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 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 Luxor Airport or railway station and a private transfer to the Cruise ship. Embarkation is before lunch on board. The afternoon is free to explore the ship and its facilities. Afternoon tea and dinner will be followed by a Belly Dancer & Folkloric Show. Overnight in Luxor.
Breakfast on board
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. Return back to the ship for lunch on board and sail to Esna. Enjoy free time in the afternoon with Afternoon tea, a Captain’s welcome cocktail, dinner on board followed by a disco & music. Overnight in Esna.
In the morning Sail to Edfu and enjoy breakfast. After a trip to 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.
Sail to Kom Ombo and have lunch with a free afternoon. Afternoon tea, dinner on board and Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Kom Ombo
Enjoy breakfast whilst sailing to Aswan. Visit the High Dam, Philae temple. Aswan High Damn 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.
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. Afternoon tea, dinner on board followed by disco & music. Overnight in Aswan.
This day is a day to rest and enjoy all the facilities and services on board whilst g the Nile drift by.
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Dinner on board. A Nubian show rounds out the evening. Overnight in Aswan
Sail to Kom Ombo maximum at 07:00 am. Then visit the Kom Ombo Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haeroris. Kom Ombo Temple 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 temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Lunch on board and afternoon tea whilst sailing to Edfu. Dinner is followed by an Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight in Esna
Sail to Luxor and visit 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. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are followed by disco and music. Overnight in Luxor
Breakfast on board Disembarkation at 08:00 am. Transfer to Luxor Airport or railway station.
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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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