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Discover the magic of the Nile

Amanda Angus / 28 June 2015 ( 10 November 2016 )

Our expert Holiday Creator Denis Ilic tells us why he is so excited about our recent changes to the ever-popular Magic of the Nile tour…

A river cruise boat ship sailing down the Nile
A river cruise boat ship sailing down the Nile

Egypt aficionados will be very pleased to hear that not only have we recently upgraded the board basis to all inclusive on our Magic of the Nile tour, we’ve also introduced a brand new luxury ship! 

From October 21, 2015, our guests will sail on board the beautiful Livingstone, a brand new vessel that only started sailing in December 2014. 

Commanding our highest rating of five anchors, it’s currently the newest ship sailing on the Nile. 

A very elegant ship

One way in which it’s different to the majority of the other ships is the way the cabins are positioned far above the waterline, so the views are beautiful, and as you’re far away from the engines, you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

It’s a very elegant ship, and the interior decoration is absolutely breathtaking; the public areas in particular are fantastic. 

They’ve got an incredible handpicked management team too, so the staff are all happy and everything runs smoothly; it’s a very friendly environment to be in.

It’s exclusively reserved for Saga travellers in the UK market too, so our guests will be travelling with like-minded companions, which I think makes a fantastic difference to the on-board experience. 

There are only 62 cabins so each cabin is very spacious – bigger than many hotel rooms I’ve seen. 

With such a small number of cabins, the atmosphere on board is very sociable and intimate – it’s easy to make friends, or to find a quiet corner to relax, depending on what you’re after!

A typical day on board

A typical day on board is a combination of sightseeing – which is mainly done early in the morning to avoid the heat of the afternoon – and relaxation. 

My perfect day would be exploring the Nubian Village, or visiting the Aswan Dam in the morning, then returning to the ship to soak up the sun on the top deck or by the on-board pool as a waiter brings you cocktails, perhaps watching the feluccas, small wooden sailing boats with a sail that are so symbolic of the Nile. 

I can easily tell you my favourite stretch of the Nile – it’s at Aswan. The river here is beautiful; it’s a stunning colour, like a shining blue ribbon, and it reminds me of the Adriatic Sea because it’s so clear. 

The people here are so friendly here too, everyone wears a huge smile, it’s so welcoming. And the weather is glorious; what more could you ask for?

Interested in Egypt and what it has to offer? Find out more about this historically rich country here


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