9. From Aswan: 3-Night 4-Day Coptic Nile Cruise
• Day one
Get picked up in the morning from the bus station, train station, or your hotel in Aswan. Begin your experience with a visit to the Monastery of St. Simeon in Aswan, one of the oldest Coptic Orthodox monasteries. The monastery appears as if carved from rock, as if it were an extension of the nature around it. Following the visit, head to the cruise ship for check-in and lunch. Then visit Aswan's Cathedral of Angel Michael, the largest Coptic cathedral outside of Cairo and an interesting work of design. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight.
• Day two
Have breakfast early and head off to visit the High Dam, the Incomplete Obelisk, and Philae Temple. Return to the boat for lunch and to sail to Kom Ombo, where you will set off for a guided visit of the Church of the Martyr Margirgis St. George, one of Christianity's most famous martyrs. Next, proceed to the Church of the Virgin and Angel Michael, which once belonged to the Latin Catholics and now to the Coptic Orthodox. Explore the church and the drawings and paintings contained within. Return to the ship for dinner and an overnight while completing the sail to Edfu.
• Day three
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you to the Church of the Virgin Mary in Edfu, known as the "Church of the Apparition," where Virgin Mary appeared on August 21, 1982. Head back to the boat for the rest of the day on deck while sailing to Luxor.
• Day four
Wake up for breakfast and check out from the boat. Take your bags with you as you meet your guide to visit the Monastery of Saint Pachomius. Dating back to the fourth century AD, it is one of the main monasteries built by St. Anba Pachomius "father of the company." Proceed to the Monastery of the Saints, located on Mount El Tod. This monastery houses the bodies of St. Anba Beshay, St. Anba Besantaas, and Anba Source, all saints who lived in the area and sanctified the monastery with their pure prayers. After the visit, your guide will take you to a local restaurant for lunch and then your tour will conclude at around 4:00 PM with a transfer to the airport or train station in Luxor.