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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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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Royal Esadora Nile Cruise with Classic Hoildays
Anyone thinking of going with Classic Holidays DON'T, find another tour company. This was sold as a five star deluxe cruise boat, it is not. It needs to be refurnish, a serious look at the food in the restaurant, as it was horrible. (All in our party got Sickness and Diarrhoea, which we think was from the glasses).The rooms were a bad three star standard, they were not clean, and the fixtures needed replacing. The was no internet as stated, as one of the staff uses their phone as an internet hub, and charges for it. Drinks are not available 24 hours and there is no shop on the boat to buy them from. There are also no toiletries in the bathroom, so remember to pack everything you need. The staff were pleasant and willing to help. If it has not been for our guide on the boat, we would of booked the next flight home. It is a shame as Egypt needs the tourists and Classic holidays have let them down. The Temples etc were very good, and I enjoyed going around each one, remember to take water with you when going out.More
Caroline M, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nile Cruise on the Royal Viking
What a fabulous holiday - we travelled in early May through Discover Egypt. The boat is getting a little tired but the crew and service are superb. With only 26 of us on board, everyone mixed well together which made the cruise even more enjoyable. The Nile is almost empty of cruise ships which means the visits to the attractions are not crowded - THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT EGYPT - security is very good and the people welcome you with open armsMore
definately not 5 star accomodation, food or entertainment!
We arrived on the MS Emilio 2 days after arriving in Egypt at the Old Palace Resort in Hurgharda (Which was amazing in every way!). How disappointing to arrive on this boat after that, the accommodation is very tired to say the least, the food is appalling, the entertainment was non existent. The boat lacked atmosphere at night and in the day. The boat moors out of town so really you cannot get off and walk round, so for me it was like being confined nearly every evening with not a lot to do! The Nile gets boring after a while its the same from start to finish apart from any temples, There are no exotic animals, not really a lot to look at once you had seen it for the 1st day nothing changes! My partner & I were on a table of 9 in the dining room out of which 7 of us were really ill. The food is poor, and not heated before putting in the ban Marie, they expect the ban Marie to heat it up !!! where are the standards. I only smelt disinfectant on one occasion - the day the waiter was sick in the kitchen!! Not very good really considering so many people were ill and the rooms were never cleaned with disinfectant or bleach!! The sights - OH MY GOD WERE AMAZING as was the guide Mohamed from Ciaro. I would return to Egypt and do all the sight seeing again it was fantastic, but I would never go on a Nile cruise, you could do all this from Luxor and find your own guide on the internet . Find my guide.comMore
Susan A, Stafford, United Kingdom
I trip to store in the memory banks
The boat was brilliant a few maintenance issues but they were constantly on the lookout and dealt with things quickly and effeciently. The food was fine as varied as possibble from a small kitchen on a boat. My only complaint was having to sit with people every sitting especially on the A'la Carte evening we would have liked to eat alone. The Nile was amazing as are the people. The tipping is a problem only in the sense I didnt grasp the scale and we definitly spent Â£400 over a two centre break you have to tip everyone and I felt 10Eygptian pounds was the least I could give people rely on this money but I didnt comprehend how often We would tip!. I think a little pep talk about how we are not all rich wouldn't go amiss, we saved for three year for this trip and it will be a very long time before we go anywhere else, I understand the difference but it is all relative. The boat was clean and I was surprised how big it felt. The egyptologist I found hard work though very knowlegable I found him to be incredibly sexist and didnt like his silly comments about his fiancee/women talk about generalization!! Some days it felt like a school trip and there was information overload but full of amazing facts and truly a lifetime trip. Lots of early starts but you tend to be back on board by lunchtime. One big dissapointment was the time on the coach (minibus) to Hurgardha we were told three and a half hours it was a five hour trip both ways with a twenty min stop. No ones fault but honesty about journy times would be good, the roads are awfull. I have just realized I seem to be moaning! overall this was an excellent holiday especially the nile cruise part the Legacy and staff were brilliant, didn;t see much of the Thompson rep apart from mealtimes and waving us off on trips.I would highly recommend this trip to everyone. The cabin was clean large and relaxing nothing was to much trouble and the whirling dervish was amazing!!More
Parris C, Oxford, United Kingdom
Nile Legacy Cruise cancelled by Thomsons
We were due to go on the Nile Legacy in August as a family holiday for my 50th birthday, Thomsons cancelled our holiday on Tuesday, to say we are disappointed is an understatement. Apparently lack of passengers to file the plane resulted in them cancelling all flights to Luxor. Very very disappointed.More
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