Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Rameses II, it appears that the temple's purpose was for a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival.
Started the tour to the West Bank. As I entered the Valleys of the Kings, I passed Deir El Medina, Madinet Habou and the Colossi of Memnon. I visited the colonnaded temple that was uniquely dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut. During lunch, i cruised towards the ancient cities of Esna and Edfu. Disembark in Edfu to visit the remarkably well preserved Temple of Horus. Enjoyed an overnight stay on the cruise.
Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Thousands of tourists from all around the world arrive annually to visit these monuments, contributing a large part towards the economy for the modern city.Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom, and the glorious city of the god Amon-Ra .The importance of the city started as early as the 11th Dynasty, when the town grew into a thriving city, renowned for its high social status and luxury, but also as a center for wisdom, art, religious and political supremacy
The train will arrive at Luxor early in the morning. Our tour guide and travel representative will meet you and assist you in your transfer via car, to visit the East Bank of Luxor, where you'll get to explore the alleys of Karnak & Luxor Temples. Embarkation and lunch will be on boarding the cruise ship and the rest of the day will be left free for leisurely activities, The following evening, we'll have an open buffet dinner and you'll spend the night under the starry sky on the cruise in Luxor.
Early morning, took a short ferry across the Nile to Agilika Islands Philae Temple dedicated to goddess Isis. After lunch, visited Aswan’s Dams, both the Old and the High. Sailed the tusk shaped Elephantine Island and the beautiful Kitchener Island. In the evening, I had time to explore Aswan’s renowned markets. Enjoyed the overnight stay on the cruise.
Post the buffet breakfast while on board of the cruise, we'll visit the High Dam, followed by the unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. For lunch we'll be back to the cruise. After noon we'll head for a visit to the botanical garden along with a splendid view of Agha Khan Mausoleum by Felucca. The night will be spent on the cruise in Aswan.