Day 1- Luxor East Bank
Upon reaching Luxor's transportation hub, you'll be personally escorted to your Nile Cruise via a private air-conditioned vehicle. The boarding process will be completed before noon. In the afternoon, you're set to explore Luxor's East bank, which includes the vast Karnak Temples Complex, the most enormous edifices ever constructed in human history. The main structure is dedicated to the deity Amun Ra, as it was thought of as the terrestrial dwelling of the god. The oldest parts of the structure can be traced back to the middle kingdom, with some indications pointing to even earlier structures from the 3rd dynasty. Later, your journey takes you to the Luxor Temple, a magnificent monument constructed by a ruler of the 12th dynasty and completed by the famed King Ramses II. Situated in the core of ancient Thebes, this temple, similar to Karnak, was devoted to the primary deity, Amun Re.
Upon concluding your day's excursion, you'll be escorted back to your vessel for relaxation and rejuvenation. In the evening, the crew will organize an Egyptian folkloric performance. A meal will be provided and you'll stay overnight in Luxor. (L-D) Note: Should your arrival in Luxor be particularly early, we will initiate the tour immediately upon arrival. This is because the cruise check-in is at 12:00, and we aim to prevent our guests from squandering their time waiting in the lobby for check-in.
Day 2- Luxor west Bank -sail to Edfu
Begin your day with breakfast aboard the Nile cruise. Following that, set out on a captivating journey through Thebes, a land deemed sacred, by exploring Luxor's west bank. This includes the Valley of the Kings, regarded as the royal burial ground of Theban monarchs and rulers from ancient Egypt and the final resting place of our Pharaohs. Moving on, your next stop will be the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. This temple is recognized as one of the finest examples of ancient Egyptian architecture due to its unique feature of being completely carved into the mountain. Concluding your tour, you'll visit the Colossi of Memnon, belonging to King Amenhotep III. After your tour, head back to your ship for lunch. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. End your day with dinner and an overnight stay on the cruise.
Day 3- Edfu-Kom ombo- sail to Aswan
Start your day with breakfast aboard your Nile cruise. Your guide will then lead you on an enigmatic journey to the land of mysteries. The first stop on today's guided tour is one of Egypt's most magnificent temples, the Temple of Horus in Edfu, renowned for its exceptional preservation. Following the visit, you'll return to your ship as lunch is served en route to Kom Ombo.
In the afternoon, you'll continue your journey to the Temple of Kom Ombo, a place where devotion was once given to the two deities Sobek & Haroeris. After your exploration, head back to your ship for a delectable lunch.
Savor the beauty of the Nile from the sun deck, observing the unparalleled landscapes of this majestic river. It was along these banks that ancient Egyptian civilization sprang up and thrived.
A sumptuous dinner will be served on board as you sail towards Aswan. You'll arrive late in the evening and spend the night there.
Day 4- Aswan city tour
Your ship will provide breakfast for you. Following this, an Egyptologist guide will accompany you on a tour of the grand city of Aswan. This includes The High Dam, a significant structure built by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1960 AD to shield Egypt from Nile floods. Afterward, a motorboat will take you on a journey down the Nile River until you arrive at Agilika Island. Here, you'll explore the Temple of Philae, constructed during the Gaeco-Roman era and devoted to the goddess Isis (mother of the god Horus). Your final stop will be one of Aswan's exceptional attractions, The Unfinished Obelisk. Carved from red granite, it was dedicated to the god Amun Ra. Once your day's tour concludes, you'll return to your ship where lunch, afternoon tea will be served. Enjoy your free time in the evening. Your night concludes with dinner and an overnight stay in Aswan.
Day 5- Disembarkation from cruise
After you've enjoyed your breakfast, our representative will escort you to the Aswan airport or station for your flight to Cairo (Breakfast).
There's an optional tour: a trip to the temples of Abu Simbel, either by private car or domestic flight. Our English-speaking guide in Aswan will meet you and take you to Abu Simble in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Located on the western bank of the Nile, Abu Simble is 180 miles south of the First Cataract in what used to be Nubia and was known as Meha in ancient times. The location was first noted in written records during the 18th Dynasty, courtesy of Ay and Horemheb who had rock-cut chapels carved into the southern hillsides. Once there, you can explore the Abu Simbel Temples, constructed by the renowned Pharaoh Ramses II. The larger temple, known as the Great Temple, was dedicated to the esteemed god Rahorakhty by Ramesses II. The smaller one was dedicated to none other than Ramses II himself and his stunning queen, Nefertari. Upon completion of your tour, we'll return to Aswan.
Once you reach Aswan, a private air-conditioned vehicle will transport you to the hotel of your choice for check-in and relaxation. Alternatively, you may be taken to Aswan Airport to board your local flight to Cairo.