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EXCURSIONS

Excursion plan for the Nile cruises: 7 nights cruise – embarkation in Luxor.

DAY 1

Arrival in Luxor

The Nile cruise begins in Luxor, the illustrious ancient Oriental metropolis. There, guests will board one of the most luxurious Nile cruise ships.

Guests enjoy their first lunch on board. In the afternoon, there will be time to take a private stroll and discover Luxor. Dinner and overnight stay on board in Luxor.

 

 

DAY 2

Luxor – West Thebes

After breakfast on board, guests will cross the Nile to the western bank of Thebes, for a visit to the impressive valley of the Kings. The antique wall paintings in the tombs recreate the journey to heaven most impressively (the visit to the tomb of Tutankhamun is an optional extra). View the imposing terrace temple of Queen Hatschepsut, as well as the Colossi of Memnon, which welcome visitors from afar. In the afternoon, the ship sails onwards to Edfu via Esna. Meals and overnight stay on board.

 

 

DAY 3

Edfu / Kom Ombo

Today, the ship will remain anchored in Edfu. In the morning, guests will visit the temple of the sun god Horus, which is famous for being the country’s best preserved temple. After the tour, guests continue down river to Kom Ombo, for a visit to the impressive double temple of the crocodile-headed god Sobek, subsequently enjoying the archaic landscape of the River Nile on the continued journey to Aswan. Meals and overnight stay on board.

 

 

DAY 4

Aswan

The tour continues with a motorboat ride to the island of Agilika, where the Temple of Philae, devoted to the goddess Isis, is located. This is followed by a visit to the famous Aswan dam, built at the turn of the last century. Admire the unfinished obelisk in the ancient granite bedrock on the eastern banks of the Nile. The afternoon will be spent on a romantic ride in a felucca on the Nile. In the evening, visit the impressive sound and light show in the Temple of Philae (optional extra). Meals and overnight stay on board.

 

 

DAY 5

Aswan and its surroundings

A free day; visit the picturesque, lively Souk in Aswan or enjoy a trip to Abu Simbel (not included in the package), site of two of Egypt’s most imposing temples, that of Ramses II and the smaller temple dedicated to his wife, Nefertari. Both temples are good examples of the outstanding skills of Egyptian architects. Meals and overnight stay on board.

 

 

DAY 6

Nile cruise back to Luxor

Relax on the bright sundeck of your Nile cruise ship, and enjoy the sunny landscape along the Nile. The ship will reach Luxor late in the evening. Meals and overnight stay on board.

 

 

DAY 7

Luxor

After breakfast, guests will pay a visit one of the biggest sacred buildings in the world, the maze-like temple complex of Karnak with its impressive colonnades, following this up with a tour of the conveniently located Luxor temple. Afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to visit the outstanding sound and light show in the Karnak temple (optional extra). Meals and overnight stay on board in Luxor.

 

 

Please note that the embarkation day in Luxor is required as a result of the day on which you arrive in Hurghada. After a direct flight to Hurghada, you will be transferred from Hurghada to Luxor by bus. The precise starting time for your Nile cruise will depend on your place and time of arrival in addition to the Nile cruise ship on which you are booked. You will be transferred from your hotel for embarkation in Luxor and back via modern, luxury coaches, equipped with air-conditioning facilities.

 

 

Important Information

 

The lock of Esna will be closed for 2 or 3 weeks in December and June for

annual renovation work. In this case the Check-in and Check-out will take

place in Esna.

 

In case of windy weather or lack at wind the Feluccas in Aswan can not sail

on the Nile. In this case the trip will be organized by motorboats.

 

Changes in the order of the cruise itinerary are possible but the whole

character of the program remains the same.

 

Tipping in Egypt is a common subject. A small amount is usually collected by

the tour leaders on board, so that all ship crew can benefit of it.

 

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