Day 1: Arrival Aswan – Embarkation
For embarkation on the luxury Steigenberger Minerva
, our Sempre Travel Egypt
employee will pick you up from Aswan airport
, train station or your accommodation in Aswan
, depending on your arrival.
On your first day of vacation, you have time to relax on board the Steigenberger Minerva
enjoy an excellent lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on board. You will also get a foretaste of the following days of our Nile Cruise
. Is the time until a relaxed sleep to discover the various decks and entertainment programs of the luxury Steigenberger Minerva.
Day 2: Aswan - Doppel Temple Kom Ombo
In the early morning, we start with the drive to the first attraction of our exclusive Nile Cruise
with Steigenberger Minerva
towards Kom Ombo
. Enjoy your breakfast on board before we drop anchor around the famous Kom Ombo Temple
. The somewhat unusual doppel temple Kom Ombo
consists of two parts. One side is dedicated to Sobek crocodile
god and the other part to the Egyptian god
Back on board, we leave for the onward journey to Edfu
. After lunch you have time to enjoy the beautiful view of the banks of the Nile River
with a coffee on deck during the approximately one-hour trip to Edfu
We continue driving along the Nile River
for dinner and an overnight stay in Esna
Day 3: Luxor West Bank - Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut Temple - Colossi of Memon
Early in the morning, we continue our way to Luxor
where, after breakfast on board, our Egyptologist will take you to the first famous sight of Luxor West Bank
Valley of the Kings
The pharaohs had their tombs built in the shelter of these rocks with the intention of protecting them from grave robbers. Unfortunately, this plan did not work out, and several graves fell victim to grave robbers and were robbed even before archaeologists discovered them.
We reach the Valley of the Kings
and with a small train, continue our way up to the actual entrance where you get your entry ticket to visit 3 tombs. Our Egyptologist will help you choose the most interesting tombs.
From the Valley of the Kings
, we continue our way to
Hatshepsut, the only female ruler of Egypt for more than 22 years, had this architectural masterpiece built at a particularly strategic location in the rocky mountains with a view over the banks of the Nile River
. To this day, the terraced Hatshepsut Temple
can keep up with the most modern construction methods.
We leave the impressive terraced temple complex
behind us and on the way back to Luxor East Bank
, we make a photo stop at the
Colossi of Memnon
The two massive statues served as guards and formerly belonged to the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III
Back on the ship, you can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea and a delicious evening dinner. Take part in the entertainment programs on board before a relaxing night.
Day 4: Luxor East Bank - Karnak Temple - Luxor Temple
Your day starts right after breakfast on board with a visit to the world's largest temple complex
, the impressive
While walking through the massive Hypostyle Hall
with its pillars, our Egyptologist will share with you some more interesting information about the history of Karnak Temple
. After some time admiring the monumental statues as well as the Obelisk
, we will visit the "Holy Lake
" in the outer area of Karnak Temple
before we continue to
which unites 3 religions
in one temple complex
. Already from the beautiful promenade of Luxor
, you can spot Luxor Temple
. One of the most important temple complexes in the time of worshipping the gods. Inside the temple complex
are church ruins and a Mosque.
Back on board, it is time to relax on deck while enjoying the afternoon tea. After dinner, you can enjoy your overnight stay in Luxor
Day 5: Relaxation on the Nile Cruise towards Esna
You spend your vacation on a first-class ship, and today it's time to relax a bit. While the ship makes its way upriver towards Esna
. After breakfast you should grab the chance to enjoy the landscape of the Nile River
from the sun deck, the villages that come to life early in the morning, farmers tilling their fields, children who go to school dressed in their school uniforms and women doing their shopping or carrying crops on their head back home (maybe you should give this a try back home).
After arriving in Esna
, we anchor there for the night, and in addition to enjoying the exclusive cuisine on board, we offer you an extensive entertainment program.
Day 6: Edfu Horus Temple
After breakfast on board, we start our onward journey to Edfu
and make our way to visit the Temple of Horus
. The famous Edfu Temple
(also known as Horus Temple
) is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt
and is located on the East Bank
of the Nile River
Thanks to the impressive skills of the builders, the Edfu Temple
appears in different colors in the sunlight. The temple complex
, dedicated to the Egyptian falcon god
Horus has a history shaped by many religious battles
and was known throughout the country as a special place of worship during the time of the pharaohs.
We continue our way to
Enjoy the wonderful view of the banks of the Nile River
with its typical villages during the excursion.
We spend the rest of the day on board, where you can indulge the excellent food and the sun on the deck. For the night we stay in Kom Ombo
before continuing our way to Aswan
in the morning.
Day 7: Aswan sights - Aswan Dam - Philae Temple - Unfinished Obelisk
Strengthen yourself with the extensive breakfast on board for today's tour in Aswan
. We disembark for the trip to the famous
The massive dam regulates the electricity supply to Egypt
and is used to control the water level of the Nile River.
The Aswan High Dam
is not the first dam in Egypt. We continue our excursion to the Aswan sights
with a visit to the "Old Aswan Dam
" and the
located on an island. The Philae Temple
was saved from its original location on Philae Island
when Lake Nasser
was flooded and rebuilt on the now called Agilkia Island
. Since 1979 the Philae Temple
is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
. Enjoy the journey to the island with one of the boats waiting for us at the jetty, and don't hesitate to ask your tour guide for some more details about the interesting history of Philae Temple
For lunch, we are back on board. After that, we make our way by boat to a wonderful "place of nature".
Aswan Botanical Garden
gilded with its various tropical and subtropical plants became one of the most important centers for botanical research. Aswan Botanical Garden
is home to various plantations and rare trees and is located on the famous 650 meters long and 115 meters wide Kitchener’s Island
For your afternoon coffee, dinner and overnight stay on board in Aswan
, we drive back to the ship.
Day 8: Aswan Disembarkation
Today our Luxury Nile Cruise
with the luxury Steigenberger Minerva
ends, and after your breakfast, we accompany you to Aswan Airport
, train station or one of the Aswan Hotels