DAY 1: CAIRO
Fly to Egypt's capital city, Cairo. Check into the MS Darakum, dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 2: CAIRO
Depart after breakfast to visit Giza, where the famous Pyramids stand as monuments to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the Great Sphinx, which has kept its secrets for centuries. After lunch, the tour continues to the Egyptian Museum containing treasures from Egypt’s ancient past including the magnificent Tutankhamun collection. Cocktail party, Takht (Oriental Music), dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 3: CAIRO - BENI SUEF
Enjoy the beauty of the Nile whilst sailing from Cairo to Beni Suef. Dinner, crew show and overnight on board.
DAY 4: FAYOUM
After breakfast full day tour to 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. Return to the boat (approximately 1.5 hours), dinner and overnight Beni Suef.
Day 5: FAYOUM - MINYA
A full day’s sailing to Minya which takes almost 12 hours. Treasure Hunt, dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 6: MINYA
After breakfast visit the Tuna El Gebel, the necropolis of Khmun, to visit the Tomb of Petosiris, tomb of Isadora and the sacred catacombs of Thoth. Continue to Ashmunein to visit its Open Air museum, the temple of Thoth and the sanctuary of Amun. Return to the boat for lunch. After lunch, 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. Dinner, Folkloric show and overnight in Minya.
Day 7: MINYA – TEL EL AMARNA - ASYUT
Morning sailing to Tel El Amarna. After lunch visit the Tel El Amarna site, once the city of Akhenaten, the Pharaoh known for his revolutionary religion that worshiped Aten. Sail to Asyut. Stop in front of Prince Tawdrous Monastery and view from the boat. Music in the bar. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: ASYUT – SOHAG – EL BALYANA
An eight hour sailing to Sohag. Visit Abydos. 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. Return to the boat and overnight on board. Black & White Party night. Overnight in Sohag.
DAY 9: ABYDOS - QENA
A full day’s sailing to Qena. Return to the boat at Naga Hammadi, sailing through two locks and under the railway bridge to reach Qena. Contest party. Dinner and overnight in Qena.
DAY 10: QENA - LUXOR
After breakfast visit Dendarah. The temple complex of is one of the best preserved in Egypt. Return to the boat and sail to Luxor. Belly Dancer show and overnight in Luxor.
DAY 11: LUXOR
Visit to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 12: LUXOR – EDFU
After breakfast visit the East Bank Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Dinner and Galabya Party night. Sail to Edfu and overnight.
DAY 13: EDFU – KOM OMBO - ASWAN
Morning visit to Edfu, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Aswan and overnight in Aswan.
DAY 14: ASWAN
Morning visit of the High Dam in Aswan and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Afternoon visit to the Nubian Museum. Dinner, Nubian Show and overnight in Aswan.
DAY 15: 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. Disembark after lunch 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 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.
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*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.