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Pharaohs & Pyramids

Embark on an unparalleled voyage along the legendary Nile River. This luxury cruise unveils Egypt’s captivating history and mesmerising landscapes. Sail through timeless towns, explore iconic wonders, and immerse yourself in the cultural marvels of this remarkable region.

Visit the Temple of Luxor, the Sphinx, the necropolis of Sakkara, and a host of many more magnificent sites. Explore your surroundings at your leisure and bask in the unrivalled charm and mystique of Egypt.

As you cruise along the Nile, savour gourmet cuisine, revel in top-notch entertainment and unwind in the opulence of your cruise ship. Your Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise guarantees unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime memories that promise lasting joy and a collection of stories for the ages.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Osiris + 4 more
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Jan - Jun & Aug - Dec
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Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise Itinerary

Your maritime adventure includes visits to iconic landmarks like the Citadel of Salah el Din, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the Giza Pyramids, and the Temple of Karnak. Explore the mystical necropolis of Sakkara, the charming town of Esna, and the stunning Temples of Philae. Enjoy hot air balloon rides, traditional Egyptian cuisine, and leisurely explorations of historic landmarks. Your Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise promises an unforgettable blend of culture, history, and relaxation.

Day 1


Arrive and check in to your hotel.

Day 2


Visit the Citadel of Salah el Din and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. After, visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Experience shopping at Khan el-Khalili followed by a traditional Egyptian dinner.

Day 3


Visit the necropolis of Sakkara and the Giza Plateau to see the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the renowned Sphinx.

Day 4


Explore the Temple of Karnak and the Luxor Heritage Centre, as well as the Luxor Library. Visit the Temple of Luxor.

Day 5


Tour Dendera Temple and explore its subterranean necropolis and crypts. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

Day 6


Discover the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of Queens.

Day 7


Visit the Esna temple, primarily dedicated to the god Khnum. Explore the well-preserved Hypostyle Hall and its ancient wall paintings. Explore the town of Esna on foot.

Day 8


Visit the Aswan Dam before exploring a local market, then take a felucca ride on the Nile. Visit the temples at Abu Simbel.

Day 9

Aswan / Kom Ombo

Experience a Nubian village visit, followed by a visit to the Temples of Philae. Learn how papyrus is created at the Papyrus Institute. Visit the dual temple of Kom Ombo.

Day 10

Edfu / Luxor

Ride a horse-drawn calèche to the Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Day 11


Discover Coptic Cairo and visit the Coptic Museum, Ben Ezra Synagogue, and the Hanging Church. Visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before returning to your hotel.

Day 12


Finish your wonderful cruise holiday with one last day in Cairo. Experience the bustling streets one last time before you go home to sunny England

Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise Ships

Viking Osiris

Sail the famous Nile on Viking Osiris, the most upscale and state-of-the-art ship on the river. Savour Viking’s hallmark Scandinavian design aesthetic, blending understated elegance with maximum comfort and luxury for an epic voyage.

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Take to the Nile and all her treasures with Crui.se

11 Nights
Jan Jun
Aug Dec

Pharaohs & Pyramids

  • Cairo
  • Luxor
  • Qena
  • Esna
  • Aswan
  • Aswan / Kom Ombo
  • Edfu / Luxor
£6,495pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Osiris + 4 more ships  

Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise Review

“I’m thrilled to share my journey on the Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise. Everything was perfect, from the landscapes to the historic landmarks to the Nile itself. We got to explore iconic sites like the Temple of Luxor and the Sphinx, though I have to say my favourite excursion was shopping at Khan el-Khalili. The cuisine onboard the ship was amazing and the Lounge was the perfect place to meet new friends. I’m so glad I got to experience the magic of Egypt and on a cruise no less!”

Sofia Mitchell, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Pharaohs & Pyramids FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Can I extend my stay in Egypt before or after the cruise?

Yes, you can. You can do this by purchasing a pre or post-cruise extension.

What should I wear during the cruise and onshore excursions?

Dress comfortably and modestly, especially when visiting temples, mosques and other holy or religious sites. Lightweight, breathable clothing and comfortable walking shoes are also recommended, particularly in hot weather.

What are the main highlights of the Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise?

This depends on your preferences, but there are many excursions available to visit historic landmarks, explore your surroundings and see the beautiful landscapes of Egypt.

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