Welcome to Esna

Esna was previously an important stop on the camel-caravan route between Sudan and Cairo, and between the oases and the Nile Valley, and the merchants stayed here. Opposite the temple is the Fatimid-era Emari minaret, one of the oldest in Egypt. An old oil mill, in the covered souq south of the temple, presses lettuce-seed into oil, considered an aphrodisiac since ancient times. The town makes for a pleasant morning excursion from Luxor, or a stop between Luxor and Aswan.

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$1437 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Tour to Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada Including 3-Night Nile Cruise from Cairo

Day 1: Cairo Pick-upYou will be met and assisted by a representative at the airport of Cairo and escorted to your hotel for a night in Cairo.Day 2: Cairo (Meals included: BLD)You will enjoy a guided tour of Cairo. Your first stop will be at Giza Plateau where you will visit the pyramids and see the mighty Sphinx. Then you will visit the National Archaeological Museum. you will then be transferred to the Giza railway station where you will take an overnight, sleeper train (half-board) to Aswan. Day 3: Aswan (Meals included: BLD)Upon arrival in Aswan you will be transferred to your cruise ship where you check into your 3-night Nile cruise. In Aswan you visit Philae Temple and the two Aswan dams. Rest of the day will be free at your leisure on your cruise ship.Day 4: Cruise Ship - Luxor (Meals included: BLD)Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Afterwards, visit the Temple of Edfu which is dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. You continue your cruise to Luxor, where you can spend the rest of your day free at leisure.Day 5: Cruise Ship - Luxor (Meals included: BLD) As the ship sails on, you can enjoy the view while relaxing on the sun-deck while watching the local life on the river and its banks. On the way to Luxor you will pass the city of Esna. After arrival in Luxor you will start a guided tour of the East Bank of Luxor with a visit to Karnak and Luxor Temples.Day 6: Cruise Ship - Luxor - Hurghada (Meals included: BL)After breakfast you disembark your cruise ship to enjoy a guided day tour of the West Bank of Luxor with a visit of the Colossi of Memnon. Then you visit the Valley of the Kings, the most famous concentration of royal tombs. Then you continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After touring the sites you will be transferred to Hurghada, where you spend the night in a hotel.Day 7: Hurghada - Cairo (Meals included: BL)After breakfast you you will enjoy a day of snorkelling in the Red Sea, after which you will be transferred to Cairo, where you spend the night.Day 8: Drop-off (Meals included: B)After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your departure flight.

$1236 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Night Luxury Tour from Cairo: Private or Small Group

Take a deep dive into the world of ancient Egypt on this small-group or private 8-night, 5-star tour. In Cairo, discover the desert where the kings of ancient Memphis built the pyramids. Fly to Luxor, where the pharaohs of ancient Thebes were buried in the Valley of the Kings. Cruise to Aswan on a 5-star boat with stops at the temples of Esna, Kom Ombo, and Edfu. Finally, return to Cairo to explore the medieval city. Your qualified Egyptologist guide can lead this either as a private or a small-group tour.

$650 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4 Nights 5 Days Nile Cruise From Luxor to Aswan

our Egyptologist tour guide will pick you up from Luxor airport or the train station or any hotel in Luxor. our tour guide wll transfer you to the cruise and the cruise will be including the following Itenerary Day 01: Emparkation to the Nile Cruise - East Bank TourAfternoon you will start to visit the east bank of Luxor including Karnak and Luxor temples. Overnight in LuxorDay 02: West Bank TourAfter breakfast our tour guide will pick you up from the cruise to enjoy the west bank of thebes to visit the Valley of the kings, Hatshepsut temple and Memnon Colossi. Noon time sail to Esna lock then continue sailing to Edfu. Overnight in EdfuDay 03: Edfu and Kom Ombo TemplesAfter breakfast our guide by horse and carridge take you to visit Edfu temple the temple of god Horus, back to the cruise to enjoy sailing to Kom Ombo. Afternoon you will visit Kom Ombo Temple the temple of god Sobek then sail to Aswan overnight in AswanDay 04: Aswan SightseeingAfter breakfast our Egyptologist tour guide joins you to visit the High Dam, unfinished Obilesk and Philae temple back to the cruise to Enjoy your lunch. Afternoon Nubian Village (Optional) Overnight in Aswan Day 05: Check out the cruiseAfter breakfast, Abu simple temple (optional) end your Nile cruise by transfering you to the Airport or the train station

$300 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

5-Day 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

Day 1: Depart from Luxor (L,D)On arrival in Luxor, meet your tour representative for the start of your tour of the West Bank. Luxor has often been called the world's greatest open-air museum, and the number of preserved monuments are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Stroll around the ruins at the Valley of the Kings, used primarily for the burials of pharaohs. Admire the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon, and the mortuary temples of the Temple of Hatshepsut. You will board your 5-star Nile River cruise boat in time for lunch, and enjoy afternoon tea as you relax before an evening dinner and belly dance show.Day 2: Luxor - Esna (B,L,D)After breakfast, tour the East Bank of Luxor and visit the Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhotep III from Nubian sandstone. You will also visit the other great monument of the East Bank, Karnak Temple, said to be the 2nd most visited site in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza. Enjoy lunch onboard, and set sail for Esna. Afternoon tea will be served, and in the evening you can dance the night away to a disco party.Day 3: Edfu – Kom Ombo (B,L,D)Today you will tour Edfu, site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. Visit the temple and ancient settlement, known in Roman times as Apollinòpolis. Then, set sail for Kom Ombo as you enjoy lunch onboard. Disembark to explore Kom Ombo Temple, located on a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles are said to have basked in the sun. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek, and the falcon-god Haroeris. Return to your boat for an onboard dinner and galabeya party. Overnight on board in Kom Ombo.Day 4: Aswan (B,L,D)Sail to Aswan to see the High Dama and the Temple of Philae. Dedicated to the love goddess Isis, the temple is only accessible by boat and was turned into a church of St. Stephen under Emperor Justinian. Lunch will be served on the boat. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served back on your cruise boat as you overnight onboard in Aswan.Day 5: Aswan - Departure (B)Following breakfast, disembark for the transfer to Aswan Airport. An optional trip to Abu Simbel by plane can be arranged on request.Please note: this itinerary is subject to change for reasons beyond the supplier's control.

$435 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4 Nights 5 Day Nile Cruise Luxor to Aswan

Day 1: MondayPick-up from your hotel / or transfer from Luxor Airport to your cruise vessel, check-in, lunch on board. In the afternoon your guide will take you to Luxor and Karnak temples. The tour will last for approximately 3 hours and you will be using air-conditioned van. Dinner and overnight stay in Luxor.Day 2: TuesdayEarly morning breakfast. Visit West Bank, cross the Nile river to Luxor west bank. Explore the Valley of Kings, the burial site of Thebes and continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On your way back to the city you will stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Afterwards you will be taken back to the ship. Lunch will be served whilst the ship sails to Esna. Afternoon tea will be provided. Arrive to Esna passing Esna Lock. Dinner and a cocktail party will be held. Spend overnight in EsnaDay 3: WednesdayEarly morning sailing from Esna to Edfu and enjoy breakfast on board. Upon arrival to Edfu your guide will take you will you to visit Edfu temple by horse. The tour will last for 2 hours and after you return to the ship, you will sail to Com Ombo. Lunch will be served during sailing. Upon arrival you will taken to visit Com Ombo temple which is walking distance from where your cruise docks. The tour will last for approximately 1 hour and after you return, the ship will sail to Aswan. Tea will be served during sailing. Enjoy dinner on board, a Galabaya Party and over night in Aswan.Day 4: ThursdayHave breakfast on-board before visiting sites in Aswan. Visit the High dam, unfinished obelisk, and Philae temple. The tour will last for approximately 4 Hours and upon return to the ship lunch will be served. In the afternoon there is free time to relax before dinner on board. There is a Nubian Show after dinner and overnight will be spent in Aswan.Day 5: FridayEnjoy breakfast on board before a Felucca ride. You will then check-out and be transferred to your hotel or / transfer to Aswan Airport.

$309 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4-Night, 5-Star Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

Enjoy Egypt's brilliant sun and blue skies as you sail along the Nile in 5-star luxury with professional Egyptologist guide. Besides visiting the highlights of Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, and Kom Ombo, you'll enjoy three delicious meals a day plus evening entertainment on board this classic Nile cruise. A day trip to the temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is available as an additional extra, allowing for an additional day in Aswan. Day 1: Luxor (L, D) Your driver will meet you at Luxor airport or train station, or collect you from your Luxor hotel, in the morning, and you'll board your 5-star cruise ship in time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Luxor's East Bank and the temples of Karnak and Luxor: after dinner on board, there's a disco in the lounge bar. Alternatively, visit the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple (additional charges apply). Overnight on board in Luxor Day 2: Luxor – Edfu (B, L, D) After breakfast on board, it's time to discover Luxor's West Bank, with a whirlwind visit to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. You'll be back on boat in time for lunch, after which you'll sail to Edfu via Esna. Enjoy dinner and a disco on board. Overnight on board in Edfu Day 3: Edfu – Aswan (B, L, D) After breakfast on board, the day begins with a visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before returning to the boat to sail to Kom Ombo. Enjoy lunch on board, before arriving in Kom Ombo and visiting its fascinating double temple. You'll cruise to Aswan, arriving in time for a Middle Eastern buffet on board and an Egyptian costume party. Overnight on board in Aswan Day 4: Aswan (B, L, D) Should you wish, you can choose an optional day tour to the Abu Simbel Temples, in which case the Aswan itinerary will move to day 5. After breakfast on board, enjoy a tour of the highlights of Aswan, including the Unfinished Obelisk, the Aswan High Dam, and Philae Temple, before returning to your boat for lunch. Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca - you can also opt to tour a traditional Nubian village by motorboat for an extra charge. Finally, feast on your final on-board dinner and an extravaganza of Nubian music, Nubian dance, and belly dancing, complete with Egyptian costume party. Overnight on board in Aswan Day 5: Aswan (B) After breakfast on board your ship, you'll disembark. If you added the optional day tour to the Abu Simbel Temples on day 4, you'll spend day 5 enjoying the highlights of Aswan with a felucca ride on the Nile before transferring in the late afternoon to an Aswan hotel, the airport, or the train station. If you didn't, you'll be transferred early in the day to your next destination, be that the airport, the train station, or an Aswan hotel.