Nile River Cruise: Sonesta St. George
- 4-5 Days
- 4 Days
- On request
DELUXE | CRUISE: A Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan is the best way to view many of Egypt's most famous sights on land excursions. During the day you'll explore the many temples of the ancient pharaohs and uncover the history of this great civilization before retreating to your deluxe floating hotel for the evening as you sail the Nile.
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.
- 4-5 Days
- 4 Days
- On request
Itinerary View Trip Map
Today you board your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 4 days.
Aswan is the best winter resort in Egypt. On its eastern bank are mosques, bazaars, Ferial Gardens, Nubian Museum, Fatimid Cemetery, the Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, Kitchener's Island and Elephantine Island, which is the largest in Aswan. As for its western bank there are tombs of local Pharaonic nobles and dignitaries, the tomb of Aga Khan, the Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon and the Old Aswan Dam.
Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies 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 the 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.
|Meal Plan||Lunch and Dinner|
Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo and Esna
This morning sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo.
Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo 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.
Return to the vessel to sail to Edfu where you will have a tour of the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus.
Tonight, enjoy a special Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Esna.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Sail Esna to Luxor
After breakfast on board, tour the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. After returning to the ship, sail to Luxory this morning and enjoy lunch on board the ship. This afternoon you will visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons (monumental gateways), hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines and obelisks built over centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Explore Luxor's West Bank and Disembark
This morning you will disembark at 8:00am. Afterwards, visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari and the Colossi Memnon.
Luxor is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt. It is considered the world's largest open-air museum with its various temples since the Pharaonic era till the Greco-Roman era, most famous of which is Karnak and Luxor Temples dedicated to the triad of Thebes. The West Bank of Luxor is known for the famous tombs of Seti I, Tut Ankh Amon, Tuthmosis III in the Valley of the Kings and also Queen Hatchepsut's Temple.
The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen 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.
5 Days from Luxor: Monday
4 Days from Aswan: Friday
- 3 or 4 nights accommodations on board The Sonesta St George Nile Cruise
- Small group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
- Small group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
- Small group tour of Temple of Horus and Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
- Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
- Meals on 3 night cruise: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Meals on 4 night cruise: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
- Optional excursions
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
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:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
23 Sep 2022