MS Darakum

MS Darakum has been designed to navigate the FULL LENGTH of the glorious River Nile in Egypt. The 'original' Nile Cruise from Cairo to Aswan. This cruise is very much a unique experience!

  • 5-Star Luxury Boat
  • Cruise Through Ancient Egyptian History
  • Spacious Cabins
  • The 'Original' Nile Cruise from Cairo to Aswan

When not sailing, a good alternative for ‘the long nile cruise’ is the Jaz Royale.

The MS Darakum is Moroccan inspired in design which makes it stand out and offers an unforgettable journey while cruising through 7,000 years of history. A variety of recreational activities are available including a swimming pool, sun deck with a recreational area, themed parties and a gym. The deluxe MS Darakum is one of the most luxurious boats on the river offering comfortable and spacious accommodation with a contemporary design. The cabins are large and well-appointed whilst the main restaurant serves a range of international and local cuisine. Travel in style on board this wonderful Nile Cruiser and enjoy lounging at the swimming pool, reading or playing games or enjoying the views on the sun deck.

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Packages for the MS Darakum Long Nile Cruise start from £2399pp including flights, full-board & excursions. Get in touch for dates and a bespoke quotation.

In 2012 the Egyptian government re-opened the River Nile between Cairo and ancient Thebes (Luxor) to cruise boats. This exciting cruise includes guided excursions to some of the least visited and important sites of Middle Egypt. This long cruise offers a range of wonderful sights and sounds and operates from Cairo to Aswan (or vice versa). This cruise of discovery includes much less-visited sites such as Tel El Amarna, the remains of the desert city of Akhenaten, the tombs of Beni Hassan, Abydos Temple (one of the most complete temples of its era in Egypt) and Dendarah Temple (which has remarkable scenes and beautifully preserved colours). Durations are 9 nights Luxor to Cairo, 11 nights Cairo to Luxor, 12 nights Aswan to Cairo and 14 nights Cairo to Aswan.

The cruise also includes up to 19 guided excursions.

MS Darakum Nile Cruise Sample Itinerary

Highlights Include:

Cairo – the Egyptian Museum & the Tutankhamun collection, Pyramids & the Great Sphinx

Rock-tombs of Beni Hassan

Tel El Amarna once the city of Akhenaten

Abydos & Temple of Seti I

Sail to Naga Hammadi where you pass through some of the most beautiful scenery along the Nile

Dendarah one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt

East & West Banks in Luxor

Kombo Ombo

Aswan – High Dam & Temple of Isis on Philae Island

Why not extend your ‘Long Nile Cruise’ & stay in one of our beautiful hotels in Cairo or Giza before you board your cruise. There are also possibilities to spend time relaxing in the sun in Luxor or on the Red Sea in Hurghada, El Gouna or Soma Bay after your Nile Cruise. Alternative equivalent cruise offered on certain dates will be the Jaz Royale. Tailor made itineraries are available, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Dining & Bars

Main Restaurant

This all-day dining restaurant serves international and local buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lounge Bar

The Lounge Bar is the ideal venue for afternoon tea, cocktails and evening entertainment. It is designed to render a unique Arabian flair while enjoying cocktail receptions and Galabeya parties.

Sun Deck

The elegantly appointed Sun Deck offers a variety of beverages and snacks while relaxing and enjoying the stunning views of the River Nile.


MS Darakum Standard Cabin

All Standard cabins face the Nile and provide large, panoramic windows for stunning views of the river. The cabins are fully air-conditioned and have a private bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Further amenities include an LCD TV with marine satellite, internal phone, music channel, minibar, safety deposit box and two life jackets.

MS Darakum Superior Cabin

All Superior cabins face the Nile and provide large, panoramic windows. They are fully air-conditioned and have a private bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Further amenities include an LCD TV with marine satellite, internal phone, music channel, minibar, safety deposit box and two life jackets.


Swimming pool, sun deck with recreational area and bar, mini-gym, laundry, gift shop & pub.

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