This Mövenpick cruise is perfect for those who are looking for a more in-depth exploration of the sights that line the River Nile. You'll travel a distance of 546 miles all the way from Cairo to Aswan on the Nile, including travelling down a stretch of the river that's only been reopened for a few years.
• Beni Suef
• Naga Hammadi
Mövenpick river cruise
Day 1 UK to Cairo
Depart the UK for your flight to Cairo. On arrival, transfer to the pier where you will board the Mövenpick MS Darakum. Guests with an earlier flight will have dinner on board, followed by music in the bar. D.
Day 2 Cairo
Your journey starts 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 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 allowing you to enjoy the views as you sail along the Nile and the facilities aboard the ship. Have a swim in the pool or sip drinks on the sun deck as you cruise along the Nile. Dinner tonight is followed by an Egyptian wine tasting. B, L, D.
Day 5 Beni Suef to Minya
Continue to sail down the Nile with time to relax as the ship makes its way towards Minya. Tonight there’s dinner and music in the bar. 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 heading to Beni Hasan. 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 dinner and the black and white party on board. B, L, D.
Day 9 Sohag to Naga Hammadi
This morning travel by coach 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 back on board and sail towards Naga Hammadi via the Naga Hammadi Bridges 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
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. The rest of your afternoon is free to make use of the ship’s facilities before dinner and drinks in the bar. B, L, D.
Day 12 Luxor to Edfu
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. Return to the ship and have dinner as you sail on to Edfu. B, L, D.
Day 13 Edfu to Aswan
Visit Edfu Temple this morning, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Sail on for a visit to the incredible 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 of Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god. Have dinner on board as you approach your final stop, Aswan.
Day 14 Aswan
Today you’ll visit the High Dam, an impressive feat of engineering built to harness the power of one of the longest rivers in the world – the Nile. Next you’ll visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was moved and reassembled on higher ground to save it from flooding from the dam. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Aswan’s popular Nubian Museum where you’ll learn about the amazing ancient history of Nubians who are indigenous to the Nile region of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Return on board for a cultural Nubian show after dinner. B, L, D.
Day 15 Aswan
Guests with an early flight will be given a packed breakfast before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Or spend more time in Egypt with extra time in Aswan or on the beaches at 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 pool, sun deck and gym. All meals are served at the main restaurant, where each night has a 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
• We recommend packing comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothes should cover legs and shoulders when in places of worship
• This itinerary also operates in reverse from Aswan to Cairo on a 12-night itinerary with an extra night in port in Cairo.
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.
Upgrade your cruise
Extend your stay Guests departing in 2020 will have an optional 3-night post-cruise stay in Aswan. Stay at Movenpick Aswan on a half-board basis and have two full days of sightseeing which include Abu Simbel, the unfinished obelisk, Kalabsha Temple, the evening sound and light show at Philae Temple.
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