Cruising the Nile is a superb way to visit Egypt as many of ancient Egypt's most significant sites are located along the banks of the river. A classic 7 night cruise includes all the major sites between Luxor and Aswan; the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut, Kom Ombo, Philae Island, Luxor Temple and the Temple at Karnak are unmissable highlights.
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Luxor every Monday with EgyptAir and with Thomson from London Gatwick to Luxor every Wednesday. Thomson is also starting direct flights from Manchester to Luxor from the 4th November 2015 which can be booked now.
There are also Cruise & Stay options from Manchester with direct flights to Hurghada on the Red Sea. Orbital Travel recommends a direct flight with either Thomson, Thomas Cook or Monarch to Hurghada, a 3 night relaxing stay on the Red Sea, transfer to Luxor for the 7 night cruise before returning to Hurghada for an additional 4 nights.
Orbital Travel’s 7 night Nile cruises depart from Luxor on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the year. Prices lead in at £699 per person on the 5* MS Orbital Royal Esadora and include 7 nights Full Board on the cruise in a Middle/Upper Deck cabin, transfers and 12 guided excursions.