Grand Tour Egypt
Anthony and Freda Cutmore travelled to Egypt on Cox & Kings’ Egyptian Grand Tour. Below is a summary of the tour and places they visited.
Freda and I would very much like to congratulate Cox & Kings for a wonderful tour; we were looked after so well by all of the tour guides and the travel representatives at all of the airport arrivals and departures. This had been our third visit to Egypt, mainly to travel on Lake Nasser. It was so sad to see so few tourists at all of the magnificent temples, but good from our point of view as we had seen these temples packed with tourists before, which made things a bit hectic at times, and so many cruise ships tied up along the banks of the Nile. We do hope things will get better soon – we found the people to be so friendly and kind.
We were met at Cairo airport and taken to our hotel, the Four Seasons at the First Residence. We would be staying here for three nights. It was very impressive and elegant as you would expect of the Four Seasons chain.
Our holiday ran as follows:
Saturday 21 July: Today we visited the Great Pyramid at Giza and the Sphinx.
Sunday 22 July: A full-day visit to the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and the Khan el-Khalili.
Monday 23 July: Flight with Egypt Air from Cairo to Luxor. We were met at the airport and taken to join our first cruise on MS Royal Lily for four nights. An afternoon visit to the temples on the East Bank, the Temples of Karnak and Luxor (Thebes) Temple followed.
Tuesday 24 July: Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Hatshepsut on the West Bank, with the afternoon spent sailing to Edfu.
Wednesday 25 July: Morning visit to the temple of Horus, which is one of the best preserved and second largest temples in Egypt. Sailed on to Kom Ombo and took an afternoon visit to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Continued sailing to Aswan.
Thursday 26 July: Morning visit to the Temple of Isis at Philae. This temple was moved to the island of Egelika when its original location was threatened by the change in water level caused by the construction of the High Dam. This being our third visit to Egypt, we did not visit the Aswan High Dam or the Granite Quarries, instead we had a visit to the First Cataract Hotel, now known as Old Cataract – the first hotel, I believe, to be built here was by Thomas Cook. The afternoon was spent sailing a traditional felucca around the islands of Aswan.
Friday 27 July: Transferred to MS Nubian Sea for three nights and sailed into the ancient land of Nubia. Since the construction of the High Dam, the ancient land of Nubia and its temples have been remote and inaccessible. Afternoon visit to Abu Simbel, a temple built by Ramses II (1304- 1237BC). The temple was moved in 1965-67 at the cost of $42 million. It now stands 61 metres higher to be safe from the new level of Lake Nasser. The evening sound and light show depicted the history of Abu Simbel.
Saturday 28 July: Morning cruise to Kasr Ibrim. This castle is the sole surviving feature still located in its original position, but no entry is permitted. In the afternoon, we continued up Lake Nasser to see the temples of Amada and Derr, and the tomb of the viceroy of ancient Nubia, Penout. Continued to Wadi El Seboua for an overnight stay.
Sunday 29 July: Morning visit to the temple of Wadi El Seboua. This temple was dedicated by Ramses II to the Gods Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. The temples of Dakka and Meharakka are nearby; all three temples were moved to this site and saved from the rise in water level from Lake Nasser.
Monday 30 July: We returned to Cairo to connect with the flight back to the UK.
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