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+44 1756 706500

Pharaohs and Pyramids

Uncover the secrets of ancient Egypt, see the Great Pyramids on a camel, enjoy a traditional felucca boat ride and explore Aswan's spice market on this River Nile cruise with hotel stays in Cairo. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions

Fly Cruise
11 nights from £4665pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Sphinx
  • River Nile
  • Temple of Horus
  • Karnak

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Experience the welcoming culture of modern Egypt today and see the wonders of ancient Egypt on this superb cruise holiday.

Begin your tour with a 3-night hotel stay in the historic city of Cairo where excursions include a trip to see the oldest stone building in the world at the Step Pyramid, a visit to the impressive Egyptian Museum and the chance to see the Great Pyramids as the ancients did, astride a camel.

See the temples of Luxor and Karnak that were buried beneath the desert sand for centuries and learn about ancient history from your expert Egyptologist guide. Follow in the footsteps of famous historians on a trip to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, where there is Privileged Access to Queen Nefertari's tomb. Explore the ancient healing centre of Dendera and its beautiful Temple of Hathor.

See the intricately carved columns in the Hypostyle Hall at the Temple of Khnum then cruise to the lively market city of Aswan. Enjoy a traditional felucca sail boat ride along the Nile, visit a local spice market and see the monumental Aswan High Dam. On a trip to a Nubian village visit the local school and be invited into the home of a friendly family before sailing to the unusual double temple at Kom Ombo. Travel by horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus at Edfu then fly back to Cairo from Luxor for an overnight hotel stay.

R234 Operated by Viking River Cruises

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Pharaohs and Pyramids Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cairo (Egypt)

Fly from the UK to Cairo and transfer to the Ritz Carlton Nile hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

Day 2 - Cairo

Join the excursion to the ancient necropolis at Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid, the oldest stone building in the world. Enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch then visit the Great Pyramids at Giza. View these ancient wonders on a short camel ride then see the enigmatic Sphinx. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cairo

Explore the Egyptian Museum, home to the riches of Tutankhamen, and discover the Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. There is free time to explore the city at leisure this afternoon, or perhaps join the optional excursion to Cairo's most famous outdoor souk at Khan el-Khalili where you can shop for Egyptian goods then enjoy a typical Egyptian dinner in Al-Azhar Park. (B)

Day 4 - Cairo - Luxor

Fly to Luxor early this morning. Discover the beautiful temples at Karnak and Luxor, once linked by the 2-mile Avenue of the Sphinxes, and learn about the meanings of hieroglyphics from your expert Egyptologist guide. Embark your ship in time for lunch on board. This afternoon there is an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Centre to learn more about the city's past. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Luxor

Today there is the option to take a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over Luxor's ancient monuments. Later, visit the famous Valley of the Kings where ancient pharaohs are buried in stunning tombs, and the Valley of the Queens, home to their wives. Here there is access to Queen Nefertari's tomb which only a few visitors ever get to visit. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Qena

Join the guided tour of the religious complex of Dendera, whose beautiful Temple of Hathor was built by Ptolemies and Romans in a classic Egyptian style. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Esna

Discover the Temple of Khnum on a guided tour. Admire the Hypostyle Hall with its intricately carved columns and see the hieroglyphics of Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. There is time to explore at leisure or join the tour of Esna Village to see its temple remains and wander round the street market. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Aswan

Aswan is the home of the Nubian people. Visit the Aswan High Dam, explore a local market and enjoy a traditional felucca sailing boat cruise along the Nile. Alternatively join the optional excursion to Abu Simbel to see the four colossal statues of Ramses II, Egypt's longest ruling pharaoh. This evening there is an optional sound and light show at the Philae Temple. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Aswan

Visit a Nubian village school and be invited into the home of a friendly local family then visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was moved from Philae Island to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the unique crocodile temple at Kom Ombo. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Edfu - Luxor

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This amazingly well-preserved temple is dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Luxor

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the flight to Cairo. Check in to the Cairo CityStars Hotel (or similar) then enjoy free time to explore the city or join the optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Cairo - UK

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board cruise
  • 3-night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Cairo
  • Return flights from London or selected regional airports (supplement may apply) and flights within Egypt
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on ship
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated
  • Gratuities on board

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Egyptian visa

Cruise Extensions

  • Jerusalem Extension Enjoy a 4-night pre-cruise stay in Jerusalem from just £1499pp. Please contact us for details
  • Jordan Extension Enjoy a 4-night post-cruise stay in Petra, the Dead Sea and Amman. Please contact us for details
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 8th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 15th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 22nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 29th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • August
    • Aug 21st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Aug 28th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 11th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 18th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 25th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 9th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 16th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 23rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 30th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • November
    • Nov 6th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 13th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 20th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 27th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • December
    • Dec 4th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 11th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 18th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 25th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Jan 6th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Jan 8th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Jan 13th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Jan 15th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Jan 20th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Jan 22nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Jan 27th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Jan 29th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • February
    • Feb 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Feb 5th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Feb 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Feb 12th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Feb 17th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Feb 19th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Feb 24th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Feb 26th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • March
    • Mar 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Mar 5th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Mar 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Mar 12th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Mar 17th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Mar 19th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Mar 24th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Mar 26th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Mar 31st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
  • April
    • Apr 2nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Apr 7th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Apr 9th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Apr 14th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Apr 16th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Apr 21st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Apr 23rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Apr 28th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Apr 30th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • May
    • May 5th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • May 7th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 12th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • May 14th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 19th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • May 21st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • May 26th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • May 28th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • August
    • Aug 20th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Aug 27th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • September
    • Sep 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Sep 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 8th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Sep 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 15th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Sep 17th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 22nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Sep 24th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Sep 29th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 6th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Oct 8th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 13th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Oct 15th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 20th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Oct 22nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Oct 27th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Oct 29th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • November
    • Nov 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Nov 5th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Nov 12th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 17th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Nov 19th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Nov 24th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Nov 26th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
  • December
    • Dec 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Dec 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 8th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Dec 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 15th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Dec 17th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
    • Dec 22nd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Osiris
    • Dec 24th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Viking Ra
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