Viking Ra, Pharaohs & Pyramids ex Cairo Return – 15 Oct 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.

Each spacious suite on Viking Ra offers understated elegance, a separate living room, and large picture windows for sweeping river views.

Suite size: 291 sq. ft.
Suites are outside with river views
Hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration) plus sofa
Two picture windows
Private bathroom with shower
Air conditioning
Telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer & safe
Flat-panel television

Each spacious suite on Viking Ra offers understated elegance, a separate living room, and large picture windows for sweeping river views. Suite size: 291 sq. ft.
Veranda Suites are outside with river views
Hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration) plus sofa
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda
Private bathroom with shower
Air conditioning
Telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer & safe
Flat-panel television

Each spacious suite on Viking Ra offers understated elegance, a separate living room, and large picture windows for sweeping river views. Suite size: 291 sq. ft. Veranda Suites are outside with river views Hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration) plus sofa Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda Private bathroom with shower Air conditioning Telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer & safe Flat-panel television

Viking Ra - Main Deck

Viking Ra - Middle Deck

Viking Ra - Upper Deck

Viking Ra - Pool Deck

Viking Ra - Sun Deck

Owned and operated by Viking, Viking Ra is the newest, most upscale ship in Egypt. Specifically built to navigate the Nile, in 2017 she was completely stripped down to her steel frame and reconfigured to be a modern, elegant vessel. Fully reimagined to international standards and Viking design specifications, she is now an all-suite, state-of-the art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known blended with local influences like traditional geometric Arabic patterns. Accommodating just 48 guests, she offers the ultimate in comfort.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 48

Ship Facilities

  • Complimentary Shipwide Wireless Internet Service
  • Massage Services
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Aquavit Terrace
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Pool
  • Sun Deck
  • Laundry Service


Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
15 Oct '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
16 Oct '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
17 Oct '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
18 Oct '21
Cairo, Egypt
Flight to Luxor
18 Oct '21
Luxor, Egypt
Embark
19 Oct '21
Luxor, Egypt
20 Oct '21
Qena, Egypt
21 Oct '21
Esna, Egypt
22 Oct '21
Aswan, Egypt
23 Oct '21
Aswan, Egypt
24 Oct '21
Edfu, Egypt
25 Oct '21
Luxor, Egypt
Disembark Flight to Cairo
25 Oct '21
Cairo, Egypt
Hotel
26 Oct '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.

11 Night Cruise and Land package including a 7 Night Nile River Cruise aboard Viking Ra.

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 a typical Egyptian 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. This morning, tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, then visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. Later, marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, take 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 carpets to brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Aqmar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner in Al-Azhar Park. (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 optional 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. You’ll 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 will enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites you’ll visit are 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 not built by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, you will walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. After a guided visit and time to explore on your own, you will return to your ship. (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, six across and four 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, you will have time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Aswan, Egypt
Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. You will have the morning to explore on your own, 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 four colossal statues, sixty 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. This afternoon, take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat, and visit the local spice market. Enjoy an onboard dinner and spend the night in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Aswan, Egypt
After breakfast, visit 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. You’ll also see the Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1960s. Then receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you will visit the elementary school and be invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. 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 two falcon statues. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. Arrive back in Luxor later, and join an optional sound and light show at the Temple of Luxor this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Luxor, Egypt
After a leisurely onboard breakfast, disembark and head to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the First-Class Cairo CityStars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night, then enjoy free time. Return to your hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Cairo, Egypt
(B)

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