Antares, Pharaohs & Pyramids ex Cairo Return – 22 Nov 2021

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When it comes to river cruising, Viking River Cruises is the world leader. From Europe to Russia, from China to Southeast Asia, we offer cruises that allow you to fully experience the wonders of each region. Discover the Far East with a fascinating cruisetour along the Yangtze, Mekong or Irrawaddy Rivers. Take in the European countryside along the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Elbe or Douro. Our river cruises are a great way to explore new places or see a new side of a familiar destination. And a river cruise offers unrivaled convenience – unpack once in your deluxe stateroom, relax and enjoy everything the journey has to offer. State-of-the-art ships, comfortable accommodations, regional cuisine, daily guided shore excursions, and exemplary service all add up to an unforgettable journey at an incredible value.

Viking Cruises continues the Viking tradition of exploration along the world’s great waterways.


Stateroom size: 290 sq ft
River-view stateroom with with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers


Stateroom size: 430 sq ft
River-view stateroom with with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

Stateroom size: 430 sq ft
River-view stateroom with with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers


Stateroom size: 430 sq ft
River-view stateroom with with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers


Stateroom size: 592 sq ft
River-view suite with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony off the spacious, separate sitting room & full-size veranda in the sleeping quarters
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers


Stateroom size: 829 sq ft
River-view suite with spacious, separate sitting room & floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony offering views from both, port and starboard sides
Hotel-style bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
55″ flat-screen LCD TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, BEIN Sport & individual DVD and CD player
220 volt outlets
Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Private bathroom with jet shower and jetted bathtub
Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
Bottled water replenished daily
Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

Antares - Lower Deck

Antares - Main Deck

Antares - Middle Deck

Antares - Upper Deck

Antares - Sun Deck

The Viking-operated MS Antares is a classic ship, your floating oasis as you immerse yourself in ancient Egypt. Specifically built to navigate the Nile, she is a spacious, state-of-the-art vessel with a refined, understated ambiance. Her spa facilities, Sun Deck, pool and revitalizing amenities provide a serene haven from which to explore this culturally rich destination. Accommodating just 62 guests, MS Antares offers the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 62

Ship Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sun Deck
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Hair Salon
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant


Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
22 Nov '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
23 Nov '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
24 Nov '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
25 Nov '21
Cairo, Egypt
Flight to Luxor
25 Nov '21
Luxor, Egypt
Embark
26 Nov '21
Luxor, Egypt
27 Nov '21
Qena, Egypt
28 Nov '21
Esna, Egypt
29 Nov '21
Aswan, Egypt
30 Nov '21
Aswan, Egypt
01 Dec '21
Edfu, Egypt
02 Dec '21
Luxor, Egypt
Disembark Flight to Cairo
02 Dec '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
03 Dec '21
Cairo, Egypt

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

7 Night Cruise sailing from Luxor roundtrip aboard Antares. Hotel stays pre and post-cruise in Cairo.

Uncover the ancient secrets of Egypt long buried in desert sands while experiencing the welcoming culture of today. See the pyramids from astride a majestic camel. Wander among 136 soaring pillars in Karnak Temple. Explore Dendera, one of Egypt’s best preserved and less frequented temples. Feel the Nile breeze on your cheeks as you skim its waters by traditional felucca. Delight in the fragrances of Aswan’s spice market. Join Viking and our expert Egyptologists on a 12-day Nile cruisetour into the heart of Egypt.

Day 1 Cairo, Egypt
Arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital. This pulsating, historic city was made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Make your way to the First-Class Ritz Carlton Nile (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

Day 2 Cairo, Egypt
This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After lunch, continue to the Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you can experience them as the ancients did—from astride the “ships of the desert”—during a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cairo, Egypt
Today the fascinating sights of Cairo unfold before you. Marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Then tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, and visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, use your free time in the afternoon to follow your own interests. Later, you might join an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s most famous outdoor souk (bazaar). After an orientation from your guide, you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods, from brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Azhar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 4 Luxor, Egypt
Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes beautifully set on the Nile River, where history will be brought to life by your expert Egyptologist. At the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, walk among monumental peristyles and obelisks, and learn how ancient hieroglyphics hint at the beliefs and lifestyle of ancient Egyptians. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Join an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Center, where the city’s past is preserved and shared in engaging exhibits. Enjoy an onboard dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Luxor, Egypt
Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) join an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Marvel at breathtaking views of an ancient city, the surrounding desert sands and the magnificent Nile. Later, head to the Nile’s west bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were entombed deep in the hillsides, and the Valley of the Queens, resting place of pharaohs’ wives. Here you enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs. Return to your ship as we set sail for Qena; lunch and dinner are served on board as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Qena, Egypt
This morning’s excursion takes you to the sprawling complex of Dendera. Remarkably, its fascinating Temple of Hathor was built not by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. Return to your ship after a guided visit. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Esna, Egypt
Disembark at Esna today to explore the red sandstone Temple of Khnum. In the 1st-century Hypostyle Hall, admire its 24 columns, 6 across and 4 deep, each topped by a differently designed, intricately carved floral capital. As you explore, be sure to examine the hieroglyphics depicting Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. After a guided tour, use your free time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. Alternatively, head to Esna Village on foot for a full tour of the town and its lively market scene. View the temple remains and stroll the covered street market, where you can witness an array of colorful fabrics. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Aswan, Egypt
Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. Today, you can choose to visit the Aswan High Dam, visit a local market and take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Or join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel to admire the Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh. It is dominated by 4 colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun. The statues are all of Ramses, with his queen and daughters at his feet. Moved from its original location near Aswan to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, it was built as a tribute to the deities and Ramses II’s favorite wife, Nefertari. Make the most of your overnight stay with an optional sound and light show at Philae Temple, and discover the legend of Goddess Isis and God Osiris. Afterward, return to your ship for dinner on board and spend the night in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Aswan, Egypt
After breakfast, receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you visit the elementary school and are invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. Then, visit Philae Temple—the small, elegant Temple of Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser that submerged Philae Island. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch on board as you enjoy scenic cruising along the Nile. Disembark later to explore Kom Ombo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Edfu, Egypt
This morning, ride in a horse-drawn calèche, or carriage, to the Temple of Horus. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light, it was built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This is another of Egypt’s best preserved temples, fronted by a massive wall whose entrance is flanked by 2 falcon statues. Or, you can choose to visit Edfu market with our resident chef and hear him explain this evening’s planned tasting menu. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Luxor, Egypt
Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the first-class Cairo Citystars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night and enjoy a buffet-style lunch, followed by free time, or take an optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. Return to your hotel and later enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Cairo, Egypt
(B)

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