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(Jun 20, 2011)
Top 5 Stops at The Nile River Cruise Among all famous human civilizations, one of the most significant one is Egypt. You may have heard various kinds of trips along the country but among all of them one is much nearer to my heart. This year September I took a trip along the historic Nile River which in 1 word was ‘awesome’. On the way several interesting places were anchored in. Nile River cruise is a timeless journey to explore Egypt’s history in a unique manner. World’s longest river has been traversed a number of time by millions for many centuries. Past and modern lives are so well blended along the whole route that sometimes it is really hard to distinguish them. Here nothing is predictable. Alluring charm of a lonely fisherman cutting through his oar along the Nile waters is as contrasting as restless youngsters on their speed-boat, selling scarves. On some mornings it is all about fresh and moist morning air sweeping over shining green vegetations on the river bank. On some other, it is all about dry and hot air sweeping over dry, yellow sand dunes. Local people taking their favourite morning tea and ‘hookah’ under sun, sitting on plastic chairs on river bank; bougainvillea gardens; wheat and sugarcane fields; mud-huts; family owned farms and glowing minarets at dusk all are glimpses of Egypt in totality which are not within itinerary list but worthy to take a Nile River cruise that could easily translate into a lifelong memory. Today my article will be strictly restricted to top 5 interesting points of anchor. 1. Temple of Karnak: Origin of most river cruises is Luxor so most probably your first port of call would be Karnak temple. I must say it’s a wonderful place to start. Variety of obelisks, intricately carved out pillars, walls; you’ll just wonder about sheer complexity of architecture. After looking at it I knew why its main area was considered to be the earthly retreat of sun god Amun-Re. Still on record this temple is the largest temple ever built. Special feature- Symbolism: Ancient Egyptians used to worship different natural phenomenon and architects of that time profusely used natural symbols in temples. Karnak Temple is one of the most beautiful specimens where its 134 pillars represent palm trees, River Nile symbolically represented through the floor, mountains symbolized by pylons and ceilings representing skies. 2. Temple of Luxor: Another major temple that is the Temple of Luxor is again dedicated to sun god Amun-Re. Along with this gods Khonsu and Mut were also worshipped here. Two seated idols of pharaoh Ramses II guard beside the entrance door. Intricate carvings of this temple is its main draw. Like that of clapping people, dancers and acrobates; beating drums and boats plying on Nile River guided by captains; all of these carvings ooze out palpating energy of the bygone eras. Special feature- Religious art: Evidences of 4 religions can be seen here. Along with ancient Egyptian deities frescos represent Roman imperial cult, Abu El-Haggag mosque and remains of an erstwhile Coptic church represent Islam and Christianity respectively. 3. Valley of the Kings: ‘Valley of the Kings’ this name is a common one for whosoever is interested in Egypt. Now it is your turn to visit it in reality. Legendary tomb of young pharaoh Tutankhamen and his alleged treasure trove hidden underground are enough reasons for visiting this site at least once in lifetime. Along with this historical site you can visit replica of the chamber which is receiving rave reviews for its detailed precision with the original one. This is a good try to mitigate all damages done by crowd of tourists. Grand Chamber is really grand with tombs of Ramses IX, Ramses II and Merenptah and of many more. All will admire intriguing scenes and related hieroglyphics carved on the walls. Special feature- Vivid paintings: You will wonder with the contrast of how colourful can be paintings inside the tomb as exterior regions have worn out paintings resultant of sunlight, rain-water, heat etc. Colourful paints were made of charcoal, chalk, malachite and ochre mixed up with gum and eggwhite along with brush of honey bee wax used as varnish. These pictures have been protected in the truest sense with vibrant yellow, red, blue and white still sobright that it looks as if they have been recently made. 4. Temple of Edfu: Temple of Edfu is dedicated to Horus or the Falcon god so human figure having a falcon head can be seen throughout the temple. Falcons were worshipped in ancient Egypt as they were considered to be noble for their avoidance of dead flesh. This temple is one of the most well preserved temples of Egypt. Outstanding halls and antechambers along with a well preserved inner sanctuary with a polished granite shrine which used to house the cult gold statue of Horus are worth visiting. Special feature– The courtyard: I request you not to rush towards the temple without giving a thorough look at the courtyard which has splendid wall carvings. Once average public were allowed to visit still to this point and only some privileged few had access into the temple. Interior of the temple was guarded with pitch darkness. 5. Kom Ombo: Interestingly Kom Ombo was dedicated to both Horus and Sobek, ‘the Crocodile god’ and you can pay homage to crocodiles just like ancient Egyptians. Once this stretch of the river was infested with dangerous crocs. Special feature- Doubling up: Everything is in pair and evenly distributed between 2 gods from halls, courtyards to sanctuaries and every other thing. [contact-form-7 id="493" title="Contact form 1"] Read more...
(Jun 20, 2011)
Before returning home after your Egypt holiday, why not top of your Egypt holiday going on a dinner cruise in Cairo? The Nile River banks are blanketed in 'the city of lights' of Cairo making it an exceptional experience as you sail onboard a floating restaurant. Dinner is included followed by live entertainment including life folklore show, belly dancing and a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band, featuring the unforgettable Tanoura spin, in keeping with Egypt's whirling dervishes tradition - an unforgettable show not to be forgotten! Enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise aboard one of our elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. You can expect first-class service during your evening dinner Nile cruise, sailing past Cairo's illuminated skyline while you enjoy your dinner. Following dinner is live entertainment provided by a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. You will begin your tour between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm; this is left to your discretion and also availability. An air conditioned vehicle will transfer you to the docks for your 2 hour cruise. This tour takes 3 hours. A night spent on the Nile or at least an evening seems to be a must for every tourist. A number of floating restaurants in Cairo respond to this desire and offer a special nightlife experience. All of them entertain their guests with more than only with a luxurious dinner. This is a splendid way to see the Nile and city skyline at its best. Few can complete with the romantic setting of dinner on a Nile cruise ship. These cruisers float for 2 hours and bring you and your party tasty meals, excellent entertainment and an unforgettable evening of stargazing along the Nile banks. The tour includes belly dance shows and live music of all styles, Arabic as well as Western, and Sufi or even acrobatic performances. Included: Belly dancer, the Oriental Show, an open buffet style dinner, air conditioned vehicle transfer, the Western Show, and all taxes and service charges. Excluded: Gratuities and dinner beverages are not included in the price of this Dinner Cruise on the Nile tour package. Any services not listed here will be considered as separate expenses apart from the pricing of this tour. You can choose from the set menu or go for the a la carte selection offering seafood, Lebanese and Chinese or Egyptian cuisines. Highlights: Two-hour dinner cruise on the River Nile Views of Cairo's illuminated skyline Music provided by a house band After-dinner belly-dancing show & folklore band Choice of set menu or a la carte menu Choice of early or late dinner cruises English-speaking guide (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch & Russian guides are available if requested at time of booking) Pick-up and drop-off from central Cairo and Giza hotels Sample Fix Menu *subject to change without notice Selection of fresh breads Salad bar Grilled Chicken with herbs, served with rice & vegetables Nougat glace Sample A la Carte Menu *subject to change without notice Tahina salad Green spices salad Fried Kofta Fried shrimps Different kinds of rice & macaroni Special dessert menu Moving : Nile Maxim Nile Crystal Marquise The Pharaos Boat Scarabee Aquarius Stable : Nile Peking Cruise Imperial boat Nile Lily Cruise   [contact-form-7 id="493" title="Contact form 1"]     Read more...
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CRUISE TOUR
EGYPT
3-Night Nile Cruise
Scheduled departures 4 days 3 nights
Tour Code: EGY-08
Day 1: Aswan – Nile Cruise – Kom Ombo
In Aswan, you will be transferred to your Nile Cruise ship. Visit the High Dam and
the Temple of Philae. Afternoon sail to Kom Ombo and tour the Temple.
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Day 2: Edfu – Esna – Luxor
Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Cross Esna Lock and sail to Luxor. Tonight,
enjoy the entertainment show.
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Day 3: Luxor
Tour the vast burial city on the West Bank of the Nile including the Colossi of
Memnon, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings.
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Day 4: Luxor – Return
You will be transferred to the airport.
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4-Night Nile Cruise
Scheduled departures 5 days 4 nights
Tour Code: EGY-09
Day 1: Luxor – Nile Cruise
In Luxor, you will be transferred to your Nile Cruise ship. Enjoy the visits to the
Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
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Day 2: Luxor – Esna
Cross the West Bank and visit the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Queen
Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Cross Esna Lock and sail to Edfu. Enjoy
the Captain’s Cocktail Reception tonight.
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Day 3: Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo to tour the Temple. Enjoy
dinner and an oriental Galabaya party tonight.
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Day 4: Aswan
Visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Afternoon sail on a Felucca to
Elephantine Island and visit the Botanical Gardens.
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Day 5: Aswan – Return
You will be transferred to the airport.
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Includes
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Arrival and departure transfers.
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3- or 4-night Nile Cruise with accommodation in
an air-conditioned cabin with private facilities.
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All meals on board the ship.
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Shore excursions including entrance fees.
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Hotel service charges and local taxes.
Nile Cruise Programs
EGYPT
Cairo
Kom Ombo
Luxor
Aswan
Edfu
Esna
Prices per person based on double occupancy
Cruise Ship
Season
3-night in DBL
4-night in DBL
Nile Ruby / Royal Ruby
Jan 6–Mar 31
$475 / $525
$670 / $735
Apr 1–11 • Dec 20-Jan 5
$795 / $845
$1,075 / $1,125
Apr 12–Dec 20
$455 / $495
$635 / $695
Single supplement from $85 per night
CRUISE TOUR
EGYPT
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Selected Nile Cruises
Nile Ruby
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Guest Cabins:
72 junior suites and 2 presidential suites.
Private bath in junior suites and bathtub with Jacuzzi in
presidential suites.
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Cabin facilities
: TV with internal video and satellite system,
mini bar and individual safe deposit, sound system, phone
system and fax for local and international calls.
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Boat facilities:
Laundry and dry cleaning, full medical
service, restaurants (150 seats), reception, boutique, gift
shop, hairdresser, lounge, bar, discotheque, swimming pool,
Jacuzzi, bar.
Price is from
$155
per person per night in double/twin cabin
including all meals on board and shore excursions.
Royal Ruby
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Guest Cabins:
There are 66 DBL cabins, 2 SGL cabins, 1
suite.
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Cabin facilities:
Individual temperature control, private bath
equipped with vertical Jacuzzi and hair dryer, colored TV, in
house music panel, mini bar, panoramic windows, safe boxes,
international telephone lines.
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Boat facilities:
Lounge Bar/ Discotheque, library, large
sundeck & swimming pool, fitness equipment, jewelry shop,
beauty salon, internet, laundry service.
Price is from
$165
per person per night in double/twin cabin
including all meals on board and shore excursions.
Sonesta Moon Goddess
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Guest Cabins:
There are 48 standard cabins with sliding
glass doors opening to private balconies and 2 Presidential
Suites with private lounges.
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Cabin facilities:
Private direct dial telephone, individual
climate control, hairdryer, mini-bar, safety deposit box, TV
and movie program, bathrooms equipped with bathtubs.
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Boat facilities:
Room service dining, main dining room,
lounge, sun deck bar, deck barbecue area, fitness &
recreation, outdoor swimming pool & bar, disco.
Price is from
$245
per person per night in double/twin cabin
including all meals on board and shore excursions.
Oberoi Philae
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Guest Cabins:
There are 50 DBL cabins, 4 SGL cabins, 2
suites.
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Cabin facilities:
Electronic safe, bar, butler service, private
bathrooms, temperature control, TV & radio, computerized
telephone system, spacious wardrobes.
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Boat facilities:
Main dining room, lounge bar, sun deck &
bar, deck barbecue area, indoor fitness center, outdoor plunge
pool, hair salon, gift shop, laundry.
Price is from
$345
per person per night in double/twin cabin
including all meals on board and shore excursions

 

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