This 4 Day Luxury Nile Cruise on board MS Sonesta St. George is the perfect Egypt river cruise to see everything in luxury and style. Experience the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities.
Enjoy a first class trip down the Nile, with a private guide through the highlights of the Ancient Egyptian civilization including Philae Temple, High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, Kom-Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, the Valley of the Kings & Queens, the Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple and Karnak Temple.
Meet & assist at Aswan Airport or railway station and private transfer to the Cruise. Embarkation is before lunch, then visit the High Dam, Philae temple & Sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitchener’s island. The Philae Temple (the Temple of Isis) is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes. It occupies about a quarter of the island.
The High dam was constructed to replace the old (1902) Aswan dam built to protect Egypt from the floods and provide irrigation and electricity across Egypt. It is 111 meters/ 364 feet high and 12, 562 feet / 3830 meters long and visitors can easily locate lake Nasser over 100 miles away.
Lord Kitchener was gifted the island, when he served as Consul-General in Egypt from 1911 to 1914. With the aid of the Ministry of Irrigation, Kitchener rapidly transformed the small 750 metres (2,460 ft) long island into a paradise of exotic trees, many from India, and plants in gardens with view walkways. It later passed into the property of the Egyptian government and was used as a research station is now Aswan Botanic Island. Afternoon tea is served.
After the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner, there is a Nubian Show. Overnight in Aswan
Breakfast on board and Sail to Kom Ombo where we visit Kom Ombo Temple constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. The temple is unique because it is perfectly symmetrical and was built for two sets of gods. The south temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part was dedicated to the falcon god Horus.
Sail to Edfu during lunch. Upon arrival we visit Edfu Temple one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. The temple was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt. Dinner on board is followed by an Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Esna.
Early morning sail to Luxor. Today comprises tours of The Valley of the Kings and Queens, The temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memnon. The valley of the Kings and Queens contains 63 tombs and stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.
The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues as to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. The temple of Hatshepsut was originally dedicated to Amun and then added to by Hatshepsut, Queen and 5th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her funerary temple stands as tribute to her peaceful and prosperous rule. It is considered one of the incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive (18m/ 60’) stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. They were so named because on some days at dawn, one of the statues would give off a high-pitched sound. Greeks, and later Romans, attributed the "singing" to Eos, Memnon's mother, mourning for her son.
Back on board for lunch then afternoon tea and dinner which is followed by a disco & music. Overnight in Luxor.
Breakfast on board and check out at 08:00 am. (leave your luggage on board)
Visit the Karnak Temples on the East Bank. Karnak is one of the largest temple complexes in the world covering 200 acres of land. Dating back to 3400 BC it is was built over different reigns and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. Starting by the Avenue of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic columns, is still the largest room of any religious building in the world. Next the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarabeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake.
Upon return we transfer you to Luxor Airport or railway station.
Add a private Egyptian Land Tour before or after your luxury cruise. Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Abu Simbel.
Why not visit the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters in among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments. The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, and representation of the deities to which each was dedicated is carved on its huge façade. Nearby, also saved, lies the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.
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Why not take an optional excursions to visit Abu Simbel. Regarded as one of the greatest temples it was moved to save it from flooding.
See our private guided tour of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria and Sharm El Sheik Egyptian Land Tours
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