- Temple of Luxor
Known as ‘the southern sanctuary’, the ancient temple complex at Luxor was used in both the1977 James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and the 1978 Agatha Christie mystery, ‘Death on the Nile’.
- Cruise the Nile
What better way to see the ancient sites of the Nile than on a memorable river cruise!
- Temple of Karnak
The vast Karnak Temple complex is one of the most important religious centres of ancient times.
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From the Nile to the Red Sea
Egyptfrom £1,899 per person
2 passengers 14 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
- Local flights
- All Inclusive
Combine a Nile cruise with a hotel stay on the Red Sea
Experience 5,000 years of history and witness life by the Nile on this cruise and stay holiday to Egypt. Sail along the iconic River Nile, from Luxor to Aswan and back, aboard the 5-star MS Livingstone. Visit a selection of ancient sites including the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Karnak and Luxor, as well as the Aswan High Dam, considered a modern day wonder. Then, experience the golden beaches and clear waters of the Red Sea with a seven-night, all inclusive stay in the historic city of Quseir.
7 nights in a hotel and 7 on board cruise ship
41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
Free bar open 11 hours a day
Saga tour manager
- Wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels and on board the ship
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK
Included Excursions and visits
- The Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun's Tomb
- Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon
- Temples of Karnak and Luxor
- Visit the Nubian Museum
- Visiting the Aswan High Dam
- Temple of Philae
- Felucca ride to Kitchener's Island to visit the botanical gardens
- Kom Ombo Temple
- Quseir city tour
- Watch a desert sunset
- On board Livingstone, there will be bathrobes and slippers, fruit and water on arrival, and tea and coffee-making facilities replenished daily in your cabin
Day 1 UK-Cairo-Luxor
Fly to Cairo, then take an internal flights to Luxor.
Transfer to the port where you'll embark MS Livingstone (5⚓), late this evening.
Day 2 Luxor-Edfu
Luxor is in the heart of Upper Egypt and was the spiritual capital of Egypt for 15 centuries. It's in a beautiful setting as the Nile is almost a mile wide at this point and bordered by a patchwork quilt of greens and browns. After breakfast, tour the West Bank and the tombs of the famous Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs were buried. You’ll visit the Tomb of Tutankhamun and can also explore the Two Colossi of Memnon and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
This afternoon, cruise south via the Esna lock to Edfu where you moor overnight. B, L, D
Please note: the Valley of Kings has numerous steps and will involve walking a distance of approximately two miles.
Day 3 Edfu-Kom Ombo-Aswan
This morning, an optional excursion visits Edfu Temple by horse-drawn carriage. After lunch, cruise to Kom Ombo Temple which dates from the Graeco-Roman period, and, unique in Egypt, is dedicated to two gods – Haroeris and Sobek.
Enjoy afternoon tea, as you sail to Aswan where you’ll moor for the next three nights. B, L, D
Day 4 Aswan
Visit the Aswan High Dam, considered one of the modern wonders of the world.
Built in the 1960s, the dam stands at 2900 feet wide at the base, two miles long and 360 feet high, with its construction resulting in the creation of Lake Nasser, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Next, travel by boat to Agilka Island to see the Temple of Philae. This complex of structures was one of the last Egyptian temples to be used for worship and, upon construction of the Aswan High Dam, was carefully dismantled and moved from its original location and rebuilt in the present site.
This afternoon, visit the Nubian Museum, home to over 3,000 Egyptian artefacts representing Nubian culture and civilisation.
After dinner there is the option to return to the Philae Temple for a sound and light show. B, L, D
Day 5 Aswan
Spend a relaxing morning at leisure, or join an optional visit to the famous Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.
The four, 69-foot high seated figures of Ramses II guard the temple's facade and this ancient rock-hewn temple is one of the most impressive monuments in Nubia. This afternoon sail across the Nile by traditional felucca to the beautiful botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. The gardens feature plants from the Far East, India and parts of Africa, covering an area of over six acres. B, L, D
Day 6 Aswan to Luxor
Enjoy the day sailing back to Luxor. This is the perfect opportunity to observe life by the Nile from the top deck. B, L, D
Day 7 Luxor
From your mooring on the East Bank, spend the morning exploring the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
One of the most important religious centres of ancient times, Karnak Temple is a vast complex with three main temples and several smaller ones radiating outwards from them. As it was customary to offer the spoils of war to the gods, the temples were built in celebration of victorious campaigns in Africa and Asia. In contrast, Luxor Temple is much smaller, and the Egyptians called it the ‘harem of Amun’. It was used for only one month a year at the festival of Opet.
Return to the ship for lunch, and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. This evening there is the opportunity to return to Karnak Temple for a sound and light show. B, L, D
Day 8 Luxor to Quseir
After breakfast, disembark and drive to the Quseir (200 miles, four hours) stopping en route for a comfort break.
Stay seven nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Resort (4Q). The hotel is designed in a neo-Nubian style to blend with the local architecture, and features a private beach, man-made lagoon, swimming pool, two restaurants, a spa, gym and free bar. A 30-minute foot massage at the spa is included during your stay.
The afternoon is at leisure. B, L, D
Day 9 Quseir
Experience the Egypt of yesteryear in this traditional town of two-storey buildings and narrow streets. Its golden age was during the mid-19th century when it became a crossroads for pilgrims en route to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and the city has little changed since then. A half-day tour of Quseir today will show you the 13th-century mosque, the Italian church and the Ottoman fortress to which admission is included too.
The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D
Day 10 - 13 Quseir
Make the most of the hotel's excellent facilities, explore Quseir independently or take advantage of the hotel's fabulous setting on the Red Sea, which is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.
There are a number of optional excursions available during your stay. B, L, D
Day 14 Quseir
Enjoy another day at leisure, then this evening, head into the desert for a traditional Bedouin experience.
Learn about the Bedouin way of life, with tea included, and the chance to watch the sunset on your return journey. B, L, D
Day 15 Quseir-Hurghada-Cairo-UK
Depart early this morning to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your holiday in Quesir or Cairo. B
Sound and light show at Philae Temple
The gods of ancient Egypt are resurrected in this dramatic interpretation of the history of the Philae Temple. The island setting and floodlit temple create a special atmosphere where you can let your imagination run wild to conjure up images of the goddess Isis and her son Horus, as well as the high priests who once worshipped them here.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Abu Simbel - by road
Travel by coach from Aswan to Abu Simbel and continue to the complex of temples which are hewn from pink sandstone. Ramses II built the main temple, as well as the Temple of Hathor in honour of this goddess of love and music, and of Nefertari, who as his wife was automatically a deified queen.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Join a snorkelling trip and explore the Red Sea's colourful underwater world at Utopia Island where you can witness colourful marine life of teaming around the coral reef.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary