Cairo & Nile Cruise Trip from Luxor to Aswan By Air Flight In 8 Days
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Welcome to Cairo, Egypt
As you arrive at the Cairo International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative to assist you through the customs formalities. You will then be transferred by an air-conditioned coach to your hotel for check-in and stay overnight. The representative will review the itinerary with you to confirm pick-up times for each tour.
Check out from Cairo hotel after Breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for a flight to Luxor. Upon Arrival in Luxor, you shall be transferred to board the 5 star Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise Ship . In ancient times Luxor was called Thebes. It was once the capital of the New Kingdom 1550-1060 BC. It is the world’s richest archeological site. Lunch on board the Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise. After lunch on board, enjoy a visit to the impressive & monumental Temples of Karnak. It was built over a 1300-year period, the temple of Amun (the state God), that lies at the heart of the complex covers more than 60 acres.
Then, we head to the nearby Temple of Luxor. It was constructed approximately 1400BC. It was a primary cult temple, dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the pharaohs were crowned in reality or conceptually. In the Hieroglyphic language, it is known as ipet resyt ( the southern sanctuary).
Both were famed throughout the ancient world and have attracted tourists since Greek & Roman times. Both are considered the greatest open-air museums and probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Dinner and overnight on board Nile Cruise. Overnight in Luxor Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early Breakfast on board, then we cross to the west bank of Luxor to visit the legendary Valley of the kings, which was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. 63 tombs have been found there and numbered on the maps in the order of their discovery (entrance ticket to three tombs), while the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun is optional with extra ticket.
Afterwards, we visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC at Deir al-Bahri. It is a breath taking sight. Afterward, we pay a visit to the alabaster workshop (optional visit). On the way back we stop at the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 meter high & originally guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple 1390 BC.
N.B., But if you did visit the Valley of the kings and the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut before, you can replace them with the Mortuary Temple of Ramses the 3rd at Medinet Habu, which is second only to Karnak Temples in size and detail with reliefs that reach 27 m showing an oversized Ramses scattering enemies from his chariot. As well as Egypt’s sole relief of a naval battle against the sea peoples. Then , we go to the remarkable Valley of the Nobles , that is made up of more than 400 tombs mainly from the New Kingdom, providing an invaluable insight into daily life in the New Kingdom (entrance ticket to two tombs) .
Instead of the Valley of the Nobles, we can explore the beauty of the Valley of the Workers at the village of Deir al-Medina, where the craftsmen, servants and laborers who worked on the royal tombs lived in that village. Its tombs provide a rare insight into the lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt. Lunch on board the Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise – Sail to Esna & Cross the Esna Lock.
Cocktail reception on board – Dinner – Overnight in Esna Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Early Sail to the city of Edfu. Breakfast on board the Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise. Afterwards, we visit the well-preserved ptolemaic Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon headed god of kingship and protection called Horus. This most preserved temple in Egypt was built by Ptolemy the 3rd in 237 BC.
Then we go back to the cruise for lunch and keep sailing till we reach the town of Kom Ombo, which was so important to the caravan routes from Nubia and various gold mines. It is surrounded by fields of sugar cane and corn, where we will visit its imposing Greek-Roman Temple overlooking the River Nile. After Lunch on board the ship , we will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, that was dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god & to Horus the falcon-headed god. It was begun by Ptolemy the 6th in the 2nd century BC. A museum near its place houses 40 crocodile mummies that Have been found in the nearby necropolis.
Dinner and overnight in Kom Ombo Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sail to Aswan, enjoy a day’s sightseeing in the city of Aswan. It is the southernmost town in Egypt. It was the ancient Egyptian gateway to Africa and the home of many granite quarries from which most of the obelisks seen in Luxor were sourced. Its ancient name (SWNET) is derived from the ancient Egyptian symbol for trade or market. It was equally important as a military station as a place of traffic. Start with the High Dam, which is an embankment dam built across the Nile and built between 1960 and 1970.
Then , we head to the island of Philae to discover the spiritual legend of goddess Isis & god Osiris. It was dedicated to the goddess Isis the divine mother of the pharaoh. Philae is an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan High Dam. It has been flooded since the initial construction of Aswan Low Dam in 1902.
The temple complex was dismantled and moved to nearby Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign Project , protecting it and other temples before the 1970 completion of the Aswan High Dam. After the construction of the High Dam, The island of Philae was flooded for six months each year. An incredible restoration program was undertaken in the 1960s . It was moved stone by stone to the current location.
Afterwards, we visit the largest known ancient obelisk (the Unfinished Obelisk), which is located in the northern region of the stone quarries. The bottom side of the obelisk is still attached to the bedrock. If finished it would have measured around 42 m long or 137 feet long and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.
Lunch on board the Oberoi Philae – Dinner on board . Overnight in Aswan Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- – Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
- -Lunch meal during day tour in Cairo
- – International Airfare
- – Any optional tours
- – Personal spending
- – Tipping Kitty
- Mena House Hotel
- The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 2078||$ 2199|
- Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence
- The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 2199||$ 2342|
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