Nile Legacy Cruise and Iberotel Palace  

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
Full Board

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with meals. 

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.


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.


  • Day1-3

    Iberotel Palace

    This hotel puts you right on the edge of a private sandy beach. There’s a lagoon pool, too, plus three restaurants. In the evenings, singers, belly dancers and other professional acts perform in the bar. When you're not sunbathing by the pool, you can try watersports like windsurfing and scuba diving. Beyond the hotel, the spice market in Old Sharm is less than 5 minutes’ walk away.

  • Day4

    Check in

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

  • Day5

    Luxor - Karnak - Edfu

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

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    Image representing Explore the Temple of Luxor

    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.

  • Day6

    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.

  • Day7


    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.

  • Day8

    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.

  • Day9

    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.

  • Day10


    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.

  • Day11

    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.

  • Day11-14

    Iberotel Palace

    This hotel puts you right on the edge of a private sandy beach. There’s a lagoon pool, too, plus three restaurants. In the evenings, singers, belly dancers and other professional acts perform in the bar. When you're not sunbathing by the pool, you can try watersports like windsurfing and scuba diving. Beyond the hotel, the spice market in Old Sharm is less than 5 minutes’ walk away.

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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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

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MagedRoshdy, Cairo, Egypt

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We are a married couple (73 & 69 years old) and went on Nile Legacy in January 2015 on an all inclusive basis. We thought it would be a good time to do the 7 day cruise from Luxor as safety concerns have greatly reduced the number of tourists in Egypt so the sites are not too crowded and it would not be oppressively hot. At no time did we feel anything but completely safe and the sites were indeed not over crowded. It was however a bit sad to see how many of the Nile cruise boats were out of use. Nile Legacy itself was only about half full which was great for the guests but not of course for the operators. Nile Legacy is just as good as most of the reviews have suggested. The room was comfortable, well furnished and spacious (for a boat) and kept impeccably clean. They are proud of their food hygiene as is proved by including a tour of the kitchens where it was explained that only bottled water is used for cleaning food. The buffet style meals are excellent with a good choice. After we mentioned that we were vegetarians, a special main course was provided for both lunch and dinner. This illustrates the general attitude of the staff who we thought were superb. The local alcoholic drinks included in the all inclusive scheme were more than acceptable. We went on all 5 included excursions plus two optional ones (Abu Simbel and the Karnak Sound and Light show). All were excellent as was our guide, Achmed, and the Thomson rep, Trish. The only thing which wasn't as envisaged was the temperature, which was apparently lower than it had been for many years and, for the first four days, around 8C less than expected. We did not have enough warm clothing and it did not help that the schedule had most excursions in the early mornings to avoid the heat expected in the afternoons! We still had a wonderful time though and the last three days had some pleasant warmth.. People with mobility problems could have some difficulties on these cruises as the boat has five decks and no lift and some of the sites involve a fair bit of walking over rough ground. Being on the boat protected us from some of the hassle experienced by tourists in Egypt but there is no avoiding it completely. Local people who make a living from tourists currently have to do so from far fewer of them and it is easy to understand their position. At every site and in the streets, you have to run the gauntlet of traders desperate to sell something to you or unofficial guides wanting to take your photograph, for you to photograph them or to give you information - all to be followed by a request for payment. Some people found this very wearisome but, if you are not interested, you have to harden your heart and just walk past. Even in the more upmarket establishments, someone will quickly come up to you and try to negotiate a sale for whatever you're looking at even if you'd prefer to browse the whole stock before deciding what to buy. It's no doubt a cultural thing but we would probably have spent more if we'd been left alone to choose what we wanted at our leisure. To summarise no-one should hesitate about booking a Nile cruise. We felt safer than in many other tourist destinations and the low prices and relative shortage of other tourists makes for a more pleasant and relaxed experience. Despite some hassle, the Egyptian people are generally very friendly and the sightseeing is of course unique. Nile Legacy is a lovely boat and we had a great holiday.More

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