Voyages Jules Verne

The Original Nile Cruise

The long cruise from Cairo to Luxor visiting rarely explored sites

The Nile flows the whole length of Egypt linking its civilisations and peoples, a green line through the desert providing water and livelihood since the ‘beginning of history’. 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 19th-century 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 changed 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.

The Original Nile Cruise

The long cruise from Cairo to Luxor visiting rarely explored sites

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 the Pyramids and Sphinx, then the Egyptian Museum, where the Amarna Room may be viewed, along with the treasures of Tutankhamun. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Relax and enjoy your first views of the timeless Nile scenes as you cruise to the riverside town of Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Travel to Dahshur to visit the 12th-dynasty pyramids including the Red Pyramid, earliest example of a true pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. Afternoon visit to the 4th-dynasty Meidum Pyramid. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Sail to the regional capital, Minya. (B, L, D)

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

Day 7 Sail to Tell el-Amarna, the home of the 'Amarnian experience'. Visit Akhenaten's royal city, tomb and palace at Amarna, dedicated to the sun god, Aten. View Prince Tawdross monastery from the Nile en route to the provincial town of Asyut, once the head of the caravan route to the Western Desert. (B, L, D)

Day 8 A full-days sailing to Sohag. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to El Balyana. Visit to 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. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, 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. 'Luxor Temple by Night' Special Event. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark and fly Luxor to Heathrow via Cairo. (B)

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

Notes

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.

The Original Nile Cruise

The long cruise from Cairo to Luxor visiting rarely explored sites

MS Darakum

MS Darakum

This luxurious 5-star vessel offers a high standard of service, with attentive staff and Moroccan inspired interior. This vessel includes a spacious restaurant, ornate lounge with bar, large sun deck with plunge pool, a small gym, jewellery and gift shop and WiFi (free/limited). 52 tastefully designed air-conditioned cabins spread over four decks each with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. 44 twin/double cabins (20 sq. metres), two Junior Suites (26 sq. metres), two Senior Suites (40 sq. metres - Deck three), two Senior Suites (34 sq. metres - Deck four) and two Panorama Suites (34 sq. metres). All cabins have large picture windows except Lower Deck cabins which have portholes.

Deck Plan - MS Darakum

The Original Nile Cruise

The long cruise from Cairo to Luxor visiting rarely explored sites

Cairo 2 Night Extension

Cairo 2 Night Extension

Two nights to explore Cairo in more detail, staying at the 5-star Cairo Pyramids Hotel with visits to Memphis and Saqqara, Islamic Cairo, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Gayer Anderson and Coptic museums, churches and synagogue. Breakfast daily and one lunch included.

Day 1 Two nights at the 5-star Cairo Pyramids Hotel .

Day 2 Visit to Memphis and Saqqara, Islamic Cairo, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Gayer Anderson and Coptic museums, churches and synagogue. (B, L)

Day 3 Departure Transfer.

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

Cairo Pyramids - Cairo

A 5-star resort hotel with restaurants, bar, pool (heated in winter) and WiFi (free). 280 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and terrace. VJV ‘Treasures of the Nile’ guests receive a free upgrade to the new wing (twin rooms receive Pyramid view).

Luxor to Aswan Extension

Luxor to Aswan Extension

Visit the lesser-known sites of the Nile between Thebes and Nubia.

Day 1 At the West Bank visit the Temple of Medinet Habu, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Tombs of the Workmen at Deir el-Medina and the house of Howard Carter. (B, L, D)

Day 2 Morning at leisure. Sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit el-Kab. Sail to Kom Ombo. Visit Gebel el-Silsila quarries. Sail to Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit the Tombs of Nobles and Kalabsha Temple. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Disembark and fly to Heathrow via Cairo. (B)

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

The Original Nile Cruise

The long cruise from Cairo to Luxor visiting rarely explored sites

2017

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabinEgyptair from Heathrow
DatePrice
September 15 £1995
October 11 £2095

2018

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabinEgyptair from Heathrow
DatePrice
February 27 £1995
March 25 £2045
April 20 £1995

May 16 £1895

No Single Supplement

Lower Deck twin cabin for sole use (limited availability)

Supplements per person

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Lower Deck twin cabin for sole use
(limited availability, see below dates)
2017: Sep 15 / Oct 11
2018: Feb 27 / Mar 25 / Apr 20 / May 16
Twin for sole use £745
Main Deck £95
Upper decks £195
Junior Suite £800
Senior Suite £950
Panorama Suite £1300
Egyptair Business Class from £795
Extension - Luxor to Aswan
MS Darakum - 4 nights £595
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Lower Deck twin for sole use (limited availability)
Twin for sole use £295
Main Deck £40
Upper decks £95
Junior Suite £320
Senior Suite £380
Panorama Suite £520
Extension - Cairo
Mövenpick Cairo Pyramids
2 nights £195
Single supplement £50
Extension - Extra nights
Pavillon Winter, Luxor (per night) £39
Single supplement £25
Sofitel Old Winter Palace, Luxor (per night) £98
Single supplement £60
Hotel Mövenpick, Aswan (per night) £55 (Feb-Apr £65)
Single supplement £30 (Feb-Apr £40)
Departure transfer £10
Save £400
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £10

Price Includes

Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport 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.

Notes

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors or local conditions.

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