Day 01: (Tuesday) Staff will meet you at the Aswan airport, train station or hotel for transfer to board the Dahabiya Amoura. Dinner. Overnight Aswan (Dinner)
Optional excursion to Abu Simbel
Nubian Museum, a world class presentation of Nubia's culture and history: $35 per person, based on a minimum of two.
Camel trek to St. Simeon's monastery: Cross to the West bank of the Nile where you will board your "ship of the desert" (camel) for a short trek to the ruins of the 7th century monastery of St. Simeon. $60 per person, based on a minimum of two.
Aswan Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island and Elephantine Island: Sail by Felucca (or motorboat) to Kitchener's Island, home to over 1,000 species of trees and plants where something is always in bloom plus tour Elephantine Island Museum and antiquity sites. Located in the center of the Nile just downriver from the cataracts this high island guarded the southern border of Egypt. Occupied since the predynastic period there are ruins of temples to Khnum, the ram-headed god of the cataracts, who guarded and controlled the waters of the Nile from caves beneath the island. There are two Nilometers.
A Nilometer was a structure for measuring the Nile River's clarity and water level during the annual flood season. It was a step-like structure that measured how high the flood would be. If it was low, there would be famine. If it was too high, it would be destructive. There was a specific mark that indicated how high the flood should be if the fields were to get good soil. $80 per person, based on a minimum of two
Day 02: (Wednesday) Breakfast at your leisure as we sail down river to Kom Ombo. Here we visit the Temple of two gods. The temple building is totally symmetrical with two entrance's two halls and two sanctuaries. One side dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and the other to the crocodile god Sobek. Sail to Gebel el Silsila and visit the temple ruins, a destination not seen on most river cruises. You will be amazed as we tie up alongside the Speos of Horemheb, across the river from Silsila. This is a rock-hewn chapel with five openings formed by four pillars. A ramp of steps once accessed the chapel from the river. Inside there is a vaulted hall that leads to the sanctuary. In the sanctuary are seven statues, including that of Amun (in the center) and the Pharaoh Horemheb. The southwest wall has a scene of Horemheb being suckled by the goddess Taweret, represented as a hippopotamus. She is the god of the Nile, and was worshipped here perhaps more than anywhere else, as this part of the Nile was thought by the Egyptians to be its origin. The decorations were finished by Ramses II. If possible dinner will be served on the grounds of the illuminated temple or on the upper deck of Boat, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere with music to match the mood. Overnight Silsila (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 03: (Thursday) Sail to Edfu. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Arriving visit Edfu Temple by horse drawn carriage. One of the largest and most intact of the Nile's temples, two beautiful granite statues of the Falcon God Horus flank the entrance. After your visit to the temple, either ride or walk through the bazaar, this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. Sail to Esna and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04: (Friday) Breakfast and disembark. (Breakfast)
NOTE: Optional tours in Luxor including:
the Necropolis of Thebes (Valley
of the Kings, Valley of the Queens), Queen Hatshepsut's temple, tombs of the nobles and artisans, Temple of Seti 1, Ramesseum, Temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi
of Memnon. $95 per person, based on a minimum of two.
Optional East bank tours:
Temple of Karnak, Temple of Luxor, Luxor Museum. $93 per person, based on a minimum of two
Temple of Hathor at Dendarah: $58 per person, based on a minimum of two
CRUISE INCLUDES: Cabins or suites with private baths and individual climate control. Meals as noted. Transfers to/from antiquity sites visited on ship's itinerary. Entry fees to sites. Services of an English speaking licensed guide unless you prefer a different language (we have guides fluent in most major languages). Port fees, service charges and taxes.
NOT INCLUDED: Anything prior to embarkation or after disembarkation. Items of a personal nature such as tips, laundry, telephone, beverages of any nature at any time, anything not specifically mentioned as included.
NOTE: Rates are subject to change without notice.
|4 Day / 3
|Shoulder (May - Sept)
New Year, Easter)
0 - 1 years old - Free of Charge
2 - 5 years old - pay 25% of tour price
6 - 11 years old - pay 50% of tour price
12+ years old - pay full tour price as per adult person