A special Nile cruise on selected dates only with shorter version from Cairo
to Luxor only for 11 nights on additional dates: 23 March 2016. The most
comprehensive visit to all the important ancients sites along the Nile of
Egypt. 14, 12 and 9 night options available. Scroll down to the price chart
Arrival in Cairo and embarkation
Individual arrival at Cairo
airport where our
representative will assist you through passport control formalities, luggage
identification and portage will greet you. From the airport you will be
transferred by a private A/C car to your Nile Cruise. Dinner & Overnight in
Day 2: Egyptian Museum – Giza Pyramids - Folkloric show
Excursion tour to visit, one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids
of Giza (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus), Cheops is the most colossal ever
built. Next is a close-up look at the sphinx - a huge funeral complex
guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren and The
Valley Temple. Then visit The Egyptian Museum of antiquities. On display is
a rare collection of 5000 years of art the largest most precious collection
of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented,
including an exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamen collection of treasures,
gold, and jeweler, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years
before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. The tour
is including Lunch.Some extra entrance fee has to be paid for the mummy
In the evening we will treat you to a Folkloric show. Dinner & Overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: Sailing Day - Staff Show
full day sailing to Beni Suef 115 km south of Cairo, an important
agricultural center and historically the Egyptian center of the famous
Egyptian linen production. In the evening we invite you for a special
entertainment performed by the crew and staff on the ship. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 4: Hawara Pyramids -
Visit Fayoum the oldest city in Egypt built on the remains of a
4000 year old settlement which has been inhabited since per-historic times,
known as Crocodopolis since it was dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek.
The crocodile was actually living in a special temple pond and was fed by
the priests with food provided by visitors. Excursion to the Hawara Pyramid
believed to be the final resting place of the pharaoh Amenemhet III.
Continue to Maydom, Pyramid which was originally a step pyramid built for
the last ruler of the third dynasty. Drive back
to boat will take one and half hour. Dinner & Overnight on board at Beni
Day 5: Sailing Day
Full day sailing to Minya which takes
almost 12 hours The city is about half way on the Nile between Cairo and
Luxor and it is the birthplace of pharaoh Cheops the famous builder of the
admired pyramid at Giza who rained round 2300 B.C. Mona is the Christian
Coptic Center in Egypt where after having been lost for 1700 years a
surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas was discovered ( The Codex of Tchacos)
Retunr to the ship for.
Dinner & Overnight on board at Minya.
Day 6: Beni Hassan - Tuna El Gebel -
After breakfast drive to Beni Hassan tombs, an ancient
Egyptian cemetery from the Middle Period where tombs date back to the 21st
cnetury B. C. We will visit 4 richly painted and decorated tombs carved in
rock: the Tomb of Baqet III, Tomb of Khety, Tomb
of Amenemhet and the Tomb of Khnumhotep with colorful depictions of everyday
life in ancient Egypt. Return back to the ship for lunch. After lunch, visit Tuna El Gebel &
Ashmunein. One hour drive from Minya dock to Tuna el Gebel to visit
the temple -shaped Tomb of Petosiris, tomb of Isadora the tragic girl from
the Roman period of Eghypt whose drowned body has been mummified and
displayed in her mausoleum. We will also visit the sacred catacombs of Thoth,
the ibis-headed god. Then
drive to Ashmunein to visit its the open air museum with its massive baboon
statues, the remains of the Temple of Thoth and the
sanctuary of Amun. Return to the ship. Dinner & Overnight in Minya on
Day 7: Tel El Amarna
Sail to Tel El Amarna (6 hours). After lunch,
visit Tel El Amarna site, the eerie remains of the capital city of
pharaoh Akhetaten, the "heretic" ruler who believed in only one god. Visit
the remains of his palace and the royal tomb once housed the body of this
famed ruler, then return to the ship to sail to the town of Asyut on the
west bank of the Nile. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 8: Sailing
Day - Black & White Party
Sail to Sohag a modern city located
in an agricultural area on the west bank of the Nile. Sail to El Balyana,
the closest city and hop off point to ancient Abydos. This night we feature
a night Black & White dress up party. Dinner & Overnight on board
9: Abydos Temple
Visit Abydos Temple from El Balyana which is a 20
minutes drive. The ancient city is one of the oldest ones in the world
already inhabited before Egyptian dynastic times as early as 6000 B.C.
predating the time of the first pharaohs. Abydos is one of the most
important sites in Egypt in its heydays featuring many secret temples and
the Necropolis. The highlight of the day is a visit to the Temple of Seti, a
warrior ruler from the 19th dynasty of pharaohs who captured the city of
Kadesh from their enemy, the Hittites and was the father of Egypt's greatest
ruler, Ramses II.
Inside the temple's Hypostyle Hall and on one of the beams you could find
the sensational carvings that caused the greatest controversy among
archeologists and people believing in
otherwordly visitations. You can see a series of carving depicting
helicopters and spacecraft and submarines. Return to the ship at Naga Hammadi
best known for the collection of ancient Coptic books discovered in the area
Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philippe and the Gospel of Truth. This
ancient Christian library is now housed in the Coptic Museum in Caior. The boat
the two locks and continue sailing to Qena. Dinner &
Overnight on board
Day 10: Dendara temple - Belly Dancer Party
This morning after brekfast we drive to Dendara temple complex an other
important site in Egyptian history. View the Temple of Hathor, the Egyptian
Goddess of love, joy, feminism and maternity. She is usually depicted
as a slender "cow" holding the sun disk among two of her horns. The temple
was the place where the famed Dendera Zodiac relief was found
depicting the ancient sky. It is on display at the Louvre. Return to boat and sail to
Luxor. At night Belly Dancer party.
Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Day 11: Luxor: West Bank: Valley of the Kings - Temple of Queen Hatshepsute
- Colossi of Memnon
Breakfast. Visit the West Bank including: Valley of
the Kings (Is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from
the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and
powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth
Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile,
across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban
Necropolis.), Colossi of Memnon (The two colossi are made of sandstone,
which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each
colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and
represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Memes, or
royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides
of the colossi there is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending
together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper
and Lower Egypt) and Temple of Queen Hatshepsute (Hatshepsut was the fifth
Pharaoh of the18th-dynasty who was one of the handful of female rulers in
Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her
funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power).
Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Day 12: Luxor: East Bank – Karnak Temple
- Luxor Temple - GALABYA PARTY
Breakfast. Visit the Karnak Temple, which
is a serious of temples, built in different reigns. Starting by the Avenue
of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134
gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsute and Tutomosis III, the
temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus
of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. Then visit Luxor Temple, It was known
in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. This
was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak Temple, which was the
northern house of Amon Ra. Sail to Edfu. At night GALABYA PARTY. Dinner &
Overnight on board.
Day 13: Edfu Temple – Kom Ombo Temple
visit The Edfu Temple (Lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the west
bank of the Nile. It dates to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the
worship of god Hours represented as a falcon. It is one of the most
beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure
that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with
Luxor temples. It is the second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses
the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance). Sail to Kom Ombo and Visit
the Kom-Ombo Temple (Located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is
built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the
Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile
god. It is noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient
surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three
mummified crocodiles. They are now in Hathor's chapel). Sail to Aswan.
Dinner & Overnight in Aswan.
Day 14: Aswan: Philae Temple - High Dam
– Nubian Show
After Breakfast, Excursion tour to visit, Philae Temple
(The Temple of Isis is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies
about a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its
huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes) and High Dam (One of the most
outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was
constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The High dam was
constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as providing irrigation
and electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long. Visitors can easily
locate Lake Nasser which is a huge water reservoir). At night Nubian Show
Party. Dinner & Overnight in Aswan.
Day 15: Aswan: Disembarkation.
After breakfast, Disembarkation. Check out from the Nile Cruise. Possibility
to add a side trip to Abu Simbel with its 2 fantastic temples of Ramses II
and his favorite wife, Nefertari.
Price in application:
Cruise Price Includes:
* Accommodation on
board of the
Ms Hamees Nile Cruise on full board on main or lower decks. Guaranteed upper
deck supplement: 10%.
* All airport transfers by private
deluxe A/C vehicle.
* All Nile cruise tours and shore excursions.
Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary
** English-speaking tour
guide during tours as mentioned above.
Prices do not include:
* Entry Visa to Egypt
* Personal; expenses
Optional extension by flight to Abu Simbel:
Abu Simbel excursion from Aswan by flight EGYPT AIR excluding entrance fees
& including all transfers in Aswan & Abu Simbel + Flight + Guide: Per
Person: US$ 269
Extra nights in Cairo, Luxor or Aswan can be added.
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