The Dynastic

From Luxor to Assouan

6 days / 5 night

 

Board the Steam Ship Sudan in Luxor for a 6 day journey through time. On this refined cruise from Luxor to Aswan, you will visit all the major archaeological sites of Upper Egypt and discover the spirit that so inspired Agatha Christie to write ‘Death on the Nile’…

 

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Between the end of November and mid-February, due to low water, the Nile no longer allows navigation from in Luxor to Qena . We offer you another program, do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

1Qena

 

D2 – QENA / DENDERA / ABYDOS / LUXOR
Early start (2 hours drive) to Abydos, a holy city and the cult centre of Osiris, regent of the Kingdom of the Dead and god of resurrection. From the Ancient Kingdom era, Abydos was an exceptional site of pilgrimage. The Temple of Seti I is a wonder with its colourful and fine bas-reliefs which mark the birth of Ramesside art.
Visit of the Temple of Dendera on the way back. Dendera is the name of the spectacular temple of Hathor, Goddess of love and joy, also known for protecting women and nursing Pharaohs. Secluded at the border of cultivated land and desert, with its richly decorated chapels, its Hathor-headed columns, its obscure corridors and stairs, the unique vestige of the ancient city of Dendera is one of the most famous best preserved monuments in Egypt and offers a splendid view of Upper-Egypt countryside from the roof.
Back on board for lunch. Relaxing afternoon sailing to Luxor.
Dinner and overnight stay on board in Luxor.

2Luxor

 

D1 – LUXOR TO QENA
Transfer to the ship. Settle in on board and into your cabin. Lunch on board.
Afternoon visit of Luxor’s east bank through the discovery of the Karnak Temple Complex, one of the largest sacred site in the world ; it especially comprises the Temple of Amun, the patron deity of Karnak. Its construction lasted from the Middle Kingdom till the Ptoleamic Kingdom.
Visit of the Temple of Luxor. Built under Amenophis III and extended under Ramesses II, the Temple of Luxor is the most elegant pharaonic building.
Sailing towards Qena, located north of Luxor. Only a few ships sail this splendid stretch of the river Nile where you will be able to enjoy the sunset and admire both banks of the Nile.
Dinner and overnight stay on board in Qena.

3Edfu

 

D3 – LUXOR / ESNA / EDFU
The morning is dedicated to the discovery of the Theban necropolis, land of mysteries and god Osiris home under the New Kingdom: the Valley of the Pharaohs, whose beautifully decorated tombs which tell us the travel of the deceased through the afterlife and visit the tomb of Ramses VI which measures 116 meters long ; the Valley of the Queens, secret necropolis of the royal wives and visit the tomb of Nefertari, the best known of the wives of Ramses VI (according to the affluence, this visit is not guaranteed); the Valley of the Nobles, which is the necropolis of officials, high dignitaries and the court in general, who did not come from royalty and visit the tomb of Ramose ; the Valley of Craftsmen known as Deir el-Medina, created to welcome the sculptors, painters and stonemasons who worked on the necropolises.
Then we join the boat for lunch. Navigation towards Esna, then Edfu. Dinner on board.

4Kom Ombo

 

D4 – EDFU / KOM OMBO
Morning visit of the Temple of Edfu. Dedicated to Horus and Hathor, its construction started during the 3rd Century BC under the Ptolemaic Dynasty and was completed 170 years later ; it’s one of the best preserved building of Ancient Egypt.
Back on board and sailing to Kom Ombo for sunset. Evening visit of the Temple of Kom Ombo, a unique architectural and religious type of complex in Egypt as it was dedicated to two divinities. Two temples are gathered on the same site. The south part is dedicated to Horus, the Falcon God and the north part to Sobek, the Crocodile God.
Overnight on board.

5Aswan

 

D5 – KOM OMBO TO ASWAN
Sailing to Aswan at the end of the Nile Valley, where ancient Nubia begins. Large sandy banks are slowly replacing cultivated land along the Nile. This is where civilisation once ended. From the 3rd Century, Elephantine Island was a trading centre. Nubia (which means gold in Nubian) had a rich soil, providing to Egypt not only gold but also soldiers, precious woods and ivory.
Visit of the Temple of Philae, home to Isis, Goddess of marriage, fertility, motherhood, magic and medicine who ruled over life, death and resurrection. Philae was one of the most important sanctuary in Egypt and Nubia till 550 AD, when Byzantine emperor Justinian ordered its closing.
Free time in Aswan before dinner. Optional « Light and Sound » show in Philae.
Overnight stay in Aswan.

 

D6 – ASWAN
End of the journey, transfer from the ship after breakfast.