NAVIGATING THE NILE

Day1 - THU I CAIRO
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the airport after clearing customs. They will escort you from the airport to your hotel to check-in. Afternoon and evening are at leisure or enjoy an optional Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.
Day2 - FRI I CAIRO
Today is an exciting day of Egyptian adventure as we explore the cosmopolitan city of Cairo and all that it has to offer. From winding streets filled with markets, cafes and more to the magnificent creations located just outside of it. We adventure into the sand as your guide escorts you to the famous Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. Marvel at the size of these ancient and incredibly meaningful monuments as we learn about the history behind them and their meanings. (B,L)
Day3 - SAT I CAIRO I LUXOR
This morning we transfer to Cairo Airport following breakfast at your hotel. We depart for Luxor where we will board a Dahabeya for a relaxing week sailing the Nile River. These sailboats were common in the days of the monarchy (1920s-40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travelers enjoyed cruising along the Nile in style. The boats were rented for weeks at a time, and made their way from temple to temple enjoying the river breeze. The boats had four to ten cabins, bathrooms and a host of servants. Today the sailboats have been revived with modern comforts and conveniences. We will enjoy lunch on the boat before an excursion to visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak. We?ll explore the hypostyle hall of 137 columns and the imposing Dynasty Luxor Temple. This evening we stay moored on the Nile banks of Luxor. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - SUN I LUXOR I ESNA
This morning we visit the West Bank, known home to the burial places of the Pharoahs ? the Valley of the Kings ? where Howard Carter discovered the famed tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922. In the adjacent valley ? the Valley of the Queens ? we explore the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon which is made up of two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Your guide will explain the symbols and their meanings throughout the hieroglyphs scrawled across these temples. Learn how the ancient Egyptians thrived and built these massive structures on our exploration. In the afternoon we sail to the city of Esna (also referred to as Letopolis or Lato) with shopping markets and excavated temples. We moor here for the evening. (B,L,D)
Day5
After breakfast the day will be spent sailing from Esna to Edfu. So take advantage of the wonderful Egyptian vistas and wildlife as we glide along the Nile. Sunbathe on the top deck or sit in a comfortable rattan chair as you experience the Nile?s beauty in an intimate and privileged setting. Cocktail and meals will be served as we sail. Enjoy this beautiful day sailing through Africa?s Egypt. This evening we will moor alongside a Nile island before porting in Edfu. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - MON I ESNA I EDFU
Enjoy breakfast onboard before departing to explore the city of Edfu and its famed temple on the Nile?s west bank. The Temple of Horus at Edfu, was built between 237 and 57 BC under the reign of Cleopatra VII. Built of sandstone blocks, it faces the river with the remains of the ancient settlement of Edfu located just to the west. A guide will take you on a full tour of the temple and surrounding area, sharing the temple and settlement?s history. This evening we moor beside a Nile island. (B,L,D)
Day7 - WED I EDFU I KOM OMBO
Today is another glorious day to enjoy the breeze as we continue our adventure on the Nile, sailing from Edfu to Kom Ombo, an agricultural town famous for its temple. Again you will enjoy meals onboard as we use the wind to sail to our destination. The Dahabeya uses engines as needed when the wind is not sufficient, and a generator provides power. Soak in the Egyptian sun and take beautiful photos as we pass monuments, cities and other beautiful sights. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - THU I KOM OMBO I ASWAN
Kom Ombo was originally an Egyptian city called Nubt (meaning City of Gold). During the Greco-Roman period it became a Greek settlement and had control over trade routes. The city is most popular for its Temple of Kom Ombo built during the Ptolemaic dynasty of 180-47 BC. It is especially unique because it is actually a double temple, meaning there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms built for two sets of gods in one location. The southern half of the temple is dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. The northern half of the temple is dedicated to the falcon god, Horus the Elder, Tasenetnofret and Panebtawy. Tour the temple and its surroundings before boarding the river vessel for sailing to Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day9 - FRI I ASWAN
This morning get ready for a day of exploration with breakfast on-board before disembarking for a tour of Aswan, a city in the south of Egypt on the east bank of the Nile just north of the Aswan Dams. We will visit the Aswan High Dam which was completed in 1971 and the Old Dam which was completed in 1902. The dams are important for controlling floods, providing water for irrigation and generating hydroelectricity. Before the dams the Nile would flood in the late summer every year and would sometimes wipe out entire crops. We will also visit the island of Philae, located in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, and its temple of Isis which is part of a UNESCO Nubia Heritage Campaign project to preserve and protect it. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - SAT I ASWAN I CAIRO
After breakfast onboard, our representatives will escort you to Aswan Airport for a departure flight to Cairo. You will be met at Cairo Airport and escorted to your hotel. (B)
Day11 - SUN I CAIRO
Today we will step out into the cosmopolitan city of Cairo for more exploring. Shop Egypt?s largest bazaar, Khan El Khalili, where you can haggle for Egyptian treasures to take home. Visit the Citadel of Salah El Din and the Mohamed Ali Mosque. We will also get a special tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities where you can see replicas of Pharonic Era treasures and items from King Tutankhamen?s tomb. We will visit many of the city?s major highlights today and enjoy your final day of the Egyptian experience. (B,L)
Day 12 - MON I CAIRO TO USA
Our representatives will escort you to Cairo International Airport today for your return flight home. We hope you had a wonderful vacation in Egypt! (B)