based on 7 nights
per person for a 3 night cruise on a full board basis from Aswan to Luxor including private transfers.
At a Glance
Recently launched in 2011
Blends on world style with excellent modern facilties
Exceptionally good value
Always worth opting for a cabin with balcony, or an Executive Cabin.
Some interconnecting cabins for families
Best time to Visit
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Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.
To start planning your holiday to MS Mayfair
The M.S. Mayfair is one of the newest boats on the River Nile. Launched in 2011 it is beautifully designed and decorated and a fantastic value option for three and four night cruises between Luxor and Aswan.
The rooms aboard M.S. Mayfair are contemporary and the communal areas spacious with panoramic views from the large windows. Some cabins have a balcony and all have bathtubs which is a rarity on the Nile. Cabins come with all the modern amenities including internet connection and LCD TVs. Using a combination of dark wood off set with black and cream tones, the ambience is refined yet refreshing, with a dash of art deco.
The upstairs deck has Jacuzzi pools alongside a plunge pool and day beds and sun loungers for relaxing after a long day's sightseeing. Order a cocktail under the shady canopy. Guests can also make use of the onboard steam room and sauna and can treat themselves to a relaxing massage in the spa rooms.
All meals are served in the Nile Avenue restaurant and time on the boat is spent on a Full Board basis and inclusive of all sightseeing with an experienced Egyptologist as your guide. The Upper First Salon is ideal for an afternoon cup of tea. At night, head to the Bel Air Lounge.
There is a small boutique selling books, stamps and postcards as well as a range of other items.
The M.S. Mayfair departs Luxor on Mondays on a four or seven night cruise or Aswan on Fridays on a three or seven night cruise.
There are 74 cabins, of which eight interconnect. Rooms have LCD TVs, Tea and Coffee facilities, in house movie and music programme, in-room safe, mini bar, air-conditioning, telephone, internet and bathrooms with bathtubs and hair-dryer.
|Cabin with Balcony|
|Executive Cabin with Balcony|
The elegant ‘Nile Avenue’ restaurant located on the Nile Deck features a savoury modern fusion of contemporary and authentic dishes prepared by internationally trained chefs. The Upper First Deck is ideal for afternoon tea. The Bel Air’s sophisticated lounge bar features distinctive and intimate spaces providing an ideal retreat for individuals, as well as open, comfortable seating areas for groups. Elegance, warmth and inviting colours are integrated throughout to enjoy an after dinner drink against a breathtaking Nile view. There is a spa with massage rooms, spa and sauna rooms.
All sightseeing is included with expert Egyptologists and all entry fees are included.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The MS Mayfair is a really good value Nile Cruise option, tastefully decorated and with some balconies in the rooms.
4 Nights Nile Cruise
Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.
Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple
Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.
Alexandria City Tour
One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.
Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.
Best of West Bank
Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.
Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues, which are all that remains of the Temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.
Hot Air Balloon Sunrise
Enjoy sunrise over the West Bank for a view of the valley on a hot air balloon.
Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.
Library of Alexandria
Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.
Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.
Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).
The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.
Sail Aswan by Felucca
Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.
Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden
For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.
Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple
Enjoy a spectacular evening at the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.
Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.
Temple of Dendarah
Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.
Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo
As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.
Temple of Khnum at Esna
The Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna contains the beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall.
Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Tomb & Mummy of King Tutankhamun
Visit the final resting place of the world-renowned Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.
Tomb of King Seti I
We bring you out from the standard tourist circuit to Tomb of Seti I, is the best decorated and longest tomb in Valley of the Kings.
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Visit the Tomb of Nefertari, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.
Valley of the Artisans
Valley of the Artisans or Deir Al Madina hosts some of the lesser-known tombs of the workers, who have built some of the most colourful and most-preserved tombs in Luxor area, which surprisingly rival the tombs of the kings!
Valley of the Kings & Hatchepsut Temple
For over a thousand years, the kings of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC.) were buried in the Valley of the Kings. You will cover temple of Queen Hatchepsut and 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Valley of the Nobles
The Nobles' Tombs are located close to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, in the Theban Necropolis near Luxor.
Valley of the Queens
The Valley of the Queens is a place near Luxor where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times.
Location & directions
The MS Mayfair cruises from Luxor to Aswan and vice versa. Aswan and Luxor are both located the north of the Aswan High Dam towards the centre of Egypt.
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