You’ll get an idea of the vastness of Egypt’s ancient dynasties, as we fly south some 700 miles south from Cairo, following the Nile, to the great temples of Abu Simbel. Here, imposing 70-foot statues of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari overlook the Nile and were erected to mark the furthest boundaries of their reign. In the 1970s, in a feat almost as impressive as building them in the first place, the temples were sawn into great blocks and rebuilt on the upper plateau. The famous rescue mission, overseen by UNESCO, was undertaken to save them from the waters inexorably rising behind the great Aswan High Dam. Along with the Temple of Isis at Philae, they make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site known collectively as the Nubian Monuments. Afterwards, we’ll fly to the desert city of Aswan to board our Nile cruise vessel in time for lunch.
Presidential Feature: As evening approaches, board a felucca, a traditional Nile boat with a triangular sail, for a sunset cruise, with a sparkling wine toast and a selection of hors d’oeuvres.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner