This cruise is perfect for those who are looking for an in-depth exploration of the sights that line the River Nile. Between Aswan and Cairo you’ll cruise a distance of 410 miles, including a stretch of the river that’s only been reopened for a few years.
• Tel el Amarna
• Beni Suif
• Visit the final resting place of Tutankamun in the Valley of the Kings
• Witness the only surviving Wonder of the World, the Pyramid of Giza
• Discover the largest collection of pharaonic antiquities in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
Mövenpick MS Darakum
One of the largest ships on the Nile, the Mövenpick MS Darakum features an array of facilities and a beautiful Moroccan-style design. There are 52 cabins and suites, each with air-conditioning, twin beds or a king-size bed and a private en suite. Lower deck cabins have two sealed marine windows, while all other cabins and suites have panoramic windows. On-board facilities include a swimming pool, sun deck and gym and modern Moroccan-style décor is used throughout, from plush cushions to the deep colour schemes that add a touch of decadence to your river cruise. All meals are served at the Main Restaurant, where each night sees a different buffet theme gracing the dinner tables. For drinks, the Lounge Bar is the place for hot beverages or alcoholic fare, while the Sun Deck is ideal if you don’t want to miss any of the sights.
Is this for you?
Uncovering the treasures of ancient Egypt on the Nile, this relaxed cruise allows for plenty of local entertainment to immerse you in the traditions of the region.
Good to know
• Suitable for children over 12 years old
• Itineraries are subject to change
• All departures are guaranteed
• This itinerary also operates in reverse
• You should pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothing should cover legs and shoulders when entering a place of worship.
What to expect
Day 1 UK to Aswan Depart the UK on your flight to Aswan, and on arrival, transfer to Aswan pier where you will board the Mövenpick MS Darakum. Spend your first night on board in the port of Aswan.
Day 2 Aswan Today, visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple, before an afternoon visit to Aswan’s popular Nubian Museum. This evening, enjoy a Nubian show before dinner on board.
Day 3 Aswan to Edfu You will have the morning at leisure en route to Kom Ombo before lunch is served on board. After lunch, visit the unique Kom Ombo Temple. Return to the ship for a cocktail party.
Day 4 Edfu to Luxor Today the Mövenpick MS Darakum will sail to Luxor via Esna Lock. This evening, you can enjoy music in the Lounge Bar.
Day 5 Luxor Today begins with a visit to an archaeological paradise – the West Bank of Luxor. Home to the spectacular Valley of the Kings, the wealth of ancient treasures includes pharaohs’ tombs dating back between the 16th and 11th Centuries BC. The magnificent Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahri) also sits within the valley. Return to Luxor to stop at the Karnak and the Temple of Luxor before returning on board for dinner.
Day 6 Luxor to Qena The morning will be spent sailing north from Luxor. Following lunch, visit the Dendera Temple to discover beautifully preserved temples which were constructed during the 4th Century BC.
Day 7 Qena to Sohag This morning, sail towards Sohag via the Nag Hammadi Bridge and Abu Homar’s Lock. Later sail onwards to Balyana before a coach ride to Abydos, where you’ll visit the Abydos Temple. Return to the ship for dinner and tonight’s exciting entertainment – a Galabeya Party and Egyptian wine tasting as the ship continues to Sohag.
Day 8 Sohag to Tel el Amarna Today you can spend the day relaxing as the ship sails towards Tel el Amarna, cruising through Asuit’s Lock en route. On arrival in Amarna, visit the Amarna Visitor Centre for a presentation on Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Tonight you can take part in a cooking lesson on board.
Day 9 Tel el Amarna to Minya A full day of sightseeing includes a visit to Tel el Amarna tombs, the northern tombs of Ahmose, Meryre, Pentu, Panehesy and the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten. Continue your tour with the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the Small and Great temples of Aten. Following lunch back on board, visit Tuna El Gebel and el-Ashmunein. Return for dinner and a folkloric show on board.
Day 10 Minya to Beni Suef Head to Beni Hasan to visit the fascinating rock-cut Middle Kingdom tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep. Spend the afternoon on board, sailing onwards to Beni Suef and perhaps test your knowledge at tonight’s quiz night.
Day 11 Beni Suef to Cairo Enjoy time on board as you sail to Cairo, arriving after lunch when you’ll embark on a tour. View the Hanging Church, Coptic Museum and Jewish Synagogue. Back on the Mövenpick MS Darakum you’ll be treated to enchanting Takht, traditional Middle Eastern music.
Day 12 Cairo Today, visit the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving wonder of the Ancient World, and The Great Sphinx of Giza. Later, explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities.
Day 13 Cairo Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa for a two-night stay.
Day 14 Cairo Your time in the Egyptian capital is free to explore at your own pace.
Day 15 Cairo Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departing 03 May 2018; the same itinerary is available on alternative dates, please call for details.
Included in price
• Full-board cruise
• Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo
• Free Wi-Fi on board
• On-board evening entertainment
• Shore excursions and entrance fees
• English speaking guides
• All specified flights.
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