DAY 1: ASWAN
Embarkation on cruise in Aswan, dinner and overnight in Aswan.
DAY 2: ASWAN
Morning visit of the High Dam in Aswan and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Afternoon visit to the Nubian Museum. Dinner, Cocktail party and overnight Aswan.
DAY 3: ASWAN
Morning at leisure for those clients not taking the optional Abu Simbel trip, a chance to relax on the sun deck, or stroll around Aswan. After lunch sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Crew show, dinner and overnight at Edfu.
DAY 4: EDFU - LUXOR
Visit Edfu Temple, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Sail to Luxor via Esna Lock. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 5: LUXOR
Visit to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut. After lunch visit the East Bank Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Dinner, Belly Dancer show and overnight in Luxor.
DAY 6: LUXOR - QENA
Early morning sailing to Qena. After breakfast visit Abydos Temple.The main monument at Abydos is the Temple of Seti I, built around 1300 BC by Seti and his son Ramses II. It is especially notable for its fine reliefs, considered among the best of the New Kingdom. After lunch visit the impressive Denderah Temple complex which has some of the most vibrant and colourful paintings dating from antiquity. Return to the boat in Qena. Dinner and Contest Party. Overnight in Qena.
DAY 7: QENA - SOHAG
Full day sailing to Sohag via Naga Hammadi Bridge and Abu Homar’s Lock. Dinner, Treasure Hunt and overnight at Sohag.
DAY 8: SOHAG - ASYUT
Enjoy the beauty of the Nile whilst sailing from Sohag to Tel El Amarna via Asyut Lock. Stop in front of Prince Tawdrous Monastery to view the monastery from the boat. Dinner and overnight in Tel El Amarna.
DAY 9: TEL EL AMARNA - MINYA
After breakfast visit the tombs at Tel El Amarna, the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the small and great temples of Aten. Return to the boat for lunch on board. After lunch sail to Minya. Visit the rock-tombs of Beni Hassan that are carved into the high limestone cliffs of the east bank of the Nile. The painted scenes depict the daily lives of the rulers and their families including scenes of desert hunting, weaving and spinning, fishing, country living, gathering crops and catching birds.Return to the boat. Dinner and Folkloric show on board. Overnight in Minya.
DAY 10: MINYA – BENI SUEF
After breakfast visit Tuna El Gebel and Ashmunein. Visit the Tomb of Petosiris, tomb of Isadora and the sacred catacombs of Thoth. In Ashmunein visit the Open Air museum, the temple of Thoth and the sanctuary of Amun. Return to the boat and sail to Beni Suif. Galabya Party night and overnight at Beni Suef.
DAY 11: FAYOUM - CAIRO
After breakfast visit the Maydom Pyramid and the Hawara Pyramid in Fayoum. Maydom is the location of a large pyramid, and several large mud-brick mastabas. Hawara is an archaeological site of Ancient Egypt at the entrance to the depression of the Fayoum oasis where you will visit the Pyramid of Amenemhet III. Sail to Cairo and overnight.
DAY 12: CAIRO
After breakfast visit the Sphinx and Pyramids. Lunch on board. After lunch visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Dinner followed by Takht (Oriental Music). Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 13: CAIRO
Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Please note: the order or content of your itinerary may be amended due to lock closures, low water levels or any other unforeseeable circumstances. Due to the increasing number of boats on the Nile, at some docking points boats are moored side by side obstructing the view from cabins. Occasionally, due to operational difficulties a change of vessel can occur. However, the sightseeing itinerary will remain the same.
A range of optional excursions are available. Please click here for more information.
*Orbital Travel act as agents for the activity operator/supplier only. The contract for these excursions, tours and activities is between the client and the local suppliers who offer them. Local suppliers are independent of Orbital Travel. Optional excursions are payable in cash at the time of booking.