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Nile Cruise & Luxor 14 nights

Combine a cruise on the legendary Nile with a stay in Luxor. A Nile Cruise is an ideal way to see the fabulous sights of Upper Egypt. All our boats offer a good standard of accommodation with warm, friendly service creating a relaxed and intimate cruising experience. Combine this with the fascinating city of Luxor. On the banks of the Nile, Luxor has plenty to see and do. Enjoy a felucca ride along the river, stroll through the bustling markets or spend an interesting afternoon in the Luxor Museum.

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Reviews

  • Wonderful holiday May 2017

    Nile Cruise April 24th - 8th May Couldn't let the moment pass without thanking you and the staff at Discover Egypt for a wonderful holiday. I have seen other reports on your site and you are obviously well accustomed to receiving high praise for your holidays. All richly deserved. In brief then, Islam, our local guide was brilliant in every way. Personable, knowledgeable and highly effective, well done. His attention to detail and keeping the hassle at bay was only truly appreciated when we went solo the second week and realised how much of the strain he took. Hang on to him, he's a gem. MS Mayfair was an excellent vessel where the staff seemed genuinely pleased to see us and we all got on very well which made for an easy and relaxed cruise. I am sure it helped that the boat was barely half full. We even invented a new Cocktail with them using available local components allowed under the Inclusive drinks package (a Ramzi, one part gin, one part Hibiscus juice [Karkade] and two parts tonic, plenty of ice - very refreshing). Once we worked out what was included in the drinks package that worked well. Food was excellent throughout although a full 4 courses at lunch was more than most of our group ever needed. Excellent buffets and not a hint of tummy trouble. Tea and cake on the sun deck as the sun went down will live long in the memory. The Cruise to Aswan and back was delightful and the programme struck a good balance between full on Tomb and Temple viewing and relaxing. There is something almost surreal about docking in the shadows of a 4000-year-old temple. I am sure there are restrictions but if there is scope to make more of the Aswan High Dam visit that would be great. It is an extraordinary feat of engineering and a nice contrast with the ancient history. The second week spent at the Jolie Ville hotel was also excellent and we even hired Islam for a half day excursion because he had been so great. It was somewhat pricey but a very good morning out to the West Bank that enabled us to see some of the tombs we had been unable to visit earlier. Here the staff were, if anything, even more hospitable and eager to please and the value was exceptional. We do appreciate that it has been very hard this last six years and credit to the hotel management for keeping the staff engaged and maintaining high standards. Having what looked like half an acre of swimming pool and two pool staff effectively to ourselves certainly made us feel pampered. The variety of bird life and the gardens were joys you don't get in classic high rise chain hotels. We would certainly go back. EgyptAir were fine. Not the high-water mark of the trip but competent and in our experience, on time. The immigration process is a bit of a chore but you have no control over that and it passes soon enough. A delay at Luxor International Airport might alter our view on that! I am not sure how one gets the message out that Egypt is a safe and enjoyable place to visit, certainly the area around Luxor and Aswan. We will certainly be making our views clear and I hope people will be prepared to give the area a chance because it represents a unique experience at great value and meeting local people who were hospitable and charming. Andy,Debe,Trevor,Alison

  • Wonderful week May 2016

    Mercure Karnak Luxor After a week cruising the Nile between Luxor and Aswan on the MS Mayfair, we spent our second week from 9th May 2016 to 16th May at the Mercure Karnak Luxor hotel. I chose this hotel, based on the fact that it was situated on the outskirts of Luxor and therefore likely to be more peaceful and also due to the brochure pictures which showed a beautiful swimming pool area and very impressive looking gardens. We were not disappointed in our choice. Everything was exactly as it was portrayed in the brochure with the exception that everything was much larger in real life. The hotel grounds were vast and beautifully tended to. The swimming pool was enormous and made to look even bigger by the fact there were only ever a few people using it. The Opet restaurant defies description. It was capable of seating several hundred people and is designed in the form of an Egyptian temple. It was a beautiful location for meals. The standard of cuisine was excellent. The food was plentiful and there was always numerous varieties of dishes to choose from the chef was always there offering to cook special dishes if you did not fancy what was already on offer. It was actually upsetting at times to see all the hard work and preparation that had gone into the meals and then to find that you were the only two people dining. There were hardly any guests staying at the hotel which is suffering badly from the drop in tourism and yet it is as safe to holiday in Egypt as any other holiday destination and at no time during our stay did we feel in any danger. High time that more flight are made available to Luxor and from more destinations! We cannot praise the staff highly enough. The restaurant, reception, pool, bar, gardening and cleaning staff all did a wonderful job and were without exception a credit to their hotel. The hotel was on the outskirts of Luxor and was even further out than the Luxor Hilton where I had stayed a few times in the past but taxis were readily available from reception and at very reasonable fixed prices per return journey. We met a charming taxi driver by the name of Tarek Crocodile and used his air conditioned taxi for all of our trips and excursions throughout the week. His prices were fixed and very reasonable and the service he provided was excellent. When the organized excursion to Dendera and Abydos could not take place as I was the only person wanting to go, I merely hired Tarek and his taxi for the day and so did not miss out. Temperatures during our second week were even hotter than the first week and several days actually came with a government health warning to stay indoors. We, however were quite comfortable poolside, under a shade and ordering endless drinks as part of the all- inclusive package! The only minor criticism we had of the hotel was that the rooms had only two power points with the TV connected to one and the kettle to another and the position of these power points made it virtually impossible for the elderly or infirm to reach them. Our problem was resolved by the receptionist who provided us with an extension cable. Other than that we had no complaints and would be very happy to stay at the hotel in the future and to recommend it to family and friends. This hotel deserves many more guests than it is currently receiving and I hope tourist numbers soon increase. Egypt is a country strongly dependent on tourism and if you consider that annual tourist numbers have dropped from 14 million to 1 million it might give you an idea of how the people are struggling. They need your support so drop be afraid to holiday in Egypt. We had a wonderful two weeks and will be returning in the future. Paul and Anne - Scotland.

  • Wonderful holiday - February 2014

    Hi, We returned on 22nd February 2014 from a wonderful holiday to Cairo and Luxor with you. The service we received from you was second to none from the minute we booked, The travel agent we used had never been there so we were reliant on information from your staff to help pick hotels etc.., They help us pick the most wonderful hotels, where the staff were outstanding. The Mercure Cairo le Sphinx was wonderful, your staff recommended having the pyramid view room, and the view was great, and well worth the extra cost. I asked for something a bit special for Luxor and your staff suggested The winter pavilion, and it certainly was special, the whole hotel and its staff was amazing, The reps that met us at the airports were fantastic, we had Assem Saladin at Cairo and Mohamed at Luxor, and both gave more than first class service, we managed to leave our tablets in Cairo and between the Assem, Mohamed and the hotel they did their best to get them to us, When this couldn't be done, (not through lack of trying), Mohamed asked the guide we had for trips (sorry i cant remember his name) to take us to a chemist and they managed to get the most important ones. We have never received service like this from any other holiday company. We will be telling anyone wanting to go to Egypt, to use yourselves as they wont get a better holiday from anyone else. We ourselves will always use you for any holidays we take to Egypt in the future. Thank you for a wonderful holiday and wonderful service. Paula and Philip Bournemouth.

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