Solo The Spectacular Nile 2021 Riviera Travel River Cruise
Egypt, just the name is enough to set your imagination spinning back to the start of recorded human history – to a time when all-powerful Pharaohs controlled a mysterious and fabulously wealthy empire which lasted virtually intact for over 5,000 years! Your Nile cruise explores the mighty monuments, the intriguing history and the extraordinary artistic masterpieces from the greatest and oldest of all the ancient civilisations.
After your late evening arrival, transfer to your home for the next 7 nights, the MS Hamees.
After breakfast you’ll explore the Valley of the Kings. It is simply remarkable that so much artistic beauty is hidden below the barren earth of this hot, dry, rock-strewn valley. The incredible state of preservation and the vividness of the paintings and hieroglyphics is simply astounding. It is tantalising to imagine what treasures all these tombs once held, lost to incredibly efficient grave robbers thousands of years ago. You will also visit Howard Carter’s house which has been beautifully preserved and is next to the newly-opened remarkably accurate replica of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Your tour ends at the mortuary temple of Hatshetput, the first female pharaoh, with its stunning three-tiered colonnaded terraces reflecting the outline of the cliffs above. Return to your ship at lunchtime and set sail for Esna where we go through the large locks on the river and moor overnight. This evening you’ll enjoy a Welcome cocktail reception before dinner.
After breakfast set sail for Edfu from where you visit the ancient site of El Kab – a fascinating hidden gem of a place, off the main tourist trail. Here you’ll see an ancient town still encircled by its original 38-foot thick mudbrick walls, as well as the remains of temples and a Roman-era fort. This afternoon you'll sail to Aswan and moor overnight. This evening there’s a ‘galabiya’ party for all guests, a fun and long tradition on all Nile ships!
Today you’ll start your exploration of Aswan by visiting the world-famous Aswan High Dam. Continue to the temple of Isis at Philae, which had to be rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. After lunch you'll be taken to the water on a felucca sail as the sun sets in the west, in this, the most picturesque part of the river, around Kitchener Island, which the eponymous general converted to a botanical park.
A day at leisure to explore Aswan, surely one of the most beautifully sited towns on the Nile. Why not enjoy high tea at the Old Cataract hotel or visit the fascinating Nubian museum. Alternatively, you can choose to travel along the shores of Lake Nasser to the site of the amazing rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel, moved here block-by-block in an incredible UNESCO-sponsored operation in 1968.
Today you have a relaxing day on board to enjoy the Sun deck, pool and bar as well sail back north, stopping at the temple of Kom Ombo. This a unique site in that it’s dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek, the crocodile. The temple had a lake with sacred crocodiles and many mummies of them have been found nearby.
This morning set sail back towards Luxor. After lunch, visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the eastern bank of the Nile. The astounding Hypostyle Hall is the most awe-inspiring part of this vast complex, said to be the largest religious centre of the ancient world. Its 134 gigantic columns stretch up to 80ft high and are covered in hieroglyphics – look carefully and you’ll spot traces of the original colours still visible. One of the many interesting features is the first documented peace treaty in history, between Ramses II and the Hittites. Another highlight is the great Obelisk of Hatshepsut, carved from one 97-foot high block of polished red granite and weighing in at over 300 tons, it has stood here for over 3,450 years, a testament to the amazing abilities and ingenuity of its creators. Also visit the smaller, but equally remarkable Temple of Luxor, which was originally connected to Karnak via the 2-mile long Avenue of the Sphinxes. Tonight, prepare to experience the popular belly dance show – you may even join in if you wish!
Early this morning make your way to Luxor airport for the return direct flight to the UK after a unique and truly fascinating tour.
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- Return direct scheduled flights
- Seven nights on board MS Hamees
- All meals included on board
- Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
- The services of an experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
- Programme of daily tours & visits
- Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
- Guided tour of the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor
- Visit the Pharaohs’ tombs in the Valley of the Kings & the temple of Hatshepsut
- Visit Howard Carter’s house and the newly-opened replica of King Tutankhamun's tomb
- Discover the stunning temples at Kom Ombo and Philae in Aswan
- Enjoy an afternoon sail on a traditional felucca around Kitchener Island
- Opportunity to visit the extraordinary site of Abu Simbel
It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here
If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.