Cultural Nile – Luxor to Cairo
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Enjoy a captivating voyage into the once forgotten quarter of the majestic Nile to uncover an ancient world of rarely visited sites and secrets aboard the elegant Mövenpick MS Darakum. Cruising from the ancient city of Luxor to magnificent Cairo, discover the iconic sights of Egypt on this fascinating cruise.
Day 1: UK to Luxor On arrival in Luxor, make your way to the pier where you’ll board the Mövenpick MS Darakum.
Day 2: Luxor Today begins with a visit to the archaeological paradise that is the West Bank of Luxor. 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. Later, return to Luxor for a visit of the Karnak and the Temple of Luxor before re-boarding your ship for dinner.
Day 3: Luxor to Qena The morning will be spent sailing north from Luxor. Following lunch, visit the Dendera Temple to discover beautifully-preserved temples which were constructed during the 4th century BC.
Day 4: Qena to Sohag This morning, sail towards Sohag via the Nag Hammadi Bridge and Abu Homar’s Lock. Later travel by coach to Abydos, where you’ll visit the Abydos Temple. Return to the ship for dinner and the evening’s entertainment as the ship continues to Sohag.
Day 5: Sohag to Tel El Amarna Today you can spend the day relaxing as the ship sails towards Tel El Amarna, cruising through Asuit’s Lock en route.
Day 6: Tel El Amarna to Minya A full day of sightseeing includes a visit to Tel El Amarna tombs, the northern tombs of Ahmose, Meryre, Pentu, Panehesy and the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten. Continue your tour with the Great Palace of King Akhenaten and the Small and Great temples of Aten. Following lunch back on board, visit Tuna El Gebel and el-Ashmunein.
Day 7: Minya to Beni Suef Head to Beni Hasan to visit the fascinating rock-cut Middle Kingdom tombs of Baqet, Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep. Spend the afternoon on board, sailing onwards to Beni Suef.
Day 8: Beni Suef to Cairo This morning visit Fayoum, the most significant centre of the cult of Sobek, the crocodile-god, a protective deity who was believed to protect against the dangers of the Nile. Travel to view the ancient Hawara and Maydom Pyramids, which out date the famous Pyramids of Giza.
Day 9: Cairo Today, explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, home to the world’s largest collection of Paranoiac antiquities. Later, visit the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving wonder of the Ancient World. You’ll also see one of the world’s oldest statues – The Great Sphinx of Giza.
Day 10: Cairo to UK Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.