LUXOR EXPLORER

Day 1 – Monday 8th February 2016
We fly from London to Luxor with EgyptAir, and on arrival we take our private transfer to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Abydos
Our tour begins with a full day trip to the most ancient historic site in Egypt, Abydos. We enter the Temple of Seti I to see some of the finest reliefs ever found including the famous ‘King List’ before exploring the Osireion believed to be  the symbolic tomb of Osiris. Then we take the short walk across the desert sands to the remains of the Temple of Ramesses II where we see scenes of the battle of Kadesh and some vivid colour reliefs. We will meet up with the local inspectors working at Abydos and then we cross the desert to the site of  Um el Qaab and the 5,000 year old tombs of the earliest pharaohs, including Den and Djer. We then visit the massive mud-brick funerary enclosure of Shunet el Zebib and the site of Kom el Sultan with its vast mud-brick walls. We have a picnic lunch provided by our hotel before returning to Luxor. (BL)

Day 3 – Dendera and Medamud
Today we head north again but this time we visit Dendera with its Greco-Roman Temple of Hathor where we are now able to see the newly cleaned and restored ceilings, walls and columns. Of particular interest are the scenes on the back wall of the temple representing Cleopatra VII and her son Caesarion. We have a lunch box from the hotel today. Next we head to Medamud where we have a special AWT permit to visit the Temple of Montu which was once linked by canal to Karnak Temple. Originally excavated in the 1920’s the site has undergone much restoration in recent years. (BL)

Day 4 – Seti I
This morning we will take our private launch across the Nile and then drive to the Valley of the Kings. We have three tickets for tombs open on the day. However the highlight will be the private AWT permit that we have obtained to enter KV17, the Tomb of Seti I. One of the best decorated tombs in the valley, the colours and reliefs are stunning.  Next we visit the Mortuary Temple of Seti I with elegant reliefs depicting both Seti I and his son Ramesses II. We have lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant before heading to the rarely visited Khoka Tombs built for Neferonpet, also known as Kenro, and Nefersekheru. Our final stop will be at the Ramessuem, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II where we see the toppled colossi and fine reliefs showing the storming of the Hittite city of Dapur. (BL)                               

Day 5 – Sailing
A magical time on the River Nile in traditional, classic feluccas. A day for cameras and binoculars, with time to enjoy a quieter pace of life sailing through the lush green Nile Valley. We will be passing scenes unchanged for hundreds of years. We have arranged a deluxe, Egyptian three course lunch on board during our trip. A truly relaxing way to peruse the villages and abundant birdlife along the riverbanks. (BL)

Day 6 – The Road South
We  drive to the Ptolemaic-Roman Temple of Esna, dedicated to Khnum, the ram-headed creator god. The temple lies in a pit well below the levels of the modern day town and has a lovely hypostyle hall with 24 columns each with unique floral capitals. We find here a relief of Khnum at the potter’s wheel  fashioning mankind and thanks to the recent cleaning and restoration it is now possible to see some colour reliefs. El Kab is our next stop where we enter the 18th Dynasty tombs of Ahmose, son of Ebana and Pahery, the Mayor of Nekheb. Then to the small Tuthmosis IV and Amenhotep III temple built for Hathor and Nekhebet before continuing to Vulture Rock where we see many ancient inscriptions. We have a lunch box picnic before making our last stop at el Tod another rarely visited temple dedicated to the war god Montu. (BL)

Day 7 – West Bank II
Once again we take our private launch across the Nile to the West Bank and then we visit the Valley of the Queens to see the tombs of the princes and royal children. Then we plan to walk over the mountain  from Deir el Medina to the Temple of Hatshepsut. A rare chance to view the Nile Valley and the temples at Deir el Bahri from the hills above. After refreshments at the rest house in front of this grand temple we have a guided tour of the site. We lunch at The Moon Valley Restaurant and then visit the Merenptah temple with its informative museum with displays of many artefacts found on the site. Finally to Deir el Shelwit, the small Temple of Isis, built by the Romans which has recently been cleaned and has some unusual decoration. (BL)

Day 8 – Monday 15th February 2016
After breakfast we take our private transfer from the hotel to Luxor Airport for our EgyptAir flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)

B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – D=Dinner

 

LUXOR EXPLORER

DEPARTURE DATE  Monday 8th February 2016

TOUR CODE AWLE 080216

 

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,485

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £145

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £490 (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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