Philae temple complex
Enjoy three nights in Cairo and an exclusive cruise along the Nile in a traditional dahabiya, limited to just 18 guests
Explore the spectacular archaeological sites at Luxor, including the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings
Visit the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, the permanent home to the collection of treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb
“A splendid tour which exceeded our expectations”
- ACE customers on a previous Nile Cruise
Join ACE on a wonderful journey along the Nile from the ‘open-air museum’ of Luxor, home to many of Egypt’s most glorious treasures, to laid-back Aswan, in the heart of ancient Nubia. This memorable cruise aboard a classic and comfortable dahabiya, exclusively chartered for this group, will be preceded by an exploration of the iconic historical wonders in and around Egypt’s thrilling capital, Cairo.
Our visits begin at the edge of the desert at Saqqara, once the cemetery for ancient Memphis and home to the proto-typical Step Pyramid. An in-depth tour of Giza – home to the pyramids and Great Sphinx – will follow, as well as a visit to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2024 after many years of construction. Expected to be the world’s largest archaeological museum, the site will house the collections of Pharaonic treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun.
We then fly to Luxor to board Nile Lily, and spend a couple of days discovering the city’s peerless ancient attractions, including the the monumental ‘East Bank’ temples of Luxor and Karnak and the world-renowned ‘West Bank’ tombs and temples, including the necropolis of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
During the cruise, we will survey a range of fascinating temples and archaeological ruins. Esna, located some thirty miles south of Luxor, boasts the miraculously preserved Temple of Khnum, the ram-headed god revered by the Egyptians as the guardian of the source of the Nile. An international team has spent five years cleaning and restoring the temple’s ceiling, now an absolutely wondrous sight.
At Edfu, the most complete of all Egypt’s temples, we may admire the vivid reliefs recounting the dramatic struggle for power between Horus and Set. The Ptolemaic ruins of Kom Ombo, standing sentinel on a bend in the Nile, provide the most striking of settings for the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, dedicated to the crocodile god and his falcon-headed counterpart.
On arrival in Aswan, we will visit Agilkia Island, the idyllic stage for a remarkable series of monuments saved from the flooded island of Philae, along with Aswan High Dam and tour the famous granite quarries.
From Aswan, an optional flight to Abu Simbel will offer guests the opportunity to discover the Great Temple of Ramses II on the shores of Lake Nasser, justly acclaimed as one of the world’s most splendid architectural ensembles.
This tour will be led by Gillian Hovell, BA (Hons), a specialist in archaeology and the ancient world, who lectures at York University and for the Arts Society, British Museum and Ashmolean Museum. She runs online courses in archaeology, ancient history and Latin as ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’. Gillian’s expertise spans Neolithic to Roman Britain and the Greek and Roman Mediterranean, and her particular passion is the ebb, flow and interaction of ancient civilisations. Gillian will be joined by an expert local Egyptologist.
Places are limited. Please contact the office on 01223 841055 for more details.
Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin/room, eleven breakfasts, ten lunches with water & coffee, eleven dinners with water & coffee (wine included on board Nile Lily), excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.
Not Included: visa, travel insurance, optional visit to Tutankhamun’s Tomb on day 4 £50, optional excursion by air to Abu Simbel on day 9 £400, double cabin/room for single use supplement £2750 (on request).