Sun Boat IV Cruise 4 Nights Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by FlightSun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight
 

Sun Boat IV Cruise 4 Nights Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

$ 1335

Sail the longest river in the world on one of the most luxurious Nile Cruises. From Luxor to Aswan visit the greatest and most important sights in the Egyptian History. From the breathtaking temples of Karnak and Luxor , famous Valley of the Kings to the awe-inspiring “holy of the holies” mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the ancient Thebes. Follow the river to the Ptolemaic temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo and the crown jewel – the magnificent island temple of Philae. The best of Egyptian History in the palm of your hand.


Includes:

  • Private airport transfers
  • All sightseeing as per cruise itinerary with sharing transportation during visits

Exclude:

  • For all-through private transfers with private Egyptologist additional charges will apply
Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Day 1

Check-in on board the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau followed by lunch on board.

Afternoon visit to the East Bank

1. Karnak Temple

Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a

thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great

Hypostyle Hall is an incredible forest of giant pillars,

covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame

Cathedral.

2. Luxor Temple

Visit the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to

the god Amun. Proceed to the Temple of Luxor, once

connected to Karnak via the Avenue of Sphinxes, almost 3

kilometers in length. Built by Amenhotep III in 1380 BC,

the site was added to by later pharaohs. The temple

enjoyed many celebrations, the most important being the

Festival of Opet which lasted almost a month.

Afternoon tea and dinner on board.

Overnight in Luxor.

Check-in on board the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau followed by lunch on board.

Afternoon visit to the East Bank

1. Karnak Temple

Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a

thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. T...more


Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Day 2

Breakfast on board.

Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings;

Explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved

into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by

generations of Pharaohs.

Visit to the West Bank, with a choice of three from the

below:

1. Valley of the Queens

There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the

Queens, or Biban al-Harim. These belong to Queens of

the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. It is called “Place of

Beauty” by the Egyptians, where the pharaohs’ wives and children were buried.

2. Hatshepsut Temple

Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female

Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that

surround it, as if nature herself had built this

extraordinary monument.

3. Valley of Workers (Deir El Medina)

Visit the remains of the self-contained village on the West

Bank where the workmen who built the kings’ and queens’

tombs lived in mud brick houses with their families. The

site gives archeologists a view of how urban people lived in ancient Egypt. You can also visit

the tombs that the workmen created for themselves, to

admire the art in ordinary people’s tombs. Nearby is the

Temple of Deir El Medina, from Ptolemaic times.

4. Tombs of the Nobles

On the West Bank sit 400 tombs of Theban aristocrats,

some of which you can enter. The tomb walls were whitewashed

and painted with murals of the nobles’ daily lives,

making them quite different from royal tombs, where

relief work focused on judgment and resurrection. Since

the tombs were not sealed, some have deteriorated.

5. Medinet Habu

The magnificent Medinet Habu is a series of temples built

by the Pharaoh Ramses III (1182-1151 BC) and second

only to Karnak Temple in size and complexity. The most

impressive is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III,

decorated with relief work depicting his many military

victories. With its massive mud brick enclosure that held

storehouses, workshops, administrative offices, and

residences of priests and officials, Medinet Habu grew into

a city that maintained its population well into Coptic

times.

6. Ramesseum Temple

The Ramesseum, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses II, was

built early in the great pharaoh’s reign and was 20 years

in the making. Here you’ll see the broken, awesome

Colossus of Ramses II, a 1000 ton statue in which the

fingers alone are over 1 meter long; it inspired the

famous poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. This

great temple reportedly rivaled the wonders of Ramses

II’s temple at Abu Simbel.

Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on board.

Sail to Esna.

Overnight in Esna.

 

Breakfast on board.

Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings;

Explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved

into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the aft...more


Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Day 3

Breakfast on board

Early morning visit to Esna Temple

Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The

beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built

during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was

excavated from the silt that had accumulated through

centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters

below present-day street level.

Lunch on board.

Afternoon visit to Edfu temple

Explore the largest and most completely preserved

Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the

extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Afternoon tea on board

Sail to Kom Ombo.

Dinner on board.

Breakfast on board

Early morning visit to Esna Temple

Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The

beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built

during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was

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Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Day 4

Breakfast on board

Early Morning visit to Kom Ombo Temple

In this Ptolemaic temple shared by two gods, Sobek and

Horus the Elder, everything is duplicated symmetrically,

with double hallways, doors and chambers.

Lunch while sailing to Aswan.

A choice of two of the below:

1. Philae Temple

According to the Ancient Egyptians, the goddess Isis

traveled all over Egypt gathering her husband Osiris’s

remains after he was cut to pieces by his evil brother. On

Philae Island, where she found his heart, the Egyptians

built a sacred temple to Isis,

goddess of purity, sexuality, nature

and protection. During the building of the High Dam, Philae Island was submerged by water, so UNESCO helped transport the temple complex to nearby Agilika Island, where you see it today.

2. Unfinished Obelisk

Visit this massive obelisk, which was abandoned in Aswan’s Northern Quarry when a crack

was found as it was being carved from the red granite. Tools left behind show how builders

accomplished such great work.

3. Kalabsha Temple

The Temple of Kalabsha (also Temple of Mandulis) is a Ancient Egyptian temple that was

originally located at Bab al-Kalabsha (Gate of Kalabsha), approximately 50 kilometers south

of Aswan. The temple was situated on the west bank of the Nile River, in Nubia and was

originally built around 30 BC during the early Roman era.

Afternoon tea and dinner on board.

Overnight in Aswan.

Breakfast on board

Early Morning visit to Kom Ombo Temple

In this Ptolemaic temple shared by two gods, Sobek and

Horus the Elder, everything is duplicated symmetrically,

with double hallways, doors and chambers.

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Sun Boat IV Cruise  4 Nights  Luxor - Aswan + Abu Simbel Excursion by Flight

Day 5

Breakfast on board followed by check-out.