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4 Days / 3 Nights
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Luxor
Luxor / Aswan
Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Nile Cruise from Luxor

Experience this Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan with trips to Egypt and discover the secrets of the Pharaohs on the Nile. Explore the Valley of the Kings and the world’s largest temple complex, the Karnak Temple, on an exciting and informative Nile cruise from Luxor, admire the imposing Temple of Philae in Aswan and be enchanted by the landscape on the Nile. And that in a small group with a maximum of 8 participants, accompanied and led by a qualified Egyptology.

Include
  • 7 Nights on a 5 star Nile cruise boat
  • Full board on board
  • Meet and assist service upon arrival & departure
  • All transfers by modern air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • Entrance fees to all sights between Luxor and Aswan
  • English-speaking tour guide during your excursions
  • All service charges and taxes
Exclude
  • International flight costs (we are happy to book the flights for you)
  • Excursion to Abu Simble (optionally bookable)
  • Any extras not mentioned in the program
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival & Check-in

For your Nile cruise from Luxor, fly to Luxor today . Upon arrival at Luxor Airport, your guide will meet you and take you to your 5 star boat.

Day 2East Bank Luxor

After breakfast on the ship, you will visit today with your guide:

The Karnak Temple
It is the largest temple complex ever built. Here the ancient Egyptians immortalized the holy family of Thebes, Amun-Re, his wife Mut and the son Chonsu. The complete construction time of the temple lasted over 2000 years. Among the most significant areas of the temple is the large columned hall with 134 papyrus columns, built by Seteth and completed by Ramses II.

The Luxor Temple
In the heart of the city of Luxor, you will find the Luxor Temple, built by Amemophis III. and Ramses II was built. Even Alexander the Great built a chapel for the ancient Egyptian gods. At that time, the Ancient Egyptians celebrated here the most important festival in Thebes, the Opetfest. In 1989, archaeologists happened to find an underground chamber with very well-preserved statues, which are now exhibited in the Luxor Museum. At the Luxor Temple you can see a part of the Sphinx Avenue, which connected the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple at that time.

After lunch, the boat will depart for Edfu via the sluice town of Esna.
(Afternoon is not a program, just enjoy the boat trip from Luxor to Edfu)

Day 3Edfu and Kom Ombo

After breakfast on the boat you will visit:

The Edfu Temple
He was built by the Ptolemies for the falcon god Horus from 237 to 57 BC. Built. Until 1860 AD, the temple was hidden under the sand and Nile mud, only then it was exposed by the Frenchman Mariette. Every year, the wedding of Horus of Edfu with the Hathor of Dendara, as well as the feast of the victory of Horus over Seth, were celebrated here.

After visiting the Edfu Temple, the boat will depart to Kom Ombo and in the afternoon visit:

The Kom Ombo Temple
It is the only double temple in Egypt where the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus were consecrated. The ruins of the temple were for a long time spilled over half by sand. They were first uncovered and restored in 1893. The temple was built during the Greek period from 304 to 31 BC. And hundreds of mummified crocodiles were found around the temple.
Afterwards you continue by boat to Aswan.

Day 4Aswan Sightseeing

In Aswan you visit today with the tour guide:

Philae Temple
The Philae or Isis Temple stood on Philae Island south of Aswan, and after the construction of the high dam, the temple was under water for several months of the year. Therefore, the temple was transferred to the neighboring island of Agilika from 1977 to 1980. In 553 AD, the temple served as a church, so much of the relief in the temple was destroyed.

The High Dam
The construction of the high dam was initiated by President Nasser and lasted from 1960 to 1971, creating one of the largest reservoirs in the world, 500 km long and 32 km wide, at the widest point. The dam is more than 3800 meters long and 111 meters high, at the sole 980 meters and at the crown about 40 meters wide.

In the afternoon you have free time.

Day 5Optional Excursion to Abu Simble

Today you have free or you have the opportunity for a private excursion to Abu Simbel.

The two temples of Abu Simble were built by Ramses II in 1260 BC. built and were under the sand until 1817, then the Italian Belzoni has freed the two temples from the sand. The Ramses temple extends 60 meters directly into the rock and has a height of 30 m. The temple of Nefertari is 21 m deep and 12 m high. After the construction of the dam, both temples were moved 62 m higher in the years 1964-1968 to protect them from flooding by the reservoir.

You will drive to Abu Simble early in the morning with a private vehicle and your private tour guide. On the way there you can experience the sunrise in the desert and on the way back you can admire the nature view.

Day 6Free Day

Enjoy sailing back trip by boat from Aswan to Luxor and relax on board.

Day 7West Bank Luxor

Today we visit the highlights of Thebes-West:

The Valley of the Kings
Let yourself be enchanted by the more than 3000 years old, wonderful murals in the tombs of the Pharaohs. So far, 64 graves have been found in the Valley of the Kings, of which you can visit three. In the Valley of the Kings are the tombs of the kings of the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC 18 to 20 dynasty) to find. In 1922 Englishman Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tut Anch Amun with its golden treasures.

The Hatshepsut Temple
The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut dates back to the 18th Dynasty, 1470 BC. She had her impressive terrace temple built by the architect Senenmut. She was always portrayed as a man, which can be clearly seen from the very well preserved statues in the temple. In Christian times a temple was built on the temple, which was used until the 11th century. In the 19th century, the monastery ruins were demolished.

The Memnon Colossi
The Memnon colossi are two side by side ancient Egyptian colossal statues, about 18 m. high from the 14th century BC Both statues represent Amenhotep III and were located at the entrance of his temple.

Day 8Check Out - Return Home

Today you’ll disembark the Nile cruise boat, then transfer to Luxor Airport.

Prices
  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin  820 $  880 $
Double room / cabin  595 $  650 $

5 * standard

Nile cruise: MS Crown Empress, MS Royal Esadora, MS Emilio

Embarkation from Luxor: Saturday, Monday and Thursday

Embark from Aswan: Friday, Monday and Wednesday

  Summer (May 1st to September 30th) Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)
Single room / cabin  1165 $  1270 $
Double room / cabin  845 $  920 $

5 * deluxe

Nile cruise: MS Steigenberger Legacy, MS Amwaj, MS Esmeralda

Embarkation from Luxor: Saturday, Monday and Thursday

Embark from Aswan: Friday, Monday and Wednesday