This luxury ship will sail you past the Nile’s iconic sights in real 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. On the open-air sundeck you’ll find a swimming pool, which is edged by sunbeds and parasols, and a bar that’ll keep you going with cold drinks.
There’s a timeless, elegant feel to the ship’s interiors. In the lounge bar, for example, it’s all dark woods, and plush red and gold seating. As for the cabins, they come with all the creature comforts – air-conditioning, satellite TVs and minibars are part of the package. Best of all, they feature panoramic windows that look out over the Nile. Opt for a Suite, meanwhile, and you can look forward to more space, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, and stylish décor that pairs black velvet headboards with funky monochrome bedspreads.
As for dining, there’s a buffet restaurant serving up round-the-world favourites and some traditional Egyptian dishes.
- Official Rating
- 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
Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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.
With a sundeck lined with sunbeds and parasols. You can enjoy those all-important views up here.
Serving up a range of international dishes and Egyptian classics.
Double cabin sleeps 2 with marine satellite TV and in-house video channels. They have a private bathroom, and large panoramic windows with a Nile view. And a minibar at a charge.
Suite sleeps 2 with a king-size bed, separate lounge, marine satellite TV, in-house video channels and bathrobes and slippers. These rooms have a private bathroom, and large panoramic windows with a Nile view.
Fly direct to Luxor and join the boat, moored on the banks of the Nile.
This morning, we’ll sail on to Kom Ombo – home to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris.
Temple of Horus
This is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. Built from sandstone blocks, it’s dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. From the front, a paved courtyard flanked by carved colonnades and massive twin towers rolls out to echoing halls and chambers, their walls covered with scenes of kings in battle. Dead centre, a sanctuary is surrounded by 9 chapels. Staircases give access to the roof and wonderful views of the site.
Temple of Sobek and Haroeris
Also known as Kom Ombo, this temple is unusual in that it’s dedicated to 2 deities. Everything is duplicated, so you get 2 side-by-side sanctuaries, 2 courts, 2 colonnades, and 2 hypostyle halls. The outer hall is the best preserved part of the site. Here, the roof is carved with flying vultures and winged sun discs, and there are the remains of 15 thick columns engraved with bands of text.
Aswan - Elephantine Island
The Aswan High Dam is on the agenda today. Later, you’ll head to the Philae Temple, before boarding a felucca and sailing to Elephantine Island.
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.
Elephantine Island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan. It measures no more than 1,200 metres long and 400 metres wide, but it packs in temple ruins, a museum, a luxury hotel, and 3 traditional Nubian villages half-hidden among fig trees. Another attraction is the Nilometer, which was used to measure the water level of the river as late as the 19th century.
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.
Find the lost temple of Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is heaven for fact-lovers. For starters, the temple duo was built over a period of 30 years in the 13th century BC. It was ‘lost’ until 1813, completely uncovered in 1817, and then cut up into 1,050 blocks in the 1960s. The reason? As part of a massive project to protect it from Lake Nasser’s rising water levels, the whole site was moved 210 metres to where it sits today.
Square up to Ramses Ii at Abu Simbel
These two massive rock temples, near the Sudanese border, were built by Ramesses II to impress his majesty and power on travellers entering Egypt from Africa. The key features of the temples are 4 gigantic statues of the pharaoh. As an extra ego-boost, the pharaoh aligned the temples so they would be lit up by the sun on his birthday and the anniversary of his coronation.
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.
Have a night out at Karnak Temple
Luxor’s nightlife centres on the upmarket hotels that overlook the banks of the Nile. You’ll get top belly dancing shows at these, but if you fancy something really different, go and see the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple. Spotlights bathe the walls as a spooky soundtrack of long-dead Pharaohs tell the story of Thebes’ past. It’s memorable, if a bit bonkers.
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.
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.
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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