Enjoy a captivating voyage into the once-forgotten quarter of the majestic Nile to uncover an ancient world of rarely visited sites and secrets aboard the elegant Mövenpick MS Darakum. Cruising from magnificent Cairo to the ancient city of Luxor, discover the iconic sights of Egypt on this fascinating cruise.
• Beni Suef
• Naga Hammadi
Mövenpick river cruise
Day 1 UK to Cairo
On arrival in Egypt, transfer to the pier where you will board the Mövenpick MS Darakum. Spend your first night on board this stylish vessel in the port of Cairo. Guests arriving on earlier flight will have dinner on board followed by music in the bar.
Day 2 Cairo
Your journey down the River Nile starts an unforgettable experience – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza, as well as the Great Sphinx of Giza. After lunch, spend some time at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which is home to some of the most treasured relics from the age of the pharaohs. Then return to the ship docked in Cairo and be treated to Takht music after dinner. B, L, D.
Day 3 Cairo
Your sightseeing today starts with the lesser-visited Egyptian city Memphis and its necropolis, Saqqara (Sakkara). Have lunch on board before visiting the Hanging Church, Coptic Museum and Jewish Synagogue. Return to the ship for dinner and the manager's cocktail party. B, L, D.
Day 4 Cairo to Beni Suef
Today is a full day of sailing towards Beni Suef, allowing you to enjoy the views as you sail along the Nile and the facilities aboard the ship. Take a dip in the swimming pool or have a drink out on the sun deck as you take in the passing views of the riverbanks. Have dinner on board, followed by an Egyptian wine tasting tonight. B, L, D.
Day 5 Beni Suef to Minya
Continue sailing down the Nile with free time to spend the day relaxing as the ship makes its way towards Minya. There’ll be music at the bar tonight after dinner. B, L, D.
Day 6 Minya
A full day of sightseeing begins with a visit to Tuna El Gebel, the necropolis of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hermopolis, and el-Ashmunein, the site of the ancient city itself. Have lunch back on board before transferring by road to head to Beni Hasan. Here you’ll spend the afternoon visiting the four open rock-cut tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II of the Middle Kingdom. Tonight there'll be a folkloric show on board after dinner. B, L, D.
Day 7 Minya to Assyut
After breakfast this morning, you’ll debark for a full day of sightseeing in Tel El Amarna, the capital built by King Akhenaten, husband of Nefertiti and father to Tutankhamun. A controversial pharaoh, King Akhenaten challenged the polytheistic beliefs of the time by declaring worship to a single god, the sun disk god, Aten. First, you’ll visit the Tel El Amarna tombs, where you’ll find the lesser-visited crumbling tombs in the northern section. Here, you’ll visit the tombs of important figures during King Akhenaten’s reign including Ahmose, Meryre, Pentu and Panehesy, as well as the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten. Continue your tour to see the partially restored foundations of the Great Palace of King Akhenaten, where you’ll also see the remnants of the Small and Great Temples of Aten. Return to the ship for lunch as your sail south, stopping in front of the Prince Tawdrous Monastery which you’ll be able to see from the deck. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to make use of the ship’s facilities before tonight’s dinner and Galabeya party. B, L, D.
Day 8 Assyut to Sohag
The day will be spent sailing to Sohag, giving you plenty of time to get ready for this evening’s dinner and black and white party. B, L, D.
Day 9 Sohag to Naga Hammadi
It’s an early sailing this morning to El Balyana to visit the remains of the Great Temple of Abydos, also known as the Temple of Seti I. Wander through this remarkable temple and view its impressive reliefs and the famous Abydos King List – a documentation of past kings engraved on one of the temple walls. Return back on board and sail towards Naga Hammadi via the Naga Hammadi brdges before a quiz night and dinner. B, L, D.
Day 10 Naga Hammadi to Luxor
Sail to Qena, arriving at the Dendera Temple in the morning to discover beautifully preserved temples which were constructed during the 4th century BC. This afternoon the ship will continue on to Luxor. You’ll have a cookery lesson before dinner in the main restaurant, where you can try local Egyptian dishes alongside international favourites. This evening’s entertainment is a belly dancer. B, L, D.
Day 11 Luxor
This morning visit the archaeological paradise that is the West Bank of Luxor today. Home to the spectacular Valley of the Kings, the area offers a wealth of ancient treasures with Pharaohs’ tombs dating back between the 16th and 11th Century BC. The magnificent Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahri) also sits within the valley. In the afternoon the focus is on the treasures of the East Bank of the Nile. Here you can see the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor, which were built in honour of the Egyptian sun god Amun Ra. Take a walk through the majestic hypostyle hall with its magnificently painted pillars and gaze at the collective work of 13 centuries of successive pharaohs. Enjoy the last dinner of your cruise followed by drinks at the bar. B, L, D.
Day 12 Luxor
If you have an early flight, you’ll be given a packed breakfast before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Or stay longer to experience Egypt’s golden sand beaches in El Gouna. B.
Is this for you?
Mövenpick’s fleet of ships was made for cruising this great river. Life onboard combines Mövenpick’s Swiss service with local culture, where evenings often feature traditional Egyptian-inspired entertainment. Take in the passing views from your cabin’s window and sail along the famous river banks on a journey that takes you right up to some of Ancient Egypt’s most legendary sites.
Mövenpick MS Darakum
One of the largest ships on the Nile, the Mövenpick MS Darakum has an array of facilities and a beautiful Moroccan-style design. There are 52 cabins and suites, each with air-conditioning and most with panoramic windows. On-board facilities include a swimming pool and sun deck. All meals are served at the main restaurant, where each night have different buffet theme.
Good to know
• Suitable for children over 12 years old. As this is a Kuoni recommended ago, we cannot guarantee that there will not be any younger children on board
• Journey times do not take into account stops of local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag
• A good level of fitness is required
• Itineraries are subject to change.
What to expect
• Embarkation in Cairo begins from 6pm
• We recommend packing comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothes should cover legs and shoulders when in places of worship
• This cruise also operates in reverse from Luxor to Cairo on an 9-night itinerary.
2020 Feb 25; Mar 22; Apr 17; May 13; Jun 08; Sep 13; Oct 09; Nov 04
Included in price
• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Shore excursions and entrance fees
• Flexible arrival times
• Porterage and guide tips (we recommend tipping the ship’s crew at the end of your cruise)
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.