15 days cultural program Luxor - Aswan - Abu Simbel
This all-inclusive cultural Egypt tour takes you to all the famous heritage sites in the south. The journey starts in Luxor, which may be called an open air museum, for all the world famous sites situated there. In the pharaoh times this used to be the capital, called Thebes. At the eastern bank of the Nile you find the Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak and on the west bank the famous mortuary temples and tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. After a three-day stay in Luxor where you visit all the historical sites, we leave to the southernmost city of Egypt, Aswan. The population is predominantly Nubian, an African minority in Upper Egypt. Therefore Aswan is also called the gateway to Africa.
You will stay the night in our authentic bed and breakfast Bet el Kerem on the edge of the desert and the Nubian villages. This special and natural surroundings gives your Egypt holidays something extra for sure, also through the contact with the local population. From this charming location, there are guided tours to the Nubian temples Isis and Kalabsha and to the world famous temple complex of Ramses at Abu Simbel. The varied Aswan program also includes a camel ride in the desert, a multi-day cruise on the Nile, a day of cycling and visits to Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and of course you see the Aswan Dam, which gave rise to the largest lake in Africa. The last night back in Luxor overnight, so you can be in time for your plane back home (or you may leave from Aswan airport).
Price: From € 695,- p.p.
Incl. transfers, guidance, nights and meals as mentioned in the program.
Excl. flight and entrance fees.
DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Day 1: Arrival at Luxor airport. Transfer to a 4* hotel (b&b) in Luxor centre.
Day 2: Day trip to the world famous Valley of the Kings in Luxor-West.
Day 3: Day off, e.g. to visit the Luxor temple, the museum, the market etc. In the evening a visit to the Sound and Light show in Karnak Temple.
Day 4: After breakfast depart for the train to Aswan. Arrival in Aswan after 3,5 hours. Transfer to the Westbank and the house in the Nubian village where you will be staying untill day 14. In the evening welcome dinnner in restaurant Bet el Kerem.
Day 5: Camel trip in the desert to the centuries old Monastery of Saint Simeon and to the Mausoleum of the Agha Khan. Lunch with a Nubian family in the village Gharb-Sehel.
Day 6: Bicyle day on the Westbank, a wonderful divers trip past the green agricultural areas, the Nile river, the Nubian villages and the desert
Day 7: No program. You might visit Aswan centre, the market, the modern Nubian museum and to relax (if you like in a swimming pool of one of the hotels).
Day 8: Visit to the Nubian temples: the Isis temple on Philae island and the Kalabsha temple. On the way back we pass the "Unfinished Obelisk" and the High Dam of Lake Nasser (the biggest reservoir of Africa).
Day 9: A two days trip by felucca (meals and night in the boat). In Daraw, we visit the camel market (only on Sunday) Afterwards we visit the double temple and the new crocodile museum in Kom Ombo.
Day 10: Second day of the felucca trip. At the end of the day we return to the Nubian village.
Day 11: No program.
Day 12: Daytrip by airconditioned minibus to the famous temples of Abu Simbel, 300 km. south of Aswan.
Day 13: One day sightseeing Aswan by motorboat (Kitchener Island, Elephantine Island, Gharb-Sehel) with picknick lunch.
Day 14: With the afternoon train we return to Luxor. One night stay in a hotel.
Day 15: Transfer to the airport for the flight back home.