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Nile River Cruise: MS Mayfair

4-5 Days
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US$ 1,124

FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Sail the mighty Nile River between Luxor and Aswan, visiting historical temples, tombs, and ruins in the area. You'll be guided by on-board Egyptologists during the day, and take part in leisurely activities onboard during the evening. The cruise can be taken in either direction.

This 4-5 day cruise on the Nile unveils the mysteries of Upper Egypt, with visits to Luxor, Aswan, and the awesome Valley of the Kings. It can be taken in either direction, though travelling from Luxor adds the extra day.

From Luxor, board your cruise ship and visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, dedicated to the God Amon-Ra among others. Luxor is considered the world’s greatest open-air museum, including the town of Thebes on the Nile’s western bank. This is the focus of your second day, containing the Necropolis of Thebes, and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. You’ll also visit the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, exploring these awesome limestone tombs.

Sail to Edfu, home to the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt, where the god is said to have battled with Set, the god of chaos. Then sail on to Kom Ombo, the temple dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and Horus the Elder. Your final stop is in Aswan, Egypt’s most African city where life is slower and Nubian culture thrives. The following day, you’ll visit the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, and Elephantine Island. You’ll disembark after breakfast on your final day with time to explore Aswan on your own.

The 4-day itinerary takes you to the same sights in reverse order, within the shorter timeframe.

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4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,124

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Day 1

Embark Aswan

Today you board your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 4 days.

Aswan is the best winter resort in Egypt. On its eastern bank are mosques, bazaars, Ferial Gardens, Nubian Museum, Fatimid Cemetery, the Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, Kitchener's Island, and Elephantine Island, which is the largest in Aswan. As for its western bank, there are tombs of local Pharaonic nobles and dignitaries, the tomb of Aga Khan, the Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon, and the Old Aswan Dam.

Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock-filled dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.

A short trip on a motorboat to the temple of Philae will bring you to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights

M.S Mayfair

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    M.S Mayfair

    Experience true luxury aboard the M.S. Mayfair where exceptional services, attentive and friendly staff ensure you have a memorable experience. Sophisticated accommodation, tranquil relaxation and delectable dining are complemented by an unprecedented sense of discovery as you sail the Nile. M.S. Mayfair's classy cabins blend …

    Experience true luxury aboard the M.S. Mayfair where exceptional services, attentive and friendly staff ensure you have a memorable experience. Sophisticated accommodation, tranquil relaxation and delectable dining are complemented by an unprecedented sense of discovery as you sail the Nile. M.S. Mayfair's classy cabins blend unmatched intimacy and comfortable individuality with tasteful attention to detail.


    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Corner
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Egyptologist
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair Salon
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Lounge Bar
    • Massage Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam Room
    • Swimming Pool
    • Table Games

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Day 2

Sail Aswan to Kom Ombo to Edfu to Luxor

This morning sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple shared by two gods: Sobek and Haerois.

Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as one approach from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Return to the vessel to sail to Edfu where tour the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size of approximately 230 by 400 feet with a pylon measuring over 100 feet high. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are as beautiful as if they were carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

After returning to the ship, sail to Luxor Esna before continuing to Luxor. This evening, enjoy an Egyptian Galabeya Party onboard.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


Today after breakfast, visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari, and the Colossi Memnon.

Luxor is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt. It is considered the world's largest open-air museum with its various temples since the Pharaonic era until the Greco-Roman era, most famous of which are Karnak and Luxor Temples dedicated to the triad of Thebes. The West Bank of Luxor is known for the famous tombs of Seti I, Tut Ankh Amon, Tuthmosis III in the Valley of the Kings, and also Queen Hatchepsut's Temple.

The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each king's formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber.

The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the sacred of sacreds. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the west, on a direct axis with the Karnak Temple of Amun on the East Bank.

After lunch onboard your ship, visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons (monumental gateways), hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines, and obelisks built over centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

East Bank and Disembarkation

This morning, disembark after breakfast.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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5 days from Luxor: Mondays
4 days from Aswan: Fridays


  • 3 or 4 nights accommodation aboard the MS Mayfair Nile Cruise
  • Small group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Horus (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
  • Meals on 3 night cruise: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Meals on 4 night cruise: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable 


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

10 May 2024
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