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Sonesta Moon Goddess: 7 Nights from Luxor

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,350

This round-trip Nile cruise from Luxor 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.

Often referred to as the world’s greatest open air ‘museum,’ Luxor is your starting point. Explore the Luxor and Karnak Temples, wandering amid soaring pylons and imposing statues that transport you into Egypt’s past. The next morning, set sail to Edfu. You’ll have some time at leisure to just enjoy the trip, before welcome events give you a chance to meet the crew and your fellow passengers.

Your next 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 to Aswan. Egypt’s sunny southern city often reminds travellers what continent they’re on, as the distinct Nubian culture of the region takes over, with noticeable changes in the architecture, cuisine, and language. You’ll sail in a felucca around Kitchener’s Island, see 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. Then take a motorboat ride out to the temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. Stop in at the Edfu temple on your way back to Luxor, 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.

Disembark in Luxor for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,350

Itinerary

Day 1

Embark Luxor

Today you will board your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 8 days. After lunch, you will visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries, dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu. Overnight in Luxor.

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 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
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 2

Sail to Edfu

After a morning at leisure, you will continue on to Sail to Edfu. Enjoy a Captain's Welcome Cocktail followed by disco after dinner on board your ship. Overnight in Edfu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sail to Kom Ombo and Aswan

Today sail to Kom Ombo and visit the temple shared by two Gods: Sobek and Haeroris then on to Aswan where you'll end the night with a Galabeya Party aboard your floating hotel. Overnight in Aswan.

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.

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 4

Sail on the Nile

This morning is at leisure. After lunch you will sail on the Nile by felucca around Kitchener's Island. Enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show in the night. Overnight in Aswan.

Aswan is the best winter resort in Egypt. On its eastern bank are mosques, bazaars, the Ferial Gardens, the Nubian Museum, and Fatimid Cemetery, an unfinished obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, Kitchener's Island, and Elephantine Island, the largest in Aswan. As for its western bank, there are the tombs of local Pharaonic nobles and dignitaries, the tomb of Aga Khan, the Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon, and the Old Aswan Dam.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail to Kom Ombo and Edfu

This morning, visit Aswan's High Dam, the ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae.

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.

Day 6

Sail Edfu to Luxor

Today you visit Edfu Temple, then sail to Luxor. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Visit the West Bank

This morning, cross the West Bank and visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Overnight in Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Disembark Luxor

You will disembark after breakfast.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Saturday.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on board the cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
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