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 5 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.
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- Floors: 4 plus sun deck
Stylish adults-only holidays, designed for two
- Contemporary style
- Great settings
- Top dining scenes
- Relaxed atmospheres
- 20kg luggage allowance
- Adults-only hotels
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Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with meals.
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.
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, 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
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.
Fly direct to Luxor and join the boat, moored on the banks of the Nile.
Luxor - Karnak - Edfu
Today, you’ll tick off the Luxor and Kernak Temples.
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.
Spot a sphinx at the Temple of Luxor
This masterpiece of masonry – in the heart of the city – dwarfs the modern buildings around it. Built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, it’s packed with shrines, halls and obelisks. The big attraction, though, is the Avenue of the Sphinxes, a parade of ram-headed statues. Once upon a time, it was a processional route to the Temple of Karnak, 2 miles away.
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.
This morning, we’ll sail on to Kom Ombo – home to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris.
Spend the whole day exploring Aswan – or relax back on the ship. Those getting out and about can take a trip to Aswan High Dam, stop at the Nubian Museum, which houses 3,000 antiquities, visit the waterside Temple of Philae, or hop on a boat across Lake Nasser – the world’s biggest artificial lake.
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.
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.
Aswan Free Morning
This is a free morning for you to enjoy Aswan at your leisure. We'll set sale in the afternoon. You can book up for the optional tour of Abu Simbel this morning.
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.
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.
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.
Denderah Temple is on the itinerary today.
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.
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.
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MS Royal Esadora 2
We booked this Cruise especially for my 60th Birthday as part of a 2 week stay in Egypt. We have been to Egypt 5 times before and actually had a day trip to Luxor from Hurghada to see the major sights about 5 years ago. I have long wanted to make this cruise so looked forward to it very much. We booked through 2TemptU travel in the UK, and took their all inclusive option @ Â£125 per person extra. The cruise was for 7 days and the local agents were Combo Holidays. To say we had a lot of disappointment with Combo Holidays / 2TemptU would be an understatement. We were left in the car park at Hurghada Airport for nearly an hour before someone arranged for transfer to the Hotel. My partner had asked 2TemptU to inform the Boat that I would be 60 while away and could they do anything special. She did not have any real opportunity to speak to reception on the boat to confirm, so assumed the message had been conveyed. I was not aware of this at the time, but every evening all the other tables who were celebrating a Birthday or Anniversary got a song and cake but nothing for us in the whole 7 days. Next was the All inclusive situation. The drinks on board are a ridiculous price, nearly 5 UK pounds for half litre glass of beer. You can get the equivalent in the tourist areas of Hurghada for about Â£1.90. They even charge for water on the boat, so we thought the all inclusive drinks package would be a good move. Well it is if you only want Beer, Soft drinks, wine, Hot drinks or water. and only in specific 12 hour period 11:00 - 23:00 in our case.The first night we thought we would have a cocktail before Dinner, only to be told that spirits, e.g. rum, gin and Whisky were not part of the all inclusive plan. They even had 3 notices up on the bar to let you know. Obviously we began to complain, and eventually managed to get a G&T and Rum and coke with local spirits. This whole episode then continued at Dinner when my partner asked for a coke and unlike everyone else was given a glass, but no can. It was interesting to see the bar notices change night after night. We got nowhere with either the bar or restaurant manager or the local Combo Tour Guide, so this put a bit of downer on the whole holiday In short you need to check the details very closely before taking this option on this boat. It is not true "all inclusive" but just a basic drinks package. What I find really annoying is that anyone going in the middle of summer gets no water at all in the room, so has to pay for everything. I am not saying this boat is a one off, another UK couple we met on a Higher spec boat had similar experiences, and one night paid Â£20 for a bottle of average Wine. For the first 4 days we were treated to afternoon tea served on deck with Tea or Coffee and cake and biscuits, but this stopped half way through the cruise. I can't fault the staff on board, except for the reception who never had change of my 100 Egyptian pound note ( about Â£10). Unlike everyone else we had no Tour Guide on board but kept getting different Combo ones as we moved, so we knew little about the Boat arrangements and to be honest felt a little left out of all the on board activities. One of the things we did find out from another Tour Rep on board was that tips were paid at the end of the cruise and put in an envelope to share out. The food on board was average, but maybe we were spoilt as we tend to stay at a Sunrise Holiday resort in Hurghada, which has some good choices. This can't be said of this boat. They did appear to try to do their best, but the choice of Vegetarian was terrible, and if you are a fish eater, yes there was fish every night but the same variety of fish cooked in a different way. So a little about the excursions, if you want to see the various temples and monuments November is a great time for weather. It is like a British sunny summer and cooler at Night. The only thing we found was that the local Tour Guides do not modify their times to think about the time the sun goes down and we ended up seeing 2 temples in the early evening dark. The sites are fantastic, and we paid extra to go to Abu Simbel well worth the trip .We shared these temples with no more than 50 people. We also opted for the additional Balloon Flight over the Valley of the Kings at dawn. Again a great couple of hours. It is a shame that the political and economic climate has hit the tourist industry, but it was great for us with a lot of the sites virtually empty. I will write the reviews of the individual temples separately. Our cruise was for 7 days, but due to the local Tour guides combining various customers together we ended up sat on the boat on the outskirts of Luxor for nearly 2 of the 7 days, so make sure your itinerary is confirmed and adhered to. Other wise think closely about a 5 day as it fits most things in. We were told that out of the 300 boats that used to cruise the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, there are currently only about 12 in operation, so your choice will be limited. My honest opinion is that the days of the Nile Cruise( floating hotel style) has had it's day. I believe people want better quality and value for money. Even arranging this on our own with 2TemptU did not end up the "special" trip we hoped for. Yes the sites are absolutely fantastic, but you really need some good advice on the choice of boat. If we ever consider this again, we would think very seriously who we went with.More
Nikonpictures, Manchester, United Kingdom
NileLegacy Cruise- fantastic week
We travelled on the Nile Legacy , a Thomson boat, in November and were impressed by the cultural experiences of the week and the quality of the hospitality of the vessel.Very few Nile boats are running at the moment which is a great pity as the area felt safe and it is a fabulous winter destination. Sightseeing takes place in the morning and the sights are simply stunning, colossal in scale and incredibly well preserved.... unmissable. Afternoons are spent relaxing on the deck watching the Nile drift by- it is mesmerising. The deck space is lovely , very relaxing with plenty of sun loungers and a plunge pool - which was freezing! Cabins are fine , basic hotel room style, with big picture windows. Food was good,international buffet style, and plentiful , tho a few more Egyptian dishes would have been welcome . There were plenty of salads and fish dishes and 'show cooking' where the food was cooked to order. All staff on the boat were exceptional - I wish service was always that good. The manager was very proud of the boat and it was spotless. Entertainment was the weakest point, a bit tired and predictable and not particularly appealing to all of the passengers - maybe this could be reviewed, but this is not a major issue . If you are considering a Nile cruise do go ahead, as it is a great time to visit, good value , and also good to support the local tourist industry which has suffered greatly. It is utterly fascinating to wonder about Luxor and Aswan, which are interesting towns. The vendors can be a nuisance but soon leave you alone if you walk by purposefully. A great holiday destination and experience.More
Nile Legacy cruise
We travelled on the Legacy in November and must say it was brilliant. The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic, the cabin was spacious and comfortable with large window to view the beautiful sights. Our guide and Egyptologist , Rafik, was so informative and knowledgable it really made your head spin ! Egypt really needs people to visit. It is such a shame to see so many vessels moored up and not operating. If you have ever considered a Nile cruise then go for it , and sail on The Legacy !More
alimack60, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Sonesta Moon Goddess Badly Needs a Refresh
It is tragic that Egypt has lost 95% of its tourist trade since the Arab Spring revolution. During our week on the Nile, we felt perfectly safe at all times. We were told that there were over 400 tourist boats on the river at its peak, and that now less than 15 ply the route. Sadly, this means there is not enough economic reason to keep even the better boats in good condition. The Sonesta Moon Goddess is a good boat that has gone without a refresh for far too long. The rooms are tattered and shabby, the beds sag, the furniture is mismatched and scuffed. The electrical outlets and lights are a fire waiting to happen. The "gym" is two aerobic machines, neither of which function. The "running track" is an obstacle course of deck chairs, tables and very old turf carpet. There is a good masseur on board, working for a separate company. The staff is good and very eager to please. The room stewards are particularly helpful and thorough. But the dining room staff rushes you through each course, despite there being only one sitting for dinner. Plates disappear before the last forkful reaches your mouth. It is very off-putting. They clearly want to get off work as quickly as possible. Food is average, although the salad selection is very good and welcome. There are several choices at each meal. The balconies on each cabin are a wonderful plus, and make this boat more desirable. For the prices charged, however, the physical condition should be much better.More
Global-Villagerr, Tel Aviv, Israel
Nile Legacy (Brilliant)
Just arrived back after a week's cruise on the Legacy, and it was brilliant. Great staff,comfortable rooms, lovely food and what made this trip special was the other guests on board. It's such a shame that people are not going to Egypt, we felt perfectly safe. We have been on the Nile many times, it was so sad to see boats standing idle. There were only thirty two guests on board, that give it a big family atmosphere and we all got on so well. But if people stop going on the boats it will be a loss. A few things Thompsons should look into, because the water level is low you have to go through many boats, some of them empty to get to the Legacy, the empty boats were badly lit or not lit at all, an accident waiting to happen. The only other thing,on one trip you arrive back to the Legacy by boat, not a good idea when the water level is so low that the boat could not dock close to steps, so we had to walk across a rickety plank, not safe for an able body person, let alone someone who is elderly or has walking difficulties.surely when the water on the Nile is that low they should br returned to the Legacy by coach. That aside it was a wonderful trip. A big thank you Gabriel, the Thomson rep, you did a brilliant job as always, thanks to the staff and all the other guestsfor making our holiday such a memorable one, and yes we will be going back.More
gareth_williams17, Newport -Trefdraeth, United Kingdom
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