Come and explore ancient Nubia with our deluxe 4-day Sai Lake Nasser Cruise from Abu Simbel to Aswan. The Sai Dahabiya is a beautiful handcrafted wooden boat which can only accommodate a very limited number of people. This makes it the ideal solution for anyone who wants to explore the fascinating ancient monuments of Nubia while at the same time avoiding the crowds which are commonplace on the larger cruise ships.
Our Sai Lake Nasser cruise is also an ideal choice for birdwatchers, particularly early in the morning and shortly before the sun sets. Enjoy 4 days of absolute bliss and tranquility as you sail from one fascinating ancient monument to the next.
NOTE: Cruises Depart from Abu Simbel every Friday
4-Day Sai Lake Nasser Cruise
DAY 1 – Arrival and Embarkation for your Sai Lake Nasser Cruise
When people book tours and cruises through us, they need to worry about nothing at all. So, when you are heading to Abu Simbel for your Sai Lake Nasser cruise, know that one of our tour representatives will be there to welcome you at Luxor, and to help ensure you enjoy a smooth and hassle free check-in when you arrive at the beautiful Sai Dahabiya boat.
At around midday, you will be served your first onboard lunch, and you can expect it to be a really nice lunch prepared by a qualified chef, and made from the very best ingredient that are to be found in the region. Your chef will be preparing various Egyptian and international dishes throughout your cruise, so there will be plenty of mouthwatering variety.
Shortly after eating, you will then disembark and you will be taken to see Abu Simbel Temple which is essentially two huge rock-hewn temples located alongside each other. After the Giza pyramids near Cairo, these two temples are the second-most recognizable ancient monuments in the country. They are well and truly beyond words
After exploring these amazing temples, you will return to your Dahabiya in time for some afternoon tea, and you will sail to Kasr Ibrim to see an ancient fortress. Also known as Qasr Ibrim, the fortress was built by Roman engineers and at the time, it was the strongest fortress in the entire Nile Valley. After the Aswan High Dam was built, the rising waters flooded all of what was once the city of Qasr Ibrim. Today, the fortress is visible, along with the top of the hill on which it was built.
The island and fortress is off limits to everyone apart from Archeologists. However, Dahabiya boats, because of their small size, are able to get really close.
Later, you will have the option of going to see a sound and lights show as well, but since this is optional, tickets are not included in the price of you Sai Lake Nasser cruise.
Enjoy a wonderful dinner aboard the Sai Dahabiya, and have a wonderful sleep on the water at Abu Simbel.
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
DAY 2 – Amada Tombs Excursion and Cruise to Wadi El Seboua
Begin the 2nd day of your Sai Lake Nasser cruise with another hearty breakfast on the water. After breakfast, you will then be taken to visit three fascinating ancient sites: the Temple of Amada; the Temple of Derr, and the Tomb of Pennut. All three of these sites are incredible, and visiting them will be an experience which you are unlikely to forget in your lifetime.
Following your visit to these ancient wonders, everyone will once again board the Sai Dahabiya, and it will begin sailing towards Wadi El Seboua where it will tie up for the night. Lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner will of course be served on board the boat.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 3 – Temples Wadi El Seboua , Dakka Temple, and Cruise to Aswan
Start your day with another delicious onboard breakfast, and then it will be time to disembark for a visit to the Temples of Wadi El Seboua, both of which are located in an area known as Valley of the Lions. As with several other temples found along the shores of Lake Nasser, the Temples of Wadi El Seboua were also dismantled and moved to higher ground when the water level of Lake Nasser started rising following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
After you have had ample time to explore the two fascinating sites, you will return to your Dahabiya in time for another delicious lunch. Shortly after lunch you will be enjoying another wonderful excursion, this time to see the ancient Temple of Dakka. Interestingly, this temple was originally only a 1-room chapel or shrine, but it was added to and extended on several occasions, and was eventually converted into a temple fortress by the Romans
After exploring this remarkable site, you with then once again board your Sai Lake Nasser cruise, and you will enjoy a nice slow cruise to Aswan. Enjoy your last dinner on board the boat, and spent the last night of your cruise on the water at Aswan.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 4 – Beit El Wali and Kalabsha Temples, Disembarkation, and Departure
Wake up to another hearty onboard breakfast, and then it will be time to visit Beit El Wali, an ancient rock-cut temple that was constructed during the reign of Ramesses II. In English, its name translates as House of the Holy Man, which suggests that at some point in history, it was probably occupied by a Christian hermit. After spending some time at this wonder monument, you will then be taken to see Kalabsha Temple.
Built in 30 BC, this ancient temple was never actually completed, but nonetheless, it is still regarded as being one of the finest examples of Egyptian architecture in Nubia. It is also the second largest free-stand ancient structure to have been moved to higher ground in order to save it from flooding. This temple has an abundance of fine reliefs and other artwork, and your Egyptologist guide will be more than happy to explain the significance of these to you.
After you have had plenty of time to explore this amazing site, it will be time for you to return to your Dahabiya so that you can collect your belonging and check out. After that, we will escort you to Aswan Airport or Aswan train station, depending on what your onward travel arrangements are.
Sadly, your Sai Lake Nasser cruise has come to an end, but you will have seen so many wonderful places during your cruise, and even the cruise itself will have been a truly unforgettable experience. All Nile River cruises and Lake Nasser cruises are wonderful, but there is just something very special about doig this aboard a Dahabiya. From everyone at Egypt Tours Plus, we wish you a safe onward journey, and we will be hoping to see you back again in the future.
Meals Included: Breakfast
What is included in your Sai Lake Nasser Cruise :
- Meet and Greet Service – One of tour representatives will meet you on arrival in Luxor, and another one will be there to bid you farewell when you depart from Aswan.
- Full Personal Assistance – Our team of tour professionals will be available to offer assistance throughout the duration of your Sai Lake Nasser Cruise in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
- All Transfers – All transfers are done in modern air-conditioned vehicles and are included in the price of your cruise.
- Full Board – Nile Cruise Itinerary includes full board and lodging on board the Sai Dahabiya boat.
- All Excursions – All excursions mentioned in the Sai Lake Nasser Cruise itinerary are included in the tour price.
- Entrance Fees – Any and all entrance fees to the various sites visited are included.
- English Speaking Guide – A fully certified English-speaking guide will accompany you on all excursions. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable, and visitors are encouraged to ask question during excursions.
- All Service Charges and Taxes – The price of your cruise is inclusive of all taxes, services charges, and etc. With us, there are NO hidden charges along the way.
What is not included in your Sai Lake Nasser Cruise :
- Pre-Arrival and Post-Departure Travel – Tour price does not include travel to Luxor or onward travel from Aswan.
- Tipping – Tour price does not include money for tipping guides, waitresses, waiters, and etc. Tipping is not required or expected, but always appreciated if you feel it is well-deserved.
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|Price per 1 person||October to April|
Prices are quoted per person in US$ and valid up until the 30th of September 2019, except during Easter and Christmas and New Year holidays.