9. From Luxor: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Balloon Ride
Day 1/ Begin in the morning with a pickup from your accommodation in Luxor, after meeting your professional Egyptologist to start your trip by visiting the Karnak temple, It was built as a cult temple and was dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and khon. Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was known as the “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians. moving to the temple of Luxor, one of the most beautiful temples standing. The Luxor Temple is a mark of Ancient Egyptian civilization, a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of modern Luxor. then enjoy the relaxing view of the city and the Nile on the felucca ride. Day 2/ starting the day very early in the morning(kindly ask the receptionist to prepare a breakfast box for you), our driver will pick you up for one of the best experiences in our adventure the hot air balloon ride. after the balloon ride your private driver and professional Egyptologist will be waiting for your to start exploring the Westbank. the first visit will be to the valley of the kings, During Egypt's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.), the valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. the next visit to the temple of Hatshepsut, Hatshepsut was always keenly aware of ways in which to elevate her public image and immortalize her name; the mortuary temple achieved both ends. Take a quick but informative look at the colossi of Memnon, then return to the ship to enjoy your lunch abroad, the ship departures from Luxor at 2 pm. Day 3/ On the third day you will head with a group of people to visit two of the most wonderful temples in Egypt Edfu temple in the morning, The temple remained buried under layers of settlement debris for millennia, which is why its architectural and decorative elements have survived so well. and in the afternoon kom ombo temple, The temple is unique because it is in fact a double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Our guide will be waiting for you in each location, he will pick you up from the reception to learn much more about these unique and beautiful temples. Day 4/ starts in the morning, our guide will pick you up from the reception to start the day informative adventure with the visit to the high dam, The great High Dam helped in the reclamation of the desert that helped a lot in the development of the agricultural process. then the visit to the unfinished obelisk, The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. ending the day visits with the one and only, philae temple, the Temple of Philae is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped and filled with many interesting stories and facts about the life style of the ancient Egyptian, learn more about it with your professional egyptologist. and lastly you’ll be back on the ship to enjoy lunch and relax for the rest of the day to prepare yourself for the wonderful visit on the next day. Day 5/ Very early in the morning around 4am, our driver will pick you up with a group of people to start your visit to the marvelous Abu Simple temple. Please check out and leave your luggage in the reception, and kindly ask the receptionist to prepare you a breakfast box. The visit to Abu simbel will take about 3 hours to arrive there, The twin temples were built to serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari, and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The second largest temple in Egypt. You’ll be back to ship in Aswan at around 2:30pm to pick your luggage and our driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Aswan safe and sound.