Day 2: Time to hit the road — we’re kicking off our trip in Aswan, one of Egypt’s most significant historical cities on the Nile. First stop? Philae Temple, a famous archaeological site atop its own island. Back on land, we’ll check into the incredibly colorful Nubian village for the night, where we’ll enjoy a yummy yoga class before turning up for a henna party with the local ladies.
Day 3: We’ll leave Aswan bright and early to reach Abu Simbel, one of the most awe-inspiring temples in all of Egypt. Fear not — naps aplenty are in our future. Back in Aswan, we’ll board our felucca, a traditional wooden Egyptian boat perfect for channeling your inner Cleopatra (and yes, costumes are welcome and encouraged). At night, we’ll dock in the marshes of the Nile and set up on the banks for yoga before a stargazing sleepover party on the deck.
Day 4: You’ve earned some downtime — now to enjoy it. Melt into the rhythm of the Nile as we continue on our felucca ride, spending the morning relaxing on the boat while watching Egypt go by. In the afternoon, we say farewell to our felucca and continue our exploration of Egypt towards Luxor. On the way, we’ll stop by the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Once we arrive at our charming guesthouse in Luxor, enjoy a relaxing dinner.
Day 5: We’ll continue seeing Egypt’s greatest hits with an action packed day! After breakfast, we’ll visit the Valley of the Kings up close, then head to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and finish our morning sightseeing at the little-visited Luxor Gallery. After a leisurely lunch, you’ll have time for an afternoon nap, and then we’ll reconvene for early evening yoga. We’ll enjoy dinner in town before seeing the gorgeous Luxor Temple illuminated at night!
Day 6: Early risers, set your alarm to check out an optional hot air balloon experience to see the Valley of the Kings from a new vantage point! After, we’ll head back to Cairo to close out the retreat in Egypt’s bustling capital. We’ll get to see the famed pyramids up close and personal — spending all afternoon there so you get your perfect Instagram shot. In the evening we’ll have dinner overlooking the pyramids.
Day 7: On our last full day, get ready for a whirlwind Cairo city tour. We’ll soak up the Egyptian Museum, a historic mosque in Islamic Cairo, and the famous Khan el-Khalili market before winding down at a chill afternoon yoga class at a local studio. End the epic day with a sunset sail and a dinner of tradition Egyptian fare (and wine!). If you fancy a night on the town, cap it off with drinks at the Cairo Jazz Club.
Day 8: This morning, it’s time for goodbyes! Or rather, see you laters. Exchange photos and contact info with all your new Wander Women besties for future get togethers — or join me on my next retreat to the Red Sea to explore Egypt’s dive sites.
Where We’ll Stay and Where We’ll Eat
In Cairo, we’ll stay at the lush Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, which boasts instagrammable views of the pyramids from its swim up pool bar. There’s an extensive onsite gym, sauna, indoor pool and spa, and several bars and restaurants. Shared rooms in Cairo feature two single beds — and all rooms have a pyramid view. (The first night of the tour is at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel, to allow for a comfortable early morning departure the next day.)
In Aswan, we’ll stay in the insanely instagram-able Nubian village, a preserved isle of one of the oldest civilizations in history. Nubians have not only conserved their ancient traditions but also the Nubian language – which is only spoken and has no official alphabet. Shared rooms in Aswan feature two single beds.
We’ll also spend a night on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, as we dreamily cruise down the Nile. Sleeping aboard a felucca is a completely unique experience where we all will sleep on deck together — a support boat with bathrooms onboard will follow us down the Nile.
In Luxor, we’ll stay at a unique and stylish guesthouse that’s been featured in design magazines. Shared rooms at our unique Luxor accommodation, which boast local art and one-of-a-kind furnishings, feature one large bed for two, and a small couch that could be used as a single bed, for anyone who prefers to sleep solo.
For included meals, we’ll mix it up — one night, we’ll dine on local delicacies aboard a private felucca sail along the Nile River. Another, we’ll eat on a chic rooftop. Egyptian food is generally healthy and delicious, and all special diets can be accommodated! For all non-included meals, we’ll head to curated spots where you can order as you please, or you are welcome to do your own thing.
Is It Safe To Travel to Egypt?
Needless to say, we would never hold a retreat in a destination where we didn’t feel fully confident of your safety, and our own. All the locations we are going to are popular tourist areas, and we will take the same safety precautions we would take anywhere in the world.
I have traveled extensively through Egypt, spending three cumulative months there, both on tour with Sameh and on my own, and have always felt completely safe throughout my trips. With the comfort of our group and the advisement of our local experts, we will have a fantastic, hassle-free trip.