Aristocrats cruised the Nile in the 1920's-40's with elegance and flair during a time of loose Egyptian ruling. Re-live the era.
Depart London on your flight to Cairo. Tonight, stay overnight at Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza. Pending your flight times, we may suggest a second night in Cairo.
You will take a domestic morning flight to Luxor, where you'll be greeted and taken to your dahabiya (vessel). Your traditional Nile cruise starts at the Temple of Karnak, which has hallways lined with enormous pillars. You are drawn inside the Temple of Luxor by the magnificent three km-long avenue of Sphinxes.
You can visit Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings by travelling to the West Bank. In the nearby Deir El Medina, you may visit the temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and take in the artwork on the interior walls of the stonemasons' residences.
As you travel upriver to Esna in your dahabiya, have breakfast. Your Egyptologist will show you around the Temple of Khnum at Esna, which is devoted to the crocodile god, once you arrive and after lunch. After visiting the magnificent Temple of Horus at Edfu, which was erected by the Greeks but is the largest and best-preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt.
Your Egyptologist will take you to the Temple of Kom Ombo in the morning, which is a temple dedicated to Sobek and Horus the Elder. When you get in Aswan, visit the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island, which is dedicated to the goddess of cleanliness Isis. Visit the neighbouring granite quarries' half-hewn Unfinished Obelisk. Explore the Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, which was constructed in 30 BC. Finish the day with a stay at Old Cataract Hotel.
After breakfast, it's time to be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
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