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.
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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 until 24.00 and bottled water which can be taken on the excursions. Snacks at set times.
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, 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 Luxor and Karnak Temples before sailing on to Edfu via Esna Lock.
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.
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 Kom Ombo dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon-headed god.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, is on today's itinerary.
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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Definitely not 5 Star
Although I have rated this holiday as 5 Star, this does not apply to the accommodation on board MS Emilio. The holiday content itself was very good. I went on a week's Nile cruise with Cyplon and the original boat was changed to the MS Emilio a few days before we left. This claimed a 5 star rating. Perhaps this was true 20 years ago but definitely not in 2015. There are 5 decks and the restaurant is on Deck 1. For those of us who have a disability this is very difficult as there is no lift. The rooms were tired and although the towels were excellent the bedlinen was well past its sell-by. On the whole the staff were very helpful, particularly in the restaurant, but service on the sun deck and in the lobby bar was unpredictable. The meals were all buffet style and again not suitable for people with disabilities. The food was more or less the same at every meal. I travelled with Cyplon by Egyptair - a very uncomfortable flight. The centre aisle is narrow and if you have an aisle seat you are constantly bumped into by flight attendants, trolleys and other passengers. However, we were met at the airport by Isaac who was very efficient and did everything to make us feel welcome and he took care of all formalities, such as visas. Our guide for the week was Elia, and again he could not be faulted.More
good service on ms commodore
although the ms commodore is classed as a 5* cruise boat it is getting old carpets a little shabby, not much hanging space in wardrobes, that aside the whole cruise was very enjoyable. The staff are all nice people and the tour guide was always on hand, helpful and knowlegable.The guide is named ahmed and escorted us on all tours.The horse and buggy ride in luxor was great and the Nubian village was also good. We always take along some lollipops and sweets to give to the local kids these are gratefully accepted with great excitementMore
sandysid, Durham, United Kingdom
Nile Legacy cruise
We traveled with First Choice for the Nile Legacy cruise. Will sum it up in two words - absolutely superb! Cabins were very good, on-board restaurant provided excellent and varied dishes prepared to high EU standards (all water used for food preparation and ice were from bottled mineral water). The on-board facilities were clean and well maintained. All the arrangements worked very well (very simple and straightforward procedures for visa issues at Luxor airport) and we absolutely loved the experience. Boat staff were very friendly and helpful. Our Egyptian tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable (spoke perfect English) and brought Egypt "to life" for us. Can thoroughly recommend the Nile Legacy ship/cruise.More
TangoNovember, Winchester, United Kingdom
Worst Holiday Ever
We had the misfortune to travel with Discover Egypt to spend a week on the Nile on a terrible boat called the Royal Viking.It was supposed to be 5 star but I struggle to even contemplate giving it 1 star. Our cabin was dirty with long black hairs wrapped around the plug lever & also in the plughole. the smell was awful coming from the bathroom & even after changing cabins we were still very upset by the lack of finesse in all aspects of this boat. The staff wore dirty shirts in the dining room & the food was very average. Our cabin failed to be cleaned for 3 out of the seven days despite us asking more than once each of the days. The bed linen was torn & table lamps did not work. The quality of the furnishing overall was extremely poor. Never Again!More
L J, Gloucester, United Kingdom
THE CRUISE FROM HELL
I share the views of the contributors below - also had a hassle at the airport where they would not take the US$25 dollars receipted on the passport and we haid about double that in English pounds. We queried this with the rep and he said that they need "agents" to help with the influx of people and each need a percentage of the Visa charges??? Next was a truly fabulous hotel - a 5 star in Hurghada called the Old Palace where we stayed for 2 nights prior to setting off for the cruise which commenced in Luxor! So we travelled on a cheap tinny sort of coach and happened to be sitting above the wheels so I had backache after a couple of hours. Trip took 5+ hours. The ship looked OK but on further inspection it was very dirty!!! Exp the furnishings in the bedroom! But the worst to come was the food!!!!!!!! Most of us at our table went down with an intermittent tummy bug throughout the week on board - but my friend and I spent most of the time in bed with severe gastro-enteritis (still have it, and it has gone on for 10 days - just waiting for my GP to ring me now, as too poorly to wait at the surgery). I surfaced about 3x just to have black tea and lots of rice. But as soon as I tried, for instance, beef stew I had the runs again! Likewise my friend. When my friend ordered a coffee the waiter dropped the spoon - and picked it up stirring the coffee again!!! Absolutely disgusting! The staff including the rep were so money-grabbing and deceitful that one just did not want to order anything. The rep, Mohammed, would not give me a receipt or ticket but insisted on cash for the first (and only) trip I did on Day 2! After this I went down with ongoing diarrhoea. The drinks and water was sold at inflated prices and when the boat stopped for people to look around, a big sign was displayed stating NO WATER OR DRINKS ALLOWED TO BE PURCHASED EXCEPT ON BOAT!!!!!!!!! i also tripped on one of their carpets and to break the fall stretched out and cut both arms. These were deep cuts and are still suppurating. I asked the Reception whether they had a FIRST AID BOX and he took out a box which contained all sorts other than plasters or bandages or antiseptic!!! The rep never enquired how I was, as most in our party knew I was unwell and in bed - other than when I bumped into him when going for a massage.\ My friend was unable to swim in the pool on the upper deck as water much too cold and "funny colour"...At the end of the journey, I decided to buy a DVD to see what I had missed - and yesterday evening (after getting back in the early hours) my friend and I had a look, and the first disc showed a very long queue of pple waiting for coffee to be poured (this lasted about half an hour) - they unsurprisingly looked very bored and annoyed! Another disc showed a party of people going on a motor boat to view the nature in Aswan. I did not recognise ONE of the individuals there and can only assume this was thrown in to fatten up the Â£20 painfully unprofessional photography on these 2 discs. \ I doubt I shall go on a cruise ever again - unless it is the Cunard! The aggressive and nasty begging of the natives was very unpleasant and had a Beduine scarf pulled over his head with the demand for money! I rushed to the scene and helped him untangle himself, but he had already paid Â£20 so I said I wanted a handbag (worth about Â£5) but not the "scarf"... When once you have paid anything, do not expect change. Give the correct money, as they will have you over a barrel then. These people I encountered were extremely cunning, and proficient in the art of conning. NEVER AGAIN! from Musiclover_M, London, England.More
Catlover9cleo, London, United Kingdom
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