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Wonders of the Nile

Visit the legendary Pyramids and enigmatic Sphinx at Giza, see the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen and discover the lesser-known Step Pyramid on this 10-night River Nile cruise. Includes shore excursions and return flights from London Heathrow

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £1990pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Sphinx
  • Cairo
  • Tutankhamen
  • Step Pyramid

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Riviera Travel

Take a step back in time to a period when Pharaohs ruled over a magical empire and see the mighty monuments of this ancient civilisation. Your ship, the Movenpick Darakum, has a low draft in order to navigate the full length of the Nile - a truly unique experience.

Explore the priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo then visit the iconic symbols of this ancient world on the edge of the city at Giza. Here, the legendary Great Pyramids and the Sphinx have towered over the city for thousands of years, whilst at Saqqara the Step Pyramid of Djoser is believed to be the oldest stone building in the world.

Enjoy two days sailing on the world’s longest river, relaxing on deck on a Balinese-style day bed or stretched out on a comfortable sun lounger. Visit the tombs of Beni Hassan, the impressive temple at Abydos and the beautiful Temple of Hathor at Dendera.

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Wonders of the Nile Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cairo (Egypt)

Fly from London Heathrow to Cairo and embark your ship Movenpick Darakum.

Day 2 - Cairo

Learn more about Cairo's Christian history and Coptic heritage with a visit to the 9th-century Hanging Church followed by a trip to the Coptic Museum and the Ben Ezra synagogue. After lunch on board the ship explore the priceless treasures from Tutankhamen's tomb in the Egyptian Museum and perhaps see his gold funerary mask, the centrepiece of the collection.

Day 3 - Cairo

Drive to the Giza plateau to see the gigantic Great Pyramids and the legendary Sphinx up close. Continue south to Saqqara, an ancient necropolis that is home to the Step Pyramid, the oldest stone structure in the world, and see the famous Bent Pyramid in the distance.

Days 4-5 - Cruising the River Nile

Enjoy the ship's facilities on two relaxing days sailing the River Nile, and perhaps join a fascinating lecture on modern and ancient Egypt.

Day 6 - Tuna El Gebel - Beni Hassan

Visit the necropolis of Hermopolis at Tuna El Gebel and explore the catacombs that once housed thousands of mummified ibis and baboons, animals that were sacred to the god Thoth. After lunch on board visit the less well-known royal tombs at Beni Hassan to see the wall paintings that depict daily life in ancient Egypt.

Day 7 - Amarna

Pharaoh Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti abandoned the old gods to worship the sun god Aten. They built a new capital, now known as Amarna, which was abandoned after his death when his son, Tutankhamen, moved the capital back to Thebes. See the ruined city and visit Akhenaten's tomb before continuing to cruise down the Nile, passing one of Egypt's most important Coptic monasteries on the way.

Day 8 - Cruising the River Nile

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day sailing the River Nile.

Day 9 - Abydos

Visit one of Egypt's most imposing temples at Abydos, a sacred place to be buried, and see its Gallery of the Kings which lists the names of 76 kings of ancient Egypt.

Day 10 - Dendera

Dendera was an ancient healing centre where pilgrims came for miraculous cures, to bathe in the sacred waters and to commune with the gods in their dreams. The Temple of Hathor is one of the most complete in all of Egypt and is dedicated to Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and healing.

Day 11 - Luxor - UK

Disembark Movenpick Darakum and transfer to the airport for the return flight to London Heathrow, via Cairo.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board cruise on Movenpick Darakum
  • Return flights from London Heathrow
  • Overseas transfers
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Egyptian visa
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Price from
Movenpick Darakum
Mar 25£2145
Apr 20£1995
May 16£1990
Sep 13; Oct 09£2249

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a Main Deck cabin (9 Oct price is based on Lower Deck cabin).
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Main Deck (9 Oct only) - from £100pp
  • Upper Deck - from £100pp
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