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M/S Nile Dolphin is a brand new 5-star deluxe floating hotel cruising on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Cruises commenced in February 2007.
The Nile Dolphin gives you elegance and class, a touch of history through its interior with all the comfort and technical facilities of a modern hotel, to serve you at European 5-star level. The Nile Dolphin is decorated in the French Empire style, simplified to satisfy contemporary taste.
The floating hotel has 63 deluxe double cabins and 2 suites, restaurant, panorama lounge, bars, ‘silent area’ adjacent to lounge with panorama terrace, sun deck with pool, Jacuzzi and bar, business center with internet access, boutique, gift shop.
The Nile Dolphin provides luxurious accommodation for both tourists and incentive business tours. Just enjoy our exquisite cuisine, enjoy the sun on the sun deck where the most fashionable cocktails and drinks are served. You can burn off those calories in our air-conditioned gym with direct access to the pool on the sun deck. Step back several millennia into history by visiting the heritage of the great Egyptian Pharaohs; upon your return we on board the Nile Dolphin will take care of your comfort with all the mod cons of the 21st Century.
All cabins have large, panorama windows that can be opened — so you can enjoy the view of the Nile, the palms and the desert… even from your bed.
The cabins have mahogany furniture with brass art decorations in the Empire style, mini bar, satellite TV, a music and video system, mini-safe. All cabins have en-suite, pre-fabricated bathrooms with marble floors and wall decorations, full glass shower cabins with jet panels, toiletries, hairdryer, and loudspeaker so you can watch TV or listen to music even when showering. Suites have their own terrace. All cabins are airconditioned with individual controls. Our room service is proof that we value the tourist’s every minute.
•7 nights, Luxor-Aswan-Luxor (Full board)
•7 nights, Aswan-Luxor-Aswan (Full board)
•4 nights, Luxor-Aswan (Full board)
•3 nights, Aswan-Luxor (Full board)
Sailing dates in 2009 – 2010 Embarkation from Luxor Embarkation from Aswan
2009 Check in Monday Check in Friday
July 06 – 13 – 20 – 27 03 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31
August 03 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31 07 – 14 – 21 – 28
September 07 – 14 – 21 – 28 04 – 11 – 18 – 25
October 05 – 12 – 19 – 26 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30
November 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30 06 – 13 – 20 – 27
December 07 – 14 – 21 – 28 04 – 11 – 18 – 25
January 04 – 11 – 18 – 25 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29
February 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 05 – 12 – 19 – 26
March 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29 05 – 12 – 19 – 26
April 05 – 12 – 19 – 26 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30
Premium dates 2009 – 2010
December 21 – 25 -28
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The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that a tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) has been discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawass and his team in the Valley of the Kings. They’ve been searching for this tunnel for over twenty years in the West Bank necropolis. Dr. Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission, finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174m long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007. The tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I. In addition to excavating the tunnel, the team braced the walls and ceiling with metal supports. They also built a wooden walkway over the original stone staircase of the tunnel to preserve it and installed a mining car system to remove rubble from the team’s excavations. During their work, the mission uncovered many shabtis and pottery fragments that dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (1569-1315 BC). Several limestone ostraca fragments, as well as a small boat model made of faience were also found. During their excavation of the staircase, the team found that three of the steps were decorated with red graffiti.
The only other excavation of the tunnel took place in 1960 under the direction of Sheikh Ali Abdel Rassoul. His team was able to reach a depth of 136m but they had to stop their excavation because it was too hard to breath. Upon reaching the end of the 136m section, which had been partially excavated by Abdel-Rasoul's workmen, Dr. Hawass’s team were shocked to uncover a descending passage which measures 25.60m in length and 2.6m wide. The mission eventually uncovered a fifty-four step, descending staircase.
After the first descending passage, a second staircase measuring 6 meters long was cut into the rock. At the beginning of this passage the team found a false door decorated with hieratic text that reads: “Move the door jamb up and make the passage wider." These written instructions must have been left from the architect to the workmen who were carving out the tunnel. Dr. Hawass said that when he went inside the tunnel of King Seti I for the first time he noticed that the walls were well finished and that there were remains of preliminary sketches of decoration that would be placed on the walls. Unfortunately none of this was every completed. Dr. Hawass added that he was very surprised to find a second staircase inside the tunnel. It appears that the last step was never finished and the tunnel ends abruptly after the second staircase.
Dr. Hawass believes that the workmen and artists first finished the original tomb of Seti I during his twelve-year reign and then began to construct the tunnel. It appears that Seti I was trying to construct a secret tomb inside a tomb. It is likely that when Seti I died his son, Ramesses II (1304-1237BC), had to stop the work and bury has father. Dr. Hawass believes that Ramesses II continued where his father had left off and constructed his own tunnel within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Egyptian mission is currently working in the tomb of Ramesses II to preserve the wall paintings and to look for a similar tunnel to the one in the tomb of Seti I.
The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb. The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb, and even before the room had been opened, I could see the statue's crystal eyes gazing back at me. The statue shows Kai sitting on a high-backed chair. He wears a shoulder length wig, decorated with horizontal rows of curls. Each eye is framed in cooper, while his eyebrows are in raised relief. The lips are thin and finely drawn. The musculature of the body is very well defined and Kai's right arm is bent across his chest. His left arm is resting on his lap on top of his short, white shendyt-kilt. The base of the statue is decorated with five lines of hieroglyphic text which list Kai's title including the "Steward of the Great Estate." On either side of Kai are his two children. They are very small figures and barely reach to his knee caps. His daughter is sitting next to his left leg in a long white sheath dress. Kai's son is standing naked next to his right leg. Depictions of naked figures with their finger to their lips, was an ancient Egyptian artistic convention for depicting male children.