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
Food & Drink
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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Nile cruise on the MV Legacy
Absolutely fantastic experience,7 day luxurious all inclusive cruise along the Nile visiting temples and Tombs.We sailed on the first choice /Tui Legacy. The crew,staff,service and cabins were absolutely fantastic,nothing was too much trouble .The only point i would make is that this holiday would not easily suit wheel chair users or those that struggle to walk.If you are in any doubt about taking or choosing this holiday then just go for it ,you won't be disappointed.The Egyptians will be very pleased to see you,so much so that many will approach you and thank you for visiting their country! enjoyMore
crixview, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Semiramis I - River Boat NOT a five star boat!
We booked a split holiday, 2 days at the Old Palace Resort in Hurghada a week on the Nile and 5 days back at the hotel. The hotel was 5 star and excellent in every way. No complaints there. We travelled for 5 1/2 hours across the desert to Luxor stopping after 3 hrs for a toilet break. We had to pay for the toilets which were filthy and looked like they had never been cleaned. We arrived at the boat, hot, tired and aching from the small mini bus we were transported in. We were originally booked on the Moon River but was informed by e mail at the last minute that it had been changed to either Semiramis I, II or III. We were not given an option to cancel or change the booking. Couldn't find out much about Semiramis II or III and nothing about Semiramis I. The Moon River was a luxury boat and the pictures of the facilities sold the cruise to us. We were told that the new boat would be of a similar standard with the same facilities but this was definitely not the case! Semiramis was tired, well worn and in need of a massive refurbishment replacing curtains, bed linen, towels and all crockery. There were many chipped/cracked plates, cups and saucers which we pointed out to the waiters/chefs who laughed, took them off us and put them with the others to be washed and used again. It was obvious that travellers on the boat were sorting these out as they picked up their crockery for their meals i.e. there was the main pile of plates and next to it a pile of "discarded" crockery which they refused to use. Every meal the pile did not go down which showed that they were still being washed and re used. A passenger on our table cut his lip with a glass that had a chip in the rim. He pointed it out to the waiter who again, laughed and put it back into circulation! After that every time he had a chipped glass he asked the waiter to change it. Carpets throughout the boat were in need of a good clean and the bed linen and towels in the cabin were dingy, soiled and harboured stains and marks of long use. These should have been replaced. Our bed cover was ripped along the seams and sheets contained many dried blood stains! The plugs did not fit into the plug sockets fully and hung down which meant that every time we used them we felt we were dicing with death! The adaptors for the plugs became very hot and fire was a constant concern for us. Added to that we did not receive any Munster training and had to root in the cabin for the lifejackets which we found at the bottom of the wardrobe and were dirty and wrapped in old and tatty bags. We have ALWAYS had Munster training on any river boat or cruise ship we have been on. The shower plughole kept constantly blocking up and the used water during a shower rose up to and (at times) over the rim of the shower bowl. We reported it and it was initially repaired but it still kept on happening. In general the boat was definitely NOT five star so was not of a similar standard to the one we had originally booked on. But must add that the staff were brilliant. They were welcoming, friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough to help you enjoy the cruise. The food was well prepared, always hot, constantly monitored and a good choice of different foods. It was just a pity about the crockery! The cabin attendants were good at looking after the cabins and always helpful, smiling and made us laugh with their towel statues on the beds. We always looked forward to going back to the cabin after our days out to see what towel sculpture we would find! We enjoyed the Nile and its temples, tombs etc. especially The Valley of the Kings and this more than made up for the state of the boat and are glad that we went. Our Egyptologist was excellent and fed us just enough information about the history, linking it together to each site to help us understand the time scales and developments more fully. This was our third visit to Egypt having stayed for a week in Sharm El Sheik, and visited Cairo for the Pyramids and museum etc. We found the constant tipping a nuisance and the continual harassment to buy, look at goods or visit their shop overwhelming on this trip. At one time I was surrounded by six traders all holding their goods in front of them, talking above each other and pushing their goods in my face. I just had to put my hands in front of me and push my way through a gap to get away - and they still followed me. Its a pity because people would probably buy something if they weren't hassled!! We will not be going back to Egypt again.More
Joanie W, Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Fabulous cruise on the "Nile Legacy" with Thomson's
If you are only half interested in Egyptology you will be fascinated by the many temples and other archaeological sites visited on this cruise, quite apart from enjoying the comfort and pleasure of cruising on the boat itself - the Nile "Legacy" - which we booked through Thomsons. My wife and I were delighted with every aspect of the holiday. My wife is vegetarian while I am a true carnivore and my wife happened casually to mention to one of the kitchen personnel that she liked chickpeas and the Chef produced an amazing and amusing assortment of chickpea based hot vegetarian meals especially for her every night! This was very kind and much appreciated but my wife was chickpea'd out after a short while and was perfectly happy just selecting from the very good lunch and dinner buffets where there was plenty of choice. For the meat eaters among us there was an excellent variety of first class choices - beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, and so on. The all-inclusive wines were ok, but no better than that, and so were the spirits except for the brandy and whisky which were dire!! The gin and vodka were fine. The cocktails were not too bad, but the beer was excellent. As for cabins, they all were very comfortable and spacious, but do try to get one on the starboard side (the right-hand side of the boat) because when the boat ties-up at each stop it does so on the port side and 9 times out of 10 it ties up alongside another boat and you'll then have no view except the hull of the boat you are tied to! But when cruising, the views are fabulous. Tipping - The Thomson rep (Waheed) was excellent and he suggested that guests tipped the Crew Â£30 per couple per week, popped in an envelope and left at Reception for dividing between the whole Crew and not just those in the Restaurant and Bar! It seemed fair to us and so that is what we did, but we did give a couple of the crew a bit extra, such as the cabin cleaners. When leaving the boat be prepared for hassle from street vendors - keep walking and say nothing - everything you need you will find on the boat at very fair prices, and watch out for people wanting to change Â£1 coins with you for notes. I was caught out like a chump when a guy asked me for a Â£20 note for twenty Â£1 coins - He counted twenty coins from one of his own hands to the other and when I have him the Â£20 note he dropped the coins into my hand and I pocketed them, but when I counted them later I am ashamed to say there were only eleven!! He obviously had 'palmed' nine of them and like an idiot I didn't notice until afterwards!! Did we feel safe? Yes we did in spite of the occasional presence of armed police. If you are pondering, I say go for it - You will have a fabulous time. If this review has been helpful, please do give me a helpful vote. Have a great holiday.More
Diggers-Old-Chap, Lymington, United Kingdom
MS Emilio Nile Cruise
This was my 3rd Nile Cruise, over 20 years, and they have all been very different. The boat was nice enough, but there were lots of issues. We were moored up for 2 days, 18 kilometres outside of Luxor, so no getting off the boat and wandering around at night. The reps told us it was too dangerous, and did all they could to frighten people away from doing anything other than the trips they were selling. There was no itinerary available. We were told at the welcome meeting that we were expected to pay Â£27 per person up front in tips for the boat staff, but the reps are quite happy to take this payment as a credit card payment, so the money goes to Meeting Point, the tour operator, and we have no guarantee that it is given back to the boat staff. This tipping is not obligatory, and I would advise anyone faced with this to give tips as they see fit. At least then you know it's going where you intended it to. The trips were expensive - Â£140 for a "package", but if you only want part of the package, you really get stung on price. We were charged Â£50 for a trip to Luxor temple and another Â£55 for Karnak, both of which are in Luxor. Like another reviewer, we felt the reps were only interested in extracting as much money as they could from you. We later found out from one of the shopkeepers that most of the tour reps are on 50% commission of anything you buy when they take you to shops. By the time we got to Aswan we were in desperate need of a pharmacy, and got off the boat and got a horse drawn carriage - the guy took us on a tour of Aswan, to a pharmacy and to a couple of shops, we were out with him all morning, and quite safe. Total price agreed with him was Â£6, a bit different to the prices the reps were asking to take us anywhere. The food was OK, but the waiters are constantly hovering ready to take away your plate as soon as you put your knife and fork down. We were told at our first meal that we couldn't sit in our chosen seats as they were reserved for the Germans, and the waiters expected us to move even though we were actually eating our meal. When we asked what Germans, we were told the ones that were coming tomorrow! We didn't move, but after that were made to sit with our "group" - in other words, the other English guests. Drinks are very expensive - Â£4.50 for a small bottle of beer, about Â£1.80 for small bottles of water and mixers, tea and coffee is about Â£1.50 per cup. They only serve free tea and coffe with breakfast, any other time, even at meals, you have to pay for it. We upgraded to all inclusive, which cost us another Â£140 each. Then we found out that the all inclusive wasn't quite all inclusive. My partner couldn't have a Bloody Mary - the vodka was free, but you have to pay for tomato juice. Cappucino is not included, wine is only included at meal times, and then not Rose wine. There were lots of other little tings not included, and the all inclusive is only available from 11a.m. to 11p.m. The cabin was clean, as was the bathroom, but be warned, their drainage system can't cope with toilet paper, so you have a little bin for it. The bin is supposed to get emptied twice a day, but it took them a full 24 hours to empty ours the first time, we had to complain to reception about it.More
Sue D, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Fabulous holiday on the Nile
Just returned from a 7 day Nile cruise on MS Semerisis lll. It was one of the best holidays we have taken for ages - truly an experience of a lifetime. The boat is a bit dated and the beds are hard but that is insignificant when you look at the bigger picture. The staff are great and the food is lovely - no-one ended up with "Pharaoh's revenge" and our eqyptologist Mohammad was superb; knowledgeable and great fun, he brought everything alive with his stories of ancient Eqypt. Just sitting on the deck watching the sunset with a glass of wine was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Don't be put off going by fear or bad reviews. We never felt in any danger and were escorted everywhere by a tour guide anyway. Yes the people can be annoying with the everlasting hassle to buy but try to remember this is their livelyhood and the number of tourists has dropped so much now that they are really suffering. The things they are selling are cheap and a firm "no" is really all you need to make yourself clear if you are not interested, Really can't recommend this enough - everyone should experience it at least once in their lifetime.More
melbermar, Salisbury, Wilts.
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