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 Lara Nile Cruise 06 Days / 05 Nights  program

From Esna to Aswan



Day 01
Transfer to Esna and join your Dahabiya Lara. Here our crew will welcome you on board with a cooling drink and show you to your cabin where you will have the chance to unpack and refresh yourselves before dinner. We will then set sail on our voyage to Aswan. Dinner will be served on deck after which your Boat Manager will introduce the boat crew and give you some tips on making the most of your cruise in Egypt.

 

Day 02
After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely sail to Edfu. The town is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra. Of all the temple remains in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge temple was constructed over the site of a smaller, earlier, temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. The later structure faces north to south and leaves the ruined remains of the older temple pylon to be seen on the east side of the first courtyard. Alternatively, you may decide to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the bazaars where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes.
Dinner tonight will be a barbecue at El Fouz island, where Lara will moor overnight.

 

Day 03
After breakfast, Lara will set sail for Gebel el Silsila where we will moor for lunch. Gebel el-Silsila is 40 miles north of Aswan along the banks of the Nile and was a very famous quarrying area throughout all of ancient Egypt due to the quality of the building stone quarried here. The site is a rich archaeological area having temples cut directly on the hills. After lunch, there will be time for you to explore this site. Tour guide on request.

This evening, dinner will be served under the stars and the backdrop of this beautiful illuminated temple.

 

Day 04
Early morning sail for Kom Ombo; in ancient times, Kom Ombo stood on an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert.

The temple at Kom Ombo was also built during 180-145 BCE, under Ptolemy VI. Since this bend in the Nile was a favored spot for crocodiles to bask in the sun and threaten locals, it is natural that the temple would be dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. But it is unusual in having a double dedication: it also honors Haroeris, a form of the falcon-headed god Horus.

The hypostyle halls were added under Ptolemy XIII (51-47 BC), and the Roman emperor Trajan (53-117 AD) added the forecourt and outer enclosure walls.

This evening we will moor for the night at a nearby small island where dinner will be served on board.

 

Day 05
Set sail for Aswan and Philae Temple which was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the Aswan High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site. It is various shrines and sanctuaries, which include The Vestibule of Nectanebos I which is used as the entrance to the island, the Temple of the Emperor Hadrian, a Temple of Hathor, Trajan Kiosk (Pharaohs Bed), a birth house and two pylons celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth.

Although antiquities on the island date between the 26th Dynasty and the Roman Period, most of the work is from that of the Roman. This was a time of immense popularity of the Goddess Isis, and this was her island, where pilgrims would come from all over the Mediterranean. Construction on the island took place over an 800 year span, and it was one of the last strongholds of the Ancient Egyptian Religion which continued to flourish here into the 6th Century AD. When the Temples where finally closed by Justinian in A.D 550, it ended 4,000 years of continuous worship of the pagan gods.

The Victorian world fell in love with the romance of the Temple. But at night you can also visit the Sound and Light Show, a magical experience as floodlit buildings are silhouetted against the volcanic rocks and water surrounding them. So today, Philae is more fun than ever before!

 

Day 06
After breakfast disembark and we will transfer you to your Hotel or the airport with wonderful memories of your time on Lara.

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