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Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, & Philae Private Tour

1. Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, & Philae Private Tour

Enjoy your journey in Aswan and discover the most important landmarks and what makes it so special. after you get picked up from your hotel in Aswan, meet your guide and enjoy the motorboat ride and the special Nile view on your way to explore Philae temple, This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. The temple of Isis was one of the last ancient Egyptian temples to remain active, as it continued to function until the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD). Then you'll head to the second site to dig up and learn more about the story behind the unfinished obelisk, known in the ancient Egyptian language as tekhen. famous for its supply of hard and high-quality stone. Believed to have been commissioned by Hatshepsut (c. 1473–1458 BC) for the temple of Amun in Karnak. Your last stop will be The High Dam. The Dam is 3600 meters long, 980 meters thick at the base, and 111 meters tall. Egypt's modern example of construction on a monumental scale, the controversial Aswan High Dam, 13km south of Aswan, contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest artificial lakes. Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel

From Luxor: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Balloon Ride

2. From Luxor: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Balloon Ride

Day 1/ Begin in the morning with a pickup from your accommodation in Luxor, after meeting your professional Egyptologist to start your trip by visiting the Karnak temple, It was built as a cult temple and was dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and khon. Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was known as the “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians. moving to the temple of Luxor, one of the most beautiful temples standing. The Luxor Temple is a mark of Ancient Egyptian civilization, a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of modern Luxor. then enjoy the relaxing view of the city and the Nile on the felucca ride. Day 2/ starting the day very early in the morning(kindly ask the receptionist to prepare a breakfast box for you), our driver will pick you up for one of the best experiences in our adventure the hot air balloon ride. after the balloon ride your private driver and professional Egyptologist will be waiting for your to start exploring the Westbank. the first visit will be to the valley of the kings, During Egypt's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.), the valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. the next visit to the temple of Hatshepsut, Hatshepsut was always keenly aware of ways in which to elevate her public image and immortalize her name; the mortuary temple achieved both ends. Take a quick but informative look at the colossi of Memnon, then return to the ship to enjoy your lunch abroad, the ship departures from Luxor at 2 pm. Day 3/ On the third day you will head with a group of people to visit two of the most wonderful temples in Egypt Edfu temple in the morning, The temple remained buried under layers of settlement debris for millennia, which is why its architectural and decorative elements have survived so well. and in the afternoon kom ombo temple, The temple is unique because it is in fact a double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Our guide will be waiting for you in each location, he will pick you up from the reception to learn much more about these unique and beautiful temples. Day 4/ starts in the morning, our guide will pick you up from the reception to start the day informative adventure with the visit to the high dam, The great High Dam helped in the reclamation of the desert that helped a lot in the development of the agricultural process. then the visit to the unfinished obelisk, The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. ending the day visits with the one and only, philae temple, the Temple of Philae is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped and filled with many interesting stories and facts about the life style of the ancient Egyptian, learn more about it with your professional egyptologist. and lastly you’ll be back on the ship to enjoy lunch and relax for the rest of the day to prepare yourself for the wonderful visit on the next day. Day 5/ Very early in the morning around 4am, our driver will pick you up with a group of people to start your visit to the marvelous Abu Simple temple. Please check out and leave your luggage in the reception, and kindly ask the receptionist to prepare you a breakfast box. The visit to Abu simbel will take about 3 hours to arrive there, The twin temples were built to serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari, and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The second largest temple in Egypt. You’ll be back to ship in Aswan at around 2:30pm to pick your luggage and our driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Aswan safe and sound.

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

3. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

Day 1: Get picked up in the early morning from your hotel in Cairo then you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to take the flight to Aswan (Duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes) Upon your arrival in Aswan, our driver will be waiting for you outside the airport After the meeting, Begin your experience with your professional guide and head off to visit the High Dam which is the world's largest embankment dam, was built across the Nile in Aswan Next, head to the Incomplete Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan Visit the Philae Temple which was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period) by Motor boat. Finally, you will go to the ship for accommodation and lunch in the early afternoon. At night you will enjoy dinner on board. Day 2: Rise early in the morning to visit one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. Upon arrival your tour guide escort you around the site, explaining more about its fascinating history. After finishing, you will return to the ship to have lunch and begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival at Kom Ombo, you will visit the temple on a guided tour. At the end of your day, you will return to the ship for dinner. Day 3: Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head to Edfu Temple by horse carriage. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt, the city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek. Return to the ship for dinner and your final night onboard. Day 4: Wake before sunrise to get ready for your balloon flight. Check out from the room and leave your luggage at the reception of the ship. Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise balloon ride. After landing, head to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and finally, Luxor Temple. Return to the ship to pick up your luggage then you will be dropped off at Luxor Airport to take the flight back to Cairo. Once you arrive in Cairo, our driver will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel

Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

4. Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast, drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before concluding the tour in Aswan with a drop-off to a hotel, airport, or train station.

From Aswan: 4-Day Nile Cruise with Tours, Pickup & Drop-off

5. From Aswan: 4-Day Nile Cruise with Tours, Pickup & Drop-off

Explore the Nile on this 4-day cruise from Aswan. See the historic town of Luxor, marvel at the temple of Kom Ombo, and discover Philae Island. Day 1 Meet your Egyptologist guide at your Aswan hotel and begin your adventure with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Next, hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, board your 5-star cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubians and the ancient Egyptians. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you enjoy the scenery. Spend the night on your cruise ship. Day 2 Enjoy breakfast on the ship before having free time to explore Aswan. Next, sail north before stopping at Komombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Hop back on your cruise ship to continue toward Edfu. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple dedicated to the god Horus. After exploring the temple, board the cruise and spend the night sailing north. Day 3 Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterward, disembark and drive to discover the secrets of Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, where the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Day 4 After breakfast, head off to visit the biggest temple in the world, Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Finish your tour in Luxor.

From Aswan:4 Days Nile Cruise Luxor Abu Simbel & Air Balloon

6. From Aswan:4 Days Nile Cruise Luxor Abu Simbel & Air Balloon

Day 1 : Arrival transfer to the Nile cruise -Will pick you up from Aswan to check in on Nile cruise ( Aswan Airport / Railway Station / Hotel in Aswan ) -Visit : High Dam -Temple of Philae Day 2: Abu Simbel& Navigation to Kom Ombo Temple -Will visit Abu Simbel Around 4:30, your guide will pick you up for Abu Simbel trip ( sharing a small group ) -Temple of Kom Ombo Day3: Edfu Temple & Arrive Luxor -Temple of Horus -Luxor Temple Day 4: Balloon Ride, Luxor& Departure Transfer -Begin around 5:00Am pick you up for incredible trip 30 to 45 minutes Hot Air Balloon -Colossi of Memnon -Valley of the kings -Temple of Hatshepsut -Temple of Karnak Finally. transfer to (Luxor hotel/ Luxor Airport / Railway station) Around 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Aswan: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

7. Aswan: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

Day 1: Start with pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Aswan. First, visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Then proceed to the amazing High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 to protect the surrounding regions from the annual Nile floods. Next, make your way to check-in for the cruise and set sail at approximately 2:00 PM. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise and arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo in time for sunset. This beautiful temple was built to worship the gods Sobek and Horus. Continue sailing till Edfu where the cruise will stop for an overnight stay. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for breakfast before enjoying a horse and carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This ancient temple houses important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which tells of the conflict between Horus and Seth. Return to the cruise ship for afternoon tea while sailing towards Luxor. Pass through Esna lock along the way before arriving in Luxor at 7:00 PM. Day 3: On the third day venture to the Valley of the Kings just outside the city of Luxor. Explore the site with your guide and wander through the Royal Tombs. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. Queen Hatsheput was the first Pharaonic woman to rule Egypt. Next, see the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, which was dedicated to the God Amun and his wife, Mut. Walk through the giant pillars of the famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Karnak Temple also features the oldest peace treaty known to historians, which was signed by the Hittites and the Egyptians. The Egyptian version of the treaty was preserved on a wall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Next, see the majestic Luxor Temple and the Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon. You will then be transferred to the airport or railway station for your final departure.

Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae & Nubian Village

8. Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae & Nubian Village

Enjoy your journey in Aswan and discover the most important landmarks and what makes it so special. after you get picked up from your hotel in Aswan, meet your guide and enjoy the motorboat ride and the special Nile view on your way to explore Philae temple, This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. The temple of Isis was one of the last ancient Egyptian temples to remain active, as it continued to function until the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD). Then you'll head to the second site to dig up and learn more about the story behind the unfinished obelisk, known in the ancient Egyptian language as tekhen. famous for its supply of hard and high-quality stone. Believed to have been commissioned by Hatshepsut (c. 1473–1458 BC) for the temple of Amun in Karnak. Your last stop will be The High Dam. The Dam is 3600 meters long, 980 meters thick at the base, and 111 meters tall. Egypt's modern example of construction on a monumental scale, the controversial Aswan High Dam, 13km south of Aswan, contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest artificial lakes. Then you will go to the Nubian village, as the Nubian village in Aswan is a tourist destination and a shrine for tourists of all nationalities, but it is a unique shrine, as the village has its roots dating back about 100 years from now, when the construction of the old Aswan reservoir began. In the year 1902 AD, then you raised it in the year 1912 AD, and took a camel tour, enjoyed the tour, and saw the beauty of this wonderful village, and do not forget to take the most beautiful memorial photos in order to keep it as a memory, and to display and share it with your friends, then return again to your hotel in Aswan Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel

From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

9. From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 Get picked up in the morning from your hotel in Aswan. Begin your experience with your professional guide and head off to visit the High Dam which is the world's largest embankment dam, was built across the Nile in Aswan Next, head to the Incomplete Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan Visit the Philae Temple which was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period) by Motor boat. Finally, you will go to the ship for accommodation and lunch in the early afternoon. At night you will enjoy dinner on board. Day 2 Rise early in the morning to visit one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. Upon arrival your tour guide escort you around the site, explaining more about its fascinating history. After finishing, you will return to the ship to have lunch and begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival at Kom Ombo, you will visit the temple on a guided tour. At the end of your day, you will return to the ship for dinner. Day 3 Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head to Edfu Temple by horse carriage. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt, the city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek. Return to the ship for dinner and your final night onboard. Day 4 Wake before sunrise to get ready for your balloon flight. Check out from the room and leave your luggage at the reception of the ship. Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise balloon ride. After landing, head to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Howard Carter House, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and finally, Luxor Temple. Return to the ship to pick up your luggage. Be dropped off in Luxor in the afternoon at the train station or your hotel.

From Cairo: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan & Balloon by Flights

10. From Cairo: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan & Balloon by Flights

Day 1 : You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cairo in the morning and be driven to Cairo airport to take the included flight to Luxor. Upon your arrival, your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport After meeting, You’ll head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, It's the Karnak Temple. dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next, move on to Luxor temple. Built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom, the beautiful temple was completed by Ramses II. Then, enjoy a felucca ride. Enjoy a refreshing cup of traditional Egyptian tea (for free). Finally, After finishing your tour, you will be dropped off at the cruise ship for accommodation Day 2: In the early morning get ready to have a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloon. Watch an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above . After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to th ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Horus (with a small group of people)—Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy a buffet lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the temple's structures and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: starts in the morning, our guide will pick you up from the reception to start the day informative adventure with the visit to the high dam, The great High Dam helped in the reclamation of the desert that helped a lot in the development of the agricultural process. then the visit to the unfinished obelisk, The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. ending the day visits with the one and only, philae temple, the Temple of Philae is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped and filled with many interesting stories and facts about the life style of the ancient Egyptian, learn more about it with your professional egyptologist. and lastly you’ll be back on the ship to enjoy lunch and relax for the rest of the day to prepare yourself for the wonderful visit on the next day. Day 5: In the early morning, head with a group to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. Meet your guide at the temple and discover the twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, built into the mountainside under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan airport to take the flight back to Cairo (The duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes). Upon your arrival in Cairo, our driver will be waiting for you outside Cairo Airport to return you to your hotel.

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Everything perfect, we were treated very well, excellent guide, very nice ship, good food, time for photos and to relax. The magical hot air balloon experience, and the temples gorgeous. We were coordinated throughout the trip by Mohra, who always provided us with detailed instructions on the various programs and times. I couldn't recommend the experience and especially Nice Tours more.

Mahmoud amin was our guide and he was very helpful and welcoming. He has been a guide for over 20 years and he was full of knowledge. The boat had great facilities, comfy bed and delicious food. Everyone works very hard and always smiles ! Would definitely recommend!

Great cruise experience with our guide Mahmoud Habibi - would definitely recommend this. It's good to have everything included and the guide does really look after you - getting you past all the Egyptian hustle and bustle. Very content and satisfied!

Our guide, Mohamed Gobran, was very nice and gentle and had an excelent knowledge of the places we visited. Cruise was ok, but not the same we saw on the pics when we booked. However, crew was very kind and everything worked well.

Mary was an excellent guide and explained the history of the temple and its relocation. Very good visit. Second tour with Nice and again communication and pickup was perfect. Highly recommended.