Overview

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

The 600-Mile Nile

The ‘full Nile cruise’ from Aswan and Nubia to Thebes, Amarna, Cairo and the Pyramids ideal for the first-time or returning visitor encompassing Egypt’s main pharaonic sites

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!

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Egyptian Tour Manager
Egyptologist
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6 – 30

 

Special Events

Luxor Temple by Night & Old Winter Palace & Cocktail Reception

A private cocktail reception at the Victorian Lounge in the Old Winter Palace, where Howard Carter announced the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. A memorable visit to the illuminated Luxor Temple.

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 sunset drink at the Old Cataract Hotel. Nubian show on board. (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. Manager’s cocktail party. (B, L, D)

Day 4 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. Learn about Egyptian culture and view pharaonic antiquities at the newly opened Sohag museum. 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, where the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Amarna Room may be viewed. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Disembark. Return flight. (B, L)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Temple, tomb and pyramid visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.
Opera Aida at Luxor available to book for departure 23 Oct 2019. Taking place at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Ancient Thebes (now Luxor) in association with Cairo Opera House. This spectacular operatic showcase and timeless legend of love, intrigue and betrayal will be staged here for the first time in many years.

2019

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabin
Egyptair from Heathrow

Date Price
September 1 £3145
September 27 £3145
October 23 £3195

2020

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabin
Egyptair from Heathrow

Date Price
February 13 £3245
March 10 £3195
April 5 £3195
May 1 £2995
May 27 £2795
September 1 £3295
September 27 £3295
October 23 £3345

2021

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabin
Egyptair from Heathrow

Date Price
February 12 £3495
March 10 £3495
April 5 £3395
May 1 £3295
September 1 £3595
September 27 £3645
October 23 £3695
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(Lower Deck double cabin for sole use)
All 2020 & 2021 departures
(limited availability)

Lower Deck double cabin for sole use
£995 (2019 £895)

Opera Tickets

2019: Oct 23
Bronze Class £100
Silver Class £195

Gold Class £245 
VIP £695

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck £245 (2019 £195)
Double for sole use £1295 (2019 £1145)
Upper decks £325 (2019 £295)
Deluxe Cabin (Main Deck) £595
Senior Suite £945
Panorama Suite £1295

Optional Excursions

Abu Simbel £89

Extension Options

Extra nights – Aswan 
Sofitel Old Cataract (per night) £145
Single supplement £110
Arrival transfer add £12

Extra nights – Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo (per night) £65 
Single supplement £35
Departure transfer add £15

Independent Arrival

Save £450 
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £15

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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