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Egypt The Majestic Nile MS Royal Viking


Route:
  • London
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • London

10 DAYS from £1701pp

Tour Highlights
  • Embark on a 7-night cruise along the Nile, visiting riverside cities and ruins along the way
  • Full-day tour of Cairo led by a professional Egyptology guide
  • The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and Tutankhamun's golden mask
  • The Temples of Horus, Karnak, Kom Ombo and Philaee
  • See Aswan from a traditional 'felucca' boat
  • The Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor

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Egypt The Majestic Nile MS Royal Viking

Explore the famed sights of Cairo before sailing the world's longest river on a scenic 7-night Nile River cruise, visiting the temples of Luxor, the sacred memorial of Hatshepsut and the ruins of Aswan.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Cairo

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Cairo. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Cairo, Egypt's lively capital. Enjoy the remainder of the day free to unwind or explore the neighbourhood around the hotel.

  • Dinner
2
Cairo

The past and present intertwine in Cairo. Egypt's traditions, food and history offer a unique experience as you embark on today's full-day city tour. Gain a fascinating insight into the city's sights and past as a professional Egyptology guide leads the way, with your first stop at the mighty Giza Pyramids. Inspiring movies, books and conspiracy theories, these six iconic pyramids tower over the desert landscape, with the Great Pyramid standing taller than the Statue of Liberty. Explore these amazingly constructed structures, built using techniques beyond their time, then marvel at the massive half-lion, half-human form of the Sphinx, as it guards the temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt. Travel onward to the Egyptian Museum and wander the treasure trove of artefacts under its roof, including Tutankhamen's golden mask. The mask is one of the most well-known works of art in the world of the 18th century ancient Egyptian 'Boy King' Pharaoh Tutankhamun who reigned 1332-1323 BC. Return to your hotel after a full day of sightseeing for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
3
Cairo to Luxor

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight from Cairo to Luxor, your departure point for your majestic Nile cruise. Check into your sailing vessel before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Nile River Cruise

This morning starts with a visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex - over 200 acres housing temples and sanctuaries adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. Return back to your ship for lunch, before continuing to the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple and explore the interior, statues and carvings of this religious site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Nile River Cruise

Cross over to the west bank of Luxor, where you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Ancient Egypt's royalty. From here continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent memorial temple built into the cliffs of this sacred valley. En route back to your vessel, stop at the Colossi of Memnon, massive twin statues, the gatekeepers of the valley. Enjoy lunch back onboard the boat, and sail onward to Edfu, a scenic cruise that allows you to take in life on the shores of the Nile.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Nile River Cruise

Dock in Edfu in the early hours of the morning, in time for breakfast and a visit to the impressive Temple of Horus the second largest temple in Egypt and well known as the most beautiful and well-preserved of all the Egyptian temples. Enter through the massive gateways of the temple, guarded by huge granite statues of Horus, and explore the halls and chambers of this colossal ode to the gods. After returning from your morning excursion, weigh anchor and sail north to Kom Ombo where you'll disembark for a trip to the Temple of Kom Ombo. The temple is unique as it is dedicated to both Sorek, god of crocodiles, and Horus, god of the sky, with separate gateways and chapels for each god. The amazingly detailed etchings and carvings on the columns and walls of these temples are one of its most incredible features and a walk through the interior takes you into elaborately decorated chambers and passageways. Return to your ship and journey towards Aswan for an overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Nile River Cruise

After breakfast, disembark to tour this colourful riverside city, nestled between water and desert. Start with a visit to the gigantic Aswan High Dam; the construction of this source of hydro-electricity required the movement of a number of nearby monuments to protect them from flooding. Continue on to the Unfinished Obelisk, a massive slab of granite that was carved but never erected, though it retains its status as the world's largest ancient obelisk. Travel to the river island of Agilkia and take in the splendid Temples of Philae, built by the cult of Isis in honour of the Egyptian goddess of health and marriage. After lunch, enjoy a unique sailing experience as you breathe in fresh river breezes during a ride on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat which carries you to the botanical gardens of Kitchener's Island. Make your way back to your vessel, remaining for the night in the tranquil waters off Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nile River Cruise

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore Aswan at your own pace, perhaps taking in the rock-cut Tombs of the Nobles which are nestled in the foothills and consist of more than 400 tombs belonging to nobles from the 6th dynasty to the Graeco-Roman period or why not embrace the views from the hilltop Aga Khan Mausoleum or the fragrant spices, woven baskets and colourful robes of the city's souk. Alternatively opt to visit Abu Simbel (at a fee), a series of temples intricately cut into a rocky cliff overlooking the Nile. This afternoon, there is an optional bird-watching excursion and visit to Nubian house. (Optional Excursions are available at a fee and can be booked onboard your cruise).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nile River Cruise

Today offers a leisurely day of cruising, as you sail downstream to Edfu, bound for Luxor, passing through the Esna lock. Enjoy a day on board to soak in the sights on the river shores, lounge on the sun deck, take a dip in the swimming pool or relax on the Explore the famed sights of Cairo before sailing the world's longest river on a scenic 7-night Nile River cruise, visiting the temples of Luxor, the sacred memorial of Hatshepsut and the ruins of Aswan. deck with a cocktail. Round off a relaxing day of river cruising with tonight's last dinner on board, marking the end of your awe-inspiring Egyptian journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Luxor to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Luxor for your return flight via Cairo to the UK

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into Egypt. British passport holders need a visa for visits of up to 30 days. You can get a visa on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros; the visa fee is US$25 at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destination's tourist board or embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 1 piece of hold luggage with each bag not exceeding 23kg. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 118 cm (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage, you will need to pay extra at check-in. Please refer to the airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guide

Your transfers will be with an English-Speaking Driver. During your excursion in Cairo, this will be with an English-Speaking Guide. On board your cruise you will have an English-speaking guide who will accompany you during your included excursions. Your return airport transfers will be with an English-speaking driver.

Currency Information

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. However, cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2021 Dates
31 Jul 202109 Aug 2021£2184.00
07 Aug 202116 Aug 2021£2184.00
14 Aug 202123 Aug 2021£2172.00
21 Aug 202130 Aug 2021£2218.00
28 Aug 202106 Sep 2021£2069.00
04 Sep 202113 Sep 2021£1896.00
11 Sep 202120 Sep 2021£1862.00
18 Sep 202127 Sep 2021£1804.00
25 Sep 202104 Oct 2021£1839.00
02 Oct 202111 Oct 2021£1988.00
09 Oct 202118 Oct 2021£2011.00
16 Oct 202125 Oct 2021£2299.00
23 Oct 202101 Nov 2021£2161.00
30 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£1722.00
06 Nov 202115 Nov 2021£1896.00
13 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£1862.00
20 Nov 202129 Nov 2021£1862.00
27 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£1896.00
04 Dec 202113 Dec 2021£1908.00
2022 Dates
01 Jan 202210 Jan 2022£2218.00
08 Jan 202217 Jan 2022£2184.00
15 Jan 202224 Jan 2022£2241.00
22 Jan 202231 Jan 2022£2149.00
29 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£2161.00
05 Feb 202214 Feb 2022£2161.00
12 Feb 202221 Feb 2022£2103.00
19 Feb 202228 Feb 2022£2149.00
26 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£2115.00
05 Mar 202214 Mar 2022£2138.00
12 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£2138.00
19 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£2138.00
26 Mar 202204 Apr 2022£2230.00
02 Apr 202211 Apr 2022£2644.00
23 Apr 202202 May 2022£2161.00
30 Apr 202209 May 2022£2207.00
07 May 202216 May 2022£1954.00
14 May 202223 May 2022£1977.00
21 May 202230 May 2022£1942.00
28 May 202206 Jun 2022£1758.00
04 Jun 202213 Jun 2022£1701.00
11 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£1758.00
18 Jun 202227 Jun 2022£1816.00
25 Jun 202204 Jul 2022£1954.00
02 Jul 202211 Jul 2022£2080.00
09 Jul 202218 Jul 2022£2080.00
16 Jul 202225 Jul 2022£2207.00
23 Jul 202201 Aug 2022£2437.00
30 Jul 202208 Aug 2022£2207.00
06 Aug 202215 Aug 2022£2207.00
13 Aug 202222 Aug 2022£2195.00
20 Aug 202229 Aug 2022£2241.00
27 Aug 202205 Sep 2022£2092.00
03 Sep 202212 Sep 2022£1919.00
10 Sep 202219 Sep 2022£1885.00
17 Sep 202226 Sep 2022£1827.00
24 Sep 202203 Oct 2022£1862.00
01 Oct 202210 Oct 2022£2011.00
08 Oct 202217 Oct 2022£2034.00
15 Oct 202224 Oct 2022£2322.00
22 Oct 202231 Oct 2022£2184.00
29 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£2034.00
05 Nov 202214 Nov 2022£1919.00
12 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£1885.00
19 Nov 202228 Nov 2022£1885.00
26 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£1919.00
03 Dec 202212 Dec 2022£1931.00
2023 Dates
07 Jan 202316 Jan 2023£2218.00
14 Jan 202323 Jan 2023£2287.00
21 Jan 202330 Jan 2023£2195.00
28 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£2207.00
04 Feb 202313 Feb 2023£2207.00
11 Feb 202320 Feb 2023£2149.00
18 Feb 202327 Feb 2023£2184.00
25 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£2149.00
04 Mar 202313 Mar 2023£2184.00
11 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£2184.00
18 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£2184.00
25 Mar 202303 Apr 2023£2276.00
01 Apr 202310 Apr 2023£2701.00
22 Apr 202301 May 2023£2195.00
29 Apr 202308 May 2023£2241.00
06 May 202315 May 2023£1988.00
13 May 202322 May 2023£2034.00
20 May 202329 May 2023£1977.00
27 May 202305 Jun 2023£1793.00
03 Jun 202312 Jun 2023£1758.00
10 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£1793.00
17 Jun 202326 Jun 2023£1873.00
24 Jun 202303 Jul 2023£1988.00
01 Jul 202310 Jul 2023£2115.00
08 Jul 202317 Jul 2023£2115.00
15 Jul 202324 Jul 2023£2241.00
22 Jul 202331 Jul 2023£2471.00
29 Jul 202307 Aug 2023£2241.00
05 Aug 202314 Aug 2023£2241.00
12 Aug 202321 Aug 2023£2241.00
19 Aug 202328 Aug 2023£2276.00
26 Aug 202304 Sep 2023£2126.00
02 Sep 202311 Sep 2023£1954.00
09 Sep 202318 Sep 2023£1919.00
16 Sep 202325 Sep 2023£1896.00
23 Sep 202302 Oct 2023£1896.00
30 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£2046.00
07 Oct 202316 Oct 2023£2069.00
14 Oct 202323 Oct 2023£2356.00
21 Oct 202330 Oct 2023£2218.00
28 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£2069.00
04 Nov 202313 Nov 2023£1954.00
11 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£1919.00
18 Nov 202327 Nov 2023£1919.00
25 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£1954.00
02 Dec 202311 Dec 2023£1965.00
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving and sailing times.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Egyptian Pound

Average Flying time

5 - 6 hours

Min/Max temperature

14 °C / 34 °C

Spoken languages

Arabic, English.

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Cairo

Luxor

Aswan

What to pack
  • Warm clothes in case of cold weather
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream and a hat
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter - the electricity supply on board the boat is 220 V. You will need a 2 round pin plug adapter
Tour Map
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Extensions

Luxor City Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • UK

Explore more of Luxor's fascinating history and temples with an extended 2-night stay in this fascinating city on the banks of the Nile.

2 nights
from £137pp
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Hurghada Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • Hurghada
  • UK

Hurghada, on Egypt's Red Sea coastline, is a resort famed for its stunning beaches and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy 4-nights relaxing in Hurghada at the end of your tour with this extension.

4 nights
from £298pp
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Sharm el Sheikh Extension
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • Sharm el Sheikh
  • UK

Sharm el Sheikh, planted near the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula on Egypt's Red Sea coastline, is a resort famed for its stunning beaches as well as its bustling city. Enjoy 4-nights relaxing in 'Sharm' at the end of your tour with this extension.

4 nights
from £482pp
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