Join an exciting Nile Cruise adventure, exploring the Ancient History of Upper Egypt in Luxor and Aswan starting with the famous sites in Luxor including Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple and the West Bank Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens and Colossi Of Memnon. Then a relaxing informative cruise along the Nile stopping at Edfu temple and Kom Ombo temple until reaching colorful Aswan and it’s delightful Nubian Culture and sites. Visits to Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple and The Unfinished Obelisk are all included. A total contrast to your Red Sea holiday and a nice break to explore!
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► Day 1- Marsa alam to Luxor Nile Cruise Luxor Sightseeing
El gounatours Representative will meet and assist you at your hotel in marsa Alam for your transfer to Luxor (about 4 hours driving in the eastern desert). Arrive Luxor and then met and accompanied by your expert Egyptologist Tour Guide for a journey back in time on the East Bank of the Nile in Luxor to Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple then transfer to the Nile cruise boat in Luxor for embarkation and lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner on board the Nile cruise in Luxor - Optional Sound and Light Show at the Karnak Temple in Luxor and an optional tour of Luxor City and market.
► Karnak temple:
Karnak is more than A temple, is a spectacular Complex of Sanctuaries, Kiosks, Pylons, and Obelisks, All dedicated to the Theban gods and to the Greater Glory of Egypt`s Pharaohs, Karnak was the Most Important place for the worship of the Theban Triad(Amun, Mut, and Khonso)
► Luxor Temple:
Largely built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenhotep the Third and Completed by King Tutankhamon and the Great King Ramses the second, The First pylon was raised by Ramses the second and Decorated with His Military Battle of Kadesh
Optional trip to the sound Light Karnak temple - 35 Euros P.P
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
► Day 2 - Luxor Nile Cruise Shore Excursions
Breakfast on board your Nile cruise boat in Luxor and then accompanied by your Egyptologist Tour Guide for a wonderful ancient exploration on the West Bank of the River Nile in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El Deir EL Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon, Transferred back to the Nile cruise in Luxor . Sailing to Edfu via Esna Lock with dinner and overnight stay on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
► The valley of the Kings:
Once called the great Place of the Truth, this valley is Called now the valley of the Kings, It is a Majestic domain of the Pharaohs who once lay in great stone Sarcophagi, awaiting immortality, The isolated valley behind Deir el Bahri is dominated by the Pyramid-Shaped Mountain Peak
► The colossi of Memnon:
Massive pair statues Know as the Colossi of Memnon, Rising about 18 M from the plain, They are the remains of what was once the largest complex on the west bank, Built by Amenhotep the Third
► The Queen Hatshepsut temple:
Rising out of the desert Plain, in a series of terraces, The temple of Hatshepsut Mergs with sheer limestone Cliffs of the eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if Nature herself had built this Extraordinary monument.
13:00 sail to Esna lock& lunch will be during the sail
18:00 arrive, Esna Lock, Sail to Edfu& Dinner
Overnight o board of the Cruise in Edfu
► Day 3 - Tours to Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples
Breakfast on board the Nile cruise boat and then accompanied by your knowledgeable Guide to visiting Horus Temple at Edfu then transfer to the cruise to sail to Kom Ombo with lunch on board the Nile cruise boat. .On arrival at Kom Ombo, your Egyptologist Tour Guide will escort you to the Temple of Kom Ombo shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Continue sailing on to Aswan with dinner and overnight on board the Nile cruise boat in Aswan.
► Edfu temple
Upper Egyptian site dominated by a large well -Preserved temple, dedicated to the hawk-God Horus, The Construction of Ptolemaic temple of Horus,which was founded on the site of a much earlier temple, dates to the period between the reigns of Ptolemy the Third(246 B.c),The descriptions on the walls include the Myth of contending of Horus and Seth(Probably performed annually as a religious Drama.
09:30 Sail to Kom combo
12:30 lunch on board of the Nile cruise during the sail
15:30 arrive Kom Ombo, visit the temple of Kom Ombo
► Kom Ombo temple
The temple and the associated settlement site located 40 K.m north of Aswan, the temple was dedicated to the deities Sobek and Horus and date mainly to the Ptolemaic and Roman period(332 B.b -395 A.c)
17:30 Continue sailing to Aswan, Dinner will be during the sail
21:00 arrive Aswan and overnight on board the Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
► Day 4 - Abu Simbel from Aswan Nile
Breakfast on board the cruise.
Tour to Visit Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel temples
The two temples of Ramses the second and the Queen Nefertari were carved out of the Mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 B.c, The Great Temple was dedicated to Ramses the second, Ra-Harakhty, Amun Ra, and Ptah, with 4 Colossal statues, The second temple was dedicated to The Queen Nefertari and Goddess Hathor, the two temples were dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt on higher ground, The preservation of the two temples of Abu Simbel must Rank as the greatest Achievement of the Unesco.
at 16:00 sailing trip with Felucca around Elphinatine island and Visit Lord Kitchener island-
Optional trip to the Nubian village-40 Euros per person
The Nubian village is one of Aswan's attractions. It's worth visiting and spending 2 hours. The place is very authentic and genuine, Colorful and artistic, the Nubian Village will surprise you in every corner! While walking in the village, you will straight away feel the soul of this place!
Dinner &overnight onboard the Cruise
Dinner & overnight onboard the cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
► Day 5 - Aswan Nile Cruise to Hurghada Red Sea
Breakfast on Board the Cruise
08:00 Proceed with Visits of Aswan including the Temple of Philae and tour by Felucca around Elephantine, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk
Built to honor the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped
The High Dam:
Aswan High Dam is a rock-fill dam located at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. The dam is fed by the River Nile and the reservoir forms Lake Nasser. Construction for the project began in 1960 and was completed in 1968. It was officially inaugurated in 1971.
► The Unfinished Obelisk
Aswan was the source of ancient Egypt’s finest granite, used to make statues and embellish temples, pyramids, and obelisks. The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned.
12:00 lunch in Aswan and depart to Marsa Alam