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12 FREE Excursions included (no hidden extras)
Monday or Wednesday departures from Gatwick, Heathrow or Manchester.
For centuries travellers have been fascinated by the mystical allure of the Nile. A relaxing cruise in luxurious surroundings, alongside Egypts many archaeological wonders, provides the perfect combination for an unforgettable holiday.Our Classic Nile Itinerary takes you from Luxor to Aswan, visiting some of the most spectacular ancient sites in the world including the stunning Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the Pharoahs including that Tutankhamen and the breathtaking temples Karnak and Luxor.
Luxor has often been called the worlds greatest open air museum, as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that know of. To say that the Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would be an understatement. It has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists, and has been doing so ever since. Today Luxor is well equipped to accommodate tourists with many hotels and in general a tourist industry ready and willing to serve the people from many countries that descend on this area of the Nile Valley every year.
Depart UK. Upon arrival met and transferred from Luxor airport to your cruise vessel, dinner and overnight stay in Luxor.
After an early breakfast, visit the West Bank including the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, burial sites for many of the most powerful and successful pharaohs and high priests. The Temple of Hatshepsut and Medinet Habu Temple. After lunch we visit the ‘world’s largest greatest open air museum’ known as Karnak, which covers a large area of land and includes several temples, the largest of them being the Temple of Amun. Early afternoon the boat will sail to Esna. Overnight at Esna.
Breakfast on board and morning visit of the Temple of Khnum at Esna. The temple is dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum, who was patron god of cataract. He is said to have fashioned mankind from Nile clay on a potter’s wheel. We continue our journey south to the Temple of Edfu for a brief stop before lunch and sailing to Aswan and overnight.
After breakfast visit the High Dam in Aswan, built in 1960-1971 to provide electricity to the villages along the Nile, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Lunch on board. In the afternoon is free time on board or to stroll into Aswan city centre for shopping. Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.
Optional early morning visit to Abu Simbel (priced £180 pp by air or £65 pp by road), the impressive site built by Rameses II to show his strength and power. Abu Simbel stands on the bank of Lake Nasser. Afternoon a relaxing and enjoyable boat trip around Elephantine Island and sail to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener Island. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.
Morning at leisure. Lunch on board and set sail to Kom Ombom to visit the temple. This temple, unlike many others in Egypt, was dedicated to two gods; the Southern section is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile headed man, god of fertility, and the Northern section to the Falcon headed god Horus. There is also a fascinating crocodile museum to visit with many artefacts and mummified crocodiles. Set sail to Edfu and overnight.
Breakfast on board and sail to Luxor. In the afternoon visit the East Bank and Luxor Temple. Originally, the temple was joined to Karnak by a long avenue of Sphinxes, many of which are still able to be seen today. Followed by a visit to the ‘world’s largest greatest open air museum’ known as Karnak, which covers a large area of land and includes several temples, the largest of them being the Temple of Amun. Overnight in Luxor.
Breakfast followed by checkout and transfer to the hotel of your choice in Luxor for a 2 night stay.
Optional Balloon flight excursion at sunrise available for approx. £100.00 pp
Transfer to the hotel of your choice on the Red Sea for a 7 night stay.
Relax on the wonderous Red Sea with clear blue waters, golden beaches and Luxury Hotels.
Transfer to Hurghada or Luxor airport for your return flight home.