Enjoy a captivating voyage on the majestic Nile to uncover an ancient world of rarely visited sites and secrets aboard the elegant Mövenpick MS Darakum. Cruising from the ancient city of Luxor to magnificent Cairo, discover the iconic sights of Egypt including the Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids of Giza on this fascinating cruise.
• Visit the final resting place of Tutankamun in the Valley of the Kings
• Witness the only surviving Ancient Wonder of the World, the Pyramids of Giza
• Discover the largest collection of pharaonic antiquities in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
Is this for you?
If you're looking for a short introduction to the highlights of the River Nile, this elegant cruise is the ideal way to see all the main sights.
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.
Good to know
• Suitable for children over 12 years old. As this is a Kuoni recommended age, we cannot guarantee that there will not be any other children on board
• Itineraries are subject to change
• This itinerary also operates in reverse. The reverse itinerary is an 11-night cruise.
What to expect
• For 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
• You should pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothing should cover legs and shoulders when entering a place of worship.
Day 1: UK to Luxor
Depart the UK on your flight to Luxor. It will be a late arrival in Luxor, where you’ll head straight to the pier to board the Mövenpick MS Darakum for your first night in the port of Luxor.
Day 2: Luxor
Today begins with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor, previously known as the great Egyptian city of Thebes. It’s home to the spectacular Valley of the Kings, the final resting place for many pharaohs and royal family members with tombs dating back between 16th and 11th Century BC. As you head underground (where photography is forbidden), you’ll uncover an amazing piece of Egyptian history and see these ancient treasures firsthand, with walls inscribed with hieroglyphics and the former resting places of legendary pharaohs. You’ll also visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen
Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahri) which also sits within the valley, the magnificent temple built by the first female pharaoh whose story was only recently uncovered in the 19th Century. The half-sister and wife of King Thutmose II, Hatshepsut became co-regent with her young stepson before declaring herself a pharaoh in her own right. She led one of the most prosperous periods of Ancient Egypt over her 20-year reign, only to have nearly all traces of her rule destroyed by her stepson after her death. After lunch back on board, you’ll visit two of Egypt’s most significant relics, the great temples of Karnak and Luxor, before re-boarding your ship for a manager’s cocktail party followed by dinner and a belly dancing show. B, L, D.
Day 3: Luxor to Naga Hammadi
This morning you’ll sail north from Luxor to Qena, a city close to the famed Dendera Temple. After lunch, visit this beautifully preserved temple which was built during the 4th Century BC in honour of Hathor, the goddess of love. Its intricate ceiling carvings are a particular highlight. Return to the ship for dinner and sail to Naga Hammadi, passing the bridges. Enjoy dinner and music in the bar. B, L, D.
Day 4: Naga Hammadi to Sohag
Today you’ll sail towards Sohag in the morning, passing Abu Homar’s Lock. Sail to El Balyana and have lunch before transferring to the ancient city of Abydos by coach 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 to the ship for dinner and tonight’s Galabeya party and Egyptian wine tasting as the ship continues to Sohag. B, L, D.
Day 5: Sohag to Tel El Amarna
Relax and spend time at leisure today as the ship sails towards Tel El Amarna, cruising through Asuit’s Lock en route. On board, you can enjoy afternoon tea in the Arabian-style Lounge Bar, take a refreshing dip in the pool or have a drink on the sun deck as you take in the same views that great pharaohs looked out to as they built their illustrious kingdom along the Nile. On arrival in Amarna, visit the Amarna Visitor Centre and learn about Akhenaten and Nefertiti in a presentation. In the evening, enjoy
a cookery lesson before dinner in the main restaurant where you can have a taste of Egypt with local dishes served alongside international favourites. B, L, D.
Day 6: Tel El Amarna to Minya
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. After returning back on board for lunch, visit Tuna El Gebel and El-Ashmunein, where thousands of baboons, ibises and falcons were once mummified. Return to the ship and continue your journey to Minya, with dinner and a folkore show on board. B, L, D.
Day 7: Minya to Beni Suef
This morning, you’ll transfer by road to the rock-cut tombs of Beni Hasan. Here, you’ll spend the morning visiting the four open tombs of great chiefs and administration officials Baqet III, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II of the Middle Kingdom. Afterwards, return to the MS Darakum and sail for Beni Suef. Your afternoon on board is at leisure, before a quiz night and dinner. B, L, D.
Day 8: Beni Suef to Cairo
Enjoy free time today as you travel onwards to Cairo, where you’ll arrive for tours of the Hanging Church, Coptic Museum and Jewish Synagogue after lunch. Dock overnight for your exploration of the city tomorrow and have dinner with Takht music. B, L, D.
Day 9: Cairo
Your unforgettable experience ends with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the iconic Pyramids of Giza – as well as the Great Sphinx of Giza. After lunch, you’ll spend time at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the largest collection of its kind and home to some of the most treasured relics from the age of pharaohs including the golden funerary mask of Tutankhamun that was discovered in the Valley of the Kings. It’s here you’ll find some of the priceless artefacts found at the ancient sites you’ve visited on this journey, allowing you to piece together the stories you’ve encountered along the way. As you return to the ship for your final night on board with the ship docked in Cairo, you’ll be treated to music after dinner. B, L, D.
Day 10: Cairo
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. B.
2019 Feb 17; Apr 10; May 06; Sep 04, 30; Oct 26. 2020 Feb 16; Mar 13; Apr 08; May 04; Sep 04, 30; Oct 26.
Included in price
• Full-board cruise
• Free Wi-Fi on board
• On-board evening entertainment
• Shore excursions and entrance fees
• Guide tips
• English-speaking guides
• All specified flights.
Upgrade your cruise
Single travellers No single cabin supplement on selected dates, otherwise from £749 per person
Cabin upgrade Upgrade to an upper deck cabin from £85 per person.