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+44 1756 706500

Classic Nile

Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt on this 14-night River Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan with highlights including the Great Pyramids, the remarkable Valley of the Kings and the impressive Aswan High Dam. Includes shore excursions and return flights from London Heathrow

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14 nights from £2940pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • sphinx
  • Cairo
  • Karnak
  • Saqqara

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See the mighty monuments of ancient Egypt on board the Movenpick Darakum which has a low draft in order to navigate the full length of the Nile.

Explore the remarkable collection at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo then visit the incredible Great Pyramids, legendary Sphinx and the Step Pyramid of Djoser on the edge of the city.

Enjoy two days sailing on the world’s longest river then visit the ancient capital of Egypt at Amarna, the tombs of Beni Hassan, the impressive temple at Abydos and the beautiful Temple of Hathor at Dendera.

See the beautiful temples at Karnak and Luxor then follow in the footsteps of famous explorers at the Valley of the Kings. See the contrast of old and new with a visit to the immense Aswan High Dam before enjoying a relaxing traditional felucca boat trip down the Nile at sunset.

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Classic 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.

Day 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

Cross to the West Bank of the Nile for the highlight of this cruise - the Valley of the Kings. See the vivid paintings and hieroglyphics that have been amazingly well-preserved in the underground tombs then visit the colonnaded terraces of the mortuary temple of the first female pharaoh, Hatsheput.

Day 12 - Karnak

Visit the Temple of Karnak complex which includes the awe-inspiring Hypostyle Hall whose 134 gigantic columns are covered in hieroglyphics. The immense Obelisk of Hatshepsut weighs over 300 tonnes and was carved from one 97-foot high block of red granite over 3,450 years ago. Continue on to the Temple of Luxor which was originally connected to Karnak via the Avenue of the Sphinxes.

Day 13 - Kom Ombo

The double temple at Kom Ombo is unusually dedicated to two gods – Horus the falcon-headed god and Sobek the crocodile god. Sacred crocodiles were kept within the temple and several mummified remains can be seen in the Crocodile Museum.

Day 14 - Aswan

Aswan is the home of the Nubian people. Visit the Aswan High Dam, a marvel of modern engineering, then discover the beautiful Osiris temple complex of Philae which was moved to the island of Agilika to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Explore the Nubian Museum then enjoy a traditional felucca sailing boat trip at sunset.

Day 15 - Aswan - UK

Disembark Movenpick Darakum in Aswan 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

  • 14-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

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 17th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3635
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  • May
    • May 13th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3290
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  • June
    • Jun 8th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £2940
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