Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan
4 nights/ 5 days
Luxor - Karnak - Esna - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
Departures every Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Highlights: Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsute, the Edfu Temple, the Kom-Ombo Temple, Philae Temple, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisque.
Day 1: Arrival in Luxor and embarkation
Arrival, meet & assist by our representative & Check in at Nile Cruise. Excursion tour to visit Karnak Temple, which is a series of temples, built in different reigns. Starting by the Avenue of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsute and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. Transfer to Nile Cruise. Afternoon tea. Dinner on board & Belly Dance show. Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Day 02: Luxor / Esna
Breakfast. Visit the West Bank including: Valley of the Kings where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (18th - 20th Dynasties). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Luxor (ancient Thebes), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. Visit the Colossi of Memnon made from sandstone brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is close to 70' or 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seated on his throne, wearing the royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides of the colossi is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper and Lower Egypt. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsute, the fifth Pharaoh of the18th dynasty and one of the handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs and her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible power.
Lunch on board and sail to Esna. Afternoon Tea. Disco Party. Dinner & Overnight in Edfu.
Day 03: Edfu / Kom Ombo
After breakfast, visit the Edfu Temple in Edfu town, 76 miles/123 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. Dating back to the Ptolemaic period it was dedicated to the worship of god Horus, represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with the Luxor temples. The second largest temple after Karnak, it also houses the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance. Sail to Kom Ombo. Lunch on board. Visit the Kom-Ombo Temple, 28 miles/45 km north of Aswan, built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. Noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles. They are now in Hathor's chapel. Sail to Aswan. Afternoon Tea. Dinner on board & Galabya party. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 04: Aswan
After breakfast there is an excursion tour to visit Philae Temple. The Temple of Isis is one of the greatest in Egypt and occupies a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes. The High Dam was of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The High dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as providing irrigation and electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long. Near the lake Nasser is an Unfinished Obelisque, and innumerable inscriptions which are probably the descriptions of the various quarrying projects. Dinner & Overnight in Aswan.
Day 05: Disembarkation and departure from Aswan
Optional: Visit The colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters is among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments. The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, with six deities carved into this huge façade. Nearby lies the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor".