Nile River Cruise

Highlights:

  • Nile cruise
  • Luxor East Bank
  • Luxor West Bank
  • Edfu emple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Unfinished Obelisk
  • Felucca ride in Aswan

Nile River Cruise
4 Nights / 5 Days

Day 1 {Monday, Thursday or Saturday}:
Pick up from Luxor Airport or train station or hotel and transfer to your Nile cruise
for embarkation before lunch.
After lunch meet your guide at the reception and start visiting the East Bank (Luxor
Temple, it was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by
Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added to by
Rameses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to
Alexander the Great (332-305 BC), then proceed to visit Karnak Temple, Cult
temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The largest religious building ever
constructed. The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of
places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and
dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still
capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must
have been awe-inspiring.
Dinner and overnight onboard in Luxor.
– Meals included today: Lunch and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.

Day 2:
Breakfast, join your guide and start visiting the West Bank (Colossi of Memnun,
which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in
Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII, then visit valley of The Kings, it was part of the
ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the kings (Pharaohs) of
the 18 th , 19 th and 20 th dynasties (1539–1075 BC), from Thutmose I to Ramses X.
Located in the hills behind Dayr al-Baḥrī, the 62 known tombs exhibit variety both
in plan and in decoration. In 1979 UNESCO designated the valley part of the World
Heritage Site of ancient Thebes, which also includes Luxor, the valley of the Queens
and Karnak. After that visit Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari where the eyes
first focus on the dramatic rugged limestone cliffs that rise nearly 300m above the
desert plain, only to realize that at the foot of all this immense beauty lies a

monument even more extraordinary. The almost-modern-looking temple blends in
beautifully with the cliffs from which it is partly cut. Back to Nile cruise for lunch.
Cross Esna lock and then sail to Edfu.
Dinner and overnight onboard in Edfu.
(Optional early morning: Hot Air Balloon ride in Luxor)
– Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and
Colossi of Memnun
Day 3:
Breakfast, join your guide and start visiting Edfu Temple also known as Horus
Temple, This temple has one of the best surviving pylons among temples in Egypt
today. It is 37m high and decorated with battle scenes, representing King Ptolemy
VIII smiting his enemies before the god Horus. Next, there is an open courtyard
that contains columns with floral capitals on three sides. This court was open to the
public and was known as the court of the offerings, the place where people could
give their offering to the statue of the god, Lunch onboard during sailing to Kom
ombo. Upon arrival in Kom ombo, join your guide and visit Kom ombo Temple,
which is an unusual double temple. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic
dynasty, 180–47 BC. Back to Nile cruise.
Dinner during sailing to Aswan. Overnight onboard in Aswan.
– Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: Edfu Temple & Kom ombo Temple.
Day 4:
Breakfast onboard, then join your guide and start visiting The High Dam, the
world’s largest dam which was constructed in 1970, this dam borders Egypt and
Sudan, then head to visit the largest known Egyptian obelisk is called the
“unfinished obelisk”, which today can be found exactly where it was once semi-
carved from the solid bedrock. This stone block was intended to be a 120ft / 36m
tall obelisk. It is estimated that a block of granite this size would easily weigh more
than a 1000 tons, some geologists have suggested a figure in the region of 1100
tons – 1150 tons.
Unfortunately this obelisk was never finished because during the process to remove
the block of stone from its mother bedrock, a huge crack appeared that made the

stone unusable. Then continue to visit one of Nubia’s most important monument
sites, the Temples of Philae, 12 kilometers south of Aswan, was an ancient
pilgrimage center for the cult of Isis and dazzled travelers with its power for
centuries. This sacred site was venerated from the Pharaonic era up to the Greek,
Roman, and Byzantine periods with each ruler adding their own stamp onto the
stones here. Saved from a watery grave by UNESCO rescue project, which
transferred the monuments block by block from Philae Island to Agilika Island,
today, the temples continue to work their charm on all who visit.
After lunch enjoy a felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan
Mausoleum. Back to the cruise, have dinner.
Overnight onboard in Aswan.
– Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: High Dam, Unfinished obelisk, Philae Temple and
Felucca ride.
Day 5:
Breakfast onboard of cruise, then disembarkation. After that transfer to Aswan
Airport or train station or Hotel.
(Optional early morning: over day tour visiting Abu Simbel Temple)
– Meals included today: Breakfast

Inclusions:

  • Four nights on board Nile River Cruise including breakfast, lunch and
    dinner.
  • Pick up from Luxor Airport or train station to Nile cruise.
  • Pick up from Nile cruise to Aswan Airport or train station.
  • Visit East Bank (Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple)
  • Visit West Bank (Colossi of Memnun, Valley of the kings & Queen
    Hatshepsut Temple)
  • Visit Edfu Temple.
  • Visit Kom ombo Temple.
  • Visit Aswan & High Dam.
  • Visit Philae Temple.
  • Visit the unfinished obelisk.
  • Enjoy a Felucca Ride around Kitchener’s Island.
  • All sightseeing tours are provided by English speaking Licensed Egyptologist.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions during your Nile River Cruise.
  • All entrance fees.
  • All taxes.

Exclusions:

  • International flight ticket.
  • Internal flight ticket.
  • Visa fee on arrival at Cairo airport USD 25 Per Person.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • Drinks during meals.
  • Any optional tours.
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