Explore Egypt’s capital, Cairo, before flying south to the ancient city of Luxor where you’ll board the Mövenpick MS Sunray and witness the incredible ancient sites that line the banks of the Nile.
• Spend time in Cairo and get to know the city at your own pace
• 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.
Is this for you?
Explore Egypt’s capital, Cairo, before flying south to the ancient city of Luxor where you’ll board the Mövenpick MS Sunray and see the incredible ancient sites that line the banks of the Nile – including the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the High Dam and the temples of Aswan.
Mövenpick MS Sunray
The elegant Mövenpick MS Sunray offers superb Mövenpick service with 66 spacious cabins and suites. All are traditionally styled with air-conditioning and have twin beds or a king-size bed, a private en suite and a satellite TV. Lower deck cabins have two sealed marine windows, while all other cabins and suites have panoramic windows. A swimming pool can be found on the Sun Deck – the ideal spot for a drink to accompany the views – and there’s a reading area and play room to keep guests of all ages occupied. The Main Restaurant serves a themed buffet each night and evening entertainment of music and dancing can be found at the sophisticated Lounge Bar.
Good to know
• Children over 12 years are welcome on this cruise. Other operators may permit children under 12 throughout the yearn
• Itineraries are subject to change
• All departures are guaranteed
• This itinerary also operates in reverse.
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.
Days 1-3: UK to Cairo
Egypt’s capital, Cairo, combines a rich tapestry of ancient relics and world-famous monuments with a fast-paced urban lifestyle. With time to spend however you wish, you can take advantage of being able to see the city’s sights at your own pace. Visit the spectacular Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx; see historic gems at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, including Tutankhamun’s funerary mask; get lost in the whirl of colour, sights and scents of the local markets; eat Egyptian street food like shawarma or soft simit bread; head to the citadel for far-reaching views of the city below; or retreat to your hotel for some pre-cruise downtime. B.
Day 4: Cairo to Luxor
Depart your Cairo hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Here you’ll board the Mövenpick MS Sunray, your home for the next seven nights. The ship will spend the night docked in Luxor, ready for the next day of sightseeing. B, L, D.
Day 5: Luxor
An early start begins with breakfast on board. Head to the East Bank of the river to see the temples of Karnak and Luxor. These incredible structures were built in honour of the Egyptian sun god Amun Ra. Take a walk through the majestic hypostyle hall with its magnificently painted pillars. Return to the ship for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. As well as the swimming pool on the Sun Deck, there’s a reading area where you can take time out with a good book. Lower deck cabins have two sealed marine windows, while all other cabins and suites have panoramic windows to take in the continuous Nile views from the comfort of your room. B, L D.
Day 6: Luxor to Edfu
It’s another early start this morning as you pay a visit to the isolated Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile. Here you’ll see a selection of elaborate tombs housing the remains of the elite of Egypt’s New Kingdom (16th-10th Century BC). Pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramses II have were laid to rest in underground tombs that wouldhave been filled with material goods such as furniture, clothes and various treasures that they wished to take with them to the next world.
Continue on to the Valley of the Queens, which is where the wives and children of pharaohs, high priests and other people of importance were entombed. Make a stop at the Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female pharaoh who was nearly written out of existence after her reign. This afternoon, spend your time at leisure and relax on board as the ship continues south towards Edfu. B, L D.
Day 7: Edfu to Aswan
Continue sailing south to Aswan via Kom Ombo. This evening, following dinner, you can enjoy the traditional Galabeya party where entertainers and staff wear traditional kaftans. Your ship will dock overnight in Aswan. B, L, D.
Day 8: Aswan
After breakfast visit the famous High Dam, a feat of engineering that was built to provide electricity and water for irrigation for rural areas of Egypt. Continue on to an ancient quarry where you will see the unfinished obelisk which was broken while being carved, and then the Philae Temple which is located on a small island. After lunch take a leisurely felucca cruise around Kitchener Island before visiting a museum dedicated to Nubian culture. B, L, D.
Day 9: Aswan
Today is free for you to explore Aswan. The city is beautifully set on the East Bank of the Nile and the skyline is dominated by the striking Aga Khan’s Mausoleum. B, L, D.
Day 10: Aswan to Luxor
The Mövenpick MS Sunray will set sail north on its return to Luxor. En route you’ll stop at the Kom Ombo Temple. This double temple is perfectly symmetrical and was
built during the Ptolemaic dynasty (4th-1st Century BC). The two temples are dedicated to the Egyptian gods Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god. Later, afternoon tea will be served on board. Watch the sights of the Nile pass by, and soak up the sun from the Sun Deck. B, L, D.
Day 11: Luxor
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. B.
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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
• Guide tips
• English-speaking guides
• All specified flights.
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