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Egypt The Majestic Nile


Route:
  • UK
  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Luxor
  • UK
Tour Pace:

10 DAYS from €1679pp

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

Ancient shrines adorned with hieroglyphics and vast temple complexes built for the gods lie beside the iconic archaeological wonders of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, a country rich in history, mysticism and centuries-old culture. Explore the famed sights of Cairo before sailing the world's longest river on a scenic 7-night Nile River cruise, visiting the incredible temples of Luxor, the sacred memorial of Hatshepsut and the atmospheric ruins of Aswan on this 10-day journey across land, desert and water.

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.

2
Cairo

The past and present intertwine in Cairo, a sprawling city on the banks of the Nile that is home to both ancient sites and modern, high-rise districts. African in location but Middle Eastern in its cultural leanings, 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 gleaming golden mask. 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 thrilling Nile cruise. Check into your sailing vessel before an afternoon of sightseeing in Luxor. Known as the 'world's greatest open-air museum' for the multitude of age-old sites and ruins that lie within the city limits, Luxor rivals Cairo in its archaeological splendour. Your afternoon tour starts with a visit to the vast Karnak Temple complex - over 200 acres housing temples and sanctuaries adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. Continue on to the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple and explore the interior, statues and carvings of this religious site. Return to your ship for a night moored in Luxor.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Nile River Cruise

This morning, drive to the west bank of Luxor, where the great valleys of Ancient Egypt's royalty are guarded by the massive twin statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Pass these gatekeepers of the valley then continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent memorial temple built into the cliffs of this sacred valley. After time to explore this wonder, return to your vessel and sail onward to Edfu, a scenic cruise that allows you to take in life on the shores of the Nile. Pass through the Esna lock and sail through the night as you make your way to Edfu.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
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. 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. Return to your ship for a day and night of cruising as you journey towards Aswan, passing the picturesque agricultural town of Kom Ombo along the way.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Nile River Cruise

Arrive in Aswan this morning and disembark for a chance 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. Make your way back to your vessel, remaining for the night in the tranquil waters off Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Nile River Cruise

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace, perhaps taking in the rock-cut Tombs of the Nobles, 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. 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. Wander among palm fronds and exotic, brightly coloured blooms in this tranquil setting, returning to your ship for an overnight stay in Aswan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nile River Cruise

After breakfast, a free morning allows for your last shopping excursions or explorations in Aswan. After lunch, weigh anchor and sail north to Kom Ombo where you'll disembark for a trip to the impressive 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. In the early evening, depart for Edfu, arriving late tonight for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nile River Cruise

Today offers a leisurely day of cruising as you depart Edfu bound for Luxor. 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 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, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • 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 €300pp 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

Your initial flight is to Cairo International Airport with EgyptAir, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Your return flight is from Luxor International Airport, via Cairo, with EgyptAir.
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.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

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.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 1-2. If in the unlikely event there are less than 1-2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

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
2022 Dates
04 Oct 202213 Oct 2022SOLD OUT
11 Oct 202220 Oct 2022SOLD OUT
18 Oct 202227 Oct 2022SOLD OUT
25 Oct 202203 Nov 2022€2205.00
01 Nov 202210 Nov 2022€2093.00
08 Nov 202217 Nov 2022€1903.00
15 Nov 202224 Nov 2022€1880.00
22 Nov 202201 Dec 2022€1880.00
29 Nov 202208 Dec 2022€1847.00
06 Dec 202215 Dec 2022€1880.00
2023 Dates
03 Jan 202312 Jan 2023€2239.00
10 Jan 202319 Jan 2023€2239.00
17 Jan 202326 Jan 2023€2295.00
24 Jan 202302 Feb 2023€2239.00
31 Jan 202309 Feb 2023€2239.00
07 Feb 202316 Feb 2023€2239.00
14 Feb 202323 Feb 2023€2239.00
21 Feb 202302 Mar 2023€2239.00
28 Feb 202309 Mar 2023€2239.00
07 Mar 202316 Mar 2023€2239.00
14 Mar 202323 Mar 2023€2239.00
21 Mar 202330 Mar 2023€2687.00
28 Mar 202306 Apr 2023€2239.00
18 Apr 202327 Apr 2023€2239.00
25 Apr 202304 May 2023€2127.00
02 May 202311 May 2023€2463.00
09 May 202318 May 2023€2015.00
16 May 202325 May 2023€2015.00
23 May 202301 Jun 2023€2015.00
30 May 202308 Jun 2023€1903.00
06 Jun 202315 Jun 2023€1791.00
13 Jun 202322 Jun 2023€1679.00
20 Jun 202329 Jun 2023€1791.00
27 Jun 202306 Jul 2023€1791.00
04 Jul 202313 Jul 2023€2351.00
11 Jul 202320 Jul 2023€2351.00
18 Jul 202327 Jul 2023€2519.00
25 Jul 202303 Aug 2023€2687.00
01 Aug 202310 Aug 2023€2463.00
08 Aug 202317 Aug 2023€2463.00
15 Aug 202324 Aug 2023€2407.00
22 Aug 202331 Aug 2023€2463.00
29 Aug 202307 Sep 2023€2407.00
05 Sep 202314 Sep 2023€2127.00
12 Sep 202321 Sep 2023€2127.00
19 Sep 202328 Sep 2023€2127.00
26 Sep 202305 Oct 2023€2127.00
03 Oct 202312 Oct 2023€2351.00
10 Oct 202319 Oct 2023€2351.00
17 Oct 202326 Oct 2023€2631.00
24 Oct 202302 Nov 2023€2463.00
31 Oct 202309 Nov 2023€2351.00
07 Nov 202316 Nov 2023€2239.00
14 Nov 202323 Nov 2023€2127.00
21 Nov 202330 Nov 2023€2127.00
28 Nov 202307 Dec 2023€2015.00
05 Dec 202314 Dec 2023€2015.00
2024 Dates
02 Jan 202411 Jan 2024€2351.00
09 Jan 202418 Jan 2024€2351.00
16 Jan 202425 Jan 2024€2407.00
23 Jan 202401 Feb 2024€2351.00
30 Jan 202408 Feb 2024€2351.00
06 Feb 202415 Feb 2024€2351.00
13 Feb 202422 Feb 2024€2351.00
20 Feb 202429 Feb 2024€2351.00
27 Feb 202407 Mar 2024€2351.00
05 Mar 202414 Mar 2024€2351.00
12 Mar 202421 Mar 2024€2351.00
19 Mar 202428 Mar 2024€2911.00
16 Apr 202402 May 2024€2351.00
23 Apr 202409 May 2024€2239.00
30 Apr 202416 May 2024€2687.00
07 May 202416 May 2024€2183.00
14 May 202423 May 2024€2127.00
21 May 202430 May 2024€2127.00
28 May 202406 Jun 2024€2127.00
04 Jun 202413 Jun 2024€1903.00
11 Jun 202420 Jun 2024€1791.00
18 Jun 202427 Jun 2024€1903.00
25 Jun 202404 Jul 2024€1903.00
02 Jul 202411 Jul 2024€2463.00
09 Jul 202418 Jul 2024€2463.00
16 Jul 202425 Jul 2024€2687.00
23 Jul 202401 Aug 2024€2911.00
30 Jul 202408 Aug 2024€2687.00
06 Aug 202415 Aug 2024€2687.00
13 Aug 202422 Aug 2024€2575.00
20 Aug 202429 Aug 2024€2687.00
27 Aug 202405 Sep 2024€2575.00
03 Sep 202412 Sep 2024€2239.00
10 Sep 202419 Sep 2024€2239.00
17 Sep 202426 Sep 2024€2239.00
24 Sep 202403 Oct 2024€2239.00
01 Oct 202410 Oct 2024€2463.00
08 Oct 202417 Oct 2024€2463.00
15 Oct 202424 Oct 2024€2799.00
22 Oct 202431 Oct 2024€2687.00
29 Oct 202407 Nov 2024€2463.00
05 Nov 202414 Nov 2024€2351.00
12 Nov 202421 Nov 2024€2239.00
19 Nov 202428 Nov 2024€2239.00
26 Nov 202405 Dec 2024€2127.00
03 Dec 202412 Dec 2024€2127.00
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.

Internal flight from Cairo to Luxor:

Please note that on Day 3, you have the opportunity to book any time flight from Cairo to Luxor. If you miss your sightseeing tour of Luxor on this day, you will have the option to do this on Day 9.

Please note

For the Hurghada Beach Stay it is advised in our brochure that you will fly from Luxor to Hurghada. We would like to inform you that the journey is done by road

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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Alan Mills
20th Mar 2020

hotel in Cairo very good ,cruise boat excellent

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Stephen Palmer
6th Mar 2020

The MS Crown Emperor -Cruiser,
was very comfortable and the staff we attentive and well trained. In all very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Kay Matthews
29th Feb 2020

all very clean and functional. not huge but no complaints from us.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Jacqueline Dawson
28th Feb 2020

Cairo Hotel, Fantastic
Nile Cruise Ship spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, good food.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Erwin Hasa
27th Feb 2020

Most of our group regarded the whole tour..amazing.A few experienced travellers...this was the best they had had.We too regarded this as amongst the best we had experienced.Many thanks to all con erned at Mercury Travels and credit all.We hope to travel again with Mercury.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Keith Taylor
21st Feb 2020

Generally good. Good locatiion. One electrical socket loose.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
K Ward
13th Feb 2020

The guide Osama was excellent.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
S Tymon
21st Jan 2020

No comments

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Customer Rating:
10/10
G Chalmers
6th Dec 2019

No comments

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Customer Rating:
10/10
J Quinn
5th Dec 2019

Our guide Osaria was excellent.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
C Lewis
5th Dec 2019

Our guide Osama was brilliant at relating to members of the group.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
B Fearon
2nd Dec 2019

Osama was an excellent, knowledgeable guide with superb English and a kind and caring manner. Osama really added value to our whole experience would highly recommend using him again.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
J Wright
14th Nov 2019

We only had a problem with checking in at Heathrow airport regarding our suitcases.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Stephen Breen
4th Nov 2019

Incredible value for money ; Mercury delivers again!

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Patrick Byrne
22nd Oct 2019

HAD A WONDERFUL TIME FIRST CLASS HOLIDAY EVERYTHING SUPERB, SPECIAL MENTION FOR TOUR GUIDE OSAMA IN LUXOR WONDERFUL GUIDE WITH GREAT KNOWLEDGE AND A WICKED SENSE OF HUMOUR, ALSO STAFF ON BOAT WHERE FANTASTIC.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
J Bell
17th Sep 2019

This is the 4th Mercury tour we have had. We like the tours the knowledgeable guides, the efficiency of the booking process along with the reasonable price. We will be using Mercury again and will recommend to friends and family.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Antoinette Kiernan
23rd Jun 2019

No comments

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Kirsten Strachan
8th Jun 2019

Really pleased with the accommodation especially the cruise boat. We stayed on MS Regency.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Farrell
13th Apr 2019

Pace for the first 4 days was tiring due to the flight times.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Ruth Halls
22nd Feb 2019

Be aware most sites you visit will ask you to pay to take your camera in they are expensive at �13-15 a visit it adds up ! Sneaking a mobile picture is not really possible they go spare and charge you if they catch you! we saw many people in bug fights about that

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Margaret Aldgate
10th Feb 2019

Cairo-Rameses Hilton Hotel=excellent
Nile River Cruise--MS Crown Emperor=excellent

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Customer Rating:
10/10
G Chalmers
4th Dec 2018

I have traveled with Mercury before and was impressed.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
T Holland
19th Nov 2018

The ship was excellent, very good food, large rooms and bathroom by ship standard.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sheila Marshall
16th Nov 2018

No comments

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Customer Rating:
10/10
K Grant
10th Oct 2018

Ashraf our guide was fantastic, his knowledge was amazing.

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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
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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 €312pp
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