A JOURNEY THROUGH THE "CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION"
Experience pyramids, temples, royal tombs, bazaars, the Nile, the Red Sea and much more.
Egypt's history is very special, everyone has heard a little, but no one has heard everything. We will see the historic Luxor and the atmospheric Aswan, sail on the Nile and see the Pyramids in Cairo. The last days of the week are set aside for some relaxing sunny days in the city of Sharm el Sheikh.
To understand ancient Egypt, you should crack the code of the hieroglyphs - the ancient Egyptian script found everywhere in temples, tombs and on papyrus scrolls.
Thebes, or Luxor as the city is called today, is the first stop on this round trip. Luxor has for several periods in Egypt's history been the country's capital and was at the top for approx. 3,500 years ago. There is still digging for more historical items, and archaeologists from around the world are daily working on writing new chapters in the city's history.
Have you also dreamed of sailing on the NiI? From Luxor, the journey continues by cruise ship. Enjoy the days as you sail through the Nile Valley in all its glory. Here you see a spanning gap between lush vegetation and scorching desert. In the fields you see farmers with primitive tools and women washing clothes at the water's edge. During the trip on the Nile, you can always order a drink on the boat, relax at deck and enjoy the history coming to you along the seasides. It's like a painting from the Old Testament.
Valley of the Kings
We visit the Valley of the Kings, built 1539 BC - 1075 BC. There are about 60 tombs here, including Tutankhamun's tomb, which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. The burial chamber looks "almost" the same today. The area of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings is often referred to as "the world's largest outdoor museum". In Luxor you really get the feeling of following in the footsteps of the pharaohs.
Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, also known as Djeser-Djeseru Splendor of Splendors. The tomb is the center of the Deir el-Bahri area and is close to Luxor. Queen Hatshepsut reigned in the years 1473-1458 BC, and reliefs in her death stamp show a famous naval expedition to Punt by the Horn of Africa, in which she participated. The Queen's Mummy was found by Howard Carter in 1903 but was first identified in 2007. Gain an insight into a rare female Pharaoh, who has left traces in Egyptian history.
On the east bank of the Nile - 260 km south of Luxor, lies Aswan. Upper-class Englishmen vacationed here because the warm and dry climate was wonderful and healthy.
The last Aga Khan named Aswan “the most beautiful place on earth”. Many will probably agree with Aga Khan, here is really the Nile at its most picturesque. It is a wonderful feeling to sail around the leafy little rocky islands in a Felluca (small sailboat).
Life along the Nile is as slow as the river itself, and the ancient pharaohs would be able to recognize if they saw it today.
Temple of Horus in Edfu
140 km south of Luxor is the Temple of Horus in Edfu. The temple dates from the Ptolemaic period and is very well preserved. The temple has rare large dimensions and is practically completely intact today.