The call of history beckons. Egypt is a land teeming with discovery and surprises at every turn. Visit the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum during your two night stay in the city of Cairo. Feel the beating spirit of the Nile as you sail along the river from Luxor to Aswan, stopping along the way to explore the many ancient cities and hidden treasures that lie at the river's edge.
Private group transfer to the Mena House Cairo
Overnight at Mena House Cairo
Visit to Sakarra and the Great Pyramids of Giza followed by a special tour of the solar boat museum and priveleged access to The Paws of the Sphynx with a private presentation.
Surprise dinner this evening
Overnight at Mena House Cairo
Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum*
Private air charter to Luxor to board The Oberoi Zahra
Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor museum
*If the museum has officially opened. If not, we will visit the National Museum of Egypt.
Explore the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Visit Valley of the Kings, with its royal tombs, King Tut's tomb and Ramses "the Six". This is followed by a visit to The temple of Madinat Habu and on the way back stop at the Colossus of Memnon.
Special Privileged Access Visit to the Tomb of Nefertari: Long praised as the most beautifully-decorated of all the tombs on the West Bank of Luxor, this masterpiece of Egyptian art was restored by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority and the Getty Conservation institute in the USA. Specialists worked for 6 years to clean the paintings and re-affix them to the plaster walls from where they had been flaking, and today it is hardly conceivable that such vibrant colors have actually not been retouched since they were first laid thousands of years ago
This afternoon travel to Dendara by road to visit the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.
Today we will visit the West Bank (Valley of the Noble’s tombs, Dier El Madina, the site of a very special workman’s village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Lastly, visit the Temple of Hatchepsut)
Visit the Temple of Edfu, the best preserved temple of the ancient world, dedicated to Horus the Falcon God.
Visit the High Dam and Philae temple
Visit the temple of Komombo. One side is dedicated to the Crocodile God
Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World. The other side is dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris, also known as Horus, the Elder.
Tonight enjoy an after sunset - Sound and light show at Philae Temple
Day at leisure. Relax or enjoy the spa. You may wish to have an afternoon felucca ride or visit the Awan evening market after dinner, please inquire onboard to arrange.
Disembarkation in Aswan
Early morning private plane to experience the spectacular sunrise at Abu Simbel
About Abu Simbel: The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt in modern times. Recently the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece, and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside.
Tonight you'll have an airport hotel for use of dayroom or overnight depending on your departure flight
Private group transfer
Board your international flight home or onward for post-departure trip