14 nights from

£7195

The Original Nile by Royal Steamer

 

A very special downstream cruise from Aswan to Cairo, this is an exclusive Jules Verne charter of ‘the most luxurious steamship on the Nile’, the SS Misr, combining modern comfort with indulgent elegance, and famous sites with less-visited ancient landmarks

In response to the incredibly high demand for our exclusive charters on this unique vessel, we have secured an additional date for 2024. Sailing from Aswan’s islands to Cairo’s pyramids, via the ‘living museum’ of Luxor, this is a cruise of push-the-boat-out luxury. An unforgettable experience of ancient Egypt with impeccable service, cosseted aboard the royal steamer SS Misr, the former floating palace of King Farouk. Built for the Royal Navy in 1918, and later transformed into a regal vessel for Egypt’s last monarch, the ship was recently restored to its former glory, to be re-launched as an icon of the Nile, from its balconied cabins to the fine restaurant and facilities. This exclusive Jules Verne journey is accompanied by a tour manager/Egyptologist, to brief you on their history and mystery. The cruise begins by Aswan’s High Dam and sails to discoveries at Kom Ombo’s double-deity shrine and Edfu’s Ptolemaic temple; modern Luxor, wrapped around its ancient Theban relics; the temples of Denderah and Abydos, and tombs of Tell el-Amarna, Tuna el-Gebel and Beni Hassan; concluding at Cairo’s iconic Sphinx and including days where you just sit back and relax as you admire the views and experience life on the serene River Nile. Adding a special touch enroute, we take tea at Aswan’s Old Cataract, visit Luxor Temple by night and enjoy a cocktail reception at Luxor’s Winter Palace.

Overview

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

  •  An exclusive Jules Verne charter on an iconic steamship
  • Explore major tombs & temples
  • Admire the scenery and life on the Nile
  • Enjoy an afteroon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel
  • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza
  • Insightful lectures on board by your Egypotologist 

A very special downstream cruise from Aswan to Cairo, this is an exclusive Jules Verne charter of ‘the most luxurious steamship on the Nile’, the SS Misr, combining modern comfort with indulgent elegance, and famous sites with less-visited ancient landmarks

Notes:

Whilst the vessel carries more, 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 to enhance your experience at certain sites.

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

Vessels

SS Misr

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).

Extension Options

Cairo Post-tour Extension

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.

Nile Ritz Carlton - Cairo

The first luxury hotel in Egypt, situated in the heart of Cairo between the Nile and the Egyptian Museum.. 331 rooms, a selection of restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 331 spacious and stylish rooms with safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Aswan before you start your tour

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

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.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

April
April 2 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers,14 night-cruise, full board on cruise vessel and drinks with meals*, itinerary as described, excursions, Egyptian Tour Manager/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, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

*2 drinks with lunch and dinner included (2 glasses of wine or 2 beers and unlimited soft drinks).

Nile View room upgrade available on extension on request.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £795
Flight Options
  • EgyptAir Business Class
  • On request, please call
  • EgyptAir from Manchester via Cairo
  • On request, please call (pre/post cruise accommodation may be required)
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £15
Extension Options
  • Cairo Post-Tour Extension (2 nights)
  • £770
  • Single Supplement
  • £460

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