Discover Egypt reports that although Egypt has had its fair share of negative coverage due to political turmoil, the issues are mainly confined to Cairo and the Delta whereas in upper Egypt (the South), business is as usual.

The operator's managing director Philip Breckner said: “Visitors to Upper Egypt, including Luxor, Aswan, Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel, are continuing to enjoy cruises and holidays and see no evidence of the turmoil being experienced in Cairo. Resilient travellers are benefiting from extremely competitive prices as cruise companies, hoteliers, tour operators and airlines offer extremely attractive packages. This still keeps Upper Egypt as a destination for those looking for winter sunshine and classic sights.”

With direct flights to Luxor from the UK, visitors can bypass Cairo and take a Nile cruise or a stay in Luxor or Aswan. Lead in prices for seven-night Nile cruises start from £899 for the first person and £599 for the second, offering up to a 50% discount for second travellers. It includes full board cruise on the five-star Viking Princess, ten guided excursions and flights from Gatwick.

Travellers looking for a two-centre break can opt for a seven-night Luxor and Lake Nasser cruise, with three nights spent exploring the city of Luxor and close by Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, followed by a four-night Lake Nasser cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel. Prices are from £1,179 per person including three nights' breakfast stay at the five-star Steigenberger Nile Palace and four nights' full board cruise on the five-star Movenpick Prince Abbas, with flights from Gatwick or Manchester.

For more information or to book see or call 0844-880 0462.

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