This cruise is perfect for those who are looking for an in-depth exploration of the sights that line the River Nile. You’ll cruise a distance of 410 miles between Aswan and Cairo, including a stretch of the river that’s only been reopened for a few years, and enjoy an extra two nights in Cairo for independent exploration.
• Tel el Amarna
• Beni Suef
• See the spectacular ancient Egyptian sites including the Valley of the Kings
• View Tutankhamun's famous funerary mask in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum
• Enjoy independent exploration with an extra two nights' stay in Cairo close to the Pyramids of Giza.
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. It’s a late arrival tonight, and you’ll transfer straight to Aswan pier where you will board the Mövenpick MS Darakum for your first night on board in the port of Aswan.
Day 2 Aswan Today you’ll visit the High Dam, an impressive feat of engineering built to harness the power of one of the longest rivers in the world – the Nile. Next you’ll visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was moved and reassembled on higher ground to save it from flooding from the dam. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Aswan’s popular Nubian Museum where you’ll learn about the amazing ancient history of Nubians who are indigenous to the Nile region of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Return on board for your last night docked in Aswan and enjoy a cultural Nubian show on board before dinner. B, L, D.
Day 3 Aswan to Edfu This morning, you’ll have time at leisure as your ship makes its way to Kom Ombo. After lunch on board, you’ll visit the unique Kom Ombo Temple, a double museum dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the sky god commonly depicted as a falcon. Return to the ship for your onward journey to Edfu and enjoy a cocktail party and dinner. B, L, D.
Day 4 Edfu to Luxor In the morning, visit Edfu Temple before sailing to Luxor via Esna Lock. With much of the day at leisure, you can make the most of the ship’s facilities including the sun deck where you can enjoy a drink as you view the sights along the Nile. This evening, enjoy music in the Lounge Bar. B, L, D.
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 you’ll find here 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, built by the first female pharaoh whose successful 20-year reign was nearly wiped from history by her successor. Return to Luxor to stop at the significant Temples of Karnak and Luxor before returning on board for dinner and a belly dancing show. B, L, D.
Day 6 Luxor to Qena The morning will be spent sailing north from Luxor. After lunch, you’ll visit the Dendera Temple, a beautifully preserved temple built in honour of Hathor, the goddess of love. B, L, D.
Day 7 Qena to Sohag Today, you’ll head towards Sohag via the Nag Hammadi Bridge and Abu Homar’s Lock and a stop en route at Balyana after lunch. On arrival, you’ll transfer for 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. B, L, D.
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 the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and his chief consort Nefertiti. Return to the ship tonight, when you’ll get the opportunity to take part in a cooking lesson. B, L, D.
Day 9 Tel el Amarna to Minya After breakfast, you’ll have a full day of sightseeing, beginning with a visit to Tel el Amarna tombs. Here, you’ll visit the tombs of important figures Ahmose, Meryre, Pentu, Panehesy as well as the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten. Continue your tour with the foundations of the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the Small and Great Temples of Aten. After returning back to the ship for lunch, you’ll visit the necropolis of Tuna El Gebel and the ruins of a major Egyptian city, El-Ashmunein. Return for dinner and a folklore show on board. B, L, D.
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. B, L, D.
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 of the city. You’ll visit key sights including 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. B, L, D.
Day 12 Cairo Today, you’ll visit Egypt’s most iconic sights. See the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving wonder of the Ancient World, and the impressive Great Sphinx of Giza, which has lain carved out of the bedrock for over 4000 years. Afterwards, you’ll get to view the largest collection of pharaonic artefacts in the world at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. This museum is home to priceless relics of Egyptian history including royal Egyptian mummies, some of the oldest examples of hieroglyphic engravings ever found and Tutankhamun’s funerary mask. B, L, D.
Day 13 Cairo Disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel on the edge of the city for a two-night stay. Today you’ll have free time at leisure to spend however you like. From your hotel, you’ll get remarkable views with your amazing location close to the famous Pyramids of Giza. There are two pools to cool off in and enjoy the surreal backdrop of enduring Egyptian history. If you’re after some post-cruise down time, you can choose a signature package at the modern Explore Spa, or you can make the most of your location and walk to the pyramids for another close-up look at this immense sight. Central Cairo and its attractions are a 20-minute drive away if you want to head back into the city and explore at your own pace. Stay: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar). B.
Day 14 Cairo Today you’ll have more time to explore further on your own or enjoy some relaxation at your hotel. Stay: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar). B.
Day 15 Cairo to UK Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.
2018 Apr 08; May 04; Sep 01, 27; Oct 23. 2019 Feb 12; Mar 12; Apr 07; May 03; Sep 01, 27; Oct 23. 2020 Feb 13; Mar 10; Apr 05; May 01; Sep 01, 27; Oct 23.
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.
Upgrade your cruise
Single travellers No single cabin supplement on selected dates, otherwise from £996 per person
Cabin upgrade Upgrade to an upper deck cabin from £85 per person.
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