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+44 1756 706500

Wonders of the Nile

Visit the legendary Pyramids and enigmatic Sphinx at Giza, discover the lesser-known Step Pyramid and explore the Valley of the Kings on this incredible cruise along the River Nile. Includes shore excursions and return flights from London Heathrow

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2940pp

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

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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.

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. Explore the priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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.

The Valley of the Kings is a true cruise highlight, and its hieroglyphics are outstanding. Continue to the magnificent Temple of Karnak and see the astounding Hypostyle Hall, said to be the largest religious centre of the ancient world, plus the red granite Obelisk of Hatshepsut. This incredible Nile cruise also includes a visit to the temple at Kom Ombo, dedicated to two gods, and the impressive Aswan High Dam.

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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

Drive to the Giza plateau to see the gigantic Great Pyramids and the legendary Sphinx up close. 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

Head 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. Learn more about Cairo's Christian history and Coptic heritage with a visit to the 3rd-century Hanging Church followed by a trip to the Coptic Museum and the Ben Ezra synagogue.

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 West Bank

Cross the Nile to the West Bank for the main highlight - the Valley of the Kings. The paintings and hieroglyphics are truly breathtaking. Unfortunately the tombs fell victim to grave robbers thousands of years ago. Only three tombs may be visited at a time and these vary. You'll also visit the nearby mortuary temple of Hatshetput, the first female pharaoh, with its three-tiered terraces. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 12 - Karnak and Luxor Temples

This morning, enjoy a visit to the Temple of Karnak. The Hypostyle Hall is the most breathtaking part of this complex and often referred to as the largest religious centre of the ancient world. Its columns are covered in hieroglyphics and one of the interesting features is the first documented peace treaty in history. Another highlight is the great Obelisk of Hatshepsut, carved from red granite. You'll also visit the smaller Temple of Luxor. After lunch, set sail for Edfu.

Day 13 - Kom Ombo

The temple at Kom Ombo is dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek. The temple had a lake with sacred crocodiles and several mummies for them have been found nearby. Later, cruise to Aswan.

Day 14 - Aswan

This morning, visit the Aswan High Dam before continuing to the temple of Philae which was rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. After a visit to the Nubian Museum, board a felucca and sail as the sun sets to Kitchener Island.

Day 15 - Aswan - UK

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, 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
  • 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 13th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3290
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3290 Blue Water Price from: £3535 Blue Water Price from: £3665
  • June
    • Jun 8th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £2940
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2940 Blue Water Price from: £3235 Blue Water Price from: £3355
  • September
    • Sep 13th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3495
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3495 Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £3865
  • October
    • Oct 9th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3595
      Lower Deck Main Deck Deluxe Cabin Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3595 Blue Water Price from: £3895 Blue Water Price from: £4295 Blue Water Price from: £3965
  • November
    • Nov 4th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3935
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3935 Blue Water Price from: £4065

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 24th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3740
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3740 Blue Water Price from: £3985 Blue Water Price from: £4115
  • March
    • Mar 22nd - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3740
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3740 Blue Water Price from: £3985 Blue Water Price from: £4115
  • April
    • Apr 17th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3640
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3640 Blue Water Price from: £3885 Blue Water Price from: £4015
  • May
    • May 13th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3590
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3590 Blue Water Price from: £3835 Blue Water Price from: £3965
  • September
    • Sep 13th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3790
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3790 Blue Water Price from: £4035 Blue Water Price from: £4165
  • October
    • Oct 9th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3890
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3890 Blue Water Price from: £4135 Blue Water Price from: £4265
  • November
    • Nov 4th - Cairo to Aswan - Sailing on: Movenpick Darakum From: £3990
      Lower Deck Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £3990 Blue Water Price from: £4235 Blue Water Price from: £4365
Map for Wonders of the Nile