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.

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    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.

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    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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Nile Legacy Cruise

Just had a week on this boat and could find nothing to fault it, cabin lovely, food great, staff outstanding. we went with Thomson Holidays and everything from start to finish was spot on. A lot fewer tourists than we are used to in Egypt so the boat only two thirds full,, good for us but bad for them. A lot of people seemed to have booked last minute, worth bearing in mind. I would not bother with the extra cost of a suite as when the boat is alongside it is usually between other boats and use of the balcony is impossible not to mention fumes. Going all inclusive , if you are not a drinker is an expensive option but probably worth it if you are, as drinks are on the high side price wise. water and tea and coffee are provided in the cabins. Soft drinks are not too expensive and can also be bought on the quayside if needed. We had a lovely week.More

Catherine S,

Stunning views, great attraction s

We cruised the nile the week over xmas. We booked through Classic Holidays who are affiliated to the Co Op Travel and advertised the boat as 'The Royal Esador' 5 ⭐️ although the boat we were on was called the 'Miss Esador II'. We didn't let the disappointment of the advertised features off the 5⭐️ not being available spoil our time. Although we have cruised many times this was the first time on a small river cruise and all but the boat itself exceeded our expectations. All but a few of the staff couldn't do enough to make our time on board great and would like to give a special thanks to Emad (sorry for any miss spellin) who was our fab dinner waiter and ............ our room attendant who both went that extra mile to make our stay GREAT also the crowd we met over dinner are still friends and making plans to see each other again. Obviously all the trips and sights were all breath taking . This holiday is up on top of our best holidays ever. We will be doing this type of holiday again but don't quite know how to ensure we get all we booked as we were very let down with our travel agents who in our opinion failed to deliver.More

Christine T,


our ship was the domina prestige Emilio , we picked up the ship in Luxor after a 4 hour coach ride from Hurghada ( after a 45 minute delay pick up from our hotel by A2B transfers a coach pulled up with seats falling apart and no air conditioning) our luggage was easily transferred from the coach to our room by the ship's bell boys obviously you tip them as our 2 large cases weighed a lot the ship is large with a spacious dinning room, a bar and show stage, a spa and massage room,2 small shops and staff that are very friendly and serve you well, all cabins have double beds dressing table, fridge, satellite tv when boat is docked, reasonable bathroom with toilet, washbasin, and shower hanging space for some clothes, patio windows and a window guard so you can chill in your room with the patio doors open to watch the nile pass by without the problem of falling out, meals are served 3 times a day mainly beef, chicken, or fish with rice vegetables and different variations of the dishes, and a choice of sweets and fruit which come as a full board basis drinks come as extra unless you take out the extra drinks package our waiter in the dinning room was ouzi I think that's how you spell it he was very attentative smiling and courteous, like my wife mentioned she liked Brown bread and he made sure she had some brown bread for all meals, the highlight of breakfast was the chef making some omelettes, we cruised from Luxor to Aswan and back over a 7 night cruise on the way we had visits to various sites along the nile mostly we had to be up early to catch the coach to a trip at 7am, Our first stop was on the westbank of Luxor to valley of the kings our guide on the nile cruise was Ahmed who was very informative and gave us a great insight into the Egyptian treasures we visited, The best of the tombs at the valley of the kings are " Ramasis 9th, Ramasis 3rd, and K14 which is queen Tawesret and king Sethnakht very intresting, Next day next stop was Kom Ombo temple, next day the philae temple and Aswan High Dam in Aswan, the next visit was to Edna Temple , back in Luxor we visited the fantastic temples of Karnak and Luxor we enjoyed all the visits just one downfall at all the temples or ruins or when the boat moors somewhere there are sellers trying to sell you anything from Towels, carpets Egyptian clothes or Pyjamas, or souvenirs the offer them for expensive cost you can barter that price down but only look interested if you want to by as soon as you show interest they Chase you shove stuff in your face to try to get you to buy, the guide and anyone we spoke to says they tell the sellers to back off a bit but they are so desperate to make some money to feed their families as the tourism in Egypt has suffered but it is very safe to come to Egypt on the cruise you are looked after by guards mostly armed as you are in the hotels you can arrange extra trips on the boat to Abu Simble temple, a light show at Karnak temple, or a Hot Air Balloon trip over Luxor well worth going on a Nile CruiseMore

robfirstaid100, Essex, United Kingdom

Thomsons Legacy Nile Cruise

You've got to accept this holiday for what it is ( cheap ) we arrived at Luxor airport to us all being charged different amounts for our visas then to run the gauntlet trying to get your own case to the coach , having to hand them over to be put into hold and this is your first experience of the hand coming out for a tip. We arrived at the dock in darkness to have to go down unstable steps to the port and across unsteady gangplank and then through several boats which have not being used for up to four years , all in disrepair and some with no lighting with Egyptian men watching a tv or sleeping on dirty mattresses on the floor , it felt very unsafe .so first impressions are really not good.after check in we proceeded to our room to await our cases ( about ten minutes , two more tips as our two cases were brought seperatly.we found our bed had not being changed , dirty with hairs and all furniture fittings light switches , chairs were disgustingly dirty.the room is dark and dinghy as you are parked next to another boat for 5 days out of 7 .now for a positive, all the staff are very friendly and helpful , especially on the last day when your cocktails suddenly become a lot stronger and are delivered to your table as this is tip day . Staff uniforms including management are dirty . You may wonder why we have given this four , well, the food is good and plenty of it and the trips to the temples are mind blowing and due to publicity by the media the temples are very quiet so it is a good time to visit . The staff in the tombs are very aggressive trying to get tips and you will be constantly bombarded with people trying to sell you things to the point of hanging off your boat on a surf board . Is this a safe place to visit at the moment.? Not sure , you are accompanied by an agent and a security guard on some trips there are army / police with machine guns on most crossroads and upon asking our guide about us visiting Aswan market , I was told in no uncertain terms to look after my wife. On our last day four of us walked to Luxor temple only to be accosted by a guy stating that he was one the chefs off the Lecacy and recognised us , he knew our flight details what time we were leaving the boat ,and he would not leave us alone , you will find that they all ring each other so they all knew our business . They hold an Egyptian night on the boat which is basically an hour raffle as you needed to dance in order to collect your prize , the tickets were two pound each and 80% of the prizes weren't even worth two pounds. Eg. Six page guide to Aswan written in German on an English trip. 70% of the people left before end of raffle. We had a belly dancer , which looked like they'd pulled her from the local street corner , she stood there chewing gum and not even dancing in time to the music and there weren't many belly dancing moves , however the whirling dervish was great. Entertainment other nights consists of a person singing for three nights for an hour and a half and then drab music on a cd for the rest. Rep Trish was on the boat but never once asked us or the folks that we spoke to how our holiday was. So to sum this holiday up , if you can overcome all the negatives , then this is a good time to visit Egypt . Would we return ,? Not on this boat for the lack of cleanliness in the room and the 5 day lack of daylight in your cabinMore

StarSkySunny, scottish borders

A Dream

A cruise up the Nile was simply wonderful. Languid, dream-like boat trip that allows the traveller to take in all the sights and sounds of this ancient river. An unforgetable experience. Better take the long version if time or money allows. Include a visit to Edfu (careful during night time - we were taken by cart and driven to the temple through dark scary roads that made me afraid that I we will be stopped and mugged) the Philae Temple was simply amazing, Kom Ombo was impressive, Lake Naser not interesting.More

SophiaSeriouslyNow, Athens, Greece

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