Maiden Cruise September 8, 2018
Sail on the beautiful Aggressor Nile Queen, a 155 ft. Dahabiya sailing vessel where guests will travel back in time to see the land of the pharoahs that has changed little since they ruled.
The Nile Queen departs every Saturday for 6 days/5 nights traveling from Luxor to Aswan. Guests will see breathtaking views while sailing on the Nile where you will stop for day trips to see ancient ruins, archaeological treasures, and ancient villages.
While the Nile flows from south to north, it does so with a very minimal current. This current is easily overcome by the strong southernly winds that blow year-round in this area of the country.
What makes the Nile Queen different from other river cruises?
- 5 Star Aggressor service
- Intimate 16 passenger river cruise vessel
- Complimentary beer and wine
DAY 1 Saturday: LUXOR
After arriving in Luxor in the morning from either Cairo, Hurghada or Port Ghalib, guests will be met at the airport, transfered to the Nile Queen to board at 10:00 am. After guests check in, unpack, meet the crew and have lunch at 1:00 pm, and your half-day Luxor tour will start promptly at 2:30pm. This includes:
The Karnak Temple: It is a large complex consisting of many destroyed temples and chapels. It is dedicated to Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. The temple of Amun-Re, head of the Theban Triad, is one of the three main temples of the complex and consists of pylons and a Hypostyle Hall. The hall is home to various colossal statues and columns standing erect.
Luxor temple: This attractive temple is located on the east bank of the Nile River. The inner part of the temple was built by the King Amenhotep III, and the outer part by Ramesses II. You can find the chapels built by Tuthmosis III on the rear side of the temple. The six station shrines, consisting of different sphinxes, separate the Luxor temple from the Karnak area. Guests will eat lunch at De-Luxe Local Restaurant
After sightseeing, you will return to the Aggressor Nile Queen at 6:30 pm to enjoy dinner and your first night on the Nile.
DAY 2 Sunday: LUXOR – NILE CRUISE
After breakfast, guests will transfer to West bank at 7:00 am in an air-conditioned vehicle to visit the following sites:
Valley of the Kings: This valley is known to contain tombs of the Pharoahs like Tutankahmun and is the burial place of the Egyptians of the New Kingdom. This valley consists of the two valleys, the East valley, where majority of tombs are situated and the West valley.
Hatshepsut Temple: It is the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut located beneath the Deir el Bahari complex, near the Valley of Kings. The sculpture, situated in the temple depicts the story of the birth of the Queen. The temple was once home to the various statues of Queen and Osiris which have now been destroyed.
Valley of the Nobles: Is in an area of of the West Bank called Sheik Abd El Korna. The site has rock tombs of Nobles and high officials of ancient Egypt, who once served the ancient Pharoahs. It is renowned for the decorative tombs with colored paint that looks as if it was just painted even though they are thousands of years old.
Colossi of Memnon: These are the twin stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III standing in the Theban region across the Nile River. The statues depict Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the seating position, facing towards the Nile River and his hands resting on the legs.
After your west bank tour you will rendezvous with the Aggressor Nile Queen will continue at ESNA for lunch at 1:30pm and visit the Temple of Khrum. After sightseeing, you return to the Aggressor Nile Queen for a 5:30pm dinner and overnight at Esna.
DAY 3, 4, and 5: Over the following 3 days your itinerary will include:
El KAB - After an 8:00 am breakfast, guests will visit El Kab, which is located on the East Bank of the river. El Kab was once the capital of Upper Egypt and is still home to the temple of Nekhbet, as well as a row of fascinating decorated tombs carved into the slope of the mountain. Upon docking, you will embark on a beautiful walk through a small fishing village to visit the necropolis.
EDFU – The boat will arrive at EDFU after lunch at around 2:00 pm, home of the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to the god Horus. This is among the best preserved of all Egyptian temples. Horse and carriage will take you to the temple through the busy city streets.
GEBEL SILSILEH – After breakfast, the boat will arrive at Gebel Silshieh at around 9:00am. Here, the Nile, flowing between two mountain ranges, is at its narrowest. You will usually be the only visitors at this fascinating site as the large Nile cruisers are not allowed to stop here. After visiting the small temple of Horemheb and walking through the sandstone quarries, where ancient Egyptians cut stone for many of their most famous temples, you will visit a picturesque cafe to enjoy tea and Shisha.
EL BASHIER ISLAND - In the afternoon the Aggressor Nile Queen will visit the island of El Bashier for guests to swim and explore everything the island has to offer. Dinner will be on the island and consist of traditional Bedowin barbeque.
KOM OMBO – After breakfast from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, guests will experience the best sailing section of the nile before reaching Kom Ombo. The temple was built during the Ptolemaic period on the site of an older temple and at one of the most beautiful locations on a bend on the river. The temple was dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god. After enjoying the temple, you will visit the new crocodile Museum, which contains many mummified crocodiles, attesting to the importance the creatures played in the this region in ancient times.
DAY 6 Thursday - Check Out
Awake to the beautiful sight of the desert closing in on the river at Aswan Bridge. Check out is 8 am. Guests have the option to visit the Aswan Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk, and lunch at a local restaurant. This tour ends at 2:00pm and is included in your package price.
Guests may also depart in the morning, or after your tour, to Abu Simbel by domestic flight for continuing your vacation. For details on Abu Simbel, please contact our travel department, email@example.com.
Please see below for guests participating in the Abu Simbel excursion:
ABU SIMBEL - Guests will disembark at 7:00 am to meet their personal tour guide and visit the High Dam. After a short flight to Abu Simbel, guests will be met by their guide at the airpot to visit the Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, and then proceed back to the Aswan airport at around 7:00 pm.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Luxor airport is approximately 25 minutes from where the Aggressor Nile Queen docks. Guests will be met on the day of departure in the morning and transfered to the vessel.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Upon arrival to Egypt, all guests must pay an entry visa of $25. They do not offer a multi-entry visa. (subject to change without notice). Transfers and entrance fees to the historical sites are included in the price of your trip. Additional purchases onboard may be paid by Visa, Mastercard, or cash.
Arrangements can be made for transfers from Hurghada, Port Ghalib, and Aswan to/from the Luxor Airport (LXR) for an additional price. Please contact our travel department at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and details.
- Official language of Egypt is Arabic but many of the people in the tourist resorts speak English and French.
- Local currency is EGP, Egyptian Pound. (Approximately EGP 17.60 = USD $1)
- Marsa Alam and Hurghada have a subtropical desert climate with mild warm winters and hot summers.
The Egyptian Government forbids international tourists from carrying drone aircraft into the country. If you do enter Egypt with a drone aircraft, the Egyptian Government warns they will confiscate the drone.