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Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the majestic landscapes that follow one another along the Nile Valley, from Luxor to Aswan. Enjoy the calm of navigation between two visits to the wonderful archaeological sites of the Egyptian pharaohs.
the Nile offers you a journey through time, history and the most beautiful wonders of the world: from Luxor to Aswan, a boat trip on its fertile waters is a river cruise to be savored once in a lifetime … at least.
Get 7 nights Nile cruise escape along a magical Nile River in Egypt. Enjoy every second, from port to port, stopover. The sumptuous landscapes of the Egyptian banks serve as a backdrop to you when you wake up, before a lazy sitting on the deck, a lunch in the sun or a felucca tour. Dive into the treasures of Luxor during your cruise in Egypt! From the alley of the sphinxes to the temple of Hatshepsut, be enchanted by the magic of Egyptian art, the azure sky and the gilded shards of stone under the African sun.
Capture a souvenir in front of the Colossi of Memnon, push to the temples of Karnak and decipher, or try to decipher, the elegant hieroglyphs. In Edfu, ride in a carriage and visit the temple of Horus, then dream in front of the flaming sunset over Kom Ombo. Aswan awaits you with its banks full of life, its rich souks and its fragrant restaurants. And why not extend your trip with a tour to Cairo or Alexandria? In Egypt, a cruise on the Nile leads to everything, especially the most beautiful.
We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.
Breakfast buffet. Departure for the visit of the prodigious temple of Karnak located 2.5 km from Luxor. Step back in time in one of the most impressive creations of ancient Egypt, sacred testimony of generations of pharaohs: its hypostyle hall of 184 giant columns finely decorated with hieroglyphs, is forever famous since the shooting of a famous scene of the movie “Death on the Nile”!
Lunch on the boat. Free afternoon dedicated to navigation: the peaceful landscape of the banks of the Nile scroll slowly … fairy! During the afternoon: information meeting with your guide. Arrival in Esna around 4 pm at the tea break at the ship’s lounge bar. Depending on the exact day and time of arrival, you can admire the large improvised floating market surrounding the boats waiting for the passage of the lock. Dinner on board. Night of navigation to Edfu.
Breakfast buffet. Departure for the visit of the splendid temple of Horus in Edfu, this masterpiece of balance and architectural elegance is one of the best preserved sites of all ancient Egypt, a fine example of Ptolemaic art of the Greco-Roman period. Return to the boat for lunch buffet. Afternoon free on the boat while sailing to Kom Ombo. Visit Kom Ombo temple located 5 minutes walk: isolated on a promontory on the Nile, this unique temple in Egypt dating from the Greco-Roman era, brings together two beautiful sanctuaries, one dedicated to Sobek , the Crocodile God and the second to Horus, the Falcon God. Dinner on board. Night sailing to Aswan Nile, 55 km from Luxor Temple.
Breakfast buffet. Departure by air-conditioned bus to the Small and High Dams of Aswan regulating the floods of the Nile. Stops photos in front of these achievements “pharaonic” and their spectacular panorama on the immense lake Nasser. Stop visiting and shopping in a perfume factory and a Papyrus factory. Return to the boat for lunch. Afternoon free at the dock to discover freedom, carriage or on foot, the peaceful city of Aswan, gateway to Nubia in Upper Egypt … picturesque! You can leave, freely and according to your desires, to discover the Nubian culture, its music and its traditional architecture, its islands, its monastery, its mysterious Pharaonic sites and its Museum. Buffet dinner on board. Free evening in Aswan. Or optional extra: Philae sound and light show, ancient place of worship dedicated to the goddess Isis. Dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast buffet. In the morning: free choice to discover the city or visit the temple of Abu Simbel to the glory of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari (optional: about 90 euros per person). Optional excursion to Abu Simbel (breakfast in the form of packed box): After having been transported by air-conditioned bus across the desert starting in the early morning, discover the most impressive temple the most impressive of the country. Saved from rising waters during the erection of the Aswan dam, the temple of Abu Simbel was dismantled and rebuilt exactly 110m higher, in 1965! Return by the same route to the ship for lunch served aboard the ship. Free afternoon. In the evening, dinner buffet oriental and disguised! Night navigation to Edfou.
Breakfast buffet. Full day dedicated to navigation back to Luxor: take the opportunity to relax on the upper deck of the boat and admire the unchanging spectacle of the feluccas gliding silently between the rushes, palms and mud houses scattered in the fields, with the immense desert beyond the banks of the river … bewitching! Lunch and dinner buffet on board.
Breakfast buffet. Departure for the left bank of the Nile: the Necropolis of Thebes, where the Pharaohs were buried from the 18th to the 20th Dynasty for nearly 5 centuries; visit the temple of Medinet Habou mainly the work of Ramses 3; optional extra: possibility to visit the Valley of the Kings. Photo stop at the famous Colossi of Memnon (2 giants of 18m that once guarded the door of the Temple of Amenophis III). Visit of an alabaster factory. Return for buffet lunch on board. Afternoon free: idea discovery of the Luxor Museum (optional and with supplement about 20 euros per person). At the end of the day, visit the temple of Luxor, our favorite, famous for its pharaonic statues, its walls adorned with hieroglyphics, the long sphinx alley and the obelisk, whose double stands on the Place de la Concorde in Paris! On the way back, stop in a jewelery shop. Dinner on board. Farewell party “surprise”.
Breakfast on board and disembarkation. Transfer to airport or train station for final departure.