Overview

Day 1 & 2 - Cairo 
Day 3 - Pyramids/Saqqara 
Day 4 - Beni Suef
Day 5 - Minya
Day 6 - Beni Hassan 
Day 7 - Amarna/Asyut
Day 8 - Sohag 
Day 9 - El Balyana/Abydos/Qena
Day 10 - Denderah/Luxor
Day 11 - Return Flight 

The Original Nile Cruise

Return to Egypt for the classic long cruise sailing into the desert from Cairo to ancient Thebes visiting the Pyramids and rarely explored temples and tombs with a specialist guide

This cruise follows in the footsteps of Napoleon’s savants, Champollion who uncovered the secrets of the hieroglyphs and the 19th-century British travellers – all travelled south on the Nile to Thebes, enjoying some days of sailing after hectic Cairo – in between visits to the ancient sites.

The ancient capital moved between Upper (Thebes) and Lower Egypt (Memphis), sometimes split and sometimes united, except when the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti moved the capital to Amarna between the two kingdoms.

Whilst Cairo and Luxor are influenced by tourism, these cruises offer a rare opportunity to observe an old way of life and ancient sites largely unvisited, with the benefit of longer actual cruising than on the classic Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan. For the returning visitor it will ‘fill in’ the gap between the Pyramids and ancient Thebes.

Colourful scenes embellish less-visited tombs in the desert at Tuna el-Gebel, the cliffs at Beni Hassan, the temples at Abydos, necropolis of the pharaohs and Greco-Roman Denderah.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Egyptian Tour Manager
Egyptologist
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6 – 30

 

Special Events

Cocktail Reception & Luxor Temple by Night

A private cocktail reception to savour the atmosphere of the Victorian Lounge in the Old Winter Palace, where Howard Carter announced the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Enjoy a memorable visit to the illuminated Luxor Temple.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the 5-star Mövenpick MS Darakum for a ten-night cruise. (D)

Day 2 Full-day visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx. Discover the Egyptian Museum, home to the Amarna Room and the treasures of Tutankhamun. Enjoy an oriental Takht music performance on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit Saqqara step pyramid. Visit Old Cairo including the Coptic museum. Managers cocktail party. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Relax and enjoy your first views of the timeless Nile scenes, interspersed with minarets and Coptic church towers as you cruise to the riverside town of Beni Suef. Enjoy a talk on agriculture, irrigation and village life on the Nile and navigation (bridge visit). Egyptian wine tasting. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Sail to the regional capital, Minya. Birdwatching talk and introductory talk on Akhenaten and Nefertiti. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the tombs, catacombs and temple of Tuna el-Gebel and Ashmunein. Afternoon visit to the beautifully decorated Middle Kingdom tombs of Beni Hassan. Folklore show. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sail to Tel el Amarna, home of the ‘Amarnian experience’. A presentation on Akhenaten and Nefertiti at the Amarna Visitor Centre. Visit the northern tombs and royal tomb of Akhenaten at Amarna, dedicated to the sun god, Aten. View Prince Tawadros’ monastery from the Nile en route to the provincial town of Asyut, once the head of the caravan route to the Western Desert. Galabeya (traditional dress) party. (B, L, D)

Day 8 A full-day’s sailing to Sohag while listening to talks on modern Egypt, education and hieroglyphs. Learn about Egyptian culture and view pharaonic antiquities, at the newly opened Sohag museum. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to El Balyana. At Abydos, holy city of Osiris God of the Dead, visit the New Kingdom temple of Seti I. Pass two locks and the railway bridge at Naga Hammadi. Sail to Qena town. Quiz night. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, viewing the image of Cleopatra and son and the replica of the zodiac that sowed doubt about biblical chronology. Sail to Luxor. Cooking lesson. ‘Luxor Temple by Night and Cocktail at the Victorian Lounge of the Old Winter Palace’. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Return flight via Cairo. (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
September 13 £2545
October 9 £2695
November 4 £2795

2020

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

Date Price
February 25 £2695
March 22 £2645
April 17 £2595
May 13 £2495
June 8 £2295
September 13 £2745
October 9 £2845
November 4 £2895

2021

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

Date Price
February 24 £2945
March 22 £2945
April 17 £2845
May 13 £2795
September 13 £2995
October 9 £3095
November 4 £3195
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Lower Deck double for sole use (limited availability)
All dates except for
2019: Oct 9 and Nov 4 

Double for sole use £845 (2019 £795)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck £175
Double for sole use £995
Upper decks £275 (2019 £245)
Deluxe Cabin (Main Deck) £495
Senior Suite £795 
Panorama Suite £1095

Extension Options

Extension - Luxor to Aswan
4 nights £795 (2019 £695)
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Lower Deck
Double for sole use (limited availability)
Main Deck £70
Upper decks £100
Suites and extra nights at Mövenpick 
Resort Aswan or Old Cataract available.

Extension - Red Sea (From Luxor - available until Feb 2020)
Mövenpick el-Gouna - 5 nights £425
(2020 £445)
Single supplement £165
Half board £145


Extra Nights – Luxor 
Pavillon Winter (per night) £39
Single supplement £25
Departure transfer add £10

Sofitel Old Winter Palace (per night) £120
Single supplement £110
Departure transfer add £10 

Extra nights – Aswan
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 £400 
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £10

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 10-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, excursions, Egyptian Tour Manager/Egyptologist and 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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