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

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 follows in the footsteps of Napoleon’s expedition of savants, Champollion who uncovered the secrets of the hieroglyphs and the 19thcentury British travellers who all travelled south on the Nile to Thebes, enjoying some days of sailing after the hectic pace of Cairo – in between visits to the ancient sites.
Whilst Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been influenced by tourism, these cruises offer a rare opportunity to observe an old way of life largely unchanged and ancient sites largely unvisited, with the added 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.

Key Features

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


Special Event

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 Visit Old Cairo including the Coptic museum. 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 Full-day visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx. Visit Saqqara step pyramid. 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, the home of the ‘Amarnian experience’. A presentation on Akhenaten and Nefertiti at the Amarna Visitor Centre. Visit Akhenaten’s royal city, tomb and palace 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-days sailing to Sohag while listening to talks on Islam, dress codes, education and hieroglyphs. (B, L, D)

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

Day 10 Visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, viewing the image of Cleopatra and her son and the replica of the zodiac that once sowed doubt about biblical chronology. Sail to Luxor, ancient Thebes. Cooking lesson on board. Special Event: ‘Luxor Temple by Night and Cocktail at the Victoria Lounge of the Old Winter Palace’. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark and fly Luxor to Heathrow 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 or local conditions.

Early morning starts are often made to excursions thereby avoiding the main crowds at the sites and the intensity of the midday sun.

Mooring may be alongside other vessels with views obstructed and access to your own boat through other vessels' lobbies and across gangplanks.

In Luxor the local authorities are introducing regulations to move boats' moorings away from the town centre and your vessel will normally be berthed outside the town.


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

Date Price
March 25 £2045
April 20 £1995
May 16 £1895
September 13 £2195
October 9 £2295


Date Price
February 26 £2295
March 24 £2245
April 19 £2195
May 15 £2095
September 13 £2295
October 9 £2395
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Lower Deck double for sole use (limited availability)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck £125 (2019 £145)
Double for sole use £795
Upper decks £225 (2019 £245)
Senior Suite £1000 
Panorama Suite £1300

Extension Options

Extension - Luxor to Aswan
4 nights £595
Double for sole use (limited availability)
Main Deck £40
Upper decks £95
Suites and extra nights at Mövenpick 
Resort Aswan or Old Cataract available.

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

Extra nights – Luxor
Pavillon Winter (per night) £39
Single supplement  £25

Sofitel Old Winter Palace
(per night)  £125
(May-Sep £98)
Single supplement £60
Departure transfer add £10

Extra nights – Aswan
Hotel Mövenpick (per night) £65
Single supplement £40
Arrival transfer add £12

Sofitel Old Cataract (per night) £145
Single supplement £110
Arrival transfer add £12

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.

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

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