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The 600-Mile Nile


(limited dates/availability)

Exploring Egypt’s ancient past, the ‘full Nile cruise’ crosses four thousand years of regal and rural life, revealing the tales and tombs of pharaohs, and the temples of the Gods

Sprawling wide around river islands, tightening to its narrowest point between the Gebel el-Silsila cliffs, tamed at the High Dam of Aswan, and dropping 25ft at the barrage of the Esna Lock, the Nile cuts a swathe through reed beds, palm groves, and rural scenes of almost biblical simplicity, on its 600-mile flow from Abu Simbel, on the shores of Lake Nasser, to Cairo’s chaos of history and modernity.

Visiting Egypt’s most famous sites and less-visited gems, the downriver journey is a feast of antiquity, sailing from Nubian scenes in serene Aswan to the Ptolemaic temple of Edfu; through ancient Thebes/modern Luxor, ‘the world’s greatest open-air museum’, where the Nile slips between its exquisite east-bank temples and atmospheric west-bank Valley of the Kings; to legends of Cleopatra at the Temple of Denderah, intriguing hieroglyphs in the Seti I Temple of Abydos, tales of Akhenaten and Nefertiti in Amarni, and to the tombs and catacombs of Tuna el-Gebel and Beni Hassan; concluding with Cairo’s Coptic old city, the pharaonic treasures of its world-renowned museum, and perhaps the most famous and most photographed monuments, the pyramids of Giza and magnificent monolith of the Sphinx.



  • 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

Overview - 14 nights

  • Days 1 - 3  - Cairo
  • Day 4  - Beni Suef
  • Day 5  - Minya
  • Day 6  - Beni Hassan
  • Day 7  - Tell el-Armarna / Asyut
  • Day 8  - Sohag
  • Day 9  - El Balyana / Abydos / Naga Hammadi
  • Day 10  - Qena / Denderah / Luxor
  • Day 11  - Luxor
  • Day 12  - Edfu
  • Day 13  - Kom Ombo / Aswan
  • Day 14  - Aswan
  • Day 15  - Return Flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Cruise on the serene River Nile
  • Gaze at the Great Pyramids
  • Marvel at the colourful carvings in Denderah
  • Enjoy the illuminated Luxor Temple
  • Delight in afternoon Tea in Aswan
  • Optional to incredible Abu Simbel

Exploring Egypt’s ancient past, the ‘full Nile cruise’ crosses four thousand years of regal and rural life, revealing the tales and tombs of pharaohs, and the temples of the Gods


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 to enhance your experience at certain sites.

For late arrivals, on day 1, a cold plate is served in your cabin.

Abu Simbel optional excursion is not possible on the 14-night cruise


MS Darakum

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 Deluxe Cabins
(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.

Extra Nights

Stay in Cairo before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Aswan before flying back to the UK

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

Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel
(per night) Standard (twin/double) £115
Single supplement £95
Arrival or departure transfer £15

Sofitel Old Cataract
Rooms and prices are on request, please call our Sales Team for more information.
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Cairo

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.

Sofitel Old Cataract - Aswan

Stay at the beautiful and luxurious 5-star Old Cataract Hotel located in the Nubian Desert overlooking the majestic River Nile, surrounded by a lush garden and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Aswan. This historic hotel was built in the 19th century and has since hosted many famous people such as Winston Churchill, Howard Carter, Agatha Christie and King Farouk, to name a few. Take a leisurely walk along the strollable corniche or to Aswan city centre and explore the vibrant and colourful souks. The hotel has a variety of bars and restaurants on site, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 138 exquisitely decorated room with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

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 Lower Deck twin/double cabin
Egyptair from Heathrow

September 1 (Sunday)
  • No Single Supplement
September 27 (Friday)
  • No Single Supplement
October 9 (Wednesday)
October 23 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12/14 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.

Not Included:

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

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Sep
  • 2025: Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct

  • Main Deck
  • £220
  • Upper Deck
  • £415
  • Main Deck Deluxe
  • £650
  • Senior Suite
  • £1155
  • Panorama Suite
  • £1625
Flight Options
  • EgyptAir Business Class
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Abu Simbel Excursion (2024, 2025)
  • £140
  • Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion (2024)
  • £160
  • Luxor Hot Air Balloon Excursion (2025)
  • £175
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £600
  • Arrival transfer
  • £15 (14 night £18)
  • Departure transfer
  • £18 (14 night itinerary £15)

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