Stepping onto the Farah Nile Cruise ship will begin your journey into an exotic, five-day dream. Your Beyond the Pyramids egyptologist will then meet you in the ship's lobby.
First, we will explore the Aswan High Dam, a feat of engineering designed to control the annual flooding of the Nile River. Then, the tour will take us further back in time as we first examine some of the granite quarries, where many Egyptian monuments first took shape. Next, we will visit one of the most impressive temples in all of Egypt, the Temple of Philae.
After our afternoon excursions, we will return to the ship, where you can enjoy afternoon tea and relax while enjoying some of the recreational facilities onboard. A delectable dinner will be followed by a Nubian Folkloric Show, which will delight you with vivid costumes, lively dancing and fascinating history woven together.
Boarding, Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple
Our second day's journey takes us to Kom Ombo in Upper Egypt. After an on-board breakfast, we will visit the Kom Ombo Temple. This temple is a unique "double temple," symmetrical along its axis and dedicated to two gods: Sobek (the crocodile god) and Horus (the falcon god.) While visiting this site, you will learn about the fascinating theology of these Egyptian gods.
We return to the ship which, while you dine on a sumptuous lunch, will travel to Edfu. Edfu is known for its temple, dedicated to Horus, which is one of the most completely preserved temples in Egypt. The temple sheds important light on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. Its many scenes and inscriptions have been used to better understand the "Sacred Drama" of the gods Seth and Horus.
In the evening, prepare for the unusual as you join in a festive Egyptian Galabeya Party. Choose from a range of specially-made clothing and learn how to "walk like an Egyptian." The ship will dock overnight in the city of Esna along the Nile.
KOM OMBO TEMPLE
Aswan, Edfu to Esna
The third and fourth days of our wondrous journey will bring us to the Luxor region. First, we will encounter the West Bank of the Nile, where we will learn even more about the mythology of this ancient land. The Valley of the Kings is the principle burying place of royalty and nobles during the reign of the pharoahs. We will visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, also known as the Djeser-Djeseru ("Holy of Holies"), which is dedicated to the sun deity Amun and is considered to be one of the incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt. Then, you will have the opportunity to gaze in awe upon the Colossi of Menmon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII.
Esna to Luxor
After visiting the Valley of the Kings, we will travel to the east bank of the Nile, to visit the Karnak and Luxor temples.
Luxor is often described as the "world's greatest open-air museum" because the ruins of the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes both lie within the city boundaries. The Luxor temple is unique in that it is not dedicated as a tomb to a deceased king, but rather to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the kings of Egypt were crowned in reality or conceptually. The Karnak temple complex is the second-largest ancient religious site in the world and was contributed to by approximately 30 pharoahs. The term Karnak often is understood as being the Precinct of Amun-Ra only, because this is the only part most visitors see. The three other parts, the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, and the dismantled Temple of Amenhotep IV, are closed to the public.
Our fifth day brings us back to the home port of Aswan. After a last on-deck breakfast, you will disembark and return to the Aswan Airport or railway station. Inshallah!