Nile riverboat line to offer land-cruise itinerary

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Travel in Style teamed with Nubian Nile Cruises to offer regular departures and charters from Aswan aboard the new Royal Cleopatra beginning in May.

The Royal Cleopatra is an Egyptian-built, modified felucca (traditional Nile riverboat), which is characterized by triangular sails. It measures 62 feet long and 24 feet wide.

The ship has two cabins with single and queen-sized beds that can be configured to accommodate two to six people.

Each cabin has a panoramic window and a private bath.

The vessel offers a salon/reception area, a bar, a sun deck and a resident guide.

The Royal Cleopatra is available for charter, according to Nubian Nile Cruises, for families, honeymooners or small groups.

With regular departures on Fridays from Aswan, the Egypt program features a four-night cruise and a land-based segment. The first two nights in Aswan are spent on board ship.

Shore activities include a walking tour of a spice and herb market; a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Old Cataract Hotel for tea on the terrace; visits to Aswan dam and the Philae temple; lunch at the Isis Hotel; a camel ride to a Nubian village, and dinner at the New Cataract Hotel.

Morning is spent at leisure on day three of the program, with the option of an air excursion to Abu Simbel ($225 per person) before sailing to Kom Ombo for a temple visit.

On day four, the Royal Cleopatra docks in Edfu, allowing for a carriage ride to the Temple of Horus before continuing down the Nile to the Isna temple.

From there, the trip is by car to Luxor, where participants check into their hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

After breakfast, the program features sightseeing in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, lunch and an afternoon visit to Karnak Temple.

Depending on the season, rates range from $700 to $975 per person, double; from $600 to $875, triple, and from $1,250 to $1,700, single.

Prices include meals, escorted shore excursions and a transfer to Luxor Airport at program's end. Charter costs depend on customized arrangements.

According to Nubian Nile Cruises, a second private barge with four cabins will be launched this fall.

For more information, contact Travel in Style at (888) 466-8242 or (415) 440-1124, or visit its Web site at www.travelinstyle.com.

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