07 Nights / 08 Days

Day 1

Arrival Luxor Airport. Our representative will meet you upon arrival to assist you through the airport customs and formalities. Transfer to Cruise 07Nts - 08Dys Luxor / Aswan / Luxor on F/B basis. Buffet lunch on board. Afternoon tea on board. Dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 2

Breakfast on board. Visit the East Bank. Karnak with its beautiful temple of Amun-Re and Luxor temple. Highlights of Luxor are both Karnak and Luxor temples as well as the west bank which includes the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and many other interesting sites. 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. The Open Air Museum is located to the north of the first courtyard, across from the Sacred Lake. Sailing to Edfu via Esna Lock. Lunch on board. Afternoon tea on board. Dinner on board. Overnight in Edfu.

Day 3

Breakfast on board. Sail to Edfu. Visit the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god is the best preserved temples in Egypt. Built during the Greco-Roman period in 237 B.C. The town of Edfu is located on the west back of the Nile River, some sixty miles south of Luxor, with Aswan further south. Its ancient name was Wetjeset-Hrw, or "The Place Where Horus is extolled." Sail to Komombo. Lunch on board. Afternoon tea on board. Buffet dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.

Day 4

Breakfast on board. Morning visit the high Dam, Old 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. The High Dam created a 30% increase in the cultivatable land in Egypt, and raised the water table for the Shara as far away as Algeria. The electricity producing capability of the Dam doubled Egypt's available supply. The High Dam added a whole new aspect to Egypt, and a new environment as well. The lake is some 500 miles long and at the time it was built, if not now, was the world's largest artificial lake. Unfinished Obelisk, it is a huge obelisk incompletely carved, about 41 meters high and more than 1150 tons weight. It owes its importance to the fact that it shows the techniques the ancient Egyptians used in carving obelisks. There is the Fatimid cemetery which includes hundreds of tombs built of mud brick that dates back to the ninth century. Lunch on board. Afternoon visit the Botanical Garden by Felucca. Dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.

Day 5

Breakfast on board. Morning visit the temple of Philae was dedicated preeminently to Isis, sister-wife to Osiris, and patroness of the Ptolemaic rule. Although Isis was the major deity honored therein, the location of the island on the frontier between Egypt and Nubia meant that cults of Nubia were also featured on the island, represented by significant cult buildings. Lunch on board. Afternoon tea on Board. Dinner on board.

Day 6

Breakfast on board. Sailing to Komombo. Morning visit Komombo temple was called both "House of the Crocodile" and "Castle of the Falcon". An imaginary line divides the temple longitudinally into two parts, each with its entrance, hypostyle halls, chapels, etc. The right part of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god SOBEK,the left to the god HAROERIS. whose winged disk that protects from all evils is depicted over all the entrance portals. This temple, too, was the work of the Ptolemies who built it on the site of a much older and smaller sanctuary of which little remains. Afternoon tea on board. Dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 7

Breakfast on board. Visit the West Bank. The Valley of the Kings; Tombs of the Pharaohs Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Also abandoned were the pyramid style tombs. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The Valley of the Queens is located on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes). There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al- Harim. These belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. The temple of Queen Hatchepsut (Deir El Bahari) & the Collossi of Memnon. Lunch on board. Afternoon tea on board. Dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 8

Breakfast on board. Check out after Breakfast. {Itineraries for the cruise may be changed without a prior notice due to navigational circumstances, may be in sequences but not in visits}. Transfer to Luxor Airport for the final departure.

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