|DAY 1: Mon - Luxor, Optional Luxor Full Day
Early morning flight from Cairo to Luxor Egypt (included with our air & land option), arrival to Luxor and transfer to your luxury cruise ship, Emabarkation before Lunch at 11:00. Lunch on board.
Free time at leisure or choose our optional tour (Full Day Luxor Tour $85 P.P). The Luxor Museum is built on two levels with a ramp leading from the ground floor to the upper floor and contains artefacts from around the Theban area. Many of the free-standing granite statues depict kings, queens, and high-status officials who left their images in the Theban temples. Tutankhamun of course is well-represented by some of the objects from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings which are not currently on display in the Cairo Museum. Included among these is the famous majestic head of a cow goddess, of resin and gilded wood, which is one of the first items the visitor will see when entering the museum. There are exhibits of funerary stelae, offering tables, papyri, tomb furniture, a cartonage mummy-case and many small statuettes and shabtis. In glass cases in the centre of the upper floor are smaller objects such as jewellery, funerary and ritual items and artefacts from daily life. The Ramesseum, this temple is built by Ramesses II. It was rival to his temple in Abu Simbel. Sadly enough, this once-a-great mortuary temple is in ruins. The debris though is still interesting, so romantic and inspiring. Madinat Habu, in ancient times Madinat Habu was known as Djanet and according to ancient belief was the place were Amon first appeared. Both Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III built a temple dedicated to Amon here and Later Rameses III constructed his larger memorial temple on the site. Afternoon tea, dinner on Cruise ship board, dancing Music, overnight in Luxor Egypt. ( L, D )
|DAY 2: Tue- Luxor, Esna (Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride)
Wake-up call, Optional (Hot Air Balloon Ride in Luxor $145). As the sun rises over Luxor, so can you, aboard an optional hot-air balloon ride. The sights, sounds, and sheer spectacle of seeing these antiquities from the sky will surely make for a morning youll remember forever.
Breakfast on board. Visit the West Bank of Luxor Egypt. Starting with Valley of Kings, with its many tombs chiseled deep into the Cliffside. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, the Memphis area and pyramid-style tombs were abandoned in favor of the West Bank of the Nile in Thebes. Several great leaders as well as many less important rulers are buried here, and more tombs are being discovered even today. This is where Howard Carter discovered the treasures of Tutankhamen and was struck dumb with amazement when he be held its wonderful things in 1922.
Proceed to The funerary temple of Queen Hatshipsut at Deir El Bahari. The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of the most dramatically situated in the world. The queens architect, Senenmut, designed it and set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the Peak of the Thebes, the Lover of Silence where the goddess who presided over the necropolis lived.
Last stop will be at the Colossi of Memnon. Amenhotep III (18th Dynasty) built a mortuary temple in Thebes that was guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains now are the 23 meter (75 ft) high, one thousand ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive.
Lunch on board, Sail to Esna, Free time at Leisure, Afternoon Tea, Captains Welcome Cocktail, Dinner on board, Folkloric Show (Rababa Show). Overnight in Esna. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 3: Wed - Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo
Sail to Edfu at 05:00 AM, Breakfast on Cruise ship board, Visit Horus Temple in Edfu, also known as the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, (237 B.C.) considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies. We have a great deal of information about its construction from reliefs on outer areas. It was begun in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes I and was finished in 57 BC. Most of the work continued throughout this period with a brief interlude of 20 years while there was unrest during the period of Ptolemy IV and Ptolemy V Epiphanes. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but the second largest after Karnak. It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth. Hence, the current temple was but the last in a long series of temples build on this location.
Sail to Kom Ombo, Lunch on board, Free time at leisure, Afternoon Tea, Dinner on board, Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Kom Ombo. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 4: Thu - Kom Ombo, Aswan
Sail to Aswan Egypt, Breakfast on board, Visit the Aswan High Dam, Located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and, together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British between 1898 and 1902, 6km down river, wonderful views for visitors. From the top of the two Mile long High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nassar, the huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.
Proceed to the Unfinished Obelisk, much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are many inscriptions, many of which describe successful quarrying projects. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Possibly intended as a companion to the Lateran Obelisk, originally at Karnak but now in Rome, it would have weighed over 2.3 million pounds and would have been the world`s largest piece of stone ever handled. However, a crack in the stone occurred, which caused it to be abandoned. Tools left by its builders have given us much insight into how such work was performed. The site has recently been renovated and equipped with tourist facilities.
Last stop will be at the Philae Temple, Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines and sanctuaries, which include The Vestibule of Nectanebos I which is used as the entrance to the island, the Temple of the Emperor Hadrian, a Temple of Hathor, Trajans Kiosk (Pharaohs Bed), a birth house and two pylons celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth. The Victorian world fell in love with the romance of the Temple.
Lunch on board, Sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitcheners Island, Aternoon Tea, Dinner on Cruise ship board, Belly Dance Show and Egyptian Folkloric Show. Overnight in Aswan. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 5: Fri - Aswan, Optional Abu Simbel, Optional Sound & Light Show
Breakfast on board, Free time at leisure or choose our optional tour (Abu Simbel by air $220 P.P). Situated 280km south of Aswan. Exploring the magnificent monuments carved into solid rock 3,000 years ago. In a monumental feat of modern engineering, these massive temples were moved to their present location when construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1960 created Lake Nasser and flooded their original location. This extraordinary operation to save one of the world`s greatest treasures took years and the efforts of an international team of engineers and archaeologists. The two temples at Abu Simbel were built by Egypt`s great Pharaoh Ramses II (Egypt`s longest-ruling king) as a tribute to the deities and his favorite wife Nefertari. Four colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun, are of the pharaoh himself, with his queen and daughters at his feet. More tremendous statues surround you as you enter the temple. And in the very depths of the temple, Ramses sits in state flanked by the gods to whom the construction is dedicated.
Fly back to Aswan. Lunch on board, Free time at leisure, Afternoon Tea, Optional (Sound & Light Show at Philae Teple $45 P.P). Inaugurated in 1985, Spectators are taken on a Nile cruise to discover the natural beauty of the area all The way to the Philae Island. The show describes the temples with their arcades and inscriptions besides telling the story of how they were rescued and restored. It also deals with the history of Aswan, The grandeur of Noba, The Sacredness of The Nile and the loyalty and nobility of Isiss message. Dinner on board. Nubian Show. Overnight in Aswan Egypt. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 6: Sat - Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna
Breakfast on board, Sail to Kom Ombo maximum at 07:00 am, Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haerories in Kom Ombo, Located in the town of Kom-Ombo, about 28 miles north of Aswan Egypt, the Temple, dating to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor in the early second century BC. Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. The outer enclosure wall and part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC, and are mostly gone. There are also tombs from the Old Kingdom in the vicinity of Kom-Ombo village.
Lunch on board, Afternoon Tea, Sail to Edfu, Dinner on board, Sail to Esna, Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Esna. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 7: Sun - Esna, Luxor, Optional Sound & Light Show
Sail to Luxor Egypt, Breakfast on board, Visit the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the Karnak Temple, In ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution led by Akhenaten, it rose to its apex. In the reign of Ramesses III, more than two thirds of the property owned by the temples belonged to Amun, evidenced by the stupendous buildings at Karnak. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 ha (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning "The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places". This vast complex was built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls.
Proceed to visit the Temple of Luxor, built by the two pharaohs, Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Ancient Thebes was a center of festivals, and the Temple of Luxor was the setting for the most important-the festival of Opet, designed to merge the ruler`s human and divine aspects. The temple was dedicated to Amun-Ra, whose marriage to Mut was celebrated annually, when the sacred procession moved by boat from Karnak to Luxor Temple.
Lunch on board, Afternoon Tea, Evening optional (Sound & Light Show L14 - $40 P.P). Inaugurated in 1972 the Sound and Light Show in the Temple of Karnak begins with a historical introduction covering the birth of the great city of Thebes and the construction of the Temple. Depicting the glorious achievement of the Pharaohs, spectators listen to the lyrical and poetic descriptions of artistic treasures, grand festivals, heroic deeds and literature of the times. The show is presented in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, and Japanese. Dinner on board, Belly Dance Show. Overnight in Luxor Egypt. ( B, L, D )
|DAY 8: Sat - Luxor, Cairo
Breakfast and check out from your Nile Cruise, transfer to Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo (included with our air & land option). ( B )
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