- NILE CRUISES
- TRAINS & BUSES RESERVATION
- FLIGHTS TO EGYPT
- Customized Tours
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The MS Nile Festival Boat is a new Five Star Deluxe floating hotel. The MS Nile Festival has 62 Cabins plus 4 Suites featuring a wide window, telephone, fridge, air conditioning, safe and plasma screen satellite TV. There is an excellent range of facilities including the Lounge bar, Sundeck bar, Internet access, Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, an Open air gym (with limited equipment) and a Bazaar shop. The Restaurant seats 160 diners and there are occasional barbecues on the Sundeck during the Summer months.
M/S Nile Festival is a brand new Five Star Deluxe floating hotel exquisitely decorated throughout in a contemporary style and fully equipped to cater for your every need. Sit back, relax in luxury and take in the sights of the ever-changing scenery before you. Be one of the first to enjoy this plush Nile cruising experience.
• Main restaurant “160 seats”
• BBQ (sundeck summer time)
• Lounge bar
• Piano bar
• Sundeck bar
• Internet café
• Massage room
• Swimming pool
• Open air gym
• Bazaar shop
• Sports area on the sun deck
• Major credit cards are accepted (Visa – Master Card)
Varied entertainment program.
• Multimedia system
• 24 inch plasma screen
• Fruit basket
• (Cabins) 66 cabins (62 standard cabins + 4 suites)
• All cabins with wide window
• Air conditioning
• Safe box & plasma screen satellite TV
• Cabin size 26sqm.
Upgrade to suite and single supplement.
• Mineral water
• Fruit basket.
Monday: Check In & Overnight
• Hot air baloon trip over Luxor (optional excursion)
Tuesday: Visit West bank (early morning)
• (Valley of Kings & temple of Hatchepsute)
• Sailing to Esna/Edfu at 13.30
• Overnight in Edfu
Wednesday: Morning Edfu visit
• Sailing to Kom Ombo
• Sailing to Aswan
Thursday: Awan visit (high dam & Philae Temple)
• Overnight in Aswan
Friday: Abu Simbel visit (optional excursion)
• Sound & Light (optional excursion)
Saturday: Relax abroad the cruise, sailing to Kom Ombo at 15:00
• Kom Ombo visit
• Sailing to Edfu
• Overnight in Edfu
Sunday: Sailing to Luxor to cross Esna lock
Monday: Early morning Visit East Bank (Karnak & Luxor temple)
Check out for final departure.
Prices are based on 2 adults sharing a twin cabin on full board basis.
Please note: Tap water is non drinkable and shouldn’t be used for brushing teeth, it is strongly recommended that bottled water is always used. All cabins are equipped with 2 pin sockets. 220v. No cash points or banks onboard. Money can be exchanged at reception, all credit cards accepted (except American Express). Not all cabins have full size windows. Meals are one sitting only (beverages on a tab system). The order of the literary can and does change due to lock closures, low water levels, adverse weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances. The Esna Lock annual closure is scheduled for 1st June – 30th June 2007 & 1st Dec – 16th Dec 2007. During this time, late arrivals will spend overnight at a Luxor hotel before being transported the following day back to the vessel.
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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.