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Nile River Cruise: Creative om Kolthoum Dahabiyas

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,706

The wonders of Upper Egypt are best seen from the river.


This 8-day cruise up the Nile takes you from Luxor, ‘the world’s greatest open air museum’ to Aswan. Overnighting aboard the Dahabiyas, you’ll visit the West Bank Necropolis and the Valley of the Kings, where Tutankhamen's tomb was found. Visit the temple of Horus in Edfu via horse-drawn carriage, then go on to the beautiful dual temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo.

Egypt takes on a distinctly more African vibe in Aswan, where Nubian culture remains alive and dominant. You’ll visit the Aswan Dam and the ‘unfinished obelisk’ (complete or not, it’s the largest ancient obelisk found to date). Then explore the Philae Temple, a spectacular complex dedicated to Isis, which was rescued from rising lake waters prior to the Dam’s construction. A visit the Nubian Museum completes this unforgettable journey.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,706

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Day 1

Luxor and Embarkation

Check in to your Dahabiya, your floating hotel for the next 8 days. After lunch, you will visit the gigantic temple complex of Karnak, followed by the awesome Luxor Temple started by Amenophis III in the 14th century BC and extended by Ramses II.

Luxor is a city often been called "world's greatest open air museum", with the number and preservation of monuments in the area, it is unparalleled to anywhere in the world. Luxor is actually composed of three different areas: the city of Luxor - located on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak. Located just north of Luxor, and Thebes - which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Creative Dahabiyas

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    Creative Dahabiyas



    Cruise Sheep is modern in style. Cabins are comfortable air-conditioned and non smoking. It is one of the largest sailing yacht on the river. Cabins are located on the lower deck and have flat screen televisions, mini-bars, safety deposit boxes, private bathrooms are equipped with ...

    Cruise Sheep is modern in style. Cabins are comfortable air-conditioned and non smoking. It is one of the largest sailing yacht on the river. Cabins are located on the lower deck and have flat screen televisions, mini-bars, safety deposit boxes, private bathrooms are equipped with a shower, toilet. On the same deck sheep has a comfortable dining area with sofas, armchairs, and a bar. The sundeck offers open and shaded areas with comfortable furniture.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Luxor's West Bank

You will visit the West Bank Necropolis, the burial ground of the Pharaohs and the Valley of the Kings where the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922. After, you'll proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sailing Luxor to Esna

Enjoy a panoramic visit of the town and the Temple of Esna, dedicated to the creator god Khnum, before sailing on to Luxor. You will overnight in Esna.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Sailing Esna to Edfu

Today, enjoy the view of the El Kab tombs from the deck. When you arrive in Edfu, you will visit Horus' temple in Edfu, one of the best preserved temples of the Graeco-Roman era, and experience horse drawn carriage rides to and from the temple. You will overnight by Ramady Island near Edfu.

The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery-making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser-hor (classical name-Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in the ancient mythology took place. The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size, approximately 230 by 400 feet with a pylon measuring over 100 feet high. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple was a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sailing Edfu to Kom Ombo

You will sail to Herdiab Island near Kom Ombo and view the Silesia Temple and the sandstone quarries from the deck. You will overnight by Herdiab Island.

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 6

Sailing Kom Ombo to Aswan

Today you will visit the temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the elder, god of the morning sun. After, you'll sail on to Aswan where you will overnight.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Exploring Aswan

After breakfast, you will sail to Aswan and visit the High Dam, the Old Dam, and the "unfinished obelisk" lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan. You will then proceed to Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, being rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Aswan and Disembarkation

After breakfast you will visit the Nubian Museum.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip flights ex Cairo into Aswan and out of Luxor
  • All transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and sightseeing as per itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

The cruise also offers a 5 and 6 night option on the same routing. The same sightseeing is enjoyed on all itineraries.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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23 Sep 2017
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