Package 2

Itinerary


Included in your Nile Cruise holiday are visits to:
The Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak and Luxor Temples, Nubian Museum, Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple, Denderah Temple
Day 1
Day 1 - Luxor
Fly direct to Luxor to join your cruiseboat. The obliging crew will be waiting to welcome you aboard.
Day 2
Day 2 - Luxor - West Bank - Edfu
Visit the famous Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut.
What better way to begin your Nile cruise than by exploring one of Egypt's most famous archaeological sites, the hauntingly beautiful Valley of the Kings? The rocky crags and crevices of the Theban Hills play host to the tombs of over 700 pharaohs. It was within this desolate canyon that countless mummies were sealed in burial chambers as part of their journey to the 'afterlife'. Close by lies the breathtaking Temple of Queen Hatchepsut. Known in ancient times as the 'splendour of splendours', the shrine is carved into a solid rock face and is sure to fill you with awe. Complete your West Bank discoveries with a trip out to the Colossi of Memnon. These two gigantic enthroned figures have been attracting holidaymakers for centuries - they were a particular favourite with Greek and Roman visitors during antiquity.
Day 3
Day 3 - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
Visit one of the Nile's "must-see" sites - the mammoth Temple of Horus
Two enormous black granite falcons keep a lonely vigil at the entrance to the majestic Temple of Horus at Edfu. Devoted to the god of the sky, Horus, this ancient shrine is incredibly well preserved and provides a real insight as to how ancient Egyptian temples must have once looked in all their glory. Wander through the temple and imagine how it must have looked in its heyday during a festival adorned with flowers and scented with incense. Then, sailing on to Kom Ombo, explore the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Honouring the crocodile-headed god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Haroeris, the shrine boasts a symmetrical design. Make sure you take a look in on the Chapel of Hathor, home to some mummified crocodiles.
Day 4
Day 4 - Aswan
A visit to Aswan High Dam - Temple of Philae - Boat trip
Standing at over 300ft tall, the Aswan High Dam is a true feat of modern engineering. Built during the 1960's, it used 18 times more material than the gargantuan Great Pyramid in Cairo. From the top of this immense barrage you can take in unbroken views out across Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake. Nestled among its lush palm groves are a number of Nubian houses painted bright blue, pink and yellow.
Day 5
Day 5 - Aswan - Esna
A day to relax or to take the opportunity to visit Abu Simbel - Nubian Village.
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Aswan or alternatively join the optional excursion out to Abu Simbel to see the towering figures of gods and pharaohs which adorn the facade of the Temple of Ramses II.
Day 6
Day 6 - Esna - Luxor: East Bank excursion
Boasting immense pillars and steadfast pylons, the sandy-coloured remains of Luxor Temple perfectly complement the verdant banks of the Nile.
The first thing that strikes you about Karnak Temple is its sheer size. Large enough to contain no fewer than 10 cathedrals and covering an area of over 100 acres, it's hard not to be bowled over by its enormity. Built over the course of thirteen centuries, the complex comprises three separate temples. Be sure not to miss the famous Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of gigantic columns. Round off your day of sightseeing with a trip to Luxor Temple. Enjoying a romantic waterfront setting, the shrine stands proud in the heart of Luxor itself and nowadays incorporates a mosque and the remains of a Roman fort.
Day 7
Day 7 - Luxor - Qena - Luxor
Sailing on to Qena, explore the remains of the Temple of Denderah.
The edifice was built in honour of the cow-headed goddess of love and happiness, Hathor. Although the shrine appears to be ancient Egyptian in design, the Romans in fact constructed it during their occupation of Egypt. Testament to this are the highly detailed reliefs in the Hypostyle Hall which depict the Emperor Tiberius in his role as pharaoh.
Day 8
Day 8 - Luxor
Returning to Luxor, your Nile cruise comes to an end.
From here you'll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Alternatively choose to extend your holiday in Egypt in either Luxor or the resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea Riviera.
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