The Nile River
From February to November on selected dates, the Nile River is now open for cruising all the way from Cairo to Aswan. This very special opportunity will introduce you to lesser visited pyramids and ancient temple complexes as well as experiencing unique riverside life with its myriad of sugar cane plantations, farms and villages.
Day 1: Arrive Cairo Transfer to your superior class cruiser moored on the Nile. Relax once on board, you can enjoy listening to some music in the bar tonight.
Day 2: Cairo Today visit Coptic Cairo including the Hanging Church, Coptic Museum and the Jewish Synagogue. The Hanging Church is considered the oldest church in the area of Old Cairo. It is known as Al-Muallaka (the hanging) because it was built on the ruins of two old towers that remained from an old fortress, the Fortress of Babylon. It was dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St. Dimiana. It dates back to the end of the 3rd Century A.D and the beginning of the 4th Century A.D, but it has been reconstructed and renovated several times since.
The Coptic Museum is a beautiful museum found in the middle of Old Cairo on the ancient site of Babylon and contains the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artefacts in the world.
After lunch visit the Egyptian museum.
Tonight enjoy Takht (Oriental music) on board.
Day 3: Cairo Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Memphis and Sakkara. Captain's Cocktails this evening.
Cheops - The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the most famous Pyramid in Egypt. One of the "Seven Wonders Of The World", it is the only 'Wonder' still remaining. Its four sides face the four cardinal points precisely and it has an angle of 52 degrees.
Chefren - Khafre's (Chefren) Pyramid, is recognisable by the layers of casing stones at its summit and this, along with the fact that it stands on a higher part of the plateau, gives the impression that it is taller than the Great Pyramid.
Mycenae - Khafre's son, Menkaure (Mycenae), built the smallest of the 3 main Pyramids on the Giza Plateau.
The Great Sphinx, has to be one of the most easily recognised structures in the world. Think of the Sphinx and you think of Egypt. Sculpted from soft sandstone, it is likely it would have disappeared had it not been buried in the sand for so much of its life. It faces the rising sun, and was revered so much a temple was built in front of it.
Visit Memphis and Sakkara. Memphis functioned as the ancient capital of Lower Egypt and of the Old Kingdom of Egypt from its foundation until around 2200 BC. Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt with the world's oldest standing step pyramid.
Day 4: Cairo > Beni Suef Farewell Cairo this morning and set sail upstream along the Nile. Enjoy a full day relaxing on board today, watching the Egyptian farmland and Sugar cane plantations as you pass gently by.
Today will be a full day of sailing to Beni Suef.
There will be an Egyptian wine tasting on board today.
Day 5: Minya Sail to Minya to visit Tuna el Gebel and Ashmunein.
Today will be spent at leisure on board.
Music in the bar for entertainment tonight.
Day 6: Tuna el Gebel > Minya Drive to the Royal city of Akhenaton this morning before continuing to the Beni Hassan tombs.
To break free of the clutches of the priests and temples of Thebes, Akhenaten ordered a new city to be built in the desert. He named his city 'Akhetaten', the horizon to the Aten.
The construction was completed quickly at the pharoah's orders and without the usual massive stone block support given to so many other structures in Egypt plus the city was abandoned shortly after the death of Akhenaten when the Theban order was restored.
Visit the Tombs of Beni Hassan including the tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II.
Folkloric show onboard tonight.
Day 7: Tel El Amarna > Asyut Sail early morning to Tel El Amarna, the home of the 'Amarnian experience'. Arrive in Amarna in time to visit the Amarna Visitor Centre (by the mooring point) for a presentation on Akhenaten and Nefertiti.
Visit the northern tombs, the Tomb of Ahmose, Tomb of Meryre, Tomb of Pentu, Tomb of Panehesy, and the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten. You'll have the chance to see the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the small and great temples of Aten.
Return to the boat and sail to Assyut, en route stop in front of Prince Tawdrous Monastery to view the monastery from the boat.
Tonight enjoy a Galabeya Party onboard.
Day 8: Sohag Sailing today. Black and White party tonight.
Day 9: Abydos > Naga Hammadi Set sail early this morning to El Balyana as you continue your sail upstream towards Qena. Visit Abydos temple, the holy city of Osiris, God of the Dead and the new kingdom temple of Seti I.
Abydos temple - The area was believed to be the place where Osiris was buried. Thus, Abydos was an important cult centre for Osiris. A number of temples dedicated to Osiris, all of which were located in one area, were built prior to the reign of Seti.
Quiz night on board tonight.
Day 10: Dendera > Luxor See the stunning Temple of Hathor.
The main temple at Dendera is possibly the most grand and elaborate of its time. It is also one of the most important temple sites in the country with a variety of features and in wonderful condition despite the destruction of the temples of Hathor's consort and child which stood close by.
Sail to Luxor.
Enjoy an onboard Cookery Lesson. Evening entertainment tonight will be a Belly Dancer show.
Day 11: Luxor Visit the Valley of Kings and the Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut.
Valley of the Kings - The Egyptian belief that "To speak the name of the dead is to make him live again" is certainly carried out in the building of the tombs. The king's names and titles are inscribed in his tomb along with images and statues.
Temple of Hatshepsut - The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of the most dramatically situated in the world. The queen's architect, Senenmut, set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the Peak of the Thebes. A tree lined avenue of sphinxes led up to the temple, and ramps lead from terrace to terrace.
Day 12: Luxor > Esna Visit the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor.
Karnak - No site in Egypt is more impressive. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of craftsmen.
Luxor - The Temple of Luxor was the centre of the important festival of Opet. Built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple's main purpose was as a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival.
Sail to Esna.
Day 13: Edfu > Kom Ombo > Aswan See the Temple of Horus and the Temple of Kom Ombo.
Edfu - The Temple of Horus is considered to be the best preserved cult temple in Egypt. The town was the capital of the second Nome (Horus) of Upper Egypt.
Kom Ombo - a unique and unusual temple dedicated to two gods - Horus and Sobek. There is a Nilometre close to the edge of the river and an anteroom containing mummified crocodiles to be seen here.
Sail to Aswan.
Day 14: Aswan See the High Dam, Philae Temple and Nubian Museum.
Philae Temple - Philae was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 metres from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site.
Day 15: Aswan Optional Abu Simbel, Check out.
• Independent tour with English speaking guide • Accommodation on board 5 star cruise including sightseeing as indicated • Entrance fees • Meet and greet on arrival • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners on board cruise
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Please note some of the more remote temples and other sites are located some distance from the ship and sightseeing transfers can take some time. Please contact World Journeys for more details. Sightseeing services will be provided on a group basis with other English speakers on board. If you wish to have a private guide, a supplement will apply. Prices based on a standard main deck cabin. Upper deck and suites are available at a supplement. This itinerary can be shortened with disembarkation in Luxor if you prefer. Cruise will operate in reverse direction on various dates. Please contact World Journeys for details.
Please note some of the more remote temples and other sites are located some distance from the ship and sightseeing transfers can take some time. Please contact World Journeys for more details.
Sightseeing services will be provided on a group basis with other English speakers on board. If you wish to have a private guide, a supplement will apply.
Prices based on a standard main deck cabin. Upper deck and suites are available at a supplement.
This itinerary can be shortened with disembarkation in Luxor if you prefer. Cruise will operate in reverse direction on various dates. Please contact World Journeys for details.
Booking conditions Optional Abu Simbel tour at end of cruise from NZD$449 per person.
Optional Abu Simbel tour at end of cruise from NZD$449 per person.
Not included Drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature, domestic flights within Egypt or other services not mentioned.
Drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature, domestic flights within Egypt or other services not mentioned.