BC: All good things must come to an end. Each night of the trip we were treated to wonderful rooms to rest, relax and take in the view. From the Mena House and its views of the pyramids to the Mediterranean from our room at the Four Seasons. The last two nights we were treated to views of Cairo and the Nile from our balcony at the Kempinski.
FC: Jewels Along The Nile November 10-21, 2011
1: Itinerary November 10th - Arrival Day November 11th - Dahshur, Memphis and Sakkara November 12th - Giza Plateau November 13th - Travel to Luxor and Felucca Cruise on the Nile November 14th - Colossi of Memnon, Medinet Habu Temple, Valleys of the Queens and Kings, and Luxor Temple November 15th - Balloon Ride and Karnak Temple November 16th - Esna and Edfu Temples November 17th - Kom Ombo Temple, Aswan, and Philae Temple November 18th - Abu Simbel November 19th - Alexandria November 20th - Egyptian Museum, Sultan Hassan Mosque and Khan al-Khalili Bazaar November 21st - Return Home
2: November 11, 2011 - Dahshur, Memphis and Sakkara
6: November 12, 2011- Giza Plateau | Who would have expected fog when visiting the pyramids!
9: Riding a camel - doesn't sound all that hard to do... | But, they're ornery and they smell - good thing the ride only lasted for about ten minutes!
10: Fortunately the fog cleared by the time we visited the Sphinx.
12: November 13, 2011 - Today was moving day. We had a morning flight to Luxor followed by a visit to the Luxor Museum (unfortunately no pictures allowed). After a free afternoon we had a sunset felucca sail on the Nile.
14: What a great way to end the day!
15: November 14, 2011 - This was a very full day... | We first had a quick photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon.
16: We next went to the Medinet Habu Temple - even though this was our first temple, it remains a favorite.
19: Two more stops before lunch - the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings - unfortunately photos are not allowed at either site. | Then it was time to check-in to our new home for the next four nights - The Nile Adventurer.
20: Later in the afternoon we took a caleche ride to the Luxor Temple.
22: We were able to tour around before sunset and then the lights came on - impressive!
24: November 15, 2011 - Balloon ride over Luxor, Karnak Temple and cruising down the Nile.
25: Our 5:10 pick up time came awfully early - but the experience was definitely worth it!
30: Galabeya Party on board the Nile Adventurer
32: November 16, 2011 - Esna and Edfu Temples | Docked at Esna
35: Edfu Temple was built in honor of the god Horus. Adel (our Egyptologist for Upper Egypt) worked on this temple for two years.
38: November 17, 2011 - Kom Ombo to Aswan
41: Arriving in Aswan - Political Banners and the Aswan High Dam
43: Philae Temple is the only one on an island and was also moved for the Aswan Dam.
44: Farewell dinner on board the Nile Adventurer
45: November 18, 2011 - Three hours of nothing, then Abu Simbel!
48: Temple to Ramses II
49: Queen Nefertari's Temple
50: November 19, 2011 - Alexandria Our first stop was at the Catacombs (again no photos) and then we stopped at the Alexandria Library.
51: Our lunch stop included a view of the harbor and a couple of fat cats.
52: November 20, 2011 - Last full day of the trip. First stop was at the Egyptian Museum, where once again no pictures were allowed.
53: We then went to visit the Sultan Hassan Mosque.
54: Last stop of the trip - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar - quite an experience!