February 23rd – Tour Report
Day 1 – February 23rd
*I met Kent & Jennifer onboard the Aggressor Nile Queen and we had a lunch buffet to start their cruise up the Nile River. After lunch we started the first tour to Karnak Temple, the largest temple in all of Egypt covering about 640,000 square meters. In Karnak, Kent asked me about the language of the ancient Egyptians and how the archaeologists decoded it. I explained the language had four forms or scripts, and it was decoded by Champollion the French linguist in 1822. Then we went to the Luxor Temple, 3km south of the Karnak Temple. Both Kent and Jennifer liked this temple a lot because we had done the visit at 6:300 p.m. when the temple was illuminated. They were surprised to see the ruins of three cultures and religions spread across many centuries at the same site. We finished our visit and headed back to the Aggressor Nile Queen where we had dinner.
Day 2 – February 24th
*In the early morning and after breakfast, at 6:00 a.m. we crossed the River Nile to do our visits on the West Bank of Luxor. We visited the royal necropolis (Valley of the Kings) where both Kent and Jennifer enjoyed their visit to three royal tombs of three Pharaohs from three different Dynasty periods. The three tombs offer three different designs of artwork and decoration found on walls, texts and drawings from the three different periods in time. Then we visited the memorial temple of Hatshepsut the first female Pharaoh that ruled Egypt instead of her step-son Thutmosis 3. After the temple of Hatshepsut, we visited the Valley of the Nobles. The daily-life scenes found in the tombs fascinated both Kent and Jennifer who asked about the different styles (schools) of art in ancient Egypt. The last visit on the west bank of Luxor was at the two Colossi of Memnon statues where Kent and Jennifer saw the remains of the extensive mortuary temples and the work of the legendary Amenhotep son of Hapu, from the time of king Amenhotep 3. We finished our visits on the west bank of Luxor, and we drove directly to the city of Esna (about 60 km south of Luxor) where we visited its temple dating back to the Greco-Roman period. There Kent and Jennifer were surprised seeing the different kinds of columns with different capitals. We finished and came back to ANQ yacht to have lunch and continue sailing up the Nile river.
* The day was finished on the Aggressor Nile Queen with a lovely 4 course plated dinner and refreshments.
Day 3 – February 25th
*At 8:00 am, we visited the private tombs of the governors of El-Kab (about 90 km south of Luxor). Then we came back to ANQ.
* After lunch, we visited Edfu temple by horse carriage.
* Late afternoon was spent relaxing on the ANQ as we continued to cruise up the Nile river. Finishing the day with a beautiful 4 course plated meal and refreshments.
Day 4 – February 26th
*In the morning, after breakfast, we visited the rock quarries of sandstone at Gebel El-Silsila.
* In the afternoon, we visited Kom-Ombo temple and both Kent and Jennifer enjoyed the visit to the crocodile museum where they saw the mummified crocodiles.
* Late afternoon was spent relaxing on the ANQ as we continued to cruise up the Nile river. Finishing the day with a Barbeque on the banks of the Nile River.
Day 5 – February 27th
*We had breakfast during sailing from Kom-Ombo to Aswan. The boat reached Aswan by noon. In the afternoon, and after lunch we visited both the unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple where we talked about the international campaign led by Egypt and the other foreign countries to save the Egyptian Monuments and Temples like Philae from the rising water of the Nile in the 1960s during the construction of the high dam (17 km south of Aswan). We finished and came back to the ANQ where we had a traditional Egyptian Oriental dinner. Kent and Jennifer liked Egyptian food a lot.
Day 6 – February 28th
*In the early morning after breakfast, we checked out from the Aggressor Nile Queen. We drove to Aswan airport where Kent and Jennifer took the domestic flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel where they visited the amazing and massive 2 temples located at Abu Simbel. They then flew back to Aswan and we did the last visit of the tour to the Aswan High Dam. We then took lunch at a local restaurant with a beautiful view of the Nile River at Aswan. After that they checked into the Movenpick Hotel Aswan. Before my departure, Both Kent and Jennifer thanked me a lot, and expressed their happiness and desire of coming back to Egypt.