The ship MS Amarco II was awarded “Best Boat on the Nile” receiving a Golden Crystal Award for two consecutive years. Enjoy a first class trip down the Nile, with a private guide through the highlights of the Ancient Egyptian civilization including Philae Temple, High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, Kom-Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, the Valley of the Kings & Queens, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple and Karnak Temple.
After breakfast on board, we visit the West Bank for a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings & Queens, Hatshepsut (El-Deir El-Bahari). The valley contains 63 tombs and stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues as to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. Next is the temple of Hatshepsut (Queen and 5th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty). This mortuary temple is dedicated to Amun and Hatshepsut and is considered one of the incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt. At noon we sail to Edfu via Esna. Enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party followed by dinner and overnight in Edfu.
Breakfast on board followed by a trip to visit Edfu Temple. Then sail to Kom Ombo Temple whilst enjoying lunch on board. Kom Ombo Temple was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. The temple is unique because it is perfectly symmetrical and was built for two sets of gods. The south temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part was dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Sail to Aswan and dinner on board. After dinner a festive Galabeya Party. Overnight in Aswan.
After breakfast, visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk & the Temple of Philae. The Philae Temple (the Temple of Isis) is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies about a quarter of the island. The High dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods and provide irrigation and electricity across Egypt. The Unfinished Obelisk developed cracks and was abandoned. It is nearly one-third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 meters / 137 feet and would have weighed nearly 1,090 metric tons (1,200 tons). After lunch on board we take a Felucca (traditional sail boat) around Kitchener’s Island & Agha Khan. After dinner a Nubian Folkloric show.
Check out after breakfast Transfer to Aswan Airport or railway station
Why not visit the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters in among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments. The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, and representation of the deities to which each was dedicated is carved on its huge façade. Nearby, also saved, lies the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.
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