This short introductory cruise on the River Nile includes ancient landmarks that line the riverbanks from Luxor to Aswan, including a few days in Cairo covering sights like the Pyramids of Giza.
Day 1 UK to Cairo
Depart the UK for your flight to Cairo. On arrival, check in to your hotel by the Pyramids of Giza and spend your free time relaxing or exploring the city. Stay: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar).
Day 2 Cairo
Egypt’s capital, Cairo, combines a rich tapestry of ancient relics and world-famous monuments with a fast-paced urban lifestyle. Visit the spectacular Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx and see historic gems at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Afterwards, make use of your free time to 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. Stay: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar). B.
Day 3 Cairo
Start your day with a visit to Memphis and Sakkara to see a statue of Pharaoh Ramses II and early pyramid prototypes that pre-date the more famous ones at Giza. The rest of your day is free to wander around Cairo or make use of your hotel’s facilities, like the swimming pool with a backdrop of the pyramids. Stay: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar). B.
Mövenpick river cruise
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. 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 were laid to rest in underground tombs that would have 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, there’s a 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, and watch a Nubian show on board later this evening. 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. You’ll have the chance today to take an optional excursion to Abu Simbel (at extra cost). These massive rock temples were originally carved into the mountainside as a monument to Ramses II and Nefertari and their family, but was completely relocated to avoid flooding when the Aswan Dam was built. B, L, D.
Day 10 Aswan to Luxor
The Mövenpick MS Sunray will set sail north on its return to Luxor, stopping at the Kom Ombo Temple on the way. 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. This evening, join in with the Galabeya party on board. B, L, D.
Day 11 Luxor
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or stay longer on Egypt’s golden beaches. B.
All departures in 2020 will include a pre-cruise stay in Cairo with 3 nights on a half-board basis at Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa. You'll stay close enough to see the Pyramids from your hotel, and you'll have two full days of sightseeing which include the Pyramids of Giza, Memphis and Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Citadel, Khan el Khalili Bazaar and the evening sound and light show around the Pyramids.
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 Sunray
The elegant Mövenpick MS Sunray has 66 spacious cabins and suites. All are traditionally styled and have air-conditioning, twin beds or a king-size bed, a private en suite and a window for Nile views. There’s a pool on the Sun Deck – the ideal spot for a drink to accompany the views. The Main Restaurant serves a themed buffet each night and evening entertainment of music and dancing can be found at the sophisticated Lounge Bar. 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 Nile views from the comfort of your room.
Our suggested stateroom: We’ve chosen Standard Cabins on the Main Deck so you’re close to the action. These cabins have a large bed and panoramic windows, as well as air-conditioning, an en suite with bath and a flat-screen TV.
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 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 begins from 12pm and disembarkation begins from 7am
• We recommend packing comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothes should cover legs and shoulders when in places of worship.
2019 Oct 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Nov 06, 13, 20, 27; Dec 04, 11, 18, 25. 2020 Jan 05, 12, 19, 26; Feb 02, 09, 16, 23; Mar 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Apr 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 04, 11, 18, 25; Nov 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Dec 06, 13, 20, 27 2021 Jan 03, 10, 17, 24
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.
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