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From Aswan to Cairo - The 600 Mile Nile

A unique river journey along the Nile sailing from Aswan to Cairo aboard the SS Misr with George Hart

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Join us aboard the SS Misr, a luxurious propeller steam vessel accommodating just 45 guests, and discover the wonders along the banks of the Timeless Nile. Originally built in Preston in 1918 by the Royal Navy, 2018 will mark the 100 year anniversary of this very special vessel which has a marvellous history having served in World War II and then as a luxury private yacht for King Farouk from 1938 to 1952.

A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites and we are delighted to have chartered the lovingly restored SS Misr to offer our passengers the chance to discover the many wonders of this ancient land in a high degree of comfort.

Our cruise along a 600 mile stretch of the Nile between Aswan and Cairo is a passage through antiquity, an incomparable river voyage which brings to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs, the divine kings comprising thirty dynasties, who ruled Egypt during the 3000 years before Christ. Pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt sailed often on the River Nile in luxurious royal boats – by far the most rewarding way to see the landscape and monuments of their realm. Evoking this regal way of travel, we will travel at a gentle speed which is essential to be able to drink in the rhythm of life and scenes which have changed little over hundreds of years on the banks of the Nile.

Our journey has only been made possible once again by the recent reopening of the lower Nile allowing the opportunity to visit some of the lesser known archaeological sites and temples, and experience the wonders of the great civilisation that flourished in the Nile Valley. We will travel with local guides and will be joined on board by a Guest Speaker who will add immeasurably to our knowledge of this ancient land. We will visit some of the most famous sites in the country including the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Karnak but also some lesser known but equally fascinating sites including Beni Hassan private tombs, Tel El Amarna, Abydos and Dendera temples. Although the Egypt of the Pharaohs came to an end almost two millennia ago, this cruise will leave you with a wealth of memories about its people, its monuments and its mysteries.

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  • The Timeless Nile

    A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites and we are delighted to have chartered the lovingly restored SS Misr to offer our passengers the chance to discover the many wonders of this ancient land in a high degree of comfort.

    Our cruises along the Nile between Aswan and Cairo are passages through antiquity, incomparable river voyages which bring to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs, the divine kings comprising thirty dynasties, who ruled Egypt during the 3000 years before Christ. Pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt sailed often on the River Nile in luxurious royal boats – by far the most rewarding way to see the landscape and monuments of their realm. Evoking this regal way of travel, the SS Misr cruises at a gentle speed which is essential to be able to drink in the rhythm of life and scenes which have changed little over hundreds of years on the banks of the Nile.

    Our journey has only been made possible once again by the recent reopening of the lower Nile allowing the opportunity to visit some of the lesser known archaeological sites and temples, and experience the wonders of the great civilisation that flourished in the Nile Valley. We will visit Beni Hassan private tombs, Tel El Amarna, Abydos and Dendera temples, not forgetting of course some of the most famous sites in the country including the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Karnak.

    A 100 Year Celebration

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    Making our voyages even more special is the fact that 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the SS Misr. Originally built in Preston in 1918 by the Royal Navy, the SS Misr is a propeller steam vessel. Having served in World War II in May 1918, the SS Misr (“Egypt” in Arabic) also participated as a warship and troop transporter for the British Egyptian joint task force. After retiring from active duty, Misr went through an entire overhaul; converted into a luxury yacht in 1938 to be used by Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk. After Egypt’s monarchy was overthrown in 1952, the SS Misr became state property and was allocated to the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation where it languished in a shipyard in a Cairo suburb until it was purchased in 2003. With special permission from the state authorities, the steam ship was then entirely rebuilt according to its original drawings and re-launched and returned to the glorified splendour of her heyday in 2006. 

     

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Misr

Misr

Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk. Now fully restored to a five-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, she accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor throughout the vessel reflects the period.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Aswan, Egypt.

Fly by evening scheduled flight to Aswan via Cairo arriving just after midnight. Upon arrival transfer to the SS Misr and embark. Moor overnight this evening in Aswan.

Day 2 - Aswan.

This morning we will visit the high Dam at Aswan, considered an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s with a huge impact on the economy and culture in Egypt in the last century. Today it provides electricity and irrigation for the whole of Egypt. We continue to the temple island of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. The story of Osiris is represented on the walls of the temple, with two of its inner chambers which are rich in symbolic imagery. The temple was originally on Philae Island but because of high water levels was dismantled in 1977 and reconstructed on a nearby higher island called Algilkia. The main elements of the temple such as the two Pylons, hypostyle halls and sanctuaries were built by the Ptolemaic kings. Later the Roman rulers added the colonnades in front of the temple as well as the ceremonial entrance to the island known as Trajan’s Kiosk. After lunch we visit the Nubian Museum, due to the materials recovered from Tombs, temples and settlements, UNESCO was encouraged in the 1980s to plan a Nubian museum, but it was not until 1997 that the museum opened its doors. The complex is 50,000 square metres and is enclosed by walls to evoke the traditional Nubian village architecture. Tonight enjoy a welcome cocktail party and dinner on board.

Day 3 - Kom Ombo.

Enjoy time at leisure this morning, or alternatively take the optional excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel (by road approximately four hours each way) which is without a doubt the most impressive of all Nubian antiquities. Not only can we admire the outstanding sculptures, culture and reliefs which embellished the temples of Ramesses the Great and Queen Nefertari cut out of the sandstone cliff around 3300 years ago, we can also applaud the achievement of archaeologists, architects and engineers in the 20th century A.D. who organised the rescue of the monuments to their new site above Lake Nasser. We will set sail this afternoon to Kom Ombo and after lunch on board will visit the temple of Kom Ombo which was mainly built during the Ptolemaic dynasty and completed under the Roman Emperors. The temple is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for the two gods that worshipped here. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris. Among the carved reliefs along the inside of the outer wall are images thought to be connected with Egyptian medicine, including displays of birthing chairs and surgical instruments. This evening we sail north to Edfu where we moor overnight.

Day 4 - Edfu & Luxor.

Today visit Edfu Temple, an ancient Egyptian temple that is set on the west bank of the Nile and said to be one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It was dedicated to the Falcon god Horus and built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 B.C. After lunch spend a relaxing afternoon at leisure on board admiring the beautiful passing scenery as we cruise the Nile to Luxor via the Esna Lock.

Day 5 - Luxor.

This morning we visit the West Bank, one of the most famous and important archaeological sites in the world. See the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs for a period of 500 years. The tombs vividly depict the journey of the sun god and pharaoh through the dangers of the Underworld. In the temple of Queen Hatshepsut you will discover scenes commemorating the reign of this exceptional monarch such as the ambitious voyage where she sent her ships on the Red Sea to the mysterious land of Punt. We stop at the Colossi of Memnon to witness the two imposing, 18 metre high quartzite seated statues which marked the entrance to the now vanished memorial temple of the pharaoh Amenhotep III whose reign in the 14th century B.C. was one of the most opulent in Egyptian history. Return to the vessel for lunch and this afternoon we will visit the temples of Karnak, one of the most memorable and popular historical areas to visit in the world. Here you witness the unbelievably vast array of monuments dedicated to Amun-Ra, king of the gods, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Just two of the highlights you will see are the great hypostyle hall with over 130 columns some 22 metres high and the obelisk of the powerful Queen pharaoh Hatshepsut. Our tour will conclude with a visit to the illuminated Luxor temple, situated on the east bank of the river Nile.

Day 6 - Qena & Dendera Temples.

This morning we sail towards Qena. After lunch on board, this afternoon is dedicated to the goddess Hathor as we visit the Dendera Temple also known as the ‘castle of the Sistrum’. Hathor was the goddess of love, joy and beauty. The Dendera Temple was associated with healing and patients who travelled there for cures could stay in special buildings so they could rest, sleep and commune with the gods in their dreams.

Day 7 - Naga Hammadi & Abydos Temple.

Today we cruise towards Sohag, passing the bridges in Naga Hammadi and sail to Abu Homar lock. We arrive in Balyana this afternoon and after lunch on board we transfer to the temple that the Greeks called the Memnonium in Abydos, dedicated to Seti, Osiris, Isis, Ptah, Ptah- Sokar, Nefertem, Re-Horakhty, Amun and Horus. Its structure, built of white limestone is one of the most impressive religious structures in Egypt.

Day 8 - Cruising.

Today relax on deck enjoying the passing scenery as we sail to Tel el Amarna via Asyut Lock. Attend a lecture or two by our Egyptologist. Moor overnight in Tel El Amarna.

Day 9 - Tel El Amarna, Tuna El Gebel & Ashumunein.

Enjoy a full day tour to Akhenaten’s royal city, tomb and palace at Amarna, it is here we visit the tombs of Ahmose, Pentu, Panehesy and the Royal tomb of Akhenaten. After lunch on board we continue to the tombs and catacombs of Tuna El Gebel, the necropolis of Khmun located in Al Minya and visit the Ashmunein open air museum.

Day 10 - Beni Hassan.

Today we visit the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery site, located south of Minya. The necropolis of Beni Hassan reflects the political differences between the province rulers and the Pharaoh Kings. Due to the layout and more complex decorations the tombs mark a transition stage in the style of the tombs from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom. Return to the vessel for lunch and enjoy a relaxed afternoon sailing to Beni Suef.

Day 11 - Beni Suef.

This morning we visit the Maydom pyramid which is dedicated to the king Snefru of the 4th dynasty. We return to the ship for lunch and sail this afternoon to Cairo where we will moor overnight.

Day 12 - Cairo.

During our full day guided tour of Cairo we will visit the impressive Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the tombs of the great Pharaohs and their queens. After lunch we visit the Egyptian museum, situated at Tahrir Square, with 107 halls that are separated into seven sections. The museum houses statues, jewels and treasures of Tutankhamun and monuments from the Old, Middle and Modern kingdom. We visit the Amarna Room and see the Fayoum portraits and monuments from the later periods from the Greeks and the Romans.

Day 13 - Cairo to London Heathrow.

Disembark this morning and transfer to Cairo airport for your return scheduled flight to London Heathrow.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER - SAVE £200 PER PERSON FOR SEPTEMBER DATE ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
8 to 20 March 2018
Category Price
4 Twin/Double cabin on lower/main deck £4595
3 Twin/Double cabin on upper deck £4895
2 Suite on main/upper deck £5095
1 Panorama suite on main deck £5295
5 Single cabin on lower deck £4595
4 Twin/Double cabin on Lower/Main deck for Sole Use £5595
13 to 25 September 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
4 Twin/Double cabin on lower/main deck £4595 £4395
3 Twin/Double cabin on upper deck £4895 £4695
2 Suite on main/upper deck £5095 £4895
1 Panorama suite on main deck £5295 £5095
5 Single cabin on lower deck £4595 £4395
4 Twin/Double cabin on Lower/Main deck for Sole Use £5595 £5395

Tour Reference Code: RCMISR080318/RCMISR130918

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 12 nights aboard SS Misr on full board basis, shore excursions with local English speaking guides, Tour Manager, Guest Speaker, gratuities, entrance fees, transfers, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visa, optional excursion to Abu Simbel.

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Misr

Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk. Now fully restored to a five-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, she accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor throughout the vessel reflects the period.

 
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    Category 2 Suite
  • Category 2 Suite
    Category 2 Suite
  • Sun Deck
    Sun Deck
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Pool
    Misr - pool
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    Public areas
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    Sun deck
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Each cabin and suite has its own individual style and all feature a private balcony, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, mini-bar, robes and television. The suites on the upper deck are almost 50% larger in size than the standard cabins. 

    The 14 category 3 and 4, twin/double cabins measure 21 square metres and feature a sweeping window that opens up to a private terrace with chairs so that guests can enjoy the spectacular view of the Nile at all times. The category 2 suites are approximately 30 square metres. Spacious and welcoming, these exquisitely appointed suites offer the perfect refuge to unwind after a day of adventure and sightseeing. Luxuriously designed, each suite includes an elegant living area that contains a stylish loveseat and chairs, complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a private terrace so that guests can enjoy the spectacular view of the Nile. The category 1 panorama suites are approximately 35 square metres and are situated at the front of the vessel and offer impressive panoramic views. Unlike the other accommodations, these suites come with a private, furnished panoramic terrace that offers a spectacular 180-degree view of the Nile, so that guests can enjoy the inspiring view from every angle while cruising. This is the perfect spot to relax after a long day with a drink or book, or to watch the leisurely sail along the Nile to the next destination. There are also dedicated single cabins which measure 14.5 square metres.

  • Your Dining

    The restaurant, situated on the main deck serves international cuisine and seats all passengers in one open seating arrangement. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style whilst dinner is seated waiter service. Tables seat six to eight people. Tea and coffee are served on a complimentary basis after all meals and there are tea and coffee amenities in the cabins. A complimentary bottle of water will be provided in your cabin. 

  • Your Space

    The SS Misr is both elegantly furnished and spacious throughout. The Marasem Restaurant, Saraya Lounge and Dahabia Bar are located on the higher decks offering wonderful views of the Nile. The period-style restaurant accommodates all guests at one sitting. There is also a lower sun deck with comfortable wicker chairs and an upper sun deck with a pool and sun beds for relaxation. The onboard attentive staff are always available to offer a cool beverage whilst watching the ever changing passing scenery.  The ship also has an onboard souvenir and gift shop selling jewellery and local handmade gifts. 

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the SS Misr for your upcoming river journey along the Nile.

    Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk. Now fully restored to a five-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, she accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor throughout the vessel reflects the period. The atmosphere onboard is informal and the onboard attentive staff are always available to offer a cool beverage whilst watching the ever changing passing scenery.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.  

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All public rooms and staterooms on the ship are air-conditioned. An individual climate control allows you to regulate the temperature in your own room. For best results, keep windows closed whenever the air conditioning is switched on. ALARM An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided onboard for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    The daily programme will clearly specify the ship’s arrival and departure times in the various ports you will visit each day. When participating in shore excursions, our local guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you set off to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the ALL ABOARD TIME stated in your daily programme. It is your responsibility to be aboard in time for the vessel’s departure. Always carry the ship’s contact number (noted on the contact card which you’ll receive once you embark the vessel) so you can notify the ship’s personnel should you ever need assistance while ashore.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship is equipped with a public address system. Announcements will be made only in public areas so that guests can relax in their staterooms without being disturbed. There may be times when your Tour Manager will use the public address system to inform you of information needed.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The ship’s comfortable bar offers a wide selection of drinks for purchase. Staff are trained in the Responsible Service of Alcohol and are obligated by law to refuse service to any guest who is considered to be intoxicated or behaves in an aggressive or offensive manner.

    BEAUTY SALON

    There is no Beauty Salon onboard the vessel.

    BICYCLES

    No bicycles are available onboard.

    CABIN FACILITIES

    All cabins feature a private bathroom, hairdryer, LCD TV, internal telephone, mini bar, safety deposit box and private balcony. 

    CABIN SIZES

    • Category 5 single cabins on the lower deck measure 14.50 square metres • Category 4 twin/double cabins on the lower/main deck measure 21 square metres • Category 3 twin/double cabins on the upper deck measure 21 square metres • Category 2 suites on the main/upper deck measure 30 square metres • Category 1 panorama suite on the main deck measure 35 square metres

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Although the ship does not have a Cruise Director, the ship’s professional, English-speaking guides will look after your comfort and answer questions. Please do not hesitate to contact them at any time. A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will also accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    The currency onboard is Euros and US Dollars. All your extras will be charged to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an invoice for any onboard charges incurred (itemised invoices are available upon your request). Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill. All onboard charges will be in Egyptian pounds, payable by cash or credit card (Visa and MasterCard). Please note that pre-paid credit cards, personal cheques, travellers cheques or a cash advance from a credit card are not accepted. Credit cards from non-Egyptian banks will be charged at the exchange rate established by the bank.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed onboard and delivered to your stateroom each evening during dinner. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code onboard the ship is casual and comfortable by day and smart casual for dinner. Kindly do not wear bathing attire in the restaurant or lounges at any time, and please be advised that shorts are not suitable for dinner. You may wish to wear your best attire for the ship manager’s cocktail party. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for shore excursions.

    DRINKS

    Bottled water is available in your stateroom and is replenished daily. Bottled water will also be available with both lunch and dinner.

    ELECTRICITY

    Electricity onboard is 220v, with 2-round pin power outlets. In case you need an adapter please contact the reception.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator or chair lift onboard.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8:30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    The SS Misr was built to the highest safety standards, equipped with the latest technology, and is manned by a reliable and well-trained crew. In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. Please carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of your stateroom door and carefully read the safety information sheet which will be placed on the bed in your stateroom on the first day of your arrival, the life vests are located in the wardrobe in your stateroom. For safety reasons, the Sun Deck may be temporarily closed on certain stretches of the river with low bridges or locks. Please refrain from leaning out your stateroom balcony whenever the ship is entering or exiting a lock. We also recommend keeping your balcony closed whenever you leave your stateroom, especially while the ship is docked.

    FIRE SAFETY

    Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew. Please note that smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only and the use of clothing irons is prohibited. We request that you attend the fire drill on day two of your cruise. 

    FIRST AID

    A first aid kit is available at the reception desk. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the reception desk or your tour manager immediately. Please note this is not a doctor onboard.

    FITNESS ROOM

    There is no fitness room onboard the vessel.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A selection of games and books is available on the ship. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    GIFT SHOP

    You can find a selection of souvenirs and accessories in the ship’s on-board gift shop which is located in front of the dining room. The boutique is open daily during day time hours, unless stated otherwise in the daily programme.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve a special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.

    HAIRDRYER

    Each stateroom is equipped with a hairdryer, located in the bathroom.

    HAIR DRESSER

    None onboard.

    HOT TUB/SWIMMING POOL

    There is refreshing swimming pool on the Sun Deck, perfect for lounging and enjoying a cocktail.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attends to your stateroom twice daily. The stateroom will be cleaned after you leave the cabin in the morning and during dinner in the evening. Please use the door hanger provided to indicate “service needed (make up my room sign)” or “privacy (do not disturb)”. 

    ‘INFOTAINMENT’ SYSTEM

    Your cabin comes equipped with a television.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is available onboard. Laundry bags and a form with prices can be found in the closet in your stateroom. Please fill out the form and leave it with your laundry on your bed, either in the morning or before you go to dinner. Laundered items will be returned within 24-hours. Please remember that the use of electric irons is prohibited; clothing will be ironed for you for a reasonable fee. Dry cleaning services are not available onboard.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Any items left behind on the ship will be kept onboard for one month and after this time; any unclaimed items will be given to a local charity. If we recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery and any costs incurred will be at your own expense. Please note that toiletries, undergarments or sleep wear will be discarded. During your cruise if you have lost anything please check the (lost and found desk) near the reception desk.

    LOUNGE

    The vessel features a large, comfortably-furnished Main Lounge, which serves as a gathering place for onboard announcements, lectures and entertainment. The lounge is open 24 hours.

    MEALS

    All meals onboard are prepared by Egyptian chefs and feature Europeanstyle dishes, all carefully selected to please a broad range of palates. Each day’s meal times are indicated in your daily programme. The times may vary according to each day’s scheduled activities and shore excursions. Breakfast is served international buffet style and you may dine any time during breakfast hours. Lunch and dinner are mixed types (buffet styles and set menus). For the buffets, there are different styles (Egyptian buffet, Italian buffet, seafood buffet). There is an open seating policy in the main restaurant and table reservations are not accepted. 

    MOSQUITOES

    During the summer months we recommend keeping your stateroom windows and balcony doors closed to prevent mosquitoes and insects from entering.

    NEWSPAPERS

    There are no newspapers onboard.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Sometimes it is necessary to make amendments to the itinerary, both for logistical and safety reasons. The Master of the vessel will decide if necessary.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    RECEPTION

    Reception desk staff will be on duty 24 hours a day. Please feel free to contact them any time you need assistance. To call the reception desk from your cabin, dial “0”.

    ROOM SERVICE

    The ship will be happy to serve you in your stateroom.

    SPA & MASSAGE

    None onboard.

    SAFE

    Your stateroom is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Oversized items may be stored in the ship’s safe at the reception desk. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person onboard must obey his lawful commands. Captains have the authority to take any action deemed necessary to manage situations where guests are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board or otherwise causing problems during the cruise. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding such disruptions as the safety of our guests, crew and the ship remains our first priority. 

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard. Smoking is only permitted at the rear of the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests onboard, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SPECIAL MEALS

    Requests for special meals should be made when you book your cruise. Please remind our Maître D’ of your request on the day of embarkation. The chef will try to accommodate you as much as possible, given the sometimes limited resources available onboard the ship.

    SUN DECK

    For your safety, the Sun Deck may be temporarily closed on certain stretches of the river due to the low bridges or locks. Please follow the instructions of our nautical crew at any time.

    TELEPHONE

    All staterooms have telephones that can be used to call other rooms. Please dial the room number you wish to call. All outside calls should be made through the reception desk, and cost will be charged to your room account.

    TOILETRIES

    In the event your luggage has been lost or delayed by an airline, please ask the reception desk staff for replacement toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors etc.

    TOWELS

    The ship aims to be an environmentally-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels will not be automatically changed every day. The ship asks that you put used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish them to be exchanged for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VISITORS

    The ship is happy to welcome visitors on board whenever possible. Please inform the ship Manager, tour manager or the reception desk in advance.

    WATER

    Tap water onboard is NOT potable. The ship will restock your stateroom with small bottled water on a daily basis.

    WIFI

    Complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in most locations onboard the ship. Please kindly note that service may at times be interrupted and is not always guaranteed, especially when travelling through locks and certain geographical areas. 

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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The Timeless Nile

A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites and we are delighted to have chartered the lovingly restored SS Misr to offer our passengers the chance to discover the many wonders of this ancient land in a high degree of comfort.

Our cruises along the Nile between Aswan and Cairo are passages through antiquity, incomparable river voyages which bring to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs, the divine kings comprising thirty dynasties, who ruled Egypt during the 3000 years before Christ. Pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt sailed often on the River Nile in luxurious royal boats – by far the most rewarding way to see the landscape and monuments of their realm. Evoking this regal way of travel, the SS Misr cruises at a gentle speed which is essential to be able to drink in the rhythm of life and scenes which have changed little over hundreds of years on the banks of the Nile.

Our journey has only been made possible once again by the recent reopening of the lower Nile allowing the opportunity to visit some of the lesser known archaeological sites and temples, and experience the wonders of the great civilisation that flourished in the Nile Valley. We will visit Beni Hassan private tombs, Tel El Amarna, Abydos and Dendera temples, not forgetting of course some of the most famous sites in the country including the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Karnak.

A 100 Year Celebration

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Making our voyages even more special is the fact that 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the SS Misr. Originally built in Preston in 1918 by the Royal Navy, the SS Misr is a propeller steam vessel. Having served in World War II in May 1918, the SS Misr (“Egypt” in Arabic) also participated as a warship and troop transporter for the British Egyptian joint task force. After retiring from active duty, Misr went through an entire overhaul; converted into a luxury yacht in 1938 to be used by Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk. After Egypt’s monarchy was overthrown in 1952, the SS Misr became state property and was allocated to the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation where it languished in a shipyard in a Cairo suburb until it was purchased in 2003. With special permission from the state authorities, the steam ship was then entirely rebuilt according to its original drawings and re-launched and returned to the glorified splendour of her heyday in 2006. 

 

Onboard Team

  • Lucia Gahlin

    Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist based in the UK. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, and teaches on-line Egyptology for the University of Exeter. She lectures far and wide, and gives guided tours of museums with Egyptian collections. She is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), for whom she has done three lecture tours of Australia. Over the years she has taught Egyptology for the Universities of London (Birkbeck College and UCL), Reading, Surrey, Sussex, Warwick and Bristol.

    She has worked at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London (in the role of Amarna Archaeological Research Data Administrator), and continues to teach with objects in this museum, one of the world’s most important collections of Egyptian antiquities. She has been a Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society, is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and Co-Director of Bloomsbury Summer School at University College London, providing short courses on Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East.  Her areas of special interest are Ancient Egypt's social history, settlement archaeology and the rituals and beliefs of daily life. She is author of books including Egypt: Gods, Myths and Religion, and chapters in Wilkinson, T. (ed.) The Egyptian World  and in Rathbone, D. (ed.) Civilisations of the Ancient World.

    She has spent two seasons working as the Small Finds Registrar at the archaeological site of Tell el-Amarna in Middle Egypt. She has been leading tours to the ancient monuments and archaeological sites of Egypt for over 20 years. She loves sharing her knowledge and passion for Ancient Egypt with groups of travellers to this extraordinary and awe-inspiring country.

    Lucia Gahlin will be on the following tour dates: 13 to 25 September 2018
  • George Hart

    George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the Principal Lecturer on the British Museum’s antiquities collections from Egypt, Greece, the Levant and civilisations of the Mediterranean World and ran courses on Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

    He was Chairman of the Friends of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for the first twelve years after its foundation in 1988 and Committee Member of the Egypt Exploration Society for a number of years. He is also an Editorial Advisor on its bulletin, Egyptian Archaeology.

    Having taken early retirement from the British Museum in 2004 to devote more time to writing, he is a regular speaker on Nile cruises and cruises on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

    George Hart will be on the following tour dates: 8 to 20 March 2018

Our View

By Egyptologist & Guest Speaker, George Hart

Noble Caledonia’s cruises along a 600 mile stretch of the Nile from Cairo to Aswan aboard the SS Misr will bring to life the intriguing history of Egypt under the pharaohs through the stunning visual impact of its art and architecture. On the escarpment of the Western Desert at Giza where the Great Sphinx gazes towards the rising sun stand the awe-inspiring pyramids, built by native Egyptians (not foreign slaves) to ensure survival of their god-kings in the Hereafter. A thousand years later in the Valley of the Kings we find the walls of the tombs, some cut over 100 metres into the cliffs, lavishly decorated with scenes of dangerous creatures which the Sun god and the pharaoh needed to overcome on their journey through the Underworld. In contrast the series of rock-cut tombs of Beni Hassan belonging to District Governors provide, in superb wall paintings, a panorama of daily life in Egypt four thousand years ago from the leisure pursuits of the elite to workers in vineyards or children playing games.

At Thebes, modern Luxor, the temples of Egypt’s Golden Age are symbols of the devotion which pharaohs and queens expressed towards the highest deities in the pantheon. Wandering through the overwhelming expanse of Temple of Amun at Karnak, you will come across monumental gateways, obelisks, courts and halls with numerous columns and statues – and everywhere carvings of processions and rituals embellished by a myriad of hieroglyphs. In the New Year Festival Temple at Luxor the pylons depicting the Battle of Kadesh between the Egyptians and Hittites are magically enhanced at night with lighting bringing out details hard to see in the glare of sunshine. Also belonging to this glorious era are the exquisite coloured reliefs in the Temple of King Sety I at Abydos – surely the zenith of Ancient Egyptian art.

These long cruises provide access to historically important sites less frequently visited such as Tel El Amarna where you can survey the ruins of the temples and palaces of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti whose city here was destroyed soon after their reign in a reaction against the traumatic religious reforms that they had enforced on Egypt. You will see some of the distinctive art of this period in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo – where of course you will also be able to feast your eyes on the treasures from the tomb of Akhenaten’s son – Tutankhamun.

Following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Greek rulers inaugurated many new temples and after the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 B.C. this building programme was inherited and extended by the Roman emperors. You will find each of these temples possessing its own charm or individuality. The imposing temple of the Horus at Edfu is the most architecturally complete to survive from antiquity, the temple at Kom-Ombo is uniquely shared between the priests of Horus the hawk and of Sobek the crocodile, while at Dendera the temple of Hathor goddess of love and joy boasts the only surviving images of Cleopatra VII as an Egyptian queen. The temple of Isis at Philae was the final bastion of Egyptian religion against the advent of Christianity – here a few surviving priests and priestesses performed their last rituals in honour of the goddess and the scribes wrote their last hieroglyphs.

Although the Egypt of the Pharaohs came to an end almost two millennia ago, this cruise will leave you with a wealth of memories about its people, its monuments and its mysteries.

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