Dahabiya Nile Cruise Ships & Itineraries

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LUXOR to ASWAN Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday

Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed dahabiya. After lunch, you will go for an excursion to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Visit several of the tombs, where you will see the differing styles of construction and the magnificent paintings on the walls and ceilings of the tombs. Next visit the adjacent Valley of the Queens where royal women and children were buried. Note the different styles of construction here, too, and the types of paintings and decorations in each tomb you visit. Continue to the temple of Medinet Habu, a mortuary temple on the west bank, and best known (besides for its size and architecture) for the art depicting the defeat of another civilization referred to as the Sea People, who had sailed around the eastern Mediterranean Sea. You will also see the Colossi of Memnon, two statues of Ramses, that emit an unusual groaning noise when the wind blows just right through several cracks in the statues. Return to your dahabiya for dinner and overnight moored on the Nile banks of Luxor. (L/D)

Day 2: Sunday

Today you will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns. The Temple of Karnak is dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amon, Mut, and Khonso, and is the largest religious complex in the world. The complex was constructed over several hundred years, and you will see the many efforts of successive rulers to put their individual mark on the temple, and efforts to remove the presence of others. Your visit to Karnak will be followed by a visit to the imposing 28th Dynasty Luxor Temple. This temple is smaller but just as beautiful as Karnak, and contains a statue of King Tut and his bride. There are also traces of later civilizations that made use of the temple site over the centuries. Return to your ship for overnight moored in Luxor. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Monday

Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna where your dahabiyya will moor overnight. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as the banks of the Nile glide by, and the gently lapping waters and light breezes. Overnight on board at Esna. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Tuesday

This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu. The large temple complex was built between 237 BCE to 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. Excavations have also revealed worker’s homes and shops outside of the temple grounds. After your visit return to the ship for overnight moored beside a Nile island. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Wednesday

Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun. Animals associated with the gods were revered in ancient Egypt. They were considered sacred and protected and they were given elaborate and costly burials when they died. Many mummified crocodiles have been found in the tombs of Egypt. The dead crocodiles were mummified with the use of natron or salt, then they were wrapped in strips of cloth, just as the humans of the time. Archeologist found all ages of crocodiles in the tombs. In fact, many tombs contained not only young and adult crocodiles, but the eggs of crocodiles were found, as well. In some cases over 50 eggs were found together, with recognizable fetuses. This demonstrates the importance Egyptians placed on the crocodile god, Sobek and his sacred animals. Afterwards, return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon and evening moored beside a Nile island for overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Thursday

Enjoy a leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiyya moors overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Friday

Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam, completed in 1971 to take over the electricity generation from the Old Dam, which was completed in 1902. The construction of the High Dam was completed with assistance from the Soviet Union and you will see the monument constructed on the dam in honor of this assistance. Enjoy the views from the dam over the Nile River to the north and Lake Nasr to the south. Lake Nasr covered up many important archeological sights as it filled with the waters of the Nile, and you will no doubt hear about several of them and the efforts to rescue them and preserve them from the rising waters. Your next visit it to one such treasure: the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, and located on an island above the dam. Overnight aboard the ship moored in Aswan. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Saturday

Breakfast aboard the dahabiyya followed by disembarkation in Aswan. (B)

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ASWAN to LUXOR Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday

Embarkation in Aswan for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed dahabiyya. Overnight, the ship moors on the Nile banks of Aswan. (L/D)

Day 2: Sunday

Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam, completed in 1971 to take over the electricity generation from the Old Dam, which was completed in 1902. The construction of the High Dam was completed with assistance from the Soviet Union and you will see the monument constructed on the dam in honor of this assistance. Enjoy the views from the dam over the Nile River to the north and Lake Nasr to the south. Lake Nasr covered up many important archeological sights as it filled with the waters of the Nile, and you will no doubt hear about several of them and the efforts to rescue them and preserve them from the rising waters. Your next visit it to one such treasure: the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, and located on an island above the dam. Overnight aboard the ship moored in Aswan. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Monday

Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun. Animals associated with the gods were revered in ancient Egypt. They were considered sacred and protected and they were given elaborate and costly burials when they died. Many mummified crocodiles have been found in the tombs of Egypt. The dead crocodiles were mummified with the use of natron or salt, then they were wrapped in strips of cloth, just as the humans of the time. Archeologist found all ages of crocodiles in the tombs. In fact, many tombs contained not only young and adult crocodiles, but the eggs of crocodiles were found, as well. In some cases over 50 eggs were found together, with recognizable fetuses. This demonstrates the importance Egyptians placed on the crocodile god, Sobek and his sacred animals. Afterwards, return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon and evening moored beside a Nile island for overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Tuesday

This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu. The large temple complex was built between 237 BCE to 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. Excavations have also revealed worker’s homes and shops outside of the temple grounds. Overnight moored beside an island. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Wednesday

Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna, and onwards to Luxor, where your dahabiyya moors overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Thursday

Excursion to the West Bank to visit the great burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Visit several of the tombs, where you will see the differing styles of construction and the magnificent paintings on the walls and ceilings of the tombs. Next visit the adjacent Valley of the Queens where royal women and children were buried. Note the different styles of construction here, too, and the types of paintings and decorations in each tomb you visit. Continue to the temple of Medinet Habu, a mortuary temple on the west bank, and best known (besides for its size and architecture) for the art depicting the defeat of another civilization referred to as the Sea People, who had sailed around the eastern Mediterranean Sea. You will also see the Colossi of Memnon, two statues of Ramses, that emit an unusual groaning noise when the wind blows just right through several cracks in the statues. Overnight moored in Luxor. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Friday

Today you will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns. The Temple of Karnak is dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amon, Mut, and Khonso, and is the largest religious complex in the world. The complex was constructed over several hundred years, and you will see the many efforts of successive rulers to put their individual mark on the temple, and efforts to remove the presence of others. Your visit to Karnak will be followed by a visit to the imposing 28th Dynasty Luxor Temple. This temple is smaller, but just as beautiful as Karnak, and contains a statue of King Tut and his bride. There are also traces of later civilizations that made use of the temple site over the centuries. Overnight moored in Luxor. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Saturday

Breakfast aboard the dahabiyya followed by disembarkation in Luxor. (B)

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