Gently down the Nile
Luxury cultural boat cruise | 8 days
Without doubt, the best way to explore the treasures of Egypt is in Agatha Christie style on the Nile. By felucca, you will visit Elephantine Island, the Agha Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener’s Island — a botanical garden filled with exotic plants and trees. The cruise ends at Luxor, one of Egypt’s greatest tourist destinations, where for centuries people have visited the temples in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of Queens. This tour stops and starts in Cairo to give you plenty of opportunity to see the Pyramids.
Day 1: Fly to Cairo
Day 2: Tour the Pyramids just outside Cairo
Day 3: Fly to Abu Simbel/Aswan, crossroads of ancient caravan routes, to join Nile Cruise
Day 4: Sail Kom Ombo/Edfu
Day 5: Sail Edfu/Luxor
Day 6: Tour the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens in Luxor
Day 7: Disembark and fly to Cairo where you can visit the Egyptian Museum and the 14th-century Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Day 8: Fly to London
guide price £1,425 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
DON’T MISS: Dahabiyas, small boats taking 4-6 people — the ‘boutique’ option for Nile cruising.
FOR THE ACTIVE: A dawn climb to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai or trekking with mules in the High Atlas.
TOP TIP: Morocco used to have a reputation for being a place where visitors got hassled. This has changed hugely. Now you might even have a ‘Monty Python’ moment: “Come on, ask me to buy a carpet”!
BEST TIME TO GO:
Morocco: September to May
Libya: Spring and autumn
Egypt: September to March
Egypt: 5 hours (direct)
Morocco: 4¾ hours (direct)
“Generally we were really impressed by transfers and how smoothly all arrangements worked.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Egypt
“So spoilt being met on arrival, charming staff in the riads and guides – especially our driver.”
Mrs Sarah Rising, Morocco
“I have to say straight away that our trip really did exceed expectations. All the arrangements went exactly to plan and we very much enjoyed our experiences of the country, the people and the food. Our guide was excellent and all the organisation that went into our trip and trek was first class. Many thanks for your help in making it such a success.”
Pat and Cicely Roche, Morocco, Mt. Toubkal Climb, September 2011
“We were nervous about travelling to Morocco, it’s the furthest we have ever been away from home. However the arrangements and the accommodation were amazing, and we loved the experience. The overall experience through Far Frontiers Travel was absolutely fantastic.”
Helen Metcalfe and family, Morocco, April 2011
“I just wanted to thank you again for organising such a superb holiday. It's easy today to organise holidays by surfing the internet, but I am just so glad we booked with you. You stuck to our budget and created a fabulous, memorable itinerary for our family of four kids. We met other people en route, covering roughly the same ground, but felt confident we had the better deal – you had found us stylish, family-run hotels, and booked brilliant, appropriate activities with the best local organisations. You also paced the holiday perfectly for the age and stage of our kids. Thank you. I would not hesitate to book with you again.”
Lucy Thomson, Morocco, July 2011