Overview

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 

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 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.

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 Explore the tombs of Beni Hassan. Continue to Tuna el-Gebel and visit the catacombs and the tomb of Petosiris. (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 from the Nile. (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

Vessel carries up to 46 guests. Sightseeing will be limited to 24 guests.

2020

Sunday
per person in a Main Deck cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

Date Price
September 13 £4995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

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

Cabin Upgrades

Upper decks £395
Upper decks double for sole use £1995
Suite (Upper decks) £895
Panorama (front) Suite £1295

Flight Options

EgyptAir Business Class from £695

Extension Options

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

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £12

Price Includes
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.

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

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