Highlights
  • See the fascinating Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Opportunity to visit 4 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Experience 4-night Nile River cruise
  • Explore Cairo

Sail to the Sphinx & pyramids

See the Great Pyramids of Giza, last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Explore Luxor and Karnak, then ride a hot air balloon over the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Be moved by the lovely Temple of Isis at Philae, reachable only by boat. Behold Abu Simbel, perched above Lake Nasser, then cruise this serene waterway. The Nile is Egypt’s lifeblood, and our 12-day sojourn is the best, most comprehensive Nile cruisetour available today.

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  • Nile River
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  • MS Mayfair

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Viking Rescheduled my Flight to CHRISTMAS Without my Consent June 2018

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I received an email day before yesterday stating that my trip has been moved and now my flight will leave Denver on CHRISTMAS EVE and arrive in Cairo on CHRISTMAS.
And they are sorry if this causes me any inconvenience.
The young people who answer the phone cannot change my cruise to one of the same value since my dream New Years cruises are now unavailable. I spoke to three of them and each one just gives me an email address to send a complaint. No response as of yet. I feel so embarrassed for trusting this company. But I am grateful that I was able to see their true colors before I booked again. I as going to take a Mediterranean cruise with more availability a bit sooner because I was so excited. I feel sick now.
When we read in the disclosures that there may need to be some flexibility in the dates, no reasonable person actually believes that they would deliberately change the schedule in such a way to force you to miss spending Christmas with your family. But they did. And they did it by email. My $20,000 wasn’t even worth a phone call.
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Incredible experience August 2015

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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

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We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

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We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.
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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

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Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Egypt, the cradle of civilization, then transfer to the moderate deluxe Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah (or similar) on the banks of the Nile for a 3-night stay.*

Day 2: Cairo, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After a typical Egyptian lunch, continue to Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you experience the “ships of the desert” with a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own.

Day 3: Cairo, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast

Today you see some of the sights of Cairo. This morning, tour Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, then visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. A guided walk takes you to landmarks like the iconic Citadel of Saladin and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Enjoy lunch on your own at or near your hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own in Cairo, or take an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, a walking tour through a colorful outdoor souk (bazaar) where you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods and admire the Al-Aqmar Mosque. Conclude the outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner in Al-Azhar Park.

Day 4: Luxor, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the city once called Thebes, where history will be brought to life by our expert Egyptologist. Visit the Great Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, and walk through monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Enjoy an onboard dinner and a relaxing evening, or attend an optional sound and light show at Karnak Temple.

Day 5: Luxor, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) take an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Upon arrival, visit the Valley of the Kings and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs, on the Nile’s west bank opposite the city of Luxor. Also see Madīnat Habu, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Walk through its monumental peristyle hall decorated with complex hieroglyphics. Return aboard as we set sail for Edfu; lunch and dinner are served aboard as we cruise along the Nile.

Day 6: Edfu, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Have lunch aboard the ship while sailing toward Kom Ombo. There, you take a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. Return to your ship before we continue cruising up the Nile. We arrive at Aswan during dinner; this evening, attend a Nubian party featuring the evocative traditional music of the region.

Day 7: Aswan, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, visit the small, elegant Philae sanctuary, dedicated to Isis, rescued from the rising waters. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the Nubian Museum to view treasures salvaged from temples and monuments flooded by the Aswan Dam; the museum’s gardens are beautifully landscaped with terraced waterfalls. You’ll also see the Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1960s. Enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon, take a scenic ride on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat, on the Nile. Enjoy an onboard dinner and spend the night in Aswan.

Day 8: Abu Simbel, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a final breakfast on board your ship, disembark and take a brief flight to Abu Simbel, then proceed directly to the temples. These magnificent structures, renowned for their four giant seated figures, were built in the 13th century BC by Ramses II and are thought to depict him and his queen, Nefertari. The colossal structures were dismantled and moved to this new location during construction of the Aswan High Dam, which created Lake Nasser, a major engineering feat. After exploring the temples on your own, check in on your second ship for your Lake Nasser cruise and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy an onboard dinner, then relax or attend an optional sound and light show at the Abu Simbel temples.

Day 9: Amada, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, we sail past the iconic Kasr Ibrim Fortress. Learn the story of the last Nubian monument remaining in its original location, and see it from the ship’s Sun Deck. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise across Lake Nasser to Amada. This afternoon, tour the small but interesting Nubian Amada Temple. The oldest of the Lake Nasser temples, it houses a collection of brightly painted historical carvings. Return aboard and dine as we sail to Wadi el Seboua.

Day 10: Wadi el Seboua, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, disembark for a walk through the Valley of the Lions, lined with sphinxes. Then, tour the Temple of Dakka, dedicated to the ibis-headed Thoth, and the Greco-Roman Temple of Meharakka, both located at the Wadi el Seboua Temple Complex. Return aboard for lunch and dinner as we sail toward Aswan. This evening, enjoy a Nubian show featuring traditional music, dance and costumes.

Day 11: Aswan, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a leisurely onboard breakfast, disembark for a tour of the Temple of Kalabsha, which honors the androgynous Nubian sky and sun god, Mandulis. Afterward, you’ll see the Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1960s. After a local lunch, head to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the superior first-class InterContinental Hotel Citystars Cairo (or similar) for 1 night, then enjoy free time. Return to your hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure, or attend an optional sound and light show at the pyramids.

Day 12: Cairo, Egypt

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ‟lost city” of Petra, the Dead Sea and the capital of Amman.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,198

Price Per Day:

$ 350 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

MS Mayfair

Ship Stats

Suite (Aa) Features

  • Suite size: 377 sq. ft.
  • Suites are outside with river views
  • Suites have hotel-style beds plus sofa
  • Suites have a veranda & large windows
  • Private bathroom with bathtub & shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer & safe
  • Flat-panel television
Ship Description

This intimate, contemporary ship carries just 150 guests along the Nile River in spacious suites and staterooms.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Deck Plans

 

Features

Trip Includes
  • 4-night Nile River cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 3-night Lake Nasser cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 3 nights in Cairo: moderate deluxe Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah; 1 night in Cairo: superior first class Cairo CityStars (or similar)
  • Fully escorted 17 guided tours led by experienced Egyptologists
  • Most meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 9 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Intra-Egypt flights
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy the in-depth narration by our Egyptologist guides; attend a Nubian evening event aboard; ride a camel
  • All port charges
Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Cairo
End City
Cairo
Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.


Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

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