Nile Legacy  

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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  • 76Rooms
  • Floors: 4 plus sun deck


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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.

Full Board

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 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.

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


  • 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


    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 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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We visited the "Emilio" for a week from August 24th 2015. First, I would like to say something about our flight to Luxor. The only option that we had to fly from Heathrow was with Egyptair (this was due to other English airlines refusing to fly to Luxor). We were due to fly at 5pm, but there was a delay of one and a half hours, eventually taking off at 6.35 pm. This made our arrival rather a lot later. In fact, we didn't get to bed before 2.45am.....having to be up at 7am for our first excursion. As with other people on board the flight, we wanted to start our holiday with a nice, relaxing drink. BEWARE !! - Egyptair does NOT serve alcohol, and neither do they accept Egyptian pounds !! Upon Arriving at Luxor airport, we were met by our Cyplon representative who made the transition very easy - even getting our visas for us prior to landing. When we arrived at the MS Emilio, he helped with our checking in, and made us feel at ease. We took the All Inclusive option, so there were quite a few excursions included in the price. We were lucky enough to have the most friendly, knowledgeable guide looking after us for the whole week. His name is Waheed, and I would strongly recommend him to any English speaking visitors. There was only one other couple who travelled with Cyplon, so Waheed only had the four of us in his group which meant that we had his full attention at all times. The excursions usually started early in the morning, in order to avoid the hottest part of the day. They were all very interesting, and it was certainly a privilege to see these wonderful 3,500 year old temples at first hand. The only trip that we paid for as an extra was the one from Aswan down to Abu Simbel. The cost of this, by road, was £75 each, and was about a three and a half hour drive.Taking into account the early start (3am), the experience was well worth it. The boat itself, we felt, is really nice, with the staff being very friendly and helpful. At the beginning of our trip, we were asked for a tip of £30 each which, we felt, was fair as there is quite a crew and a lot of staff behind the scenes who are not seen. The tip, however, is optional. Given that this is a boat rather than a hotel, the food was very good, with a good selection being served every day. There was also entertainment on board, but we preferred to spend our evenings on the sundeck, taking advantage of the All Inclusive option !! While sailing down the Nile, it was really relaxing to sit, with a drink in hand, and watch the world go by.......slowly ! A week later, we left the Emilio to spend a nice chilled out week at the Mercure Karnak hotel (see separate review). Once again, the Cyplon representative made our transition extremely easy. Overall, this was an experience not to be missed, and we would strongly recommend booking with Cyplon, and cruising on The Emilio. Although, by UK standards, this is not 5 star accommodation. we have given it 5 stars because we feel that the rooms were good - always clean, the food was good, and the staff were very friendly. It is a sad thought that it appears that people afraid afraid to visit Egypt, and that UK airlines will not fly direct to Luxor. It is because of this that there are only about 30 boats out of some 300 or more that are currently operating. We experienced no trouble whatsoever, and felt absolutely felt safe during our time there. PLEASE VISIT !!More

Alan G, Woking, United Kingdom

brilliant nile experience

well what a great trip sailing down the nile. i would recomend this holiday to anyone of any age .There were some really early morning starts but well worth it to see all the lovely temples etc, the only disapointment was when the balloon ride was cancelled due to bad visability., but anyone debating going on this cruise i would say go you wont regret it especially on the emillio its a fabulous ship.More


Ms Grand Rose Nile Cruise

Another fab holiday on board the Grand Rose, booked with Golden Ticket from the 14-21st September. We had a great time, as always,and met some really lovely people. This is my 7th Nile cruise, 5 on board the Grand Rose. This is my favourite boat because the staff are excellent, food always good and the Egyptologists that are used are very knowledgeable. We had Magik this time and he was excellent. I also bumped into the Egyptologist from last year, Gilan, just before leaving the Grand Rose to come home. She remembered us and gave us a hug like she really meant it. The Egyptians are really suffering after the recent troubles but what was a positive is that we saw far more Nile Cruisers this trip than the last four. Hopefully things are looking up for these wonderful, friendly,welcoming people. Also, a lot of the staff we knew from previous visits and they greeted like lost friends it was lovely to be remembered. Please do not be afraid to go on the Nile Cruises or go to Egypt, it is very safe and you are looked after from start to finish. The trips are amazing and we always see something new each time, a trip to the temples and the tombs require re-visiting lots of times because they are so big! The weather was of-course extremely hot so we made use of the pool every afternoon ..lovely ! Air conditioning in the cabins is good too. One thing that was disappointing was that the boat no longer docks opposite Karnak Temple it is now out of the way near Luxor bridge. My sister and I used to like getting off the boat and going shopping in the little shopping/bazaar near the temple but we couldn't do it this time. I have written to Grand Cruises for an explanation so will await their reply as to why this is. However, another great holiday and a great price!! Thank you to all the staff on the Grand Rose and the staff at Golden Ticket for another memorable Nile Cruise at a great price!!More

Maureen195, Saltash, United Kingdom

Nile Cruise

I have been on a Nile Cruise twice now. The first time I went on my own and an still friends with someone I met. This year I went with someone and we met a fantastic group of people. Facebook friends now. Cruising on the river is really peaceful and relaxing. You can sunbath (be carful) or there are shaded areas. The bar is always open or you can get tea, coffee and snacks. The breakfast , lunch and dinner is perfectly acceptable and sometimes extremely nice. Nothing was "nasty". Cabins are plenty big enough as is the bathroom. Try to get a cabin with a Juliet balcony as you can then open the big windows and sit and watch the scenery go by. The boat stops along the way and your guide will take you off, with your group, and show you the local temple. It might be for half a day or just for a couple of hours. Usually quite early before it gets too hot. When you get to Aswan the boat moors for a couple of days to give you time to do longer excursions (Abul Simble) or just explore the city and the souk (the latter is fascinating and not at all intimidating. The people on the stalls and in the shops are really very friendly). Then turn around and back to Luxor. Wonderful.More

Clokraw, Manchester, United Kingdom


We enjoyed a three night Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor, while visiting the monuments at Aswan, Edfu, Esna and Luxor. The cruise was a wonderful sojourn between visits to Lower (northern) and Upper (southern) Egypt. The ship, the basic suites, the services, and generally everything was right up there in the 4 – 5 star range. This was a pleasant relief from the unfortunate five years of ‘tourist deprivation’ Egypt has been experiencing. An indication of the effect the political instability has had on tourism is a fleet of 350 cruise ships that were plying the Nile River in this area has now been reduced to about 35 vessels! We can only attempt to assure potential visitors to Egypt that the authorities are making huge and meaningful attempts to ensure tourist safety – everywhere we went as a group there was an attachment of Police. The cities/town have Police/Military presence everywhere, and once we were used to this ‘attention’ we were very comfortable moving around the country, its monuments and wonderful history. We were not really sure that all this security was necessary, but it was a nice confirmation that our presence was welcome and appreciated. Our cabin was relatively large, clean, tidy and well serviced, with good air-conditioning. We had our own balcony to enjoyed ever changing views of the River and embankments. Would we book this cruise again: DEFINATELY! Would we recommend this cruise to others: DEFINITELY!More

mpward, Wellington, New Zealand

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