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

Overview - April 6

Days 1-3 - Aswan
Day 4 - Kom Ombo / Edfu
Days 5 & 6 - Luxor
Day 7 - Qena / Denderah
Day 8 - El Balyana / Abydos / Sohag
Day 9 - Asyut / Amarna
Day 10 - Amarna / Minya
Day 11 - Beni Hassan / Beni Suef
Days 12 & 13 - Cairo
Day 14 - 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?”.

Travelling northwards, one magnificent temple follows another. 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 between ancient Thebes and Cairo after more than 20 years allows Jules Verne to re-start their 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. Visit the Nubian Museum. Bird watching cruise and visit the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island. 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 Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings (possibility of visiting the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti I – subject to viewing restrictions, at extra charge), the Colossi of Memnon 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, 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 and Ashmunein Museum. 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 Morning at leisure. Disembark and fly from Cairo to Heathrow. (B, L)

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

Notes

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

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Aswan via Cairo. Transfer to the 4-star Mövenpick Aswan for overnight or upgrade to the 5-star Sofitel Old Cataract. (B)

Day 2 Visit the Tombs of the Nobles and Kalabsha Temple. Transfer to the 5-star Mövenpick MS Darakum for twelve nights. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit the High Dam with views of Lake Nasser and by boat to Philae Temple. Visit the Nubian Museum. Afternoon bird watching cruise and visit the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island. Nubian show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 4 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 5 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 6 Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings (possibility of visiting the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti I – subject to viewing restrictions, at extra charge), the Colossi of Memnon and Howard Carter’s house. Afternoon visit of Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sail to Qena. Visit Denderah’s Temple of Hathor, viewing the image of Cleopatra and son. Birdwatching presentation. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Talk on the Nile about agriculture, irrigation, 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 9 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 10 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 and Ashmunein Museum. Sail to Minya. Folklore show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Visit the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Sail to the riverside town of Beni Suef. Quiz night. (B, L, D)

Day 12 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 13 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 14 Disembark and fly from Cairo to Heathrow. (B)

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

Notes

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

2019

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

Date Price
March 12 £2895
April 6 £3545
May 3 £2695
September 1 £2995
September 27 £2995
October 23 £2995

2020

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

Date Price
February 13 £3195
March 10 £3145
April 5 £3145
May 1 £2995
September 1 £3195
September 27 £3195
October 23 £3295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(Lower Deck double cabin for sole use)
2019: Apr 6, Oct 23
All 2020 departures
(limited availability)

Lower Deck double cabin for sole use £895
(2020 £995)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck £195 (2020 £215)
Double for sole use £1045 (2020 £1195)
Upper decks £295 (2020 £325)
Deluxe Cabin (Main Deck) £595
Senior Suite £945
Panorama Suite £1295

Accommodation upgrades (Apr 5)
Sofitel Old Cataract £105
Single supplement £195

Optional Excursions

Abu Simbel £89

Extension Options

Extra nights – Aswan
Hotel Mövenpick (per night) £65
Single supplement £40 
Arrival transfer add £12

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

Extra nights – Cairo
Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids
(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.

Notes
April 6 departure includes one night pre-cruise in Aswan and additional Aswan sightseeing. See separate itinerary for details.

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