Viking River Cruises offers year-around sailings in Egypt beginning in September

As a result of increased popularity and overwhelming demand, Viking River Cruises has announced the addition of a new Egypt cruisetour itinerary. The 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids program will begin in September 2010 and continue throughout the 2011 season.

“Egypt is one of the world’s up-and-coming travel destinations,” states Richard Marnell, Viking’s senior vice president of marketing. “Ever since launching our Egypt itineraries just a few years ago, we have seen incredible interest in this region. In fact, the interest has been so great that we had to develop a new program to accommodate the influx of guests wanting to sail with Viking along the Nile River.”

The Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary combines both Nile River and Lake Nasser cruising with a Cairo hotel stay. Highlights include excursions to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza as well as a visit Abu Simbel, a felucca ride on the Nile and a guided tour through the King Tut gallery at Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

During the 12-day itinerary, guests will experience the best of Egypt, from the sprawling metropolitan capital of Cairo to the wind-swept desert landscapes of Wadi el Seboua to the ancient pyramids of Giza and the monumental Aswan Dam. To further enhance the trip, an experienced Egyptologist will guide the tours and provide additional insight into the history and culture of ancient Egypt as well as Egypt today.

The Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary is launching with dates from September through December 2010 and will be available year-round in 2011. Guests will explore Egypt in comfort and luxury with hotels and ships provided by Viking’s partners. The cruise portion of the trip will be hosted aboard the Royal Lily along the Nile and Prince Abbas on Lake Nasser.

All-inclusive pricing, starting at $3,498 per person, reflects the 2011 Early Booking Discount of 2-for-1 cruise and land pricing. If guests act by May 28, 2010, they can also save $1,000 per couple on all-inclusive roundtrip international air and transfers, and also receive complimentary wine with dinner on board. If reserving for 2010, ask about the special introductory offer which includes 2-for-1 cruise and land pricing as well as savings on airfare. To extend their Egypt vacation, guests can add one or both of the  land extension programs visiting Israel or Jordan; both are four-night programs.

Itinerary details, dates and pricing are available in the 2011 River Cruise Atlas and on the company’s website at For additional details, contact Viking River Cruises toll-free at 1-877-66VIKING (1-877-668-4546) or contact your travel agent.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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