Egypt Nile Cruise Holiday
Stops for Sightseeing
The itineraries of the vast majority of ships are the same, including these stops, whether southbound or northbound: Luxor, Edfu, Kom-Ombo, Dendera, and Aswan. Then there's a side trip to Abu-Simbel, south of Aswan and beyond the High Dam there, so not on the same boat or, perhaps, on any boat, but by plane or bus. I have dealt with Aswan and Luxor in separate articles, but will touch on Edfu and Kom-Ombo here, as they are almost as important as the major destinations in any case.
The Temple of Edfu is dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, and is said to be the best preserved of all Pharaonic ruins. Its foundation laid in 237 BCE, the buildings taking 200 years to complete. Note the two giant Horus falcons (about 12 feet tall) at the entrance of the main temple. Inside are several depictions of festivals, including a mock battle and the wedding visit of the god Hathor from down river. Be sure to check out the Sun Boat, too.
At the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek (the crocodile god) and Haroeris (the winged god of medicine), note the wall reliefs showing ancient surgical and dental tools. Look for one of the "Hearing Ear" shrines here, with depictions of human ears through which prayers could be heard. This temple is about 215 miles north of Aswan, and has twin sanctuaries, one for each god.
Note the frequent repetition of the Egyptian ankh, the symbol of life, representing the heart, often held in the hands of supplicants as well as pharaohs. Many of the reliefs here were carved during the reign of Ptolemy XII (between 80 and 50 BCE). There is an awful exhibit of mummified crocodiles in a chapel built under the Roman Emperor Domitian that you can easily avoid.
What's Included?* 3 nights on 5* Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with full board – excludes drinks
* All your tours and excursions are with A/C cars
* Multilingual expert Egyptologist guide
* Entrance fees "except Tutankhamun Tomb and Ramses Tomb in the valley of Kings"
* Return airport or railway station transfer in Aswan/Luxor
Destination CoveredLuxor City, Aswan, Temple of Edfu, Kom Ombo Temple and Abu Simbel Temples
Best SuitedAll, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The High dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as providing irrigation and electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long. Visitors can easily locate lake Nasser which is a huge water reservoir) and Unfinished Obelisque (The beautiful red granites that were used in building the temples and monuments in the ancient days were brought from the quarries of Aswan. Now while you are on a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk you can see innumerable inscriptions in the area around the quarries. These are probably the descriptions of the various quarrying projects that were undertaken in the past days). Transfer to Nile Cruise. Lunch on board Sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon Tea. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 2: Kom Ombo / Edfu / Luxor Breakfast. Visit the Kom-Ombo Temple (Located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. It is noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles. They are now in Hathor's chapel). Sail to Edfu. Visit The Edfu Temple (Lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. It dates to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the worship of god Hours represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with Luxor temples. It is the second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance). Cross the lock. Sail to Luxor. Afternoon Tea. Dinner on board & Galabya party. Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Day 3: Luxor Breakfast. Visit the West Bank including: Valley of the Kings (Is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.), Colossi of Memnon (The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Memes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides of the colossi there is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper and Lower Egypt) and Temple of Queen Hatshepsute (Hatshepsut was the fifth Pharaoh of the18th-dynasty who was one of the handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power). Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Day 4: Disembarkation and departure form Luxor After breakfast, Disembarkation. Check out from the Nile Cruise. Excursion tour to visit the Karnak Temple, which is a serious of temples, built in different reigns. Starting by the Avenue of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsute and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake.
* All rates are per person on full board basis, all inclusive of service charge & all taxes.
* All rates are including sightseeing as per our cruise itinerary joining to Egyptologist tour guide.
* All above rates are excluding any other extras on board.
* In case of any increase on entrance fees or any change on governmental taxes or sales taxes, we keep the right to apply this increase without any prior notice.
* All rates are including free transportation from the airport to the cruise & Vise Versa
* All rates are including free usage of wireless internet, sauna, steam and gym.
* Early booking more than 60 days will be guaranteed 10% Discount from the cabin rate.
* All rates are quoted per cabin based on double occupancy.
* Single & Triple Cabins are available on board with different prices.
* Check in starts with lunch and check out ends with breakfast.
* In case of the boat being sold on a charter basis, after advised you by email, one month before the check in date, we are responsible to turn away the confirmed cabins on the same category ship for the same dates
* Kindly be informed that it is a good habit in Egypt to leave tips for the services provided. Your guide will inform you about it at check-in. Feel free.
* In case of the boat not sailing, after advising the Second party in written two weeks before the check in, the First Party has the responsibility to turn a way these cabins on the same category ship during the period.
* Will be upgraded to upper deck cabins according to availability & will receive our VIP3 amenities.
Check- in & Check- out
* The customer has the right to enter the boat without make the check in the cabin but in time specified.
* Check- in: not before 11:00 AM
* Check- out: not after 08:00 AM
* From 0 year till 3.99 years: Free of charge sharing parent’s cabins.
* From 4 years till 11.99 years: Sharing parent’s cabins and will be charged as a half adult with a maximum of one child the cabin.
* From 4 years till 11.99 years: 2 Childs can be accommodated in a cabin with single cabin rate.
* Children from 12 years & over will be charged full fare.
* From 30 to 22 days prior to arrival, 25% from the cruise full rate will be charged as a cancellation fees.
* From 21 to 15 days prior to arrival, 50% from the cruise full rate will be charged as a cancellation fees.
* From 14 days till day of check in, 100% from the cruise full rate will be charged as a cancellation fees.
* No show on the day of check in, 100% from the cruise full rate will be charged as a cancellation fees.
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