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Sudan

The Dynastic Cruise from Luxor to Aswan (6 Days)

Experience the luxury and style of days gone by aboard the steamship Sudan. Built for King Fouad toward the end of the nineteenth century, this vessel has been lovingly restored to be the last of its kind to cruise the Nile. The charms of the Sudan were described in detail in Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' and today, its authentic atmosphere still evokes images of Hercule Poirot pacing the decks. The Sudan is faithful to her origins with authentic fixtures and period furniture, rich woodwork, leather upholstery, brass bedsteads, panelled passageways and wooden decks, yet integrated with all the modern conveniences one would expect of a luxury river vessel.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Luxor.

Day 1: Luxor

Boarding of the Steamship Sudan will be in the late morning. There will be time for you to settle in to your cabin before a gourmet lunch is served on board. Your first visit will be to one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Egypt, the Temple of Karnak. This ancient city was built around 2000 years ago and today you are still able to see almost perfect illustrations made in honour of the Pharaohs and their Gods. Sailing towards Qena, located north of Luxor. Only a few ships sail this splendid stretch of the river Nile where you will be able to enjoy the sunset and admire both banks of the Nile. Dinner and overnight stay on board in Qena.

Day 2: Qena - Abydos - Luxor

It's an early start (two hours drive) to Abydos, a holy city and the cult centre of Osiris, regent of the Kingdom of the Dead and god of resurrection. From the Ancient Kingdom era, Abydos was an exceptional site of pilgrimage. The Temple of Seti I is a wonder with its colourful and fine bas-reliefs which mark the birth of Ramesside art. Visit of the Temple of Dendera on the way back. Dendera is the name of the spectacular temple of Hathor, Goddess of love and joy, also known for protecting women and nursing Pharaohs. Secluded at the border of cultivated land and desert, with its richly decorated chapels, its Hathor headed columns, its obscure corridors and stairs, the unique vestige of the ancient city of Dendera is one of the most famous best preserved monuments in Egypt and offers a splendid view of Upper-Egypt countryside from the roof. Back on board for lunch. Relaxing afternoon sailing to Luxor. Dinner and overnight stay on board in Luxor.

Day 3: Luxor - Esna - Edfu

The morning is dedicated to the discovery of the Theban necropolis, land of mysteries and god Osiris home under the New Kingdom: the Valley of the Pharaohs, whose beautifully decorated tombs which tell us the travel of the deceased through the afterlife and visit the tomb of Ramses VI which measures 116 meters long; the Valley of the Queens, secret necropolis of the royal wives and visit the tomb of Nefertari, the best known of the wives of Ramses II (according to the affluence, this visit is not guaranteed); the Valley of the Nobles, which is the necropolis of officials, high dignitaries and the court in general, who did not come from royalty and visit the tomb of Ramose; the Valley of Craftsmen known as Deir el-Medina, created to welcome the sculptors, painters and stonemasons who worked on the necropolises. Then join the boat for lunch. Navigation towards Esna, then Edfu. Dinner on board.

Day 4: Edfu - Kom Ombo

Morning visit of the Temple of Edfu. Dedicated to Horus and Hathor, its construction started during the 3rd Century BC under the Ptolemaic Dynasty and was completed 170 years later; it’s one of the best preserved building of Ancient Egypt. Back on board and sailing to Kom Ombo for sunset. Evening visit of the Temple of Kom Ombo, a unique architectural and religious type of complex in Egypt as it was dedicated to two divinities. Two temples are gathered on the same site. The south part is dedicated to Horus, the Falcon God and the north part to Sobek, the Crocodile God. Overnight on board.

Day 5 : Aswan

Sailing to Aswan at the end of the Nile Valley, where ancient Nubia begins. Large sandy banks are slowly replacing cultivated land along the Nile. This is where civilisation once ended. From the 3rd Century, Elephantine Island was a trading centre. Nubia (which means gold in Nubian) had a rich soil, providing to Egypt not only gold but also soldiers, precious woods and ivory. Visit of the Temple of Philae, home to Isis, Goddess of marriage, fertility, motherhood, magic and medicine who ruled over life, death and resurrection. Philae was one of the most important sanctuary in Egypt and Nubia till 550 AD, when Byzantine emperor Justinian ordered its closing. Free time in Aswan before dinner. You can also choose to join an optional Light and Sound show in Philae. Overnight stay in Aswan.

Day 6: Aswan

Your voyage of discovery ends in Aswan where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Aswan.

Includes

  • 5 Nights' accommodation on board the Sudan
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Full board (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 6)
  • Crew gratuities and service charges

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Beverages
  • The services of an English speaking guide are not included on all sailings unless requested in advance - please specify that you require an English speaking guide at the time of reservation
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Port Taxes
 

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