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MS Mayfair: 3 Nights from Aswan

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 631

Enjoy a 3 night leisurely 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.


Begin in Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town which has a distinctively African atmosphere and join your floating hotel for a 3 night cruise. 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.

Sail next 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. Sail on to Edfu, a small town and an important centre 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. Continue through the Esna Lock and moor overnight in Esna.

Next it’s on to Luxor, a city that has often been called the World's greatest open air museum. Here, visit 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.

The Valley of the Kings is home to many pharaonic tombs including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great.

Later visit 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 dedicated to the God Amon-Ra. Stay overnight in Luxor and disembark the next morning.

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 631

Itinerary

Day 1

Embark Aswan

Aswan is the best winter resort in Egypt. On its eastern bank are mosques, bazaars, Ferial Gardens, Nubian Museum, Fatimid Cemetery, the Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, Kitchener's Island and Elephantine Island, which is the largest in Aswan. As for its western bank there are tombs of local Pharaonic nobles and dignitaries, the tomb of Aga Khan, the Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon and the Old Aswan Dam. Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock filled dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. This morning if free to relax. In the afternoon, you will sail around Elephantine Island by felucca and see the Aga Khan Mausoleum.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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M.S Mayfair

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    M.S Mayfair



    Experience true luxury aboard the M.S. Mayfair where exceptional services, attentive and friendly staff ensure you have a memorable experience. Sophisticated accommodation, tranquil relaxation and delectable dining are complemented by an unprecedented sense of discovery as you sail the Nile. M.S. Mayfair's classy cabins blend ...

    Experience true luxury aboard the M.S. Mayfair where exceptional services, attentive and friendly staff ensure you have a memorable experience. Sophisticated accommodation, tranquil relaxation and delectable dining are complemented by an unprecedented sense of discovery as you sail the Nile. M.S. Mayfair's classy cabins blend unmatched intimacy and comfortable individuality with tasteful attention to detail.

    Facilities

    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Corner
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Egyptologist
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair Salon
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Lounge Bar
    • Massage Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam Room
    • Swimming Pool
    • Table Games

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Day 2

Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo and Esna

This morning sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo 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 (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as one approaches from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change. Return to the vessel to sail to Edfu where you will have a tour of the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. Tonight, enjoy a special Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Esna.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sail Esna to Luxor

Luxor is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt. It is considered the world's largest open-air museum with its various temples since the Pharaonic era till the Greco-Roman era, most famous of which is Karnak and Luxor Temples dedicated to the triad of Thebes. The West Bank of Luxor is known for the famous tombs of Seti I, Tut Ankh Amon, Tuthmosis III in the Valley of the Kings and also Queen Hatchepsut's Temple. After lunch visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons (monumental gateways), hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines and obelisks built over centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Explore Luxor's West Bank and Disembark

After breakfast on board, you will visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari and the Colossi Memnon. The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each king's formal name and titles inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the sacred of sacreds. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the west, on a direct axis with the Karnak Temple of Amun on the East Bank.

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DEPARTURES:

Fridays (Last sailing 15Dec17)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation on board the cruise 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • International & domestic airfare & airfare taxes

OTHER INFORMATION:

We recommend you include a day trip to Abu Simbel which is the Temple of Ramses II which is a spectacular site. Please inquire for details.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share 
  • Single rates available on request
  • Subject to availability

The Nile cruise schedule is at the discretion of the cruise line and may be altered with or without notice. During the month of June, the Esna Lock is closed for maintenance and therefore sailing happens between Esna and Aswan only.

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15 Dec 2017
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