Things to do in Esna

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From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

1. From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

• Day 1: Aswan Discover Egyptian culture by sailing the Nile on a 5-star cruise. Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up on time to start the tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Drive over to where you'll hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, check in to your cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubian and the Egyptian. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you cruise along the beautiful waters. Stop at Komombo to visit the temple and then enjoy an overnight stay aboard the boat.  • Day 2: Edfu - Esna - Luxor Enjoy breakfast on the ship and then sail over toward Edfu for a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple. Head back to the boat and sail to Esna, passing through Esna Lock. Glide toward Luxor where the cruise will dock overnight.  • Day 3: Luxor Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterwards, continue on a drive to discover the secrets of the Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, in which the famous English man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Take some time to relax on the boat before heading off to visit the biggest temple in the world: Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise.  • Day 4: Luxor - Departure After breakfast, end service in Luxor.

From Aswan: River Nile 4-Day Cruise to Kom Obo, Esna & Luxor

2. From Aswan: River Nile 4-Day Cruise to Kom Obo, Esna & Luxor

Enjoy a 4-day cruise on the Jaz Crown Jubilee, a 5-star deluxe cruiser. Enjoy the comfort of warm cabins and bask in the view of the river Nile. Explore the history of the river and discover key locations along the way, beginning with Aswan, followed by Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna, and Luxor. The journey begins by departing from Aswan, a city known for a rich, local cuisine and significant cultural heritage, including local temples like Abu Simbel and Philae. Continue exploring the Nile on the first day, stopping in the small town of Kom Ombo, situated on the East side of the Nile. Check out this agricultural town, famous for the Temple of Kom Ombo (Golden Hill).   Next enjoy dinner onboard in Edfu, an ancient settlement on the western banks of the Nile between the cities of Aswan and Esna. Edfu is a quaint old city possessing the remains of ancient Egyptian pyramids. Notable for being the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, Edfu is home to the remains of Tell Edfu, an ancient settlement that dates back to 3000 years of history. Take advantage of the chance to visit these ancient treasures that are linked back to the Old Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman period. On the second day, the cruise continues to Esna, located on the Western bank of the Nile. Esna was formerly part of the modern Qena Governorate. While Esna is popularly known for it’s Temple of Khnum, this farming town also has a number of other charming properties to explore. Esna is home to many Pharaonic treasures such as the Temple of Esna, dedicated to the worship of the gods Khnum, Menhit, Nebtu, Heka, and Neith. Along the waterfront of Esna Temple are the remains of several 19th-century houses with traditional Islamic architectural elements. Continue wandering north of the temple to explore ancient roadside inns like Wikalat Al Gidawi. Days 3 and 4 of the cruise take you to Luxor. Characterized as the world’s greatest open-air museum, Luxor is home to the Karnak and Luxor temples, which play key roles in the narrative of Egyptian history. This stretch of the cruise provides the opportunity to learn about how Luxor is the religious hotbed of Egypt, featuring a range of temples and a landscape sprawling across rivers, deserts, and ancient ruins. Be sure to watch the sound and light shows, which are a must-see, along the West Bank Necropolis sites. A breathtaking experience steeped in the history of Egypt, Luxor is sure to charm with its ancient vibes.

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What people are saying about Esna

Amazing experience. The ship and the guide were just great. High quality ship ‘Le Fayan’ offers beautiful and cosy rooms and quality food. The excursions included in the itinerary along the cruise were impressively wonderful. And the whole experience was even made better by our funny and wonderful guide, Mr. Ahmed, who has all the knowledge about ancient Egypt and he just goes beyond our expectations and offering us the best experience and service. Thanks!

Our guide Ramzy was very knowledgeable, we learnt a lot about Egyptian history with him. He was always there for us and made sure that we didn’t have any problems. I would totally recommend him to our family and friends. Just be aware that you have to do a lot of tipping, it seems is the way it works here. But apart from that the quality of the tour is excellent.

Very good experience. Zaher was a great tour guide with extensive knowledge and ability to answer any questions. The tour was well organized for the best sights and also has excellent staff and food on board. Would recommend.

Thanks to this all-inclusive package, it was a very good experience, an unbeatable treatment both by the company and by our guide, Mohammed. Thank you very much!!

Very good the tour and the attention of the guide Ahmed!