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.
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.
Day 2: Cairo Today, visit the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving wonder of the Ancient World. You’ll also see one of the world’s oldest statues – The Great Sphinx of Giza. Later, explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, home to the world’s largest collection of Paranoiac antiquities.
Day 3: Cairo to Beni Suef There's an early start this morning as you visit the royal necropolis and pyramids of Dahshur. Today is a full day of sailing allowing you to enjoy the views as you sail along the Nile and the facilities aboard the ship.
Day 4: Beni Suef There's an early start this morning for your visit to Fayoum, the most significant centre of the cult of Sobek, the crocodile-god, a protective deity who was believed to protect against the dangers of the Nile. You will disembark and make your way via coach (approx. 1½ hours) to view the ancient Hawara and Maydom Pyramids, which out date the famous Pyramids of Giza. You'll be back at the ship in time for lunch and an afternoon on board.
Day 5: Minya Today you can spend the day relaxing as the ship sails towards Minya.
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. Following lunch back on board head to Beni Hasan to visit the fascinating rock-cut Middle Kingdom tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II. Tonight there'll be a folkloric show on board after dinner.
Day 7: Minya to Assyut Today begins with a visit to Tell el-Amarna (formerly known as Achetaton), 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. As the ship cruises south, it will stop in front of the Prince Tawdrous Monastery, allowing you to get a glimpse from the deck.
Day 8: Assyut to Sohag The day will be spent sailing to Sohag.
Day 9: Sohag to Qena This morning travel by coach to Abydos, where you’ll visit the Abydos Temple. Return to the ship and set sail towards Luxor via the via Abu Homar’s Lock and the Nag Hammadi Bridge.
Day 10: Qena to Luxor The morning will be spent visiting the Dendera Temple to discover beautifully-preserved temples which were constructed during the 4th century BC. This afternoon the ship will continue on to Luxor.
Day 11: Luxor There's a full day visit to 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.
Day 12: Luxor to UK This morning 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. Disembark following lunch and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Good to know
• Children over 12 years are welcome on this cruise. Other operators may permit children under 12 throughout the year
• Itineraries are subject to change.
What to expect
• For guides and boat crew we recommend tipping at the end of your cruise
• Comfortable cabins with twin or queen size beds
• Explore sites of historical interest
• A combination of time at leisure and scheduled sightseeing.
2018 Feb 27; Mar 25; Apr 20; May 16; Sep 13; Oct 09; Nov 04.
Included in price
• 11-night cruise on the Mövenpick MS Darakum in a Standard Main Deck Cabin including full board
• Transfers and all specified flights
• All of your meals are included throughout the cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the delightfully-designed Main Restaurant
• All shore excursions and entrance fees to the sites visited. Tours will be conducted by English-speaking guides.