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REGAL NILE


Ex - Chennai / Mumbai

Itinerary :

Day 01  :
CAIRO
    Arrive at Cairo International Airport, after arrival formalities, Transfer to hotel.Stay overnight in Cairo.
   
Day 02 : CAIRO - GIZA - CAIRO - ASWAN (ON SLEEPER TRAIN)
   
Full day visit to the Great Pyramids* of Giza and their guardian, the famous half-human, half-lion Sphinx. And afterwards, back to Cairo for the Egyptian Museum * where artifacts like the golden mask of Tutankhamun can be found. End with shopping at the busy and boisterous Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

(*) Exclude entrance fees into inside of the Pyramids, visit the Solar Boat in the Pyramids area and into the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum. Transfer to Cairo station, and board the sleeper train to Aswan (800km) Dinner and overnight stay is onboard.

(The train departs Cairo at 8.00pm and arrives Aswan next day at 8.15am)

   
Day 03 : ASWAN - NILE CRUISE
   
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Nile cruise ship for check in.
   

Later, visit Philae Temple (once dedicated to the goddess Isis) that was dismantled from its original home on Philae Island and reassembled on Agilika Island. It’s beautiful landscape is also a match to the original site. The relocation took place when the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s. An engineering miracle, the High Dam provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and, wonderful view for visitors. Next, to the Unfinished Obelisk which still lies abandoned on the ground after a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock? If completed it would have been 120 ft tall and over 1150 tons.

Stay overnight on your cruise ship.

Day 04 : ASWAN - NILE CRUISE - LUXOR
   

Visit Kom Ombo (90km downstream from Aswan), site of a Ptolemaic temple that dates back to the 2nd century. Exceptionally, it is dedicated to two gods (each with its own chapel): Haroeris, a form of Horus, and the crocodile-headed god Sobek. There are some excellent wall paintings especially on the outermost of the two corridors that run around the temple.
Next, the Temple of Edfu (dedicated to the sun god Horus), is one of the most perfectly preserved temples in Egypt. This is probably due to the fact that for a very long period, it was buried beneath the desert sands. A vast pylon gateway leads into a courtyard where two figures of Horus guard the entrance to the hypostyle hall. It is in Edfu that one gets the strongest impression of the cults and worship of ancient Egypt.
Stay overnight on your cruise ship.

   
Day 05 : LUXOR - NILE CRUISE - VALLEY OF THE KINGS - KARNAK TEMPLE
   

Visit,

The Temple of Luxor
In front of the great pylon entrance originally stood two obelisks and six colossal statues, all erected by Ramses II. Only one obelisk is left while the other is now in Paris. And the statues all represent Ramses himself. But perhaps the most beautiful parts of the temple is the Colonnade and Court of Amenophis where the columns are crowned with lotus buds.

The Temple of Karnak
The great Temple of Amun at Karnak was once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. The Temple covers an immense 100 acres, and was once linked to Luxor by a sphinx-lined avenue. The whole complex of temples was in turn linked to the Nile via a canal through which moved the sacred boats of the god Amun. Its impressive hypostyle hall has 134 soaring columns and each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs.

The Valley of the Kings (site of Tuthankhamun's tomb)
Situated in a secluded area of the west bank, this valley contains 62 excavated tombs, and a visit usually takes in two or three of the tombs, dependent on the number of visitors in the valley and which tombs are open. The main tombs include those of Amenophis II (one of the best preserved), Ramses IX (never completed), and Seti I (largest and most elaborate).

The Temple of Hatshepsut
Unlike any other temple in Egypt, it is composed of three widely-spaced terraces with ramps leading from one to the next. The first terrace is virtually destroyed. Approaching the second visitors climb the ramp to see some excellent bas-reliefs of the Queen with her nephew and co-regent Tuthmosis III. Particularly interesting are friezes depicting the Queen's expedition to the land of Punt (believed to be in present day Somalia).

The Colossi of Memnon
These two massive statues, both portraying King Amenhotep III once flanked the entrance to his massive funerary temple. The temple has all but disappeared but the statues, although weather-beaten, have survived. Carved from a single block of sandstone they stand over 50 ft high on a base of 8 ft and look imperiously over the barren landscape. The two colossi enjoyed fame even in the ancient world and it was the Greeks who identified them with Memnon of the Trojan War.

Stay overnight on your cruise ship.
     
Day 06 :

LUXOR - CAIRO (ON SLEEPER TRAIN)

   

After breakfast, check out of the cruise ship and free at leisure until transferred to the station, and board the sleeper train to Cairo. Dinner and overnight stay is onboard.
(The train departs Luxor at 9.30pm and arrives Cairo next day at 6.45am)

     

Day 07

:

CAIRO

   

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in.
Free at leisure. Stay overnight in Cairo.

     

Day 08

:

DEPART CAIRO

   

After breakfast, check out and free at leisure until transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Remarks:

Nile cruise on 5* ship (3 nights): departs Aswan every Friday, Monday and Wednesday.
Nile cruise on 4* ship (3 nights): departs Aswan every Wednesday.

The cruise program can be changed according to navigational conditions.

On the sleeper train there is no triple-share cabin, only twin and single cabins.