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Pharaohs & Pyramids - Cairo to Cairo - 2025

Cairo, Egypt Round-trip
Length: 12 Days - Departs: Wed, Nov 26, 2025
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Departure
Nov 26, 2025
Arrival
Dec 07, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Cairo
    Wed, Nov 26, 2025

    It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

  2. Day 2
    Cairo
    Thu, Nov 27, 2025

    It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

  3. Day 3
    Cairo
    Fri, Nov 28, 2025

    It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

  4. Day 4
    Luxor
    Sat, Nov 29, 2025

    Luxor is set on the east bank of the Nile River and once served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with beautiful colonial hotels and some of the world’s most ancient and significant ruins. Many consider this city, watched over by graceful single-sailed feluccas plying the Nile, one of the world’s great open air museums. The sprawling Temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank are linked by the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. On the west bank, in the Valley of the Kings, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs.

  5. Day 5
    Qena
    Sun, Nov 30, 2025

    Known in ancient Egypt as Caene, Qena’s situation on the banks of the Nile River has bolstered its prosperity over millennia. Merchants and travelers have long journeyed here from the Red Sea, through the valley, bringing goods from Persia and beyond. The Sheikh el-Qenawi Mosque on the main square serves as a monument to the city’s rich and all-embracing Islamic and Sufi past. Qena is mostly known as the gateway to the magnificent ruins of the Dendera Temple. Its stone gate and towering columns adorned with hieroglyphics are some of Egypt’s best-preserved structures.

  6. Day 6
    Luxor
    Mon, Dec 01, 2025

    Luxor is set on the east bank of the Nile River and once served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with beautiful colonial hotels and some of the world’s most ancient and significant ruins. Many consider this city, watched over by graceful single-sailed feluccas plying the Nile, one of the world’s great open air museums. The sprawling Temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank are linked by the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. On the west bank, in the Valley of the Kings, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs.

  7. Day 7
    Esna
    Tue, Dec 02, 2025

    Ancient Egyptians knew Esna as Latopolis, named for the largest of the perch species that swam in the Nile’s sacred waters. Its ancient past lives on in the colorful street market overflowing with fabrics, carpets, brassware, mother-of-pearl keepsakes and more. Esna’s glorious Temple of Khnum is celebrated for its 1st-century Roman Hypostyle Hall, 24 columns topped with intricately carved floral capitals. Its walls are adorned with images of Roman emperors making offerings to Egyptian gods.

  8. Day 8
    Aswan
    Wed, Dec 03, 2025

    Aswan stands at what was once the northern border of ancient Nubia, a remarkable region that encompassed the land eastward from the Libyan Desert to the Red Sea and northward from central Sudan to southern Egypt. As a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, present-day Aswan strives to preserve its rich heritage. Its efforts include the Aswan Folk Dance Troupe that performs internationally, the Nubian Museum showcasing Nubian daily life and craftwork, and the Aswan International Symposium of Sculpture encouraging the practice of ancient Egyptian granite stone carving.

  9. Day 11
    Cairo
    Sat, Dec 06, 2025

    It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

  10. Day 12
    Cairo
    Sun, Dec 07, 2025

    It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

Countries Visited

Egypt

Rivers Visited

Nile

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Inclusions

12 Days 11 Guided Tours / 1 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 11 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Viking Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 2368 reviews about Viking Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

If you're into Egyptian History, this is a Wonderful trip experience.

We are big Viking fans having sailed with them 10 times. The Christmas market sailings are always magical. Knowing what I know now I would not book a last sailing before they lay the ships up for winter. It seems some maintenance was simply deferred for their upkeep period instead of being addressed. For example, one of the two coffee stations was out of order the entire time and the second failed near the end of the voyage, It also seemed they were not fully staffed which led to a lot of wait time for meal service.

Everything was great No complaints from me Service, food and people great

Viking had the best staff for attentiveness to every need. They supplied large umbrellas (rained every day) and gave out water for excursions. The guides for the excursions were local but English was easily understood and they were both knowledgeable and able to entertain. French balcony was perfect for fall trip.

Viking may cost a little more, but they offer a complete package that is worry free.

We had a great time seeing all the castles and cathedrals on our river cruise from Paris to Zurich.

Our trip was wonderful. Everything was very organized. The New York Hotel in Budapest was fabulous. Can't say enough positives about our trip.

We experienced a wonderful journey along the Danube river (from Budapest to Regensburg). Our room was very clean and all the programs was exactly as they were explained.

The operator, Viking, Met all of our expectations and provided exemplary service. We will continue to book trips with this operator.

Travelers to Europe in the fall should be aware of the fact that low water does happen on the rivers and be prepared to have to swap ships or have their trip adjusted or changed depending on the company. We made 2 ship swaps on Viking and it was seamless and did not affect our itinerary, but other cruise lines were not so lucky on the Danube.

This was our first River Cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Service on the ship was impeccable, from cleaning to dining. The local tour guides all spoke very good English, and although they sometimes gave us more history than we would remember, they were engaging and interesting. Busses were provided for city and optional tours and the drivers were incredible navigating huge busses through narrow streets. The cities on the itinerary were chosen well for their beauty and historical values. Altogether one of the best trips we have ever taken,

A wonderful and seamless trip from the day of booking until our arrival home!

Viking is the right luxury level for us.

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