Overview 2022

Day 1 - Cairo
Day 2 - Pyramids
Day 3 - Cairo 
Day 4 - Beni Suef
Day 5 - Minya
Day 6 - Beni Hassan /
Tuna El-Gebel 
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 

Overview 2023

Day 1 - Cairo
Day 2 - Cairo 
Day 3 - Beni Suef
Day 4 - Minya
Day 5 - Beni Hassan / Tel El Amarna
Day 6 - Tuna El-Gebel / Tel El Amarna
Day 7 - Tel El Amarna / Asyut
Day 8 - Sohag 
Day 9 - Abydos / Nag Hammady
Day 10 - Qena / Denderah / Luxor
Day 11 - Luxor
Day 12 – Luxor / Edfu 
Days 13 – Edfu / Kom Ombo /Aswan
Day 14 – Aswan 
Day 15 - Return Flight 

The Original Nile by Royal Steamer 

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

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, following in the footsteps of the 19th-century British excursionists who travelled by steamer to Thebes. SS Misr is a propeller steam vessel that was originally built in Preston by the Royal Navy, then converted for King Farouk and used for his birthday party. The restoration was initiated by Jules Verne and our Egyptian partners a few years ago. 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.

 

 

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Egyptian Tour Manager
Egyptologist
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6  24

Special Events

Luxor Temple by Night, Winter Palace Cocktail & Afternoon Tea at the Old Cataract

A private cocktail reception at the Victorian Lounge in the Old Winter Palace. A visit to the illuminated Luxor Temple. Tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel.

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 A talk on board on Egyptian culture and later, 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, (option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti I – subject to viewing restrictions, at extra charge), 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)

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

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 congestion at certain sites.

Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the SS Misr for a 14-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 Enjoy a relaxing day on the river as we sail from Cairo towards Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit Maydom Pyramid and the brick built mastabas nearby. Sail to Minya. (B, L, D)

Day 5 View the Beni Hassan; the Tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenenmhet and Khnumhotep.  Return to the vessel for lunch and sail to Tel El Amarna.

Day 6 Visit the catacombs at Tuna el-Gebel and Ashmunin, from a major city of Roman Egypt, and an early Christian centre from the third century. In the afternoon explore El Amarna, visiting the Tombs of Meryre, Pentu, Paneshesy and the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten, the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the small and great temples of Aten. (B, L, D)

Day 7 A day at leisure cruising the Nile to Asyut. Sit back and relax as you watch the riverbanks unfold before you, viewing enroute the monastery of Prince Tawadros. (B, L, D)

Day 8 A talk on board on Egyptian culture and later, 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. Overnight Naga Hammadi. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Sail to Qena. Visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah. Sail to Luxor. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings, (option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti I – subject to viewing restrictions, at extra charge) and the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon visit to the Luxor Museum. Special Event: ‘Luxor Temple by Night and Cocktail at the Old Winter Palace’.

Day 12 Morning visit Karnak and Temple on the East Bank. Evening cruise to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit Edfu temple, then sail to Kom Ombo to visit the riverside temple. Continue to Aswan for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 14 View the High Dam and Philae Temple. Visit the Nubian Museum, then enjoy afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel with fine Nile views. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Return flight to London via Cairo. (B)

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

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

2022

Tuesday
per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

Date Price
September 13 £5495

2023

Saturday
per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

Date Price
April 8 £5595

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Main Deck single cabin £795
Main Deck (double cabin for sole use) £1695

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £395
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £1995
Suite (Upper Deck) £895

Flight Options

EgyptAir Business Class from £695

Extension Options

Cairo Extension - Pre-Tour
2 nights £450
Single supplement £405

Extra Nights - Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo (per night)
Standard (twin/double) £65
Standard (single) £100
Pyramids View (twin/double) £85
Pyramids View (single) £120
Arrival or departure transfer add £15 

Extra nights – Aswan 
Sofitel Old Cataract (per night) 
Standard Premium Nile Wing (twin beds) £135
Standard Premium Nile Wing (single) £240
Luxury Nile Wing (king bed)  £165
Luxury Nile Wing (single) £290
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival transfer or departure transfer add £15

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 13/14 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.

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

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