Eternal river

From Assouan to Luxor

6 days / 5 nights

 

Departing from bustling Aswan, this 6 day cruise will journey north to the ancient city of Luxor. Cruising in the spirit of the Bell Époque, you will not miss any of the grand Pharaonic sites along the Nile Valley.

 

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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.

1Aswan

 

D1 – ASWAN
Transfer to the Steam Ship Sudan. Settle in into your cabin.
Lunch on board. Afternoon visit of the Temple of Philae – the Pearl of Egypt – in Nubia, dedicated to the cult of the Goddess Isis since the 3rd Century BC.
Late afternoon free time in Aswan. Why not discover its colourful and popular souk.
Dinner on board and overnight stay in Aswan.

2Edfu

 

D2 – ASWAN / KOM OMBO / EDFU
Early start sailing to Kom Ombo, north of Aswan.
Visit of the Temple of Kom Ombo, erected on the Nile banks, on one of the most seducing site of Upper-Egypt. This singular temple was dedicated to two devinities : Horus, the Falcon God and Sobek, the Crocodile God.
Lunch on board while sailing to Edfu.
Late afternoon visit of the best preserved temple of the Ptolemaic Dynasty ; its buildings are perfect examples of Ancient Egypt sacred architecture.
Back on board. Night sailing to Esna. Overnight stay in Esna.

3Esna

 

D3 – ESNA / LUXOR
After the passing of the Esna lock, sailing to Luxor, the Ancient Egyptian City of Thebes.
Afternoon visit of the majestic site of Karnak, dedicated to the God Amun, patron of the New Kingdom’s Pharaohs.
Evening visit of the Temple of Luxor. The evening light particularly highlights the perfection of Amenophis III’s columns. That’s where the Feast of Opet was held every year to celebrate the floodings of the Nile and the fertily of the land.
Dinner and overnight stay in Luxor.

4Qena

 

D4 – LUXOR / QENA / DENDERA
Sailing to Qena, north of Luxor. Only a few ships sail this splendid stretch of the river Nile where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing morning admiring both banks of the Nile.
Lunch on board and visit of the Temple of Dendera.
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 best preserved most famous monuments in Egypt and offers a splendid view of Upper-Egypt countryside from the roof.
Dinner and overnight stay in Qena.

5Luxor

 

D5 – 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.
Lunch on board. Relaxing afternoon sailing to Luxor.
Dinner and overnight stay on board in Luxor.

 

D6 – LUXOR
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.
Departure from the boat before lunch.