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
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6 – 25

Special Events

Cocktail Reception & Luxor Temple by Night

A private cocktail reception at 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 (or Grand Egyptian Museum subject to opening), 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 and Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt. 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. (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


Temple, tomb and pyramid visits are on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


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

Date Price
October 9 £3590
November 4 £3690


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

Date Price
February 22 £3745
March 20 £3795
April 15 £3695
May 11 £3645
September 13 £3895
October 9 £3895
November 4 £3995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Lower Deck double cabin for sole use
(limited dates/availability)
2023: Mar 20, Apr 15, May 11, Sep 13, Oct 9, Nov 4

Lower Deck (double for sole use) £945
(Oct 2022 & 2023 £995; Nov 2022, Sep & Oct 2023 £1095; Nov 2023 £1195)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck (twin/double) £195 (2023 £245)
Main Deck (double for sole use) £1195 (Oct 2022 £1295; Nov 2022 £1445; 2023 £1345; Sep & Oct 2023 £1445; Nov 2023 £1545)
Upper Deck (twin/double) £345
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £1495 (Oct 2022 & 2023 £1595; Nov 2022, Sep & Oct 2023 £1695; Nov 2023 £1845)
Main Deck Junior Suite (twin/double) £495 (2023 £575)
Senior Suite £895 (2023 £995)
Panorama Suite £1095 (2023 £1295)

Extension Options

Extension - Red Sea
Mövenpick el-Gouna
5 nights £595
Single supplement (double for sole use) £225

Extra nights – Luxor
Sofitel Winter Palace (per night)
Classic Garden View (twin/double) £70
Classic Garden View (double for sole use) £115
Classic Nile View (twin/double) £80
Classic Nile View (double for sole use) £135
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Pavillon Winter (per night)
Classic Garden view with balcony (twin/double) £45
Classic Garden view with balcony single (double for sole use) £70
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

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

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Arrival or Departure transfer add £15

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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