Enjoy a leisurely 4-night cruise along the beautiful and historic Nile River discovering amazing ancient archaeological sites in Luxor, Kom Ombo and Aswan. Also visit the architectural wonder, the Aswan High Dam, a major engineering feat.
Beginning in Luxor, a city that has often been called the World’s greatest open air museum, you join your floating hotel for a 4-night cruise. Visit here the Luxor and Karnak Temples on the east bank of the Nile, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries. Stay overnight in Luxor.
The next morning, head to the west bank and visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. In the afternoon, depart from Luxor and sail to Edfu via the Esna Lock. Moor overnight in Edfu a small town and an important center for sugar production and pottery making. It is the site where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in ancient mythology, took place.
Sail on to Kom Ombo, located on a bend in the river Nile on the east bank. It is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. The temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river. Later, continue to Aswan for overnight.
Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town has a distinctively African atmosphere. You can stroll up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats with their tall masts or sit in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
The following morning, visit Aswan’s High Dam, a huge rock filled dam which captures the world’s longest river, the Nile, in the world’s largest artificial reservoir. Also visit the ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae, a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. In the afternoon, you will sail around Elephantine Island on a felucca and see the Aga Khan Mausoleum.
The next day you disembark and your cruise sadly comes to an end.