Like many people, I have wanted to go on a Nike River cruise for many years. Viking is considered to be the best for river cruises, and I can certainly attest to the fact that they run an outstanding operation. From the smallest detail to the overall group experience it was a wonderful trip. Many of the guests were overheard talking about the “trip of a lifetime”.
Very experienced tour directors (local degrees Egyptologists), and a friendly and attentive staff. Very small groups with only about 50 passengers total in the ship. Great sites visited beyond the big, well known attractions. Food was excellent including local fare.
We also took the extension to Jordan, including Petra and the Dead Sea. As with the river cruise everything was excellent. Beyond the experiences, it should be noted that traveling through these countries can be a tricky experience (for example, Jordan will stop you if you have binoculars in your bag). The Viking folks, however, shepherded us through all security checks and even accompanied the few pulled out for special checks. This was invaluable and a credit to their tour.