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                                                                            Itinerary

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..

Day 1

 

Transfer from Luxor International Airport to your 5* cruise vessel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Luxor.

Day 2

 

Early breakfast followed by a visit to the West Bank where you will see one of the most striking vistas in Egypt. Here ancient meets modern day living before giving way to the Valley of Kings originally known as the ‘Gates of the Gods’ where pharaohs are entombed in the nearby cliffs, the Valley of Queens originally named the ‘Place of Beauty' but renamed the ‘Gates of the Harem’ which contains nearly eighty tombs including the truly beautiful tomb of Queen Nefertari the favourite wife of Ramses II, the Temple of Hatshepsut, a series of terraces which appear to be part of the limestone cliffs rising out of the desert sands and the Colossi of Memnon which have for centuries held mystery and intrigue.
Lunch on board followed by leisurely sail to Esna.
Dinner and overnight night stay at Esna.

Day 3

 

Breakfast followed by a short coach journey to Edfu to visit the extraordinary Temple of Horus which lay buried in sand until the mid nineteenth century, the most completely preserved pharaonic temple in Egypt. This temple is dedicated to Horus where according to myth; Horus avenged the murder of his father Osiris by defeating his uncle, Seth in combat.
Lunchtime sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god and Haroeris the good doctor. This fascinating temple is divided into two and overlooks the Nile.
Dinner and sail onto Aswan for the night.

Day 4

 

Breakfast followed by a visit to the High Dam in Aswan constructed in 1960-1971 to ensure that Egypt continued to flourish and it provides electricity to all the villages along the banks of the Nile. The tour continues with a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk which was originally commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut for the Karnak Temple, lying rooted to the bedrock of pink granite. Finally the tour finishes with a visit to the magical Temple of Isis on Philae Island.
Lunch followed by a relaxing and enjoyable boat trip around Elephantine Island sailing to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener Island. Beautiful plants imported from Africa, India and the Far East can be viewed and admired. Optional tour to the Nubian village is available in the afternoon. Alternatively, maybe the sun deck calls.
Dinner followed by evening entertainment provided by the Nubian folk show. Overnight stay in Aswan.

Day 5

 

Early morning optional excursion to the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel by air/road available, priced at £180pp or by road at £65pp. This impressive site built by Ramses II to show his strength and power, stands on the edge of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, a relaxing morning on the sun deck may better suit.
Lunch followed by a leisurely sail to Esna. Overnight at Esna.
Dinner followed a traditional Galabiya party where guests are invited to dress in Galabiyas and join in the fun.

Day 6

 

Breakfast followed by a visit to the partly excavated Temple of Khnum at Esna, dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum, who was the patron god of the cataracts. He is said to have fashioned mankind from Nile clay on a potter’s wheel. At this temple beautiful astronomical ceilings and the zodiac register can be seen.
Lunch with an afternoon sailing back to Luxor.
Dinner and overnight at Luxor.

Day 7

 

Breakfast followed by a tour of the East Bank with a visit to Luxor Temple, originally joined to Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes many of which can be seen today. Followed by a visit to Karnak the ‘World’s Greatest Open Air Museum’ which covers a huge area and includes several temples, the largest being the Temple of Amun with boasts marvellous attractions at every turn.
Lunch and leisure time with the opportunity to visit the Luxor Museum.
Dinner and overnight in Luxor with an opportunity for an optional Karnak Sound and Light show priced at £22.00 per person.

Day 8

 

Breakfast followed by check out and transfer to Luxor International Airport for your return flight home.

Please Note:

The order or content of your itinerary may have to be amended due to lock closures, low water levels or any other unforeseeable circumstances.

Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £4.00 per person per night which includes coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, engine crew and bar/restaurant staff. Additional tipping is not expected.

 

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