6 days / 5 nights
Sunday: Luxor – Esna – El Hegz
About 08:30, departure for the discovery of the temple of Karnak: The god Amon reigned supreme in the Egyptian pantheon during more than 2000 years and each sovereign wanted to erect his own building to the glory of the god.
The result? An abundance of elements from different eras, a fabulous history page…
Departure late in the morning to Esna, registry port of the Dahabeya and installation on board.
Lunch, then departure for the first navigating moments to arrive late in the afternoon in El Hegz.
Monday: El Hegz – El Kaab – Edfou – El Ramady
Navigation towards El Kaab. Surrounded by a mud brick enclosure during periods 747-332 BC, the town might have been founded from
the Neolithic period. Take your time to discover the rock tombs carved on the mountain side. In the Ahmes tomb you can see an interesting
inscription explaining the capture of the city of Avaris and the expulsion of Hyksos. In that of Paheri, dated on 1750 BC and dedicated to the
chief of priests in Nekhbet, mayor of the town and scribe, the reliefs present a detailed description of the rural life: scenes of agrarian
work, hunting and fishing and also a funeral banquet. Resuming navigation and lunch on board.
You are passing near fishermen, sandals loaded with sugar cane or stones, you cross felouccas.
Stop in Edfou for the visit of the temple dedicated to god Horus of Behedet, symbolized by a solar disc with falcon wings. Started in 237 BC by
Ptolemy III Evergete, it was achieved about 200 years later.
It is one of the largest temples (height 26 m., length 137 m and width 79 m.) and one of the best preserved in Egypt, thanks to sand that was
still covering it till the XIXth century, when it was discovered by the Egyptologist Mariette.
The bas-reliefs and inscriptions give countless information on the worship, liturgy, and religious ceremonies including the "Good Annual
Meeting", a time when the goddess Hathor was leaving her temple in Denderah to meet her spouse in Edfou.
Continuation of your navigation until the island of El Ramady.
Tuesday: El Ramady – Djebel Silsileh – Maniha
Visit of an Egyptian village on the island of El Ramady and a little walk in the island. Then navigation to Djebel Silsileh,
placed under the protection of god Hapy. On the western bank of the river, emerges a sanctuary carved into the rock, or speos, dedicated to god
Horemheb and seven other divinities, including god Sobek.
Discovery, while walking, of the old career where sandstone was extracted for the construction of temples.
Navigation to Maniha.
Wednesday: Maniha – Kom Ombo – Daraw – Herdiab
You will navigate until Kom Ombo, which on its promontory overlooking the Nile is a wonderful romance.
Dedicated to two divinities, Sobek the crocodile and Horus the falcon, the temple presents a perfect symmetrical architecture. Visit of the site
and return to board for lunch and navigation until Daraw. Walk in the village of Daraw. Upon return on board of Armonia you will navigate until
Thursday: Herdiab – El Kobanai – Aswan
Departure in the morning to the traditional Nubian village of Kobanai that you will visit. Nubians were living in Upper Egypt and
were massively moved during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the creation of Nasser Lake.
Return to board for lunch and navigation until Aswan where you will arrive early in the afternoon. Armonia will berth on the western bank, soon
after the crossing of the Aswan Bridge. Departure for the visit of the Philae temple. Distant by 5 kms south of Aswan, Agilka Island is
sheltering since the impoundment of the dam, the temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, universal mother and spouse of Osiris. Its bas-reliefs,
frescoes and capitals make it one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Egypt.
You will leave the ship after the breakfast.