Nile Legacy  

This adults focussed 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.

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.

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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.

Facilities

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.

Located on the sun deck.

Cabins

With these classic-style cabins, you can lie back and take in views of the iconic River Nile. They have twin beds. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flatscreen TV included.

With these classic-style cabins, you can lie back and take in views of the iconic River Nile. They come with a balcony for that bit of fresh air. And they have a king-size bed, and a lounge area. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flatscreen TV included.

Itinerary

  • 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

    Aswan

    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

    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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

MS MAYFAIR NILE RIVER CRUISE

My mother and I have recently returned from a two week holiday in Egypt with Discover Egypt and we would like to thank you for what was a wonderful holiday experience. It was a holiday which lived up to every expectation and was great value for money. We will certainly consider future holidays with your company and will be recommending you to family and friends. MS Mayfair The first week of our holiday was a Nile cruise from 2nd May 2016 to 9th May on board the MS Mayfair, sailing from Luxor to Aswan and return. Although both of us have been to Egpyt on holiday before, this was our first ever cruise and what a wonderful experience it was. I can honestly say that the MS Mayfair looked exactly as it was portrayed in your website pictures but in reality everything was much more spacious than it appeared in the pictures. The word which best described this vessel would be luxurious. The crew were extremely friendly and helpful at all times and the same was true of Waleed, our tour guide/egpytologist who accompanied us for the whole week. Our Discover Egypt group consisted of only 18 passengers and we were joined for a few days at a time by some american guests but at no time were there more than 24 of us on board. As a group we got on very well socially and we met some lovely people who enhanced the holiday experience. Whilst it was lovely to have so few people on such a large vessel at the same time we felt so sorry for the crew and the struggling Egyptian Tourism industry. It is as safe to holiday in Egypt as any other holiday destination and at no time during our stay did we feel in any danger. In fact the security at Luxor airport was far superior to Heathrow. suitcases were examined twice, hand luggage examined four times, numerous body searchs and we were swabbed twice checking for explosives! It is high time that more flights to Egypt are made available to the British tourist and more destinations catered for. The standard of cuisine was excellent and I cannot see where anyone would have cause for complaint. The food was at all times plentiful and there were always plenty of options to choose from leading to the tendancy to over eat! During the entire cruise I am not aware of any of the group suffering from a stomach bug. We opted for the all inclusive drinks package which was value for money and essential in view of the temperatures. It was great to be able to order drinks without having to worry about a bill at the end of the holiday. Only having holidayed in Egypt in the past during the month of November I was surprised by how much hotter it was in May. Daily temperatures were regularly in excess of 40 oC which admittedly made some of the excursions rather hard going, especially where no shade was available. One evening when we stepped on the sundeck at 11pm the temperature was still 31 oC. The included excursion programme was excellent and also was great value for money. Had you to pay for each of the excursions privately it would have cost a small fortune. Our guide Waleed was very informative and very patient and allowed us plenty of time at each destination. Unfortunately some optional excursions suffered from the small numbers of visitors in resort. We booked the Karnak Sound and Light and were shocked to find the show did not take place due to insufficent bookings. We did manage to do it privately during our second week though! All in all, the weeks cruise was a wonderful experience and something we would both like to enjoy again in the future. Yours sincerely Paul and Anne GillespieMore

rpaulgillespie, 186577

Excellent all round

Overall fantastic. No real issues and more luxury than we had expected. A nice laid back week where your trips are arranged and you can more focus on the holiday itself. Excursions were well planned and Ahmed Zakaria (our guide) was extremely knowledgeable. Can provide his details if anyone wants a personal tour. Food was great. Being vegetarian they catered extremely well. Accommodation better than we expected and nicer than an Alaskan cruise we had gone on the previous year. Transport and transfers. Couldn't complain. Enough room and plenty of spare seats etc on the busses. Safety - perfectly fine. No problem at all.More

PDecember08,

Not what we paid for

We have recently returned from a cruise down the Nile booked through Thomson. We have done this cruise many times and know exactly what to expect. Firstly we should have been on the Legacy , a very nice boat. Instead we were on the Minerva, a sister boat , alike in all but the name. This in its self shouldn't have been a problem except this boat isn't a Couple's only and there were children as well as other nationals. The itinerary was not what we should have experienced , plenty of time spent waiting for other nationals to come and go so instead of sailing we just sat and waited. Thomson's had promised each person £40.00 as a gesture of goodwill, after all this time it hasn't arrived. We have sent an email to Thomson as we feel there should be more compensation for such disappointment but unfortunately the person we are dealing with just keeps quoting T & C,s. If you are thinking of booking beware. The last three cruises that we had booked we only got what we had paid for one occasion. The excuses are "governor of Luxor hadn't issued licence to sail" or "Legacy gone into dry dock" This last excuse didn't stand up because two Hayes and Jarvis guests had walked through the Legacy to get to Minerva. We have another cruise booked for the beginning of November and we have asked that our deposit be refunded as you don't know what awaits you till you arrive at Luxor airport. Guess what " that's not possible.' The Thomson shop in Hereford where we book our holidays are brilliant but Head Office are.......... I'll leave that to your imagination !!!!!!More

769DavidT, 186302

The Nile Legacy cruise. An amazing experience cant wait to go back

I stayed on the Nile legacy in a suite as my 50 th birthday present. I couldn't have asked for more. The staff could not do enough There were only 26 guests and the staff went out of their way to make out holiday special. The guides were exceptional I learnt so much and the Thomson Rep was the best Thomson rep I have met. The food catered for all tastes even though my fiancée says I'm a fussy eater the cook would make me something different. And the al a crate night was great. But of course the best bit was Egypt itself seeing everything was amazing. Holding the baby alligator which I didn't think I would do. Our guide just couldn't do enough I would thoroughly recommend the Nile Legacy. I went in January of this year and have already booked to go back the same week next year. Temperatures varied but never cold at all. Was in the late 20's most days. The only downside was seeing how poor the country is and seeing very young children working very hard with no shoes on their feet. I wish Tourism would pick up. We saw so many empty hotels as we sailed along the river. All I can say if you want to experience the Nile at its best stay on the Nile Legacy available through first choice. Just take comfy shoes for all the walking.More

Ruth S,

7 Day Nile Cruise - Sonesta St. George

The boat could use updating but that is understandable with the current state of tourism. The official pictures are slightly misleading as everything is just a bit older than it looks. Despite this, our room and bathroom were both clean and so was what we saw of the rest of the boat. Staff were wonderful and could not do enough for you. There is a nice panorama bar at the front of the boat that offers great views and comfortable seating, as well as being non-smoking. The food for breakfast and lunch was buffet and, on the way to Aswan, dinner was a four course a la carte menu with the exception of Egyptian night. On the way back to Luxor, the boat was full so all meals were buffet. There was a lot of things to choose from for all meals and the food was tasty and well-cooked. The desserts, especially, were amazing; a selection of bite size cakes, fruit and pastries with a server who pretty much force feeds them to you. Afternoon tea is served daily at 4:30pm on the deck but is just coffee, tea and cake. Tours were included with the package we booked through Memphis and most were in the morning so we could spend the afternoons and sailing time sitting on deck and watching the world go by. I will definitely be returning to the St. George (possibly in November). It was a wonderful relaxing experience.More

PerpetualStudent86, 190832

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