LUXOR TO ASWAN

Day 1 –  Monday 27st February 2017
Fly London to Luxor with EgyptAir and on arrival we check in to the First Class Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for two nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Karnak to Khoka
We begin our week with a visit to the lovely Mut Temple, newly opened  and still rarely visited. Plenty of time to walk around the unique kidney shaped sacred lake and explore the small Ramesses III temple. We also see  the avenue of Sphinx leading to the 10th pylon of Karnak. Next, to Karnak itself  to view all the main features including the Open-Air Museum and the Khonsu Temple. We then take our bus and head to the West Bank where we will have lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant. After a refreshing break we visit the  finely decorated Khoka Tombs built  for Neferonpet, also known as Kenro, and Nefersekheru. Then to the Ramesseum,  Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II, where we see the famous toppled colossi and fine reliefs in the late afternoon sun before a stop at the famous Colossi of Memnon. (BL)

Day 3 – Silsila
Today we drive to Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city with its beautiful setting on the Nile. En route we make a stop at Gebel el Silsila, the Nubian sandstone quarries used from the 18thDynasty until the Greco-Roman Period.  We also see the rock-cut chapel of Horemheb and numerous other shrines. Time to view the quarry marks of the ancient masons and the giant pillar of rock known as the ‘Capstan’. We have a lunch box from the Old Winter Palace and on arrival in Aswan  we check in to the comfortable Movenpick Hotel for three nights on room and breakfast basis. (BL)

Day 4 – Philae Special
An exciting morning as we head by launch to the Temple of Isis on Aglika Island. Today we will have permission to make a rare stop on the nearby Island of Bigeh, also known as Biga, listed as one of the sites of a tomb of Osiris. We will have time to explore and look for remains of the Ptolemaic temple before continuing to Philae Temple. We have a guided tour of the site with plenty of time to view the Temple of Isis, the Kiosk of Trajan, Hadrian’s Gate and much more. Time for photography and refreshments before we board our launch for our next stop.  We plan to head to the original site of the temple, Philae island, now just a sand bank, but we can see the remains of the coffer dam from the 1970s built when the temple was relocated. We return to the hotel at lunch time and then this evening we will  visit the wonderful Nubia Museum with its exhibits from the surrounding area. (B)

Day 5 – On the Nile
We board our launch and head to Kubbet el Hawa to enter the Old and Middle Kingdom tombs of the Nobles of Harkhuf, Pepi-Nakht and Sirenput. Then we sail to Sehel Island where we find over 250 inscriptions, some dating from the Middle Kingdom including, most famous of all, the Famine Stele. Time to enjoy stunning views over the First Cataract. We also have time for a walk to the Monastery of St Simeon on the West Bank. We return to our hotel for a lunch break and then later this afternoon we will have a guided tour of  the vast ruins of ancient Yebu close to the hotel on Elephantine Island. (B)

Day 6 – Kom Ombo
We leave Aswan this morning and on our way back to Luxor we make a stop at the temple of Haroeris and Sobek at Kom Ombo beautifully situated on the Nile with lovely views along the river. We have a guided tour and free time to explore and enjoy the unusual reliefs. Time to enjoy a drink at the local café before we continue north.  We have a lunch box from the Movenpick today. On arrival in Luxor we check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for  two nights on room and breakfast basis. Later this afternoon as the sun goes down and the floodlights come on we walk to Luxor Temple for a tour of the site. (BL)

Day 7 – KV5 Special
Today we take our private launch to the West Bank and head straight to the Valley of the Kings. We have arranged a Special Permit for private AWT entry to the tomb of the sons of Ramesses the Great, KV5, known as The Lost Tomb. We also have regular tickets for entry to three other tombs of those open on the day. Then we will go to the quieter Queens Valley to enter the tombs of Royal Princes. We also enter the newly opened tombs of  Amenhotep called Huy - Viceroy of Kush TT40, Amenemonet and  Amenemhab at Qurnet Murai. We relax over lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant before continuing to Medinet Habu. Next, we visit Deir el Shelwit the small recently cleaned and restored Isis temple. (BL)

Day 8 – Monday 6th March
After Breakfast we take our private transfer to Luxor airport for our direct flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)

This tour is guided throughout by Medhat Saad

(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

 

LUXOR TO ASWAN

DEPARTURE DATE  Monday 27th February 2017

TOUR CODE AWLA 270217

 

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,700

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £178

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £440 (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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