||Sunday: Luxor - Esna - El Hegz
8:30 departure to visit the Temple of Karnak: the god Amon reigned supreme in the Egyptian pantheon for nearly 2000 years and every sovereign wanted to construct their own building at Karnak to the glory of Amon. The result is an abundance of elements from different eras, a fabulous page from history. Late morning departure for Esna, the port of Dahabieh and getting settled in on board. Lunch, and then set off for the first part of navigating the Nile, arriving at El Hegz in late afternoon.
Monday: El Hegz - El Kaab - Edfu - El Ramady
Sail to El Kaab. Surrounded by a mud brick wall dating from 747-332 BC, the city was founded as early as the Neolithic period. Take some time to discover the rock tombs carved
into the mountainside: at Ahmes where there is an interesting inscription explaining the capture of the city of Avaris and the expulsion of the Hyksos. In that of Paheri, dated 1570BC and dedicated to the chief priest of Nekhbet, town mayor and scribe, bas-reliefs present a detailed description of rural life with scenes of agrarian work, hunting and fishing and a funeral banquet. Sailing resumes with lunch on board. You will pass by fishermen, sandal boats loaded with sugar cane and stones, as well as
feluccas. Stop off at Edfu to visit the temple dedicated to the god Horus Behedet, symbolised by a falcon winged solar disc. Started in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes, it was completed nearly 200 years later. This is one of the largest temples (26 m high, 137 m long and 79 m wide), and one of the best preserved in Egypt, thanks to the sand that covered it until as late as the nineteenth century,
when the Egyptologist Mariette discovered it. The bas-reliefs and inscriptions provide countless pieces of information about worship, liturgy, and religious ceremonies, including the annual “good meeting” when the goddess
Hathor left her temple at Dendera to find her husband in Edfu. Your cruise continues on to the island of El Ramady.
Tuesday: El Ramady - Jebel Silsila - Maniha
Visit to an Egyptian village on the island of El Ramady and a short walk on the island. Then sail down to Jebel Silsila, under the protection of the god Hapy. On the west bank of the river there is a sanctuary, or speos, carved into the rock, dedicated to the god Horemheb and seven other local deities, including the god Sobek. Then, on foot, we discover the ancient quarry where the sandstone that built the temples was extracted. Cruise on to Maniha.
Wednesday: Maniha - Kom Ombo - Daraw - Herdiab
We sail to Kom Ombo, which, on a promontory overlooking the Nile, is a wonderfully romantic spot. Dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile and Horus the falcon, the temple has perfectly symmetrical architecture. A tour of the site, followed by lunch back on board and then sailing to Daraw. Walk around the village of Daraw. Back aboard La Flâneuse to sail on to Herdiab.
Thursday: Herdiab - El Kobanai - Aswan
Morning departure for a visit to the traditional Nubian village of Kobanai. Nubians used to live in Upper Egypt and were massively displaced during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the creation of Lake Nasser. Back on board for lunch and cruising on to Aswan for an early afternoon arrival. La Flâneuse docks on west bank, shortly after passing the Aswan Bridge. Departure to visit the Temple of
Philae; 5 km south of Aswan. The island of Agilka has been home, since the erection of the dam, to the temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, the universal mother and wife of Osiris. Its bas-reliefs, frescoes and capitals make it one of the most beautiful sites in Egypt.
Disembark from boat after breakfast.