Egypt is arguably one of the most interesting countries in the world both historically and culturally, with antiquities of such scale and beauty to leave you speechless. It not only offers some very welcome winter sun but more than that, it is the atmosphere of Egypt that is so intoxicating and this holiday idea offers the perfect introduction to Egypt.
- Experience the iconic pyramids and medieval bazaars of Cairo.
- Follow in Agatha Christie's footsteps, cruising the Nile on a luxury boat.
- Explore some of the many ancient temples that line the banks of the Nile.
- Relax in the picturesque town of Aswan, with an option to visit Abu Simbel.
Your journey through history starts with the pyramids of Cairo as well as the fascinating treasures hidden within the walls of the Cairo Museum. Stay at the Mena House Hotel which sits just a stone's throw from the Giza pyramids and the iconic Sphinx. Also spend time visiting the less known Step Pyramid of King Zoser and venture into Old Cairo, known as Coptic Cairo this part of the city is rich with history.
Luxor and The Nile
Following a short flight to Luxor, view the magical temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, before boarding your boat on which you cruise The Nile River. Sail between Luxor and Aswan taking in temples and ancient sites enroute, with time to just soak up the rural scenery, daily life and birdlife that frequent the river. Opt for either a four or five night cruise to reach Aswan. The focus of any Nile cruise is, of course, the wealth of ancient sites to visit on the banks of the Nile. Sightseeing is done in small groups and the Egyptologists on board are known for their enthusiasm and knowledge.
Steam Ship Sudan
One of the boat options that we recommend is the charming Steam Ship Sudan which offers five-night cruise options. Propelled by a hybrid diesel and steam engine this authentic near-century-old ship oozes character and offers a truly wonderful base from which to gently cruise the Nile.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
Another fantastic river cruiser is the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV which cruises between Luxor and Aswan over three or four nights. Longer seven-night cruises are also available, starting and ending in either Luxor or Aswan. The Sunboat IV is one of the few boats on the Nile to visit the Dendarah Temple on a four night itinerary. This much less visited temple is known as the Temple of Hathor and is located to the north of Luxor.
Aswan & Abu Simbel
Finally, arrive at the pretty town of Aswan where the Nile ends and Lake Nasser begins. Spend some time at leisure exploring the Nubian history of the region or maybe hop on a flight to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, an ancient temple with a fascinating story. Stay a few nights in the iconic 19th-century palace, which is now a luxury hotel, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract.
Pre/post cruise experience
A three-night stay in Cairo pre-cruise provides a wonderful introduction to Egypt’s fascinating past, starting with the pyramids and ending in modern day Cairo. This sets the scene for the rest of your trip.
Unique experiences on board and off the ship
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Steam Ship Sudan is an original steamship from the ‘Belle Époque’ era. Its wide teak decks, copper work and carpentry are all noted in classic fiction. Propelled by the leisurely rhythm of her water-wheels, she gently unrolls the carpet between Aswan and Luxor, in an elegant and unique fashion. On -shore excursions are carried out in small groups, by expert English-speaking guides.
Taking a trip down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor at the slow pace of the Steamships paddle wheels is a unique way to experience the river. On board the Steam Ship Sudan you can take in the many faces of Egypt as they roll gently by. From emblematic sites to wild shores where soft green reeds and minarets spring up, a donkey cart trots quietly by and white ibis take to their wings.
Sustainable best practice
The Steamship has been adapted to reduce the environmental impact of a cruise. The refitting has generated a 40% reduction in the Co2 emissions of a cruise. They use solar power, water filtering and recycling systems and refillable bottles for bathroom products & eco-biodegradable products to further reduce their environmental impact.
Guides and specialists
All the naturalists and guides are trained in-house with years of experience and knowledge and are passionate about their home region.
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