Board the special direct scheduled flight to Luxor. Arrival in Luxor, assistance by our Spanish-speaking representative, visa procedures, luggage collection, transfer to the cruise ship. Distribution of rooms, accommodation and dinner.
Full board on board. Today we will dedicate it to discovering the wonderful city of Luxor, the ancient Thebes, which was the capital of the Middle and New Kingdoms. In the morning, visit the Western Bank, a World Heritage Site since 1979, to see the majestic Necropolis of Thebes. We will visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut dedicated to the woman who was on the throne of the "Two Lands" the longest and the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic statues representing Pharaoh Amenhotep III. After lunch, we will visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak, two of the most spectacular in Egypt and which were once linked by the mythical avenue of the sphinxes, about 3 km long. Return to the cruise, dinner on board and accommodation. We will continue sailing towards Esna and after crossing the Lock we will go to Edfu.
Full board on board. In the morning we will visit the Temple dedicated to the god Horus in Edfu. This temple dedicated to the falcon god is the second largest in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. We will continue sailing to Kom Ombo where we will visit the Temple dedicated to the Gods Sobek and Haroeris. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, and the northern half to Haroeris "Horus the elder", who was considered the initiator of Egyptian civilization, god of the sky, of war and of hunting. The temple is unusual in that it is double and symmetrical with respect to the main axis. Navigation to Aswan.
Full board on board. In the morning we can enjoy the boat or one of the optional excursions such as the high dam and the unfinished obelisk. In the afternoon we will take a felucca ride, a typical Nile boat, to visit Philae where we will enjoy the wonderful light and sound show that this magical island offers us. There we will admire the temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, surrounded by other temples and the famous Kiosk of Trajan, an Egyptian temple built by the Roman emperor. Overnight in Aswan on board.
Breakfast. Possibility of visiting Abu Simbel, the majestic temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari. At the indicated time we will leave by bus to Abu Simbel, we will cross the desert until we reach Lake Nasser in the south of Egypt. These impressive temples were carved out of the rock during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II and dedicated to the pharaoh and his wife Nefertari, to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Kadesh and show their power to the Nubians. In 1968, the complex was relocated to an artificial hill, built above the level of the future Lake Nasser. The transfer of the temples was necessary to prevent them from being submerged after the construction of the Aswan Dam. Return to Aswan and at the scheduled time transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arrival and we will go out to enjoy the lively Cairo night. We will start with a panoramic visit of the so-called "city of the dead", a 6.4 km long cemetery full of tombs and mausoleums, where some people live and work among the dead. We will continue along the bustling AlMuezz street, one of the oldest in the city of Cairo. In its approximately one kilometer long it houses, according to UNESCO, the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. We will make a stop along the way to discover the Khan el Khalili bazaar at night and enjoy tea and an Egyptian hookah to whet your appetite. We will end the night with dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the magical Nile.
Breakfast. In the morning visit to the well-known esplanade of the pyramids. The necropolis of Giza is the largest in Ancient Egypt, with burials from the first dynasties, although its splendor reached it during the IV dynasty, with the pyramid of Cheops, also known as the Great Pyramid, that of Khafre and the relatively small, Menkaure. We will also visit the Valley Temple of Khafre, 500 m from the Pyramid of the same name, almost intact as it was covered by sand until the 19th century. And next to the temple the great Sphinx with a height of about twenty meters and 57 meters in length. The head could represent Pharaoh Khafre with the body of a lion. In ancient times it was painted in bright colors: red on the body and face, and the nemes that covered the head with yellow and blue stripes. In the afternoon, possibility of visiting the necropolis of Memphis and Sakkara where the stepped pyramid of Djoser of the III dynasty and the first large Egyptian pyramid is located. Return to the hotel and
Breakfast. In the morning possibility of a full day tour, visiting the enigmatic Egyptian Museum of Antiquities opened in 1902. It has more than 136,000 classified objects from different periods of Egyptian history. Then we will go to the Citadel of Saladin, a medieval Islamic fortification built by Saladin as protection against the Crusaders. There we can admire the magnificent Alabaster Mosque, the largest at the beginning of the 19th century and the most visible in the Egyptian capital due to its elevated location and the height of its minarets. Later we will go to the Coptic quarter, as Egyptian Christians are called. Strolling through its alleys we can discover the church of Santa María, known as the Hanging Church, from the 4th century, which makes it the oldest Christian temple in the city, the church of San Sergio, from the 5th century, built on the cave in the which, it is said, sheltered the Holy Family in its flight from Herod and the BenEzra synagogue, from the 7th century, the oldest in Egypt, among many other secrets that this magical place offers us. We will end our tour in the bustling Khan el Khalili Bazaar founded in 1382. An immense souk of narrow alleys with thousands of small shops packed with merchandise, streets full of people, tables outside cafes and small craftsmen's workshops. You can't miss the famous ElFishawi (of mirrors) cafe, open 24 hours a day for 200 years, a meeting place for local artists that was frequented by Naguib Mahfuz, Nobel Prize winner for Literature and one of Egypt's best-known authors. . Return to the hotel and accommodation.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Spain. Arrival and end of our services.
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