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Roundtrip Cairo
11-night Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruisetour
January 6, 2020
Viking Cruises: MS Antares
Roundtrip Cairo
Vacation Offer ID 1318695
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Cruise Inclusions

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Cultural Curriculum
  • Meals including regional specialties
  • Most alfresco dining on the rivers
  • Welcome Cocktails & Farewell Dinner
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Walking track & sports deck
  • Curated library
  • 24-hour guest services
  • All port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with Viking Air purchase
  • Viking Service Guarantee
YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:
  • River-view stateroom Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

Available Add-Ons

  • Optional air add-ons are available from Viking River Cruises' designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes.
  • Pre- or Post- cruise hotel stay
  • Optional shore excursions
11-night Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruisetour
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Cairo

Cairo 01/06/2020

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. Transfer to the first-class Nile Ritz-Carlton (or similar) for a 3-night stay.,
01/06/2020 01/06/2020
Cairo

Cairo 01/07/2020

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),
01/07/2020 01/07/2020
Sakkara

Sakkara 01/07/2020

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),
01/07/2020 01/07/2020
Giza Necropolis

Giza Necropolis 01/07/2020

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),
01/07/2020 01/07/2020
Cairo

Cairo 01/08/2020

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),
01/08/2020 01/08/2020
Cairo

Cairo 01/09/2020

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),
01/09/2020 01/09/2020
Air Travel

Air Travel 01/09/2020

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),
01/09/2020 01/09/2020
Cruise Starts (Embarkation)

Cruise Starts (Embarkation) 01/09/2020

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),
01/09/2020 01/09/2020
Luxor

Luxor 01/09/2020

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),
01/09/2020 01/09/2020
Luxor

Luxor 01/10/2020

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 onboard as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B,L,D),
01/10/2020 01/10/2020
Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings 01/10/2020

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 onboard as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B,L,D),
01/10/2020 01/10/2020
Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens 01/10/2020

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 onboard as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B,L,D),
01/10/2020 01/10/2020
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut 01/10/2020

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 onboard as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B,L,D),
01/10/2020 01/10/2020
Qena

Qena 01/11/2020

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),
01/11/2020 01/11/2020
Dendera

Dendera 01/11/2020

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),
01/11/2020 01/11/2020
Esna (Isna)

Esna (Isna) 01/12/2020

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),
01/12/2020 01/12/2020
Aswan

Aswan 01/13/2020

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 four 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 onboard and spend the night in Aswan. (B,L,D),
01/13/2020 01/13/2020
Aswan

Aswan 01/14/2020

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 onboard 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),
01/14/2020 01/14/2020
Boat Launch to Agilkia Island

Boat Launch to Agilkia Island 01/14/2020

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 onboard 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),
01/14/2020 01/14/2020
Agilkia Island

Agilkia Island 01/14/2020

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 onboard 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),
01/14/2020 01/14/2020
Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo 01/14/2020

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 onboard 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),
01/14/2020 01/14/2020
Edfu

Edfu 01/15/2020

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. 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),
01/15/2020 01/15/2020
Luxor

Luxor 01/16/2020

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check into the first-class Cairo Citystars hotel (or similar) for one 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),
01/16/2020 01/16/2020
Cruise Ends (Debarkation)

Cruise Ends (Debarkation) 01/16/2020

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check into the first-class Cairo Citystars hotel (or similar) for one 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),
01/16/2020 01/16/2020
Air Travel

Air Travel 01/16/2020

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check into the first-class Cairo Citystars hotel (or similar) for one 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),
01/16/2020 01/16/2020
Cairo

Cairo 01/16/2020

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check into the first-class Cairo Citystars hotel (or similar) for one 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),
01/16/2020 01/16/2020
Cairo

Cairo 01/17/2020

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey for four nights in Jordan to see the "lost city" of Petra. (B),
01/17/2020 01/17/2020
Viking Cruises: MS Antares

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.

MS Antares Ship Features

  • Classic ship with elegant decor for just 62 guests
  • Extensive stateroom choices varying from 290 to 829 sq ft
  • All staterooms feature a French balcony, flat-panel TV and private bathrooms with bathtub and jet shower
  • All staterooms have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • Select staterooms are able to be connected to each other
  • Sun Deck with 360-degree views, swimming pool and shaded sitting areas
  • Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, library and a bar
  • Restaurant with open seating
  • Health club with exercise equipment
  • Fully staffed luxurious Spa with massage services, hair salon, steam & sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Laundry service

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

French Balcony

French Balcony (D) Limited Availability
  • Category: D
  • Upper Deck
  • Middle Deck
  • Main Deck
Deluxe French Balcony (C) Limited Availability
  • Category: C
  • Main Deck
Deluxe French Balcony (B) Limited Availability
  • Category: B
  • Middle Deck
Deluxe French Balcony (A) Limited Availability
  • Category: A
  • Upper Deck

Suite

Veranda Suite (AA) Limited Availability
  • Category: AA
  • Middle Deck
Explorer Suite (ES) Limited Availability
  • Category: ES
  • Upper Deck

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Sun Deck
Upper Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Explorer Suite (ES)
  • Deluxe French Balcony (A)
  • French Balcony (D)
Middle Deck

Stateroom Key

  • French Balcony (D)
  • Veranda Suite (AA)
  • Deluxe French Balcony (B)
Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • French Balcony (D)
  • Deluxe French Balcony (C)
Lower Deck