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Sudan

The Dynastic Cruise from Luxor to Aswan (5 Days)

Experience the luxury and style of days gone by aboard the steamship Sudan. Built for King Fouad toward the end of the nineteenth century, this vessel has been lovingly restored to be the last of its kind to cruise the Nile. The charms of the Sudan were described in detail in Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' and today, its authentic atmosphere still evokes images of Hercule Poirot pacing the decks. The Sudan is faithful to her origins with authentic fixtures and period furniture, rich woodwork, leather upholstery, brass bedsteads, panelled passageways and wooden decks, yet integrated with all the modern conveniences one would expect of a luxury river vessel.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Aswan.

Day 1: Luxor

Boarding of the Steamship Sudan will be in the late morning. There will be time for you to settle in to your cabin before a gourmet lunch is served on board. Your first visit will be to one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Egypt, the Temple of Karnak. This ancient city was built around 2000 years ago and today you are still able to see almost perfect illustrations made in honour of the Pharaohs and their Gods. There will be some free time for you to explore the city of Luxor before returning to the ship for dinner. Tonight you may wish to join an optional 'Sound and Light' show at Karnak.

Day 2: Luxor - Esna - Edfu

It's an early start today as you head for the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile. This limestone valley is the site of the burial chambers of the great Pharoahs and powerful nobles of the 18th - 21st dynasties. The 63 temples of eternal life that line the valley include the tomb of Tutankhamen, which was only discovered in 1922. After lunch, the Sudan departs towards Esna, some 60km south of Luxor. After passing the lock at Esna, you will continue on to Edfu where the ship will remain overnight.

Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo

This morning visit the temple of Edfu, one of the country's best preserved temples, built in honour of the falcon-headed sky god, Horus. Lunch will be taken on board as you cruise further south towards the temple of Kom Ombo, with its pillars resting grandly on the banks of the river. In ancient times, this was a favourite basking spot for crocodiles and the temple here was decicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. The Sudan will remain in Kom Ombo overnight.

Day 4: Kom Ombo - Aswan

Heading a further 48km south past fertile fields and sandy banks, the Sudan reaches the city of Aswan. You will pay a visit to Philae Temple, one of the most important shrines of ancient Egypt and Nubia until 550AD when Justinian, the Byzantine Emperor, ordered it to be closed after a period of 4000 years of worship. The temple was later dismantled and rebuilt just south of Aswan to allow for the construction of the Aswan Dam. This afternoon there will be time to shop for souvenirs in the markets of Aswan before you return to the ship for a final dinner on board. In the evening there will be an optional 'Sound and Light' Show at Philae Temple.

Day 5 : Aswan - Disembarkation

Your Egyptian adventure comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Aswan after breakfast.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Aswan.

Includes

  • 4 Nights' accommodation on board the Sudan
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Full board (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 5)
  • Crew gratuities and service charges

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Beverages
  • The services of an English speaking guide are not included on all sailings unless requested in advance - please specify that you require an English speaking guide at the time of reservation
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Port Taxes
 

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