The Long Nile Cruise South

Cairo to Aswan – The Journey South


DEPARTING 5th April 2024

We travel in true AWT style there are no galabeya parties; there is no musak; there are no quizzes and only AWT passengers, like-minded travellers enjoying the serene beauty of the Nile.

SS Misr, Egypt, Long Cruise, Ancient World Tours, Slide Show
Nile Panorama

Our privately chartered 5-star deluxe vessel, the SS Misr was built in 1918 and was once owned by King Farouk. She boasts exquisite public rooms and the friendliest, most efficient staff on the river. Our Luxury cruiser has just 24 cabins, including 8 suites, offering the very highest standard of comfort, service, cuisine and hygiene.This fourteen-night cruise is full board throughout and this wonderful itinerary sailing the length of the Nile will be remembered for years to come.

Nile view, Ancient World Tours, SELLING
The Nile

Day 1 - Friday 05 April 2024

Fly London to Cairo with EgyptAir. On arrival in Cairo our local agents will assist with Visa and immigration and then we will make the short journey to the first class Meridien Hotel at the airport where we check in for one night on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 - Saturday 06 April - The Great Pyramid

Today we head to the Giza Plateau and the Great Pyramid and admire the mighty Sphinx. We then head to the Sakkara Palm Club for a refreshing lunch before heading to Saqqara itself. Time to marvel at the Step Pyramid and visit many of the tombs now open at the site. After an exciting first day we transfer to our luxury cruiser the S/S Misr. This elegant, 5-star steam vessel, fully restored and air-conditioned, still retains its 19th century character and will be our home for the next fourteen nights on full board basis.

Day 3 - Sunday 07 April - Grand Egyptian Museum

This morning we travel to Giza once again but this time we concentrate on the Grand Egyptian Museum. Plenty of free time to wander in this amazing new Museum. We return to our cruiser for a late lunch.

Day 4 - Monday 08 April - Sailing

Today is a wonderfully relaxing day on the river as we sail from Cairo towards the city of Beni Suef where we overnight. A day to sit on deck and watch the ever-changing river banks as our captain navigates the river Nile.

Day 5 - Tuesday 09 April - Meidum Pyramid

We begin our day exploring the spectacular Meidum Pyramid and the brick-built mastaba nearby. There will be time to enter the pyramid for those who wish. We return to Misr for lunch and sail on for Minya where we moor for the night.

Day 6 - Wednesday 10 April - Beni Hassan and Tuna el Gebel

This morning we head to the superbly decorated rock-cut tomb-chapels of the local governors of Beni Hassan. We return to the cruiser for lunch and then this afternoon we visit the site of the Catacombs and the Tomb of Petosiris at Tuna el Gebel. Finally, Ashmunein with its open-air museum. This evening we sail to Amarna.

Day 7 - Thursday 11 April - Akhenaten's city of Amarna

Today we explore Amarna, the amazing capital city of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. We will visit the Royal Tomb for Akhenaten and the Southern and Northern Tombs. Time also for the central city and the Great Temple of The Aten. We spend the day at this incredible site with a light lunch provided by Misr at the Amarna Rest House. We overnight at Tel el Amarna.

Day 8 - Friday 12 April - Sailing to Asyut

A day to relax on the River Nile as we sail towards Asyut. A fantastic time for birdwatching, reading and taking afternoon tea on the sundeck. We have a lecture or two over the next two days that are entirely given over to sailing south. We moor at Asyut for the night.

Day 9 - Saturday 13 April - Sailing to Sohag

Another day of calm, enjoying the comfort of SS Misr and the delights of the River Nile. We moor overnight at Sohag.

Day 10 - Sunday 14 April - Mystical Abydos

We sail towards Balyana and after breakfast we make the short coach journey to the Temple of Seti I at Abydos. Here we see some of the finest reliefs in Egypt including the famous ‘King List’. Time to view the intriguing Osireion before we return to our cruiser and sail via the Nag Hammadi Bridges to our overnight stop at Qena.

Day 11 - Monday 15 April - Dendera Temple

We travel by road to the Ptolemaic Temple of Dendera dedicated to the goddess Hathor. In the Hypostyle Hall we can now see the astronomical ceiling restored to its original colours. This afternoon we sail on to Luxor where we moor for two nights.

Day 12 - Tuesday 16 April - Ancient Thebes

We visit the Valley of the Kings where we have entrance tickets to three of the tombs of your choice that are open on the day. Then on to the impressive Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II, where we view the fallen colossi that inspired Shelly’s Ozymandias . Time to view the Colossi of Memnon before we return to Misr for lunch. This afternoon we visit Luxor Museum and finally Luxor Temple as the sun sets over the Nile.

Day 13 - Wednesday 17 April - Mighty Karnak

This morning we explore the Temple of Amun at Karnak. We visit the main elements of the temple and explore some hidden corners. This afternoon we sail on towards Aswan.

Day 14 - Thursday 18 April - Kom Ombo

At a strategic bend in the river we find Kom Ombo and there we have a chance to visit the lovely Ptolemaic Temple of Haroeris and Sobek. Approaching the temple by river is a grand highlight of any cruise. After our visit we continue to Aswan where we dock for two nights.

Day 15 - Friday 19 April - Temple of Isis

Today we visit the Temple of Philae built by Ptolemaic and Roman rulers to honour the cult of Isis. We also visit the Unfinished Obelisk set in its open-air museum. Later we visit the Nubia Museum. Tonight, a farewell dinner and time to say goodbye to all the staff and friends we have made while on board the Misr.

Day 16 - Saturday 20 April - Aswan to Cairo

After breakfast we make the short trip by launch across the Nile to visit the Tombs of the Nobles at Kubbet el Hawa. After a relaxing lunch back on Misr we head to Aswan Airport for our flight to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo, we check in to the Meridien for the night allowing for a comfortable start to our journey home the next day.

Day 17 - Sunday 21 April 2024 - Homeward Bound

We make the short journey into the International Terminal and check in for our direct flight home to London.

B = Breakfast BL = Breakfast and Lunch BD = Breakfast and Dinner BLD = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

The Long Nile Cruise South

  • Tour Code: AWCS 050424
  • Departing: 5th April 2024
  • Returning: 21st April 2024
  • Cost Per Person: £6880
  • Single Supplement: £3440

AWT's 'Single Supplement Guarantee' means that we only charge you what we are charged ourselves - we do not 'mark up'!

  • Land Only Discount: £500

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