Beau Rivage 1
Beau Rivage 2
Luxor / Aswan
East Bank: The wonders of Thebes: The temples of Karnak and Luxor:
Visit the temples of Karnak considered as the largest in Egypt, there are a complex of temples dedicated to "Amon" the king of the Egyptian Gods. These temples were built across 22 centuries by hundreds of Pharaohs.
Luxor Museum by horse carriage:
A tour on horse carriage around the city of Luxor, to explore the countryside, the inhabitants and the local market of the town.
Inaugurated in 1975, this museum does not present many monuments, but the masterpieces are well presented. A new wing has recently been added, gathering statues found in the cache of the Temple of Luxor, 1989. Another wing was added in 2006, showing the treasures of military and technical aspects of ancient Egypt.
West Bank: The wonders of Thebes: Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles:
Discovery of the Valley of the Kings, known in the antiquity as "The Place of Truth" or in Arabic: “Biban Al Molouk”. It is here where are the great royal tombs, of the famous Pharaohs of the New Kingdom (1550-1050 BC).
On the walls of tombs, frescoes and drawings represent eternal life, after the death of Pharaoh. Most of the tombs are in excellent condition of preservation.
Continuation with the Valley of the Queens, another valley with the tombs of Queens and Princes, appear on the walls, too, scenes of eternal life.
The tour is concluded with the visit of the Valley of the Nobles, with more than 400 tombs carved into the mountain. In the few tombs in good condition, one easily distinguishes the difference in the scenes: Here, it’s the daily life, with all the wealth they knew thousands of years ago.
West Bank: The wonders of Thebes: Valley of the Artisans (Craftsmen) and the temples of Ramses III (Medinet Habou) and Queen Hatchepsout:
The Valley of the artisans gathers some 70 tombs, where also lived workers and artists who have worked in the other valleys.
Inspired by the scenes in other tombs, we find here an exceptional mixture in the styles used by these artisans, preparing their eternal places during their spare time, out of sight of the supervisors!
Continuation with the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut - Deir El Bahari- it’s a unique building style found in Egypt. This Queen "Pharaoh" built, thanks to her architect "Senmut", the only temple with terraces in ancient Egypt. A part of this temple is constructed and the other is cut into the mountain.
We end the tour with the discovery of the mortuary temple of Ramses III - Medinet Habu, the largest temple on the West Bank of Thebes.
This temple, built in 1150 BC. JC, combines the palace of Pharaoh, who often visited the site. On the walls are depicted scenes of battleships. The colors of this temple are in an excellent state of conservation.
Sound and Light at Karnak temples:
This is a beautiful way to discover Karnak. The lighting of this marvel amazes us, walking through the temple or sitting at the end, concluding the show with a domination of the entire site.
The temple of Philae, the High Dam and the unfinished Obelisk:
Departure to discover the marvelous temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Isis, the great protector and magician for the ancient Egyptians. The temple of Philae is one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, also, one of the most preserved. Dating back to the Greek period, it’s a rare example of a temple built in an island.
Thanks to the Unesco, this temple has been saved from waters. (1972 - 1980)
Continuation with the High Dam, built between 1960 and 1968, inaugurated officially in 1971. A great look at the lake Nasser, one of the biggest in the world.
Tour ends with one of the Granit quarries exploited by the ancient Egyptians. Actually we can see a lying obelisk, unfinished, dating back, probably to the reign of Hatchepsout.
Abu Simbel by car:
Departure early morning to join the town of Abu Simbel, 280 km, where lies Egypt’s most spectacular temples of Ramses II and his beloved wife Nefertari. The temples are completely cut into the sandstone mountain, 1275 B.C.
These temples as well, were saved from the waters of lake Nasser thanks to the Unesco during the sixties.
Felucca ride and the botanical garden:
We take a nice Felucca ride around the Elephantine Island. Felucca is a mean of transportation known since the antiquity, thanks to the wind of the Nile. We stop at the botanical garden, known as the Kitchner Island. This English Lord “ Kitchner” big lover of plants, transformed this island into a botanical garden, 1912, gathering thousands of species coming from all over the world. We then go to a Nubian house to see how they live, drink tea with them, see the crocodile they are raising and then we ride camels.
Sound and Light at Philae:
The temple is even more breathtaking at night. The show offers an exceptional greatness and adds mystery to this marvelous temple. Isis escorts us through the temple, telling us her story, with a superb accompanying music.