The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations. It is 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 on 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, greet & assistance at Luxor Airport or railway station and private transfer to the Cruise. We Embark before lunch. After lunch on board, we visit the Karnak and Luxor 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 Hatshepsute and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. Luxor temple is not dedicated to a god or a deified version of the king in death. Instead Luxor temple is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the kings of Egypt were crowned. Alexander the Great claimed he was crowned at Luxor. Afternoon free time comes with afternoon tea, followed by dinner board and a Belly dancer and Folkloric Show. Overnight in Luxor
After breakfast, we visit the West Bank – The Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El-Bahari and the Colossi Memnon. Valley of the Kings & 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. During, lunch we sail to Esna. Enjoy our afternoon tea and in the evening a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail with Dinner on board followed by Disco & Music. Overnight in Esna.
Sail to Edfu during breakfast on board. We then take an excursion to visit the 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. Back on board we have lunch and sail to Kom Ombo. The afternoon excursion is a visit the Kom Ombo Temple which was 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. In the evening we have dinner with an Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Kom Ombo.
We sail to Aswan during breakfast. Todays guided tour is to the High Dam and Philae temple. 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. 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. After lunch we sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitchener’s island. 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. Dinner is followed by a disco & Music. Overnight in Aswan.
After breakfast we check out and Disembarkation at 08:00 am. Transfer to Aswan Airport or railway station.
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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