Full day Alexandria from Cairo:
gover the west bank of Luxor is one of the most exciting experiences you can ever have, not just seeing the river Nile, ancient city of Luxor with its great monuments of the ancients “Valley of the Kings, Queen, Temples of Ramses II, Ramses III, and Queen Hatshepsut” you will enjoy also seeing the beautiful Nile Valley with the mud brick villages of the local where u will have a great opportunity for taking amazing photographs of Egypt from above.
The information regarding the pick up time will be given the night before by Good travt l of Egypt Representative
Today, we will start by boarding with the M/S Lotus cruise which sails all the way to Dandarah. On our way, we will have the opportunity to sunbathing and a swim.
Upon arrival we will board on air-conditioned bus which will take us to the great temple of Hathor, the Goddess of music and maternity for Ancient Egyptians, with some of the great bas-relief carving, with zodiac signs and story of Isis and Osiris, great ceilings with fantastic colors. After exploring the temple we drive back to the ship for lunch and enjoy watching Sunset with Tea & Cookies while sailing back to Luxor
A tour will be escorted by Good travel of Egypt representative to Jolie Ville Maritim hotel on Crocodile Island.
Our meeting point will be in reception to collect tickets – on to a short walk to collect the Egyptian traditional wear (Galabyia) Sail for 1 hr then back to meet in a tent for an open Egyptian buffet with unlimited soft drinks, local bear & wine watching an Egyptian show that includes a belly dancer.
Full day Abydos
In the morning, we will drive by following the Nile upstream to visit the most well preserved temple of Seti I and his son Ramses II of the 19th Dynasty which left us one of the most important temples of ancient Egypt at Abydos, its well known for the magnificent colors and great carving. We will have also in that temple one of the most important lists of the kings ruled Egypt from Narmer of the 1st Dynasty till Ramses II 19th Dynasty. Not to forget the Osirion “the tomb of God Osiris” one of the most confusing structure of ancient Egypt
Full day Denderah & Abydos
We will have an early morning drive in an air conditioned coach through the country side, to get the Abydos with its magnificent temple that was built by Seti I of the 19th Dynasty completed by his son Ramses II 1200 B.C, Abydos carving and colors are considered the best among the Egyptian monuments. After exploring the temple of Abydos, we will drive south to the Dandara, the temple of Hathor, and its astronomy scenes; it is one of the best Greco-Roman temples in Egypt.
Full day Esna & Edfu from Luxor
We will have an early morning drive to Esna, the center of the agriculture and small textile industry ,Kings of the Old Kingdom constructed a temples dedicated to the Ram headed god 'Khnum', the Creator God, with it another temple dates to Ptolemaic and Roman times and it is one of the latest constructed temples in Egypt. Only the hypostyle hall of the temple exists, the rest of the temple is buried under the modern city of Esna.
After seeing the temple of Esna, we will continue our way to Edfu to the great temple of Horus “the Falcon Headed God”, the temple was built where the ancient Egyptians believed that the mythdogical battle betweens Gods Horus and Seth took place.
The temple of Edfu is the most complete and best preserved of all the temples of Egypt, started by Ptolemy III 237 BC completed 180 year later in 57 B.C
Full day Karnak & Luxor Temples
In the early morning, we will drive to the temple of Karnak , no site in Egypt is more impressive that Karnak. Champollion, the French man who first deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs described it as “so vast and so grandiose” that the Egyptians must have designed it for “men one hundred feet high”. Karnak complex is the largest temple complex ever built by man, it's considered the greatest place of worship including many singular temples.
It covers an area of two square kilometers “1.6 square miles”
The temple of Amon-Rc Karnak’s principle building is the largest religious structure ever built.
In the after noon we will visit the temple of Luxor. In ancient times, religious processions moved between the karnak temple complex and Luxor temple along a 2.5 Kilometer long paved avenue of Sphinxes, that we can see about 70 Sphinxes of them in front of the temple.
The processions representing the sacred marriage of god Amun Ra to goddess Mut, their marrage was celebrated every year by moving the sacred boats carrying the status of the Gods status from Karnak to Luxor temple.
The temple of Luxor was built by two of the great pharaohs of ancient Egypt Amenhotep III 1400 B.C “probably” father or grandfather of Tutankhamon and the great Ramses II 1200 B.C, Ptolomics Romans, Copts, and Muslims added to the temple as well.
Can be done in half day
Full Valley of Kings/Queens & Deir El Bahari
Today, we will start a little bit early to avoid the midday sun, crossing the Nile to the west bank of Luxor, passing by the famous valley of the kings where the great pharaohs of the New Kingdom along with same their courtiers High Priests, Army generals were buried. Sixty-two tombs and twenty unfinished pits have been found here. First king buried here was Amonhotop I 1550 B.C.
Many kings & queens of various dynasties ordered to have their tombs carved in the rock-faces of the valley so as to safeguard them against grave robbers. Tombs are composed of several rooms & corridors leading to the burial chamber.
We will have three tombs to see with your ticket, “Tutankhamen is not included”.
Valley of the queens, in ancient times it was called “The Place of Royal Children and Wives. It was used in the new kingdom as the burial place for several royal wives, princesses and princesses. Three tombs are open today; two belong to two sons of Ramses III and one of the 20th dyn, probably the wife of Ramses III.
Temple of Deir El-Bahary, one of the most memorable panoramas in Thebes in the approach to the beautiful temple of Queen Hatashepsut, some very important carvings on the walls of the temple that include the famous expedition to Punt land “ probably Somalia “ and the carvings in the two chapels of Aunbis & Hathor.
On our return journey, we will stop at the clossi of Memnon – two gigantic statues sitting representing one of the Kings of Anceint Egypt facing the Nile.
Full day West Bank ( Ramasseum/Madinet Habu/Nobles)
Today you will have the chance to see more of the west bank, starting with the great memorial temple of Ramses II, which is known as the Ramasseum.
The nineteenth century Englishwoman Emilia Edwards wrote (The Ramesseum in the most cheerful, Drenched in sunshine of which it is built seems to have mellowed and turned golden with time. No walls enclose it. No towering pylons overshadow it. It stands high and the air circulates freely. There are not many Egyptians ruins in which one can talk and be merry). It was here that the Egyptians carved one of the biggest statues ever of Ramses II , curved out of one piece of granite, for its gigantic statues destroyed by Persian Cambyses was 23 m high weighed almost 1,000 tons
Madinet Habu of the memorial temple of Ramsis III, it is one of the few monuments in Egypt to convey the emotional impact that religious art and architecture must have had for the ancient Egyptians,
It was here, that the workmen, who constructed the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings at the time of Ramses III, came to demand payment when they went on strike.
It was here that the first record of navel battles in the history was carved on the walls of Habu.
Noble’s tombs, it is a chance to admire and appreciate the private tombs of the Nobles of the New Kingdom, with more than 500 private of which 464 are numbered and known with its daily life scenes depiction.
Half day Denderah
In the early morning, we will drive to the north of Luxor approximately 1 hour, to reach the town of Qena, where we have the temple of Goddess Hathor. It’s a very good state of preservation; it is very famous for its ceiling and its colors. The ceilings are covered with signs of the zodiac “introduced by Romans”, the famous painting for Queen Cleopatra and caesarion her son from Julius Cesar and the images of the sky Goddess Nut who swallows the sun disc each evening in order to give birth to it at dawn.
Half day Luxor Museum
Luxor Museum is located between the temples of Karnak & Luxor, the museum was opened in 1976, housing one of the finest collections of Egyptian sculpture in the world of the Pharaonic Relics from Luxor & nearby areas.
Inside which we can see the Mummification museum, it was opened in 1998 it has several interesting objects like Mummification
Tools, dishes of substances used in the process of Mummification, Canopic Jars, Shabti statues and Mummified animals.
Can be done in the morning or afternoon.
Sound & Light Karnak
It is a spectacular, dramatic presentation of historical events in the Complex of Karnak.
Done in more than six languages in different timings on each day.
Show lasts for 1hr 30mins.
we will pick you up from hotel an hour prior to sunset, drive to Sheraton Hotel.
Felucca for an hour including tea/coffee & cookies served by one of the Sheraton waiters.
(Life jackets/Rings are included on the felucca)
The clients are escorted by road from Luxor for about 30 min driving to Garagoz Village, They visit the Monastery of Monks where one of the nuns escort them –with their tour guide – in an orientation visit where the clients can discover the Monastery from inside, At the end of the visit, it is customary that they leave a donation for the Monastery.
There is an alabaster factory built near to the Monastery that the clients can visit afterwards. (it is closed in the mean time).
Full day Abu Simbel by Coach
An early morning start with a journey through the desert of Egypt that will take you to the great temples of Abu-Simbel, the Pharaonic site with an inspiring history. Under the umbrella of the UNECSO the two great temples were saved from the waters of Lake Nasser the biggest man made lake in the world.
A massive complex guarded by four colossal statues of King Ramses II each more than 60 Feet high. Inside it, the walls of the two temples are covered with incredibly well preserved murals depicting scenes of Queen Nefertari and her Great King Ramses II while presenting the offerings to the goddesses and his great battles against his enemies with carvings of the first peace treaty in the history signed between the Egyptian and the Hittites about 1200 B.C
Can be done by air Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan or an overnight in Abu Simbel Hotel
Full day Kom-Ombo & Edfu
This morning we will drive north Aswan to visit the temple of Hours at Edfu which considered the best preserved Ptolomic temple in Egypt with its famous battle scenes between Hours and his evil uncle Seth along with the beautiful scened of the Good Union Festivcal ‘ Hours and his Wife Hathor’.
Next we will stop at the ancient trading town of Kom-Ombo to see the beautiful temple of Hours and Sobek. The temple was dedicated equally to Sobek ‘ The Crocodile’ and to Hours ‘the Elder’ & it was begun by Ptolomy VI but most of the decorations was not completed until Ptolomy XII and the outermost areas were not built until the Roman times including the famous surgical instruments secne.
Felucca ride Including the Botanical Gardens
A relaxing 4 hrs excursion sail around the islands of Aswan by small feluccas replicas of the old ancient sail boats.
Elephantine island is one of the strongest forts along the southern borders, ruins of several stone temples from various periods can be seen and the Mausoleum of Agha Khan.
Lord Kitchener island lies in the mid-stream near Elephantine Island is a natural exhibition for equatorial and tropical trees and shrubs.
Can be done in the morning or in the afternoon
Half day High Dam, Oblisque & Philae
This morning we will tour the Aswan High Dam which considered a miracle of engineering when completed numbers tell part of the story:
It stands 3.6 KM long, 111 METER tall and its base is 980 METER thick, the power station generates 190 million KM per hour.
The amount of materials used in constructing the dam is 18 times the amount of materials used to construct the great Pyramid at Giza.
On to visit the island of Agilkia now houses the temple and relics of Philae Island that was submerged by the waters of the high dam. Temple was dismantled and reassembled on the island which lies 500 m from the original Philae island.
Philae was the cult center of Goddesses Isis who was revered throughout much of the Roman World; and the site survived as the last outpost of the old pagan religion well into the present era, not being officially closed till the reign of Justinian in 550 A.D
We will finish our tour by visiting the huge unfinished obelisk measuring 41 m in length and 4 m square at the base showing the techniques adopted by ancient Egyptians in cutting out the obliques.
Half day Kalabsha Temple
In the morning, we will drive to the temple of Kalabsha which considered being the biggest freestanding temple that was saved during the Nubian Salvage campaign, originally stood about 57 KM South from here and it is famous for its Greek Graffiti and Nubian carvings ‘Meroitic’.
It is the second dual temple in Egypt after Kon-Ommbo , and the different provinces of upper and lower Egypt are depicted on its walls.
Half day Kom-Ombo
Closer to Aswan lie the double temple that is divided into 2 shrines for Sobek the crocodile god and Horus the falcon god.
Hundreds of crocodile Used to gather on the sanbar near Kom-Ombo to mate or sunbathe until stem boats drove them away in the 19th century.
Their mummified ancestors are still stored in one of the temple's chapels.
Half day Nubian House & Nubian Museum
Today, we will visit one of the local Nubian villages to enjoy the fascinating history & culture of the local Nubian people of Aswan by sailing on The Nile to one of their villages to feel their hospitality trying their local mint tea.
Followed by visiting the beautiful Nubian Museum, it’s simply tells you a story of a great people, The Nubians.
Since the dawn of history till now, some great artifacts found in Nubian before it was submerged by Lake Nasser.
The Museum was completed in 1998 and received the Aga Khan Award of Architecture in 2001 and is renowned as a center of African and Middle Eastern Archaeology and Scholarship.
Can be done in the morning or in the afternoon approx 4-5hrs tour
Half day St.Simeon & Tombs of the Nobles
Today, we will have a motor boat trip to get the camel experience up to the monastery of Amba Samaan, a local saint livid in this best preserved Coptic monastery built in the 6th & 7th centuries AD – enlarged & restored in the 10th century then abandoned in the 13th century on to by camels to the rock cut tombs and Qubbet El Hawa on the summit of the hill.
The tombs are set on several levels or terraces in the side of the hill and are the burial places of the princes of the town of Elephantine.
Descending the flight of steps and on to the motor boat.
Can be done in the morning or in the afternoon approx 4-5 hrs visit.
Half day Tombs of the Nobles
West bank of the Nile on the summit of the hill is the tomb of a Sheikh ,From there a really superb view down the hill with its rock cut tombs and across the Nile valley, the region of the cataracts and the desert.
Ascending flight steps to visit the tombs set on several levels or terraces in the side of the hill and are the burial places of the princes and dignitaries of the town of Elephantine.
Motor boat excursion can be done in the morning or in the afternoon.
Sound & Light Philae
An evening ride to the island of Agilkia to sit under the stars, watch & listen for an hour 15 mins the story of the Goddess Isis Lady of the Philae temple.
Done every evening in more than 6 languages.
Vehicle and motor boat are included in the transport.
Half Day Nubian Village (West Soheil)
Take a boat ride to visit the First Cataract and Lord Kitchener‘s Island. Take time to wander through the botanical gardens created by Lord Kitchener himself. Then it’s off to visit the Nubian Village passing by the national bird reserve. Your guide will be one of the village locals who will accompany you through his home town and may be into one of the houses for a spot of tea!
Abu Simbel Visits
It’s an evening spectacular show for the rock cut temples of Abu Simbel Ramasis II constructed them more than 3,000 years ago in the years 26-34 of his reign.
Very near to the river as his sanctuaries for eternity. Simply an experience that can not to be missed.
Abu Simbel Temples from Abu Simbel hotel.