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Cruising the Nile

LUXOR TO Aswan A New and Unique
Route 10 DAYS




















NILE CRUISE
L E D B Y G R A H A M A N D D A W N M I Z O N

















Cruising the River of the Hebrews & Pharaohs
The World of Abraham, Joseph, Moses
Cruising the Nile Luxor/Aswan


DAY 1 - Saturday 4th May
FLIGHT DEPARTURE
Flight departure from Heathrow via Cairo to Luxor. Meals and in-flight services rendered
en-route. On arrival, travel by private coach from Luxor airport to the cruise ship.

Dinner & Overnight Cruise Ship (LUXOR)

The Nile River is the longest river in
OBELISK, LUXOR TEMPLE

the world.From its major source, Lake

Victoria in east central Africa, the White

Nile flows generally north through

Uganda and into Sudan where it meets

the Blue Nile at Khartoum, which rises

in the Ethiopian highlands. From the

confluence of the White and Blue Nile,

the river continues to flow northwards into

Egypt and on to the Mediterranean Sea.

From Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean

Sea the length of the Nile is 5584 km

(3470 miles).




























LUXOR TEMPLE
Luxor/The Nile Cruising the Nile


DAY 2 - Sunday 5th May
EAST & WEST BANKS
Temples on the East Bank where the sun rises; and Tombs on the West where
the sun sets; - thus this desert location well reflects the life and resting place of
the Pharaohs of old...

WEST BANK
Colossi of Memnon
Statue remnants of an ancient temple some 60 feet high and named by the
Greeks after the legendary hero killed at the Trojan wars.
Valley of the Kings
The land of Thebes (Egypt’s ancient capital from the 13th to the 30th Dynasty)
with 64 Royal Tombs including the famous Tomb of Tutankhamun.
Valley of the Queens
The Royal Tombs display well-preserved wall paintings of day to day life in
ancient Egypt and includes Queen Hatshepsut’s Tomb.

EAST BANK

Temple of Luxor
The ‘city of a hundred gates’ built by two Pharaohs and dedicated to Amun-Ra.
Luxor was the seat of power from 2100 to 750 B.C.
Temple of Karnak
Claimed to be the greatest place of worship in history - entrance is by the
‘avenue of rams’. The English word “luxury” is derived from this great city.

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VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Cruising the Nile Dendara/Qena


DAY 3 - Monday 6th May
MOSES’ WORLD
Cruise to DENDERA
The Dendera Temple complex, which contains the Temple of Hathor, is one of the best
preserved temples, if not the best, in all Egypt. The whole complex covers some
40,000 square meters and is surrounded by a hefty mud brick wall. The present
building dates back to the times of the Ptolemaic dynasty and was completed by the
Roman emperor Tiberius, but it rests on the foundations of earlier buildings dating back
at least as far as Khufu (known as the pyramid builder Cheops. In it was found the
celebrated zodiac now in Paris. Sail on to Qena.

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TEMPLE OF HATHOR (INCLUDING INSET ABOVE)
Abydos/Sohag Cruising the Nile


DAY 4 - Tuesday 7th May
MOSES’ WORLD
Visit ABYDOS
Considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt. The
sacred city of Abydos was the site of many ancient temples where early
pharaohs were entombed. Today, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of
Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the
modern world as the “Abydos King List”. It is a chronological list showing
cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs of Egypt from Menes until Ramesses I,
Seti’s father. The adjacent temple of Ramesses II was much smaller and simpler
in plan; but it had a fine historical series of scenes around the outside that lauded
his achievements, of which the lower parts remain. The outside of the temple
was decorated with scenes of the Battle of Kadesh. Sail on to Sohag.

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A DETAIL IN THE TEMPLE OF SETI 1, AT ABYDOS
Cruising the Nile Sohag/Asuit


DAY 5 - Wednesday 8th May
CRUISING THE NILE
Sail to ASYUIT (approx 8 hours)

Dinner & Overnight Cruise Ship (ASYUIT).


Egypt - A Jewish Refuge
The Hebrews
In the Elephantine papyri, caches of legal documents and letters written in Aramaic,
document the lives of a community of Jewish soldiers stationed there as part of a
frontier garrison in Egypt. They maintained their own temple. The documents cover
the period 495 to 399 BC. The Jews The Bible also records that a large number of
Jews took refuge in Egypt after the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah in 597 BC.
The Jews that had fled to Moab, Ammon, Edom, and to other countries, returned to
Judah. (Jeremiah 40:11-12) However, the population that was left in the land and
those that had returned, fled to Egypt for safety (Jeremiah 43:5-7).

The Holy Family
During the reign and brutality of Herod the Great, Joseph took Mary and Jesus
into Egypt as instructed by the angel (Mt 2:13). Thus on their return the
prophecy was fulfilled “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” (Mt 2:15)
























SAIL BOATS ON THE NILE
Asuit/Minya Cruising the Nile


DAY 6 - Thursday 9th May
MOSES’ WORLD
Sail to TEL EL AMARNA approx (3 hours)

Tel El Amarna Is an extensive Egyptian archaeological site that represents
the remains of the capital city newly established and built by the Pharaoh
Akhen-aten (1353 BC), and abandoned shortly afterwards. The area is
located on the east bank of the Nile River 312 km (194 mi) south Cairo and
402 km (250 mi) north of Luxor. The area was also occupied during later
Roman and early Christian times; excavations to the south of the city have
found several struc-tures from this period. In 1887 a local woman digging for
sebakh (fuel for a fire) uncovered a cache of over 300 cuneiform tablets (now
commonly known as the Amarna Letters). These tablets recorded select
diplomatic correspond-ence of the Pharaoh and were predominantly written in
Akkadian, commonly used in the Ancient Near East for such communication.

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AKHENATEM AND NEFERTITI
Cruising the Nile Beni Suif/Cairo


DAY 7 - Friday 10th May
MOSES’ WORLD

Visit BENI HASSAN and the ROCK-CUT TOMBS associated with Egypt’s rulers in the
Middle Kingdom - (2055 BC and 1650 BC). On to TUNA EL GEBEL & HERMOPOLIS
See the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten (an upright stone or slab with ancient
hieroglyphics); Visit Hermopolis - as a border town it was a place of great resort and
opulence, ranking second to Thebes; The city is still a titular diocese in the Roman
Catholic and the Coptic Church. Sail on to Beni Suif (approx 7 hours).

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TOMB SCENES





DAY 8 - Saturday 11th May
JOSEPHS’ WORLD
Visit The Fayoum Oasis
See Joseph’s Canal and Lake created by Joseph protect against the 7 years of famine;
See Joseph’s Grain stores and visit an old mill farm; See mud brick Pyramids at
Hawara. Sail to Wasta then to Cairo (approx 7 hours)

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TOMB ENTRANCE AT BENI HASSAN
Cruising the Nile


The Flights
With Egypt Air from London Heathrow -

LONDON/LUXOR FLIGHTS MS778/62 DEPART 15.00 ARRIVE 23.50
CAIRO/LONDON FLIGHT MS777 DEPART 09.30 ARRIVE 13.35

The Nile
has always, and will probably always be a travel corridor for Northern Africa. While the
River itself flows to the North, into the Mediterranean Sea, the prevailing winds along the
Nile are to the South. Therefore, for at least the last 5,000 years, the Nile has been a great
route, with boats drifting North, and raising their sails for the return trip up river. So
dominant is the river that the two ancient sections of Egypt are, confusingly for most
people, called Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Upper Egypt is actually Southern Egypt,
because it is “up river”, while Northern Egypt is Lower because it is down river.

The Cruise
A NEW ROUTE for cruise boats - styled for a mix of shore site visits, leisure and fellowship
with ample time to relax on deck and enjoy the rural scenes while drifting on the Nile and
it’s FULL BOARD with a huge variety of food and ample to eat. A sailing journey of
approxi-mately 440 miles. A few evening talks on the “Hebrews and the Pharaohs” are
planned which will give insight to the impact of the Hebrews on Egyptian culture that still
can be wit-nessed today in their language and culture. The Nile river is timeless with little
unchanged on its shores from ancient days - a leisurely voyage of discovery in a floating
hotel through one of the world’s greatest cultures.
Cruising the Nile

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ALEXANDRIA



CAIRO

JOSEPH’S LAKE









BENI HASAN HERMOPOLIS


ARMANA




RED SEA









ABYDOS
DENDARA






LUXOR


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