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Nile Cruise

To fully discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, a cruise on the River Nile is truly an unforgettable experience. The Nile River has been Egypt's lifeline since ancient times and there is no better way to trace the passage of Egypt's history than to follow the course of the Nile.

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Royal Viking

The Royal Viking provides a high standard of accommodation and service to give a truly elegant cruise experience. There are four decks and a host of onboard facilities to enjoy and you can be assured of wonderful Egyptian hospitality throughout your cruise.

Life on board

The main restaurant located on the lower deck offers a wonderful variety of international and local cuisine whilst the attractive lounge bar situated on the main deck is the perfect place to relax in the evening and watch the nightly entertainment.

The large sun deck located on the upper deck with its lovely wooden sun beds and stylish rattan furniture provides a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of the Nile. There is a swimming pool ideal for a refreshing dip during the day and a deck bar offering cool refreshments.

Features & facilities onboard

Restaurant

Lounge bar

Gift shop

Evening entertainment programme

Laundry and conceirge services

Room service (not 24 hour)

Sun deck with complimentary sun loungers and parasols

Massage service and sauna room (local charge)

Swimming pool

Poolside bar

Wi-Fi Internet access is available (local charge)*

Private dock in Luxor

Drinks package

£99 per person. Includes: locally produced mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee*. Red and white wine, beer, and spirits. (*exc. machine coffees eg capuccino, latte) Drinks are served by the glass between the hours of 11am and 11pm.

*Wi-Fi is available onboard for a local charge of approx. £3 per half hour. Please note that the connection is via a mobile signal and service can be intermittent along remote stretches of the Nile.

Please note there is a No smoking policy onboard in all the cabins and the Lounge bar. Smoking is permitted in the Reception area and up on the sun deck.

Accommodation

The 68 deluxe cabins measure 23 square metres and all have a full length opening panoramic window and balcony rail. All of the elegantly furnished cabins offer high levels of comfort with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom and shower, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, dressing table and sitting area, satellite LCD TV plus an individual safe and mini-fridge.

What's Included:

Exterior cabins with view

Full board with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner

Evening entertainment

Exciting itinerary with 10 excursions

Qualified Egyptologist on board throughout cruise.

Direct flights to Luxor from the UK

Resort transfers and airport taxes

23k luggage allowance and in-flight meal.

Supplements per cabin 

Middle Deck

£80

Upper Deck

£120

Reviews

  • Wonderful Nile Cruise Feb 2016

    February 2016 We had a wonderful week, and were suitably awe-inspired by the antiquities. But we were also extremely impressed by the “Discover Egypt “ experience. The service was flawless throughout, and we were incredibly impressed by our guide, Ahmed, who was extremely knowledgable, spoke excellent English, and really went the extra mile to make sure the whole group got as much out of the holiday as possible John and Theresa - London.

  • What a fantastic holiday

    My Mother-in-law and myself booked a two week trip to Egypt, 5/10/15 1st week on the Royal Viking Nile Cruise, 2nd week at the Mercure Luxor Karnak Hotel in Luxor next to the Nile, what a fantastic holiday, from the moment we stepped onto the plane the care and the quality of the holiday began, we were served soft drinks, offered a newspaper and then we received a meal and we were not charged a penny, we landed and were met by the guide from Discovery Egypt who dealt with the visa required to enter Luxor, nice clean air con bus transferred us to the boat, which was lovely and clean, everyone on board were a pleasure to meet, the food was great and nothing was to much trouble for them, the trips were well organized, with an Egyptian guy called Radwan who spoke great English, so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Egypt, steps were taking to ensure cross infection didn't happen on the boat, hot flannels sprayed with ant-bac were given when we returned to the boat after every trip and hand sanitizers were placed around the boat and must be used before entering the dining area, which I found excellent, Keep it up Royal Viking!!! also in the evening after dinner when we returned to our cabin the cleaners had been in again and made a lovely things out of towel each day was different, sadly that week went so fast, 12/10/15 2nd week we were then transferred to the Mercure Luxor Karnak hotel, beautiful place right next to the Nile river, it has the feel of a country park, great swimming pool, great food and the staff were great too . We booked a day out in Cairo again we were looked after from the moment we were picked up at the hotel, taken to Luxor airport, met at Cairo had our own driver and guide around Cairo, cannot fault the quality of the holiday, it was just amazing and would recommend it to anyone, and it was a safe place to have a holiday, its a shame our own media try to say other, go and see for yourself Caroline and Eileen – Lincolnshire. Royal Viking and Mercure Karnak 05 October 2015

  • Royal Viking 07 Sep 2015

    Just got back from Nile cruise on board Royal Viking(7 – 14 Sep 2015). Wonderful holiday, exceeded expectations; boat was very comfortable, staff courteous and helpful, food excellent. Alaa the guide was brilliant, extremely knowledgeable and a very sympathetic person. Thank you for a great holiday. Mrs C. Nottingham.

  • Nile Cruise 16th-23rd March 2015 Royal Viking

    From The moment our plane landed at Luxor airport, the Discover Egypt reps were there for us. Whilst it was late at night, they gave us a short arrival briefing before we boarded the Royal Viking and were allocated our cabin. We were on the top deck (worth the extra money) and on the starboard side, so we were very pleased with #404 with its Juliet balcony. Early the next morning we met our two guides Mohammed and Mohammed from Discover Egypt who were unbelievably supportive in everything we did. Not only are they awesome Egyptologists who brought the history of every site to life, but they also provided us with information to deal with the stall holders, manage the prices, what to eat and drink to stay well and danced with us at the Galabaya parties on board. I cannot recommend these two guides highly enough and would be pleased if you could pass on our praise to Discover Egypt. We were happy that we remained well and fit throughout the cruise as the kitchen and dining room were kept spotlessly clean and the mostly European food was well balanced and tasty. We were a small group in total so we had princely treatment on board from the very friendly and helpful staff. Shirley & Richard - Bucks

  • An extremely interesting, impeccable holiday

    December 2014 - We enjoyed an extremely interesting, impeccable holiday thanks to Discover Egypt. Your representatives gave us all the information and details we needed as we went to the Nile, the Red Sea, and on to Giza, and the guides were fantastic. Our drivers were lovely and were always there when we needed them. Our holiday was fascinating, restful, and beautifully planned thanks to your company's immense experience. This was probably the best family holiday we've ever taken. I wish we could do it for the first time all over again! Many thanks and best wishes for success in 2015.

  • Fantastic Nile cruise - February 2014

    Just a note to say what a wonderful holiday we had recently in Egypt. We are both very interested in ancient history and have longed to visit the wonderful scenes of a bygone era. We boarded the Royal Viking in late February and right from the beginning we knew it was going to be a wonderful cruise. The boat was very clean, food very good and the standard of hygiene high. Our guides Mohammed and Hussein were exceptional in their care for us, their knowledge and their friendly manner making it a fantastic experience. The evening entertainment on board the boat was enjoyable too. I know the tourist industry has been badly affected in recent years but i would urge people to go as it is a truly memorable holiday- our only regret was that it had to end. We will definitely be back. Meredith and Elisabeth - Belfast

  • a dream come true - March 31 2014

    This cruise was everything we had hoped for and more. The boat was extremely comfortable, we were well fed and cared for by a super crew. Our "cabin" was spacious, so comfortable and well cared for by our two stewards. Their sense of humor was brilliant. Every night a new "surprise". The public rooms were excellent and the roof top absolute bliss. The dining room service was top notch too. Best of all was our fantastic egyptologist Mohsin. He shared his knowledge with good grace and humor and really made our trip unforgettable. Our only regret was that it was two short, we would have liked to do it all over again for a second week. It was a dream come true. Thank you all so much. Roger & Mary

  • Royal Viking 24 March 2014

    Dear Caroline This is late but heartfelt. I wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. You and the team produced an immaculately organized and fascinating week. Goodness knows how you do it but you did. I loved it – and I know Carolyn did too.Trust you are happily back in the office. Thank you again for all your consideration and excellent care. Lizy London

  • Fantastic - March 2014

    We have just returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday aboard the Royal Viking(31 March 2014) . Everyone made us feel welcome and our guides Radwan and Yasser. were both brilliant. We were sorry to have to come home! Many thanks to all at Discover Egypt. Everything was well organised and we were well looked after. Lynne and David - Norwich

  • Cruise and Cairo - March 2014

    Just to say what a fantastic holiday we have just had. It is such a shame people are not going to Egypt. The Discovery Egypt Agent & Guides were so helpful. The Egyptologist on the Royal Viking Trip was so passionate about his subject, and his knowledge extensive. The Staff was helpful, all areas especially the bedrooms were spotless. In Cairo the only down side was how noisy and dirty Cairo is. This obviously not your fault. Therefore 3 nights was just right. We felt safe and enjoyed all that was offered. Back to Luxor and bliss. We just relaxed in the beautiful surroundings of the Jollie Ville Hotel. We did feel a little guilty towards the Guide as we didn't need him for touring as we had done that at the beginning of the holiday. So again , Thank you for your help and I will recommend your company to all. Caroline Brighton

  • February 2014

    It goes without saying that my daughter and I enjoyed our Nile Cruise with your company. I hope the message gets around that this area is safe for all and that tourism to Egypt improves for you. I must draw your attention to the services of two of your tour guides, one ,whose name I have forgotten who met us in Luxor and Alee Mustafa on the vessel. .He was affable, a great host ,spoke English impeccably and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Egypt's antiquities. With hindsight I wish now that we had added on a visit to Petra.. Ray

  • The best holiday we have ever had - March 2014

    My wife and I have just returned home 3/3/14 from the Luxor to Aswan Nile river cruise aboard the Royal Viking, And would like to thank you for what has been the best holiday we have ever had. The staff on the boat were magnificent, nothing was too much trouble, The Food and hygiene was second to none. Breath taking scenery and excellent excursions followed by relaxing on the boat was in all, perfect. A special mention to our tour guides Mohammed and Hussein who made our trip with the excellent knowledge they have and the ability to make everyone part of one big happy family, again nothing was too much trouble, they worked above and beyond the call of duty. Real ambassadors for your country. The only regret is that we had to come home, but in doing so, we have come away with fantastic memories and new friendships. Thank you all and hopefully you would do the honour and pass on our thank you to all on the Royal Viking. Best wishes and WILL see you soon Gary & Kim, Cambridge UK.

  • Royal Viking - 04 Feb 2014

    Recently returned from my visit. Thank you to Discover Egypt for a perfect trip, all reps and guides were superb. The Royal Viking met my expectations in every way. I would not hesitate to use your company for any subsequent visits. Paul North Yorkshire

  • Royal Viking - fabulous cruise - February 2014

    We have just returned from a fabulous cruise aboard Royal Viking Princess. We were absolutely delighted with the boat; it is an excellent boat with excellent facilities. The crew on board are so friendly, welcoming, professional and enjoy their work. The boat is kept spotlessly clean and well maintained; it is obviously one of the top boats cruising down the Nile. We are very impressed with Discover Egypt and will unhesitatingly recommend your company, everything was efficiently organised and we didn’t have to do a thing or worry about anything. We were met on arrival at the airport and effortlessly taken through the process of getting our visas, your representatives at the airport are very helpful. Mohsen, our tour guide in Egypt is an excellent ambassador for Discover Egypt. He is totally professional very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and was willing to do anything he could to make the holiday enjoyable for all the passengers. The tours were all of an extremely high quality and well planned out by Mohsen. Life onboard was fabulous, the food was excellent, and plenty of choices at each and every meal, and waiters were courteous, charming and very helpful and friendly to all passengers. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the crew. We had a superior cabin on the upper deck; the cabins are well furnished and maintained to an extremely high standard. Our room was kept spotless by Ali, towels changed twice a day, we always looked forward to seeing how he had sculpted the towels at night. the bed was extremely comfortable. People should come back to Egypt there is nothing to worry about, security standards are high and there is no threat, we felt completely safe. The Egyptian people are so pleased to see tourist coming to their country. The weather is so wonderful, sunny clear blue skies all day. The cruise was a wonderful experience and a wonderful memory to treasure. I wish we were still onboard. Thank you Discover Egypt for organizing such a wonderful experience for us, you are certainly an excellent tour operator. So if anyone out there is considering a holiday on the Nile, look no further than Discover Egypt, you will not regret it. L. A, Berkshire. 10 -17 February 2014

  • Second trip on Royal Viking - Fantastic - April 2013

    I had to write to say what a fantastic time I have had in Egypt. The staff on the Royal Viking are all fantastic and Mr Saleh Mohamed is a wonderful General Manager. The attention to detail is second to none and my only regret is that we had to come home. Mr Hussein Abbas our Discover Egypt tour guide is a true gentleman who knows his history, what a wonderful man and it was a real privilege to have him as our tour guide. I really cannot wait to return for my third visit and am hoping to return to do the Long Nile cruise which starts at Cairo. Anyhow just wanted to thank everyone at Discover Egypt for a fantastic holiday.

  • Marvellous trip! - April 2013

    Hello It's a few weeks since we returned from travelling with you at Easter on the Royal Viking. I just wanted to write and say thank-you to you and your staff for the marvellous trip. Our guide was Mohammed who was absolutely superb - knowledgeable and fun and taking great care of us - we felt safe at all times, even on the journey to Abu Simbel. We found our boat to be exceptionally clean with friendly, kind staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. Once we got acclimatised we realised how clever the itinerary was; giving us plenty of rest-time as well as exploring. We came at the recommendation of our aunt, and have now recommended your cruise to friends who asked about our experience. With best wishes and thanks Faith and Ashley

  • A very special holiday

    We have recently returned from a wonderful cruise on the Royal Viking (22 October 2012). We would just like to say how much we enjoyed it and how very well organised it all was. We had a superb guide in Hussein who was very knowledgeable, amusing and a lovely man. We could not find fault with anything – our cabin was lovely, cleanliness and hygiene throughout the boat was superb and the food was excellent and varied. I would like to make mention of my Coeliac condition and how everyone in the kitchen went out of their way to make sure I had the dishes that were suitable for me. The chef even went out of his way to bake me bread rolls twice during the trip with the flour that had been flown out especially. I was very touched at how much trouble you had all gone to. Thank you so much. We met some lovely people on board some of whom we will keep in touch with. We have talked about our holiday to lots of our friends and family and have highly recommended you. Thank you for a very special holiday and one we won’t forget in a hurry. Archie and Rachael – Derbyshire.

  • Well done to all on board

    Just come back from wonderful 7 night Nile cruise on the Royal Viking (12 - 19 Nov 2012) We were looked after so well. Well done to all on board, and behind the scenes The staff were excellent, lovely food, very clean, nice cabin, and a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide Ahmed. Just wished we could have stayed longer! Phil and Jane Dorset

  • Fabulous, interesting and fun!

    My daughter and I have just returned from a holiday we had aboard the Royal Viking on 24/09/2012. It was a fabulous interesting and fun holiday. I most impressed by the organization by Discover Egypt and would like to give a special thanks to our Guide Mohammed Alaa who spoke English fluently and had a great sense of humour and was very knowledgeable, also the General Manger and Chef who were always on hand guiding their staff and making sure that the boat was clean and effiently run. The staff, the boat, the itinerary and the food were of an extremely high standard. One day we had a trip around the boat and saw the kitchens and engine rooms and was blown away by the hygiene procedures (no one was ill which is amazing as I was told everyone gets problems!!) even the engine room was gleaming with no signs of oil or rust!! I would thoroughly recommend Discover Egypt and the Royal Viking to anyone contemplating a Nile Cruise. Well done.Angela and Vanessa (Poole, Dorset)

  • Royal Viking- amazing experience

    I have just returned from a weeks Nile Cruise on the Royal Viking and would like to thank everyone involved in making the holiday the most amazing experience I have ever had. The boat exceeded all my expectations - the rooms were so spacious, comfortable and spotless. The whole hygiene regime for the entire boat was incredible. The food was delicious.The crew on the boat all went out of their way to help you and they were all so friendly. everything was perfect. Thank you to you all. Fiona (Colchester) 24.09.12.10.12

  • Dealing with your company has been a pleasure

    Just a quick e-mail to say Thank you! People are very quick to complain, but are never as quick to tell people when something is good! We have just arrived back from our Nile cruise on the Royal Viking and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The crew were extremely professional and the boat was spotless. We had a really good time. The tours and additional trips were well organised. Our guide for the duration was a chap called Ismail and being part of his group (known as The Family) was so enjoyable. His knowledge was endless and his explanations of the temples etc was brilliant. He kept us all entertained! It was a packed itinerary with some early starts, but was worth every minute. Dealing with you and your company has been a pleasure and we would be glad to receive any info re other tours you offer Thank you once again Sheila - Preston.

  • Incredibly impressed

    I would like to take this chance to say how incredibly impressed we were with the organisation of the whole Cruise from Discover Egypt. Everything ran very efficiently and our guide Yazzer was amazing in knowledge and personality! Please pass this message onto all involved please. I would also like to say how impressed we were with our Easyjet flights - on time both ways. They beat the charters hands down with more leg room too! With their move to allocated seating they are our preferred choice of carrier to Luxor for the future. Many thanks to everyone again Andrew - London

  • We enjoyed the whole experience

    We are just back from our Nile cruise on the Royal Viking (cruise dates 23- 30 July 2012 [Luxor/Aswan], and I thought I would drop you a note to let you know how much we enjoyed the whole experience. The crew and guide were without exception helpful, attentive, informative and generous with their time, and we would recommend Discover Egypt [and the Royal Viking] to anyone contemplating a holiday break in Egypt. Best Wishes - Dennis & Susan - Hampshire.

  • Royal Viking recommended

    My partner and I have just returned from a week on a Royal Viking cruise on the Nile. We found the attention to organisation, hygiene, and general cleanliness on board was most impressive. In addition, the successive range of choices at each meal was very unexpected and with excellent quality to match. Staff went out of their way to make everyone feel at home in a quiet and efficient way.

  • Discover Egypt and Royal Viking is a marriage made in heaven

    How fantastic you did it again! Full Marks for the Nile Cruise . Discover Egypt and Royal Viking is a marriage made in heaven . The boat is beautiful, we had a top deck cabin beautifully furnished with wood panelling, a huge bed ,flat screen TV ( English channels) mini-bar fridge and a Juliette balcony. The bathrooms are lovely too with a very good shower and also wood panelling. The staff on the boat were friendly and helpful. The level of cleanliness was astounding throughout the boat .Those passengers who did the boat tour also saw the kitchens and reported them to be state of the art with all systems designed to avoid stomach upsets only mineral water is used and UV lights kill anything that should not be there. Also as an additional precaution ice cream was not available and in the summer butter is not provided. There are antiseptic hand gel dispensers throughout the boat including the entrance to the restaurant. Out of the 64 cabins only 50% were occupied so we had a fairly small group and everyone got on well so we had a sort of house party atmosphere .The fancy dress party night was hilarious with everyone in Arab dress. The food on the boat was very good with plenty of choice and nicely presented. We had 3 meals per day plus afternoon tea when sailing. Drinks, wine, beer etc were modestly priced (£2.50 for a 500cl bottle beer, £15 for a bottle of wine). Tipping was done at the end of the trip so no there was no hassle on that. What made the cruise exceptional was the Discover Egypt tour guides. Our group of 30 had Sherry a lady with a Masters in Egyptology. Her historical knowledge was vast ,she could read hieroglyphics and had an infectious enthusiasm for her subject. She brought the historical sights to life so much that the Egyptian Gods and kings seemed to come out of the walls to accompany us. This trip is not just about the history as we saw plenty of the real Egypt in the small towns that we visited, The horse carriage ride at Edfu is particularly good for this .We visited a Nubian camel farm too and that was an great insight into the rural life in the Nile Valley. Easter is the end of their season and the weather was getting hot - over 40 degrees by the time we left, this necessitated some early starts. 7am for the Valley of the Kings, necessary because doing the valley in the heat of the day would be impossible. Abu Simbel is a 3 hour drive across the desert towards the Sudan border and we left the boat at 4am for the coach trip to see it. Please tell your clients that this is a must see. It is awe inspiring and should not be missed. Just a word about the street traders and various hustlers. Suggest to clients to have plenty of small denomination notes. NOTHING comes free in Egypt. If someone gives you directions or if you take their photo they will want money. Egypt is cheap and the street traders expect hard haggling Their starting price is usually 5 or 6 times the actual price. Haggle hard as they will never sell at a loss and walking away brings the price crashing down. This was a superb trip and we have made some good friends on it . Graham and Heather

  • The whole trip was great

    I would like to relay my thanks for a fantastic holiday from Luxor to Aswan. The trip was fantastic - our guide Hussein was amazing - his knowledge, expertise and character was exceptional. I wanted to email to let you know what a fantastic member of staff you have working for you. The whole trip was great but Hussein really made it worthwhile

  • Exemplary...

    On arriving at Luxor airport we were very pleased to see the Discover Egypt people meet us before passport control to give us our visas and tell us that payment would be on board later…very efficient! We enjoyed the boat very much and were lucky in being put on a table with 3 other couples with whom we got along famously…a real bonus! The food and service on board was excellent and hygiene was paramount..we got a tour round the kitchens later in the week which were exemplary. Our guide, Aladdin, was superb. He not only spoke perfect English but had a great sense of humour and was amazingly knowledgeable on all things Egyptian. His explanations at all the places we visited were comprehensive without being boring! We were pleased to have plenty of free time, at most of the places, to wander around and get back to the coach when we wanted. The boat crew were very efficient from the cabin cleaners (with their towel sculptures!) to the restaurant staff who cleared away very quickly and were all approachable and friendly.

  • Fabulous Holiday

    We would just like to say what a fabulous holiday we had on the Royal Viking on the Nile Cruise from Luxor to the dam and back 5 March 2012. The staff, the boat, the food, the cabins etc., were of an extremely high standard and we could not fault our 7 days. The staff were so courteous and helpful to our every needs. Our guide Imera was excellent, the trips were great, especially the trip to Abul Simbul, although a 3.am start was worth every minute we spent at the temples. Your staff who met us at the airports on arrival and departures was also excellent, especially our flight back, Luxor Cairo Heathrow - no problems. We hope to do Lake Nasser in the future and will not hesitate to use Discover Egypt again John and Naomi

  • One of the best holidays I've had

    I had a terrific holiday in every respect. The organisation by Discover Egypt was excellent, as was the local guide, Amira. The boat, Royal Viking, was very well appointed, and the crew, who matched the passengers on a one to one basis in terms of numbers, were all very helpful and friendly. There was a nice mix of visits and free time, and I managed to fit in a massage by the resident masseuse.... .. all in all, one of the best holidays I've had, and Diane was of the same opinion. Thank you again for all your help.

  • Most memorable holiday

    My wife and I spent 6th to 13th Feb 2012 on the Royal Viking and would like you to know that it was the most memorable holiday we have ever had in our 44 years of marriage. It was a truly unforgetable experience and one we will never forget. We would just like you to know that it was such a pleasure to be treated so well by your staff and we would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone at all. Thank you so much for for providing such an adventure, we can't thank you enough.