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Nile River Cruise: Sonesta St. George Stay of Distinction

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 741

A Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan is the best way to view many of Egypt's most famous sights on land excursions.


The newest ship of the Sonesta Nile fleet is the Sonesta St. George I Nile Cruise and noted as one of the most elegant ships on the Nile.  From its luxurious cabins to the public areas, the Sonesta St George will certainly offer the luxury client all that they will need on their Nile Cruise.  

The vast majority of Egypt’s civilization – and therefore, its wonders – can be found along the banks of the Nile. This makes the river’s ‘floating hotels’ a convenient and luxurious way to travel – even for those who think they don’t like cruising!

Explore the wonders of Upper Egypt on this 4 or 5 day journey, including the Valley of the Kings, where Pharaohs of the New Kingdom were entombed between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Visit the ruins of ancient Thebes and the incredible temples of Luxor and Karnak.

The Temple of Horus is the most complete ancient site in nearby Edfu, and perhaps the best preserved anywhere in Egypt. The nearby Temple of Sobek is one half of a distinct double temple. You’ll see the crocodile god enshrined in much of the temple’s artwork, and in the 300 mummified crocodiles displayed in the temple’s Crocodile Museum.

Visit the Aswan High Dam, with the option of staying for a morning tour of Aswan, followed by an afternoon sail around beautiful Elephantine Island before your return to Cairo.


At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 741

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Embark and Explore Luxor's East Bank

Today you board your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days.

After lunch, in an unforgettable excursion, you will drive to the Luxor Temple. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as the setting for the rituals of the festival of Opet, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office.

Next, visit Karnak Temple, erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun the God of Thebes. The temple comprises of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples all constructed over 1300 years ago. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun are at the centre. Karnak is now the largest and oldest temple compound on earth.

Luxor is a city that has often been called the "world's greatest open air museum". With the number and preservation of monuments in the area, it is unparalleled to anywhere else in the world. Luxor is actually composed of three different areas: the city of Luxor - located on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak - located just north of Luxor, and Thebes - which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Day 2

Sail to Esna

Today visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari and the Colossi Memnon.

The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamun and Ramses the Great. Each king's formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber.

The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the sacred of sacreds. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the west, on a direct axis with the Karnak Temple of Amun on the East Bank.

This evening enjoy a Captain's Welcome Cocktail and dinner on board. Overnight in Esna.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo and Aswan

This morning you sail to Edfu. The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size of approximately 230 by 400 feet with a pylon measuring over 100 feet high. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are as beautiful as if they were carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, it is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as one approaches from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Exploring Aswan

This morning's sightseeing includes Aswan's Old and High Dams, the ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. After lunch, sail around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens.

The High Dam, Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lays the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock filled dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.

A short trip on a motorboat to temple of Philae will bring you to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

This evening you will have dinner on board and enjoy a Belly Dancer and Egyptian Folkloric Show.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts, or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Disembark Aswan

This morning you will disembark after breakfast.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Mondays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

4 nights accommodation aboard your chosen Nile cruise, all meals, all sightseeing as per itinerary and entrance fees.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Meals not mentioned, transfers, domestic flights, drinks, gratuities, international or domestic airfare, airport taxes, items of a personal nature and travel insurance

OTHER INFORMATION:

We recommend you include a day trip to Abu Simbel which is the Temple of Ramses II which is a spectacular site. Please inquire for details.

Some boats offer 3 night options ex Luxor or ex Aswan. If you choose the 3 night option, the sightseeing remains the same in either direction as the 4 night option. Departure days will differ on the 3 night or reverse options.

We offer a wide variety of cruise boat categories, we have only featured 4, please ask us about the Sonesta, Movenpick, Oberoi or any other cruise boat sailing.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Based on minimum 2 or more passengers, please inquire for singles travelling alone.

The Nile cruise schedule is at the discretion of the cruise line and may be altered with or without notice. During the month of June, the Esna Lock is closed for maintenance and therefore sailing happens between Esna and Aswan only.

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24 Sep 2018
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