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The Desert Rose Resort is a luxurious 5-star resort in the coastal city of Hurghada. Blessed with its own private beach, a spa and fitness centre and a fully equipped diving centre which also runs expeditions on glass-bottomed boats, it’s a hotel rich on amazing facilities. Dining at the Desert Rose Resort is equally impressive with five bespoke restaurants on offer for guests to take advantage of. Among these, there is an international buffet restaurant, a Mexican eatery and a charming seaside bistro specialising in seafood. Additionally, there are 10 bars for guests to sample including a British-style pub, a poolside option and a shisha corner.
After a few days relaxing by the sea, the next part of your holiday will see you glide gently down the mighty Nile, exploring ancient sites and soaking up more sun along the way. The good ship MS Royal Viking will be your vessel for this exciting cruise, and each day will expose you to something new and interesting.
Day 1: Luxor
Setting off on the 5-star luxury MS Royal Viking, over-nighting on board in Luxor.
Day 2: Luxor, East Bank
Visit during the morning to the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank. Sail to Edfu after lunch, and overnight in Edfu.
Day 3: Aswan
See the Ptolemaic temples of Kom Ombo and Sobek chapel, after sailing for most of the morning. Continue on sail to the ancient city Aswan.
Day 4: Aswan
Today the ship calls at the Philae Island where the temple to the Goddess Isis dominates the landscape. Next on the agenda is a visit to another majestic construction, the mighty High Dam. You’ll also have the choice between a free afternoon in Aswan, an optional excursion to a Nubian village, or an optional camel ride along the Nile. Overnight on board in Aswan.
Day 5: Edfu
Carved out of the rocks in Southern Egypt the impressive Abu Simbel Temples were built to not only honour the gods, but also to elevate King Ramesses to a similar status. There is an optional visiting to this site, after which the tour continues to the old city of Edfu. Overnight on board in Edfu.
Day 6: Luxor
This morning you will sail to Esna - home to the stunning Temple of Khnum. The ship docks in the city, allowing you to explore the ancient site that was built to honour the god of creation and the Nile, Khnum. After this, in the afternoon there is an optional city tour to the heart of Luxor.
Day 7: Luxor, West Bank
The last stop on the tour, and by no means the least. Today, you’ll be taking in the spectacular sights that abound in the Valley of the Kings. The burial site for numerous Egyptian pharaohs, this area is packed with both history and myths. The tour will include visits to the Hatshepsut Temple and the majestic Colossi of Memnon. There is an optional evening visit to the sound and light show at Karnak Temple.
Day 8: Luxor
The cruise returns to where you set out over a week ago. Enjoy breakfast on board and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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