Luxor to Aswan to Luxor

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8 DAYS

 

Aboard the Mövenpick MS Hamees

Experience the great masterworks of Ancient Egypt while cruising along this key length of the River Nile. From the Valley of the Kings at Luxor to the Temple of Philae in Aswan, there is much to marvel at and enjoy.

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DAY 1 – Luxor

Embark at Luxor. Stay onboard overnight at Luxor, with lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 2 – Luxor to Esna

On the west bank, visit the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial ground of many of Egypt's New Kingdom rulers. There, you will find Tutankhamen's tomb which was discovered almost intact in 1922 and the tomb of Ramses IV. Nearby is the Valley of the Queens, the place where wives of Pharaohs were buried. Nefertiti's tomb is said to be one of the most beautiful in Egypt. It is completely painted with scenes depicting Nefertiti being guided by gods. Then to the Temple of Hatshepsut, which sits majestically under massive cliffs, and is dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. Temple reliefs depict the tale of the divine birth of Hatshepsut.

After lunch on the ship, go to the east bank to visit the Karnak Temple complex. Around thirty different pharaohs contributed to building this site, enabling it to reach a size, complexity and diversity not seen elsewhere. It was the New Kingdom's most sacred site.

The ship then sails to Esna. Stay onboard overnight at Esna, enjoying a welcome cocktail and dinner.

 

DAY 3 – Esna to Aswan

The ship sails for Edfu for a visit to the Temple of Horus. The well-preserved temple is the second biggest temple in Egypt. Inspect the impressive hieroglyphs.

The ship sails to Kom Ombo, where a visit is made to the Temple of Kom Ombo. Dedicated to two gods, the temple has two identical entrances, hypostyle halls and sanctuaries. Built on an outcrop at a bend in the Nile where crocodiles used to gather in ancient times, the temple is a testament to the importance Ancient Egyptian priests placed in the natural cycles and crocodiles of the Nile. Visit the temple to see mummified crocodiles, clay coffins and spectacular reliefs on the walls.

The ship sails to Aswan, while the guests enjoy dinner and an oriental show. Stay onboard overnight at Aswan.

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DAY 4 – Aswan

In the morning, visit the High Dam. Prepare yourself for a particularly overwhelming sightseeing experience. At over 3.6 km long, the Aswan High Dam is truly impressive. Next, see the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped to match the original site of the temple which was relocated by UNESCO after the building of the Aswan Dam threatened the site.

Return to the ship for lunch. Sail on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, around El Nabatat Island. Also known as Kitchener’s Island, it was gifted to Lord Kitchener when he was Consul-General in Egypt. The island is now the Aswan Botanical Gardens.

Stay onboard overnight at Aswan, enjoying dinner and a Nubian show.

 

DAY 5 – Aswan

A day to relax, with all meals on board.

 

DAY 6 – Aswan to Edfu

After breakfast and lunch on board, the ship sails to Kom Ombo. Enjoy afternoon tea and a return visit to the Temple of Kom Ombo.

The ship sails for Edfu. Stay onboard overnight at Edfu, enjoying dinner and an oriental show.

 

DAY 7 – Edfu to Luxor

After an early breakfast, enjoy a return visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Return to the ship for lunch, as it sails back to Luxor. Enjoy dinner and a belly dance show. Stay onboard overnight at Luxur.

 

DAY 8 – Luxur

Breakfast on board, then disembark.

After disembarkation, there is still a visit to the east bank and the Karnak Temple complex. Around thirty different pharaohs contributed to building this site, enabling it to reach a size, complexity and diversity not seen elsewhere. It was the New Kingdom's most sacred site. Next go to the Temple of Luxor. It is incredibly rich with details of the past, with stories told of the pharaohs' exploits on the pillars, obelisks and walls.

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Inclusions:

Accommodation onboard

Full board basis

Service charge & VAT.

Exclusions

Sightseeing tours

Any extras, beverages and transfers

FOR MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT:

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Marco Rosa
marco@plateauinternational.com
Mobile +44 7973 876967

 
Marco Rosa