The ‘full Nile cruise’ discovering Egypt’s ancient history with less-visited sites such as Amarna and the main sites of Aswan, Thebes and Nubia, culminating at the Pyramids and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum
Days 1 & 2 - Aswan
Day 3 - Kom Ombo / Edfu
Days 4 & 5 - Luxor
Day 6 - Qena / Denderah
Day 7 - El Balyana / Abydos / Sohag
Day 8 - Asyut / Amarna
Day 9 - Amarna / Minya
Day 10 - Beni Hassan / Beni Suef
Days 11 & 12 - Cairo
Day 13 - Return Flight
In ancient times travellers from the south following the Nile into Egypt were met by Ramses’ mighty temples at Abu Simbel, designed to awe them and make them think “what kind of people live here?”.
Luxor (Ancient Thebes) boasts two great temples, Karnak and Luxor. The West Bank reveals many temples and tombs, most famously at the Valley of the Kings. Cairo’s credentials link it to Giza’s Great Pyramid – perhaps the country’s most photographed monument.
The re-opening of the Nile in recent years between ancient Thebes and Cairo after more than 20 years allows this extended ‘long cruise’ of discovery of Egypt’s ancient history with less-visited sites such as Amarna, the home of ‘heretic pharaoh’ Akhenaten and Nefertiti following the main sites of Thebes and, Nubia and culminating at the Pyramids and the pharaonic treasures in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
You will be greeted with much waving and cheering from the riverbank by the Egyptians north of Luxor less accustomed to cruise ships and international travellers!
Culture & Riverscapes
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Egyptian Tour Manager
On Board Lectures
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Aswan via Cairo. Transfer to the 5-star Mövenpick MS Darakum for twelve nights.
Day 2 Visit the High Dam with views of Lake Nasser and by boat to Philae Temple. Birdwatching cruise and visit the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island. Visit the Nubian Museum and enjoy a high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Manager’s cocktail party. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Optional tour to Abu Simbel (4 hrs each way by road, pre-bookable £89). Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the riverside temple. Talk on hieroglyphics. Sail to Edfu. Nubian show on board. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit Edfu Temple, one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt. A film about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb while sailing to Luxor. Special Event: ‘Luxor Temple by Night and Cocktail at the Old Winter Palace’. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit to the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings (possibility of visiting the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti I - subject to viewing restrictions, at extra charge), and Howard Carter’s house. Afternoon visit of Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Sail to Qena. Visit Denderah’s Temple of Hathor, viewing the image of Cleopatra and son. Birdwatching presentation. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Talk on the Nile about agriculture irrigation and village life. Sail to El Balyana to visit Abydos temple and the temple of Seti I. Sail to Sohag passing two locks and the railway bridge at Naga Hammadi. Talk on modern Egypt. Galabeya party. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Sail to the provincial town of Asyut. Sail to Tel el Amarna, viewing en route Prince Tawadros’ monastery from the Nile. A talk on Akhenaten and Nefertiti. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Visit the northern tombs and royal tomb of Akhenaten at Amarna, dedicated to the sun god, Aten. Visit the tombs and catacombs of Tuna el-Gebel. Sail to Minya. Folklore show on board. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Visit the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Sail to the riverside town of Beni Suef. Quiz night. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Sail to Cairo. A talk on the Pyramids. Visit Coptic Cairo including the Hanging Church, museum and Jewish synagogue. Oriental Takht music performance. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Full-day visit to the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum (or Grand Egyptian Museum subject to opening), where the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Amarna Room may be viewed. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Disembark. Return flight. (B, L)
Whilst the vessel carries more, sightseeing will be limited to 25 guests.
Temple, tomb and pyramid visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
This charming vessel was specially designed for the ‘long cruise’ with attentive Egyptian staff and Moroccan inspired interior. A spacious restaurant offers assorted dishes over a buffet combining Egyptian and international cuisine. The elegant lounge with bar adjoins a comfortable outdoor lounge for observing the continually changing riverside scenes. The large sun deck has a plunge pool, loungers and seats with sunny and shaded areas. Small gym, jewellery and gift shop and WiFi (free/limited). Jules Verne guests receive three small bottles of water per day free of charge.
52 tastefully designed air-conditioned, outside cabins spread over three decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
44 twin/double cabins
(215 sq. ft.),
two Junior Suites
(279 sq. ft. – Deck Two),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Three),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Four) and
two Panorama Suites
(366 sq. ft. – Deck Three).
All cabins have large picture windows except Lower Deck cabins which have sealed marine windows.
per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabin
Egyptair from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Lower Deck double cabin for sole use
2023: Sep 27 & Oct 23
Lower Deck (double cabin for sole use) £1295
Main Deck (twin/double) £295
Main Deck (twin/double for sole use) £1645 (Sep/Oct £1745)
Upper Deck (twin/double) £475
Upper Deck (twin/double for sole use) £1945 (Sep/Oct £2045)
Junior Suite (Main Deck) £695
Senior Suite £1295
Panorama Suite £1695
EgyptAir Business Class - On request
Abu Simbel £89
Extra nights – Aswan
Sofitel Old Cataract (per night)
Standard Premium Nile Wing (twin/double) £205 (Sep £135)
Standard Premium Nile Wing Single (double for sole use) £400 (Sep £240)
Luxury Nile Wing (king bed) £245 (Sep £165)
Luxury Nile Wing Single (king bed for sole use) £460 (Sep £290)
Arrival or departure transfer add £15
Extra Nights - Cairo
Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel (per night)
Standard (twin/double) £75
Standard (single) £135
Arrival or departure transfer £15
Arrival transfer or departure transfer £15
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 night-cruise, full board on cruise vessel, itinerary as described, excursions, Egyptian tour manager and Egyptologist, local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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