As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...
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Welcome to Egypt, arrival and transfer to hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.
This morning visit the three great pyramids and Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Explore this area on foot and then on camel back! In front of the pyramids sits the immense Sphinx. Located just a stone's throw from Giza, is tomb-strewn Saqqara. Partially covered tombs, drifting sands and pyramids dotted across the horizon give way to the centre piece - that of King Zhoser's step pyramid.
See the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum this morning. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen. Continue your touring, visiting the Citadel, built by Salah-El-Din in the 12th century and the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the afternoon, where you can pick up some souvenirs.
This morning take the flight to the ancient city of Luxor. On arrival we will check you into the hotel. This evening we visit the beautifully illuminated Luxor temple where you can enjoy a guided explanation of the site and some free time to explore.
This morning there is the option of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor before starting your days touring. Today explore Luxor’s West Bank and the atmospheric Valley of the Kings. Also visit the Valley of the Queens and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, passing the imposing Colossi of Memnon en route. Short transfer to Esna and board the Dahabeya, your home for the next five nights. Meet your Captain, the crew and your fellow travellers for a welcome drink and meeting with your Egyptologist guide. Enjoy an afternoon tour to Karnak Temple.
At sunrise start sailing to Edfu where your private horse drawn carriage will take you from the boat to visit the legendary Temple of Horus, which is the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, the best preserved and second largest temple in Egypt. Return to the dahabeya and continue sailing to Farris Island.
This morning visit Kom Ombo - a masterpiece of Greco–Roman art in Egypt. This twin temple is dedicated to two distinct divinities, the falcon God and Sobek the crocodile God. Each of the two gods has their own entrance, court, chambers colonnade and sanctuary in this unusual double temple with its perfect symmetry. After your visit continue sailing toward Aswan.
Have lunch on the Dahabeya before visiting the High Dam - a modern feat in engineering, creating the world's largest artificial lake - Lake Nasser. Take a leisurely boat ride out to Agilika island for a guided tour of the the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Early morning there is an opportunity to visit the spectacular temples of Abu Simbel by air – optional tour. Then it is time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers and the crew and disembark the dahabeya after breakfast. Take an afternoon flight from Aswan back to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel and have free time.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.