2017-10-11 Sanctuary Sunboat 1V, Luxor to Kom Ombo, Egypt Very early this morning the Sanctuary Sunboat 1V departs from the dock in Luxor for an all day cruise to Kom Ombo, via a stop in Edfu on the way At around 5.40 am after travelling for quite a while already we approach the town of Esna Passing through the lock in Esna we continue up the Nile River Slowly the sun starts rising We continue cruising, having breakfast aboard while watching the wonderful scenery pass by Many fishermen in small wooden boats are out fishing early this morning After breakfast we explore the other decks of the boat The top deck with a pool We pass one of the very few cruise boats that are operating on the Nile at the moment Before passing under the low bridge in Edfu the staff have to go through the process of lowering the two wooden structures on the roof of the boat After cruising for several hours we approach the mooring in Edfu Numerous cruise ships are permanently moored here Carriages begin to arrive at the dock where the Sanctuary Sun Boat 1V is moored At precisely 10 am we depart the boat for a visit to the Edfu Temple We were all allocated a carriage with a driver to take us to visit the ancient temple It was a very interesting trip through the main streets of the town Freshly baked bread is popular here Close to the temple was a parking lot for the horses and carriages We follow our guide, Alaa towards the entrance to the ancient site The Temple of Horos, as it is known, is the second largest and most completely preserved of all the Egyptian temples In front of the massive temple is the Courtyard of Libations The Temple of Horus was built during the Ptolemaic period (332-32 BC) on top of an older temple. It is 137 m long and the front is 79 m wide with the pylons 36 m high On guard at the entrance are two impressive black granite statues depicting Horus in the form of a falcon One side of the massive temple Entering the Temple we are overwhelmed with the sheer size of the building In the sanctuary, still in a perfect state of preservation is a very extraordinary tabernacle carved from a single block of granite (see behind) from inscriptions it was constructed 360 BC The other side of the temple After our very interesting visit to the Temple of Horus, we head back to the carriage and return to the boat Once aboard we depart Edfu and continue cruising south up the Nile towards Kom Ombo Ric has a little rest before lunch is served!! A delicious barbecue lunch is served on the rear terrace Delicious desserts A tour of the kitchen was offered by the staff after the cooking class….naturally I accepted The chefs were already preparing the evening feast The head chef was very proud of his galley aboard the boat Drinks beside the pool tonight Gin & tonics on the top deck Sunset Spectacular sky tonight We finally arrive at Kom Ombo Some of the guests aboard leave to visit the temple before dinner…..we will have another opportunity to do so in a few days time Dinner tonight has an Egyptian theme and the food served is a buffet of Egyptian specialties All the guests aboard have acquired their Egyptian outfits from the shop on board Delicious Egyptian desserts to finish a lovely evening Dancing and some fun to finish off the evening Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.