The morning excursion was a trip to the Temple of Edfu via horse carriage. They loaded each couple in a separate carriage for a ride through the city.
The Temple of Edfu is dedicated to the god Horus, the falcon-headed god of the sky and kingship. It was built during the Ptolemaic period, between 237 and 57 BC. Due to the fact that it was buried in sand, it is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt.
On the way back to the boat, there was a little bit of a kerfuffle. They put us in the wrong carriage for the return trip. The right driver passed us as we were leaving the temple. We stopped and transferred back into the right carriage.
There was a sail away cocktail on the sundeck when we are back from the excursion. Just before lunch, we went to a lecture on our Jordan post-cruise tour.
We spent the afternoon sailing down the river to Luxor. We attended a short lecture on the sundeck as we sailed through the Esna Lock; it is a double lock that can accommodate two boats at a time. It is the only lock on the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan.
The Esna Lock was built in the early 20th century to improve navigation on the Nile River. The lock allows boats to pass through the Esna Barrage, which is a dam that controls the flow of the Nile River.
A group of us played lairs dice on the sundeck and watched the river go by. I enjoyed the afternoon a great deal.
Getting cleaned up for dinner, the Gainsleys and Heringers hosted everyone for a cocktail hour in our suites. Everyone brought a bottle of wine.
I didn't catalog what we had for dinner. I believe that it was lamb. There has been a lot of discussion about the quality of the food on the boat, particularly compared to other Viking cruises.
Sharon and I crashed about 10 pm.