L'Égypte Autrement
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  • Included

Egypt , Nile, Luxor, Aswan and Cairo (with possible extensions)

from 1095

  • Duration5 to 12 days
  • ItineraryDeparture every Saturdays, or custom-tailored
  • Type of tripTranquility, Culture, Encounters, Sceneries, Adventure
  • Group12 travelers
  • Comfort
    8
  • Difficulty
    5

    (See the 46 Review)

Included

  • Meal

    Oui
  • Water

    Oui
  • Overnights

    Oui
  • Monument entry

    Non
  • Tip

    Non
  • Extensions

    Non

If the Dahabieh is a Queen, then the Sandal is her little sister, mischievous and maneuverable, for getting closer to the secret banks of the sacred river. It is a well-earned reconversion of this boat, whose primary job was to transport blocks of sandstone and granite for the eternal monuments that we well know.

 

Our stops and wanderings in the small villages, in the palm groves, the gardens and local markets will open for you the doors of an unknown Egypt, that of the countryside and fellahs (peasants) , living witnesses of the unforgettable past ages.

 

It is an experience of “culture-human nature” not to be missed!

 

Captains, cooks, guides and crewmen are awaiting you, to share the Nubians nights, while being at light-years far from the gigantic cruiser boats!

 

Itinerary (5 days)

  • DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO LUXOR

    Flight arrival from your country to Luxor. Transfer to Hotel

     

  • Day 2 - LUXOR

    Luxor:

     

    Visit of the temple of Karnak, the first impact with the antiquities, through the maze of the gigantic columns. More than a mere temple, it is a religious complex which is present with most dynasties, all dreaming inexorably to extend the site excessively.

     

    Departure south-bound towards Aswan, the gates to Africa.

     

    Aswan:

     

    Visit the island of Philae with its Ptolemy temple, located upstream the cataract. It looks great sitting on its granite base, after being salvaged from the rising waters.

     

    In the evening, discover the effervescence and scents of the colorful Aswan souk.

     

    Sailing towards the Nile West Bank, finally in the quietness of our exclusive shores. Dinner and night onboard, in a double cabin: enjoy the mildness of Upper Egypt.

     

    Optional : it is possible to arrange for the visit of Abu Simbel temples, so fascinating on Lake Nasser: departure at 03:00 a.m. return at 11:00 a.m. in Luxor, make your decision on the spot!

     

  • DAY 3 and 4 - THE ENCHANTED BANKS OF THE NILE RIVER

    Both sailing and trekking, we shall discover the antique river banks. First, there are the lush green cultures at the foot of palm trees; it is a whole traditional lifestyle around cultivation and irrigation.

     

    Navigation becomes a pleasure in the sun, half-lying on the deck, gently rocking with the wavelets of the river against the boat’s hull. As we hike, we discover the multi-colored Nubian villages.

     

  • DAY 5 AND 6 - FROM KOM OMBO TO SILSILEH QUARRIES

    Afar, the acropolis temple of Kom Ombo stands up in the middle of palm trees.

     

    Visit the Ptolemaic temple, where the crocodile Sobek is highly featured at the Gods pantheon.

     

    Later, the antique reliefs of the Silsileh quarries invite us to hike among them. This was the source of material supply for many famous monuments. While strolling there, we will discover the secrets troglodytic temples as well as traces of ancient workers.

     

    This is the region of the white villages, built by the Arabs under the Fatimid era. Domes and mosques stand up, all white-dressed, in a striking contrast. This also the country of camels: Daraw market is the best example, with a feast of colors.. and scents!

     

    Spend the evening on the banks, joyful ambiance, local food on small fire. Overnight in double-cabin onboard the Sandal.

     

    “All our products are fresh and organic” as we say it here.. tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants are small in size and tasteful; all these vegetables are from the gardens that you have crossed.

  • DAY 7 - THEBES, EDFU AND THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS

    In the early morning, take the direction of Edfu on minibus. We stand speechless inside the intact fire clay bricks walls. The temple seems a cathedral. Imagine the priest preparing their idols with incense, in the secret rooms..

     

    Transfer to Thebes, a pyramidal plateau facing Luxor, and where the tombs of Queens and Kings are found. Visit some of the tombs dug in the rock, ornate with the most amazing paintings which we cannot be but sensible!

     

    We explore the site of Deir El Medina, which is the valley of the artisans who contributed to the construction of the site. Their multi-colored tombs tell the stories of every days life, less rigid than the classic royal tombs.

     

    We finally end up with the Ramses temple at Medinet Habu. Admire its colors and its defensive gate, or Persian inspiration!

     

    Free evening for wandering through the souk and the ruins, with the option to visit the Luxor temple by night.

  • DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT OR CONTINUING THE ADVENTURE

    Option : night train (sleeping train) for those who continue the tour in Cairo. First class cabin with two sleepers, with dinner served.

Itinerary extension (12 days)

  • DAY 9 - SAKKARA AND THE FORGOTTEN MEMPHIS

    Depart early morning to Sakkara necropolis, the ancient Memphis, still proudly standing with the oldest step pyramid of the world. It dominates the desert from one side, and the plam groove oasis on the other side. Discovery stroll among the multi-colored Mastabas of the Old Kingdom, gems of UNESCO history of arts and humanity, on the edges of the Libyan plateau.

     

    According to opening hours of the Conservatory, we shall visit 3 of the most stunning mastabas of the Old Kingdom, the pyramid of Teti and the ceremonial court facing the pyramid of Zoser. We shall roam, like ancient pilgrims, through the Ounas pave way. Try to imagine the antic Memphis.

     

    Back to Hotel.

  • DAY 10 - THE MYSTIC MUSEUM AND ORIENTALIST ART DÉCO

    Visit of the Cairo Museum (the guide will help find the way in the Ali Baba cavern!). Then take a walk and lunch in what is known as Art Nouveau quarter, which looks like Little Paris of the 19th: nymphs, friezes and alcoves with romantic time wear.. Discover the unique museum of French impressionists : a collection named “ the forgotten of Cairo” located in a superb villa on the Nile (or optional choice for a free roaming in the Egyptian museum)

     

    On your own, walk and dine on the quays. Back to Hotel.

     

    “If I would choose only one work of art, it would be the mortuary masks of Tut-Ankh-Amon. Yes, it is not original as choice, but how to resist the beauty of gold and semi-precious stones, at the service of genius arts”

  • DAY 11 - TIME-TRAVELLING TOUR

    A city walk for the whole day. A days spent in the chaos of Ottoman homes, decrepit hammams, Mamlouk madrassas, Fatimid mosques and tombs, all squeezed between ageless shops and fountains. It is a logic itinerary, a Great Crossing. From the gates Al Futuh to the Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, passing by Al Azhar and the dynastic tombs. We round-up our trip under the minaret of Ibn Tulun mosque, and the beautiful sunset from the Citadel of Mehmet Ali, an 8-km vaulted passageways, narrow street with worn out corners, dead-end street full of life and of small shops.. this is a day in the Sultan’s era.

     

  • DAY 12 - RETURN FLIGHT

    Depending on your flight schedule, free morning, airport transfer for your flight.

In summary:

  • Guaranteed departure starting from 4 pax
  • 3 to 4 hours of walking and 2 to 3 hours of sailing every day
  • Overnight in hotels at Luxor and Aswan, then in your cabin onboard (option to sleep on deck)
  • Local Egyptologist guide

What is a Sandal?

Sandals are typically Egyptian ancestral vessels, from 1 to 25 meters long for a width of to 8 meters, with two sails. Long ago, the Ottoman Empire used them to transport heavy loads of stones, destined for the constructions of granite, sandstone and limestone. Beyond their initial function of material transport, the rustic Sandals are excellent great-looking vessels.

And a Sandal is also a professional and dedicated team of 8 persons, two sail men and their assistant, two mechanics, a cook and a handyman for the maintenance of cleaning tasks, and an experimented tour guide.

The Cook onboard:

He will be able to artfully prepare the local specialties, in excellent hygienic conditions since he is equipped with a “real” kitchen and purified water systems.

Your breakfast is typically Egyptian. At lunch, you have a choice of mixed salads and hummus, and mix grill BBQ and oriental soup for dinner, as well as koshari and falafel. They also serve excellent fish, the Tilapia being a specialty of the Nile.

Your guide:

He will bring to life the ruins of the Pharaonic times, with his Egyptologist knowledge. He will make you discover the secrets of the Nubian gardens and palm groves, and you will ask him about the daily customs of the lively country.

 

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Fouré , 10 March 2024

Croisière en Sandal de Edfou à Assouan. Équipage dévoué discret et compétent. Le guide Mohammed parlait très bien le français et à su nous faire partagé sa passion pour l'antiquité égyptienne. La cuisine était très bonne et copieuse.

Declety, 20 October 2023

Super voyage tout au long du Nil, avec un guide parlant français. Le guide était aux petits soins. Et a pu rapidement répondre à nos demandes de baignades ou d’achats… Paul le directeur a su bien organiser notre séjour et l’adapter à nos envies. Il nous a trouver un mini bus pour aller sur la mer rouge, pris nos billets de train couchette. Il est pleins de bons conseils. Le bateau Meroé et son équipage sont parfaits. Très discrets mais pour autant attentifs à nos envies. La cuisine à bord délicieuse ! Allez y les yeux fermés ! Agence tres sérieuse !

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