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Luxor to Abu Simbel Cruise

9 Days

Overview

Enjoy non-stop sightseeing from beginning to end, and do it in a way you have never imagined. Wake up to superb onboard breakfasts; enjoy delicious midday meals, and finish your days with mouthwatering dinners on the tranquil waters of the Nile & Lake Nasser.

Trip Highlights

  • Luxor temple
  • Temple of Karnak; & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples
  • Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk
  • Temples of Kalabsha
  • Temple of Beit el-Wali
  • Wadi El Seboua temples
  • Aswan - felucca (sailboat) ride
  • Temple of Dakka
  • Temple of Amada
  • Abu Simbel Temples

Itinerary

Day 1:
Luxor

board our luxury Nile Cruise Ship.

later in the afternoon we visit the outstanding Luxor Temple, one of the few that are open in to the early evening.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 2:
Temple of Karnak; Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

After waking up aboard our floating vessel we head out to discover Luxor’s East and West Bank.
After breakfast first up is: the ancient Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El Bahari and the Colossi Memnon.
after lunch we visit the Temple complex of Karnak, the main religious centre of the ancient cult of Amun.

In the evening we return to out ship and settle in with a drink, dinner and magnificent view of the sunset.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 3:
Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

at sunrise we visit the temple devoted to Horus, Edfu. Horus became symbolic of the path of the fully awakened adept. and Sobek Temples

After a relaxing sail, we visit Kom Ombu in the late afternoon. Kom Ombu consists of two temples: the Temple of Horus, on the left side, representing the higher mind; and the Temple of Sobek, on the right, representing the lower mind. Each temple was used to raise the initiate’s awareness through specific experinces; here initiates floated still and without fear with the crocodiles in order to overcome the idea of death, please remember to bring you tog’s today 🙂

dinner onboard plus another amazing sunset.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 4:
Aswan & Philae Temple,High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

Following our morning breakfast a short bus & boat ride takes us to the island of Philae and the Temple of Isis. its temple where the cosmic marriage of Osiris and Isis was consummated with a festival every winter solstice.
lunch will be taken at the site and free time to explore the local market.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 5:
Aswan Embarkation and Free Time

After breakfast we Transfer from our Luxor to Aswan Cruise to the otherside of the Aswan high dam and board the luxurious MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam river cruise liner.

On arrival, you will board the ship for check-in and you will then have some time to get settled into your cabin. Shortly after boarding, you will also get to enjoy your first delicious onboard lunch which will be served in the ship’s tastefully decorated dining area.

Today is essentially all about relaxation, and free time exploring Aswan. so enjoy the remainder of the day doing as you wish onboard this very well-equipped vessel.

In the evening you will be served a delightful dinner, and then a little bit later there will be a very entertaining Nubian show on board. Tonight you will be sleeping on board, on the water in Aswan.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

( overnight MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 6:
Aswan Sightseeing and Cruise to Wadi El Sebou

Wake up on the Nile in Aswan and enjoy a lovely onboard breakfast, and then prepare yourself for some incredible sightseeing.

Once everyone has finished eating, you will disembark, and you will go and visit a pair of ancient temples which are known as the Temples of Kalabsha. These remarkable structures were built in 30BC, but they were built elsewhere, and then moved to their current location at the time when the Aswan High Dam project was underway. Had they not been dismantled and moved, they would have vanished beneath the surface of Lake Nasser forever.

After the Temples of Kalabsha, you will then visit the Temple of Beit el-Wali. This is an ancient rock-cut temple that was constructed under the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II, and just like the Temples of Kalabsha, it too has been moved from its original location, due to the flooding of Lake Nasser.

After your fascinating excursion, everyone will return to the MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam river cruise liner, and it will then begin cruising to Wadi El Seboua. Enjoy another lovely onboard lunch, and have to rest of the afternoon to yourself to do as you wish.

In the evening, after having arrived at Wadi El Seboua, the crew will serve a delicious dinner, and then the rest of the evening is yours. You will spend the night here on board the ship in the comfort of your luxury cabin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 7:
Wadi El Sebou and Amada Sightseeing

Wake up on board the MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam in Wadi El Sebou and enjoy another fabulous onboard breakfast before the sightseeing begins. Once everyone has finished enjoying their meal, you will all disembark for a fascinating excursion to two ancient sites.

First, you will visit the amazing Wadi El Seboua temples that were built under the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II, and then you will get a chance to visit and explore the imposing Temple of Dakka that was built during the 3rd century BC. This is a remarkable Greco-Roman temple that was later converted into a temple fort by the early Romans, before eventually becoming a Christian place of worship. Today it stands deserted, and it forms a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses many ancient relics, stretching from Abu Simbel to Philae just outside of Aswan.

As with the other ancient sites you have visited on the second day of your Nile cruise vacation, these two historical sites have both been relocated from their original locations to save them from inevitable flooding following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Next, you will return to the cruise ship, and it will begin cruising to Amada while everyone enjoys a splendid onboard lunch along the way.

There are a number of ancient sites located at Amada, so you can expect another fascinating excursion on arrival. Perhaps the most significant of them all is the wonderful Temple of Amada. Although Pharaoh Thutmose III of the18th Dynasty is credited for building this ancient structure, other rulers also added to it during their reigns, including Pharaoh Ramesses II.

Finally, everyone will return to the ship, and you will have some time for relaxing before sitting down to a wholesome dinner. Tonight you will once again be sleeping in your luxuriously comfortable cabin, but this time it will be on the water at Amada.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 8:
Cruise to Abu Simbel and Abu Simbel Sightseeing

Today you will come face to face with one of Egypt’s most iconic ancient sites, but there’s plenty to do before then. First, wake up and enjoy a wonderful breakfast while the Steigenberger Omar El Khayam is busy cruising to Kasr Ibrim, a historically significant relic of Ancient Egypt, but one which you will only be able to photograph from the ship’s sundeck.

The Citadel of Kasr Ibrim is located on a tiny area of land protruding from the surface of Lake Nasser, and it simply isn’t possible for the large cruise ships to get close enough to allow passengers to go ashore. The ship will, however, be close enough for some excellent sightseeing opportunities, and it will stay there for around 15 minutes before departing for Abu Simbel.

On arrival at Abu Simbel, everyone can enjoy a complimentary “Cocktail Reception” and then you will disembark for a visit to the iconic, rock-cut Abu Simbel Temples. This site is without question one of the most remarkable ancient sites in all of Egypt. Built by Pharaoh Rameses II, they were intended to serve as an everlasting monument to the pharaoh and his wife, the beautiful Queen Nefertari.

After visiting and exploring these incredible rock structures, everyone will return to the ship for a superb onboard dinner, and some quality relaxation time before retiring for the night, on board the ship, on the water at Abu Simbel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 9:
Abu Simbel - Trip ends

Disembarkation and Airport Transfer

Although today is not likely to be the happiest day of your cruise, considering that your experience of a lifetime has come to an end, you can still enjoy one last tasty breakfast onboard before check-out and disembarkation.

After final disembarkation, you will be met on the pier, and you will be escorted to Abu Simbel airport/ Bus to Aswan in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for your onward journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Three meals per day, entrance fees, transportation, guides

Tipping

  • laundry, drinks
From £ 2275
/ Adult

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