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The Nile Rediscovered

This cruise offers an exciting chance to sail the lower reaches of the Nile all the way from Cairo to Aswan for the first time in 15 years.  Begin in Cairo and gaze in awe at the beauty of the Sphinx and the Pyramids before embarking on a classic cruise through Lower Egypt.  Discover some of Egypt's most important sites such as the rock tombs of Beni Hassan, the ruins of Tuna El-Gebel or Hermopolis.  Sightseeing days alternate with days of navigation to admire the scenery, watch rural Egyptian life pass by, or simply enjoy the sheer pleasure of sunbathing or reading as you sail along the Nile.

Holiday Length:16 days (cruise Cairo - Aswan)
                          14 days (cruise Aswan - Cairo)
Departs ex Cairo Apr 16; May 12; Sep 15
Departs ex Aswan Apr 04,30; Sep 03 *
* These dates shown are the start of the cruise
ex Aswan - a pre-cruise night in Cairo is recom-
mended and included in the holiday price.
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday & Cruise



   
ITINERARY  
Day 1

Cairo
Arrival at Cairo Airport and transfer to your cruise ship.  Dinner and night onboard.
   
Day 2
 

Cairo
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum.  After lunch at a local restaurant see the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. (B,L,D)
   
Day 3

Cairo - Ben Suef
Sail to Beni Suef.  Unwind onboard while you follow the relaxing rhythm of the Nile. (B,L,D)
   
Day 4



El Fayoum
Departure for the famous oasis of El Fayoum to explore Hawara Pyramid - a good example of a mud brick pyramid - build by Ananemhat III.  Continue to Meidum Pyramid standing in all its splendour on the edge of the Western Desert.  Overnight in Beni Suef. (B,L,D)
   
Day 5

Ben Suef - Minya
Leisurely sail towards Minya. (B,L,D)
   
Day 6





Beni Hassan
Today visit the Beni Hassan tombs.  The site lies on the Eastern Bank and houses 39 rock-cut tombs decorated with scenes depicting local and regional life during the Middle Kingdom.  After lunch visit Tuna El Gebel and the Tomb of Petosiris which is a fusion of Greek and Egyptian styles.  Also explore the ruins of Hermopolis, a legendary site where the ancient Egyptians believed creation began.  Overnight in Minya. (B,L,D)

   
Day 7


Minya - Tel El-Amarna - Assiut
Explore Tel El-Amarna tombs and the temple of the Rebel pharaoh Akenaten who based his capital here with his famous Queen Nefertiti.  Later continue sailing to Assiut.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 8

Assiut - Sohag
Pass the lock of Assiut and sail south towards Sohag. (B,L,D)

   
Day 9



Abydos
Morning visit to Abydos, the ancient holy city of the God Osiris Temple.  Visit the unique L-shaped temple which served seven gods of ancient Egypt.  Return to your ship, pass two locks and sail to Qena for the night.  (B,L,D)

   
Day 10


Denderah - Luxor
Visit one of the best preserved temples of Egypt, the splendid Denderah Temple, dedicated to Hathor the Goddess of love, music and fertility.  Return to the boat and sail to Luxor.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 11

Luxor - West Bank
Visit the unforgettable Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen hatchepsut and Colossi of Memmon. (B,L,D)
   
Day 12

Luxor - Edfu
This morning visit the superb Luxor and Karnak Temples and cruise via Esna Lock to Edfu. (B,L,D)
   
Day 13



Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
In Edfu, visit the temple dedicated to the God Horus and one of the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temples in Egypt.  Sail to Kom Ombo for a visit to the twin temples dedicated to Sobek and Haroeris.  Overnight in Aswan. (B,L,D)
   
Day 14

Aswan
Visit Aswan's High Dam and Philae Temple.  Later visit the Nubian Museum. (B,L,D)
   
Day 15


Aswan - Cairo
Optional visit to Abu Simbel possible - either for the day, or overnight.
Disembarkation after lunch and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo.  On arrival transfer to your hotel in the Heliopolis area.  (B,L)
   
Day 16

Cairo
Departure transfer to the airport.(B)
  

INCLUSIONS







  • Private A/C transfers
  • 14 night First Class Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan with all meals included
  • 1 night First Class hotel accommodation in Cairo including breakfast
  • Small group sightseeing with an English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Flight Aswan - Cairo
  • Entrance fees
  • The Innovative Travel Egypt Travel Notes

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