Saturday, April 09, 2016

Nile Cruise Summary

Our family of four (plus one set of grandparents) took a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan during the kids' Spring Break from school. We also saw parts of Cairo before the cruise started. And, more importantly, we made many new memories (and even some new friends!). Here are some of our stories from that trip.

I think I'll have my breakfast in my cabin overlooking the Nile.
Day 1: 2nd April, Arrival in Cairo
Day 2: 3rd April, Cairo: Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and sightseeing
Day 3: 4th April, Luxor East: Karnak TemplesLuxor Temple, and a carriage ride through town.
Day 4: 5th April, Luxor West: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Nile
Day 5: 6th April, Horus Ptolemaic Temple in Edfu and Sobek & Horus Temple in Kom Ombo
Day 6: 7th April, Aswan: High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, Temple of Philae, and a Nubian village
Day 7: 8th April, Flight out of Egypt

Here's the itinerary from the tour company:

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We got two of these for the trip and they worked great!


Day 1: 2nd April, Arrival Cairo - Welcome to land of the Pharaoh’s Welcome to Cairo, Egypt (1410 pm) Your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures) and then he will escort you to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At hotel the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo. Welcome Drink

Day 2: 3rd April, Pyramids and Cairo sightseeing. Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then met by your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus, famous Sphinx, and Valley temple facing the great statue. Lunch at a good quality local restaurant. Then transfer to enjoy the Egyptian Museum, Treasures room for the child king Tutankhamen. Continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar.. Back to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: 4th April, Fly Cairo to Luxor - Nile Cruise Tour Check out from hotel in the morning then transfer to Cairo Airport for a flight with EGYPTAIR to Luxor where you will be met and assisted, then taken by an air-conditioned vehicle to board your Egypt Nile cruise to check in. After lunch on board, enjoy a visit to the impressive Karnak Temples andLuxor Temple. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 4: 5th April, Luxor Nile Cruise Excursions After breakfast on your Nile cruise, take an excursion to the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, then to mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. Head to the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, you will sail to Edfu enjoying a leisurely dinner on board. Overnight on board Nile Cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 5: 6th April, Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples After breakfast on Nile Cruise, visit the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo to see the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon- headed god.Have your lunch on board. Continue sailing to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board your Nile Cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6: 7th April, Aswan Nile Cruise Tours After breakfast on Nile cruise, enjoy a day’s sightseeing in Aswan. Start with the High Dam and the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, the Unfinished Obelisk, proceeding to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor. Dinner and overnight on board deluxe Nile Cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 7: 8th April, Fly Aswan to Cairo Disembark from your Nile cruise after breakfast, then transfer to Aswan Airport for your return to Cairo where you will be met and assisted at the airport then taken to your hotel inside the airport for your flight out of Egypt

NOTE: I still have to add the photos, and a few of these posts are still in draft.

Nile Cruise Summary
Day 1 & 2
Cairo:
Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and sightseeing
Day One Image with caption


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Day 2
Luxor (East Bank):
Karnak TemplesLuxor Temple, and a carriage ride
Day Two Image with caption


Day 3
Luxor (West Bank):
Valley of the KingsTemple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Nile
Day Three Image with caption

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Day 4
Edfu & Kom Ombo:
Horus Ptolemaic Temple in Edfu and Sobek & Horus Temple in Kom Ombo
Day Four Image with caption

Day 5
Aswan:
High Dam, the Unfinished ObeliskTemple of Philae, and a Nubian village
Day Five Image with caption

Day 6
Flight Out of Egypt:
Day Six Image with caption


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So, as you can tell, it was a pretty good trip with lots of great memories. Pro Tip: bring some peptobismol tablets and/or pro-biotics to create a protective coating in your digestive tract. I didn't and I caught something that lasted for a few days.


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