At a glance
9 Day stay & cruise on Steam Ship Sudan, Sonesta Nile Cruises from £3,400 pp incl. flights
Departure 24 October 2019 | Steamship Nile River Cruise
- Kom Ombo
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Steamship Nile River Cruise
Cairo and Steamship Nile River Cruise
The 5 suites and 18 cabins are laid out between the two decks, located off broad passageways where guests can sit, relax and read in the evening, or enjoy a delicious hibiscus punch.
Each cabin proudly bears a name linked to Egyptian history. On the upper deck, the Agatha Christie and Lady Duff Gordon suites, at the prow of the vessel, benefit from spectacular views over the river, whilst the Aida and Queen Victoria suites nestle spaciously in the gentle curves of the stern.
The warm-toned wooden panelling, gilded and copper bed-frames, classical furniture and distinguished parquet floors bestow a definite period charm, revealed in every detail, such as the bathroom fittings. The decor is subtle and airy, enlivened by coloured textiles and fabrics in shades of fuschia, orange or absinthe. Every bedroom has air conditioning.
In 1933, Agatha Christie embarked the Sudan on an archaeological mission. During the cruise, the grand dame of mystery was inspired to write her novel 'Death on the Nile'.
- Flights from Heathrow to Cairo
- Entry visa
- Private overseas transfers
- Two nights accommodation at the Marriott Mena House Hotel in a Pyramids view room
- Two full-day tours in private vehicle with a private English speaking Egyptologist
- Flights from Cairo to Luxor/Aswan
Includes on board
- Accommodation in your select cabin or suite
- All meals on board ship
- Daily tours as outlined in the itinerary
- Private transfer from ship to airport
- Flight to Heathrow from Luxor/Aswan via Cairo
Nile cruise also operates in the opposite direction from Aswan to Luxor - contact us for dates. Dates shows are cruise departure dates Luxor to Aswan routing.
- Fares based on summer 2020 departures (May to September)
- Departs January to May and July to December
Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie on the Nile river cruise steamship that inspired her to write her Death on the Nile novel
Day by day itinerary
Fly direct to Cairo where you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the Marriott Mena House Hotel for a 4 night stay in a Double Deluxe Pyramids view room on a B&B basis.
Today enjoy a full day private tour in air-conditioned vehicle with a private Egyptologist to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, Solar Boat Museum, Memphis & Sakkara.
Today you and your private English speaking Egyptologist will visit the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque & Khan El Khalili Bazaar on a full day tour.
Check out of your hotel and take your private transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Luxor.
Transfer to the steam ship Sudan by private vehicle, and once you have settled into your cabin, enjoy lunch on board.
In the afternoon, visit Luxor’s east bank and the Karnak Temple Complex, one of the largest sacred sites in the world, and the Temple of Luxor.
Later, sail towards Qena, located north of Luxor. Only a few ships sail this splendid stretch of the river Nile, where you will be able to enjoy the sunset.
Enjoy dinner and your first overnight stay on board in Qena.
After an early start, drive to Abydos, a holy city and the cult centre of Osiris. View The Temple of Seti with its colourful and fine bas-reliefs.
On the return, visit the Temple of Dendera and the spectacular temple of Hathor, Goddess of love and joy. Secluded at the border of cultivated land and desert, the unique vestige of the ancient city of Dendera is one of the most famous best preserved monuments in Egypt and offers a splendid view of Upper-Egypt.
Return to the steam ship Sudan in time for lunch, then spend an afternoon relaxing on board as the ship sails to Luxor.
Dinner and overnight stay on board in Luxor.
The morning is dedicated to the discovery of the Valley of the Pharaohs, whose beautifully decorated tombs tell us of the travel of the deceased through the afterlife. You will also visit the tomb of Ramses VI, the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Nobles, and visit the tomb of Ramose.
Re-join the Sudan for lunch as the ship sails towards Esna, then on to Edfu.
Enjoy dinner on board.
Today enjoy a morning visit of the Temple of Edfu. Dedicated to Horus and Hathor, its construction started during the 3rd Century BC and was completed 170 years later ; it’s one of the best preserved buildings of Ancient Egypt.
Back on board, sail to Kom Ombo for sunset.
In the evening, visit of the Temple of Kom Ombo, a unique architectural and religious complex.
Spend overnight on board.
Sail to Aswan at the end of the Nile Valley, where ancient Nubia begins.
Visit the Temple of Philae, home to Isis, Goddess of marriage, fertility, motherhood, magic and medicine. Philae was one of the most important sanctuaries in Egypt and Nubia till 550 AD, when Byzantine emperor Justinian ordered its closing.
Enjoy free time in Aswan before dinner. Why not enjoy the optional "Light and Sound" show in Philae?
Stay overnight stay in Aswan.
Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK, via Cairo, arriving the same day
Sailing on Steam Ship Sudan
Almost one hundred years old, the Steam Ship Sudan is the last witness to the Belle Epoque days of Nile cruising. In its wake floats the visionary spirit of Sir Thomas Cook and the history of cruises on the legendary river.