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£5725

Secret Nile

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited dates/availability)

In a full fortnight of discovery, this is the classic ‘long cruise’ from Cairo to Aswan, with a different perspective, as it sails to the lesser-known landmarks of ancient Egypt, beside the Nile, in Luxor, and on Lake Nasser; and adds an insight of local culture

An enthralling itinerary for Egypt enthusiasts, who have toured before to the country’s highlight sights but barely heard of its hidden gems, this is an upstream cruise of the Nile, floating past farms with working water buffaloes, and seeing modern life lived in a timeless setting. Crossing 4,000 years of legends and landscapes, we sail on the 5-star Mövenpick MS Darakum, accompanied all the way by an Egyptologist and expert local guides. In and around Cairo, the city’s museum is Egypt’s most revered, Giza’s Great Pyramid is the country’s most photographed, Saqqara’s its oldest, and Memphis was the first capital. We cruise from here to visit the Meidum pyramid close to Beni Suef; tombs in the desert at Tuna el-Gebel and the cliffs at Beni Hassan, and at Tel el-Amara, the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, depicting the Sun God Arten; and explore the temples of Abydos, Denderah and el-Kab. With views of Luxor Temple by Night and cocktails at the Old Winter Palace, see the city’s less-visited sites, the Tombs of the Workers and Mortuary Temple of Ramses III; and in Aswan, we enter the Tombs of the Nobles and sail on Lake Nasser to the water’s edge Kalabsha Temple to Nubian gods.

Overview

  • Day 1 - 3   - Cairo
  • Day 4  - Beni Suef
  • Day 5  - Minya
  • Day 6  - Beni Hassan
  • Day 7  - Tell el-Armarna / Asyut
  • Day 8  - Sohag
  • Day 9  - El Balyana / Abydos / Qena
  • Day 10  - Denderah / Luxor
  • Day 11  - Luxor
  • Day 12  - Edfu
  • Day 13  - Kom Ombo / Aswan
  • Day 14  - Aswan
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Riverscapes 
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing 
  • 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Egyptian Tour Manager
  • Egyptologist
  • On Board Lectures

In a full fortnight of discovery, this is the classic ‘long cruise’ from Cairo to Aswan, with a different perspective, as it sails to the lesser-known landmarks of ancient Egypt, beside the Nile, in Luxor, and on Lake Nasser; and adds an insight of local culture

Notes:

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.

Vessels

MS Darakum

This charming vessel was specially designed for the ‘long cruise’ with attentive Egyptian staff and Moroccan inspired interior. A spacious restaurant offers assorted dishes over a buffet combining Egyptian and international cuisine. The elegant lounge with bar adjoins a comfortable outdoor lounge for observing the continually changing riverside scenes. The large sun deck has a plunge pool, loungers and seats with sunny and shaded areas. Small gym, jewellery and gift shop and WiFi (free/limited). Jules Verne guests receive three small bottles of water per day free of charge.

52 tastefully designed air-conditioned, outside cabins spread over three decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

44 twin/double cabins
(215 sq. ft.),
two Deluxe Cabins
(279 sq. ft. – Deck Two),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Three),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Four) and
two Panorama Suites
(366 sq. ft. – Deck Three).

All cabins have large picture windows except Lower Deck cabins which have sealed marine windows.

Extra Nights

Stay in Cairo before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Aswan before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Sofitel Old Cataract
Rooms and prices are on request, please call our Sales Team for more information.
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Crowne Plaza West Cairo Arkan Hotel
(per night)
Standard (twin/double) £120
Single supplement £100
Arrival or departure transfer £15

Sofitel Old Cataract - Aswan

Stay at the beautiful and luxurious 5-star Old Cataract Hotel located in the Nubian Desert overlooking the majestic River Nile, surrounded by a lush garden and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Aswan. This historic hotel was built in the 19th century and has since hosted many famous people such as Winston Churchill, Howard Carter, Agatha Christie and King Farouk, to name a few. Take a leisurely walk along the strollable corniche or to Aswan city centre and explore the vibrant and colourful souks. The hotel has a variety of bars and restaurants on site, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 138 exquisitely decorated room with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Cairo

A first-class hotel in the heart of Sheikh Zayed with 178 rooms and a selection of restaurants, bar, pool, sauna, gym and WiFi (free). 178 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

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

March
March 18 (Monday)
April
April 13 (Saturday)
September
September 13 (Friday)
November
November 4 (Monday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 14-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 fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Mar, Sep, Nov

Upgrades
  • Main Deck
  • £345
  • Upper Deck Twin/Double Cabin
  • £575
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £15

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