DT-7: West Bank Classic (full day)
Cross the West bank where you will spend the day amidst the
tombs and mortuary temples of the great pharaohs. First stop the Colossi of
Memnon, two mammoth pink quartzite statues depicting Amenhotep III sitting on
his throne. Continue to the Valley of the Kings for visits to some tombs of the
pharaohs (Thutmose III, Ramses III, Ramses VI to name a few). Next visit the
monumental complex of Medinet Habu, comprising the Temple of Ramses III with
Note: Visits to the Tomb of King Tutankhamun and/or Queen
Nefertari can be included for additional entrance fees.
DT-8: East Bank Temples (half-day)
Visit the great temple of Karnak or Ipet Sut "the most
hallowed of places" dedicated to the god Amun-Re, creator of the universe.
After a rest stop at the Sacred Lake, your tour continues with a visit to the
other great Temple of Luxor, once linked to Karnak and originally built as a
summer palace for the god Amun. Both these extensive complexes comprise the
largest Open Air Museum in the world, with their great columns, chapels, halls
DT-9: Cruise to Esna (full day)
A relaxing and leisurely way to sightsee. Cruise down the
Nile to visit the Temple of Esna, built during the reign of Thutmose III and
dedicated to the ram-god Khnum whom the ancient egyptians believed fashioned
man from mud of the Nile on his potter's wheel. Lunch on board as you sail back
DT-10: Aswan (half-day)
Sail by felucca (egyptian sailboat) to the island of Agilkia.
Visit the temple that were removed from their original island of Philae which
lies submerged most of the year by the waters of Lake Nasser. The main Temple of
Isis and its monuments were built between the 26th-dynasty and the Roman period.
Return to the mainland and drive to Aswan for a view of the high Dam which was
completed in 1964. From here you can gaze across Lake Nasser.
DT-11: Aswan to Kom Ombo (full day)
Sail down the Nile, or drive if you're in a hurry, to visit
the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to two gods - the falcon god Harwer (or Horus
the Elder) and the crocodile-god Sobek. Situated on a hill, the temple offers
beautiful views and some impressive ruins. Picnic lunch is included.
DT-12: Abu Simbel (air or land)
Either fly or drive through the desert to visit the great
rock temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were removed and reconstructed stone
by stone on a rocky outcrop of the Libyan mountain, 65 meters above their
original site. Visit the Temple of Ramses II with its 4 colossal statues, and the
Temple of his beloved Queen Nefertari.