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El Minia- Sailling on old Nil routes

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Along the old routes to El Minia

Discover, feel and admire the fascinating secrets and treasures of Egypt
Join us on this impressive Nile sailing cruise on the Original Sacred Lotus Dahabeya, off the beaten path and tourist crowds.

On board our charming and unique Dahabeya Sacred Lotus we set sail and leave our home port of Luxor and head north to El-Minia in central Egypt, following in the footsteps of previous adventurers and explorers.
Middle Egypt offers a fairytale setting straight out of the Arabian Nights with spectacular temples and tombs from the time of the Pharaohs as well as impressive monasteries and churches from the early days of Christianity.

Along the lush green banks of the Nile, we gain insights into the lives of today’s residents of the Nile Valley, who warmly welcome us everywhere.

Sail with us on an unforgettable journey through the magic of the time and cultural epochs of the Orient, fascinating then and now, as you have never experienced it before. Experiences that you can share but never forget.

Due to the water level of the Nile, we can only offer you this very special, extraordinary cruise once a year from November to January.

Feel warmly welcome on this spectacular journey with your Sacred Lotus Dahabeya.
Prices are welcome upon request.


Day 1

Arrival Luxor. Transfer to the port and embarkation on the Dahabeya Sacred Lotus.

Day 2

Visit Western Thebes with the famous Valley of the Kings, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the fascinating private tombs where you can marvel at the rich colors of life 3,500 years ago. You will then visit the largest temple complex in the country, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Karnak Temple with its breathtaking hypostyle hall and historic temples.

Day 3

Drive to Qena. Here visit the Hathor Temple of Dendera with the statue of Hathor, sky goddess of the West, love and dance, peace and music, mother and death goddess. Admire the impressive astronomical ceiling and its mysterious depictions.
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Day 4

Continue to el-Balyana, from where we visit Abydos. One of the holiest sites in Pharaonic Egypt with several temples and numerous tombs.

Day 5

Sailing to Sohag as we pass idyllic landscapes and tranquil villages on the left and right.

Day 6

Visit to the Archaeological Museum of Sohag, then a short detour to the monumental statue of Meritamun. Then visit the ruins of the 4th century Coptic White Monastery, which was built from pharaonic spoils from the nearby temple of Athribis, el-Sheikh Hamad. Then a visit to the unusual rock church of Saint Shenuda the Archimandrite with its semi-sculptural depictions of saints in a pharaonic quarry. Then we go to one of the highlights of the region – the so-called Red Monastery with its spectacular paintings from the 6th-8th centuries. Century, whose name is not without good reason often heard in the same breath as Hagia Sophia or San Vitale. Departure for el-Maragha.

Day 7

Sailing to Assiut.

Day 8

Visit to Deir Durunka, which is spectacularly clinging to a steep wall; the most important site is the nunnery of St. Virgin Mary, also called Deir Durunka, northwest of the village. Onward journey to el-Minia. We stop at the rock tombs of Meir from the Old and Middle Kingdoms and visit Deir el-Muharraq – the most important monastery complex in Egypt. Deir el-Muḥarraq is one of Egypt’s largest and wealthiest Coptic monasteries. It is closely related to the flight of the Holy One. Family connected to Egypt.

Day 9

Stop in Mallawi. Visit the local Archaeological Museum with its exemplary collection of regional exhibits. Then visit the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel with its mysterious underground galleries in which thousands of animal mummies were buried and the tomb of Petosiris, designed in a mixed Egyptian-Greek style. Then we go to Tell el-Amarna – a new foundation founded by the heretic king Akhenaten, who made monotheism the state religion and had a short-lived city built here with palaces, temples and impressive tombs.

Day 10

Our journey continues to el-Minia. Visit to the tombs of provincial governors and nomarchs in Beni Hassan, which contain many unusual depictions of mythical creatures, wrestlers and the famous Asian caravans. Then stop in Zawyet El Meitin, the city of domed tombs. Visit to the museum of Hassan El Shark, a well-known Egyptian artist whose colorful paintings vividly capture Upper Egyptian village life.

Day 11

Disembarkation in El Minia and bus transfer to the airport.


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