This adults-only 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. Plus, it’s adults-only, so you can expect plenty of peace and quiet
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. From May 2016, this hotel will become part of the Thomson Platinum collection.
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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.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with meals.
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.
These stylish, double cabins sleep two and have a luxurious air, with stylish furniture and soft furnishings to match. They come with large panoramic windows with views of the Nile, private bathroom, marine satellite TV and in-house video channels
These stylish suites, sleep two in a king-size bed and have a luxurious air, with stylish furniture and soft furnishings to match. They come with a separate lounge, large panoramic windows with views of the Nile, private bathroom, marine satellite TV and in-house video channels.
Fly direct to Luxor and join the boat, moored on the banks of the Nile.
Luxor - Karnak - Edfu
Today you’ll tick off Luxor and Karnak Temples before sailing on to Edfu via Esna Lock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denderah Temple, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, is on today's itinerary.
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.
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.
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MS NILE DOLPHIN
I can highly recommend this 7 day cruise sailing from Luxor to Aswan and back. It was an incredible experience & one i will treasure, thank you to all the hard working staff and crew who made our holiday a truly memorable one. Special thank you to Nour who was constantly up & down the sun-deck bringing us drinks in the intense heat he always had a smile and was extremely helpful to me & my mother. Another special thank you to the Captain for a wonderful safe journey sailing up & down the Nile, also for allowing me to sit in his chair on the bridge, thank you my friend for your lovely kind hospitality you will always be in my heart. Thank you also to the Manger for his translation in conversation with the Captain, and your great dance moves. Karim on reception who always had a cheeky smile and was always for helpful and polite. You all made our holiday very special. The fantastic chefs making us lovely food which must have been very difficult during Ramadan a special thank you. I am always mindful and respectful of cultural differences when visiting other countries, it is wise to remember 'when in Rome do as the Romans do' as what is acceptable in our country may not be acceptable in theirs. This is also true for the difficulties the Egyptians have in sourcing things such as food, they do not have the luxury of going to Tesco when they run out of something especially when in the middle of the Nile River....you will never go hungry or thirty on this trip there is plenty of choice for everyone( although i would say the cruise is not suitable for young children). This holiday is perfect to relax and chill especially after visiting some of the temples. A huge Thank You to everyone on the MS NILE DOLPHIN....you all have a special place in our hearts...God Bless you all for many safe journeys. Alison Hart (Captain) xxxMore
alison h, London, United Kingdom
Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise
Wow what can we say. My husband was not happy going to Egypt as thought it still won't be safe after all what has gone on in there. Despite all the fears he had the best time ever. We went on a 7 night Nile Cruise aboard the Sonesta Moon Goddess. We got on the boat in Luxor and sailed over to Aswan. We have purchased the full excursion pack when we booked so as we stopped at different places on the way we visited all the important sights - all of it was stunning and the guides were very knowledgeable. When we reached Aswan we sailed back to Luxor again - if you go for less than 7 nights you won't get to do it both ways. Now to the cruise trip itself. The boats capacity was over hundred people. There were only 10 of us the first 3 days as the tourism is so quiet. We all got on really well and it felt like we are on a private cruise! We had the whole cruise (restaurant, swimming pool, bar, everything) to ourselves. What a treat. Sadly, not so good for the Egyptians. The boat had 5 decks, the top deck had a bar with sun covered area and a swimming pool with sun loungers. We spend most of our time out there because it was fascinating to watch the life on the Nile as we sailed. Totally different from what we imagined. The farmers with cattle on little march islands were contrasting with some city buildings in the far background, and the kids were shouting and waving at you, it was magical. Staff: fantastic. Polite, positive, very social, happy people. We really could not ask for better. Food: Now that was a surprise. I don't know how it is on another Nile cruises but our food was very good (again far better than our expectations) - tasty, soups were nice, and the desserts! To die for. Always fresh too. Drink: we were on all inclusive basis so got to try a lot of drinks. Beer was good and the white wine was also decent and very drinkable. No complains there. Rooms: we first stayed in the Standard cabin which was lovely, all cabins on this boat have an outside balcony which is a real bonus. When the boat filled up after 4 days the management have upgraded us to Royal Suite at the front of the boat. Much more spacious room with big windows all around - but the downside was when the boats dock next to each other over night I found myself pulling the curtains all the time so we did not get much time to enjoy the openness of the cabin. The standard was simpler in this respect. Summary: Egypt is struggling as can be seen from the lack of tourists. Again, great time to go as nowhere is crowded and we preferred it this way. The safety in this country is very high. When you travel anywhere by road there are military checkpoints every 10 or less miles. They do monitor everyone on the move and armed guards are a standard part of sightseeing experience. This is good though as you know that before any trouble can even start they are ready. We felt completely safe. And that's something to say if you knew my husband's carefulness ;)More
Lucie S, Littlestone-on-Sea, United Kingdom
river nile cruising
I will recommend to everyone who's going to egypt not to miss the river nile cruising, the entertainment and the food are the best part and staff are very helpful. It's my first time, to see and watched the belly dancer entertaining us while the boat was moving, she's a good dancer.More
Norbai T, London, United Kingdom
Discover Egypt Cruise
We have had a 10 day trip with Discover Egypt. The first 3 days in Cairo and then 7 days on the Nile. From the minute we arrived we were well cared for, a clearly organised and professional company. The boat - Sonesta Star Goddess was fabulous, a little dated, but amazing food, spacious suites and a balcony (which was a deal breaker - fabulous). The trips were well run and safe, always caring for us but not overbearing - we were a family of 4 women. Overall the trip was incredible, deserted sites and friendly people. A good time to visit a beautiful country. More
MS GRAND ROSE
My daughter and I have just returned from a Nile Cruise on the Grand Rose.We had a wonderful week.The trip to Abu Simbel was excellent . It was well worth paying the extra 100 le to visit Tutemkahnam's tomb in the valley of the kings.Our guide ,Gilan, was a great asset to our holiday.Succinct and pertinent and extremely knowledgeable.It was hot but the early morning starts worked well and we spent most afternoons on deck. The all inclusive was a bonus .The food was lovely.I looked forward to every meal.More
starce2015, Northampton, United Kingdom
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