We have gone on several Viking tours and know that they do a fantastic job. The chance to see Jerusalem and Egypt under their care was a no brainer. I don’t think that the trip could be handled in any better way. We had excellent guides and the transportation to and from all points of interest was handled smoothly including several charter flights to see far flung temples. The food was excellent on the ship and acceptable at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem and the Intercontinental in Cairo. Remember that there is no Pork in either Jerusalem or Cairo due to religious issues so no bacon for breakfast! We flew to Jerusalem (this was a trip add-on) and stayed there in comfort at the Waldorf Astoria for 3 nights. Then we flew on a charter to Cairo and spent 3 nights there at the Intercontinental while we saw the Pyramids, Sphinx, museum and other temples in that area. Then we flew by charter to Luxor and visited the Luxor Temple (make sure to see it both in the day and at night) and the Temple at Karnak which was spectacular. We headed up-river the next day and enjoyed spending time on top on the huge Sun Deck. We particularly enjoyed the villages and towns along the way with the little children running out to wave and greet us along the way. There were several stops along the way to visit towns and Temples and, of course, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. We were allowed to go down into King Tut’s tomb and Ramses and Nefratiri which was spectacular then once in Aswan we took a charter flight to Abu Simbel. This place was amazing. There were two places on this trip that simply blew me away, standing at the foot of the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau and standing in front of the Temple of Abu Simbel. Words and pictures do not do them justice. There was a trip extension at the end, which we did not do, that takes you to Jordan to see Petra.