An exclusive Jules Verne sailing on the classic Nile route from Cairo and the Pyramids to ancient Thebes and Aswan on board the restored deluxe paddle steamer SS Misr
Day 1 - Cairo
Day 2 - Pyramids
Day 3 - Cairo
Day 4 - Beni Suef
Day 5 - Minya
Day 6 - Beni Hassan/
Day 7 - Amarna/Asyut
Day 8 - Sohag
Day 9 - Abydos/El Balyana/Qena
Day 10 - Denderah/Luxor
Day 11 - Luxor/Edfu
Day 12 - Kom Ombo
Days 12 & 13 - Aswan
Day 14 - Return Flight
A ‘Royal Invitation’ to join an exclusive Jules Verne group of travellers on a unique journey in the most atmospheric and luxurious conveyance for the long Nile cruise. SS Misr is a 5-star propeller steam vessel built in Preston by the Royal Navy, then converted for King Farouk. It offers a high level of service with a fine restaurant, lounge, bar, sundeck, plunge pool, 24 air-conditioned outside cabins with balcony.
The Nile flows the whole length of Egypt linking its civilisations and peoples, a green line through the desert providing water and livelihood. The ancient capital moved between Upper (Thebes) and Lower Egypt (Memphis), sometimes split and sometimes united, except when Akhenaten and Nefertiti moved the capital to Amarna between the two kingdoms.
This cruise offers a rare opportunity to observe an old way of life little changed and ancient sites largely unvisited.
Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Egyptian Tour Manager
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6 – 24
Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the SS Misr for a 13-night cruise. (D)
Day 2 Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Lunch at the Mena House with views of the Pyramids. Visit the new Grand Museum (subject to government approval) or Egyptian Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Visit the Sultan Hassan Mosque, close to the majestic Citadel, an impressive Islamic structure. Visit Ibn Tulun, Gayer Anderson Museum and Coptic Cairo. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Enjoy a relaxing day on the river as we sail from Cairo towards Beni Suef. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit Maydom Pyramid and the brick built mastabas nearby. Sail to Minya. (B, L, D)
Day 6 View the Beni Hassan tombs and catacombs at Tuna el-Gebel. (B, L, D)
Day 7 At Amarna, visit the Royal Tomb, the Northern Tombs, and the Great Temple of Akhenaten. Sail to the town of Asyut, viewing en route the monastery of Prince Tawadros. (B, L, D)
Day 8 View pharaonic antiquities at the newly opened Sohag Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Sail to El Balyana. At Abydos, visit the New Kingdom Temple of Seti I. Pass two locks and the railway bridge at Naga Hammadi en-route to Qena. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah. Sail to Luxor. Special Event: ‘Luxor Temple by Night and Cocktail at the Old Winter Palace’. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Carter’s House. Afternoon visit Karnak Temple. Cruise to Edfu. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the riverside temple. Continue to Aswan for afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel with fine Nile views. (B, L, D)
Day 13 View the High Dam and visit Kalabsha Temple, Philae Temple and by boat to Kitchener Island and Soheil Island for sunset and tea in a Nubian village. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Return flight to London via Cairo. (B)
Vessel carries up to 46 guests. Sightseeing will be limited to 24 guests.
Temple, tomb and pyramid visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
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).
Cairo - Pre-tour Extension
Why not travel out a little earlier. Fly with British Airways to Cairo and spend two nights at the Luxury Nile Ritz Carlton, set on the Banks of the Nile, with breakfast included. Discover Memphis, Saqqara and Dahshur on an included tour, accompanied by an Egyptologist. Covering a 7km stretch of the Western Desert, Saqqara, whose name is derived from the Memphite god of the dead Sokar, is the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis, and was an active burial ground for more than 3,500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site. Immerse yourself in ancient Egyptian history as you explore the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of Dahshur. These three pyramids represent the formative steps of architecture that was realised in the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza. Later, transfer to join the SS Misr and start the epic journey south to Cape Town.
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the Nile Ritz Carlton set on the Banks of the Nile, for a two-night stay.
Day 2 Discover Memphis, Saqqara and Dahshur accompanied by an Egyptologist. Covering a 7km stretch of the Western Desert, Saqqara, whose name is derived from the Memphite god of the dead, Sokar, is the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis and was an active burial ground for more than 3,500 years. It is Egypt’s largest archaeological site. Immerse yourself in ancient Egyptian history as you explore the Step Pyramid of Zoser and the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of Dahshur, with an opportunity to enter the Red Pyramid. (B)
Day 3 The day is at leisure to explore Cairo independently, later transfer to the SS Misr to start your epic journey to Cape Town. (B, D)
Situated in the heart of Cairo between the Nile and the Egyptian Museum. The hotel boasts views of the Nile cornice and is a short stroll across to Qasr El Nil Bridge and Cairo Opera House. The hotel offers nine restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre and pool. WiFi throughout. The 331 spacious and stylish rooms have tea/coffee facilities, safe and TV.
per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow
per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Main Deck single cabin £795
Main Deck double cabin for sole use £1695
Upper decks £395
Upper decks double for sole use £1995
Suite (Upper decks) £895
Panorama (front) Suite £1295
EgyptAir Business Class from £695
Cairo Extension - Pre-Tour
2 nights £450
Single Supplement £405
Extra Nights - Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo
Standard twin/double £65
Standard single supplement £35
Pyramids view twin/double £85
Pyramids view single supplement £50
Arrival or departure transfer add £15
Extra nights – Aswan
Sofitel Old Cataract (per night)
Standard twin/double £185
Single supplement £115
Arrival or departure transfer add £12
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £12
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 13 night-cruise, full board and drinks with meals 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, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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