Nile Legacy  

This adults focussed cruise teams stylish décor with big-league sightseeing. There’s an onboard pool and restaurant, too.

This luxury ship will take you to the Nile’s iconic sights in style. It’s made up of five decks, so it’s really spacious.

There’s a pool on the sundeck, with a bar for drinks. Talking of bars, there’s another one below deck. Meals come courtesy of a restaurant serving international buffet spreads.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks until 24.00 and bottled water which can be taken on the excursions.  Snacks at set times.

Facilities

You can enjoy those all-important panoramic views here, while relaxing on the sundeck or taking a dip in the pool.

They serve a variety of international dishes, along side some Egyptian classics here.

Located on the sun deck.

Cabins

With these classic-style cabins, you can lie back and take in views of the iconic River Nile. They have twin beds. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flatscreen TV included.

Itinerary

  • Day1

    Check in

    Fly direct to Luxor and join the boat, moored on the banks of the Nile.

  • Day2

    Luxor - Karnak - Edfu

    Today you’ll tick off Luxor and Karnak Temples before sailing on to Edfu via Esna Lock.

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    Explore the Temple of Luxor

    Towering obelisks, walls etched with hieroglyphics, and statues of gods four times the size of a person – these are just some of the reasons thousands of people flock to the Temple of Luxor every year. Set on the east bank of the Nile, this ancient sanctuary was built in 1,400 BC to honour the gods Amun, Mut and Chons.

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    See the supersized Temple of Karnak

    This place takes top honours as the world’s largest man-made temple complex. It took some 1,300 years to finish it – each pharaoh wanted to make his mark on the site the ancient Egyptians dubbed Ipet-Isut or ‘The Most Perfect of Places’. The end result? A mix of temples, sanctuaries and chapels. The absolute don’t-miss is the 13th-century BC Great Hypostyle Hall with its 140 pillars.

  • Day3

    Kom Ombo

    This morning, we’ll sail on to Kom Ombo – home to the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon-headed god.

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    Kom Ombo Temple

    This temple is unique as it's dedicated to a pair of gods. Everything is duplicated, there are two entrances, two courts and two sanctuaries. The right side honours Sobek, the crocodile god, and the left is for Horus, the hawk-headed protector of Egypt.

  • Day4

    Aswan

    Spend the whole day exploring Aswan, the High Dam is on the agenda along with the Nubian Museum, the waterside Temple of Philae, and a motor boat trip around the Cataract islands. There's an optional trip, the Philae Sound and Light Show, for an extra charge, too.

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    Aswan High Dam

    From the top of Aswan High Dam, you can see why it was hailed as an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. The 3-kilometre-long construction is pivotal in controlling floods and providing irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. It serves up great views, too. They stretch right across the giant reservoir of Lake Nasser to Kalabsha Temple in the south and a massive power station to the north.

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    Philae Temple

    The Temple of Philae is set on Egilica Island after being moved, stone by stone, from flooded Philae Island. It’s a huge construction, with undamaged pillars and towers. The reliefs and images chiselled in to the walls of the vast halls do a great job of telling the story of Egyptian civilisation. They depict kings overcoming their enemies, and the goddess Isis with her son. Symbols carved by the Roman emperor Trajan and Coptic Christians have also stood the test of time.

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    Nubian Museum

    This museum houses a collection of treasures from Nubia, which translates as Land of Gold. Around 3,000 exhibits are arranged over 3 floors. Together, they tell the story of the development of this part of the Nile, from Pharaonic times to life under the rule of the Greeks and the Romans. There are large-scale models of temples and reconstructions of typical Nubian dwellings, plus rare statues and mummies.

  • Day5

    Free Morning in Aswan

    This is a morning for you to enjoy Aswan at your leisure. You can book up for the optional tour of Abu Simbel for an extra charge, if you choose. In the afternoon, the ship heads back to Luxor.

  • Day6

    West Bank

    Today, you’ll have the chance to cross the sights of the West Bank off your tick-list. Potter around the Valley of the Kings, explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and peer up at the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. You’ll stay overnight in Edfu.

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    Temple of Queen Hatchepsut

    This mortuary temple for the great Queen Hatshepsut is set at the bottom of a cliffside near the Valley of the Kings. It consists of 3 layered terraces accessorised with chapels, colonnades, and shrines. They’re covered in faded reliefs documenting the queen’s divine origins and details of her reign. Other scenes show trade expeditions and offerings to gods.

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    Shuffle through the Valley of the Kings

    Tutankhamen is the name most associated with The Valley of the Kings. The boy king’s burial chamber was discovered here in 1922 by Howard Carter. He isn’t the only person who was laid to rest in this valley, though. There are more than 63 burial chambers here, marking the final resting places of five centuries’ worth of Egyptian blue blood.

  • Day7

    Denderah

    Denderah Temple, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, is on today's itinerary.

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    Temple of Denderah

    Denderah Temple is dedicated to Hathor, the cow-headed goddess, and famous for the original signs of the zodiac. Climb up onto the roof to get some great shots of the temple and surrounding area.

  • Day8

    Check out

    Your cruise along the Nile comes to an end in Luxor where you'll be taken to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Unless of course you choose to extend your holiday in Egypt with a stay in one of our hotels.

Essential info

  • Children Onboard

    We don’t allow under 16s on our Nile cruises, but you may find that other travel companies accept bookings from children under this age so there may still be young children on board.
  • Excursions

    The excursions described in the itinerary are included in the price of your holiday, but visits to the sites can vary depending on water levels. Extra excursions are available to buy onboard.
  • Onboard Satellite TV

    Just so you're aware, marine satellite TV may go out of range from time to time, which can mean a loss of picture.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

An amazing experience

Semiramis was billed as "5 Star", and it wasn't even close, but it was adequate and the people were fantastic. There weren't many people on the boat, so we had plenty of room. I loved all the stops. We started in Luxor and did Luxor and Karnak Temples, and the Valley of the Kings. Then we cruised up the Nile to Edfu and Kom Ombo, past corn fields, and cotton, and sugar cane. We sometimes saw water buffalo wallowing on the banks! The highlight was at Aswan, where we trekked across the desert in a police convoy to Abu Simbel. Our guide, Ahmed, provided by Travel Discounters (Toronto) and Blue Sky (Egypt) accompanied us on the cruise and all our tours, and made sure everything went smoothly and that we had all the information we needed. I would recommend this to anybody interested in the history of ancient Egypt, and it's definitely worth it to add both the tour to Abu Simbel and the "all inclusive" option on the boat. (I thought the Egyptian wine was surprisingly tasty.) This is actually a great time to visit Egypt if you can stand the heat, because there are no crowds. We felt perfectly safe the whole time.More

cpalm91346, 58693

amazing trip

was a great experience, we've met very good people there, passengers and crew! crew very kind, always try to help and make the trip beautiful! food is good, always fresh and for every kind of taste, if you prefer stay on normal occidental food no worries, but if you would like try some egyptian plate do it, are delicious! about the room, very clean and confy! very suggested trip, don't be afraid!More

Cecilia D,

Sonesta St. George Great for Family with Children

Where: Luxor to Aswan Who: Family of 4 (Dad, Mom, 8 year old and 10 year old girls) What: 5 day Nile cruise When: 18 - 22 July, 2016 Why So Good: Clean, Safe, Courteous, and Accommodating Discussion- If you have the time, sailing down the Nile over multiple days is the way to go to see life away from the tourist hot spots. Not only is the pace unhurried, but you get to see so much life and activity from a very comfortable position. We booked aboard the Sonesta St. George and were thrilled with the choice. The ship was very clean and didn't smell in the bathrooms (like they do on the larger cruise ships we've been on before). The rooms were large enough for us to not feel crowded. We did take up two adjoining cabins, and we simply left the connection door opened the entire cruise. The ships crew were very accommodating and pleasant our entire stay. The Maitre D of the restaurant, in particular, was so gracious and helpful to us as a family. He ensured that we always had food the girls would eat (they would try everything, but not finish everything, so he would always pop out with a smile with some grilled chicken and rice, which they loved). The food was very, very good. Hats off to the chef. There were always good options and everything was so tasty. I know we all gained some weight! We were told that we were the first sailing since the St. George had be put up for refurbishment. I don't know how it looked before, but I can share that is beautiful inside now. Things are plush in the main areas and the rooms well appointed. The pool's chemicals seemed right (we have a pool at home) and other than minor things blowing into it, it was clean, offering our girls (and us!) a great way to cool off from the July heat. On our sailing, there were 17 tourists (including us) and 4 tour guides making for an intimate experience. Egyptian food night was fun, and the Egyptian styled clothes for sale in the shop are inexpensive (around $15 per item) making for a fun dress up night. The TVs in the room didn't have any channels broadcast, so if there is a particular sporting event or news you hope to catch on it, you won't (at least not on our cruise). However, TV watching time on such a trip wasn't important for us so it didn't impact us in any way. Some days we sailed early in the AM, and other times in the early afternoon. We never felt like we missed out on watching the Nile life go by. Tipping is expected, and the rule of thumb we were shared by a reliable source is that you should give 50 Egyptian Pounds per day per person in your party for good service. We felt we had better than good and subsequently gave more than that. There is WiFi on the ship, although we never used it. You pay by the 30 minute interval if I recall, and it is only a few Egyptian pounds. So if you need it, you have it. Other guests were clearly using it. You will pay for drinks aboard the boat. Our family always bought a large bottle of water for each meal (sometimes two) aboard resulting in 12 large bottles purchased for the entire cruise. We also bought, in total, three cans of beer, four cans of soda, and one bottle of wine (costing 250 Egyptian pounds). Our total beverage cost at the end of the cruise was $110 USD. The sodas and water are about 5 times what you would pay if you simply bought them at a market. If we were penny pinching on the trip, I would have bought bottles of water off ship and carried them on. All our tours and excursions were booked and brokered outside of the St. George offerings, so we cannot comment on how well their arranged tours work. We absolutely loved the travel aboard the St. George. It constituted 40% of our stay in Egypt, and provided us 100% satisfaction. If you can do it, go with the Sonesta St. George with your family.More

TravelExpertO, 34515

Avoid Nile Goddess!

Unlike the other "Goddess" Nile cruise ships, this one is not operated by Sonesta, though it used to be, which is pretty confusing. The ship itself is okay and the food was acceptable during a November 2015 cruise. They altered the itinerary to accommodate one couple, however, which meant visiting some of the temples on the route in the dark and for shorter periods of time than scheduled. I realize that tourists are at a premium during this period in Egypt's history, but this was pretty outrageous, especially when there was no apology or other attempt to make amends.More

BlackSwamp,

Grand Rose cruise experience - Do not buy any jewellery from their On board shop

I brought and gold necklace and trinket from there on board jewellery shop on the Grand Rose Cruise ship. It was over £200.This was Christmas 15, less than eight months ago When I got home the necklace kept falling off my neck so I finally took it to my local jewellers who told me that it's very old and worn,and that I must have had it long time!!!! I brought the necklace as new , it is second-hand ,Old and worn out,. I feel cheated and let down. I have got in touch with the holiday company" Red Seas holidays" and they say they've got nothing to do with the on-board shops, even though they own the boats. I have got photographs of the necklace with them worn out links which I will attach if I can, and the Local jeweller said it's going to cost over £50 to sort it out. So my warning is do not buy any thing off of these cruises Nile ships. Other than that the holiday was fantastic,More

fitnessstoke, 186378

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