An enchanting Nile adventure awaits you, with Karma Group’s first river cruise experience – Karma Karnak. Your Egyptian encounter begins in Luxor, sailing up the Nile for four nights to Aswan, then back down the river for three nights to Luxor. The specially-curated itinerary, onboard Karma Karnak and on dry land along the Nile’s banks, includes plenty of unique excursions and activities.
Tranquil sailing and extra-ordinary, ancient views await you upon Karma Karnak. The four-deck vessel boasts a generous swimming pool & sun deck area, restaurant, bar, and fabulous entertainment lounge.
With rich, wood pannelling and opulent furnishings, the Cabin Double has all the necessities to make your Nile cruise comfortable. Cabins on the upper two decks include large windows which can be opened to feel the river breeze.
Amenities include: Double bed, air conditioner, en-suite bathroom, television and chest of drawers.
With rich, wood pannelling and opulent furnishings, the Cabin Twin has all the necessities to make your Nile cruise comfortable. Cabins on the upper two decks include large windows which can be opened to feel the river breeze.
Amenities include: Twin beds, air conditioner, en-suite bathroom, Fridge, television, small bedside cabinate and Wardrobe.
Suite Sleeps 3
With rich, wood pannelling and opulent furnishings, it has all the necessities to make your Nile cruise comfortable – Perfect for two adults and one child. Cabins on the upper two decks include large windows which can be opened to feel the river breeze.
Amenities include: Double bed and single bed, air conditioner, en-suite bathroom, television, fridge, small bedside cabinet and wardrobe.
From themed buffets to fusions from around the globe, the chefs onboard Karma Karnak pride themselves on their delicious culinary creations and surprises. Expect to savour plenty of dishes with influences from the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East – humble and packed with flavour.
Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Nestled on the middle deck, Karma Karnak’s spacious restaurant was designed with contemporary in mind – think mood lighting and stylish furniture. Head to the deck above and you’ll find the bar & lounge area; serving up your favourite tipple and entertainment.
With a fully equipped bar, restaurant and sun terrace Karma Karnak has everything you need onboard to have a serene and unforgettable experience. Perfect for couples, families and small groups.
Once the sun sets on the glistening Nile, the evening entertainment begins on your Egyptian
experience. The cruise itinerary includes fabulous activities, from cocktail parties to Jalabiya
Parties, Authentic Nubain & Belly Dancing shows.
With complimentary sun loungers and parasols surrounding the swimming pool on the top
deck, it is the perfect spot to relax under the Middle Eastern / North African sun. But if the heat
is a little too much for you, relax in the covered areas of the sun deck, on the very comfy sofas
and chairs, whilst being served your favourite beverages and watching the Nile float by.
Tours & Excursions
Often referred to as the world’s largest open-air museum, the Nile banks from Luxor to Aswan boast a panoply of once-in-a-lifetime tours and activities. With Karma Karnak stopping regularly along the Nile, you’ll get the incredible opportunity to explore the Land of the Pharaohs – Choose from our Standard Tour Package to additional, enchanting excursions.
Cairo, Luxor & Aswan
If seven nights onboard Karma Karnak isn’t enough on your ancient sojourn, we have further tours and accommodations available that can be flexible around you – Whether you want to fly into Cairo and begin your holiday there, or head to Aswan after the cruise and see what the incredible region has to offer; we will be able to help you fulfil your Egyptian bucket list.
(inclusive of our Recommended Tour Package)
DAY ONE – THURSDAY
Journey to the East Bank with a visit to Luxor temple, originally joined to Karnak by an avenue of Sphinx. Visit Karnak which covers a vast area and includes several temples, the largest temple of Amun with an optional Karnak sound and light show. Overnight in Luxor.
(Optional: Airport / Hotel Pick Up)
Visit East Bank
Overnight in Luxor
DAY TWO – FRIDAY
Enjoy your first Egyptian sunrise, followed by a visit to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch on board and leisurely sailing to Edfu.
Visit West Bank
Sailing to Edfu
Overnight in Edfu
DAY THREE – SATURDAY
Early Morning departure to Edfu where you will visit the extraordinary Temple of Horus, the mythical son of Isis and Osiris. Here, according to myth, Horus avenged the murder of his father Osiris by defeating his father’s brother Seth in combat. After the visit to the temple, we set sail for Kom Ombo. Late afternoon visits to the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo. Afterwards, sail on to Aswan for an overnight stay.
Visit Edfu Temple
Sailing to Kom Ombo
Visit Kom Ombo Temple
Overnight in Aswan
DAY FOUR – SUNDAY
Spend the day in Aswan – significant for its archaeological sites and peaceful aura – where you’ll experience all that the incredible city has to offer. Before experiencing a traditional and very entertaining Nubian Show onboard Karma Karnak after dinner.
07:00 to 8:00
Overnight in Aswan
DAY FIVE – MONDAY
This day can be spent either at leisure or on optional excursions – The most popular excursion being to the Temple of Abu Simbel; along with an optional bird-watching excursion and visit to a Nubian house.
07:00 to 8:00
Overnight in Aswan
DAY SIX – TUESDAY
Today we sail downstream to Edfu and on to Luxor via the Esna Lock. Spend the day at your leisure on board Karma Karnak before arriving at Luxor by late evening.
07:00 to 8:00
Sailing to Kom Ombo
Overnight in Edfu
DAY SEVEN – WEDNESDAY
Today is your chance to fill the day with optional excursions in Luxor, such as the magnificent Hot Air Balloon Ride all over West Bank, and the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple in the evening.
07:00 to 08:00
Overnight in Luxor
DAY EIGHT – THURSDAY
An early breakfast followed by leisure time in Luxor before you transfer for your return home.
07:00 to 08:30
(Optional: Airport / Hotel Drop Off)
Notes: Order of sailing and touring is subject to change locally NB: Evening dress code: Smart casual Afternoon tea only served when vessel is sailing (not docked).
Recommended Tour Package
Valley Of The Queens
Where the wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known then as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning “the place of beauty”. Ancient Egyptian civilization believed in an afterlife, and if all procedures were followed then the ones who deserved would enjoy eternal life. They believed that their belongings were to be necessary to enjoy the afterlife, so pharaohs and queens were buried with their treasures, clothing and basic necessities such as food and drinks. Keeping their treasures and belongings safe was very important, so as they planned the burial site of the Valley of the Queen, a lot of thought was put into perspective as to how to build the burial site in a discrete manner as to protect it from thieves, therefore, keeping the mummies and their belongings intact once they woke to the eternal life.
Valley Of The Kings
The rulers of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties of Egypt’s prosperous New Kingdom (c.1550–1069 BC) were buried in a desolate dry river valley across the river from the ancient city of Thebes (modern Luxor), hence its modern name of the Valley of the Kings. The powerful kings of the New Kingdom were laid to rest under the shadow of a pyramid-shaped peak rising out of the cliffs surrounding the valley. The selection of even the specific valley in which the royal tombs were excavated was not left to chance. The pyramid was a symbol of rebirth and thus eternal life, and the presence of a natural pyramid was seen as a sign of the divine. This entire area, and the peak itself, was sacred to a funerary aspect of the goddess Hathor: the “Mistress of the West”.
Colosseum Of Memnon
In the West Bank of Luxor Egypt, two magnificent twin statues image of pharaoh Amenhotep III and two smaller statues carved by his feet (one being his wife and the other his mother), stands graciously in the horizon of the magnificent Luxor horizons. The two statues, each measuring 60 feet tall, stands in the entrance of Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. They are famously named by the name of Colossi of Memnon due to a phenomenon produced by one of the statues after an earthquake.
The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari. Hatshepsut was the daughter of Thutmose I (1520-1492 BCE) by his Great Wife Ahmose. Thutmose I also fathered Thutmose II (1492-1479 BCE) by his secondary wife Mutnofret. In keeping with Egyptian royal tradition, Thutmose II was married to Hatshepsut at some point before she was 20 years old. During this same time, Hatshepsut was elevated to the position of God’s Wife of Amun, the highest honor a woman could attain in Egypt after the position of queen and one which would become increasingly political and important.
On the East bank of the Nile River, in the south of Egypt, the World’s Largest Outdoor Museum, Luxor city, contains one of the most beautiful temples still standing. Different than other temples in Luxor, the Luxor temple was not built in adoration to a god or to a god figure of the kings and pharaohs; instead, Luxor Temple was built in dedication to the rejuvenation of kingship. Many kings might have had their crowning at the Temple of Luxor, whether crowned in reality or conceptually as in the case of Alexander the Great, who claimed he was crowned at Luxor although facts contradict this as he had never travelled south of Memphis which is considered the modern city of Cairo.
The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu— or “most select of places”— by the ancient Egyptians. This city of temples was built over 2,000 years and is dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world, and in its day, must have been aweinspiring. For the largely uneducated Ancient Egyptian population, this could only have been the place of the gods. It is the largest religious building ever made, covering about 200 acres (1.5 km by 0.8 km), and was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amun alone is sixty-one acres and could hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big that the St Peter’s, Milan, and Notre Dame Cathedrals would fit within its walls.
The Temple Of Horus
The extraordinary Temple of Horus, the mythical son of Isis and Osiris. Here, according to myth, Horus avenged the murder of his father Osiris by defeating his father’s brother Seth in combat. The temple of Edfu is the largest temple dedicated to Horus and Hathor of Dendera. It was the center of several festivals sacred to Horus. Each year, “Hathor travelled south from her temple at Denderah to visit Horus at Edfu, and this event marking their sacred marriage was the occasion of a great festival and pilgrimage”.
Temple Of Kom Ombo
One of the most unusual temples of Ancient Egypt, Kom Ombo was mainly built during the Ptolemaic Dynasty from 180 – 47 BCE, although there is evidence that it is stood upon an earlier temple. The temple is unique for its dedication to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek, and the first “god of the Kingdom”, the falconheaded god Horus the Elder (also called Haroeris). This double dedication was deliberate. Not only is it architecturally duplicated, with two sets of courts, hypostyle halls and sanctuaries, the twin temple is symbolic of the local and universalist themes that the two different deities represented.
The tiny island of Philae, a mere 450 metres long and less than 150 metres wide, captured the imagination of countless travellers to Egypt from early times. It was famed for its beauty and was known as the “Pearl of Egypt’. Plants and palm trees grew from the fertile deposits that had collected in the crevices of the granite bedrock. Gracious Graeco-Roman temples and colonnades, kiosks and sanctuaries rose proudly against the skyline. There was a sense of mystery. Not furtive, in violate secrets, so much as veiled mystification.
The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan, Egypt. It was studied in detail by Reginald Engel Bach in 1922.
The Aswan Dam, or more specifically since the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam, is the world’s largest embankment dam, which was built across the Nile in Aswan, Egypt, between 1960 and 1970. Its significance largely eclipsed the previous Aswan Low Dam initially completed in 1902 downstream.
These additional tours are available upon request.
Abu Simbel Temple
This site, Abu Simbel Temples, south of Aswan along Lake Nasser’s shore is the most famous in all of Egypt after the Giza Pyramids. Built by the greatest of the pharaohs, Ramesses II, which made it also known as the Temple of Ramses II or Ramesses II, these huge rockcut temples marked the southern boundary of the Egyptian Empire with Nubia at the peak of its power during the New Kingdom. They were meant to convey the power of Egypt’s rulers to anyone who laid eyes upon them. The four statues guarding the doorway to the larger of these temples are the largest sculptures that survive from the ancient Pharaonic era.
THE PRICE US$125 PER PERSON
This beautiful port is where we take the motorboat to go the Nubian village for sunset. After arrival in the Nubian village, we go inside a Nubian house to learn about Nubian culture and traditions. We encourage you to interact with the locals as they love to hear about other cultures.
THE PRICE US$35 PER PERSON
Sound And Light Show Karnak Temple
Visit the largest open-air museum in the world, the “Karnak Temple” in Luxor, and don’t skip the enchanting light show. Discover the secrets behind the temple’s ancient name, Thebes, and explore its significant monuments. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience the Pharaohs’ various achievements, do you? As you pass through the gates of Luxor, you will be stunned by this notable city that won immortality through its giant monuments and magnificent temples.
THE PRICE US$45 PER PERSON
Hot Air Balloon
Sail high over the famous monuments of Luxor on a hot air balloon ride. You’ll get unmatched aerial views and photo ops as your private guide provides insightful narrative. Landmarks include Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and Karnak, among other important structures.
Karma Karnak sets sail and ends its voyage from the Nile river banks of Luxor. Once you’ve landed in Luxor, our friendly team will guide you to the docks; whether that be from the airport or a nearby hotel.
Visa Info You can get a visa before you travel from the official Visa2Egypt portal or your nearest Egyptian consulate. You can apply for a visa maximum of 3 months before your travel date. Alternatively, some nationalities can choose Visa On Arrival, which you can purchase at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters. The visa fee is approx. US$25 – subject to changes.