What a wonderful experience - cruising down the Nile River - stopping off at various temples and places on route to Aswan. We were on the vessel Amarco - our tour guide Tony was incredible - so much knowledge. The boat was very well equipped and nothing was too much trouble for the staff - we had a great time and would definitely recommend this cruise. We did an optional tour to Abu Simbel which was amazing - definitely worth the trip. The tombs at The Valley of the Kings were unbelievable and we paid the extra to see Seti's tomb - no words to describe it a very worthwhile recommendation from Tony
This was an amazing experience. Our assigned guide Tony Adel was wonderful. He, like all guides is a university trained Eygptologist and really knows his stuff. He made history come alive. We had originally booked for a group tour but VIiator upgraded us to a private tour. If I had known more when I originally booked I would have paid the extra money for the private tour. Tony was our guide for the entire 5 day trip.
As far at the cruise itself, Viator also upgraded us to a Suite which gave us a little more room and allowed us access to the bridge. The staff on the boat were without exception very kind, helpful and hard working. The food was so so but ok. Our boat the MS Dolphin was a little worn but comfortable.
We would highly recommend this trip the people of Egypt are very welcoming and we at no time felt under any sort of threat. Tourism is a way down from a few years ago and the tourism industry really needs support. As a result rates are very reasonable. We highly recommend this trip it is one of the best experiences that we have ever had while travelling.
We had a very enjoyable Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Tourism in Egypt has taken a major hit since the 2011 revolution, and although we felt very safe and well looked after, both the ship and the sites we visited felt very quiet. We did not sign up for the private guide option, but in the end had only one other couple in our group. The food on board the ship was excellent, and the staff made a huge effort despite there being only 18 passengers on board. The temples and tombs we visited were extraordinary - really must see. Great photos and some fantastic memories from each place. There were a few touristy places e.g. demonstrations of how alabaster is carved, or textiles or papyrus is made, followed by hard sells of those products which we could have done without, but others may find them interesting or welcome the shopping opportunities. In particular, our guide Michael was outstanding - really a great guide, highly knowledgable, fluent in three languages, and a nice guy as well.
The ship Mirage 1 was really old. There was not much to do on board: tiny pool not very clean, one cafeteria-style restaurant with limited hours, only one English CNN TV channel, a closet sized really fitness room. The activities usually lasted half of a day. For the rest of the time, you are stuck on this little ship.
I met an Australian family while flying into Luxor and out of Aswan. The joined a land based tour with similar itinerary and had a much better time.
To illustrate the size of this ship, it can only hold less than 150 guests. That along with the age of the ship makes it undesirable for spending 4 or 5 days there.
We have booked more day trips, tours and transfers than I can remember with Viator and so far all have gone like clock work, this one included. The cruise is a must as you get to see much of the country side along with tours off the ship and at the end of the day thank god for the pool and bar, it can be hot here.The feel of the ship is classical and very clean, well serviced and good food. Had a great time.
My son and I highly recommend a Nile Cruise. It's the best way to see many of the sights in a relaxing way. Traveling can be a hassle in Egypt and this tour avoided many of those. Plenty of time to relax on the boat, to swim, etc. The boat of the local contact was only about 1/4 occupied and our tour only had 4 people so we got a lot of personal attention. Food was great and we ate too much. September, though hot, is a great time to visit Egypt, i.e. many fewer people. At some places we were the only visitors. The guide was very informative, but not overbearing. We highly recommend this trip. The only thing that was a little different than expected is that it is really only 2 days of actually cruising the Nile. Two of the 4 nights are spent in port (Luxor and Aswan), but it includes tours to sights in both of those places. A 3 day cruise would spend just as much time on the river but you would have to visit key Luxor and Aswan sights on your own. There were several extras that we hadn't expected, e.g. a carriage ride in Edfu and a Felluca ride in Aswan, all covered in the package. We were very satisfied.
The crusie itself was amazing. The daily sight seeing involves a lot of walking, though most of the transportantion is air conditioned vehicles, you do travel using horse and carriage. The food and service onboard the ship is amazing, and the evening entertainment is fantastic. The only minus point is that the ship don't provide any complementry drinks. You are also expected to tip at the end of the cruise roughly 25 LE pp each day the same goes with your tour guide. Overall it is a lovely experience for both old and young.