Sonesta Star Goddess
based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 4 nights on the sonesta star goddess in a Mozart suite on a full board basis, including private transfers, sightseeing and entrances.
At a Glance
The flagship of the Sonesta ships cruising the Nile
Small all-suite ship, with only 33 cabins in total
Possibly the most sophisticated of all ships on the Nile
Excellent Egyptologists offering 3, 4 and 7 night cruises departing on Fridays from Aswan and Mondays from Luxor
A big plus point is that there are private balconies and proper bathtubs
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Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.
To start planning your holiday to Sonesta Star Goddess
The all-suite Sonesta Star Goddess is Sonesta's flagship Nile cruiser and boasts 33 suites, all with private balconies. With three, four and seven night options, the Sonesta Star Goddess offers a refined and sophisticated Nile experience.
Launched in 2006, the Sonesta Star Goddess is possibly the most refined of all the ships cruising the Nile. Using a lot of dark-stained wood, the ship has a deeply charming, yet with an elegant feel. Each suite is named after a composer, from the Beethoven Suites which at 40sqm offer some of the largest rooms on any ship on the Nile, to the Mozart Suites (35sqm) and Chopin Suites (52sqm). All come with plasma TVs, private terraces and large en-suite bathrooms. Interestingly enough, each bathroom has a proper bathtub to enjoy after coming back from a long day scrambling around temples and tombs. The ship has a spa and fitness centre, with gym, massage services, sauna and steam bath.
The main dining room is on the lower deck and is where you will enjoy a wide-ranging buffet breakfast and lunch before having an a la carte dinner in the evening. The Sun Deck Bar and BBQ is where you can enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets over the Nile. Downstairs, you can continue later into the night in the Lounge which offers light meals, cocktails and a wide range of other drinks, to ensure you will never go thirsty cruising along the Nile.
It goes without saying that all meals and excursions are included. You can either go on a 7 night itinerary beginning in Aswan and departing on a Friday. 3 Night itineraries begin in Aswan and begin on a Friday and end in Luxor. If you want a 4 night cruise, you can begin in Luxor on a Monday and end in Aswan. Do ask us about specific sailing dates. Expert Egyptologists will take you to main sights, and all entrance fees are included.
We can of course add on nights in Cairo to begin, or fly you directly into Aswan or Luxor to begin your cruise. If you want to add on the temples at Abu Simbal, or extra nights in Luxor, Aswan or time on the beach in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, do contact us to put together a personalised itinerary.
27 deluxe Beethoven Suites (each 40 sq metres), four Mozart Suites (each 35 sq metres), and two superior Chopin Suites (each 52 sq metres). All of the 33 air-conditioned suites have private terraces and have been are extremely spacious. Cabin facilities include large windows with views of the Nile, plasma television with DVD players, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, a safe, mini-bar and bathrooms equipped with a full-size bathtub. In room dining is available until midnight. They also provide a bottle of local wine upon arrival.
The Sonesta Star Goddess has a spa and fitness centre on board. There is a gym, spa treatments on offer, sauna and steam bath; a main dining room, sun deck bar and lounge. Guests can also enjoy on board the swimming pool which is located on the top deck.
All activities to the sights along your cruise are conducted by professional Egyptologists in small groups. All entry fees are included. Sites include the Aswan High Dam and the Old Dam, and Philae Temple, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna, Luxor and Karnak Temples, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon depending on whether it is a 3,4,7 night cruise.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
A fantastic option if you want a three or four night cruise, rather than a full week.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Sonesta Star Goddess is a really lovely ship, more of the 'Old-School' feel than those such as the Zahra or Nile Adventurer - lots of dark woods. We always request cabins towards the front of the boat as the engines are at the back and it is nicer when sitting on your terrace. The food is great, but in all truth wasn't a fan of the wine selection. All in all, it works really well as a 3 or 4 night cruise and the big plus is that it has bathtubs (think how much you crave it after walking around dusty sights all day) and private balconies (although you can't really use them when docked).
4 Nights Nile Cruise
Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.
Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple
Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.
Alexandria City Tour
One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.
Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.
Best of West Bank
Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.
Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues, which are all that remains of the Temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.
Hot Air Balloon Sunrise
Enjoy sunrise over the West Bank for a view of the valley on a hot air balloon.
Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.
Library of Alexandria
Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.
Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.
Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).
The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.
Sail Aswan by Felucca
Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.
Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden
For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.
Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple
Enjoy a spectacular evening at the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.
Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.
Temple of Dendarah
Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.
Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo
As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.
Temple of Khnum at Esna
The Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna contains the beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall.
Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Tomb & Mummy of King Tutankhamun
Visit the final resting place of the world-renowned Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.
Tomb of King Seti I
We bring you out from the standard tourist circuit to Tomb of Seti I, is the best decorated and longest tomb in Valley of the Kings.
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Visit the Tomb of Nefertari, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.
Valley of the Artisans
Valley of the Artisans or Deir Al Madina hosts some of the lesser-known tombs of the workers, who have built some of the most colourful and most-preserved tombs in Luxor area, which surprisingly rival the tombs of the kings!
Valley of the Kings & Hatchepsut Temple
For over a thousand years, the kings of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC.) were buried in the Valley of the Kings. You will cover temple of Queen Hatchepsut and 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Valley of the Nobles
The Nobles' Tombs are located close to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, in the Theban Necropolis near Luxor.
Valley of the Queens
The Valley of the Queens is a place near Luxor where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times.
Location & directions
Aswan and Luxor are both located the north of the Aswan High Dam towards the centre of Egypt.
How to get there
You can either fly to Cairo (5 hours) with British Airways and spend a few nights there before flying to either Aswan or Cairo. The flying time from Cairo to Luxor is 1-hour, and from Cairo to Aswan it is 1-hour 30-minutes. Egypt Air have connections through Cairo which you can do in one day. Easyjet also fly to Luxor.
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