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Day 5 (Friday) -- Luxor/Edfu -- Cruise

M/Y Alyssa

After breakfast, visit the West Bank of the Nile opposite Luxor and Karnak is the Theban Necropolis or City of the Dead where the Pharaohs were buried. There are at least 900 tombs carved in the rock. One tomb took about 6 years to finish. Workmen cut the tombs from soft limestone and decorated them with scenes and inscriptions to guarantee the safe passage of the dead into the next world. Only 9 tombs have electrical lighting and can be visited.
Many Egyptologists think that the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri is the finest building in Egypt and one of the most impressive in the world.

The temple is set in a great amphitheater and its 3 terraces etch the rock formation in the cliff behind. Hatshepsut was the first Egyptian woman to rule as King, ruling for 20 years.

As you start back toward the Nile, you will see remains of two gigantic statues of the Pharaoh Amenophis III. The colossi are over 19 meters high and once guarded the outer gates of the temple.

Return to the boat in time for lunch. Sail to Edfu.

Overnight aboard ship in Edfu. (B,L,D)