4 nights Nile cruises from Luxor to Aswan
Luxor – Karnak – Esna – Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Departures every Monday, Thursday and Saturday
2013 ~ 31 December 2014
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, while you also have the option to visit the temples to Ramses at Abu Simbel.
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 serious 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 (Is a valley in Egypt 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 (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.), Colossi of Memnon (The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Memes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides of the colossi there is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper and Lower Egypt) and Temple of Queen Hatshepsute (Hatshepsut was the fifth Pharaoh of the18th-dynasty who was one of the handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power). Lunch on board. Sail to Esna. Afternoon Tea. Disco Party.Dinner & Overnight in Edfu.
Day 03: Edfu / Kom Ombo
Breakfast. Visit the Edfu Temple (Lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. It dates to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the worship of god Hours 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 Luxor temples. It is 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 (Located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is 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. It is 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
Breakfast. Excursion tour to visit, Philae Temple (The Temple of Isis is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies about a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes), High Dam (One 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. Visitors can easily locate lake Nasser which is a huge water reservoir) and Unfinished Obelisque (The beautiful red granites that were used in building the temples and monuments in the ancient days were brought from the quarries of Aswan. Now while you are on a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk you can see innumerable inscriptions in the area around the quarries. These are probably the descriptions of the various quarrying projects that were undertaken in the past days). Dinner & Overnight in Aswan.
Day 05: Disembarkation and departure form Aswan
Breakfast. Disembarkation. Optional: “Why not visit The colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters in among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments. The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, and representation of the deities to which each was dedicated is carved on its huge façade. Nearby, also saved, lies the small Temple of the King’s wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor”.
Personal expenses (Laundry, Sauna, telephones…etc)
Any meals not mentioned in the program
Any Optional tours and entrance fees to Tutankhamun Tomb and to Ramses Tomb in the Valley of Kings and Abu Simbel Optional tour