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Egypt: Cruising the Nile

Egypt: Cruising the Nile Egypt: Cruising the Nile
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This captivating tour is a comprehensive introduction to Egypt, one of the most intriguing countries in the world, where the legacy of its ancient civilisation is preserved in its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures, and celebrated sights.

We begin our journey in Cairo, Egypt’s capital and best known for preserving one of the last Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and where we explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the Citadel and mosque as well as the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar filled with small shops and factories.

We then fly to Aswan to embark on a seven night cruise onboard the Hadeel Dahabeya down the Nile to Luxor, a river steeped in mystery and romance and rich in the history of ancient Egypt.

The tour ends exploring Luxor, often characterised as the ‘World’s greatest open-air museum’ and the site of the ancient city of Thebes with its temples and tombs of the west bank Necropolis including the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.

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Tour Date:
30th September 2020 -
10th October 2020
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Day 1 LONDON / CAIRO
LONDON / CAIRO

Depart London Heathrow on Egypt Air MS 778 at 15.00 hrs arriving Cairo at 20.40 hrs. Transfer to the Marriott Mena House Hotel (or similar) where three nights are spent. This historic hotel, set in lush gardens, is located at Giza and has magnificent views of the Pyramids. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 2 CAIRO
CAIRO

After breakfast, morning at leisure or optional visit to Memphis and Sakkara.

Optional visit to Memphis and Sakkara (based on a minimum of 6 people and at a supplementary cost)
This morning transfer south to Memphis, former capital of Egypt and one of the oldest cities on earth, to see the colossal statue of Ramses II, the Temple for embalming the Sacred Bull and the Alabaster Sphinx that dates back to the Old Kingdom. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid – the first proper pyramid, which dates back to the 27th century BC. Visit three tombs of ancient Egyptian nobles and enjoy the beauty of ancient Egyptian art which gives us an insight into daily life.

Lunch at the hotel. This afternoon explore the Old Kingdom Necropolis and the Pyramids, which are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby lies the mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in mystery and legend. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 3 CAIRO
CAIRO

After breakfast explore Cairo beginning with the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities, including thousands of statues, jewels and artefacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt, and treasures from the tomb of Tutenkhamun. Continue exploring Islamic Cairo, including the ancient Citadel with its four museums and three mosques, including the exquisite Alabaster Mosque of Muhammed Ali.

Lunch at a local restaurant in the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. After lunch roam through the bustling maze of the Khan El Khalili Bazaar known for its jewellery, lanterns and other trinkets. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 4 CAIRO / ASWAN
CAIRO / ASWAN

Depart (with luggage) to Cairo Airport for a domestic Egypt Air flight to Aswan. Transfer to board your Nile cruise vessel, the Hadeel Dahabeya, home for the next seven nights. This vintage Nile dahabiyya boat, offers a combination of traditional style and modern luxury. There are eight comfortable en-suite cabins as well as a restaurant, a lounge bar, spacious sun deck and jacuzzi.

Optional visit to Abu Simbel (based on a minimum of 6 people and at a supplementary cost)
Depart to Aswan Airport for a short Egypt Air flight to Abu Simbel and visit the relocated temples built by Pharaoh Ramses II in 1200 BC. Return to Abu Simbel airport for Egypt Air flight to Aswan and transfer to the boat.

Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 5 ASWAN / KOM OMBO
ASWAN / KOM OMBO

After an early breakfast enjoy a visit to the graceful Temple of Philae, rebuilt in a beautiful setting on the Island of Agilka. Built to honour 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. Return to the boat and continue sailing towards Kom Ombo.

Lunch on board. On arrival in Kom Ombo enjoy an early evening visit to the temple, which was discovered by accident buried under the desert sands. Standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, it is still impressive despite its ruined state, and is unique in being dedicated to two gods – Sobek and Haroeris. Remain at Kom Ombo overnight. Dinner on board.

Day 6 KOM OMBO / GEBEL EL SILSILA / FAWAZA
KOM OMBO / GEBEL EL SILSILA / FAWAZA

Sail this morning to Gebel El Silsila to visit the Granite Quarries, which supplied the stone for so many of Egypt’s ancient monuments, and the gigantic Unfinished Obelisk. Continue to sail southwards towards Fawaza.

Lunch on board. Egyptian BBQ dinner on board.

Day 7 FAWAZA / EDFU / EL KAB
FAWAZA / EDFU / EL KAB

This morning sail on to Edfu and visit the extraordinary 2,000-year-old Temple of Horus at Edfu, which is the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Continue to sail to El Kab which consists of prehistoric and ancient Egyptian settlements, rock-cut tombs of the early Eighteenth Dynasty (1550-1295 BC), remains of temples dating from the Early Dynastic period (3100-2686 BC) to the Ptolemaic Kingdom (332-30 BC), as well as part of the walls of a Coptic monastery.

Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 8 EL KAB / ESNA
EL KAB / ESNA

All day sailing to Esna relaxing on deck and watching the unchanging life along the banks of the river unfold before us. Some scenes appear almost biblical – the banks lined with palm trees, boys riding donkeys past fields of crops and mud brick villages with roofs made of palm leaves.

Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 9 ESNA / LUXOR
ESNA / LUXOR

Continue sailing to Luxor. Arrive in Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Nobles – a vast City of the Dead where pharaohs, queens, royal children, nobles, priests, artisans and even workers built tombs. Visit some of the most important of these, many of which still retain their exquisite painted or carved relief decoration, before continuing to the superbly restored Queen Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple, which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces. Also view the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic and much damaged statues, which have stared out across the desert for thousands of years.

Lunch on board. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner on board.

Day 10 LUXOR
LUXOR

After breakfast visit two of Egypt’s greatest temples, beginning with Karnak, the most overwhelming of Egypt’s temple sites, with its huge Hypostyle Hall and 134 richly carved columns, numerous temples, shrines, pylons, courts, gigantic statues of the pharaohs and avenues of sphinxes, which cover a vast area – the result of continuous building for over a thousand years. Then continue to the Temple of Luxor, which developed over many centuries, built overlooking the Nile and is dedicated to the god Amun, the most important of Egypt’s many gods.

Lunch on board. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner on board.

Day 11 LUXOR / CAIRO / LONDON

After breakfast transfer to Luxor airport for a domestic Egypt Air flight to Cairo connecting with Egypt Air flight MS 779 to London departing at 16.35 hrs and arriving London Heathrow at 21.05 hrs.

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