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A Royal Steamer Restored

20 November 2023 / 22 January & 9 December 2024

A wonderful week on a unique vessel, this cruise is aboard ‘the most luxurious steamship on the Nile’, the SS Misr, the former floating palace of King Farouk; sailing upstream and down again between Luxor and Aswan, to visit major sites and highlights

Sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination. You may feel that this is one of those times, as you cruise the 130 miles of the Nile, cosseted in luxury aboard the royal steamer, SS Misr. Built for the Royal Navy in 1918, lavishly transformed, in 1938, for Egypt’s last monarch, unused for fifty years from 1952, and then, in a project initiated by Jules Verne with our Egyptian associates, restored in all her former royal glory, to be re-launched as an icon of the Nile, combining modern comfort with old-world elegance. While the intimate ship, with just 24 cabins, is fittingly regal, the cost of this fabulous journey is far from a king’s ransom, and your experience of ancient Egypt is enhanced by an Egyptologist and local guides who share their wealth of knowledge. The destinations for discovery are awe-inspiring and astonishing, as we see the night-lit Luxor Temple, visit the Valley of the Kings, its pharaonic tombs and Colossi of Memnon, the city’s museum, and splendid Karnak Temple; call in to Kom Ombo’s double-deity shrine; and moor in Aswan for the High Dam and river islands. Optional tours include seeing Luxor’s sunrise from a hot-air balloon, and touring to Abu Simbel, its temples relocated to save them from the waters of Lake Nasser. 


  • Day 1  - Luxor
  • Day 2  - Luxor/Edfu
  • Day 3  - Kom Ombo/Aswan
  • Day 4  - Philae/Aswan
  • Day 5  - Aswan
  • Day 6  - Esna
  • Day 7  - Esna/Luxor
  • Day 8  - Return flight

Overview 2024

  • Day 1  - Luxor
  • Day 2  - Esna
  • Day 3  - Edfu
  • Days 4 & 5  - Aswan
  • Day 6  - Kom Ombo / Luxor
  • Day 7  - Luxor
  • Day 8  - Return flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Riverscapes
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Egyptian Tour Manager
  • Egyptologist
  • Historic Steamship

A wonderful week on a unique vessel, this cruise is aboard ‘the most luxurious steamship on the Nile’, the SS Misr, the former floating palace of King Farouk; sailing upstream and down again between Luxor and Aswan, to visit major sites and highlights


The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Whilst the vessel carries more, sightseeing will be limited to 25 guests.

Temple & tomb visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.


SS Misr

Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, it was converted for King Farouk (On the occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Farouk I, The Governor of Cairo requests the honour of your company on board the Misr Nile Steamer at 8pm on February the 10th 1939).

Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ with public rooms and cabins exquisitely decorated in colours and styles linked to the history of the vessel and Egypt. The original steam engines may be viewed and the vessel normally travels under steam.

Some 207 ft. in length, a 5-star deluxe propeller steam vessel 63 crew and a high level of service. Lower sun deck with wicker chairs or upper sun deck with sunbeds and plunge pool. WiFi (free/limited).

24 air-conditioned outside cabins with private facilities, balcony, hairdryer, mini-bar and TV.

Two single Main Deck cabins (156 sq. ft. – Deck 2),
14 twin/double cabins on the Main and Upper decks (215 sq. ft. – Decks 2 – 4),
six twin/double suites on the Upper decks (323 sq. ft. – Deck 3 & 4), plus
two twin/double Panorama suites at the front offer panoramic views while sailing (376 sq. ft. – Deck 3).

Extension Options

Red Sea Extension

Discover more of Egypt’s natural beauty. Travel along the Nile and through the mountains and desert to el-Gouna (5 hrs). Relax for five nights at the 5-star Mövenpick el-Gouna and view the underwater world from a semi-submarine. Half-board included.

Movenpick Resort & Spa - El Gouna

A 5-star resort hotel on a peninsula with private beach and extensive grounds. 10-20 minutes from the centre and marina (included bus/boat shuttle pass). Restaurants, bars, café, pools, gym, jacuzzi, spa, WiFi (chargeable) and 554 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony/terrace.

Treasures of the Pharaohs Extension

Explore or rediscover Cairo with all its highlights and be one of the first to experience the New Grand Egyptian Museum (subject to opening). Add a stay pre-tour at the 4-star Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan. Breakfast daily.

Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel

A first-class hotel in the heart of Sheikh Zayed with 178 rooms and a selection of restaurants, bar, pool, sauna, gym and WiFi (free). 178 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Luxor before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Sofitel Winter Palace (per night)
Rooms and prices are on request, please call our Sales Team for more information.
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Pavillon Winter (per night)
Rooms and prices are on request, please call our Sales Team for more information.
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Sofitel Old Winter Palace - Luxor

A 5-star hotel rich in colonial design, perched on the Nile River amid tropical gardens and ancient temples. Restaurants, bar and outdoor heated pool. 92 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Winter Pavillon - Luxor

This great-value hotel shares the incredible riverside location with its historic sister-hotel, The Old Winter Palace in Luxor, combining contemporary design with Egyptian heritage. The contemporary block of spacious garden-facing rooms is situated in large palm-fringed gardens of the Old Winter Palace with ample outdoor dining options and a beautiful heated swimming pool and sun terrace, with access to the facilities of the Old Winter Palace. Restaurants, bars, pool, WiFi (free/limited) and 102 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and balconies, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV, and warm hospitality in the heart of Luxor city.

Optional Excursions

Abu Simbel Excursion

A highlight of any journey to Egypt is a visit to the rock temples of Abu Simbel. The construction of the Aswan high dam resulted in the flooding of a vast area and a huge operation was mounted by UNESCO in the mid-60s to rescue amongst many other sites the great temple in statues of Ramesses II from the rising waters or what later became known as Lake Nasser, the two immense rock statues of Rameses II and his queen Nefatari were dismantled into over 1000 blocks hand cut from the original rock face and reconstructed some 65 metres above on a rocky outcrop of the mountains which overlooked the Nile at this point.

Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion

Take to the skies above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy panoramic views of the world's greatest open-air museum. Leaving at sunrise, enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the sun rising over the east bank of the Nile, illuminating the land of the ancient Pharaohs on your scenic flight over Egypt's iconic monuments, this experience promises to be one of the highlights of your journey, as you drift over the Valley of the Kings & Queens, getting a bird’s eye view off the tombs and the Nile delta in a hot air balloon.

Departures & Prices

per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

January 22 (Monday)
September 16 (Monday)
November 25 (Monday)
December 2 (Monday)
December 9 (Monday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, excursions, Egyptian tour manager/Egyptologist, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Sep, Dec

  • Upper Deck
  • £395
  • Upper Deck Superior Suite
  • £695
  • Panorama Suite
  • £1425
Flight Options
  • Egyptair Business Class from Heathrow
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion
  • £160
  • Abu Simbel Excursion
  • £140
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £600
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £15
Extension Options
  • Red Sea Extension - 2024 (5 nights)
  • £875
  • Single Supplement
  • 2024: Jan, Sep, Dec
  • £275
  • 2024: Mar, Apr, Nov
  • £315

  • Treasures of the Pharaohs Pre-Tour Extension - The Royal Steamer Restored -2024 (3 nights)
  • £715
  • Single Supplement
  • £300

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