After our 1 week classic cruise our most popular arrangement is our Nile Cruise and Cairo trip. Enjoyed over 10 days this combination enables you to see one of the remaining "Seven Wonders of The World"...the breathtaking Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza preceded by a fabulous cruise where you will see such wonders as The Valley of The Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, The High Dam at Aswan and so much more.
The deluxe Royal Viking Nile cruise ship offers excellent facilities and accommodation which make for a wonderful River Nile cruise.
The spacious sun deck located on the upper deck with its wooden sun beds and rattan furniture provides a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the views of the Nile whilst the main restaurant located on the lower deck offers a wonderful variety of international dishes. The lounge bar situated on the main deck is an ideal place to socialise and relax in the evening and there is a plunge pool and bar areas offering drinks for all to enjoy.
Facilities onboard include:
Restaurant Lounge bar Gift shop Laundry service Sundeck Plunge pool Poolside bar
All of the spacious and modern 68 cabins and suites are located over three decks and are air-conditioned with a full length opening panoramic window and Juliette balcony.
The standard cabins measure approximately 23.5 square metres all with private bathroom and shower, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, LCD Plasma TV plus an individual safe, mini-bar.
Typical Royal Viking Nile Cruise Itinerary:
|Day one||Depart from the UK, fly direct to Luxor. On arrival transfer to your chosen ship (approx 20 minutes) for a seven night cruise. A welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead will take place either this evening or the following morning, depending on your flight arrival time.|
|Day two||An early morning start crossing over to the West Bank of the Nile to visit The Valley of the Kings, (for an extra charge you can visit the Tomb of Tutanhkhamun, see your guide for more details), Hatshepsut's Temple, the Valley of the Queens and Colossi of Memnon. (This whole morning tour takes approximately 5 hours.) On arrival back at the boat, a buffet lunch will be served and the boat will sail for Esna. The afternoon can spent relaxing on the sundeck while watching the varied local life on the river and its banks. Afternoon tea will be served on the sun deck. After Dinner, there's a small informal cocktail party where the management of the boat is introduced to everyone. At some stage during the evening the boat will pass through the lock at Esna then dock overnight in Edfu 3-4 hours later.|
|Day three||Wake up at leisure and after breakfast, visit the Temple of Edfu. Afterwards, there is time to roam the local market where you will be able to prepare for this evening's galabiya party. Back on board the boat lunch will be served as the boat sails to Aswan. This wonderful journey takes approximately 10 hours and gives you chance to take a dip in the plunge pool, read a book or simply to enjoy the view. In the evening there will be a galabiya party, where everyone dresses up in traditional Egyptian costumes for dinner and the party games. Late that night the boat will dock in Aswan for a stay of two nights.|
|Day four||Morning visit to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and then by boat to the Temple of Philae. In the afternoon sail by felucca around Kitchener's Island and its Botanical Gardens. After dinner, tonight's entertainment will be an Egyptian style 'Treasure Hunt'.|
|Day five||Today can be spent either at leisure or on optional excursions. The most popular excursion is to the Temple of Abu Simbel which is available by coach (approx 65 pounds) or by air (approx 130 pounds). In the afternoon an optional excursion to a Nubian Village via camel or boat can be arranged. In the late afternoon the boat will sail to Kom Ombo and a visit to the Ptolemic Temple usually takes place that evening. Dinner, evening entertainment and overnight on board.|
|Day six||The day is spent at leisure as the boat heads to Luxor arriving later that evening. After dinner, enjoy the delights of a traditional Belly Dancer.|
|Day seven||The day can begin with an optional Hot Air Balloon trip giving you a birds-eye view of the magnificent wonders of the West Bank and the surrounding countryside (approx cost for a 45 minute flight is 70 pounds per person this trip can also be taken on Day 8). Afterwards join a morning visit to Temple of Karnak, the papyrus museum and the traditional perfume shops of Luxor. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Luxor, afterwards there is ample opportunity to explore the markets of Luxor for souvenirs and gifts. That evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple.|
|Day eight||The morning can be spent at leisure or take an optional Hot Air Balloon flight (see above). In the afternoon, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight or continue to your next resort.|
For the latest availability for cruising the Nile on board the Movenpick Royal Lily please call our Freephone number 0808 1089 100.