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8 Days
Luxor
Luxor / Aswan
Overview

Enjoy 8 days of absolute bliss and tranquility on our luxurious Merit Dahabeya Nile Cruise that departs from Luxor every Saturday. Join us as we tour and explore some of the Nile Valley’s most treasured ancient attractions. Designed with passion and powered by the wind, a Merit Dahabeya cruise is truly a Nile Dahabeya cruise experience like no other. With only a small number of people on board, you can expect a level of personalized service that just isn’t found on large cruise ships, and it really makes all the difference in the world. sunshine and quiet nights alongside small islands where you can relax under a starry sky.Enjoy the best of Egypt with our premium Nile cruises.

Include
  • 7 Nights Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan
  • Full board on board and soft drinks are included
  • Reception and pick-up service at the airport
  • All entrance fees to the aforementioned attractions
  • All entrance fees of the mentioned sights
  • Local English-speaking tour guide during your tours
  • All service charges and applicable taxes
Exclude
  • Costs for international flights (we will gladly book the flights for you)
  • Sights that are not in the program
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival and check-in / Thebes-Ost

For your 8 days / 7 nights Nile cruise with the Merit Dahabeya you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide after your arrival at the airport in Luxor and accompanied to your Dahabeya and you will embark.

Note:
Your Egypt Holiday service tour guide, is a qualified English-speaking Egyptologist, and will accompany you on board the ship for the entire Nile cruise and will also conduct the sightseeing.

After lunch on board, visit one of the highlights of Luxor, with your guide:

Karnak Temple

The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, Egypt. 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.

Then it goes on to the incomparable:

Luxor Temple

The Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, “the southern sanctuary”. The temple 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). At the Luxor Temple you can see a part of the Sphinx Avenue.

After the sightseeing, the first day ends in Luxor and you will be brought back to your dahabeya. Enjoy your dinner and the first-class service on board in a comfortable atmosphere and look forward to the rest of the program for the next few days.

Day 2- Thebes West

After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will drive to Thebes-West with your guide. The first highlight of the day awaits you

The Valley of The Kings

Also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. It was part of the ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the kings (pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BCE), from Thutmose I to Ramses X. In 1922 Englishman Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun with its golden treasures.

Enjoy this unique valley and the magical atmosphere and go to another magical place –

The Hatshepsut Temple

The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari. Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh who had herself represented pictorially as a male. She served as co-regent with her nephew Thutmose III (c.1479-1425 B.C.E.).

Enjoy the view of Luxor and the Nile Valley from the terraces of the temple, then continue with the drive and with a stop. They visit

The Colossi of Memnon

The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Since 1350 BCE, they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The Colossi Twin Statues are the still standing to welcome the visitors until our day.

You will then be buried back to your dahabeya.

After lunch on board, the Dahabeya leaves for the Esna lock.

(In the afternoon there is no program, just enjoy the ride on the dahabeya from Luxor to Esna. You have enough time to relax on your luxury Dahabeya. Find your favorite spot on the Dahabeya and let the typical Egyptian Nile landscape on unforeseen scenery)

Tip of the day: Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the ancient treasures of Luxor on a Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise over Thebes West. (optional)not to be missed.

Day 3-Edfu Temple

Today you will have an extensive breakfast on board, then a visit to one of the best preserved Temples in Egypt is on the program. You will visit:

The Edfu Temple

A majestic Temple, it has been considered to be the best-preserved cult Temple in Egypt. According to ancient Egyptian mythology, it was the place where the falcon-headed God Horus revenged the murder of his father Osiris by killing Seth. The Temple of Edfu is located on the West Bank of the Nile in Edfu.

After the Edfu Temple, your dreamy journey continues to El Ramady Island, where the Dahabeya will dock and you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4- Kom Ombo/Sheikh Fadel Island

After a leisurely breakfast during the trip, enjoy the wonderful landscape along the Nile to Kom Ombo and in the afternoon visit:

The Kom Ombo Temple

Close to the river Nile, the Kom Ombo Temple was built during the Ptolemaic period between 180 BC and 47 AD. The limestone temple was built by men on elephants and was dedicated to 2 primary Egyptian gods: Sobek and Horus the Elder, gaining it the dual names of ‘House of the Crocodile’ and ‘Castle of the Falcon’.

After visiting the Kom Ombo Temple, we continue by boat to Sheikh Fadel Island, where the Dahabeya docks.

Day 5- Aswan Sightseeing

In the early morning we continue by boat to Aswan.

After your breakfast on board, enjoying the view of the beauty and atmosphere of the city of Aswan with its green islands and red granite rocks. Afterwards, take an excursion around the city with your guide. The first item on the program is a boat trip to the Nile island of Agilika. The last great sanctuary of the ancient Egyptian religion, the magical one, awaits you there

Philae Temple

The Philae Temple was dedicated to Goddess Isis of Love and beauty. The Temple complex was dismantled and relocated to nearby Island of Agilkia Island in Aswan. Is one of the last Temples to ever be built in Egypt. It also contains the remains of Several Ancient Temples. A great deal of information about the mythology of ancient Egypt was known through this temple like the Myth of Osiris.

Then you will visit the high dam that dams the Nile to Lake Nasser, and the construction of which has had many positive and negative effects.

The High Dam

This was built across the Nile at Aswan, and has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt. Aswan High Dam is a water dam located on the Nile River in the southern part of the Republic of Egypt. The dam controls the Nile water flow rate and reduces the effects of its flood. It is also used to generate electricity in Egypt.

Day 6- Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel

Today you have the unique opportunity to take an unforgettable private excursion to Abu Simbel – or you have a day off in Aswan

Abu Simbel is two massive rock-cut Temples in the village of Abu Simbel, A huge 3,000-year-old monument to Ramesses II, the two Temples of Abu Simbel are of the great sun Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari, which was built by Ramses II to his favorite wife Queen Nefertari among his other 200 wives and concubines. This fantastic monument is one of the best places to visit in Egypt.

Day 7- Return Trip

Early in the morning the Dahabeya sets off from Edfu in the direction of Luxor and travels downstream along the Nile. Today you have the whole day on board at leisure. Relax on the sundeck and look back on what you have experienced while the wonderful Nile landscape glides past you. There is a lot to see on the banks of the Nile: fishermen tap their prey into their nets with sticks, farmers drive water buffalo to the shore, women wash their clothes and children wave happily.

Enjoy the boat trip back from Edfu to Luxor and relax on board!

Day 8- Check Out

Today it is time to say goodbye to Luxor and the immortal Nile. After breakfast on board, you will leave your dahabeya and transfer to Luxor Airport, then fly back home.

Price

 

  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin 2675 $ 3025 $
Double room / cabin  1625 $  1875 $