min:4Max:12)

  • PEOPLE

    EMBAH local guides & drivers & Egyptologist.

  • ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Sailing, home visit

  • WHAT TO PACK

    • loose cotton / linen clothing
    • sun protection (hat / scarf / sunblock)
    • good walking shoes for active days
    • mosquito repellent
    • day pack for personal items
    • water bottle carrier
    • modest clothing for visiting religious & crowded areas
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Our EMBAH Tour leader will welcome you at Cairo International airport and accompany you on the group transfer to the centre of Cairo and check-in hotel. Group briefing with your Tour leader & free time to explore the area. Overnight in Cairo 4* hotel BB. 
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities where you will see a mesmerizing display of artifacts including the spectacular Tutankhamun collection. Stare in awe and wonder at the Royal Mummies laying, as if sleeping, in their glass cases (extra charge).Moving on to the west bank of the River Nile we will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The pyramids are the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing today and, time permitting, you will the opportunity to go inside one of the pyramids (extra charge). Please note that the interior of the pyramid is hot, humid and quite claustrophobic with steep dusty passages. Dinner and overnight sleeper train to Aswan
Arrival in Aswan and check in hotel. This morning you have free time to explore Aswan at your own pace or book one of our optional excursions. Afternoon walk around a local market where you can try your skills at haggling and enjoy some friendly banter with the locals. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner in the home of a local Nubian family. Overnight in hotel.
Free morning with optional visit to the spectacular Abu Simbel temples. Early 3am pick up for the drive to Abu Simbel which is approximately 300km from Aswan. The twin temples are located on the westren bank of Lake Nasser which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Marvel at the sheer size of these magnificent temples that were hand carved out of the mountainside as a lasting monument to Pharaoh Ramesses 11 and his Queen Nefertari. Transfer to the River Nile to board your Felucca boat for your Nile Sail. Overnight on felucca
Full  day on board your felucca boat sailing down the Nile. Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery and take in the peace and quiet  whilst enjoying the sunshine. Observe the local fisherman, in their small boats, casting their nets into the river and transporting their catch along the river. Sail past lush green fields ploughed by oxen and wave to the locals as they harvest their crops by hand. Overnight on board felucca boat .
Full day on board your felucca boat continuing your sail down the Nile. This ever changing landscape and scenery will keep you mesmerized whilst watching the water buffalo and the many birds along the waters edge. See the locals going about the daily chores on the riverbank, washing the pots or rinsing their clothes. Wave to the smiling children as they splash and play in the waters of the River Nile. Overnight on board felucaa boat.
Disembark felucca for a visit to the Temple of Edfu. The temple is dedicated to the falcon God Horus and is located on the westbank of the River Nile. Enjoy a guided tour learning about the history and purpose of this site. Transfer to Luxor. Free evening time to explore. Overnight in hotel in Luxor.
Full day sightseeing in Luxor on the Westbank. Step back in time and travel by doneky to discover the famous site of the Valley of the Kings and Queens. There are 63 known tombs which differ dramatically in size, from a simple pit to complex tombs boasting 120 chambers. Explore these ancient tombs before heading back over the river to visit the beautiful funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female Pharoah. Overnight in hotel.
Today you are free to explore at your own pace or book one of our many optional excursions. Wonderful opportunity to take a calesh ride around Luxor or, for the more adventurous, take to the skies in a hot air ballon for a birdseye view over the Valley of the Kings. In the evening take the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo. 
Arrival in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Free day for you to explore Cairo, depending on your intrests, you can visit the oldest pyramid in the world at Sakkara or drive to Old Cairo and explore the Citadel - a complex of mosques and museums housed inside a magnificent fortress. Khan El Khalili bazaar is well worth a visit, as it is one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East, with a kaleidoscope of colours, sights, sounds and smells from the exotic spices and perfumes on display. Alternatively you may choose to sit and relax in one of the many traditional tea houses and watch the world go by. Overnight in hotel in Cairo.
Check out from your hotel and transfer to Cairo International airport for your flight home.

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