Now that the beautiful weather of spring and summer is on its way, we
all start to feel that excitement, imagining the perfect getaway. We
all want the same things: luxury of accommodations, beauty of
surroundings, and an experience we'll never forget. All of those things
make the Sonesta Nile Cruise Luxor the perfect vacation for anyone
ready for adventure.
Sonesta Cruise Line has five 5-star cruise ships, the most recently
added to the fleet being the Sonesta St. George I, which is hailed as
one of the most elegant and luxurious ships sailing the Nile today.
With 47 deluxe cabins, 10 suites, full-service spa and fitness center,
bar, restaurant, and nightly entertainment, your time on the ship will
be as enjoyable and exciting as your time off the ship on one of
Sonesta's incredible Egyptologist-guided excursions.
The Sonesta St. George sails between Luxor and Aswan on three-, four-,
and seven-night cruises, taking its guests to history-laden monuments
and cities along the way, offering you the unforgettable sights and
After settling into your room on the beautiful St. George, you will
embark on your journey down the Nile to Aswan. You have the first day
of the trip to yourself to relax and enjoy the ship's accommodations;
preparing yourself for the excursions ahead of you. Then, Tuesday
morning after breakfast at the ship's on-board restaurant, you will
explore the West Bank, which includes the Valley of the Kings and
temple of Hatshepsut who was the only woman pharaoh to ever hold power
in the new Kingdom of ancient Egypt. The impressive architecture of her
temple is often associated with the goddess of love and joy, Hathor.
Then, after touring the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon,
it's back to the ship to sail to Esna where you'll have afternoon tea
and lunch. You'll stay the night in Esna after enjoying the evening
Folkloric Show, learning more about Egyptian history and culture.
Wednesday, it's off to Edfu, the site of one of Egypt's greatest and
best preserved temples. Dedicated to Horus, the temple bears
inscriptions describing construction methods and founding of similar
temples, allowing us insight into the wonder of how the ancient
civilization built such magnificent structures so long ago. Next is Kom
Ombo, just 40 kilometers north of Aswan, where you'll spend the night.
Thursday morning, Aswan is your final destination where you'll visit
High Dam and the granite quarries, as granite was of high importance to
the pharaohs for all their building projects. Next is the astonishing
temple of Philae, the sacred complex of monuments constructed for the
cult of Isis and Osiris. It was built under the Ptolemies and finished
in Roman times, giving us great insight into the spiritual lives and
ancient customs of the ancient Egyptians.
Friday brings a truly authentic experience. You will be sailing the
Nile on a felucca boat (an Egyptian-style sail boat) to a small granite
island called Kitchener of the Botanical island. On this unique
journey, experiencing first-hand one of the ways the people of ancient
Egypt traveled, you'll also visit Elepahntine Island. On your trip back
to Luxor the following day, you'll stop once again at Kom Ombo to visit
the temple shared by the two divinities Sobek (The Crocodile God) and
Haerories (Horus the Elder). You'll then continue sailing through Edfu
and back to Esna where you'll end Saturday with an exhilarating
Egyptian Galabeya party.
Finally, as your trip comes to a close, the St. George I makes its way
back to Luxor on the Nile. Opposite of the beginning of your trip, you
will visit the East Bank to see the Luxor Temple: the unforgettable end
to your adventure. The temple was built by the two great pharaohs
Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Afterward, you will take the two-mile
journey along an avenue of ram-headed Sphinxes to the Karnak Temple,
which was the center of religious worship in ancient Egypt. Then,
you'll spend the remainder of your day relaxing and taking in the
luxuries of the new St. George I until Monday when your journey ends
back at Luxor.
After seeing the wonders of the ancient Egyptian world, experiencing
their customs and walking through the rich environment they inhabited,
it will be hard to leave. Sonesta Cruise Collection offers an
unparalleled experience to an area of the world unlike any other in the
comforts of luxury, making the trip one you will never forget.