The MS Darakum ‘Long’ Nile Cruise is Moroccan inspired in design which makes it stand out and offers an unforgettable journey while cruising through 6000 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.
One of the most luxurious Nile cruisers on the river offering comfortable and spacious accommodation with a contemporary design. Travel in style on board this wonderful Nile cruiser and enjoy lounging at the swimming pool, reading, playing games or enjoying the views on the sun deck. A great way to experience some of Egypt’s most scenic sites on the Long Cruise with top facilities and great staff.
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Packages for the MS Darakum Long Nile Cruise start from £2999pp 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
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
Aswan – High Dam & Temple of Isis on Philae Island
Luxor – Cairo 9 Nights from £2999pp
Cairo – Luxor 11 Nights from £3445pp
Aswan – Cairo 12 Nights from £3819pp
Cairo – Aswan 14 Nights from £4259pp
Flights to/from Cairo and Aswan or Luxor from London Heathrow with EgyptAir
Full Board on 5-star MS Darakum or Jaz Royale
Up to 19 excursions escorted by our on board qualified Egyptologist
Long Nile Cruise 14-Night Itinerary Detail:
DAY 1: CAIRO
Arrival day into Cairo where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Nile cruise. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: CAIRO
Enjoy breakfast on board before visiting Giza where the famous Pyramids stands as monuments to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the Great Sphnix, which has kept its secrets for centuries. Afternoon at your own leisure. (Optional Tours available through your guide). Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: CAIRO
Depart after breakfast to visit the Egyptian Museum containing treasures from Egypt’s ancient past and including the wonderful Tutankhamun collection. Continuing to the Citadel located on a limestone plateau, the Citadel built to withstand the onslaught of the Crusaders has wonderful views over Cairo city. Afternoon at your leisure (Optional Tours available through your guide). Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Cairo.
Day 4: BENI SUEF
Enjoy the beauty of the Nile whilst sailing from Cairo to Beni Suef. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Beni Suef.
DAY 5: EL MINYA
A full day’s sailing to Minya. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Minya.
DAY 6: MINYA
After breakfast visit three of the rock-tombs of Beni Hassan that are carved into the high limestone cliffs of the east bank of the Nile. The painted scenes depict the daily lives of the rulers and their families including scenes of desert hunting, weaving, spinning, fishing, country living, gathering crops and catching birds. Sailing to Tel El Amarna Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Tel Amarna.
DAY 7: MINYA TEL-AMARNA
Morning sailing to Tel El Amarna. After breakfast visit the Tel El Amarna site, once the city of Akhenaten, the Pharaoh known for his revolutionary religion that worshiped Aten. Continue to the Tuna El Gabal, the necropolis of Khmun, to visit the Tomb of Petosiris, Tomb of Isadora and the sacred Catacombs of Thoth then on to the Ashmunien. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Assuit.
DAY 8: ASSUIT TO SOHAG
Full day sailing to Sohag. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Sohag.
DAY 9: EL BALYANA
An early morning sail to El Balyana. Enjoy breakfast and visit Dendarah is one of the best preserved in Egypt. After visiting Dendarah you will visit Abydos Temple, the holy city of Osiris God of the Dead and the New Kingdom Temple of Seti 1. You will be transferred back to the boat in Nagaa Hamadi. Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Nagaa Hamadi.
DAY 10: LUXOR
An early morning sail to Luxor whilst enjoying your breakfast on board the Nile Monarch. After lunch visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak located on the East bank. Dinner on board overnight in Luxor.
DAY 11: LUXOR
Breakfast on board followed by a visit to the beautiful West Bank. Visit the sites of the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepshut. Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Luxor.
DAY 12: EDFU
Early morning sailing to Edfu. After breakfast visit the Temple of Edfu, one of the best preserved Temple in Egypt. Afternoon sailing to Kom Ombo. Lunch and Dinner on board overnight in Kom Ombo.
DAY 13: KOM OMBO – ASWAN
After breakfast a morning visit to the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. This Temple, unlike many others in Egypt, was dedicated to two gods; the Southern section is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile headed man, god of fertility, and the Northern section to the Falcon headed god Horus. Lunch and Dinner on board sail to Aswan and overnight in Aswan.
DAY 14: ASWAN
After breakfast there is an option of a morning leisure or an early morning *Optional excursion to Abu Simbel please see the guide on board*. This impressive Temple built by Rameses II stands on the banks of Lake Nasser. After lunch on board, there is a relaxing trip around Elephantine Island to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener Island. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.
DAY 15: ASWAN
Your journey has come to an end you will disembark cruise and transferred to Aswan Airport by our Travel Representative.
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.
When not sailing, a good alternative for ‘the long nile cruise’ is the Nile Monarch.
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
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.
Dining & Bars
This all-day dining restaurant serves international and local buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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.
The elegantly appointed Sun Deck offers a variety of beverages and snacks while relaxing and enjoying the stunning views of the River Nile.