Nile Legacy  

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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  • 76Rooms
  • 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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Food & Drink

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

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.

Full Board

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.


  • Day1

    Check in

    Fly direct to Luxor and join the boat, moored on the banks of the Nile.

  • Day2

    Luxor - Karnak - Edfu

    Today you’ll tick off Luxor and Karnak Temples before sailing on to Edfu via Esna Lock.

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    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.

    Image representing See the supersized Temple of Karnak

    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.

  • Day3

    Kom Ombo

    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.

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    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.

  • Day4


    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.

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    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.

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    Philae Temple

    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.

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    Nubian Museum

    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.

  • Day5

    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.

  • Day6

    West Bank

    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.

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    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.

    Image representing Shuffle through the Valley of the Kings

    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.

  • Day7


    Denderah Temple, one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, is on today's itinerary.

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    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.

  • Day8

    Check out

    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.

Essential info

  • Children Onboard

    We don’t allow under 12s on our Nile cruises, but you may find that other travel companies accept bookings from children under this age so there may still be young children on board.
  • Excursions

    The excursions described in the itinerary are included in the price of your holiday, but visits to the sites can vary depending on water levels. Extra excursions are available to buy onboard.
  • Onboard Satellite TV

    Just so you're aware, marine satellite TV may go out of range from time to time, which can mean a loss of picture.


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Ms Royal Esadora a big mistake

This boat was a huge disapointment and a very big mistake for us. We were under the impression that the Royal Esadora is a luxury boat. It is generally worn out and old. The cabins are ok but all the public areas are old and tired . We tied up along several ships whose public areas were very well presented with a touch of class , the Miss Esadaor (a different ship being one of them) The food is repetitive and uninspiring. Our tip is to book a differant ship. We have done a Nile cruise before ,so have an idea of what tomexpect.More

Kevin T,

Nile Legacy not authorised to sail.

My sister and I booked a trip up the Nile in memory of our mother. We flew fro Gatwick to Luxor on 8th April, 9 months after we booked. From check in at the airport to arrival at the boat everything went smoothly. We joked and said too smoothly. We unpacked and spent an enjoyable evening on board. We had an early start for out trip to the Karnak and Luxor Temples so retired early. We had an amazing trip that morning and out tour guide, Rascha, was not only knowledgable on the sites but on the country overall. We arrived back at the boat and knew we had time to freshen up before lunch. We were due to sail at 1300 hrs. At around 1430 the Thomson boat rep and area manager called a meeting whereupon they informed up that The Legacy had been refused permission to sail and that as a result we were going to be transferred to the sister ship of The Legacy, The Minerva. We then had to wait in line to complete complaint forms before we had to pack have dinner and then transfer to the other boat. (Nearly 3 hours!) At this stage we were offered £50 per person compensation which we felt was not acceptable. Whilst waiting I went to look at the other boat as it was moored right next to us. At this point I witnessed 6 children running up and down the sun deck. This was not what we had booked. We then found out that we would have to follow the itinerary of The Minerva and it was in Thomson Terms and conditions that itinerary could be changed with no notice. We had no option but to accept this as there was no alternative. We spent another 2 days in Luxor and out itinerary was re juggled. This meant that we did not sail as much as we had planned. Most of our journey to Edfu was by dusk and night sky. Having been before it was a disappointment to not see the countryside as we sailed. We then continued our journey onto Aswan the next day. We were moored in Aswan for 3 days before a days sailing back to Luxor. During this journey we again had the Thomson Manager join us and give us allotted time slots to discuss a further option of compensation (10% cash or 15% holiday voucher) We had to do our visit to the Valley of the Kings on the morning of our flight home meaning that we were woke at 0530 for a 0630 departure. This "highlight" of our tour was rushed and hurried, we had to get back in time for lunch before our homeward journey. The Legacy was in dock when we got back to Luxor but we were informed that passengers due out had not been informed that they were going on a different boat, the saving grace for them if there was one was that they would follow the original itinerary and would not have to endure children on the boat. I have nothing against children but had specifically booked a child free holiday. The brochure describes it a adult only. Whilst I understand this was Out f Thomson control I feel it could have been dealt with better.More

Nannytaxi, London, United Kingdom

Royal Esadora Nile Cruise

This is not a five star deluxe boat by a long stretch . It is a 3 star at the most . The boat is tired,dated and a disappointment. The photographs shown by Classic Nile cruises holidays are misleading and mustt of been taken a long time ago. We spent two and a half days parked between 2 other boats (so no daylight in the cabin) at the side of a dual carriage way not pleasant. The cabin are very tired and scruffy the beds and also rock hard . It is also very noisy from above , below in the corridor . The food was ok at best not 5 star and five out of group of eight suffered with stomach problems , my son have four days off school on returning because of vomiting and diarrhoea. The itinerary changed beyond recognition to allow others to join our trip, this resulted in the first day starting at a 5am wake up call and finishing at 17.30 too much for one day . Then days of nothing and this was not the itinerary advertised. When I did complain to the rep which is Orbital travel I was told there was nothing they could do and they refused to contact Classic holidays for me and I had to pay for the call myself and I'm still waiting to here back from Classic holidays !! So I will never be booking a holiday with Classic Nile cruises again and I doubt I will return to Egypt as every boat is classed as 5 stars but is obviously not . Lots of people where complaining on the boat I feel I must of been on a different holiday reading the other reviews !! The only positive was the excur and the tour guide Waleed was very knowledgeable.More

ScottieWallie, Bristol, United Kingdom

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV - 4 Night Nile Cruise

I've just returned from an unforgettable 4 night cruise on Abercrombie & Kent's Sanctuary Sun Boat IV travelling between Luxor and Aswan on the River Nile in Egypt. I can't recommend this trip highly enough. The boat itself is striking and stands out as the best boat amongst the many others on the river. Our standard room on the main deck was well presented and spotlessly clean with possibly the comfiest bed I've slept in to date. The amenities were fantastic and the floor to ceiling windows offer a spectacular view over the water. Despite being adjacent to the reception area our room was extremely quiet and not disturbed by people moving about or the boats engines. The boat had a lovely dining room, a luxurious bar/lounge area and a great sun deck with pool. Some cruises have a bad reputation for food. Not this one. Every day we were treated to a great breakfast, huge lunch and stunning dinner prepared by the boats head chef. Everyday was different. Lunch being my stand out highlight, especially the bbq on deck whilst sailing during the day. Our waiters Mohamed and Mahmoud were exemplary and went out of their way to make us comfortable, make us laugh and make each meal a personal experience. The chef even showed us around the kitchen and it was spotless and easily on par with any top restaurant. The itinerary was full and well balanced without being rushed. Our guide George needs a very special mention for his excellent knowledge and personal touches making every excursion extra special. He treated our group like friends and was a pleasure to have as a host. George is a credit to the boat and the river. Thank you. On return from each trip the boat staff are waiting with refreshing cool towels and lemonade - a lovely touch. The sites visited are out of this world and need to be seen to be believed! An excellent 4 day holiday in great company on great facilities in a stunning area of the world. Don't avoid this. Egypt is a stunning nation and in need of tourism to maintain the rich and colourful history it has to offer.More


Thomson Nile Cruise on The Legacy CHECK FIRST

Legacy ship was beautiful and peaceful. Thomson changed our boat to the Minerva which was similar but our room was not as spacious and our window had limited Nile view. This boat was not an adult only and was noisey ( we particularly wanted child free) I believe Thomsons are merging boats rather than sailing without full compacity without informing passengers before their holiday so check first. We had to repack and move boat which ment late sailing and mucked the whole holiday up. A cruise without much cruising!! Also I have to point out the British Thomsons rep was abrupt and rude. She certainty didn't put her guests first. All this said and done A Nile Cruise is a beautiful holiday and Egypt a country not to be missed.More

Tink1308, London, United Kingdom

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