The Orbital Royal Esadora (also known as Royal Esadora/Esadora II) is a modern and fresh 5* Nile cruise boat. The boat was launched in March 2006 and renovated in 2009 with excellent facilities enabling you to enjoy the very best that the Nile has to offer. There are large public areas and a good range of facilities on board, including the sundeck with bar, large swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There are two restaurants on board, one being a buffet style with international cuisine, and the other being slightly smaller offering an à la carte menu. The large modern lounge bar with panoramic views allows you to admire the beauty of Egypt and the Nile as you cruise.
The cruise is offered on a Full Board basis and an All Inclusive option is also available. The Orbital Royal Esadora sails on a Monday.
- Main restaurant serving buffet food
- A la carte restaurant (supplement applies)
- Air conditioned bar
- Lounge with dance floor
- Large Sun deck with bar and swimming pool
- Air conditioned massage room
- Boutique, beauty and gift shop
- Fitness equipment
- Laundry service
- Internet and fax facilities
The main restaurant serves a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a smaller, romantic à la carte restaurant (supplement applies).
Lightweight and informal summer clothes are the norm during the day, with shorts and t-shirts being acceptable. In the evening, informal smart/casual attire is expected.
Orbital Royal Esadora has 62 cabins:
- 35 twins
- 23 doubles (8 interconnecting)
- 4 suites
All rooms have:
- Satellite TV
- Air conditioning
- Mini bar
- Bathroom with bath and overbath shower
- Juliet balcony
Suites include all of the above and:
- Private Jacuzzi
- Daily fruit basket
7 Night Nile Cruise - Example Itinerary
A cruise on the Nile is a unique opportunity to view day-to-day rural life in the Nile Valley, complemented by grand monumental architecture and ancient cities giving the visitor the insight into not only ancient times but also the modern. A relaxing Nile cruise in luxurious surroundings alongside all that ancient Egypt has to offer is the perfect combination for a memorable holiday.
Transfer from Luxor International Airport to your 5*cruise vessel. Dinner and overnight stay in Luxor.
Early breakfast followed by a visit to the West Bank where you will see one of the most striking vistas in Egypt. Here ancient meets modern day living before giving way to the Valley of Kings originally known as the ‘Gates of the Gods’ where pharaohs are entombed in the nearby cliffs, the Valley of Queens originally named the ‘Place of Beauty' but renamed the ‘Gates of the Harem’ which contains nearly eighty tombs including the truly beautiful tomb of Queen Nefertari the favourite wife of Ramses II, the Temple of Hatshepsut, a series of terraces which appear to be part of the limestone cliffs rising out of the desert sands, Medinet Habu, the Arabic name for the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, a huge complex second only to Karnak in size and well better preserved and the Colossi of Memnon which have for centuries held mystery and intrigue. Lunch on board followed by leisurely sail to Esna. Dinner and overnight night stay at Esna.
Breakfast and morning at leisure. Lunchtime sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god and Haroeris the good doctor. This fascinating temple is divided into two and overlooks the Nile. Dinner and sail onto Aswan for the night.
Breakfast followed by a visit to the High Dam in Aswan constructed in 1960-1971 to ensure that Egypt continued to flourish and it provides electricity to all the villages along the banks of the Nile. The tour continues with a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk which was originally commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut for the Karnak Temple, lying rooted to the bedrock of pink granite. Finally the tour finishes with a visit to the magical Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Lunch followed by a relaxing and enjoyable boat trip around Elephantine Island sailing to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener Island. Beautiful plants imported from Africa, India and the Far East can be viewed and admired. Optional tour to the Nubian village is available in the afternoon. Alternatively, maybe the sun deck calls. Dinner followed by evening entertainment provided by the Nubian folk show. Overnight stay in Aswan.
Early morning optional excursion to the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel by air/road available, priced at *£180.00 pp or by road at *£65.00pp.This impressive site built by Ramses II to show his strength and power, stands on the edge of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, a relaxing morning on the sun deck may better suit. Lunch followed by a leisurely sail to Esna. Overnight at Esna. Dinner followed a traditional Galabiya party where guests are invited to dress in Galabiyas and join in the fun.
Breakfast followed by a visit to the partly excavated Temple of Khnum at Esna, dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum, who was the patron god of the cataracts. He is said to have fashioned mankind from Nile clay on a potter’s wheel. At this temple beautiful astronomical ceilings and the zodiac register can be seen. Lunch with an afternoon sailing back to Luxor. Dinner and overnight at Luxor.
Breakfast followed by a tour of the East Bank with a visit to Luxor Temple, originally joined to Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes many of which can be seen today. Followed by a visit to Karnak the ‘World’s Greatest Open Air Museum’ which covers a huge area and includes several temples, the largest being the Temple of Amun with boasts marvellous attractions at every turn. Lunch and leisure time with the opportunity to visit the Luxor Museum. Dinner and overnight in Luxor with an opportunity for an optional Karnak Sound and Light show priced at *£22.00 per person.
Breakfast followed by check out and transfer to Luxor International Airport for your return flight home.
Please note: the order or content of your itinerary may be amended due to lock closures, low water levels or any other unforeseeable circumstances. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats on the Nile, when docked in Aswan and Luxor it is highly likely that other boats will moor alongside your boat. Occasionally, due to operational difficulties, a change of vessel can occur. However, the sightseeing itinerary will remain the same. Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £4.00 per person per night which includes coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, engine crew and bar/restaurant staff. Additional tipping is not expected.