Transfer from Luxor International Airport to the MS Royal Esadora. Dinner on board or for late arrivals a light snack will be served. Overnight in Luxor.
Breakfast on board, early morning visit to 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. Lunch on board as the boat sets sail to Esna dinner on board. Overnight in 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 cataracts. Continue the journey south, for a brief stop at Edfu before sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the temple before dinner. 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. Sail to Aswan and overnight in Aswan.
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 and afternoon at leisure with an opportunity to revisit the Temple of Philae for an optional sound and light show in the evening priced at approx. £25pp.
After breakfast there is the option of a morning at leisure or an early morning optional visit to Abu Simbel (priced at approx £95pp by road or £270pp by air). This impressive temple, built by Rameses II stands on the banks of Lake Nasser. After lunch on board, there is a relaxing boat trip around Elephantine Island to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener Island. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.
Morning at leisure. Lunch on board and then set sail to Kom Ombo. After a brief stop at Kom Ombo, continue sailing to Edfu and overnight.
Breakfast on board as the boat sails to Esna and then Luxor to arrive in the afternoon. Lunch on board followed by a visit to the ‘world’s largest greatest open air museum’ at Karnak Temple, which covers a large area of land and includes several temples, the largest of them being the Temple of Amun. One last visit to Luxor Temple returning to the boat for dinner and last night on board.
Optional early morning balloon ride for the adventurous priced at approx. £120pp. Breakfast on board followed by check-out and onward transfer to the airport or next destination.
Please note: the order or content of your itinerary may be amended due to lock closures, low water levels or any other unforeseeable circumstances.
Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £5.00 per person per night which is for the coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, crew and bar/restaurant staff.
Additional tipping is not expected.