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Holiday type River cruises
Tours
Country Egypt
Travel type Fly
Price range From £799
Travel partner Discover Egypt
Duration 7 nights
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Cruise the river Nile

Enjoy a cruise on the legendary river Nile and experience many of Egypt's ancient wonders along the way. Accompanied by an Egyptologist, you will enjoy ten escorted excursions on board the five star Viking Princess. The itinerary takes you from Luxor to Aswan, visiting spectacular ancient sites including the stunning Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the Pharaohs and the breathtaking temples of Karnak and Luxor. In Aswan you will see the Unfinished Obelisk and the Old Granite Quarries plus the Temple of Philae, famously featured in Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile. Guardian readers can extend their holiday for a second week at historic Luxor from £149, or the Red Sea resort of El Gouna from £179. Alternatively combine the bustling city of Cairo with a stay in Luxor from £499. In Cairo marvel at the amazing Pyramids and Great Sphinx or see the treasures of the boy King Tutankhamun in the Egyptian museum. In Luxor enjoy a relaxing few days or explore more sights before returning home.

No single supplement
This offer is limited to three cabins per sailing.

Cruise and Red sea stay add on from £179pp
Combine your Nile cruise with some time relaxing by the Red sea. Add on stays from £179 per person staying the lovely Red sea resort of El Gouna. All offers are subject to availability please call us for more details.

Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in resort
  • Full board on cruise
  • All UK airport taxes
  • Full sightseeing programme
Not included
Day one

Depart from the UK, fly to Luxor. On arrival transfer to your cruise boat (approximately 20 minutes) for a seven night cruise. A welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead will take place either this evening or the following morning, depending on your flight arrival time.

Day two

An early morning start crossing over to the West Bank of the Nile to visit The Valley of the Kings, (for an extra charge you can visit the Tomb of Tutanhkhamun, see your guide for more details), Hatshepsut's temple, the Valley of the Queens and Colossi of Memnon. (This whole morning tour takes approximately five hours.) On arrival back at the boat, a buffet lunch will be served and the boat will sail for Esna. The afternoon can spent relaxing on the sundeck while watching the varied local life on the river and its banks. Afternoon tea will be served on the sun deck. After dinner, there's a small informal cocktail party where the management of the boat is introduced to everyone. Overnight in Edfu.

Day three

Wake up at leisure and after breakfast, visit the Temple of Edfu. Afterwards, there is time to roam the local market where you will be able to prepare for this evening's Galabeya party. Back on board the boat lunch will be served as the boat sails to Aswan. This journey takes approximately 10 hours and gives you chance to take a dip in the plunge pool, read a book or simply to enjoy the view. In the evening there will be a Galabeya party, where everyone dresses up in traditional Egyptian costumes for dinner and the party games. Late that night the boat will dock in Aswan for a stay of two nights.

Day four

Morning visit to the High dam, the old granite quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and then by boat to the Temple of Philae. In the afternoon sail by felucca around Kitchener's Island and its Botanical Gardens. Dinner and evening entertainment on board.

Day five

Today can be spent either at leisure or on optional excursions. The most popular excursion is to the Temple of Abu Simbel, which is available by coach (approx £85) or by air (approx £195). In the afternoon an optional excursion to a Nubian Village via camel or boat can be arranged. In the late afternoon the boat will sail to Kom Ombo and a visit to the Ptolemic temple usually takes place that evening. Dinner, evening entertainment and overnight on board.

Day six

The day is spent at leisure as the boat heads to Luxor arriving later that evening.

Day seven

The day begins with a morning visit to the Temple of Karnak, the papyrus museum and the traditional perfume shops of Luxor. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Luxor, afterwards there is ample opportunity to explore the markets of Luxor for souvenirs and gifts. That evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound and Light show at Karnak temple.

Day eight

The morning can be spent at leisure. In the afternoon, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight or continue to your next resort.

Please note: For operational reasons, Nile Cruises can be subject to alteration locally at short notice. During certain periods the boat may have to sail after dark therefore the number of hours of daylight sailing is subject to change. When the boat is moored, vessels may have to berth alongside each other, restricting views and requiring clients to pass through a number of boats to disembark. Upon disembarkation clients will be required to walk along a gangplank and there may be steps to climb.
Life on board

Time aboard is as special as the scenery outside, between sights your time on board is your own. All the cruises we feature offer good standards of comfort and amenities; each one has either a swimming or a plunge pool, large sundecks where you can relax with a book and watch the world go by, bars to meet new friends for drinks after a busy days sightseeing and splendid restaurants offering a sumptuous selection of international and Egyptian cuisine. All Nile cruises operate on a full board basis and generally offer a buffet breakfast followed by lunch and dinner which are taken in one sitting and can either be a set menu or buffet style. Drinks are not included but you can easily purchase a range of soft drinks, beer, wine or bottled water to accompany your meal.

Viking Princess

The five star Viking Princess offers an informal cruise experience with warm and friendly service, comfortable accommodation and excellent cuisine. With just 49 cabins decorated in a traditional style and a range of facilities this cruise is an experience not to be missed. Facilities Four decks, three of which have cabins; large sun deck with plunge pool and bar, sunloungers and shaded areas with easy chairs; restaurant serving a range of international and local cuisine; bar; lounge; gift shop.

Accommodation

All the standard 49 cabins have panoramic windows and measure 16 square metres. 20 twin cabins are situated on the lower deck. Twin cabins have twin beds, air-conditioning, internal telephone, LCD satellite TV, mini-fridge, en-suite shower and toilet, hairdryer, and personal safe. The middle deck has 10 twin cabins on the same level as the reception and restaurant whilst the upper deck has 19 twin cabins all with the same facilities.

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6711.

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I travelled with a friend on a Nile Cruise aboard the Viking Princess. It was the first time in Egypt for both of us.
We found the staff extremely helpful and friendly, the food was very good and our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. His amazing knowledge, passion and enthusiasm absolutely made the holiday for us. I would certainly book again through Discover Egypt – from start to finish, we were looked after.
Feb 2012
Mrs C Wager