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Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, and Thebes

Day four of the 2019 Beyond Words Cruise

Kom Ombo Temple

Enjoy a plentiful breakfast as we sail from Aswan our next destination, the temple of Kom Ombo.

Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo Temple

You will never have seen anything quite like the double Temple of Kom Ombo. It is dedicated to two different gods: the hawk headed god, Haroeris (also known as Horus the elder) and the crocodile god, Sobek—associated with Horus’s archenemy, Seth. Evoking duality in the universe, the temple is symmetrical with its own chambers and chapels mirroring on another in dedication to each god.

A sense of wonder will fill your heart as you climb the temple steps and view intricate carvings of Ptolemaic kings making offerings to the gods. The unique temple was built during the Greco-Roman period and presents remarkable hieroglyphics depicting the early Egyptian’s advanced medical and technological practices. Our Egyptologist, Emile Shaker, will be on hand to help illuminate the history and meaning held in the temple’s stones.

Edfu Temple

Egyptian hieroglyphs at Horus Temple Edfu

We will return to the Farah for lunch and continue cruising to Edfu Temple. You will be awestruck as we approach the temple of falcon-headed Horus and his wife Hathor. The massive walls display some of the most impressive art made during the Ptolemaic period, built and engraved between 237 and 57 BCE.

The exterior wall displays larger than life figures carved deep into the stone, while the interior walls tell detailed histories and myths. Our own private expert will bring these tales to life from the large courtyard hieroglyphics, through rows of decorated pillars, and into the solemn sanctuary at the temple’s center.

Sail to Luxor/Thebes

The Nile River at Luxor

We will next sail to Luxor, passing through the Esna lock system. Luxor lies on the site of the ancient city of Thebes, which was the capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom period—one of the most dazzling locations of the ancient world.

Luxor has been called by many the “world’s largest open air museum” and holds some of the most remarkable historical sites Egypt has to offer.

Enjoy some leisure time and a sumptuous dinner aboard the Farah and get ready for tomorrow.