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Egypt: Slow Boat to Aswan


As the sun sets on the distant horizon, a dahabiya glides gently across the calm waters towards the shore - its sails reflecting the warm glow of the afternoon sun. It is a scene as timeless as the Nile itself… This incredible journey down the Nile is a voyage of discovery in the truest sense of the word, encompassing not only the magnificent monuments of the ancients, but also the little explored heritage of the ordinary Egyptians.

Travelling in style aboard a privately chartered sandal or dahabiya (the boat we use is dependant upon the overall group size), we follow the fertile ribbon of the Nile as it weaves from the ancient city of Thebes, deep into the southern boundaries of Upper Egypt. We follow in the wake of European adventurers who came here to satisfy their curiosity and greed, visiting the temple complexes of Karnak and Edfu, exploring tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the bustling markets of Aswan. But more than this, we will also get a chance to explore something of the ‘real’ Egypt, making the most of our flexibility and freedom to escape the tourist trail and visit the remote villages that line the banks of the Nile.

This is an Egypt that has essentially remained unchanged for millennia, its people living their lives much as their ancestors did centuries ago. This is an Egypt that the tomb raiders couldn’t steal.


  • Sail from Luxor to Aswan aboard a private sandal or dahabiya (traditional houseboat)
  • Explore numerous Egyptian temples and archaeological sites, from Dendera to Philae
  • Meet local farmers and discover rural Egyptian life at the riverside village of Ramadi
  • Rise early and avoid the bigger crowds to watch the sunrise at the Valley of the Kings
  • Experience the colour and noise of Daraw camel market
  • Stay overnight at Abu Simbel to marvel at the imposing colossi of Ramesses II

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibus, tuc tucs and a privately chartered traditional dahabiya or sandal Nile cruiseboat)
  • 9 nights' accommodation (4 in hotels, 4 onboard a privately chartered sandal or dahabiya boat, and 1 in a local guesthouse)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 4

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 4

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 10

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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