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