There’s something about the end of the year that makes you take stock. Did you achieve everything you wanted? What’s the meaning of life? You know, questions like that. Well, we have a place where you can figure that out. One of the biggest bucket-list destinations in the world is Egypt. It’s where modern-day civilization pretty much started. Egypt has the pyramids of Giza. Abu Simbel. And it has the Nile. Most of your time in Egypt will be spent cruising the Nile, with stops along the way to see ancient ruins. Dawn on the Nile is simply magical: the sun rises almost horizontally, taking its sweet time until the sky fully lights up. So your ride along the Nile, well, it has to be good. Enter Kazazian Egypt, which is like the Aman of Nile boats.
You’re on a Boat
Kazazian Cruises has come a long way since it began in 1989, when Berg Kazazian started what was one of the first cruise operations to sail the Nile. It’s been over 30 years, and Kazazian has built a history of exceeding expectations and offering up a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Kazazian Cruises has the only super yacht that travels the Nile, and it’s just not any old super yacht. It’s got a vertical bow, sleek lines, and minimalist design, so it stands out from the traditional Nile cruises.
The Kazazian Cruises boat comes in at about 180 feet in length with room for 18 guests and 19 staff members. Yes, that means you’re looking at a guest ratio of 1:1. Kazazian’s small-boat Nile cruise concept brings luxury to the forefront with elevated standards of comfort — and a focus on serenity. Once you’re on board, the lower deck consists of a grand entrance, eight cabins, and an owner’s suite. To watch the world go by, or at least the historical sites, the upper deck has a restaurant, lounge, and pool deck.
Each of the cabins comes with full-length windows where you can fully take in those Nile river views. They’re also outfitted with original art, unique decor, and pure Egyptian cotton linens (of course). Services include daily housekeeping, a fully stocked minibar, a Nespresso machine, and even complimentary shoe shines. The owner’s suite is over 600 square feet and offers panoramic windows so you can take in every inch of your journey. You might even feel like an Egyptian royal when you see that your cabin is equipped with an ensuite marble bathroom. The decor is done up in creams and neutrals, so you feel like you’re floating on a cloud, as you float on the Nile.
Wine + Dine
Every meal is crafted by in-house master chefs who source local and organic ingredients from the markets along the banks of the Nile. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the main restaurant, which has an à la carte menu with traditional items and lots of other dishes. Upon request, you can get vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes throughout your trip.
The lounge has panoramic views and an all-day beverage and snack bar. This is also the spot for daily afternoon teas. A few steps away is the open deck with both shaded and non-shaded sun beds. At the center of the deck is the plunge pool, which open at 6 a.m., just in time for that famous Nile sunrise.
We’re so wrapped up in this yacht, it’s almost easy to forget the main event: Your journey though the land of the Pharaohs. The main two routes offered are from Luxor to Aswan and Aswan to Luxor. Your trip’s sights and stops will vary depending on which you choose, but they each last six days.
Route 1: Luxor to Aswan
Luxor to Aswan has you starting on the East Bank of the Nile as you visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak. The next day you cruise up to visit the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut before heading to Esna. On the third day, you visit El Kab and Edfu. The next morning you’ll see the sights of Gebel el-Silsila and the Kom Ombo temple. Finally, you reach Aswan on the fifth day, and visit the High Dam and Philae temples, in addition to going on a felucca ride (a felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailboat). You’ll depart on day 6 — maybe after taking one last trip to the yacht’s sundeck for a dip in the pool.
Route 2: Aswan to Luxor
For Aswan to Luxor you sail to the Kom Ombo temple before visiting the Fares Village. The next day you’ll see the temple of Gebel el-Silsila, which is carved into a cliff, and you’ll make your way to Edfu. The morning after that, you’ll pass through the El Hegz village and take a tour to the El Kab tombs. Reach reach Luxor on day 5 and visit the Karnak and Luxor temples. On the sixth day, you can enjoy a final breakfast before your departure.
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