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Ancient Egypt consisted of the Lower Egypt which included present day Cairo and Giza where the famous Pyramids of Giza are located, and the Upper Egypt with the main centre in Luxor also known for several archaeological sites along the Nile stretching to Aswan and the famous site further south in Abu Simbel. The photo presents a detail of the wall carving on the Edfu Temple depicting Ptolemy Philaretes crowned Pharaoh of the Upper and Lower Egypt. You see that each lady has a different type of crown and the guy in the centre has both of them. More info about the Temple of Edfu here.

Craig has asked me about the Nile Cruise. It is quite a long story. I participated in an organized tour which combined 7 days in Hurghada hotel and 7 days of Nile Cruise, but there are various types of Nile Cruise so you basically have to check the plan with the tour provider. Keep in mind is that the time sailing in between you can spend in the pool of the upper deck of the boat enjoying the views. I am sure Chris has done everything independently but typically I discourage people who are not well used to bargaining to do so. Safety aside you will most certainly overpay for everything if you do it independently. My friends, experienced travellers, paid few times more and seen much less than me because they wanted to enjoy the freedom. I will list below how my organized holidays looked like:

Egypt Holidays
7 nights in hotel Hurghada + 7 nights Nile Cruise

DAY 1
Arrival in Hurghada

DAY 2
Relax in the hotel, Afternoon transfer to the hotel-boat in Luxor

DAY 3
Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Alabaster Factory, Colossi of Memnon

DAY 4
Edfu: Chorus Temple

DAY 5
Aswan: Nubian Village, Aswan Bazaar

DAY 6
Abu Simbel,
Aswan: Unfinished obelisk, Aswan Dam,
Kom Ombo by night

DAY 7
Boat slowly passing Esna

DAY 8
Luxor: (before the noon independently visited) Medinat Habu, Ramesseum (afternoon organized tour) Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple (by night)

DAY 9
Return to Hughada

DAY 10
Snorkeling,
Jeep Safari (Bedouin Village)

DAY 11
Snorkeling in the Laguna, Walk in the town, Relax in the hotel,

DAY 12
Relax in the hotel

DAY 13
Cairo: Coptic part of town (visiting an average Coptic church, Synagogue and Mosque), Egyptian Museum, Giza: stops at Pyramids and at Sphinx, Perfume Factory, evening walk in town

DAY 14
Cairo: Pyramid in Saqqara, Citadel and Alabaster Mosque, Bazaar

DAY 15
Return

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