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Sonesta Star Goddess: 3 Nights from Aswan

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 717

Cruise in style and comfort on the luxury Sonesta Star Goddess on the epic Nile River while taking in the ancient delights of Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor. This will be an enlightening experience as the history of the Pharaohs unfolds before you.


In Aswan, board your floating hotel, the Sonesta Star Goddess, an all-suite cruise ship. Then it’s off to discover the delights of this busy market city and popular tourist centre These include the Nubian Museum, the Tomb of the Aga Khan, the Botanical Gardens, the Temple of Khun and beautiful Elephant Island. A highlight here will be a visit to the Aswan High Dam built around 1900 to avoid the River Nile flooding its banks. Also visit the ancient Temple of Philae.

Sail the next morning for Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Later continue to Edfu for a tour of the Edfu Temple dedicated to the god Horus. This evening enjoy a Galabeya Party when you will have the opportunity to dress up in the style of the Pharaohs. Moor overnight in Esna.

Set sail the following morning for Luxor with its wealth of ancient treasures. It is considered the world's largest open-air museum with its amazing temples from the Pharaonic era up to the Greco-Roman era. Go on shore to the West Bank and view the Valley of the Kings including the Tomb of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memnon among many other exceptional sites. Later cross to the East Bank to view the splendid Luxor and Karnak Temples.

The next morning you will disembark in Luxor to complete your luxury Nile cruise.

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 717

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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
Accommodation

Sonesta Star Goddess

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    Sonesta Star Goddess



    An all-suite cruise ship, the Sonesta Star Goddess features 33 suites named after famous composers, giving it a touch of elegance and sophistication. The ship comprises 27 deluxe Beethoven Suites (each 40m), 4 lush Mozart Suites (each 35m), and 2 superior Chopin Suites (each 52m). ...

    An all-suite cruise ship, the Sonesta Star Goddess features 33 suites named after famous composers, giving it a touch of elegance and sophistication. The ship comprises 27 deluxe Beethoven Suites (each 40m), 4 lush Mozart Suites (each 35m), and 2 superior Chopin Suites (each 52m). Each of the 33 suites has a private terrace and is designed to offer maximum comfort and space. Breakfast and lunch buffets as well as à la carte dinners are served daily. Overlooking a panoramic view of the Nile, the Sun Deck serves refreshing cocktails and beverages until sunset, as well as barbecue specialties. Adjacent to the lobby, the Lounge, which features a dance floor, serves light meals and a wide range of cocktails and beverages in a comfortable and stylish ambiance.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Barbeque
    • Dining Area
    • Fitness Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Nightly Entertainment
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam Room
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

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
Day 3

Sail Esna to Luxor

After breakfast on board, you will 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 titles 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. After lunch 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
Day 4

Explore Luxor's West Bank and Disembark

This morning you will enjoy breakfast on board and disembark at 8:00am.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Departs every Friday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights 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
  • Travel insurance
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

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.

TERMS & 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 enquire.

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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