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Nile River Cruise: M/S Mayflower

Duration
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,156

FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Visit historic temples, tombs, and ruins as you sail the mighty Nile River between Luxor and Aswan. You’ll explore legendary temples in Luxor, Edfu, and Aswan in the company of expert Egyptologists and see the engineering feat of the Aswan High Dam. This Nile cruise departs in either direction.


This 4 to 5 day Egyptian vacation takes you on a cruise along the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor, or vice versa. It features deluxe accommodations in either a deluxe or executive cabin, small group tours, and is an ideal add-on to a visit to Cairo.

Board the MS Mayflower for a journey along the Nile River. The MS Mayflower is a 5-star river vessel that’s fully-equipped to make your time along the Nile as comfortable as possible. Enjoy the luxury amenities of your deluxe or executive cabin and access to the on-board lounges and restaurants, such as the Pasha Restaurant, on-board pool, and large viewing decks.

The 4-day journey from Aswan to Luxor begins in Aswan, where you’ll board the MS Mayflower and visit the Aswan High Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world. This feat of engineering dams the Nile and created Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial reservoir. Afterwards, you’ll see the unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Temple of Philae, with its large columns and complicated hieroglyphs. From Aswan, sail to Kom Ombo to see the unique double temple, with additions from both the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. Continue to Edfu to see the Temple of Edfu, with its massive pylon entrances and dedications to the god Horus. That evening, enjoy an Egyptian Galabeya Party on board.

Continue through Esna and make for Luxor, a resort city centred on two of Egypt’s greatest temples. You’ll spend the day exploring this city that is often considered one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. In the morning, visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens to see the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, El-Bahari, and the Colossi Memnon. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the two pillars of the city, the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. At the end of your exploration, you’ll disembark and continue to your next destination.

The 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan travels in the reverse direction, adding an extra day in Aswan, during which you can explore the granite quarries that supplied the stone for the pyramids and sail around Elephantine Island on a traditional Nile boat known as a felucca. You may also have time to visit the Aga Khan Mausoleum.


 

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Duration
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,156

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Day 1

Embark Aswan

Today you board your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 4 days.

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.

A short trip on a motorboat to the temple of Philae will bring you to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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M/S Mayflower

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    M/S Mayflower



    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Mayflower and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Mayflower.

    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Mayflower and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Mayflower.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Pool
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • Sun Chairs

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Day 2

Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo to Edfu to Luxor

This morning sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple shared by two gods: Sobek and Haerois.

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 tour the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size of 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 depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are as beautiful as if they were carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

After returning to the ship, sail to Luxor Esna before continuing to Luxor. This evening, enjoy an Egyptian Galabeya Party onboard.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Luxor

Today after breakfast, visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari, and the Colossi Memnon.

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, the most famous of which are 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.

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 title are 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.

After lunch on board your ship, 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

East Bank and Disembarkation

This morning, disembark after breakfast.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2021:
4 day from Aswan - select Fridays
5 day from Luxor - select Mondays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 or 4 nights in moderate accommodations on board M/S Mayflower in an Executive Cabin
  • Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Horus (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Meals on 3 night cruise: 3 breakfats, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Meals on 4 night cruise: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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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