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Sonesta Moon Goddess: 7 Nights from Aswan

4 Days
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US$ 853

This round-trip Nile cruise from Aswan takes in Upper Egypt’s greatest treasures. Stroll through the world’s greatest open air ‘museum,’ and see architectural marvels, old and new.

This 8-day Nile cruise immerses you in the splendours of ancient Egypt, and offers a taste of everyday life along the Nile.

Your journey starts in Aswan, a major centre of Nubian culture with a distinct African flavour. You’ll see a noticeable difference in the architecture, cuisine, and language as you sail in a felucca around Kitchener’s Island. Other sights include the unfinished obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the Fatimid Cemetery, and the Nubian Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Nubian Folklore show.

The following day, take in a modern marvel of Egyptian engineering when you visit the Aswan High Dam, which holds back Lake Nasser. A motorboat ride then takes you out to the temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. Then enjoy some time at leisure to just enjoy the trip, before welcome events give you a chance to meet the crew and your fellow passengers.

Stop in at the Edfu temple on your way to Luxor. This is a well preserved Ptolemaic temple dedicated to Horus. Finally, spend a full day exploring the West Bank, which includes such Egyptian icons as the Necropolis of Thebes, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, and the temple of Hatshepsut.

Often referred to as the world’s greatest open air ‘museum,’ Luxor is one of Upper Egypt’s undisputed highlights. Visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, wandering amid soaring pylons and imposing statues that transport you into Egypt’s past. Your next to final stop is Kom Ombo, home to the twin temple of Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haeroris, Horus the Elder. This is one of Egypt’s most visually striking temples, and a highlight of your journey back to Aswan, where you’ll disembark.


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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 853

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Day 1

Embark Aswan

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
Duration3 Nights

Sonesta Moon Goddess

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    Sonesta Moon Goddess

    The luxurious Moon Goddess competes with the Oberoi Philae as one of the very best boats cruising the Nile. The boat is modern in style and the public areas are adorned with elegant marble and gilt. Each cabin is large and very comfortable, boasting a …

    The luxurious Moon Goddess competes with the Oberoi Philae as one of the very best boats cruising the Nile. The boat is modern in style and the public areas are adorned with elegant marble and gilt.

    Each cabin is large and very comfortable, boasting a private balcony, large bathroom and all the facilities you would expect to find in an international 5 star hotel. The spacious sun deck is the ideal place to relax and watch the sun set with a cold drink after a long day's sightseeing.


    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Dining Room
    • Gym
    • Lounge
    • Medical Services
    • Pool
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo to Edfu to Esna

This morning sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple shared by two gods: Sobek and Haerois.

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 tour the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. 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.

After returning to the ship, sail to Luxor Esna before continuing to Luxor. This evening, enjoy an Egyptian Galabeya Party onboard.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


Today after breakfast, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

East Bank and Disembarkation

This morning, disembark after breakfast before heading for your 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.

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  • 3 nights accommodations onboard The Sonesta Moon Goddess
  • Small-group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
  • Small-group tour of Temple of Horus and Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • Small-group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small-group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


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 enquire.

28 Apr 2023
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